Under construction: A first look at Blue Point’s basement brewpub

Underground: The Long Island beer makers at Blue Point Brewing Company plan to open a small brewpub in Dumbo that will serve unique brews made on site, opening on Oct. 17.
Blue Point Brewing Company

Something new is brewing below Dumbo.

A Long Island beer company plans to open its first satellite brewpub this fall in Brooklyn, and this paper got a peek and a taste of what’s to come. Blue Point Brewing’s pint-sized basement space, dubbed The Hull, will serve Brooklynites seafood and suds when it opens on Oct. 17, with a lineup of unique beers brewed right on site, according to its manager.

“It’s really a space for our brewers to unleash their creativity,” said Chris Chou-Messina.

The watering hole — which this paper first reported on in May — sits in a high-ceiling basement beneath the Water Street seafood joint Seamore’s. Brewmaster Rob Capitelli will use the four fermentation tanks tucked in the back of the space to craft up to eight unique brews each month, served fresh from the bar’s 12 taps.

Capitelli plans to use the space to experiment with new techniques, and adding some innovative additions to the company’s roster of lagers and ales.

“You should expect some different styles, new ingredients and processes,” he said.

The food menu will feature seafood-centric chow that will be dished up by cooks at Seamore’s, including tuna poke, an oyster-topped bacon cheeseburger, and parmesan and crab baked oysters.

Work in progress: The Hull’s general manager Chris Chou-Messina gave a tour of the under-construction brewpub on Aug. 15.
Photo by Caroline Ourso

The below sea level venue will seat about 54 people at its bar, around its communal tables, and at series of small tables that will fold up into the wall. A small stage will host small-scale musical performances, talks, live podcasts recordings, and possibly an open mic night, according to Chou-Messina.

The mid-19th century red brick building has a storied past of manufacturing goods such as sugar, coffee, and even insect powder, according to Nallelli Guillen, a historian with the Brooklyn Historical Society. More recently, a burlesque group operated out of the space, as part of the now-shuttered bar The Bridges.

The tavern was originally supposed to open this month, but was delayed due to the difficulty of getting the tanks into the space, according to Chou-Messina.

“We had a little bit of a delay, we wanted to make sure we were getting everything right,” she said.

The brewers hope to collaborate with other Kings County beeristas, and to offer brewing classes to curious locals. The hops honcho said she wants to take inspiration from as many places as possible.

“My goal is to source ideas from everywhere,” said Chou-Messina.

The Hull (66 Water St., between Dock and Main streets in Dumbo, www.bluepointbrewing.com). Opening on Oct. 17.

Grub: The brewpub will offer up a host of seafood-centric dishes, including tuna poke, blue duck pretzel with beer-cheese, and parmesan crab baked oysters.
Photo by Caroline Ourso

Reach reporter Kevin Duggan at (718) 260–2511 or by e-mail at kduggan@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @kduggan16.

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