Top Picks for NYC Microbreweries and Brewpubs

Top Picks for NYC Microbreweries and Brewpubs

Microbreweries are breweries that produce small batches of fermented grains that can be flavored with all sorts of things from hops to fruits to chocolates to spices. Given New Yorkers’ DIY spirit, of course the city is teeming with microbreweries and brewpubs (the establishments where you can pair small-batch brews with pub grub). Want to try a one-of-a-kind brew? Check out the trio of places below.

With locations throughout Manhattan, Heartland Brewery features a selection of beers, cocktails, wine, homemade soda and an all-day menu that will satisfy any craving. House brews at Heartland Brewery include Indiana River Light, Cornhusker Lager, Harvest Wheat Beer, Red Rooster Ale, Indiana Pale Ale and the award-winning Farmer Jon's Oatmeal Stout—a hearty yet creamy stout with hints of espresso and dark chocolate. Seasonal beers are served throughout the year and include Full Moon Barleywine, Empire State Premium (a traditional Czech lager) and Old Red Nose Ale (a mahogany ale with orange and ginger tones finished with a roasted chestnut flavor).

In the East Village, Paulaner is the first international off-shoot of Munich's brewing tradition. Paulaner's Hefeweizen (light hops flavor with a balance of bitter and fruity), Munich Lager (a bottom-fermented beer that is tasty year-round), Munich Dark Lager (a regional specialty beer made from seven types of barley) and Munich Pale All (a top-fermented IPA made especially for Paulaner NYC) are all made on-site and served alongside a menu of authentic German food.

Across the East River in Brooklyn, Brooklyn Brewery is one of the larger microbreweries in NYC. The popular destination celebrates beer with big flavors. Beers available year-round include Brooklyn Lager (American amber lager), Defender IPA (red IPA), Brooklyn Blast! (a double IPA), Hecla Iron Ale (a dark ale) and Brooklyn 1/2 Ale (a hoppy session saison). Seasonal beers include Summer Ale, Pumpkin Ale, Winter Ale, Black Chocolate Stout and Oktoberfest. Reserve beers rotate out every four months or so and are available on a limited basis until they are gone forever. There are ticketed tours, in addition to free tours, and other events going on at the brewery all the time, so make sure to check the schedule on the website.



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