Bushwick‘s Otto Huber Brewery may be long gone, but its new tenants have reincarnated its spirit with a cavernous new beer garden inside the old facility. Dubbed The Well, the transformed former beer factory is now home to 16,000 square feet of hopsy goodness for everyone in the neighborhood to enjoy. Along with The Wick, the adjacent music venue, The Well offers a whopping 60 lines and two craft casks to thirsty Brooklynites.
The Otto Huber Brewery brewed beer in the late 1860s and continued to churn out delicious suds under different names and owners until it finally closing in 1951 under the last braumeister, Edward Hittleman. Still sporting the old brewery’s recognizable smokestack, The Well will do as Hittleman once did – celebrate the glory of beer.
Aside from the epic brews on tap, the beer hall will have around 250 bottles, as well as a barbeque style menu which will include vegetarian options like triple grilled cheese with pickled jalepenos. Scores of picnic style tables will bring the community of beer drinkers together inside, while an outdoor area will let visitors enjoy their drinks under the stars.
The Well also plans to serve as a community meeting space, hosting events and sports for the neighboring Bushwick residents to enjoy. Along with The Wick, it will host a bevy of musical acts, from pop and rock to hip hop.
Aside from slinging beers, The Well is an excellent example of adaptive reuse– with its new use paying homage to its last. If all goes well, The Well hopes to turn back to its brewery roots, and come out with an ale of their own.