New York Breweries: Brooklyn

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Believe it or not, there’s more to microbrewing in New York City than Brooklyn Brewery.

Inspired by a meeting of the New York Homebrewers Guild (every third Tuesday at Burp Castle, 41 E 7th St, New York, NY), this trip, an attempt to visit all the micro- and nanobreweries within New York City has stretched over the course of two weekends and counting. The majority of the breweries shown on the map below can be reached with minimal walking and a trip along the G train, with its 4-car trains, the redheaded stepchild of the MTA. Your starting station, Smith-9th Sts is one of the more picturesque stations in the system.

You can print and use the hand-drawn map below to plan your own trip. We started in Southern Brooklyn and worked our way north, though you could also start in Long Island City, Queens and head south.

First Saturday
Our first weekend began with brunch at Buttermilk Channel (website, Yelp). No chicken and waffles for breakfast, but say hello to chicken and pork schnitzel. Highly recommended.
Enjoying the first one of the day at Other Half Brewing

Once fueled up, we headed to Other Half Brewing (website, 195 Centre St, Brooklyn, NY). An unmarked door across the street from McDonalds was the entryway to this small tasting room and brewery. We figured it out by following the families with babies in tow into the unmarked industrial building. They offer samples, full pours and growlers of a selection of hop-heavy beers and regularly sell tallboy cans of their IPA. Growlers are returnable (!) to encourage repeat customers. We’ll be going back for sure.

Next stop, after a 20- to 30-minute walk, was Threes Brewing in Gowanus (website, 333 Douglass St., Brooklyn, NY), a short walk from Atlantic Avenue station in Downtown Brooklyn. Threes had a deep selection of flavorful, drinkable session IPAs, saisons, and a Berliner weisse. The space is expansive, with plenty of seating, big long tables, and an outdoor patio area for the summer months. For the non-beer drinkers, they also have a food menu and a cafe on location. We’ve already been back here once since our initial visit.
Second Saturday
 
Beer brunch at Keg & Lantern hit the spot.

Our second weekend started on a rainy Saturday at 11am at Keg & Lantern (website, 97 Nassau Ave., Brooklyn, NY), reachable at the Nassau Av (G) stop. The brewmaster at this brewpub, P.J., was the guest speaker at the NYHBG meeting on the night I was inspired to plan this pilgrimage, so of course his home brewery had to make the list. After a hearty breakfast of bacon, eggs, and sausage and a half-pint of beer, we were able to check out the all-electric brewing setup in the basement of the building. Beers here are very drinkable and change often, so we’ll be back.

The next stop was a 10-minute walk to the iconic Brooklyn Brewery (website, 79 N 11th St., Brooklyn, NY). Being iconic and well-known also makes you crowded. Wait in a long line, get inside, buy your tokens, 5 beers for $20, and wait in line again. The pluses of Brooklyn Brewery are its dirt-cheap pints ($4), Brewery-exclusive beers, and their Brooklyn logo gear, of which I’ve purchased one of their metal signs ($15). On their short brewery tour we learned that Milton Glaser (of I heart New York fame) designed the logo 28 years ago and was paid in beer for life.
Near Brooklyn Brewery and not yet visited are:
Our tour continued along Manhattan Ave. in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and over the Pulaski Bridge to Long Island City, Queens, detailed in the next entry.

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