Guess what? We’re building an 8,000 barrel brewery. In Stockholm, Sweden. Influenced by both American and Swedish brewing traditions, the brewery is a partnership between Brooklyn, D. Carnegie & Co. and Carlsberg Sweden.
The brewery will be built in the landmarked Luma Factory buildings in Hammarby Sjöstad, a residential and commercial complex that fronts on Stockholm harbor. The waterfront brewery will have brewing capacity for 8,000 barrels and include a public space with room for 100 visitors inside, and another 150 outside. Plans for local food vendors are also in the works.
If you’re wondering “why Stockholm?”… it begins with the mutual appreciation of beer, food, music, art and all around good culture shared by Brooklyn and Sweden (even leading some to ponder if Sweden is the new Brooklyn). Brooklyn Brewery has a long history with Sweden highlighted by the fun fact that Sweden is our largest export market and second biggest market overall (right behind NYC) thanks to our importer and partner in Stockholm brewery, Carlsberg Sweden.
What with all the news from 2012 of west-USA breweries expanding east—with Sierra Nevada, New Belgium, and Oskar Blues building in Asheville, North Carolina, and Lagunitas expanding to Chicago—I guess it sort of makes sense that for Brooklyn to expand eastward it would be in Europe!
But except for Stone Brewing’s announcement from a few years ago about looking for a location to build a European brewery, I don’t know of any other American craft breweries that have built internationally. Is Brooklyn the first?
Also—Sweden is Brooklyn’s second biggest market? That seems random (and somewhat inefficient, no wonder they’re building a brewery there!), but I wonder if this is in draft or bottle sales, or both. That’s nearly 4000 miles, no small thing, makes me wish we could get Brooklyn beers out here in Oregon!