Grimm Artisanal Ales is a nomadic brewery founded in 2013 by Joe and Lauren Grimm. We develop each recipe in the kitchen of our Gowanus apartment and travel to existing breweries near and far to craft our ales. Each one is a small batch, limited edition brew inspired by the freewheeling, creative brewing traditions of Belgium.
Joe and Lauren have been experimenting with the near-magical transformative qualities of yeasts since 2005. 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.
While on tour in Europe playing music, Joe made a stop in Brussels, Belgium. It was there that he became transfixed by the complexity of Belgian beers. After arriving back in the states, he raved about his recent experiences with these intoxicating beverages. Soon after, 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. 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 in Chicago, where they were living at the time. “Buy a cookie. Get a free beer!” It was such a success that they began thinking about brewing beer on a larger scale.
The two have made their home in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York and are brewing beer as nomadic brewers at existing breweries wherever the fermenting tanks are available. They make their beer with the highest quality ingredients always bringing their creativity and ingenuity to the brewing process. With this in mind, they seek to push the boundaries of beer styles in order to create beers with the utmost depth and complexity.