The Evergreens Cemetery Brewer's Row: Tour and Tasting - Atlas Obscura

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The Evergreens Cemetery Brewer's Row: Tour and Tasting

Discover the fascinating stories of Bushwick's legendary beer barons resting at The Evergreens Cemetery, then toast to their legacy with a guided beer tasting.

When Brooklyn was the center of American brewing in the 19th and early 20th centuries, Bushwick formed the heart of this thriving industry, with more breweries than any other part of Brooklyn. It makes sense, then, that Brooklyn's historic Evergreens Cemetery would end up with its own section of plots specifically for the brewers that called the borough home. 

Join Atlas Obscura for a stroll down The Evergreens Cemetery's "Brewers’ Row," where several notable beer barons are entombed in lavish mausoleums. On this special guided tour with Field Agent and Evergreens tour guide James Henry, you'll learn all about the history of local brewing and the backstories of the men who paved the way for the Bushwick brewing scene, like the successful brewer whose business managed to survive prohibition, only to be destroyed by labor unrest, and the brewer who may have been the victim of a serial arsonist.

Cemetery highlights include a brewer's elaborate Egyptian Revival mausoleum inspired by the discovery of King Tut's tomb in 1922 and the grave of the owners of a "mom-and-pop" brewery, whose famous nearby mansion is now a designated city landmark.

Following the tour, you'll meet with Bridge and Tunnel Brewery Brewmaster Rich Castagna for a guided tasting of their locally made brews. As you sip samples, Rich will share the history of his brewery and the stories behind the brews, toasting to the rich legacy of the beer barons of Bushwick.


  • Please arrive on time, our tours begin promptly at the posted start time.
  • Enter at Bushwick Ave. and Conway St.
  • This tour will run rain or shine.
  • 21+ only, please bring I.D.
  • Complimentary beer provided by Bridge and Tunnel Brewery.


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