A few years back, you could have easily summed up New York City as a lonesome landscape for locally brewed beer. After being a little late to the game and following a 2014 legislative change legalizing the on-premise sale of beer, New York City is now one of the best beer cities in the whole of America. The legislative change brought a tide of brewery and taproom openings that soon swept over every borough.
Well, you know, the most surprising thing about NYC’s craft beer isn’t that it finally happened – the city in question is one of the most diverse foods and drink cities in the USA, but the fact that it took so long to happen. You see, NYC has a long history of brewing. Back then, when even water wasn’t clean enough to drink, beer was one of the safest choices of beverage to drink. I remember, when I first moved to this city around eight years back, there were pretty much little to no options for locally brewed beer. Even Schaefer and Rheingold got canned during the ‘70s. The only name I remember is that of Brooklyn Brewery. Now don’t get me wrong; I’ll fancy a Brooklyn Lager any night of the week. But I won’t be the last New Yorker to admit that, until fairly recently, the best beers in New York came from elsewhere. What surprises me the most is that it took quite a long for the brewers to revitalize the city’s prominence as an ace region for beer production.
But now, now I can proudly say that there’s never been so much of it, all thanks to the amazing crop of young breweries. As of December 2017, there were a total of 288 breweries in NYC. Interest in craft beer shows no signs of slowing down, and the continuation of local breweries making excellent beer has definitely stirred a lot of excitement.
Here’s the absolute best of NYC’s local beers.
The Blind Tiger
281 Bleecker St, New York City
856 E 136th St, Bronx, New York City
Interboro Spirits and Ale
942 Grand St, Brooklyn, New York City
333 Douglass St, Brooklyn, New York City
Kings County Brewers Collective
381 Troutman St, Brooklyn, New York City
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