Williamsburg may have been the center of Brooklyn's globe-spanning craft revolution, but it's neighbor to the east, Bushwick, has come on strong in recent years--and as artists and artisans continue to move in, it's unsurprising that we're seeing a steady rise in shops, galleries, and restaurants, and we'll likely soon experience an uptick in breweries and distilleries. Breweries, as it happens, are nothing new for this part of the city: By the 1890s, Bushwick, then a German immigrant community, was home to the thriving Brewers' Row, a 14-block stretch of Bushwick Avenue that housed 14 breweries--and produced a third of the beer consumed in the city. Prohibition hammered the area, but the last of those historic shops held on until the 1970s before it finally dried up.
Now, there's very little physical evidence of the bygone industry, save for a few landmarked buildings. It's only a matter of time, though, before that modern wave of creative DIY-ers revive the craft--and that could happen as soon as next year: Braven Brewing Company is raising funds right now to open a brewery in Bushwick.More »