From January, 2015

Heartland Brewery Union Square Closes

After almost 20 years in business, Heartland Brewery has closed the doors of its Union Square outpost. It’s the original location of the Manhattan based brewpub chain, owned by Jon Bloostein. Grub Street reports that the closing is due to skyrocketing rents. The 35 Union Square West spot was at one point the central brewing location for the brewpub chain. In 2003 Bloostein opened up Greenpoint Beer Works in Brooklyn, headed by Kelly Taylor, moving brewing operations there for the entire chain. There’s still opportunity to enjoy Heartland Brewery beers and eats in Midtown, with its locations in Times Square, Empire State Building and…

Braven Brewing Company Launching First Beer

Braven Brewing Company, the brainchild of homebrewers and friends Marshall Thompson and Eric Feldman that was originally slated to open in 2014, is finally launching its first beer, Braven White. They’re throwing a Roll Out party at The Well in Bushwick. On Friday, January 16, starting at 8 p.m., be one of the first to try Braven White, a our crisp, citrusy, easy-drinking white IPA. More info can be found on the Facebook event here. BeerUnion spoke with Thompson and Feldman in November 2013 about what beers and breweries inspired them in their journey: “Brooklyn Brewery might seem like an…

From Barcade to Shining Barcade

By Meredith Heil When Paul Kermezian and four of his buddies opened the first Barcade in 2004, it was a total game changer… literally. Set in a cavernous converted Williamsburg metal shop, Barcade masterfully united Kermezian’s two great loves: vintage video games and excellent craft beer, a marriage that has delighted New York beer geeks for over a decade. The concept was so successful, in fact, that Kermezian and his crew went on to open more Barcades, first in Jersey City, then Philadelphia and now Manhattan, hitting the city hard with not one, but two brand spanking new sudsy arcades.…