Grimm FINALLY opens their tap room
July 1, 2018
We first fell in love with Grimm's beers about 4 years ago. They were always well balanced, fresh, and just overall great beers. We later became even more impressed to learn that they were gypsy brewers, meaning brewers that took their recipes to other breweries and used their equipment. It is such a great method to mass produce your product and get your name out there on a larger scale.
But then, something changed. We and several of our beer friends had noticed that the quality of the beer seemed to be going down. It made us wonder if perhaps there was some cost cutting going on - perhaps cheapening ingredients or something else that was happening. We couldn't quite put our finger on it. Cost cutting in brewing isn't unusual, I can recall how good Sip of Sunshine used to be before it was mass distributed. I once called it the best beer I ever had in my life and then in recent years it just doesn't taste the same. The hypothesis is that this might be due to them changing the recipe to save money. But I digress.
We took our skepticism about Grimm and decided, well if they are using their own equipment perhaps the flavor we remember will return.
It was so hot that day, feels like temp was 105. We came early in the day to see a line all the way down the block almost around the corner. Thats when we decided to venture to a few other breweries in the neighborhood and return later.
Upon our return the line was much reduced and we entered. The space was crowded and hot but we were excited to finally put this thought to rest, had Grimm changed?
I started with the 0 Anniversary IPA and Otto with the Tracery. Although mine was middle of the road his was complex and flavorful and left my mouth feeling clean and wanting more. We finished those and got 2 more, then 2 more after that. It was clear, Grimm was back.
So the beer was great, but how about the space?
The tasting room is bright and feels like it has a designer touch. The ceiling and walls area all painted white giving the space a clean and stark vibe but adding a brightness we had never seen in a brewery space before. There is a tasting room with bar and seating area. In the back is all the equipment, walk in, and barrels. The space had accents of red throughout in the lighting fixtures, barrel racks, and curtains. Another thing that you don't really see in breweries is plants. There was tall and varied greenery throughout the space, many pretty tall. This too made the space feel so fresh and comfortable.
One of the other things we loved is that owners (and couple) Joe and Lauren were working all over the space during the opening. Joe was bussing glasses, Lauren behind the bar. Its great to see them in the space they created participating in the work. We later saw them in a small moment where they were enjoying some food together at a tiny table where I snapped this photo and shared my excitement for them over the space.
Im actually excited that we went and got to enjoy this fresh new space at a brewery we loved, then doubted, and now love again.
If you would like to visit Grimm you will be venturing out to the east Williamsburg area. There are also a few other spots in that area not to miss including Interboro brewing, The Noble Experiment (a gin distillery), and The Well (a great beer bar with outdoor space).
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