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15 Local Breweries in New York City

Grab a pint or a growler of craft beer at these popular New York City breweries.

New York City has some of the best local breweries on the East Coast. Beer enthusiasts will love exploring the diversity New York City has to offer in beer brewing.

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From pale ales to stouts, New York City has it all.

My favorite type of beer to try at all of these breweries were the sours and the coffee stouts.

Check out the list of some of the best local NYC Breweries, and stop by on your next trip to the Big Apple!


Grimm Artisanal Ales

990 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Phone: 718-564-9767
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Grimm Artisanal Ales is a relatively new brewery to the New York City brewery scene.

Founded in 2013 by Lauren and Joe Grimm, it has quickly become one of my favorites.

The couple has perfected elegant ales sold in a modern brewery that attracts tourists from all over the world.

Outdoor seating and a merchandise shop made Grimm a great stop on my Saturday out and about in NYC!

Conveniently located near Cooper Park, a cold Four Ever Rainbow was a refreshing treat.

My friend tried the Coffee Coconut Icing On The Cake, an imperial milk stout with notes of coconut, vanilla, and sey coffee.

This couple knows how to make a tasty stout!


Interboro Spirits & Ales

942 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Phone: 877-843-6545
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Brooklyn’s only brewery and distillery, Interboro Spirits & Ales, is a must-see.

Not only do they serve fantastic craft beers and cocktails, but they also have a delicious brunch menu.

I am a sucker for a good brunch, so I called up my best friend to have the Vegan Layered Breakfast Emapana for a late brunch on Sunday afternoon.

Do gin and tonic go with brunch? Of course, it does! I had a Hibiscus & Lime gin and tonic with my brunch.

This canned cocktail had just the right amount of brightness from the hibiscus and bite from gin.


Other Half Brewing Company

195 Centre St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Phone: 212-564-6065
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Other Half Brewing Company has two convenient locations; one in Brooklyn and one at Finger Lakes.

I visited the Brooklyn location, just two blocks from the Smith-9th subway station in Carroll Gardens.

This is an excellent location if you want to host an event or festival or just stop by for a drink.

My visit consisted of trying multiple beers on tap. My favorite was the MMM… Fruit Blueberry beer. It was a fruity and flavorful fruit beer.

I stuck with my fruit trend and tried their Future Fresh: Triple Tropics Motueka IPA. I couldn’t get enough of their fruit beers!


Alewife Brewing

41-11 39th St, Queens, NY 11104
Phone: 347-808-0484
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Alewife Brewing is all about the medicinal and spiritual origins of the process of brewing tonics.

We visited in the chilly month of October and sat in their heated outdoor seating.

This unique experience is one I will never forget. I tried I Dream In Tangerine, a sour DIPA. It had a deep sour flavor with notes of tangerine throughout.

I am more of a lager guy, so I also tried the CERNA, a Czech Dark Lager.

I gave it a sip, and it was just as delicious as my sour!


Big aLICe Brewing

8-08 43rd Rd, Long Island City, NY 11101
Phone: 347-688-2337
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With views of the East River, Big aLICe Brewing was a great afternoon stop on a beautiful spring day.

It is a farm brewery that is dedicated to crafting locally-sourced beer.

I went out of my comfort zone and tried their Argyll on my visit. It is a Scottish Ale brewed with malts and aged 11 months.

My best friend opted for an option from their cider menu. She tried a Bone Dry Cider from their cider house.

I had a little sip, and it did not disappoint! Next time I go back, I want to try all of their other ciders because I liked her cider so much.


Evil Twin Brewing NYC

1616 George St, Queens, NY 11385
Phone: 718-366-1850
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We intended on visiting Evil Twin Brewing in Queens strictly for their greenhouse, but we couldn’t resist getting drinks after seeing their menu!

With so many interesting lagers to choose from, we had to give it a shot. I tried the Greenhouse Fruited Pilsner – Buddha’s Hand.

This zesty fruited pilsner was flavored with Buddha’s Hand that they grew right in their greenhouse. I have never had a drink quite like this unique pilsner!

My friend opted for the Guys! I’ve Really Been Getting Back Into Toasted Coconut Again.

This Barleywine had a distinct toasted coconut flavor that could not be mistaken.


Gun Hill Brewing Company

3227 Laconia Ave, Bronx, NY 10469
Phone: 718-881-0010
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Gun Hill Brewery is marked as part of the new revolution in New York brewing.

Great merchandise and top ales made this one of my favorite spots in New York City.

He tried the Spirit 76, a New York Silver Medal Winner in 2018.

I tried Comes The Night, a tasty Imperial Stout. I want to return and try their West Farms Lager!


The Bronx Brewing & Empanology

856 E 136th St, Bronx, NY 10454
Phone: 718-402-1000
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We stopped by The Bronx Brewing & Empanology for lunch. The Bastard Burger paired well with YERRR!!, a rice India Pale Ale.

My friend had to try a traditional Puerto Rican empanada, opting for the Southern Comfort.

It had smoked barbequed pulled pork, mac and cheese, and crispy onions all stuffed into the shell.

I will have to return and try an empanada next time!


Threes Brewing

333 Douglass St, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Phone: 718-568-9673
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We visited Threes Brewing after our trip to the nearby Grand Army Plaza.

Their featured Categorical Error Pilsner was my favorite thing on the menu. It had notes of mandarin orange in a dry riesling.

Before leaving, we wanted to try more of their beer. We bought a 4-pack of Short Fuse for when we got home!


Torch & Crown Brewing Company

12 Vandam St, New York, NY 10013
Phone: 212-228-7005
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Torch & Crowing Brewing Company is always my favorite spot when visiting Manhattan. They almost know me as a regular there!

Their fried Chicken Sandwich is to die for, especially with a Salumi Board as an appetizer.

My favorite beer on tap is Almost Famous. In my mind, it is famous!


Coney Island Brewery

1904 Surf Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11224
Phone: 718-996-0019
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I have only been to Coney Island Brewery one time. We stopped in before heading out for a day on the beach.

Of course, we had to get the Coney Island Beach Beer for this occasion.

This light and refreshing beer was the best addition to our trip!


Finback Brewery

78-01 77th Ave, Glendale, NY 11385
Phone: 718-628-8600
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An afternoon shopping at The Shops at Atlas Park called for a stop by Finback Brewery.

We had my nieces and nephews along for the trip, so this family-friendly taproom was the best option for our group.

I had to limit myself to one drink, so I tried their Red Shift Sour. It is brewed with yuzu and cranberry.

I had never heard of yuzu before, but our bartender enlightened me on the subject.

Yuzu is a Japanese fruit that has notes of citrus and pine.


Kings County Brewers Collective

381 Troutman St, Brooklyn, NY 11237
Phone: 929-409-5040
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It was 5 pm, and we were in Brooklyn… This called for a stop by Kings County Brewers Collective for some happy hour drinks!

I had a $5.00 14 oz Superhero Sidekick. Their taproom has a unique feel to it. It gives the sensation of being in a superhero movie!


TALEA Beer Co.

87 Richardson St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Phone: 347-799-1281
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I booked my sister’s birthday party at TALEA Beer Co. in Brooklyn.

Their spacious event room was exactly what we needed to celebrate—great beers and service made for a memorable experience.

The group decided the overall favorite was the Peach Berry Punch sour beer.


Brooklyn Brewery

79 N 11th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Phone: 718-486-7422
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After our day in McCarren Park, we stopped at Brooklyn Brewery for a cold drink.

They had their summer ale menu available on our visit.

My favorite was Our Sunny Pale Ale, a zesty and light beer. I would like to return for Oktoberfest, where they have a whole fall menu available!


Final Thoughts

As you can see, there is no shortage of amazing breweries in New York City.

And there is no shortage of attractions either: theaters, museums, parks, food markets, historical venues, and the list continues.

Make sure to save a bit of your time and stop by any of these best NYC breweries. They will make your visit to New York far more memorable.

If you’re on the hunt for drink deals, be sure to check out these amazing NYC happy hour specials!

Did we leave your favorite brewery out of this list? Leave us a comment, and we’ll check it out!


Best NYC Breweries

  1. Grimm Artisanal Ales
  2. Interboro Spirits & Ales
  3. Other Half Brewing Company
  4. Alewife Brewing
  5. Big aLICe Brewing
  6. Evil Twin Brewing NYC
  7. Gun Hill Brewing Company
  8. The Bronx Brewing & Empanology
  9. Threes Brewing
  10. Torch & Crown Brewing Company
  11. Coney Island Brewery
  12. Finback Brewery
  13. Kings County Brewers Collective
  14. TALEA Beer Co.
  15. Brooklyn Brewery

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Written by Rocco Smith

Rocco is a recent graduate of Florida State University with a Bachelor’s in Editing, Writing, and Media. With seven years’ experience in the restaurant industry as a cook, server, bartender, and more, he is deeply passionate about intertwining his fondness for food with his love of language.