A staple of the New York City craft beer scene, Kelso Beer Co. has been brewing beer in Brooklyn since 2006. Opened by brewmaster Kelly Taylor and his wife Sonia, this brewery has been turning out delicious beers such as IPAs, Pilsners, Lagers, and Saisons. The only thing missing from this brewery was a tasting room. Well this week has brought upon the grand opening of their new tasting room right inside the brewery located at 529 Waverly Ave.
I happened to be the very first customer on the official opening day and was greeted by many friendly employees of the brewery. Kelly was behind the bar and poured me my first beer which was Kelso’s White IPA. There are currently six taps featuring both Kelso and Heartland Brewery beers. Kelly is also the brewmaster for Heartland Brewery and helped design and build their brewery facility in Brooklyn back in 2002. The brewery space is now shared by both brands.
The brewery plans on doing growler fills and will also have a fridge for can and bottle sales. The tasting area has a nice long bar and a bunch of tables to accommodate the crowds. A nice space to hold tasting events.
The brewery is very easy to get to from the A/C or G train. I am looking forward to many visits to the Kelso tasting room. It is a great addition to the New York City beer scene.