Grimm Artisinal Ales have opened their first brick-and-morter location in East Williamsburg. The uber-popular beermakers have been teasing an opening for years and it finally happened last weekend.
Up front, there are wood-top tables, tropical plants, and a stylish, 20-tap bar serving blended sours, saisons, IPAs, and pale ales (plus wine, cider, and locally made sodas) while the back is dominated by shiny brewing equipment and imported oak barrels. The vibe makes it unlike any brewery in the city, which makes sense because the Grimms are unlike any brewers currently on the scene.
“From their earliest batches, Joe and Lauren showcased a clear, uncompromising vision for modern beer, doing it their way by any means necessary,” says Joshua M. Bernstein, a Brooklyn-based beer journalist. (He also contributes here on occasion.)
Consider the origin story of their double IPA, Lambo Door. When it was released three summers ago, conventional wisdom was that double IPAs should be intense and bitterly hop-forward; essentially, a beer drinker’s beer. The Grimms disagreed and decided to make a double IPA that was hoppy, but also very drinkable. So, they combined Citra, El Dorado, and Simcoe hops with lupulin powder, a product that had been introduced the year before that makes use of the aromatic oils and resins in hops rather than their bitter, vegetal characteristics. These days, the highly popular result is known in craft beer circles as “gummy bear juice.”
Grimm Artisinal Ales, 990 Metropolitan Ave., between Morgan Avenue and Catherine Street
Eater reports that the team behind Roberta’s is close to signing a deal for a new location at the Domino Sugar compex:
The team behind the freewheeling Bushwick pizza restaurant is close to signing a lease at the $3 billion Domino Sugar mega-project, according to David Lombino, managing director of external affairs at the developer Two Trees. The exact location will be in 260 Kent, the mixed-use, Cookfox-designed building at the northern end of the site. The building is scheduled to open in 2019 and will be Williamsburg’s tallest, besting the nearby 1N4th and Level.
The deal isn’t finalized yet, but it would be major addition to the already big-name food and beverage options at Domino. The 325 Kent building will host an Italian restaurant from Lilia’s Missy Robbins and an outpost of popular Clinton Hill sandwich shop Mekelburg’s later this year. Danny Meyer also already operates taco stand Tacocina in the waterfront park that abuts the complex.
The new spot comes from Dave Rosen, owner of Williamsburg bar The Woods, and operators of Aunt Ginny’s and the Windjammer in Ridgewood. As children of the ’80s, they’ve channeled their nostalgia for that era’s skating and snowboarding scenes into the decor. A floor mural by Doug Aldrich evokes the decks that Rosen’s cousin and business partner, James Tadic, grew up riding, and you can find boards like an original Sims Switch Blade on the wall. The neon lighting, meanwhile, is sure to please anyone who has ever rocked a Don Johnson baseball cap and a neck brace. True to The Breakers’ name, there’s also a surf vibe courtesy of palm trees and no less than 15 tiki-inspired cocktails on draft (see the drinks list above). Naturally, there are also fish tacos. The menu– from the proprietor of The Bear, the shack in the backyard of The Woods– offers a variety of burritos, burgers, bowls, fried chicken sandwiches, and snacks like Miami-style guava-and-cheese empanadas. (Have a look here.)
The Breakers, 64 Frost Street, Williamsburg; Monday to Friday 2am to 4am, and Saturday, noon to 4am.
The Hidden Pearl has opened in Greenpoint. The tiny jewel-box of a restaurant is from the same team who own the beautiful coctail bar Donna in South Williamsburg:
A cocktail bar nestled in the back of Wanpaku Ramen, the Hidden Pearl is a transportive, 18-20 seat collaboration between the creative team of Donna Cocktail Club (South Williamsburg) and the operators of the critically acclaimed Kuu and Meijin Ramen (Manhattan).
The Hidden Pearl offers an elevated, transportive and stylish cocktail journey in search of tropical Japan. Our menu includes craft cocktails (as well as a section dedicated to the Highball) beer, wine, sake & Japanese small plates. All dishes are recognizably Japanese, but not overtly traditional, which compliment the global beverage menu.
The Hidden Pearl, 621 Manhattan Ave., at Nassau Ave.; 718-383-3291