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Cheers! This man brews Brooklyn’s best homemade beer • Brooklyn Paper

Cheers! This man brews Brooklyn’s best homemade beer

Douglass Flamm sells rare books by day and makes oyster-infused stouts by night.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

The war of the worts has been won by a rare-book seller from Brooklyn Heights who brews his beer with oysters.

Douglas Flamm, who was highlighted as a favorite by The Brooklyn Paper in the days before the Brooklyn Wort home brewing competition, showed the world that a good stout, much like a rare book, is hard to find when he took first place in the April 28 contest.

Judges rewarded his “Moyster” stout — brewed with half a dozen oysters, shells and all — with the top prize at the twice-yearly event, which has become the proving ground for amateur brewers across the city.

Some Brooklyn Wort winners move on to established larger-scale breweries after winning the crown, but Flamm, who snagged third place in last summer’s Brooklyn Wort, would not say if he plans to quit peddling old copies of the “Tropic of Cancer” for a chance at foamy greatness.

“It was a lot of fun,” said a still breathless Flamm. “You always go into something like this hoping for the best, but it was a great surprise and nice to be so well received!”

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