Brooklyn Local 1

Review by Eric Tansey, CSW, Sommelier                                                                                                                           The Brooklyn Local 1 is one of those beverages that inspired me to create this site. I love Brooklyn Brewery,  I love the bottle, I love the story behind the bottle, and I love the creativity…but blindly, I did not give the beer a score one might have expected. Honesty is my game and truth is what’s for dinner. On the palate, the beer is slightly effervescent due to the secondary fermentation done in the bottle, similar to the way you make sparkling wine. The yeast is alive and, according to my wife, the cork launched off the bottle upon her removing the cork. The beer had a very tall white head and a hazy gold color. The taste characteristics are underripe orange citrus and lemon zest, with sour yeast and dry wheat notes. The 9% alcohol was surprising and was masked by the other Saison-like, Belgian-style qualities.

Tansey’s Blind Rating 75 points

Beer Advocate 91 points 

Ratebeer 96 points


Beer Selection – Brooklyn Local One

Style – Belgian-inspired Strong Golden Ale

Producer – Brooklyn Brewing

Region Brooklyn, New York

Hops – Aurora, Perle, Styrian Golding

Malts – German Pilsner

Raw Sugar from Mauritius and yeast from Belgium

Alcohol – 9.0%

Food Pairing – Seafood, white pasta, gourmet mac & cheese.

 From the Brewery

In Williamsburg, Brooklyn, we forge barley malt and hops from Germany, aromatic raw sugar from Mauritius and yeast from Belgium into our latest  beer, Brooklyn Local 1. Behind the full golden color you’ll find an alluring  aroma, a dynamic complex of flavors, Belgian flair, Brooklyn fortitude and a dusting of our special yeast. To create this beer, we use the old technique of 100% bottle re-fermentation, a practice now rare even in Europe. It gives this beer a palate of unusual depth. Enjoy it locally or globally, as an aperitif or with your favorite dishes.

What is a Blonde Ale? 

Blonde ales are super approachable beers. They do not often offer worlds of fruity flavors but they do offer loads of refreshment with a tad more body than, say, a lager or a pilsner. These beers are really an American creation spawned by the craft beer movement. They deliver a satisfying, thirst-quenching, dry session-like quality that is different than what we are used to. Lightly hopped, using noble hop varieties that are more neutral and dry than bitter and acidic. These beers are malt heavy and yeast is always conducting this train of refreshment. Enjoy these neutral style beers with a variety of foods and if you have a friend that is just getting on the craft beer train, this style of beer is a great beginner’s brew! Eric Tansey, CSW  You may also like