4 Must-Visit Craft Breweries in NYC
It is likely that craft breweries are not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of New York City. But you should expect that to change after hitting up these local breweries. The outer boroughs of Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx are booming with local brews, taprooms, and brewery tours. Here are 4 breweries to put on your list as you prepare for your first (or next) NYC beer crawl.
Located in the heart of Long Island City, Queens, the Rockaway Brewing Company offers samples of their brews through the ‘The Flight’ or ‘The Other Flight.’ For around $8 you’ll be able to sip on their staple beers such as their flagship, the Original ESB, a malty and sweet brew or for those who desire a darker, richer drink, try the bold Irish Nitro Black Gold Stout. Although a second location opened in 2016 in Rockaway Beach, you should make your way to the original in Long Island City. While you’re there, be sure to take advantage of their free brewery tours, which are offered throughout the weekends only.
Blink and you’ll likely miss the door to the Other Half Brewing Company. The entrance blends into a wall of graffiti facing a busy road in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. The taproom is small, but the staff is friendly, knowledgeable and eager to help find something for even the most discerning beer palate. New brews are released on Saturdays, but you should plan on getting there early to avoid the wait for some of the best IPAs around. If you are looking for beer to go, you can also bring your growler or pick up a keg (after filling out an online request form).
Singlecut Beersmiths is a key destination for the true craft beer lover, just a 10-15 minute walk from the Astoria Ditmars Boulevard stop in Astoria, Queens. The Single Cut Beersmith’s is inspired by music and is named after a style of guitar. The brewery is a lively place to relax with friends, play board games, and listen to some tunes while enjoying a quality selection of good brews like the 19-33 Pilsner or the seasonal Kim Tart Cherry Sour Lager. The draft handles are cleverly crafted guitar ends, and the beers tend to be named after the owner’s favorite musicians. Thursdays are BYOV (Bring Your Own Vinyl) nights– so come prepared! There are also some spectacular foodie finds provided from Salt & Bone, Astoria’s first no-gas kitchen. You can’t go wrong with the El Santo tacos – the brisket in these tacos is to die for. If you find yourself here on a weekend, be sure to catch the free tours that are offered on Sundays at 5 pm.
The Bronx Brewery gives its industrial Port Morris neighborhood, a warm community feeling with indoor and outdoor seating, an eye-catching event calendar, and a rotating list of food truck vendors. The brewery’s core focus is the pale ale, be it their Rye Ale with rye spice and Pacific Northwest hops or their Bronx Banner beer among others. Seasonally you can enjoy selections such as the Bog Smash Pale Ale made with cranberries late summer through fall, and come winter, the Winter Pale Ale brewed with cinnamon, molasses, cloves, and ginger. Free brewery tours are offered on the weekends with scheduled start times at 1:30 pm, 3:00 pm & 5:00 pm.
No matter the borough, the New York craft beer scene is hoppin’! Whether you’re an avid beer connoisseur looking to kick back a few and discuss flavor sets of a particular malt with the bartender or just looking for a casual spot to meet up with friends, these spots can deliver. Adding a free brewery tour into your travel plans can also provide a fun way to see the city.
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Know Before You Go
- Opt for walking tours instead of bus tours if you want to eliminate the issue of traffic – just make sure to pack comfortable shoes!
- If you bring your own ice skates, Bryant Park allows you to ice skate for free in the winter.
- The Bronx Zoo is pay-what-you-wish on Wednesdays.
- Utilize the New York Subway to travel like a local – it’s also a great way to avoid traffic!