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Bushwick’s Getting a Brewery-Restaurant Combo From a Hit Beermaker

Braven Brewing is opening in the former Lantern Hall space

Braven Brewing Company
Braven Brewing Company
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New York-based brewing company Braven Brewing is bringing a brewery and restaurant to Bushwick. Braven team Marshall Thompson and Eric Feldman have signed a long-term lease brokered by M Properties Group for 52 Harrison Pl., between Morgan and Knickerbocker avenues. The 2,500-square-foot warehouse space currently holds Lantern Hall, which will soon vacate the space to make way for Braven Brewing Company.

Braven first started in 2013 and currently only distributes beer within New York. Most bars in Bushwick carry the local brand, which includes an American IPA, a pilsner, a white IPA, and a black pale ale. In the new warehouse space, Braven will open a 60-seat restaurant along with its brewing operation in the back part of the building.

The menu at the restaurant will fittingly be beer-centric, with takes on standard pub fare that incorporate beer as an ingredient as much as possible, Thompson says. Dishes will include beer cheese nachos and white IPA-marinated chicken bratwursts. He also says Braven plans to be the only restaurant in NYC serving DC’s signature half-smoke sausage, inspired by his and Feldman’s time living in DC. They’re currently still seeking a beer-educated chef to manifest this menu.

Thompson tells Eater New York that they specifically picked Bushwick for the restaurant and brewery. “When Eric and I learned about the rich brewing history of Bushwick, we knew that we wanted to revive the legendary tradition of brewing in this neighborhood,” he says. “Most people don’t know that there used to be more than two dozen breweries in Bushwick in the late 1800’s as most of them have been torn down.”

Braven will join a growing list of other Brooklyn breweries that serve food. Brooklyn Cider House recently opened nearby, featuring a wide range of ciders in a German beer hall-like setting as well as a tasting room and restaurant serving Spanish food. Farther west in Brooklyn, there’s the Threes Brewing brewery-restaurant, and Circa Brewing serves up its own beers and wood-fired pizza in Downtown Brooklyn.

Braven’s new restaurant and brewery is expected to open mid-summer 2018.