NYC Beer Guide


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My boss had me compile a list of TimeOut New York's best beer bars in NYC.

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NYC Beer Guide

  1. 1. The Showdown: Queens vs. Manhattan vs. BrooklynThe Best Beer Halls in NYC
  2. 2. QUEENS Brewery hub before Prohibition Roaring back with new beer bars, shops, and makers Centered in Astoria and Long Island City
  3. 3. The Strand Smokehouse Est. Nov. 2012; 9,000 sq. ft. space The American, indoor answer to European inspired beer gardens 16 regional brews; offers BBQ-friendly (ie. smoky & refreshing) quaffs All pints: $7, All pitchers: $21 Serves different types of BBQ (vinegary North Carolina, saucy Tennessee); specialty is rotating pastrami plate Banjoists play on most nights 25-27 Broadway between Crescent and 29th Streets, Astoria, 718-440-3231
  4. 4. Astoria Bier and Cheese 1,100 sq. ft. curds and brew haven Bathroom mural of Kim Jong-il milking a cow Marble bar with 10 seasonal (mostly local) drafts More than 200 bottles and cans can be purchased to go or opened on-site ($2 corking fee) More than 100 types of cheese; some cheese is worked into a sit down menu Aspire gourmands can get schooled with the pairing plate, which matches 4 5-oz. pours with cheeses 34-14 Broadway between 34th and 35th Streets, Astoria, 718-545-5588
  5. 5. Manhattan Downtown vs. Harlem Downtown: grungy, but potentially pricy depending on where you do Harlem: uptown’s once-legendary supper club scene has transformed into craft-beer halls
  6. 6. Proletariat Tight quarters; narrow bar with 12 stools and old-timey tattoo flash art Specializes in rare, new, and unusual brews 11 rotating drafts ($7-$11) from cult brewers View 60-item bottle list by scanning QR code on smartphone or scoping it on the barkeep’s iPad Prices are steep; pours are short 102 St. Marks Pl. between First Ave. and Ave. A, 212-777-2017
  7. 7. Harlem Public Est. Sept. 2012; 60-seat saloon Serves fizzy pints to a packed room of Hamilton Heights locals Mostly American suds on the bar’s 16 taps; pours change multiple times a week Wanna mack on someone?: Send a round his/her way and the bartender will put your names and the drink up on the “PDA” chalkboard as an introduction If the chalkboard didn’t work, you can eat your feelings with gussied-up pub grub 3612 Broadway between 148th and 149th Streets, 212-939-9404,
  8. 8. Brooklyn Don’t you live there?...You know what Brooklyn’s like! No explanation needed.
  9. 9. Greenwood Park 13,000 sq. ft. beer garden with 3 bocce courts; onetime auto-body shop (still has roll-up garage doors and vintage car lift) Welcomes everyone (toddler-toting yuppies, fixed-gear enthusiasts, neighborhood hop-heads) 60 draft lines dispense 20 local and international microbrews; commercial favorites are also on tap 24 suds are available in bottles Bar bites for everyone (wings, sausage hero, etc.) Fireplace and 6 flatscreen TVs show sporting events when it’s cold outside Seventh Ave. at 19th Street, Park Slope, 718-499- 7999
  10. 10. Rosamunde Sausage Grill Bay Area-style boozing in South Williamsburg More than 24 domestic and international craft drafts; revolving picks Always 2 Nitrogen taps; nitrogen is added to CO2 in the keg to create a creamy head 24 sausages (all come on brioche rolls with house-made toppings) ‘Burg locals can order grub and growlers for delivery Flannel-shirted lads line the zinc bar 285 Bedford Ave. between Grand and South 1st Streets, Williamsburg, 718-388- 2170,
  11. 11. Honorable Mentions Queens:  Rockaway Brewing Company: 5-01 46th Ave. at 5th Street, Long Island City,  SingleCut Beersmiths: 19-33 37th Street between 19th and 20th Aves., Astoria, 718-606- 0788, Manhattan:  Alphabet City Beer Co.: 96 Ave. C between 6th and 7th Streets, 646-422-7103,
  12. 12. If You Ever See These, Try Them…  Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple ale, 9.4 oz. bottle $16.99  Uses sweet porky doughnuts  Available at Brooklyn Beer & Soda, 507 Flatbush Ave. at Lefferts Ave., Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, 718-622-8800,  Flying Dog Pearl Necklace stout, 12 oz. bottle $2.09  Uses raw oysters  Available at Good Beer, 422 E. 9th Street between 1st Ave. and Ave. A, 212-677- 4836,  Birreria Calabrona, 16 oz. bottle $10  Uses yeast from a hornet’s stomach  Available at La Birreria, 200 5th Ave. at 23rd Street, 212-937-8910,  Dogfish Head Birra Etrusca Bronze, 25 oz. bottle $14.99  Uses Etruscan tomb microbes  Available at Whole Foods Bowery Beer Room, 95 E. Houston at Bowery, 212-420-1320