HOW IT ALL BEGAN
Like any other great idea Yonkers Brewing Co. was thought of with a beer in hand. The concept of brewing came to John Rubbo and Nick Califano after they tirelessly helped their grandfathers make homemade wine. As they exchanged stories about crushing grapes and discussed the intricacy of fermentation, they cracked open a cold beer. As the cap fell off the lights went on, "Why not just make the sweet nectar we enjoy so much more?" they asked. The generations-old tradition of wine making sparked a fire and with head brewer, Sharif Taleb, they brewed up a recipe that is now known as Yonkers Lager.
Yonkers Brewing Co. is open to the public in the former Yonkers Trolley Barn, located at 92 Main Street in downtown Yonkers, New York. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the last remaining trolley barn in Westchester County, this Renaissance Revival style brick building has soaring 20 foot ceilings and plenty of exposed brick.
The building is accessible by Metro North, less than 30 yards away and a 23 minute train ride from Grand Central, and numerous buses. If you are driving we are stone’s throw away from the New York State Thruway, Cross County Parkway, Sprain Brook Parkway, Saw Mill Parkway and Bronx River Parkway – we also have a parking structure across the street.
This building is the perfect location to bring together the old Yonkers and the new Yonkers – which now includes Yonkers Brewing Co.
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WHAT'S IN A NAME?
William Shakespeare once asked, "What's in a name? That which we call a beer. By any other brew would smell as sweet." Or something along those lines. Why the name Yonkers Brewing Co.? Yonkers is the city in which John and Nick were raised and the city they call their hometown. They want the brewery name to reflect how they see Yonkers and be a place where the community can come together in a lively environment to celebrate all the riches the city has to offer - culture, entertainment, sports and now great beer.
With a growing beer culture, an array of top notch restaurants and a rich history, Yonkers has all the components of a great beer city. John and Nick have planted the roots of the brewery here and are excited to be part of a long list of exciting things happening.
DID YOU KNOW?
"Yonkers" is directly derived from Adriaen van der Donck, a lawyer, scholar, and author who had emerged as a leader of the New Netherland colony and was known locally as the Jonkheer or Jonker
In 1853, Elisha Otis invented the first safety elevator and the first elevator factory in the world, Otis Elevator Company, in Yonkers
Bakelite, the first completely synthetic plastic, was invented in Yonkers circa 1906 by Leo Baekeland
In 1888, Scottish-born John Reid founded the first golf course, with just three holes, in the United States, St. Andrew's Golf Club, in Yonkers
Kawasaki assembly plant opened in 1986 producing the new cars for the New York City Subway and PATH trains
In 1940, Yonkers resident Edwin Howard Armstrong transmitted the first FM radio broadcast from the Yonkers home of C.R. Runyon, a co-experimenter
Yonkers hosts one of the nation's oldest St. Patrick's Day parades