Braven Brewing Company, founded in 2013 by Marshall S. Thompson and Eric Feldman, is located in the historic Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn. Braven takes pride in being an active member of the Bushwick community and is excited to help revive Brooklyn as one of America's top brewing capitals.
Braven celebrates the Bold & Crafty. Artists. Creatives. Entrepreneurs. Risk-Takers. Believers. Our vision is to inspire Creativity and Independence with every sip.
The dream began in October 2009 during a serendipitous conversation when, at the same moment, Marshall and Eric asked each other if they wanted to start homebrewing. Before long they designed their own recipes and transformed Eric’s fifteen square foot, East Village kitchen into their first brewery. They toured scores of craft breweries in some of America’s greatest beer cities: Denver, San Francisco, Asheville, and more. At each stop, Marshall and Eric were inspired to create the same kind of intimate, consumer-focused beer culture in New York City.
In August 2013, Marshall and Eric founded Braven Brewing Company ®, a craft brewery based in the historic Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. That fall they launched a Kickstarter campaign that garnered both local and national press to help get the company off the ground. While the money they raised wasn't nearly enough to build out a full brick-and-mortar brewery, it was enough to fuel the project and keep the company charging ahead.
Throughout the following year, Eric and Marshall continued to make connections throughout the NYC beer scene. Eventually they crossed paths with the leadership of S.K.I. Beer Distributors, who thought had some great products, a relatable story, and a vision for where they wanted to take the company. S.K.I. also helped connect them with Olde Saratoga Brewing Company in Saratoga Springs, NY, where they began brewing their first batches of beer just a few months later in December 2014.
By January 2015 they were launching White IPA - their first style - for the very first time in bars across New York City. Later that year they added Bushwick Pilsner, a beer made in the old style of the former Bushwick breweries like Rheingold, Schaefer, Piels, and Trommers, to their repertoire. It quickly became Braven's top selling beer due to its easy-drinking character, its historic lineage, and its distinctive yellow and black packaging.
While brewing at other breweries across the East Coast, Marshall and Eric always had their focus on opening a brewery in Bushwick. After years of pursuing their dream, they were finally able to sign a lease in March 2018 and build-out a 3.5 BBL brewery at 52 Harrison Place in Bushwick, Brooklyn. They opened their brewery, bar, and kitchen in September 2018, where they have at least 10 of their beers on tap at any time.
If you see Marshall or Eric at the brewery, be sure to say hi and tell them what your favorite Braven beer is. You can tell them apart because Eric wears glasses and Marshall doesn't.