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The Kings (County) of Brooklyn: Dirk the Norseman

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CHRIS PROUT & ED RAVEN / SAM HORINE FOR DRAFT

DIRK THE NORSEMAN: For more than 25 years, Ed Raven (right) has helped Brooklynites drink better beer. In the 1980s, Raven started as a salesman for Brooklyn Brewery, then founded beer importer Raven Brands and, in 2009, growler and bottle shop Brouwerij Lane. Beer-wise, Raven has a firm handle on the borough’s strengths—and what it’s sorely lacking. “It’s amazing that Brooklyn doesn’t have a brewpub,” says Raven, who aims to remedy that shortage with Greenpoint’s Dirk the Norseman (set to open before fall). Named after Greenpoint’s first Scandinavian settler, the beer hall is housed in a former plastic bag factory located near the East River (“We have one of the best views of Manhattan,” Raven says) and within stumbling distance of the Brooklyn Brewery. Dirk will serve a mixture of Raven’s imported brands (including Gaffel Kölsch, Jever Pilsener and Dentergems Wit) and beers brewed at the adjacent brewery by homebrewer Chris Prout (left), who cut his teeth at North Carolina’s Outer Banks Brewing Station. On a 5-barrel system that’s visible to customers through glass dividers, he’ll turn out traditional Belgian and American styles with a twist, such as the Tupelo honey IPA and rhubarb saison.

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