Considering its broad scope of borough-based breweries, we’re confident deeming BK the craft capital of New York City. Those looking to take a grand Brooklyn brewing tour during their stay at the Nu Hotel should check out the following establishments.
Brooklyn Brewery has been experimenting with a range of hops and malt varieties since 1988. The borough’s eponymous brewery was founded by two Park Slope neighbors in the mid-80s, moved to a Williamsburg warehouse in the mid-90s, and has enjoyed steadily increasing success ever since. Private tours can be arranged throughout the week and the Brooklyn Brewery tasting room is open to the public only on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
Sixpoint Brewing’s sleek aluminum cans and bold flavors appeal to the hippest of Brooklyn hipsters. Based in Red Hook its beers are crafted especially for hops lovers. The Resin brew, with an ABV of 9.1% and a 103 IBU rating, is one of the bitterest, hoppiest, and strongest IPAs around. The brewer’s wet-hopped Sensi 2015 has just been released and should be on the radar of drinkers with a weak spot for West Coast hops.
Nestled in the heart of Gowanus, Threes Brewing is revered for their extensive list of creatively named brews. Drop by after a day sitting in meetings or exploring New York, and let the ingredients from a Constant Disappointment, Superf*ckingyawn, Unreliable Narrator, I Hate Myself, or Everything Was Forever Until it Was No More coax you into relaxation mode for the rest of the evening.
If Sixpoint Brewing has left any slack on the end of the Brooklyn craft brew’s hop-malt continuum, Other Half is picking it up. Housed in hip, centrally located Carroll Gardens, Other Half Brewing takes risks and reaps rewards. Their All Green Everything triple-hopped IPA gives the potency of Sixpoint’s Resin a run for its money, and is only one of more than 10 IPAs the brewery makes.
One of the newest microbreweries in Brooklyn, Dirck the Norseman is the place to go for European-style beers with a Brooklyn twist. The brewhouse has a five-barrel system from which a tasty variety of ales, IPAs, and saisons emerge. If you like Belgians or American Blondes, move Dirck the Norseman to the top of your list.
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