Some put their heart on their sleeves. Reverie Brewing Company puts it on a huge multicolored mural inside its taproom that reads: “Don’t quit your daydream!” This open, industrial space is bright, clean and modern with plenty of long communal high tops looking right onto the brew kettles. An overhead garage door slides open in good weather so you can hoist one outdoors in its informal pavement beer garden. No food is served, but BYO is welcomed and food trucks are regularly scheduled for weekends. During the COVID-19 crisis, Reverie Brewing Company expanded its home delivery, added curbside pickups, held virtual “paint and sip” online art classes and donated can sale proceeds to a local small business relief fund. All the while, they created some pretty interesting beers from traditional styles to not-so-traditionals like chocolate strawberry stout and peanut butter wee heavy/Scotch ale.
Many dream of making brewing a full-time job and, for the owners of Reverie Brewing Company, it came true – hence, their slogan. Co-founder Ryan Broderick, for example, left the financial services field; headbrewer Frank Lockwood started homebrewing on his tiny Manhattan apartment’s stove. Opened in early 2019, Reverie aims to “be a positive and honest partner to the community and to brew craft beers with integrity,” according to its website. From all indications, it is succeeding.