Homebrew Shops Make Great Partners: Bitter & Esters + BrewCrate

By Sam Gimbel

It's a lot of fun bringing you homebrew kits via subscription, but we must tip our hats to the local homebrew shops that got us started in the first place. While we try to replicate the high-touch service and community aspect you can find at these shops, sometimes the original simply cannot be beat.

Which is why we're delighted to announce an important partnership with Bitter & Esters, a wonderful brick and mortar homebrew shop in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. We've been visiting Doug and John's shop since 2011 and cannot put enough emphasis on how instrumental they have been in our growth: first as homebrewers, and now as a tech startup catering to homebrewers.


BrewCrate brings you homebrew kits through the internet, but those supplies have to come from somewhere. Early talks with Bitter & Esters revealed a desire to expand their digital presence, making the partnership a no-brainer.

Right now, Bitter & Esters is enabling us to send you the freshest ingredients and highest quality equipment faster and more reliably than we could ever do on our own. In the coming months, they will be providing us with the ability to sell 5 gallon kits and à la carte brew equipment. It's a good time to be brewing with BrewCrate.

We are proud to be advising the shop on technical matters and to be collaborating on new classes with other area businesses. The future is full of new opportunities to grow together.

Bitter & Esters

B&E, as it's affectionately known, is located at 700 Washington Avenue in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. They offer a full array of beginner, advanced, and expert-level ingredients and equipment. If you're not sure what you want to make, just talk to the staff. They'll get you squared away in no time.

More amazing are the classes and brew-on-premises options that B&E has made available. Brewers have a chance to cut their teeth with serious recipes on serious equipment under the watchful gaze of John or Doug, the co-founders. Seasoned brewers can also rent the brew system by the brew, allowing for larger or more precise batches on the truly mammoth in-store system.

If you're in the area you should absolutely check them out.