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Cheers to that: Other Half brewery owners Matt Monahan, left, and Samuel Richardson are opening a second outpost of their suds spot in Williamsburg.
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A popular Carroll Gardens brewery will open its second Brooklyn location at the end of this year. The heads of the Other Half Brewing Company are setting up shop inside the East River–facing megadevelopment rising on the site of the old Domino Sugar factory in Williamsburg, according to the beer makers, who said they cannot wait to share their cult ale with a new community.

“We’re excited to be opening an Other Half outpost at Domino,” said co-founder Matt Monahan. “We’ll be serving up some of our classics as well as exciting new beers, and we’re looking forward to joining the neighborho­od.”

Other Half’s new retail and drinking spot will occupy a space slightly larger than a tennis court inside the 42-story tower dubbed 1 South First, which borough-based developer Two Trees is constructing at the corner of Grand Street and Kent Avenue.

The tower — which will boast 300 apartments, 66 of which will be so-called affordable — will also be home to an outpost of Bushwick’s hipster pizza haven Roberta’s, and its food and drink retailers will make the building the neighborhood’s new dining destination when it opens later this year, according to a Two Trees bigwig.

“We’ve been incredibly intentional about the independent, Brooklyn-born food retailers coming to Domino and the Other Half Brewery will be a terrific addition to Williamsbu­rg,” said Jed Walentas. “With Roberta’s right next door, 1 South First will be a premier destination along Grand Street, which continues to emerge as a cultural and food destination in Brooklyn.”

Other Half opened its Carroll Gardens brewery on Centre Street in 2013, in an industrial section of the neighborhood near the Brooklyn Queens Expressway overpass. Its taproom serves two dozen beers made on-site, including a stout called “I Like my Sugar With Coffee and Cream,” a lager called “Mike’s Regret,” and an India Pale Ale called “Vapor Ringz.”

The brewers, who also recently opened a brewery upstate, specialize in India Pale Ales, and beer fans often line up overnight to get the first crack at its new releases, which are sold only in cans.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@schnepsmedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Updated 3:18 pm, February 15, 2019
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