On Wednesday evening the Brooklyn Brewery launched the Brooklyn Greenmarket Wheat beer, a collaboration with environmental non-profit GrowNYC, a group that’s aimed at improving NYC’s quality of life with environmental programs, such as the city’s greenmarkets.
Inspired by Governor Cuomo’s 2012 Farm Brewery License legislation, which went into effect in January, Greenmarket Wheat is brewed in a Belgian Wit Style from 70 percent wheat grown in New York State at North Country Farm in Watertown, NY. Wildflower Honey from Tremblay Apiaries in Chemung County, NY and Pilsner Barley Malt from Valley Malt in Hadley, MA were also used in the beer. (As of now, there are no maltsters in New York State.)
“There is a demand for local produce, locally produced products and locally grown commodities and foods, but seven year ago you couldn’t get the grain to make this beer,” said Brooklyn Brewery co-founder Steve Hindy, quoted in this report from Beverage World Magazine. “With this beer we’re supporting farmers upstate who are growing grain and providing a market for them.”
Brooklyn Greenmarket Wheat will be available for sale by the bottle at the Union Square Greenmarket on Wednesdays and Saturdays.