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Almost 400 Years Later Dirck the Norseman Returns with Beer

From the people who brought you Brouwerij Lane, get ready for Dirck the Norseman, Brooklyn’s first brewery and restaurant, which is set to launch officially on March 13th.

Located on the corner of North 15th and Franklin Streets, Dirck the Norseman is named after Scandinavian ship builder, Dirck Volckertsen, who landed in the Garden Spot in 1645 and settled on 300 acres of forest and pastureland that would later become Greenpoint and Bushwick.

“Everybody else is just a brewery,” said Edward Raven, the owner of Dirck. “With us you can have a great meal and enjoy the brewing process.”

Led by head brewer Chris Prout, the facility produces historically-named brews like Helles Gate Smoked Lager and Peter Dolgers Extra Beer, crafted by Prout and his staff. The chef, Arnon Magal, has created an indomitable menu featuring the likes of short ribs, braised pig knuckles, pierogies, schnitzel and mussels.

Apart from being the man behind Brouwerij Lane, Raven has extensive experience in the beer brewing industry. He started off with Brooklyn Brewery and subsequently worked as a brand manager for a number of breweries.

In the early 2000s, he began importing beers from Europe, and his subsequent business ventures, particularly the launch of Dirck are a culmination of his ongoing interest in the knowledge of imported beers.

That knowledge is on display in the 16 tap lines, which in addition to serving Prout’s locally inspired brews, also feature a selection of the best beers available in New York, including several award winners from the Ravenbrands portfolio such as Jever, Gaffel, Kolsch, Dentergems and Riegele.

The space at North 15th Street, in a former plastic bag factory, has over 6,000 square feet of interior space. A showplace made of architectural salvage includes a wood-burning stove placed between glass doors that overlook the East River. At the center of the space is a 50-seat geometric bar, and in the summer, the outdoor space will be home to a 60-seat sidewalk café.

“I can see why Dirck was attracted to this location,” said Raven. “The waterfront view of Manhattan is spectacular with its beautiful sunsets. It’s fantastic that it sits on what would become the crossroads of Williamsburg and Greenpoint neighborhoods.”

In addition, the new brewery has $900,000 in building improvements including the planting of trees and the paving of sidewalks. It has also brought in jobs: four brewing positions, six positions in the kitchen and 10 dining room jobs.

“It was a tough road getting to this point,” said Raven, “but now that we’re open we look forward to growing with the neighborhood, brewing the best beer in Brooklyn and building on the roots that a pioneer started almost 400 years ago.”

Dirck the Norseman, 7 N15th St., Grand Opening, Thursday, March 13, 3-5 p.m. Regular hours, Mon-Sun, 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.

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