Bloomberg’s Method Of Raising A Glass Raises Eyebrows

His Honor Likes It On The Rocks

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Mayor Michael Bloomberg raised a few eyebrows at a ribbon cutting at the expanded Brooklyn Brewery Monday.

At issue is how Bloomberg likes to raise a glass.

Apparently, the mayor likes his beer on the rocks. He says he has always consumed it with ice.

While that may rankle some beer purists, Bloomberg was all-too-happy to toast Brooklyn Brewery’s expansion.

“This $8-million expansion increases the brewery’s current production of 12,000 barrels a year tenfold to 120,000 barrels a year,” Bloomberg said.

What do you think of the mayor’s unusual method of doffing a brew? Sound off below.

“More than a century ago, Brooklyn was one of the largest centers for brewing in the nation, and for more than 20 years, Brooklyn Brewery – one of the country’s most celebrated craft breweries – has revived and extended that tradition,” said Bloomberg.

“The expansion of our Brooklyn Brewery means that most of our growth in the next three years will be in Brooklyn,” said Brooklyn Brewery President Steve Hindy.  “We expect to double our sales in the next three years.”


Right now, most of the Brooklyn Brewery Beer comes from Utica. When the expansion is finished, the bulk of the Brooklyn brew will be actually made in Brooklyn. Mayor Bloomberg touts the expansion of the brewery to WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb

The Brooklyn Brewery is preserving the character of the 1870s wood-timbered building in which it operates, but adding capacity means knocking down walls and installing huge new stainless steel tanks.

With the expansion, the brewery has added ten jobs and now employs 49 full-time and 20 part-time employees. It expects to hire another 15 people in the next two years.

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Last year, Brooklyn Brewery sold 108,000 barrels of beer.

“Congratulations to Steve Hindy and Brooklyn Brewery on their exciting new expansion,” said Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. “This growth will help create jobs and make this Williamsburg institution even more ‘stout’ by increasing its capacity ten-fold. So, let’s raise a mug and toast to Brooklyn Brewery’s bright future – and hope there are even more expansions ‘on tap.'”

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  • Pete Doyle

    “All the news that fits, we print.”
    And this isn’t even newsworthy.

  • Tellya What

    Why does CBS remove all the good comments? Oh sorry, I forgot. Because they are true.

  • StormsNYC

    In Munich (which is in Germany, which is in Europe, for the majority of Americans that don’t know geography), at Oktoberfest (google it), they serve steins of beer that are half beer, half Sprite. What’s worse, ice in a beer or Coors Light? I’d say Coors Light has more water.

  • Robert

    Only a total dolt would put ice in beer.


    Who gives a rats booty?

  • Michael H.

    People! The real story is the expansion of Brooklyn Brewery! I had the pleasure of touring the expanded facility on Saturday and I am impressed! The new wing is HUGE and I can’t wait to keep going back to sample all the new brews they dream up in the future. Brooklyn Brewery FTW!

    • Abe Benesch

      Hey, that is pretty cool. If the beer is good, then it is a great idea to support a smaller local brewery. Better than supporting Anheuser-Busch and the like.

  • Fritz Von

    That’s not ice in his beer, it’s diamonds.

  • BeerNut

    Who ever heard of putting ice in beer.

  • argyle

    Ice in his beer?!? Remove him from office immediately!!! … ha ha …

    Hey, if that’s how enjoys it, so be it. It’s a little strange, but to each his own.

    Oh yeah, by the way, why is this news ???

    • Michael H.

      The real story is the expansion of the Brooklyn Brewery. For some reason CBS decided to cheek it up a bit and failed miserably.

  • Claude Kalid

    Slow news day is it?

  • steve

    really!!! people are that concerned with such trivial nonsense

  • So sue me

    I don’t blame him, U.S. “beer” tastes like sh1t with all of the additives, etc.. The ice will make it cold enough to be somewhat palatable.

  • StormsNYC

    its just a watered down beer. After all, James Bond orders his martinis shaken, not stirred, which also waters down the martini, so don’t rush to judge…

  • Pat Di Boozer

    If he puts ice in his beer, no one will ever mistake him for being Irish.

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