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Coming next weekend, Brooklyn Brews, at Brookfield's MetroTech Commons

I have to admit, when I got the promotional email from the Brooklyn Paper regarding an event at MetroTech Commons--"Experience Brooklyn Brews, presented by Brookfield Properties, a celebration of the local community featuring local Brooklyn breweries, tasty bites, music, and lawn games"--I had a double-take.

How is Brookfield involved, and why are they branding this?

Oops, I'd forgotten for a moment that Brookfield Properties last year absorbed Forest City Realty Trust, and thus is responsible for programming at MetroTech.

The latter of course was developed by Brooklyn stalwart Forest City Ratner, later Forest City New York, a subsidiary of the Cleveland-based parent company (formerly Forest City Enterprises).

So, as noted in the Arts Brookfield listing, the event, on Friday, September 13 from 4 to 8 pm and on Saturday, September 14 from 12 to 5 pm, involves "free entry," plus the opportunity to buy food and drink on-site.

Brooklyn Breweries include:
• Circa Brewing Co.
• Five Boroughs Brewing Co.
• Greenpoint Beer & Ale Co.
• Kings County Brewers Collective (KCBC)
• Randolph Beer

Yes it has sponsors, including JPMorgan Chase & Co. (a longtime MetroTech tenant), Brooklyn Nets (holdover synergy from the Barclays Center/Atlantic Yards, developed by Forest City), The Dodo, NYC Social, and Operation Backpack, a community service of Volunteers of America-Greater New York.


  1. It was a lovely, laid-back event. Great beer and tasty tacos. Staff could not have been friendlier. Lots of families with kids (who kept to the kids area).


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