Thanks, Government! Last week the state gave Brooklyn Brewery a grant for $800,000 to help their $6.5MM expansion through Williamsburg. They money will go towards converting 13,500 square feet of vacant distribution space into a fermentation facility, and upping their production from 8,000 to 50,000 barrels a year. Brooklyn Brewery Founder Steve Hindy tells the Post “Support like this is vital to growing manufacturing jobs in New York City. These funds will enable us to complete a six-fold capacity expansion, adding 15 full-time jobs with benefits, and further expanding the Brewery’s green initiatives.”

Among their initiatives, the brewery will install solar panels on the roof to preheat the water and develop a new grain handling system. The money for this grant was allotted from $7.8MM in Downstate Revitalization Fund awards, parts of which also went to the Brooklyn Navy Yard and the Apollo Theater. And while solar panels and wider distribution are all fine and dandy, we're hoping some of the money is being invested in a bacon beer initiative.