4 Breweries to Visit in New York City

Get a taste of New York City's bubbling beer scene.

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4 Breweries to Visit in New York City

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 05: A view of Bronx Brewery beer during 'Up Close & Personal with Benny Blanco' at Subculture NYC on October 5, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/WireImage for The Recording Academy)

The Bronx Brewery focuses on pale ales, including seasonal pale ales. Every two months, the brewery mixes up something different, such as O.P.P., an orange pistachio porter served in November and December. (Cindy Ord/WireImage for The Recording Academy)

New York City may seem like a cocktail town, but its growing beer scene is a don't-miss. While Brooklyn Brewery, which opened in 1988, may have helped pave the path, new microbreweries are sprouting up across the city's boroughs, creating their own signature concoctions worthy of a subway or ferry ride.

“A lot of people don’t understand how many breweries there are in New York,” says Graham Thomas, chief concierge at The Beekman, A Thompson Hotel, and a fan of IPAs. “It’s the water here, which is also what makes New York bagels so good. Brooklyn Brewery is a staple, and you can find their beer at just about every New York bar, but there’s a lot of great stuff being made all over."

Local experts recommend visiting these establishments if you're looking to try a New York City brew.

Flagship Brewing Co.

Opened in 2013, Flagship Brewing Co. is a small brewery about a mile from St. George Ferry Terminal on Staten Island that serves a range of light and dark brews, from its Flagship APA, an American-style pale ale, to its Flagship Dark Mild, nearly black in color and made with caramel malts. In between, you’ll find beer influenced by Scottish, German and Belgian brews, such as the Scotland-inspired Flagship Wee Heavy, which has a malty sweetness to it.

Tours, which cost $6, are available on Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m., and include a beer. The tasting room is open Thursday through Saturday, from noon to midnight, and Sundays, from noon to 8 p.m. If you like Flagship’s beers, the company distributes throughout New York City, as well as in Long Island, and up through New Jersey and Albany, New York.

Thomas says visitors can pair a trip to Flagship with some sightseeing. "If you take the ferry, which is free, you get a view of the Statue of Liberty," he says.

Coney Island Brewing Co.

Most people outside New York City know Coney Island for its beach, amusement park rides and famous hot dogs. But beer? Coney Island Brewing Co., located on 1904 Surf Ave. in Brooklyn, is just steps from the amusement park and popular Coney Island boardwalk along the Atlantic Ocean.

On tap, the brewery serves its Mermaid Pilsner and Overpass IPA, as well as rotating selections from its house-brewed inventory, including its Coney Island Lager and Cotton Candy Kolsch. Pints, flights and growlers are available. Coney Island Brewing Co. offers free tours at 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday during the winter season and every day during the warmer months.

Rockaway Brewing Co.

What’s brewing in Queens? “I would check out Rockaway Brewing Co. in Long Island City,” says Narciso Rodriguez, concierge at The Lowell New York, “and it’s not hard to get to.”

There are two locations. One is at 46-01 Fifth St., which you can get to by taking the 7 train and getting off at the Vernon Boulevard and Jackson Avenue stop. The other is by the beach at 415 Beach 72nd St. and Amstel Boulevard, just a five-minute walk from the A train (Beach 67 stop) and a seven-minute walk from the beach (Did you forget New York City has beaches, too?). Beers on tap change, but depending on the time of year, you might find anything from Black Gold, a dry Irish stout, to the flagship beer Rockaway ESB to a citrus-flavored 1875 Pale Ale.

The taproom at the Rockaway Beach location is open Thursdays and Fridays, from 3 to 10 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, from noon to 10 p.m. Or, visit the mother ship on Fifth Street where the taproom is open Mondays through Wednesdays, from 5 to 9 p.m.; Thursdays, from 3 to 9 p.m.; Fridays, from 3 to 10 p.m.; Saturdays, from noon to 10 p.m.; and Sundays, from noon to 9 p.m. Here, you can also purchase growlers in two sizes, 32 or 64 ounces, filled with your beer of choice.

The Bronx Brewery

“I really love The Bronx Brewery, where they have an awesome backyard space,” says Jennifer Picht, things to do editor at Time Out New York. “And they do seasonal tastings.”

Located on East 136th Street and accessible by subway and bus, the brewery focuses on pale ales, including seasonal pale ales: Winter Pale Ale With Spices, Spring Pale Ale With Tea, Summer Pale Ale With Lemon Peel and Bogmash Pale Ale With Cranberries for autumn. This is a brewery that likes to have fun while honoring the local heritage, so you'll also find beers paying homage to the Bronx’s music history, particularly its connection to hip-hop. Every two months, the brewery mixes up something different, such as Uptown, a coffee milk stout served in January and February, and O.P.P., an orange pistachio porter served in November and December.

The Bronx Brewery is open seven days a week: Monday through Friday, starting at 3 p.m., and weekends, starting at noon, and they never close before 8 p.m. You can also enjoy free brewery tours on weekends that run at 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

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