Tavern to Bring Craft Beer and Gourmet Hot Dogs to Brooklyn Waterfront

By Nikhita Venugopal on April 30, 2014 6:50am 

 The Hop Shop, a new craft beer tavern, is opening this summer at 121 Columbia St.
The Hop Shop, a new craft beer tavern, is opening this summer at 121 Columbia St.
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COLUMBIA STREET WATERFRONT DISTRICT — Gourmet hot dogs and craft beers-to-go are heading to a new tavern on Columbia Street this summer.

The Hop Shop will be a beer-centric bar with 15 rotating taps and close to 100 kinds of beers in bottles, cans and growlers that can be taken on the road, co-owner Ryan Watson said.

From light lagers to dark stouts, the 121 Columbia St. bar plans to focus on local breweries in the city and borough, said Watson, 36.

“We’re trying to keep everything local to Brooklyn,” he said.

The bar was approved for a full liquor license by Community Board 6’s licenses and permits committee on Monday night.

Gourmet hot dogs will also be served at the bar with wieners from the Brooklyn Hot Dog Company in flavors including classic beef, pepperoni dog and buffalo dog.

Watson anticipates the tavern, designed with a reclaimed wood bar and a back patio, will open in mid-June, he said.

Under the company Brew Crew Inc., Watson is opening the bar with Silvia Santurio, both of whom have experience in the restaurant industry, Watson said.

Watson began working as a dishwasher at 17 and has worked in city bars for more than a decade, including the Spring Lounge and the Frying Pan.

“I think the only thing I didn’t have on my resume was owner,” he said.

Other licenses that were approved at Monday night's CB6 meeting include:

► The Bahche, a former industrial warehouse that was transformed into a Mediterranean café last year, was approved for a new liquor license for its space at 191 7th St. in Gowanus.

►  McMahon's Public House in Park Slope was approved for a new on-premises liquor license at 39 Fifth Ave. Owners of the bar built a second floor with two outdoor decks on the existing one-story building, where they plan to operate a restaurant and bar under the same name, they said at the meeting.

CB6 conditionally approved a second liquor license for McMahon's Public House. The board asked the bar to close the outdoor decks by 10 p.m. every night after residents voiced concerns about late-night noise disturbing its neighbors.

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