Strong Rope Brewery creates handcrafted local and organic ales featuring seasonal offerings that will use the freshest vegetables, fruits, herbs, and spices showcasing the New York State farmers and malters we work with to create great tasting beer.

Jason Sahler is the owner and brewer of Strong Rope Brewery in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Originally from Rochester, New York, Jason has lived in Brooklyn for the last 15 years and graduated from New York University with a degree in Sustainable Development. Jason is dedicated to promoting New York ingredients and travels extensively throughout New York state, working with malt, hop, and beer producers from the Southern Tier, to the Adirondack Region, to Long Island’s North Fork. Strong Rope Brewery recently transitioned to 100% New York ingredients for all their beers.

Strong Rope is a name with origins that date back to 2001. It is an homage to Eric Ropiteau. He was my best friend and has been an inspiration for everything I have done since then and this is my small way to honor his memory.

While serving many of the ales on draft, the brewery hopes to eventually also feature living ales: cask and bottle-conditioned beers where live yeast remains in the beer, which continues to condition and evolve in its serving vessel, showcasing the subtle natural flavors that this unique conditioned environment creates. 

To Strong Rope, a living ale is more than just cask ale—it also speaks to the evolving record of beer history and culture, as well as to our efforts to use organic and natural ingredients, creating a more sustainable world. Beer is a living record of our society and that evolution will be continued through Strong Rope Brewery.

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Gowanus Getting Another Brewery With Opening Of Strong Rope

Brooklyn Magazine:
Talking to Strong Rope, Brooklyn’s Newest Brewery Opening Soon in Gowanus

DNA Info:
5 Gowanus Restaurants and Bars Opening Soon

Brooklyn Paper:
Tie one on! Strong Rope Brewery opens Gowanus tap room

NY Magazine:
Strong Rope Brewery

Time Out NY:
Strong Rope Brewery

Urban Daddy:
The Weekender

Heritage Radio Network:
EPISODE 293 From Home Brew to Pro Brew!

EPISODE 87 Kings County Brewers Collective & Strong Rope

Edible Brooklyn:
Help Kickstart the Gowanus’s Latest Farm Brewery

Chop and Brew
Episode 19: NYC Homebrew Tour

North Fork in the News

Social Responsibility

Owner Jason Sahler studied sustainable design and development at New York University and is passionate about incorporating sustainable practices into all aspects of the brewery. This core feature of the brewery is its promotion of environmental sustainability by selling organic and local products, reducing waste in the production and retail of the brewery. Whenever possible Strong Rope Brewery will purchase energy-efficient equipment, incorporate green construction, and implement operational practices, minimizing environmental impact, with the eventual goal of creating a LEED certified brewery. Strong Rope Brewery will work with NYSERDA to improve energy efficiency to the manufacturing process of brewing and fermenting beer.

In addition, we strive to work with vendors with similar ideals. Currently we’ve been fortunate enough to work with these great companies:

Squarespace: hosts our website


  • strives to minimize server space needed by using the space more efficiently

  • recycling, (almost) paper-free, carbon off-sets, alternative modes of transportation, office uses 100% renewable energy

Rolling Press: printed our business cards


  • All of the papers we have chosen were selected because they have a combination of most of these criteria: they are managed by strict international forestry programs, made with 100% recycled fiber, processed chlorine-free, manufactured with 100% renewable energy, and/or made carbon neutral.

Bella and Canvas: shirts


  • Made in the USA

  • Eco-conscious manufacturing

  • BELLA + CANVAS and Alo (Color Image Apparel, Inc. brands) are committed to maintaining and upholding responsible workplace and environmental standards. All US production and office facilities are WRAP Certified.

Jakprints: printed our stickers and coasters


  • Plants a tree for every order

  • 100% Vegetable-Based Inks

  • Responsibly Forested Paper: All of our papers are sourced from well-managed forests located in North America or Europe and certified by one of the three major organizations who follow the trees, pulp and paper through the entire chain of custody.


BJCP (Beer Judge Certification Program)
Certified judge


1st Place Judges Award, Brooklyn Wort  2011
J.J. Bollerack's Brown Ale

2nd Place, Hudson Valley Homebrewers 2012
Scottish and Irish Ale

Best Food and Beer Pairing, Brew and Chew 2012
J.J. Bollerack's Brown Ale and chef Michael Ferreri's Black Sesame Seed and Hawaiian Sea Salt Brittle with Hazelnut Smoked Blue Cheese and Dark Cherry Compote

Honorable Mention, Homebrew Alley 7 2013
American Stout

Brewer's Choice, Homebrewklyn 2013
Farmer's Ale: American Brown Ale with raspberries, basil, and a hint of chocolate malt 

1st Place, Light Hybrid Beer Homebrew Alley VIII, 2014
Young Lion of the West, Cream Ale

2nd Place, Stout Homebrew Alley VIII, 2014
Trip to Burlington, Oatmeal Stout

1st Place, Specialty Beer Homebrew Alley VIII, 2014
Storyteller, Stout brewed with sour cherries and cocoa nibs, and aged in a Kings County Distillery whiskey barrel

1st Place, Barley Wine Homebrew Alley IV, 2015
Thomas the Stumbling Buffalo, Barely Wine

2nd Place, Saison Day Homebrew Competition, 2015
Lazy Stargazer, Amber Rye Saison