It’s no secret that New York City has a plethora of places to eat. Foodable Labs has recently ranked the top 25 of the best restaurants. But what about breweries?
New York City is currently home to 38 breweries and growing. Before Prohibition caused the end of brewing in NYC, the city was once a prime brewing location in the 19th century. Fun fact: the first commercial brewery in North America was built on what is now Manhattan’s Stone Street.
So what are some great spots to check out today? Check out the list below of NYC’s Top 10 Breweries.
Other Half Brewing Company
Creative names and colorful labels, the Other Half Brewing Company’s cans are more Instagram worthy than selfies. The brewery’s mission: “to create beers that they wanted to drink from a company that they wanted to be a part of”. Simplicity at its best, pays off, resulting in lines around the block just to pick up a six-pack.
Big Alice Brewing Co.
Recently launched for their five year anniversary, Mojito Sour is brewed with mint and lime, aged in rum barrels. BIG aLICe BREWING Co. ingredients give them a creative leg up on others. The farm brewery founded in 2013, uses local fresh and organic ingredients, keeping in mind preservation of seasonal flavors through the beer.
Tired of IPAs? Transmitter Brewing is the place to go for farmhouse ales. The brewery constantly tries to create interesting yeast focused beers and has an appreciation for the beers’ history.
Truly a hometown brewery, Brooklyn Brewery was one of the first to bring craft beer back to the borough in the 80’s. The brewery works hard to be as sustainable as possible and utilizes its agricultural roots and urban location to the best of its abilities.
Kings County Brewers Collective
Located in Bushwick, KCBC is the first brick-and-mortar brewery to operate since the Prohibition forced “Brewer’s Row” to shut down what once made up one-tenth of all the beer produced in the US. But fear not, KCBC is making up for the missed brews and time.
Rockaway Brewing Co.
All of Rockaway Brewing Co.’s beer is made by hand in Long Island. With a location in the Rockaways as well, the brewery spins vintage vinyls and reggae and oozes a surfer’s vibe year round. The beers match the ambiance with names like “DaBeach” and “Hawaiian Pizza”.
Grimm Artisanal Ales
Specializing in concise, elegant ales, Grimm Artisanal Ales is the epitome of creative and experimental beers. For five years owners, Joe and Lauren brewed in their home before opening a permanent location in East Williamsburg.
Coney Island Brewing Company
In the heart of Coney Island, one can catch a free tour of the Coney Island Brewing Company and taste the limited release specialty styles brews. Summer features like the “Mermaid Pilsner” can also be found in local bodegas and neighborhood bars.
The Bronx Brewery
Grit, Drive, and Union are the values at The Bronx Brewery. Showcasing the character of the Bronx in its beers, the brewery wants to make the Bronx proud. Supporting the arts and working to improve the local environment, community is a big deal to this brewery.
Fifth Hammer Brewing Company
The name for Fifth Hammer Brewing Company came from the Greek legend of Pythagoras discovering the secrets of harmony by the way of five hammers. The brewery has a hint of a hammer theme throughout the decor to play off the name. Located in Long Island, the brewery has only been open for less than a year.
Read more about these top NYC breweries at “Thrillist”.