Gone Wild: New farmhouse brewery to open in Gowanus

Brewmasters: Wild East Brewery founders Lindsay Steen, Tyler March, and Brett Taylor expect to formally open the taps at their new Gowanus brew space in October, but you can get a sneak peek on Sept. 17.
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Welcome to the wild, wild East.

A new brewery is hopping into Gowanus! Wild East Brewery plans to open its tap lines in early October, when it will welcome Brooklyn beer fans to its swanky new spot, said the brewery’s co-founder.

“It’s going to be a really sleek, streamlined, modern design,” said Tyler March. “We’ll have a horseshoe shaped bar coming off one of the side walls, and there’s a back wall that’s mostly glass, so you can look straight into the production space.”

The taproom will boast seating for up to 90 beer aficionados, and will have tap lines for 20 brews — all of which will soon flow with one of Wild East’s hazy hop creations, said March.

“Our niche is farmhouse style beers. We want to do a lot mixed fermentation, and a lot of barrel aging stuff,” said March. “You can call it more rustic style beers — cloudy, hazy, fresh.”

March said that he and his two brewing partners, who have already had some success as homebrewers, will scour the state for as many ingredients for their brew as possible. The New York hops and grains will provide drinkers with an unexpectedly rich taste, according to March.

“You can get equally high quality hops in New York, but they’ll have a slightly different profile,” he said. “So there’s an educational component involved with consumers, because people might expect ingredients to taste a certain way. These ingredients are just as good, but have slightly different flavor profiles.”

March settled on Gowanus as the ideal location for the new brewery — and not just because he also lives in the neighborhood.

“There’s a lot of spaces that are zoned properly for the type of business that we are, and that also had enough room for a tap room,” he said. “And, it’s at the nexus of a lot of other neighborhoods that have a great demographic for a business like this — Park Slope, Carroll Gardens, Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, etc.”

The brewhouse is still waiting on approvals from city bureaucrats to officially launch, but until then, the soon-to-be beer barons are using the space for various promotional events, said March.

“Leading up to our grand opening we’ll have a series of events — media night, friends and family night, industry night for local industry professionals,” he said. “And we’ll be doing a book event with Josh Bernstein. He’s a pretty prolific beer writer and author. So we’ll be doing various things like that.”

Wild East Brewing (623 Sackett St. between Third and Fourth avenues in Gownaus, www.wildeastbrewing.com). Opening soon. Josh Bernstein’s book release party for “Drink Better Beer” at Wild East Brewing. Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. $25–$35.

Reach reporter Aidan Graham at agraham@schnepsmedia.com or by calling (718) 260–4577. Follow him at twitter.com/aidangraham95.

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