The Brooklyn Navy Yard development has added another marquee tenant to its growing manufacturing complex.
The Brooklyn Brewery will be expanding its operations and building a new brewery, headquarters and rooftop eatery and beer garden to the $185 million Navy Yard project, city officials announced Monday.
The brewery, which has been based in Williamsburg since opening there 20 years ago, will join anchor tenant Russ & Daughters, as well as chocolate makers Mast Brothers and coffee maker Brooklyn Roasting Company at the Yard, situated on the East River between Dumbo and Williamsburg.
Brooklyn Brewery will be taking over 75,000 square feet of Building 77, which is currently undergoing a transformation from an underused storage space into a 1 million-square foot manufacturing, tech and design hub. New York City is investing $100 million into the redevelopment project.
Mayor Bill de Blasio called Brooklyn Brewery a welcome addition to "a world-class industrial and innovation hub that continues to attract New Yorkers’ hometown favorites."
"The Brewery will play a pivotal role in creating a vibrant publicly accessible food manufacturing and retail hub on the ground floor, while the rooftop beer garden and restaurant will be a welcome place for tenants and community members to relax, collaborate, and meet," said Brooklyn Navy Yard President and CEO David Ehrenberg.
Brooklyn Brewery founder Steve Hindy said "We are very proud to be a part of this creative community that has become an engine of job creation in Brooklyn."
The brewery will produce 50,000 barrels annually at the Yard, and employ 124 people. It's aiming to add 100 additional jobs in the long term.
The Brooklyn Navy Yard project is expected to completed by early 2017, and will add 3,000 jobs. It's expected to become operational in early 2018.
Brooklyn Brewery is also hoping to open a large brewery in Staten Island to handle production that is now done in upstate Utica, and wants to maintain brewing operations in Williamsburg after its leases expire in 2025.