Where to Drink This Weekend: KelSo’s Brand New Taproom

The taproom opened to the public yesterday, July 9, and is located just off to the side of the brewery.

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New York State recent made it legal for breweries to have taprooms on the premises.

Now the pathway from brewery to pint glass doesn’t have to be more than a few feet. Recent changes to New York State law made it legal for breweries to have taprooms on the premises, and Greenpoint Beer Works, the home of Heartland Brewery and KelSo, is the newest facility to invite imbibers inside.

The taproom opened to the public yesterday, July 9, and is located just off to the side of the brewery at 529 Waverly Avenue. The six beers on tap represent both KelSo and Heartland with selections ranging from an imperial saison, nut brown lager and an array of IPAs. All of Heartland’s beers are brewed, fermented and conditioned at the brewery so customers are absolutely taking a peek behind the scenes of every sip. Fully open to the brewery, the taproom makes it delightfully impossible to forget that you’re inside an industrial space.

Heartland is the second largest brewery in New York City and brewmaster Kelly Taylor says that they’ve been “missing out” but not having a taproom until now. “A lot of other breweries have a place where you can go and taste,” he explains. Finally, this will be one of them.

Those who may have been sad when Heartland stopped selling growlers can breathe easy: they will be selling them again. The new law also requires that taprooms have food or snacks on the premises so expect to find chips, pretzels and other goodies.

The taproom will only be open Thursday through Sunday and Taylor says that tours are definitely a possibility for those who are interested. However, since the space is so small, he jokes that he may just put up signs that allow visitors to do it themselves. As for his plans for the space, Taylor says, “It’s a cool spot and were anticipating people to enjoy spending time here.” He adds, “It’s all about having that brick and mortar connection.”

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Tove Danovich is a food and agriculture journalist based in Brooklyn, NY. She is a contributor to Modern Farmer, Miracle of Feeding Cities, Civil Eats, and others. Follow her on Twitter or visit her website.