Beer Route In New York
October 17th, 2018
In our new Stonehenge Resident Blog Post Series, we ask our residents to write about a topic that's important to them. Mireia Capdevila from The Ritz Plaza has created the perfect guide to all things beer in NYC! Read on to learn the history of beer in NYC and where to find yourself the best cold pint. ----- Beer route in New York New Yorkers don’t need any excuse to celebrate their favorite drink, and no, it is not a coffee to go, it is beer. Craft, dark, blonde, in a bottle, in a can or draft. It is drunk in pubs, patios or in the brewery itself. In New York beer is drunk almost as a must. Before the dry law in 1920, Brooklyn was the world capital of this gold liquid that we really love, with more than 50 breweries. In the 70’s there was not even one. But in the last two decades, since the Brooklyn Brewery opening, the micro-breweries industry has flourished again all around the city and with it; bars have specialized in draft beer, national and international. BREWERIES AND CRAFT BEER BARS The Brooklyn Brewery opening in 1988, is considered not only the beginning of the rebirth of brewing in the area, but the gentrification of Brooklyn in general (Check out the documentary “Brewed in Brooklyn”) Since then, new breweries have appeared in each neighborhood. If you consider yourself a true beer lover, or have already started to brew your own beer in your garage, this is the route you should follow to get some ideas. In Brooklyn, Brooklyn Brewery, the most famous and pioneer and Six Point (in Red Hook), the defenders of the motto “Beer is Culture”. If you prefer a scheduled tour try Urban Oyster: they bring you there so you can visit actual breweries and some others from XIX century that nowadays are abandoned. There's also the Bridge and Tunnel Brewery, in Queens, opened in 2012, the dream fulfilled by a guy, Rich, who had been making his own beer for nine years. And in Manhattan, there is also room for big kegs like the ones you can find in Heartland Brewery, opened in 1995 and serves beer within one or two weeks of brewing. More recent is The Bronx Brewery, opened in 2011, specialized in Ales that can be found in almost any bar in the city, and of course in the Bronx. On the opposite side of Manhattan you have the Harlem Brewing Company, founded in 2000 by an entrepreneur brewing initially in their studio apartment. To try almost all the concoctions of these factories and many smaller factories throughout the United States there are bars specialized in craft beer such as the Barcade, famous for its arcade machines or the Jimmy's N43. Both have rotating menus so customers never get bored. BEER GARDENS In general they are places to go when the good weather arrives and enjoy their extensive menus of European beers and filling food (sausages, knuckle ...). Some have been directly copied from the Bavarian and Central European tradition, such as the Bohemian Hall, in Astoria (Queens), with very long tables and banks, specializing in beer and food, mainly Czech. Another classic, this time German, is the Zum Schneider, in the East Village, with the authentic Oktoberfest jugs. And there are other modern places like the d.b.a, in East Village or the Duyvill Spuyten, in Williamsburg, with a cozy little patio where you can sample some of the almost 100 craft beers from around the world but in a bottle (there aren’t a lot on tap). There are also beer gardens with views: like the Berry Park, in the Williamsburg looking at Manhattan (incredible hamburgers) and La Birreria, the bar on the rooftop of the Eataly in Flatiron, has its own Ale distillery (high fermentation) and Italian and German beers menu. DIVE BARS These are our favorites: places where you can relax, forget about pairings, if it is very bitter, if that one is very blonde and the other one very thick. Ask for a can of PBR (or Pabst), the hipster beer of the champions (usually for $3 or even less) or a pitcher of Budweiser to share and play beer pong. Every city has dark clubs with lonely guys staring at the beer brand sign or at a football game and New York is not an exception. Here are some recommendations Dive Bar in Upper West Side. What’s best? Its usual clientele. In Williamsburg, if you do not want to pretend, you should go to The Charleston, great bar in the area with their $3 pint on happy hour and, for one extra dollar, a quite respectable pizza. And the classiest one is the Mudville Restaurant and Tap House, in TriBeca, with almost 30 types of beer on tap from American microbreweries and the best chicken wings in Downtown. Wings and beer, pairing sponsored by “Homer Simpson”. Do not forget to check on the NYC events webs about the “Beer Week”, “Craft Beer Festival” and other beer events that occur every year in the City.