“Here we are — the road of 115 double IPA’s led us to this point, and to this revelation. . . A brewery that none of us in the room had ever even tasted before produced the #1 and #4 beers in a 115-beer field. That’s absurd. And that doesn’t happen by chance, not in a million years.”– Jim Vorel, Paste Magazine
“Each seasonal beer is a one-off, and it’s sold for just one month — after that, it’s gone for good. This is the most exciting brewery to watch — and drink from — in New York.” — The Village Voice
“My favorite beer of the summer.” — Niko Krommydas, Brooklyn Magazine
“…Lauren and Joe continue to produce outstanding, creative beers. Their Double Negative Imperial Stout took home a silver medal at the Great American Beer Fest, beating out some of the beer world’s most established craft breweries.” — Noah Kaufman, Food and Wine
“It’s hard to imagine that there’s a craftier pico-brewery in the U.S. today than Grimm Artisanal Ales… Lauren and Joe Grimm mix traditional brewing styles with rule-breaking, cutting edge flavors and techniques. And they have gorgeous labels to boot.” — Chris Ronis, Owner Northern Spy Restaurant
Grimm Artisanal Ales is a Brooklyn-based nomadic brewery founded in 2013 by Joe and Lauren Grimm after nearly a decade of tinkering with fermentation. The couple develops each recipe in the kitchen of their Gowanus apartment and travels to existing breweries near and far to craft their beers. Grimm specializes in concise, elegant ales epitomizing the creative, experimental spirit of the American artisanal beer revolution. Each one is a single-batch, limited-edition release that may never come around again.
Dedicated to sourcing the best ingredients, the Grimms make their beer using locally produced honey, specialty heirloom grains, and fruits as well as the best hops and grain from New York, the West Coast, and Europe. By always bringing their creativity and ingenuity to the brewing process, they seek to push the boundaries of beer styles in order to create beers with the utmost depth and complexity.
THE PREHISTORY OF GRIMM…
Joe and Lauren have been experimenting with the near-magical transformative qualities of yeast since 2005, when they met as students and artists in Providence, Rhode Island. Initial experiments in their apartment kitchen with mead, hard cider, kombucha, kvass, and ginger beer soon gave way to a fascination with Belgian-style ales.
As a musician on tour in Europe, Joe performed in Brussels, Belgium. It was there that he became transfixed by the complexity of Belgian ales. Soon after arriving back in the states, Joe and Lauren began tasting beers methodically in order to teach themselves about the subtle and distinctive qualities of malt, hops, and yeast that created the aromas and flavors of their favorite beers. Alongside their art and music practices, they eagerly researched techniques for beer-making, and started brewing five-gallon batches in their apartment to drink and give to their friends.
As more and more people began to share their excitement for the homebrews that they had been making, the two began brewing beer on the sly for gallery events and music performances in Chicago, where they were in school studying sculpture and sound art at the time. Alongside these pop-up bars, the Grimms operated a homebrew CSA to distribute beer to their friends. They had so much success that they began thinking about bringing their beer to a larger community. Once back at home on the East Coast, Joe and Lauren founded Grimm Artisanal Ales.