Where To Drink Craft Beer In New York
As you guys likely already know, we’re quite partial to traveling for beer. Every year, Tiff and I head down to Brooklyn for our fave music festival, Afropunk, so of course we try and squeeze in some brewpub and beer bar visits while we’re in town. This summer we decided to do a full blown Brooklyn brewpub crawl - here’s where you need to visit next time you in NYC.
Other Half Brewing
It’s not a trip to Brooklyn if you don’t swing by the gods, Other Half. If you’re a hazeboi like me, you’ll fall in love with Other Half’s deep menu of tropical, flocc-y, smooth, creamy juice bombs. The taproom is located in Red Hook, a fairly easy trip from Manhattan, and it’s a cosy spot with a decent number of tables. There’s usually ~20 or so beers on tap, so we got a flight, and if you time it right there should be a reasonable variety of cans to go. This trip, there were four different cans to choose from so of course I picked up a 4 pack (really should have grabbed more), and their merch game is strong. My Other Half tee is my new fave.
From Other Half, we took the subway north to Williamsburg and hit Threes Brewing’s Franklin + Kent location, which is a bar only as the brewpub is located elsewhere in Brooklyn - this spot made more sense based on our next moves. It’s a modern taproom with a small patio located in a residential neighbourhood, and they have a fridge full of cans to go. They didn’t offer flights so we grabbed half pours and a full can - probably not the smartest move as we were going into a marathon of a day but the beers were fantastic and the service was great.
Grimm Artisanal Ales
The next stop saw us taking a bus - my first time ever doing that in New York City - to an area I’d never been to before to hit the brand new Grimm taproom. It was glorious. Spacious with a food vendor and a number of cans and bottles to go, their menu was wider than anticipated so we got like 5 half pours of cloudy, hazy IPAs. By this point, we were starting to get pretty lit but I do recall the beers being phenomenal. I’ve always enjoyed every beer I’ve ever had from Grimm, so I’d love to come here when I’m not expecting to go anywhere else and just soak it in.
Brooklyn Brewery is one of the OGs of NYC beer, and we’d heard that there are a ton of brewery-only brews available here. Alas, the opening hours are extremely strange and when we turned up, they’d unfortunately already locked the doors. From what we could see through the windows, it looked dope - solid menu, large taproom. The FOMO was real. According to the website, the hours seem to have improved since we visited, but we’d definitely suggest getting there early. The opening times of the brewpubs on a week day aren’t exactly helpful for a crawl, but now we know for next time.
Our final stop was Greenpoint Brewery, a spot we’d walked past a few nights before and were excited about. We turned up right before closing so there was maybe 3 people in there, but we were able to grab a beer and a pour of wine from the tap to wrap up the evening. The ambiance was warm and fun, and I can only imagine how dope it’d be when it’s rammed. I had a lactose IPA, and I’m super keen to see what the rest of their menu is looking like.
Brooklyn is a diverse borough for craft beer. It’s so big that you’d need to separate it into neighbourhoods to cover any major ground, and during this short trip we only covered the west side. If you find yourself in New York City for any reason, there’s absolutely no shortage of breweries, brewpubs and beer bars to satiate even the most complex of palates. Get it in ya!