Tens of millions of visitors flock to New York City every year; and, while that’s an impressive amount, it’s hardly surprising given the number of sites to see and things to do! Between the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Times Square, MOMA, Broadway, countless other museums, theater shows, live music venues, it’s a tourist’s playground! However, it’s always good to take a break from being a tourist, and the best way to do that is to visit one of NYC’s vibrant craft breweries.
No matter the borough, a proud NYC craft brewery is never far! Brooklyn and Queens are exploding with breweries—from Williamsburg to Coney Island, from Long Island City to Glendale, visitors will have the opportunity to check out the local favorites. Then let’s not forget Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island, all of which host some eclectic, creative breweries as well! Check out the best breweries in each borough.
The Best Breweries in
1. Wild East Brewing Co.
If looking for a brewery that pushes the envelope, look no further than Wild East Brewing Company. Fusing European brewing techniques with the innovation of the American craft beer industry, this Brooklyn brewery produces creative and extraordinary brews. However, if in need of a break from the rich barrel-aged ales, complex fruited beers, and barleywines, Wild East also offers a great selection of easy-drinking classics such as lagers and pilsners.
623 Sackett St, Brooklyn | www.wildeastbrewing.com
2. Five Boroughs Brewing Co.
Located in Brooklyn’s lively Sunset Park neighborhood, Five Boroughs Brewing Company is a family-friendly, dog-loving brewery obsessed with crafting beer of the highest quality that everyone—from all five boroughs (and beyond)—will enjoy. They celebrate a modern craft beer industry that is accessible, unpretentious, and uniting by keeping their brews and attitude authentic. Craft beer lovers can always expect to taste the care that goes into a Five Boroughs brew.
215 47th Street, Brooklyn | www.fiveboroughs.com
3. Strong Rope Brewery
As a New York state farm brewery, award-winning Strong Rope Brewery is committed to supporting local businesses and has been using only New York ingredients for all their beer since 2018. Working closely with state farmers and maltsters means Strong Rope’s offers a selection of brews that showcases fresh, seasonal fruits, herbs, and spices. Between their handcrafted, organic ales, commitment to local producers, and incorporation of other sustainable practices, Strong Rope is worth the visit while in Brooklyn.
574A President Street, Brooklyn | www.strongropebrewery.com
4. 18th Ward Brewing
Located across the street from renowned live music venue, Brooklyn Steel, 18th Ward Brewing is the place to go before or after a concert. They offer a dozen handcrafted brews on tap in a range of styles that will appease any beer lover’s preference—from stouts to hazy IPAs to American pale ales to blondes. And don’t forget to pair those beers with some food from their resident taco truck!
300 Richardson St, Brooklyn | www.18thwardbrewing.com
5. Interboro Spirits and Ales
Crafting brews and distilling spirits, Interboro Spirits and Ales is a cool, little joint with industrial vibes and a laid back atmosphere. As Brooklyn’s first brewery and distillery, Interboro boasts an impressive list of handcrafted draft and bottled beers as well as their own canned cocktails. Also, be sure to stop by over the weekend for brunch, because who doesn’t love a double IPA with a side of Whiskey French Toast?
942 Grand St, Brooklyn | www.interboro.nyc
6. Grimm Artisanal Ales
Located in East Williamsburg, Grimm Artisanal Ales did not always call this Brooklyn neighborhood home. Operating as a nomad brewery for five years, Grimm opened their brick and mortar in 2018, finally finding a permanent place to brew and serve experimental and artisanal craft beers. For those seeking barrel-aged beers, foeder sours made with fresh fruit, and other inventive brews, Grimm is the brewery to visit!
990 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn | www.grimmales.com
7. Other Half Brewing
A fan of IPAs every which way? Other Half Brewing Company in Brooklyn’s Carroll Gardens neighborhood is sure to have a dozen or so IPAs on tap at any given time. In addition to the Imperials and the West Coasts and the Double Dry Hopped IPAS, stouts also frequent the draft list, and other styles such as sours and American lagers make appearances as well. Craft beer lovers in NYC can visit their original Brooklyn location, their Domino Park location, or their Rockefeller Center location.
195 Centre St, Brooklyn | www.otherhalfbrewing.com
Other Brooklyn Breweries:
The Best Breweries in
1. Big aLICe Brewing
Big aLICe Brewing has been making a name for themselves since 2013, and with their main brewery and taproom in Queens, barrel room in Brooklyn, and second brewery and taproom in the Finger Lakes, you’ll see their name all over New York! Big aLICe is a licensed New York State farm brewery and has been working with local Community Shared Agriculture farms and food co-ops since day one to produce their innovative array of award-winning sours, IPAs, stouts, lagers, and ales.
8-08 43rd Road Long Island City | www.bigalicebrewing.com
2. ICONYC Brewing Co.
Head over to ICONYC Brewing Company while in LIC to take advantage of the spacious outdoor seating area and diverse lineup of craft brews. ICONYC offers up a selection that includes some excellent IPAs, such as hazy or double, as well as sours, saisons, wheat beers, Belgians, and more! Their beer garden is great on a warm, sunny day, and it is even better on a cooler evening with the heaters running and the string lights shining overhead. Bonus: ICONYC is dog friendly, inside and out!
43-63 11th Street Long Island City | www.iconycbrewing.com
3. Rockaway Brewing Co.
Simply put—Rockaway Brewing Company is exactly the kind of place where you want to sit and enjoy a crisp beer during a casual afternoon. This Long Island City microbrewery is covered in graffiti on the outside and modest, cozy, and relaxed on the inside. The beers flowing from the taps are well-crafted and intriguing, yet approachable, with craft brews such as their malty, biscuity ESB house ale, easy-drinking IPAs, and a ‘Pastry Stout’ that is better than dessert.
46-01 5th Street Long Island City | www.rockawaybrewco.com
4. Finback Brewery
Located in the Glendale neighborhood of Queens, Finback Brewery is a place that does creative right! Their experimental small-batch brews play with flavors and complexity yet remain approachable and enjoyable. Their 12 rotating taps always feature an assortment of hop forward ales, mouth puckering sours, and roasted, smoky dark beers. Lastly, their taproom is family friendly and open to those looking to sit down with a pint and friends or grab some to-go cans for a backyard bonfire.
78-01 77th Ave, Glendale | www.finbackbrewery.com
5. Fifth Hammer Brewing Co.
There’s something about a brewery with a large, clear garage door—open air sipping on a beautiful day or bright, comfortable drinking on those less than beautiful days. Fifth Hammer Brewing Company doesn’t only have a wonderful ambience, however. They have just about any style of beer you could want on draft. Farmhouse ales, sours, DIPAs, pastry stouts, nitros, bourbon barrel aged porters, cask ales, the list goes on! With food trucks and live music most days, you have every reason to visit Fifth Hammer in LIC.
10-28 46th Ave, Long Island City | www.fifthhammerbrewing.com
Other Queens Breweries:
The Best Breweries in
1. Torch & Crown Brewing Co.
There are many reasons why Torch and Crown Brewing Company should be on every visitor’s list of New York City breweries to stop by. They are Manhattan’s only production brewery and only brewery and restaurant. The craft beer on tap offers something for everyone, whether that’s a robust New England IPA or an easy-drinking summer ale. They offer tours of SoHo that end with beer, lunch, and a production facility tour. Finally, Torch and Crown are incredibly proud to brew in New York, and that’s a heartfelt sentiment anyone can get behind!
12 Vandam St, New York | www.torchandcrown.com
2. That Witch Ales You
For visitors to New York City wanting an authentic experience, check out That Witch Ales You. This Manhattan brewery located in Chinatown has everything anyone could want in a nano brewery: a blink-and-you’ll-walk-past-it entrance, brewing equipment on display, an outdoor seating area, and delicious craft beer that incorporates Asian fruits and spices like ginger, dragon fruit, and lychee. They also offer a selection of those salty and snacky fried foods everyone craves after a few rounds.
116 Madison St, New York | www.thatwitchalesyou.com
The Best Breweries in
1. Flagship Brewing Co.
In 2013 a group of native Staten Islanders set out to put their borough on NYC’s craft brewery map, and a year later Flagship Brewery opened in Tompkinsville, offering itself as a gathering place for the community. Their taproom has plenty of space to spread out and sip on one of the 16 beers or seltzers on tap. Whether you drop by for a pastry stout, golden ale, frutied gose, pilsner or any other style from their wide selection, you’re sure to enjoy your Flagship brew!
40 Minthorne St, Staten Island | www.flagshipbrewery.nyc
2. Kills Boro Brewing Co.
Hop off the Staten Island ferry and take a short walk over to Kills Boro Brewing Company, a microbrewery working out of Craft House in the Tompkinsville neighborhood. Funky and graffitied, the Craft House / Kills Boro Brewing Co. is the Staten Island joint to visit for killer craft beer and South Carolina BBQ. Pair a double dry hopped IPA with some slow cooked brisket or a black lager with a plate of chicken and waffles, and your day will be complete!
62 Van Duzer St, Staten Island | www.killsboro.com
The Best Breweries in
1. Gun Hill Brewing Co.
The Bronx has Gun Hill Brewing Company to thank for bringing craft beer to the borough. Dedicated to quality and proud to be a part of the rich NYC brewing community, Gun Hill sources fresh, local ingredients for their handcrafted, unfiltered brews. You’ll find a variety of styles across their 14 taps such as Imperial Stouts, barrel-aged barley wines, New England IPAs, and classic pilsners.
3227 Laconia Ave, Bronx | www.gunhillbrewing.com
2. The Bronx Brewery
The Bronx Brewery is all about using their brewery to build community. This eclectic brewery is the perfect gathering spot, with an outdoor seating area surrounded by incredible art, Empanology—a resident food partner serving Puerto Rican flavors—live music and entertainment, and beer, of course! Stop on by the colorful Bronx Brewery to enjoy one of their inspirational brews in the taproom or Backyard.
856 E 136th St, Bronx | www.thebronxbrewery.com