Brewing beer has been a common activity in New York since 1632 when the first commercial brewery was built here. Over the years, the city just continued to launch more breweries; good news for its residents. In the late 19th century, there were 48 breweries in Brooklyn alone, but after some time, the demand for new breweries started to cease. By 1970, no more brewing took place here. In fact, it took a total of ten years for New York to jump back on the bandwagon as it slowly started to get its mojo back.
In this article, we have picked some of the best breweries in New York and included ones with restaurants as well so that you can have your fair share of wine and dine with your friends. Stay tuned to find out more.
- Talea Beer Company
- The Bronx Brewery
- Evil Twin Brewing
- Druthers Brewing
- Ithaca Beer Company
- Big Ditch Brewing Company
Talea Beer Company
Talea Beer Company is a new kid on the block, but its brews have it contending with the best breweries in New York. The sours and Hazy IPAs have become a quick favorite, even with beer skeptics who always find something wrong with the drinks they try. The best part about this brewery is that unlike most of the other pubs in the city, this is successfully owned and run by women- one of the major reasons one must visit and give this brewery a chance.
Here, you can order flights or individual glasses of fruity beers, such as the Power Couple. This is a double IPA that includes riwaka hops and strata and is a treat to consume. Another popular beer is the Mixed Berry Tart Deco- a fantastic option for those who love sour beers. It contains notes of raspberry and fruit gelato – both of which make a refreshing drink, especially in the summer.
The Bronx Brewery
Even though The Bronx Brewery has some of the best beer available in New York, it is not only popular for its beer. In fact, it is respected in the community because it has been around for a decade and has been actively promoting its internship program to celebrate. This program helps the underrepresented part of the popular get involved in brewing as a way to support them. This initiative is also a way of supporting the work of local artists who create murals all over the city, allowing them to display their best work on the cans produced by the brewery.
There are eight main beers that The Bronx Brewery is known for. These include pale ales, pilsners, and other variations of IPA. This brewery also comes up with some seasonal beers, such as the Summer Pale ale which contains notes of lemon peel and citrus.
Evil Twin Brewing
Evil Twin Brewing is most known because of its fruity blends and sours that copy the texture of summer smoothies. However, we have to warn you – do not underestimate this brewery’s portfolio. It contains IPAs, stouts, and oak-aged lagers that come in a variety of creative names and taste just as funky.
If you are visiting for the first time, you must absolutely try the Blueberry Jelly Donut Even More Jesus (don’t let us we didn’t warn you about the creative names this brewery uses for its drinks). This beer has strong notes of blueberry and jelly to remind you of the cold old summer days, and soft notes of cake batter and donut dough, along with a little vanilla and coffee. All in all, it feels like an absolute treat.
Druthers Brewing is a microbrewery that has several locations and blesses New York with some excellent beer. Of course, the beer here has to be perfect- it is produced by George de Piro, the master brewer, who has received six medals in total, half at the Great American Beer Festival and the other half at the World Beer Cup.
Along with some delicious beers, you can also enjoy some snacks and food with your drinks. This brewery is known for its heavenly cheese dip made with beer and served to customers with pretzels bites. Moreover, the wood-fired pizza is an all-time favorite with its use of in-house sauces. There is nothing better than beer and homemade pizza- this duo can literally brighten up the worst days.
Ithaca Beer Company
Initially, this brewery started out as a small brew house that only had seven barrels. However, over the years, it has become one of the best breweries in New York and has continued to hold on to its innovative ideas. Today, it manages to brew more than 20,000 barrels every year, as well as IPAs and double IPAs. Customers especially love to enjoy the Nut Brown and Apricot Wheat in the outdoor garden, which is refreshing and beautiful.
You can also visit Ithaca Beer Company for its comfort food- it serves the best fries and pizzas that pair well with its drinks. The brewery ensures that it uses local ingredients straight from the farms as a tribute to the region. You don’t have to worry about long waiting lines or special treatment here as the brewery operates on a first-come, first-served basis and ensures that none of its customers are kept waiting for too long.
Big Ditch Brewing Company
The name of this brewery holds a special place in the hearts of residents. In 1825, the governor of New York launched a project that everyone thought would be unsuccessful. It became known as “Clinton’s Big Ditch,” but over time, it became successful, and residents were proven wrong, especially as it was responsible for turning the city into a popular trading port. The brewery was made to pay homage to the governor who changed the history of the city.
Today, this brewery is also a restaurant that pairs its innovative beers with the most delicious food found in New York. The chicken wings are an absolute must-have, especially since they are coated in Hayburner IPA sauce. Moreover, residents rave about the Breuben Sandwich which is made with corned beef. Pair the brewery’s food with their signature IPA or any of the seasonals they offer for the ultimate experience. Trust us; this brewery will become a quick favorite and have you talking about it with all your friends.