NEW YORK CITY | New York City’s beer scene is stronger than ever, with ample bars, breweries and even restaurants offering a fantastic selection of craft beers. New York actually has a long history of brewing – beer was first brewed here in the 17th century, back when the city was still known as New Amsterdam. By the middle of the 19th century, New York State actually produced more hops than any other state in the USA.
Of course prohibition happened and put an end to all of that, but ever since Steve Hindy and Tom Potter opened Brooklyn Brewery in 1988 and kick started New York’s craft brewing renaissance, the scene has gone from strength to strength. Today there are over 320 breweries in New York State (just shy of the 350 that existed before Prohibition), and around 30 of them are located in New York City.
Brooklyn Brewery is still going strong, while relative newcomers like Other Half and Interboro are impressing beer drinkers with their fantastic, hop forward Double IPAs and hazy New England IPAs. Bars like Tørst and Proletariat provide aficionados with a rotating selection of rare and interesting beers, while beers shops like Good Beer and Top Hops provide both a great place to drink and purchase beers to take home.
Here’s the list of our favourite craft beer brewpubs, bars and bottle shops in New York City. Is your favourite here?
Also make sure you check out our Beer City Guides list for more ideas on where to find great beer in some of the world’s best cities.