New York City’s Breweries by Borough

 

Brewery-hopping in New York City is almost interchangeable with Borough-hopping. From the Bronx, to Staten Island, there are long-standing breweries and new craft breweries popping up all over New York City. Here’s your guide to New York City’s Breweries by Borough:

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Bronx:

Chelsea Craft Brewing Company

  • Free tours every Saturday
  • Tours occur on the hour with the last tour starting at 6PM.
  • Live music from 4 PM to 8 PM. No cover charge
  • What’s brewin’?
    • Checker Cab Blonde Ale – Pilsner/Lager blend
    • Sunset Red Ale – Light fruitiness, rich caramel flavor

Bronx Brewery

  • Free tours Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 pm, 3:00 pm & 5:00 pm
  • Snacks are served, but feel free to bring your own
  • Check website for upcoming events (music, trivia, etc.)
  • What’s brewin’?
    • Bronx Banner – Kolsch-inspired ale, brewed using Belgian pilsner and American wheat malts, with classic Bavarian hops
    • Slow Your Roll Session IPA – Easy drinking, loads of tropical hop flavor and a subtle tart finish.

Gun Hill Brewing Co.

  • Tours available Saturdays and Sundays
  • Taproom open weekly
  • What’s brewin’?
    • Gun Hill 21 Guns – Irish red ale, fruity hop character
    • Gun Hill Gold – Blonde ale, aroma of bread and spice

Staten Island:

Flagship Brewing Co.

  • $5 tours on Saturdays at 2:30 & 4:00 pm, includes brewery tasting
  • What’s brewin’?
    • Flagship American Wit – light bodied wheat beer
    • Flagship Wee Heavy – Scottish ale

Queens:

Big Alice Brewing

  • Taproom open Wednesday – Saturday
  • New York State Farm Brewery – all ingredients are locally grown
  • What’s brewin’?
    • Dry-hopped sour with El Dorado hops
    • Sweet potato farmhouse ale

Finback Brewery

  • Tours available
  • Taproom open Wednesday – Sunday
  • BYO Food
  • What’s brewin’?
    • Crescent Fresh – Fresh, bright, hazy, hoppy
    • Water on Mars – Red IPA

Bridge & Tunnel Brewery

  • A one-man microbrewery
  • Taproom is open Friday-Sunday
  • What’s brewin’?
    • Angry Amel Dunkelweizen – dark German wheat beer, clove, banana
    • Red Bird Express Belgian Red IPA – back end bite

Singlecut

  • Tours at 4:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays
  • Taproom open Wednesdays – Sundays
  • What’s brewin’?
    • Heavy Boots of Lead Imperial Stout BTL – chocolate, vanilla and coffee flavors
    • Weird & Gilly – juicy IPA

Transmitter Brewing

  • Tasting room open Friday – Sunday
  • No formal tours, but they might show you around
  • What’s brewin’?
    • PH2 – Passionfruit Sour
    • NY4 New Yorker Weiss – citrus and floral notes

Rockaway Brewing Co.

  • Taproom open weekly
  • Free tours Fri-Sun
  • BBQ available
  • What’s brewin’?
    • Rockaway Nitro Black Gold – stout
    • Rockaway High Color – roasty, toasty dry brown ale

LIC Beer Project

  • Taproom open Thurs – Sun
  • What’s brewin’?
    • Party Crasher IPA – dry and malty
    • Trigger Rye Saison

Brooklyn:

Other Half

  • Tours by appointment
  • Taproom open Tuesday – Sunday
  • What’s brewin’? 
    • City Slicker – India Pale Ale with lemon zest and prickly pear
    • All Green Everything – Triple IPA with Motueka, Amarillo, Citra and Mosaic

Brooklyn Brewery

  • Free tours on the half hour, Saturdays and Sundays
  • $15 small batch tours Monday-Thursday
  • Tasting room open daily
  • What’s brewin’?
    • Brooklyn Lager – American Amber Lager
    • Brooklyn ½ Ale – Hoppy Session Saison

Sixpoint Brewery

  • Tours on hiatus through renovation
  • What’s brewin’?
    • 5BEANS Porter – coffee and Turkish spices
    • Sweet Action – “undefinable”

Braven Brewing Co.

  • No tours
  • What’s brewin’?
    • White IPA – combo of American IPA and Belgian White
    • Bushwick Pilsner – bold and bitter

Threes Brewing

  • Taproom open seven days/week (it’s outdoors, with heated tents)
  • No tours
  • DJ’s and music year-round – check the events page
  • What’s brewin’?
    • Chronic Myopia – Pineapple, Green Papaya, Pine Candy, Mild Bitterness, Dry Finish
    • Unreliable Narrator IPA – Mango, Southern Tea, Dank, Lychee, Snowpine

Interboro Spirits & Ales

  • Taproom/Tasting Room open Thursday – Sunday
  • Brooklyn’s only dual craft-brewery and distillery
  • What you’ll sip:
    • New Jack – unaged apple brandy
    • Negative Space – neutral spirit
    • Goodwin Hill – gin
  • What’s brewin’?
    • Interboro Dos Ojos Vienna Lager – Bier de Mesa brewed with Vienna and Pilsner malt and corn
    • Interboro the Next Episode – Double IPA, hopped with Cascade, Citra and Galaxy

Manhattan:

Alphabet City Brewing Company

  • No tours
  • Taproom is a comfortable bar, with backyard and games to play. Some bar food.
  • What’s brewin’?
    • Easy Blonde Ale – Crisp, light-bodied golden ale with hints of citrus and white pepper
    • Alpha Male IPA – Earthy and fruity

If you want to try ALL THE BEERS at once, try a festival, like the NYC Craft Beer Festival by Hand Crafted Tasting Co. I was invited to go this year, and had a blast – it’s a giant room at the 69th Regiment Armory, packed with craft beer from all over the world, including New York City. You can try almost all New York City beers at the Brew Hop 5k, Brooklyn Pour, New York Super Craft Beer Festival, and Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival.

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Tag me on Instagram if you visit any breweries! @maryinmanhattan

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