From Brooklyn to the Bronx, here are seven breweries that should be on the top of your to-drink list.
New York is one of the world’s top destinations for many things: theater, fashion, and art among them. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, then, that the world’s ninth largest city plays host to some pretty unbeatable breweries, as well. Across the five boroughs, here are seven breweries that any beer lover is sure to enjoy:
Located in Manhattan’s East Village, Alphabet City Brewing Company is a recently established brewery that embraces New York’s long-lived brewing culture. In its four years in operation, this must-visit spot has established itself as one of New York’s finest D.I.Y. breweries. For Kolsch lovers, the “Easy” Blonde Ale is an absolute winner -- this crisp citrusy ale is the perfect way to cool down from the summer heat.
Gun Hill Brewing Co., an absolutely revolutionary brewery in the Bronx, is founded on the following belief: that not all beers are created equal. Dedicated to bringing unique and delicious beer to its patrons, this company takes pride in using fresh local ingredients to create its handcrafted brews. If they have a batch available, be sure to try their Defiant The Reward Pathway, a Black Belgian Rye IPA brewed especially for NYC Beer Week 2016.
Meanwhile, Bronx Brewery has tasked itself with one mission: to produce the best pale ales on the east coast. And, considering the increasing popularity of their products, we’d say they’ve succeeded. Whether you want to tour the brewery or just sit down and enjoy a flight, the brewery is a must-visit for first time tasters and beer aficionados alike. Consider trying one of their specialty casks: since each batch is made individually, you’ll truly never have another beer like it.
A nano-scale microbrewery, Bridge and Tunnel Brewery is a one-man brewing operation. Rich Castagna is the man behind the magic, utilizing the knowledge he gained from ten years of home brewing to create some of the richest beers in the five boroughs. Although all his beers are unique, Pickin’ Up The Change, his Chipotle Porter, is certainly worth a try.
One of New York’s most well-loved breweries, Other Half Brewing Co., was a no-brainer for this list. Despite their high esteem, the brewery is nothing if not approachable: between their nouveau-grunge aesthetic and intimately-sized facilities, this two-year old brewery is a can’t-miss for beer lovers. If you love IPAs, you’re in luck: you really can’t go wrong with any of their extensive selection.
As they say on their website, Brooklyn Brewery makes beer. Good beer. Single-handedly responsible for the renaissance of microbrewing on Brooklyn’s north side, Brooklyn Brewery isn’t always an easy place to get into: the lines for its tasting room often snake around the block. Luckily, their brews are well worth the wait. If you’re a newcomer, be sure to try their signature beer, the Brooklyn Lager.
Last but not least there’s Flagship Brewing Company, located on New York’s famous Staten Island. Run by native Staten Islanders, the beer brewed here truly is, as the company claims, unforgettable. Although you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, Flagship’s seasonal beers are particularly fun -- in the winter, their Wee Heavy is sure to warm you up, and in the summer, their Pastime Summer Ale provides a refreshing cool down.