Underground discovery shows Brooklyn’s microbrewing roots

Brooklyn is known as a microbrewing hub these days, but a recent discovery proved the same was true for the borough in mid-19th century.



Construction workers were shocked when they struck four underground vaults on Van Eyck Street while excavating for an affordable housing development.



They called in archaeologist Celia Bergoffen who identified them as Sebastian Schnaderbeck's beer brewing vaults.



Bergoffen says the vaults were in surprisingly great shape and their location underground was because there was no refrigeration back in those days.



She says there were 30 breweries in Brooklyn by the start of the Civil War.


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