The Fort Greene, Brooklyn facility opened in 2003. All of Heartland’s classic and seasonal ales & lagers are brewed, fermented and conditioned here. Centralized brewing operations has allowed us to maintain rigorous quality control and extend conditioning time to produce the best beer possible before tapping.
The Brewmaster: Kelly Taylor
Kelly got his start in the brewing industry in 1990 at Karl Strauss Breweries in San Diego, where he worked in the brewery and restaurant through college. In 1994, he designed and built the 7BBL Eagle Brewing Company in his hometown of Mukilteo WA, and brewed for the 15BBL Glacier Peak Brewing Co. Flying Pig Brewery in nearby Everett. In 1995 he became Head Brewer and General Manager at Whidbey Island Brewing Company of Langley, WA, overseeing brewery production and expansion to Seattle and North County markets. In 1996 Kelly left Whidbey Island to work with Pyramid Breweries in their Special Events/Marketing department, and was on the training staff that opened the Pyramid facility in Berkeley, CA later that year. In 1998, Kelly moved to New York, where he eventually became Head Brewer at the Heartland Brewery pub chain. In 2002 he designed, built, and brewed at the Heartland facility in Brooklyn, where he oversees a yearly production of 20,000 kegs of beer
The Founder: Jon Bloostein
In 1995, Jon Bloostein, founder of the Blue Stein Group, opened the first Heartland Brewery brewpub in Union Square. Over the next 10 years, Jon went on to build the largest urban brewery group in the world. In 2006, Bloostein established an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) making the Blue Stein Group the only 100% employee owned restaurant group in New York City.