NEW YORK CITY | Fifth Hammer Brewing Company opened their Long Island City taproom in an old metalworking factory in 2017, a few years after owners Chris Cuzme and David Scharfstein started the brewery. It’s a large 2,000-square-foot space, with a big glass garage door up front that opens up, lots of communal tables, and a long bluestone bar.
There’s 15 beers on tap, with an assortment of core range beers and experimental ones covering a variety of styles. Vegans will be happy to know that apart from any beers which use lactose (and are clearly labelled as such), all of Fifth Hammer’s beers are vegan friendly. Tasters are available, so you can make your own tasting flights. If you want beer to go, cans are available to-go and the brewery does crowler (but not growler) refills.
Try the Sichuan Paradise Farmhouse Ale, a 7.6% ABV Saison brewed with lemon zest, grains of paradise and Szechuan pepper, and something from the SourVision series, which uses a yeast that’s well suited to bringing out the flavours in stone fruit – they’ve done a plum version and a peach and berry version in the past.
There’s no kitchen on site, but you can bring in your own food or purchase food from the rotating selection of pop-ups and food trucks that set up at the brewery regularly.
The taproom is dog friendly, and there’s even dog treats behind the bar. Just make sure your dog is on a leash at all times.
Fifth Hammer Brewing Company
10-28 46th Avenue
Long Island City
New York 11101
Mon: 4:00pm to 10:00pm
Tue: 2:00pm to 11:00pm
Wed: 2:00pm to 12:00am
Thu: 12:00pm to 12:00am
Fri – Sat: 12:00pm to 1:00am
Sun: 12:00pm to 10:00pm