Some time soon, I will take a beer tour vacation.

National Post | Life

“I bet you’re wondering why you’re in church,” Father Timothy says.

It’s an excellent point. We thought we were on a Brooklyn beer tour before this detour into Most Holy Trinity — St. Mary Church that dates back to 1841.

Turns out the German immigrant breweries that flourished here in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn helped establish and support this massive Catholic Church throughout the 19th century. At the time, the area boasted nearly 50 independent breweries, all with German roots.

Father Timothy, splendid in his Franciscan robes, sandals and beatific smile, recounts how suds and foam formed the area’s economic foundation. And what an exotic New York City neighbourhood that New Germany was.

‘People used to take the ferry over from Manhattan to visit the brewery beer gardens’

“People used to take the ferry over from Manhattan to visit the brewery beer gardens,” he tells us.

“They had never…

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