There’s no shortage of places to find great, rare beer in New York City. With five boroughs buzzing with breweries, craft bars, and all kinds of beer-centric events, the biggest quandary a beer snob might face is narrowing down all the options. We’ve saved you the trouble by rounding up some of the city’s best destinations to find your perfect glass.
79 North Eleventh Street
Brooklyn, New York, 11249
This beloved Williamsburg craft-beer brewery has been a true haven for beer in New York City since 1987. They offer a number of ways to explore their large, yellow-brick warehouse and the world-renowned beverages concocted within its walls. Whether you reserve a spot in one of the $18 “Small Batch” tours held Monday through Friday, or you take advantage of one of the free tours on the weekends, you’ll savor the chance to peek behind-the-scenes at one of the city’s most ambitious breweries (not to mention, one of the largest craft breweries in the United States). Not in the mood for educational tours and guided tastings? Stop by the Tasting Room to relax and enjoy a cold one or two, where the music is good and the beer is a-plenty.
123-01 Roosevelt Avea
Flushing, NY 11368
Renowned “Denmark-based gypsy brewery” Mikkeller opened its first East Coast location at Citi Field in Queens this past March. Within their 10,000-square-foot abode, resides a 20-barrel brewhouse, slathers of single batch fermenters, and a canning line, as well as a restaurant serving 60 rotating beers on tap. Options range from Henry Hops IPA to Mikkeller’s “Spontan” beers, a line of sour ales flavored with everything from figs to sea buckthorn. Mikkeller’s proclivity for using fruit and veggie flavors in their brews have earned them a favorable reputation amongst many a New York City beer snob, and their home at Citi Field is keeping Mets fans happy and hydrated.
19-33 37th Street between 19th & 20th Avenues
Astoria, NY 11105
Weekday beer lovers be warned: SingleCut Beersmiths ain’t your average disco. For this taproom, brewery, and live-music venue, you’ll have to venture out Thursdays through Sundays only. Be prepared for the possibility of pop trivia on Thursdays, live music on Saturdays, and group tours on Sundays. Owner, brewmaster, beer lover, and musician, Rich Buceta names each of his beers after a famous rock ‘n roller (or tube and amp part). Terry Meets Julie where Harry Doesn’t Mind: at SingleCut Beersmiths.
700 Washington Avenue between Prospect & Park Place
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Want to have some beer in NYC with a personal twist? How about learning how to make your own? Beer is one of the oldest beverages humans have produced, and Bitter & Esters is here to carry the torch in that age-old tradition. Touted as New York City’s Homebrew Supply Shop, they’ve been providing homebrew supplies, classes in all things brewing, and New York State’s only Brew on Premise system since 2011. Several times a month, they offer a two- to three-hour workshop called “Brew Shop 101: Essentials,” providing students with everything they need to become “proficient home brewers and cultivated beer drinkers.” Once you’ve mastered the basics, feel free to finesse your craft with classes in Hops, Yeast, All-Grain Brewing, or Recipe Design.
Bars with a Twist
113 East 29th Street between Lexington & Park Avenues
New York, NY 10016
If you like your beer with a side of sustainable meat and locally-sourced vegetables, you’ll love Murray Hill gastropub, The Cannibal. Harboring a nearly-unparalleled obsession with beer, The Cannibal offers patrons more than 300 different craft beer choices. Balance your brew with some hearty dishes like pig’s head or roasted bone marrow, and you’re sure to have a dining experience like no other. Pro tip: Give the restaurant a week’s notice and reserve a whole lamb or pig for the table.
615 Manhattan Avenue near Franklin Street
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Owned by Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø of the famous Evil Twin Brewing, this spot has been serving up some of the finest beer in New York City to all the beer snobs around for three years. Scandinavian-inspired in design, the bar features 21 temperature-controlled taps in a regulated system that ensures each glass of beer is perfectly carbonated. The draft list changes, sometimes hourly, and will include Evil Twin favorites like Bikini Beer, while also spotlighting great brews by other makers like Stillwater and Hof Ten Dormaal. The selection is rounded out by the over 250 bottles in the bar’s cellar. Top off your beverage with the Dry-Aged Burger, add some Roasted Peanut Ice Cream for dessert, and consider yourself sated.
Explore the neighborhoods in which these beer havens are located by visiting our New York City neighborhood guides.