New York City has more bars than almost anywhere else in the world. With that many bars you’d figure there’d also be a lot of breweries. Unfortunately for beer-loving New Yorkers that just isn’t the case. However , in the last twenty-five years, thanks to the growing popularity of craft beer, there are a few breweries who are able to call the New York City Metro area home. Here is a list of a few of them who give tours.
THE BIG 3
1. Brooklyn Brewery
Brooklyn Brewery was founded in 1987 by Steve Hindy and Tom Potter. The company now boasts one of the most revered brewmasters in the world in Garrett Oliver. The tour of the Brooklyn Brewery takes place in one room. As the brewery actually brews most of its beer off-site in Utica, NY, this location isn’t as big as one might expect. After the tour one can simple the brews in the tasting room.
Address: 79 N. 11th St, Brooklyn, NY
Tours: Saturday 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm and Sunday 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm
Signature Beer: Brooklyn Lager
Other Notable Beers: Brooklyn Black Ops, Brooklyn Local 1, Brooklyn Sorachi Ace
2. Captain Lawrence Brewery
Brewer Scott Vaccaro founded Captain Lawrence in 2005. Having studied brewing science at UC-Davis, the brewery had a knowledgeable founder behind it. In 2009 the Rosso E Marrone won a gold medal in the Great American Beer Festival in the American-Style Sour Ale Category.
Address: 99 Castleton St. Pleasantville, NY
Tours: Saturdays 1pm, 2pm, 3pm
Signature Beer: Captain Lawrence Pale Ale
Other Notable Beers: Captain Lawrence Xtra Gold, Rosso E Marrone
3. Blue Point Brewing
Founded in 1998 Blue Point Brewing Company is Long Island’s premier brewery. Located in a former ice factory, the brewery is a sprawling 5,000 square feet.
Address: 161 River Ave, Patchogue, NY
Tours: Thurs & Fri 3pm-7pm and Saturday 12pm-7pm
Signature Beer: Toasted Lager
Other Notable Beers: Hoptical Illusion
Barrier Brewing Company
Barrier Brewing Company is a new venture that began in 2009.
Address: 3595 Lawson Blvd, Unit E, Oceanside, NY
Tours: Saturday 12pm-4pm, but call ahead 516-316-4429
Chelsea Brewing Company
Chelsea Brewing Company is the brewery on this list that is located in Manhattan. While tours are available, the facility is more like a brewpub.
Address: Chelsea Piers, Pier 59, New York, NY
Tours: By appointment, call 212-336-6440
Signature Beer: Checker Cab Blonde Ale