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NYC: A Sneak Peek at Eataly’s New Rooftop Brewery

on 27/05/11 at 5:14 pm

Booze News

A sneak peak at Eataly’s rooftop La Birreria, featuring craft beer, blood sausage, pork shoulder and mushrooms.

There will be craft beer served on a rooftop, but don’t call Eataly‘s Birreria a beer garden, said partner Adam Saper at a sneak peek of the new space on Wednesday night.

It is, after all, still one of Mario Batali’s creations and the food will be important, too.

“We are a restaurant,” Saper said. “The food is awesome. The beer is awesome. And together they’re even better.”

The long-anticipated outdoor space, which has a retractable roof for year round use, is set to officially open on June 3 (but may have a soft opening sooner).

The beer, of course, is paramount.

Three beers will be made in Birreria’s copper clad brewing system: a pale ale made with thyme, an English mild style beer made with chestnuts, and a wheat beer made with peppercorns.

Brewmaster Brooks Carretta, who spent more than two years working in Italy’s Birra del Borgo learning the craft of making beer, has melded that brewery’s techniques with the Italian Birrificio Le Baladin and the Delaware-based Dogfish Head Craft Brewery.

“This has been a combination of American craft brewing knowledge and Italian craft brewing knowledge,” Carretta said.

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