A few months back I headed over to Port Morris in the South Bronx to check out The Bronx Brewery on 856 E 136th Street. I had heard about it through social media and I was immediately interested in finding out more information. I had started reading about some of the breweries that had been populating the Bronx for some time. None that I was aware of since the last thing I ever assumed I'd be was a beer drinker. That's not to say I haven't enjoyed a glass or a bottle or two throughout my life but I didn't speak the language of libations and so I either used to drink whatever was given to me at whatever social event I'd be at or just stick to water. Basically I had no respect for or an understanding of alcohol. But my curiosity, as it unapologetically always does, got the best of me and so off to The Bronx Brewery I went. First thing's first, Port Morris is absolutely becoming the next Brooklyn. And I feel like that's what you have to tell certain people who are weary of the borough in general. You tell them that and they look at you like all of a sudden they're not so scared to pop in. The specific location where the Brewery is located is reminiscent of parts in Williamsburg. It's industrial and it's on the up and up. There is some seriously incredible real estate hiding in plain sight and there's been so much written about the area and how artists in general are embracing and flocking to that part of the Bronx. I welcome all of it. And I especially welcome The Bronx Brewery. After my initial post on Instagram raving about how awesome the space inside the Brewery is (incredibly intimate and absolutely perfect), how awesome the service is, how incredible the beer is and how plain awesome the vibe is all around, I brought a few friends along on my second visit and they all agreed: it's a fantastic spot to grab a beer and relax and strike up a conversation with new people. I was contacted by Nick Mezansky, their Marketing Coordinator, in hopes that we could work together and bring even more attention their way. I was more than happy to help.
After meeting the workers and one of the owners, Patrick, I was absolutely moved by their dedication to keep around what makes the Bronx so special and unique: its diversity and sense of pride. This is a borough that has, quite frankly, gotten such a bad rap you'd be hard pressed to find anyone outside of it open minded enough to look its way. But times are indeed changing and the Bronx is on its way to becoming the next hot spot. What I got out of the conversation I had with the crew at the Bronx Brewery is the fact that they are keenly aware that the borough is changing but they're not there to change it. They're there to enhance it. They are dedicated to incorporating all facets of the Bronx and embrace it with open arms. These are gentlemen who simply want you to have a good beer in your hand and have a good time when you're in their establishment. They welcome every single body. This is a social area that is all about inclusion.
I love my city and all it has to offer no matter which part I'm in. I was born in Manhattan and raised in Dyckman, which is very close to the Bronx. I've lived in other parts of the city but I've always been more drawn to upper Manhattan and the BX because I took in so much from so many different cultures living and spending time in both spots. The Bronx has some of the most beautiful Jewish communities anywhere (and real talk: Jewish delis in the Bronx are incomparable) and some of the most authentic Dominican neighborhoods outside of the Dominican Republic. Looking for some real Italian food? Go to the Bronx. Middle Eastern dishes? I dare you not to find something you'd like in the Bronx. Albanian foods and neighborhoods? The Bronx, baby. Simply put, the Bronx is absolutely beautiful because of all the different types of people in it. And if we support local businesses like the Bronx Brewery we're only helping the Bronx become what it's going to inevitably become at a faster clip. And that is a borough that is finally looked upon with some serious respect and reverence. Some people are afraid of the idea of gentrification and I get it. I sincerely do and it's a touchy subject. But far too many times what the main problem is is new businesses coming into established neighborhoods that make no effort to respect what's come before them or what's already there. That is not what I feel at all about the workers at The Bronx Brewery and I'll keep repeating that to people as many times as I have to.
As for the beer they offer? Well, honestly, it's insanely delicious. And I can say that with all the confidence in the world. See, after my very first visit to the Brewery my interest in craft/local beers and just beers in general became a very real thing. The taste of what they brew here literally made me want to know about beer. And I can't even come up with a better endorsement than that. When a food, or in this case a drink, opens up not just your taste buds and palette but also your mind, there's just no way to ignore that. I've had the pleasure of tasting every flavor on their menu and all I can say is WOW...just WOW. There is literally nothing that they offer that will disappoint. Go to their website and see for yourself. But even better go to The Bronx Brewery and taste for yourself.