Business & Entrepreneurship

A Brooklyn Brewery
Two Brown graduates start their own brewery after an influential trip to Belgium

November 7th, 2018
Photo: Cory Smith/Good Beer Hunting

This past summer, former “gypsy brewers” Joe Grimm ’06 AM and Lauren (Carter) Grimm ’05 opened a 7,500-square-foot brewery and taproom in the East Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, a permanent home for Grimm Artisanal Ales. The Grimms have been selling beer since 2013, when the company was founded (developing recipes in their Brooklyn apartment, but using commercial breweries to craft the beer). The two had been experimenting with home brews since 2005, when they met at Brown. A trip to Belgium created a fascination with Belgian ales, and their first commercial brew was a Belgian-style blonde ale flavored with rose hips. Others: the award-winning Double Negative imperial stout; Lambo Door, a double IPA; and Lilt, a blended sour with cherries.

Grimm Ale wins the most awards out of any brewery, winning a total of 8 medals and the "2021 Brewery of the Year" at the 2021 New York State Craft Beer Competition.

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