A good brewery is an all-day affair. While every establishment has their own unique offerings, the staples of drafts beers, long tables, and good company are universally appealing. Areas like Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire are known for their hundreds of breweries, but NYC is quietly emerging on the scene, now counting over 400 breweries to its name.
While Manhattan rent may deter the majority of breweries from landing there, Brooklyn has emerged as a craft beer haven and a true beer lover destination point. Check out below for five Brooklyn breweries worth a full day visit.
Starting off the list is the aptly named Brooklyn Brewery located a couple blocks off of McCarren Park in Williamsburg. The atmosphere is typical of a brewery: long picnic tables, a gift shop with Brooklyn Brewing gear, and dozens of draft options. If you get hungry you can usually count on a halal truck waiting outside, and after a couple of beers heading down the street to Brooklyn Bowl is a great way to top off a day.
Beer to try: Brooklyn Lager
79 N 11th St. Brooklyn, NY; www.brooklynbrewery.com; @brooklynbrewery
Threes Brewing’s location in Gowanus offers a little bit of everything. With an outdoor section, partnerships with local restaurants to provide food, and even a wine and spirits menu, it’s a bit of an anomaly as far as taprooms go. Threes Brewing has its own terrific selection of beers to try, but they also offer guest beers as well to demonstrate their commitment towards a gathering place for all beer lovers. It can get crowded, but it’s also easy to reserve a place for your group.
Beer to try: SFY (Superf*ckingyawn)
333 Douglass St, Brooklyn, NY; www.threesbrewing.com; @threesbrewing
Five Boroughs Brewery
Five Boroughs Brewery sits in Sunset Park Brooklyn and has a truly gorgeous tap room to brag about. They offer their four core beers in their 2,500-foot space (Pilsner, IPA, Gose, and Hoppy Lager) in addition to a slew of smaller batch and seasonal brews. The size of this taproom really sets it apart, as many are cramped and get noisy. The locale is dog-friendly and is even a good place for kids as the tables are decked out with board games.
Beer to try: Five Boroughs IPA
215 47th St. Brooklyn NY; www.fiveboroughs.com; @fiveboroughsbrewing; @fiveboroughsbrewing
Coney Island Brewery
The Coney Island Brewery is a true event-based location. Right off the beach, the brewery offers sunset yoga nights, fireworks in the summer, and even a Puppies and Pints night. The outdoor tables make it the best place for a hot summer day and the tap room offers eight rotating house beers.
oney Island Brewery is a true event-based location. Right off the beach, the brewery offers sunset yoga nights, fireworks in the summer, and even a Puppies and Pints night. The outdoor tables make it the best place for a hot summer day and the tap room offers eight rotating house beers.
Beer to try: Hard Root Beer
1904 Surf Ave. Brooklyn, NY; www.coneyislandbeer.com; @coneyislandbeer
Other Half Brewery
The Other Half Brewery has a bit smaller of a tap room but makes up for it with some of the best beer in the city. You can tell when there’s a can release because a line will form queuing all the way around the block. If you’re in the market for some Other Half limited releases make sure to follow them on Twitter to beat the rush. A tour of the brewery is offered every Wednesday at 2pm for $10 and the tap room offers over 15 different beers as well as merchandise, growlers, and bottle/cans options.
Beer to try: All Green Everything
195 Centre St. Brooklyn, NY; www.otherhalfbrewing.com; @otherhalfnyc
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