NYC is known for producing some of the world’s finest culture, fashion, food…but breweries in New York? Actually, America’s first brewery was in Manhattan and until the 1950s NYC was a major center of beer production.
Lately, New York is awash in beer, with local craft beers and beer gardens sprouting up all over town. Even better, brewing is back in the Big Apple.
If you’re looking to soak up some suds, here are the Best Breweries in New York.
- Established in 1987, the Brooklyn Brewery opened its Williamsburg plant in 1996. Their popular ales, lagers, and seasonal brews have made them one of America’s top 40 breweries. They offer free weekend tours, weeknight tours (which includes a tasting), and Friday Happy Hour in their Tasting Room. #1 Brewers Row, 79 North 11th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211
- Manhattan’s largest microbrewery, the Chelsea Brewing Company produces handcrafted ales and original specialty beers. Located in the Chelsea Piers Sports Complex, the restaurant and cigar lounge offer a look into the brewery, as well as stunning views of the marina and Hudson River. Tours are available by reservation. Pier 59 (11th Ave. & 19th St.), New York, NY 10011
- “Beer is culture,” asserts Six Point Craft Ales. From their Red Hook, Brooklyn brewery, they produce a wide variety of craft ales made from the finest ingredients (including NYC tap water). Constant innovation is behind Six Points’ acclaimed concoctions, which are available in numerous bars and restaurants, as well as retail outlets.
KelSo Beer, located in the Brooklyn’s Clinton Hill, brews for the NYC Heartland Brewery restaurants, as well as its own line of excellent craft beers. Kelso’s five staple brews and small-batch seasonal varieties can be found on tap at local bars and restaurants. Their motto: “Beer Helps.” Can’t argue with that.
- NYC’s newest microbrewery (August 2011) is The Bronx Brewery, which produces Bronx Pale Ale. The diverse team behind this brewery is passionate about creating well-crafted beer and…the Bronx. Available at a small (but growing) number NYC bars and restaurants.
Finally, beer aficionados (and thirsty enthusiasts) won’t want to miss two great annual events: New York City Beer Week in winter and NY Craft Beer Week in September. Both “weeks” are presented by the New York City Brewers Guild and offer an ample roster of beer-related events including craft beer crawls, tastings, tours, and concerts.
What’s your favorite NYC brew? Tell us in the comments below.