The New York brewing industry has been up since 1632 and had its heydays during the 19th century, where Brooklyn alone sustained 48 breweries. However, the industry took a right turn and left brewers with no choice but to stop brewing altogether.
Today, the New York City brewing industry is back to playing the big league. NYC has new and exciting taprooms and brewing houses emerging every year, producing a variety of beers–from farmhouse ales, sours, and stouts–that will take you back to its prime brewing days. If you are visiting the city, feel free to swing by some of the fantastic taprooms that are worth your time and energy.
1. Brooklyn Brewery
We start off the list and set the bar high with the most experienced from the batch. Established in 1988, the Brooklyn Brewery is an icon and the pioneer of the American craft beer revolution. The brewery sets its strong foundation upon the local community and continuously revolves around its principal goal to spread creativity and culture worldwide.
The tasting room is filled with a casual and low-key vibe that would allow you to chill alone or together with your friends for the rest of the night. It also has arcade games and occasional live music to cap off your overall experience. For those who can’t get enough and wish to go behind the scenes, BB offers small batch New York brewery tours where you can chat with experts and have a first-hand experience in New York craft breweries.
- Crowd Favorite: Brooklyn Lager. A caramel-forward amber lager with 5.2% ABV packed with refreshing dry-hopped aroma.
- Highly Recommended: Brooklyn East IPA
- Hop-py Note: Free WiFi. LGBTQ+ friendly. Dog-friendly. Accepts takeout orders. Street parking spaces. Wheelchair accessible. Bike parking. Outdoor seating.
- Fun fact: The Brooklyn Brewery is a leading global independent craft brewer.
Hours: Open Mon 4pm-7pm, Tue & Wed 4pm–9pm, Thur 4pm-10pm, Fri 2pm-10pm, Sat 12pm–11am, Sun 12pm–8pm.
Address: 79 N 11th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249
2. Torch & Crown Brewing Company
The next brewery on the list underwent a decade of trial batches, education, and failures before it opened its doors to the public in 2018. Founders of Torch & Crown Brewing Company knew that their dream wouldn’t build itself, so they put on their fair share and worked so hard to figure out the key essential for their company’s success.
TCBC continues to center its operations around three things: ambitious creations, great tasting beers, and the majestic city of New York. Today, Torch & Crown gives its patron an enjoyable selection of craft beers and hearty foods to satisfy their cravings. It is also perfect for group gatherings, with its spacious taproom giving off a very casual and relaxed vibe.
- Crowd Favorite: Almost Famous. Hazy New England IPA with distinct notes of grapefruit and peach. 6.6% ABV.
- Highly Recommended: Tenement Pilsner
- Hop-py Note: Accepts takeout and delivery orders. Heated outdoor seating. Offers catering services. Street parking. Dog-friendly. Covered patio. Bike parking. Gender-neutral bathrooms. Handicapped accessible.
Hours: Open Daily 12pm-11pm.
Address: 12 Vandam St, New York, NY 10013
3. Other Half Brewing
The Other Half Brewing opened its door to the public in 2014. Since then, it has kept growing from being a local brew house to becoming a premier brewery operating eight other taprooms scattered across the states.
Its Brooklyn taproom sends out a fun, relaxing, and industrial vibe that captures people who just want to spend the rest of the night with good people and a pint or two of their favorite craft beers. Today, Other Half continues to chase its vision of building a dynamic team dedicated to beer making and building relationships with like-minded brewers across the country.
- Crowd Favorite: Double Dry Hopped All Citra Everything. An imperial double IPA with 8.5% ABV. Double dry hopped brewed with an extra dose of Citra lupulin powder.
- Highly Recommended: Green City
- Hop-py Note: Dog-friendly. Street parking spaces. Handicapped accessible. Bicycle parking. Provides gender-neutral bathrooms. Accepts takeout and delivery orders.
Hours: Open Mon-Thur 12pm-10pm, Fri 12pm-12am, Sat 10am–12am, Sun 11am–9pm.
Address: 195 Centre St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
4. Transmitter Brewing
Transmitter Brewing gives you some of the best-tasting beers the city of New York has to offer. It specializes in making Saisons and IPAs, but every craft beer served here is as refreshing as the first pint you have ever drunk.
It lets you in for a ride with the welcoming outdoor space and beautifully designed modern taproom with a nice-looking and accommodating bar that will complete your overall experience. You can swing by their place and bring some of your favorite foods to enjoy alongside a chilling pint of ice-cold beer.
- Crowd Favorite: S4 Classic Saison Ale. A farmhouse ale with 7.2% ABV. Brewed with white wheat and Pilsner malt, and French Saison yeast. Earthy with distinct hints of fruit and pepper.
- Highly Recommended: W4 Dry Hopped Gose
- Hop-py Note: Provides plastic-free packaging. Wheelchair accessible. Dogs are allowed. Street parking and bicycle parking are available. Accepts takeout orders. Offers vegetarian options.
Hours: Open Mon-Sat 12pm-8pm, Sun 12pm–7pm.
5. Grimm Artisanal Ales
Grimm Artisanal Ales isn’t like any typical taproom and has some rich history to tell before it first opened for the public in 2018. Before opening its production facility on Metropolitan Avenue, this mom-and-pop micro-brewery business was first known as nomadic. Settling down gave birth to their taproom that exudes a casual vibe and a rustic-industrial ambiance.
Today, GAA continues to thrive with the help of the NYC community and unceasingly creates innovative recipes that keep beer enthusiasts coming back for more.
- Crowd Favorite: Tesseract. A double New England Hazy IPA with 8%ABV. Brewed with Citra, Falconer’s Flight, and Mosaic hops packed with tropical fruits, citrus, and berries.
- Highly Recommended: Lambo Door
- Hop-py Note: Accepts delivery and takeout orders. Child-friendly. Dogs are allowed. Covered patio. Heated outdoor seating. Handicapped accessible. Street parking. Gender-neutral restrooms. Bicycle parking.
Hours: Open Mon-Sat 12pm-8pm, Sun 12pm–7pm.
6. Kings County Brewers Collective
Kings Country Brewers Collective is a stronghold built by like-minded people in Bushwick, Brooklyn, and has been the only brick-and-mortar brewery in the neighborhood for 40 years and counting.
KCBC operates a 15-barrel brewhouse and a taproom with a retro-hipster ambiance in a 5000-square-foot warehouse. The place offers a wide variety of beers to choose from with some cards and board games to play with friends and let time pass.
- Crowd Favorite: Superhero Sidekicks. An American IPA with 6.9% ABV. Brewed with Citra, Idaho7, Cascade, Mosaic, and Centennial hops for a moderately-bitter finish.
- Highly Recommended: Dangerous Precedent
- Hop-py Note: Open for walk-in and reservations. Accepts delivery and takeout orders. Offers vegetarian options. Accommodates group gatherings. Free WiFi. Child-friendly. Dogs are allowed. Bike parking. handicapped accessible. Provides gender-neutral bathrooms.
Hours: Open Tue-Thur 5pm-10pm, Fri 5pm-11pm, Sat 12pm-11pm, Sun 12pm–8pm, Mon Closed.
Address: 381 Troutman St, Brooklyn, NY 11237
7. Strong Rope Brewery
Strong Rope Brewery and Taproom is all about inclusivity and giving back to the community, which is why they make sure they use the best raw materials from local farms in New York.
Its taproom, which is an 11-minute drive from the heart of the Big Apple, gives off an artisan vibe with a classic-industrial feel that goes well with its hand-crafted ales and modern interpretation of classical brewing style. Now, SRB never ceases to support the local artisans and farmers while maintaining its integrity through the years.
- Crowd Favorite: Blood of Gods. An American amber with 6.1% ABV. Brewed with pronounced piney-citrus hop flavors with hints of toasted malt and caramel.
- Highly Recommended: Seeds of Love And Outrage
- Hop-py Note: Child-friendly. Dogs are allowed. Outside foods are allowed. Street parking spaces are available. Provides reusable tableware.
Hours: Open Mon-Thur 2pm-10pm, Fri & Sat 12pm-11pm, Sun 12pm–9pm.
Address: 574 President St, Brooklyn, NY 11215
8. Evil Twin Brewing
Evil Twin Brewing is among other known breweries in Queens, New York. Before joining the local beer scene in 2016, it started as a nomadic brewery in 2010. Settling down paved the way for the ETB to expand from traditions of innovation and create ties with the local neighborhood breweries.
Besides giving importance to collaboration and community building, Evil Twin values its customers with high-quality beverages served in a contemporary and light-filled taproom that pleases locals and tourists alike.
- Crowd Favorite: Imperial Biscotti Break. A full-bodied Imperial stout with 11.5% ABV. Malty, robust, and complex taste.
- Highly Recommended: Even More Jesus
- Hop-py Note: Heated outdoor seating. Dog-friendly. Gender-neutral bathrooms. Covered patio. Bicycle parking area. Wheelchair accessible. Various vegan choices. Street parking. Accepts takeout orders.
Hours: Open Mon-Thur 3pm-10pm, Fri & Sat 12pm-12am, Sun 12pm–10pm.
Address: 1616 George St, Queens, NY 11385
9. Sixpoint Brewery
Sixpoint Brewery has been operating for quite a while and has become one of NYC’s beer staples. Its philosophy values creativity above all else, allowing them to break from the ordinary and create new and exciting beer flavors.
From an 800-square-foot garage, Its taproom in Brooklyn has leveled up as it offers patrons a fun and creative space with ample seating, a merchandise shop, and an outdoor patio. Overall, there’s more to Sixpoint than meets the eye. It fosters creativity and relationships and acknowledges beers as a form of culture that evolves over time.
- Crowd Favorite: Resin. An imperial double IPA with 9.1% ABV. Brewed with Centennial and Chinook hops packed with distinct pine notes.
- Highly Recommended: Bengali
- Hop-py Note: Accommodates brewery tours. Caters group events and parties.Dog-friendly. Accepts takeout orders. Street parking spaces.
Address: 40 Van Dyke St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
10. Five Boroughs Brewing Co.
Five Boroughs Brewing Company is fueled by their united belief that anyone can enjoy a quality craft beer regardless of anything. The company grew to become a part of the evolving craft beer industry and puts conscious effort into delivering quality, authenticity, and care for the community.
FBBC continues to brew for and beyond the sprawling avenues of Manhattan, and the hidden trails of Bronx, with their 15,000 square-foot brewing facility making high-quality beers accessible and fresh on tap.
- Crowd Favorite: Tiny Juicy IPA. Hazy IPA hopped with Cascade, Mosaic, and Simcoe for a piney and fruity flavor with 4.2% ABV that is perfect for any occasion.
- Highly Recommended: Gridlock Hazy IPA
- Hop-py Note: Offers delivery and takeout options. Provides gender-neutral restrooms. Child-friendly. Dogs are allowed. Handicapped accessible. Street parking is provided.
Hours: Open Thur & Fri 4pm-10pm, Sat 12pm-10pm, Sun 12pm–8pm, Mon-Wed Closed.
Address: 215 47th St, Brooklyn, NY 11220
11. EBBS Brewing Co.
EBBS Brewing Co. is not easy to miss with its pop-up signages and the bold name painted above its garage door. Its place is pretty straightforward, and the taproom-turned warehouse is just so welcoming with its wide entrance, outdoor seating, and the industrial-modern vibe that speaks through its interior.
Overall, EBBS is a laidback beer experience that is perfect for those who like to hang out and drink some fresh beer alongside some hearty grubs.
- Crowd Favorite: IPA No. 1. An American IPA with 6% ABV. Brewed with juicy and floral notes.
- Highly Recommended: IPA No. 7
- Hop-py Note: Free WiFi. Accepts takeout orders. Outdoor seating. Handicapped accessible.
Hours: Open Sun-Thur 11:30am-11pm, Fri & Sat 11:30am-12:30am.
Address: 182 N 8th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
12. Circa Brewing Co.
Deeply rooted in the traditional beer brewing practices, Circa Brewing Company tries to incorporate conventional ways of a craft brewery with more innovative ways of beer-making.
Apart from the classy and elegant taproom and restaurant that emanates a trendy, hipster, and casual vibe, this restaurant brewery continues its operation with an on-site 7-barrel brewhouse, a full craft cocktail bar, and a scratch kitchen. You can also enjoy its unique tasting, top-notch beers with all-time favorite foods like pizzas, burgers, and fries, which are available from lunch till dinner.
- Crowd Favorite: Rotator IPA. An American IPA with 6.8% ABV hopped with Green Bullet and Waimea. Refreshing and has a bitter finish.
- Highly Recommended: Pilsner
- Hop-py Note: Accepts delivery and takeout orders. Accommodates reservations. Great for group gatherings. Free WiFi. Street parking. Covered patio. Heated outdoor seating. Dogs are allowed. Offers catering services. Handicapped accessible. Offers vegetarian options. Bicycle parking.
- Fun fact: Circa Brewing was voted as the favorite brewery in NYC in 2020.
Hours: Open Mon-Thur 4pm-10pm, Fri 4pm-11pm, Sat & Sun 11am-11pm.
Address: 141 Lawrence St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
13. ICONYC Brewing
ICONYC started in 2016, not as the go-to brewery as it is now. From a wholesale business, it transitioned into a small brewing setup and later made a huge leap, moving the business to Long Island City and establishing taprooms with an onsite 15-barrel brewhouse and a spacious beer garden.
Aside from the great selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to choose from, ICONYC takes pride in its spacious beer garden that can accommodate the surge of customers. This taproom offers simplicity and pure beer appreciation fresh from the tap.
- Crowd Favorite: CHRONYC. A New England hazy IPA hopped with Strata and Pacific Northwest, brewed with hemp seeds for a pungent dankness. 7.7% ABV with fruity notes.
- Highly Recommended: Hib Hop
- Hop-py Note: Accepts reservations. Offers delivery options. Various vegan choices. Offers catering services. Covered outdoor seating. Free WiFi. Street parking availability. Dog-friendly. Provides gender-neutral bathrooms. Wheelchair accessible.
Hours: Open Mon-Wed 4pm-10pm, Thur 4pm-11pm, Fri & Sat 12pm-12am, Sun 12pm-10pm.
Address: 43-63 11th St, Queens, NY 11101