With both a brewing and distilling operation, all under one roof, Interboro Spirits & Ales in Brooklyn, New York, has a lot going on.
Oh yah, they are brewing some fun beers there. Beers like Mad Fat! Fluid, perhaps their flagship and most well know beer, a juicy, soft, citrusy IPA that showcases the English Optic malt. Beers like Bushberg, a pretty drinkable Pilsner (at least according to some “esteemed” opinions). Beers like their Ambassadors series, a variant line-up of barrel-aged Imperial Stouts aged in Rye and Bourbon barrels, offered up to-go in sensibly sized, four-packs of 8oz cans.
They collaborate, a lot. Not only (most infamously, perhaps) with the hip-hop duo, Run the Jewels, on a hazy IPA called STAY G-O-L-D, but also with some of the most laudable breweries out there these days—brewing beers together with Burial from Asheville, North Carolina, J. Wakefield Brewing out of Miami, Florida, Tired Hands Brewing in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, Grimm Artisan Ales, the newest entrant to the Brooklyn brewing scene, open now just nearby to Interboro’s own location, and myriad others.
And, oh yah, they are also distilling, as the name of the operation would, of course, imply. A Whiskey, a Gin, an Apple Brandy. All distilled at Interboro in a gorgeous cooper pot still from wash made-in house. Engineer and distiller David Kyrejko is also distilling at Interboro. He’s set-up over on a vacuum still that looks a lot like a Rube Goldberg machine of sorts—producing spirits under the Arcane label, a Whiskey and Fernet. An hell, Interboro is even canning flavored Gin & Tonics, easy-drinking, all-in-one-go-to alcoholic, adult, soda pops.
Former hip-hop record label manager, and now brewer, Jesse Ferguson, as well as the whole crew at Interboro are clearly having fun—artfully playing with flavors, ingredients, colors, names and artwork to create the spirits and ales coming out of a graffiti adorned, crowded warehouse in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Having fun, but staying busy. There’s a lot going on.