NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – When Rheingold shut down its brewery in the 1960s, the Bronx became a beer wasteland.
Now another one is joining them off the mainland.
“Everything is local. People want local products,” said mechanical engineer Paul Sciara, who co-founded the City Island Beer Company on the island known for its ship-building history. “There’s a growing demand for better beer, craft beer in the area.”
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“We’re just looking to bring in a different type of craftsmanship to City Island and the area,” he told WCBS 880 reporter Alex Silverman. “We drew a lot of inspiration from the community and City Island has a rich history.”
His pale ale debuts tonight as New York City Beer Week kicks off in DUMBO, Brooklyn.
Right now, it’s brewed in Massachusetts.
“Our plan is that in a year or two years to establish the brand to build our own brewery on City Island,” Sciara said.
They will, of course, use famous New York City water.