Located in the ever-hip Williamsburg neighborhood, The Brooklyn Brewery is one of the most recognizable proprietors of suds in town. It’s home to an expansive warehouse adjacent to popular bowling alley Brooklyn Bowl. If you have the time, the opportunity, and the foresight to set up a tour at The Brooklyn Brewery on your next visit, we highly recommend it.
The Small Batch Tour
These intimate tours are limited to 20 people at a time, and reservations are opened up 60 days in advance of each tour. The $18 price of admission comes with a guided tasting of four different Brooklyn beers, as well as a history lesson of the Brooklyn Brewery. On the tour, you’ll get a step-by-step demonstration and look at how beer is made. This experience will come with a resident expert who can answer questions and talk about beer the whole time.
When making reservations, be sure to check out the Brooklyn Brewery Small Batch Tour Calendar to find out what days have availability. You can make group bookings of up to 12 people, but can’t add anyone after booking. Also, if a day you want is booked, keep looking, because cancellations are added back to the site as they happen.
If it’s too late for you to schedule a small batch tour in time for your Brooklyn vacation, you can still get a good look at Brooklyn Brewery. The doors to the brewery are open to the public every Saturday from around noon to 8pm. During this time, tours run at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm and 5pm. These tours require no reservations and are completely free. You’ll see the brewery and learn the brewing basics.
Drinking At Brooklyn Brewery
During open hours on Saturdays, you can hang out at the brewery and sample beers from a rotating tap and a seasonal list of ales and lagers. The beers are affordable at just four dollars a pop, with deals like six beers for $20. You can also bring in your own food, or get snacks on hand from local brands Ovenly and Norfolk.
Drinking on Brooklyn’s Northside
Beyond Brooklyn Brewery, the North Side of the borough is famously stocked with many of the best bars in town. It’s such a good scene, that Brooklyn Brewery created an interactive map for you to peruse here.