Brooklyn Opens The First "American Craft" Sake Brewery in NYC

Brooklyn Opens The First "American Craft" Sake Brewery in NYC



Brooklyn Kura, the first sake brewery in New York City launched this month, and I for one am very curious to know what an American "craft" sake tastes like. Brooklyn Kura, modeled after the functionality of Japanese breweries, is headquartered in a 2,500 square foot space in the heart of Industry City in Sunset Park. The space provides a modern, clean aesthetic and comfortable gathering space for sake connoisseurs and amateurs alike. With only 15 other sake breweries in the United States, the majority of which are based in California, Brooklyn Kura is at the forefront of a new category, American Craft Sake—crafting and serving high-quality sake and building a new community of sake lovers in NYC.


Founders Brian Polen and Brandon Doughan are respecting the Japanese sake brewing traditions that have evolved over a thousand years, while inspiring new interest in the ancient beverage with the application of American ingredients and a passion for the process. Using four deceptively simple ingredients—American-grown rice, koji, Brooklyn water and yeast—Brooklyn Kura utilizes time-honored techniques to craft a sake that is subtle yet complex. It is currently on sale at the brewery, as well as Tonchin, Decibel and more.


Adjacent to the Industry City brewery, Brooklyn Kura’s public tap room—which officially opened to the public on March 2nd—offers a one-of-a-kind experience, where you can taste select sakes only available on-site, along with Brooklyn Kura’s flagship products. You can also peek behind the bar to see the tanks where the moromi (sake mash) is being made as you sip the latest batch in front of you (current tap room menu here.)


If you're a sake lover like me, this is a no-brainer! Make a day of it by tasting some new sake styles, buy a couple bottles and some snacks, then head over to nearby Green-Wood Cemetery or Sunset Park.



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