While we mourn the passing of the historic section of the East Village that disappeared in a few hours’ time (along with the lives lost and the people injured or without homes), we’re also reflecting on the significance of our home and that of our two neighbors, Standings and Burp Castle, which are all housed in a single building at 41-43 E. 7th Street. The fire only missed us by chance: there was a gap between our building and the one next door that probably saved the block, alongside the valiant work of the FDNY.
We’re grateful and awed. But we’re also nostalgic. Our address is historic for another reason: the birthplace of the NYC homebrew movement. The three craft beer bars in our building are colloquially referred to as “The Brewmuda Triangle,” probably because you can get lost here drinking great beer for hours and days on end.
Back in the 1980s, a pre-Brooklyn Brewery-era Garrett Oliver would gather with homebrewers in our building. When the number of craft beer bars in the city could be counted on one hand, our building was gathering the future beer makers of New York City.
We truly appreciate the outpouring of support and the many great articles being written about our situation. We continue to be optimistic that we will reopen soon, along with our other Brewmuda businesses. We’ll keep you posted as soon as we have good news to share!