Calling all crafty New Yorkers: the boroughs are brimming with beer. Although New York may not be the first city that comes to mind when you think of local beer, the tide is shifting.
Tap room beer halls are popping up all over the city, featuring local selections and serving up flights on a rotating basis, encouraging gatherings, hosting musicians, selling merch and permitting meals to be ordered in in from local, neighborhood establishments.
Up at the Bronx Brewery, they invite you to bring your own picnic and hang out in their back yard beer garden – dogs, of course, are welcome. Flagship Brewing Co., based in Staten Island, has a beer truck that makes the rounds at festivals and private events.
And beyond beer garden and brewery culture, the beer itself is creating a buzz. New Yorker’s, who won’t wait a NY minute for anything, have no problem waiting 11 hours in the frosty industrial side streets of Brooklyn to be among the first to snag a case of special edition India Pale Ale from Other Half Brewery. Other hard-core craft aficionados will make the trek to the South Bronx for pale ale, in cans or on tap, from the Bronx Brewery. And Staten Island, home to The Flagship Brewing Company, and The Staten Island Beer Company and will soon be joined by Kills Boro Brewery (“badass” brew house equipment just installed in January).
How about catching a wave in the Rockaways and any one of the 10 beers on tap from Rockaway Brewing in Queens? The brewery was so successful; they added a new industrial feel tasting room, just blocks from the beach. And back in Brooklyn, Five Boroughs Brewing Co. is building a colorful brewery and tasting room in a former steel fabrication shop, which plans to open in June.
Look out St. Louis, Milwaukee, Boston and Portland. Ya’ don’t own beer, here.