After five years of wandering from host to host, peddling its award-winning and very beloved beers, local beer brand Grimm Artisanal Ales opens a brewery and taproom in East Williamsburg this weekend.
In this new brewery at 990 Metropolitan Ave., between Morgan Avenue and Catherine Street, owners Lauren and Joe Grimm will serve more than 10 drafts, bottle-conditioned and oak-aged sour beers, and some local wine, cider, and soda. Alongside the popular beers will be Middle Eastern food from nearby Samesa, with dishes such as a chicken shawarma melt and pumpernickel pita with dip made with Grimm beer.
A quarter of the 7,500-square-foot space is dedicated to making sour beers, which will significantly expand the number Grimm makes from here on out. At debut this Saturday, June 30 at 10 a.m., the draft lines will pour three sour beers, an American pale ale, a double IPA, and a saison de coupage.
Every Saturday, the lines will hold something new, which is a Grimm signature — the brand has no flagship brew. Despite no grounding beer, since its founding in 2013, Grimm has racked up quite a few accolades, the most prestigious of which is first place awards at the Great American Beer Festival.
Those awards led to a $4.2 million loan through the New York Business Development Corporation for this brewery and the business. The space the Grimms built with design firm inc_a is minimal, but decidedly more feminine than many other breweries with taprooms around NYC — of which there are many as of late, including Brooklyn Cider House, Threes Brewing, and Circa Brewing. At Grimm, red velvet curtains, plants, and incandescent bulbs soften the industrial space, which houses stainless steel production equipment alongside wood tables and a maple wood bar.
Grimm opens on Saturday, June 30 and will be open Monday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 5 p.m. to midnight, Saturday from 10 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday from noon to 10 p.m.
Disclosure: Stephanie Carter, Eater’s New Orleans editor, is the sister of Lauren Grimm. She has recused herself from involvement in any Grimm Artisanal Ales coverage on Eater.