It’s a little bit hard to visualize a 75,000-square-foot space. That’s more than twice as many square feet, for example, as the still-very-large Dekalb Market Hall that will inhabit the basement of Downtown Brooklyn’s City Point development. And yet, that’s exactly how many square feet Brooklyn Brewery’s future space at Brooklyn Navy Yard will cover.
Planned to open in 2018, Brooklyn’s beloved beer-makers have signed a 40-year lease (40!!) at the Navy Yard’s Building 77, Gothamist reports. In that building—currently getting a not-insubstantial renovation to the tune of $185 million—they’ll join Russ & Daughters and Mast Brothers and those businesses’s own retail and production facilities. Meanwhile, Brooklyn Brewery plans a beer garden, brewing facility, and restaurant there.
A Brooklyn Brewery restaurant? Like meals made of beers? Cool.
Of the future Navy Yard space, Brooklyn Brewery founder Steve Hindy said: “The Navy Yard gives us a future in Brooklyn. It’s incredible to see what’s grown around us here in Brooklyn and our long-term lease at the Yard will ensure a presence in Brooklyn alongside many similar Brooklyn entrepreneurial success stories.”
This, of course, comes after rumors, which turned out to be false, that Brooklyn Brewery would leave their Williamsburg space well before that lease ends in 2025. Meanwhile, Gothamist points out, in addition to the Navy Yard retail space and brewery, the business is also planning a 200,000 square foot space in Staten Island.
“Once we harness all of our brewhouses, we will be able to send forth even more Brooklyn Brewery beers across the country and around the world,” Hindy added.
Holy Moly. Brooklyn Brewery to infinity and beyond—or, at least, to a quite enormous beer garden at The Navy Yard come 2018.
Rendering by Davis Brody Bond