272 Meserole St
Brooklyn, NY 11206
b/t Bushwick Pl & Waterbury St in East Williamsburg/Bushwick
Cuisine: Beer Hall, American Traditional, Bar Food
Our Rating: ★ ★ ★
Cards: All Major
Price: Entrees $10-$15
Hours: Mon-Fri 4pm-2am; Sat & Sun 12pm- 2am
Booze: Full Bar, over 50 beers on tap
Subway: L to Montrose
BK Mag says:
Sixty taps, two cask ales and 180 bottles—clearly, a lack of options is not a problem at newly opened East Williamsburg beer hall The Well. The ambition extends beyond the bounty of beer on offer, however, and has been the main reason that the Well’s opening has been repeatedly delayed.
In fact, you might even be thinking right now, “Wait… wasn’t the place supposed to open a long time ago?” As it turns out, converting an incredibly dilapidated 19th-century brewery into a safe space isn’t so easy.
Two years ago, Josh Richholt and Shay Vishawadia purchased the 25,000-square-foot corner of the old Hittleman Goldenrod Brewery on the advice of a friend who’d attended an illegal party there. The two were initially thinking only of a music venue and a beer hall, to be named the Wick & the Well. That grew to include an on-site food truck run by Urban Rustic and Lodge, plenty of space for live music, an art gallery called The Exit Wound, and a massive backyard fit for dumpster pools in the summer and curling in the winter. See? We told you it was ambitious.
The key to making a multipurpose space like this work, Richholt says, is its flexibility. And that flexibility is apparent even when it comes to the beer on offer. “I know a lot of [beer halls] are more focused on being a Belgian beer garden or being a German one,” Richholt says. “That’s not really what I’m interested in doing.” What he’s interested in doing is making the new spot into a Brooklyn institution. “In 10 years, everyone will know that if you go to New York, you play at the Well or you play at the Wick. Everybody knows that’s just part of New York. That’d be ideal.”