The 17 Best Breweries in NYC
Drink local this fall.
New York City has been brewing beer since 1632 when North America’s first commercial brewery was built on what is now Manhattan’s Stone Street—and we’re not stopping anytime soon.
The city hit a brewing peak in the late 19th century, when Brooklyn alone supported 48 breweries, and that was only half of the city’s total. But then beer hit a steady decline thanks to bad crops, decreased demand, the growing popularity of national companies like Anheuser-Busch and, ya know, Prohibition. By the 1970s, we stopped brewing all together, and it took more than 10 years after that for us to get our mojo back and slowly start up again.
Today, local breweries are back in a big way. Tasting rooms are back open and as the number of breweries in NYC continues to explode with new spots opening up every year, the brews we are producing are better than ever. “The brewers in the city are not only making great beer, but they are transforming neighborhoods and bringing back the brewing scene to what it once was before Prohibition,” says Paul Leone, Executive Director of the New York State Brewers Association.
Thanks to our storied NYC water and innovative brewers stationed in all five boroughs, you can try local beer practically anywhere, but here are a few top picks to get you started.
EBBS Brewing Co.
Born in stainless tanks at Citi Field and operating without a brick-and-mortar location since 2020, EBBS Brewing Co. will open a taproom in Williamsburg this month. This brewer is on a mission to keep it simple with “beer that tastes like beer” to contrast the over-the-top names, labels, and flavor combinations that have taken over the craft beer world. So you’ll see cans with stark white labels and names like Lager No. 1 and Lager No. 2, plus a handful of IPAs numbered one through seven (with a couple of missing numbers for recipes that didn’t make the cut). The brewery’s Williamsburg taproom will also carry hard seltzer from local Fountain Beverage Co. and a snack menu sourced from local shops like Schaller & Weber, Murray’s Cheese, and more.
How to book: Walk in
Talea Beer Company
Every brewery has a specialty, but it’s rare to find a spot that’s dialed into a particular brew as much as Talea Beer Company. This relative newcomer opened in March with a lineup of Hazy IPAs, sours, and other “easy-to-love” pours geared toward beer skeptics. At the taproom location just off McCarren Park, you can order individual glasses or flights of fruity beers like the Power Couple, a double IPA that blends strata and riwaka hops, or the Mixed Berry Tart Deco, a sour IPA that tastes like passion fruit gelato and raspberry glacé, or purchase beers to go. Plus, with Tara Hankinson and LeAnn Darland at the helm, it’s one of the few breweries in the country run by women—even more reason to pay it a visit.
How to book: Make a reservation via Tock
After getting its start in Long Island City, this Queens favorite recently relocated to a new, larger taproom in Sunnyside where it has rotating food options from neighborhood concepts alongside killer local art on the walls (and cans!). With pilsners, IPAs, and even goses on the menu, Alewife Brewing has something for everyone.
Big Alice Brewing
With ingredients like lemongrass, jalapeño, and juicy grapefruit cycling through the beers on tap, Big aLICe Brewing showcases the best local produce that New York state has to offer. It's a certified farm brewery, so the brewers work with local hops farmers to fuel IPAs and pilsners, and they also tap fellow Queens businesses for other specialty ingredients like the coffee from Native Coffee Roasters in its Date Night, Bro? stout.
The Bronx Brewery
The Bronx Brewery’s core eight beers cover pilsners, pale ales, and a few IPA variations, and they swap in seasonal favorites like the Summer Pale Ale with citrusy hops and lemon peel. But beyond great beer, this brewery is known for so much more. Bronx Brewery had been a cornerstone of its community for a decade, and to celebrate, its doubling down on its commitment to supporting the neighborhood with a new internship program to get underrepresented communities involved in brewing, an initiative that supports the creation of murals across the city, and a commitment to get local artists’ work printed on the brewery’s cans twice each month.
The Brooklyn Lager is pretty iconic at this point. It’s probably the most recognized beer coming out of New York City right now, so if you’ve had any New York beer, chances are you’ve sipped this. But Brooklyn Brewery’s Williamsburg brewhouse has so much more to offer like a snappy classic pilsner, the non-alcoholic Special Effects, a hazy IPA dubbed Brooklyn Pulp Art, and the brewer’s perfect take on hard seltzer.
Coney Island Brewing Co.
Evil Twin Brewing
Perhaps most well-known for smoothie-style sours and other fruity blends, Evil Twin Brewing has a wide portfolio that also includes oak-aged lagers, stouts, and IPAs—each with a comical and long-winded name like a zesty triple IPA called Real New Yorkers Would Never Live in A Neighborhood Called “Dumb” So They Added The O. Also included in the brewery’s lineup is a handful of ever-popular hard seltzers, dubbed Evil Water, in flavors like mimosa, watermelon granita, and lemon meringue pie. The original Ridgewood location has a dreamy greenhouse feel, and the brewer added a second outpost in DUMBO earlier this year.
Grimm Artisanal Ales
Grimm Artisanal Ales was once known as a brewery without a brick-and-mortar location of its own, but now, the sleek brewery in East Williamsburg continues its on-trend design both inside the minimalist space and emblazoned on the side of cans. Visit the brewery, and you’ll find sours, farmhouse ales, and funky lambics all bottled up alongside canned IPAs and ales that you can try on-site or take home.
Gun Hill Brewing Co.
We once called Gun Hill the most underrated brewery in all of New York state, and that sentiment still rings true. Gun Hill has been around for about a decade, and the microbrewery’s beer is worth tracking down a local bar or restaurant or visiting its taproom in The Bronx. Its diverse portfolio includes a crowd-pleasing Spirit 76 pilsner and an award-winning Void of Light stout, and you can get them all canned up to go or sample them on site.
Brooklyn’s only brewery and distillery in one could stock your entire at-home bar with beers, spirits, and canned cocktails. And you should let them. Bushburg, an ode to its East Williamsburg locale, is a bright pilsner you’ll always want to have on hand, and IPAs, sours, and stouts round out the other current beer options. But don’t leave Interboro without grabbing the distillery side’s gin, amaro, and canned G&Ts to fuel your stronger drinking needs.
How to order: Stop by the brewery or get delivery via website
Kills Boro Brewing Co
Brewed in NYC’s southernmost borough of Staten Island, Kills Boro’s three brewers began mastering their craft through home brewing and came onto the growing scene in Staten Island in 2017. They’ve been killin’ it and making experimental sours and fruity IPAs ever since, and recently began offering outdoor seating at their Kills Boro Brewpub.
Kings County Brewers Collective
Like all good things in the neighborhood, KCBG sits hidden inside a warehouse in Bushwick, and, wow, are they making good things. A few years ago this spot was named the best brewery in all five boroughs in a city-wide competition hosted by Thrillist, and since then they’ve continued churning out a wide array of unique beers. Plus, the “collective” in their name isn’t just lip service—one of the draft lines in their taproom is exclusively reserved as a “Local Talent Tap” for beer brewed in collaboration with nearby industry friends.
Other Half Brewing Company
This brewery began on a quest to make beers for the “other half” of the industry, and since opening they’ve put that mission to work. Last year, Other Half Brewing launched All Together, a worldwide beer collaboration with nearly 1,000 breweries making beer to benefit the Restaurant Workers Community Foundation, and the brewery continues to launch collaborations both big and small to support various organizations. The social mission is enough to make you love this brewery, so the well-crafted hazy IPAs, pastry stouts, and creative sours available at the original taproom and two new locations—one at Domino Park in Williamsburg and another by Rockafeller Center—are a bonus.
Threes Brewing is known equally for its brews as it is for its gorgeous patio. Beset by string lights and greenery-covered walls, it’s a dreamy place to drink, day or night. So grab a seat inside or out and try Threes’ hoppy ales, lagers, and mixed culture brews. With new locations in Greenpoint and on Governors Island, you’re never too far from these standby craft beers.
How to book: Make a reservation for Gowanus and Greenpoint via website or stop by the Governors Island outpost
After plenty of pandemic-related delays, Torch and Crown has finally opened its three-story, airy space in the heart of Manhattan, making it the borough’s only operating brewery. Expect lots of IPA variations and a beer, wine, and spirits list all sourced from New York state. On the food side, the on-site restaurant serves everything from bar snacks and brunch to a large-format pig feast that feeds 10, so there are plenty of options to fuel an entire afternoon or evening visit.
This Long Island City-born craft brewery may have relocated across the bridge to Brooklyn, but its top-notch farmhouse ales haven’t changed. The styles in stock are always rotating at Transmitter Brewing, and making an order for pickup or planning a visit to the beer garden is a great excuse to hop on the ferry and breathe in some East River air.