Brooklyn Navy Yard and Bushwick Breweries Offer Unique and Innovative Craft Beers

Five Beer Brewing Companies Near Me

Located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Transmitter Brewing is a must-visit for lovers of sours and fermented beer. They masterfully balance traditional styles with modern innovations.

In Bushwick, KCBC serves approachable lagers and hazy IPAs in their cute taproom. Their high-ceilinged space has plenty of indoor seating.

Other Half specializes in pastry stouts and creative sours, although their IPA selection is also excellent. This brewery is open for both to-go and growler sales.

Transmitter Brewing

Located down under the Pulaski Bridge in LIC, Transmitter Brewing brings a quirky, playful perspective to the area’s burgeoning craft beer scene. Co-founders Rob Kolb and Anthony Accardi came together as amateur road-bike racers in 2005 and found a shared passion for the kitchen, eventually settling on brewing because of the creative freedom it offers.

The duo now brews farmhouse ales, like F7 Sour Farmhouse and G4 Tart Golden Ale, in a converted auto garage in Queens. Their Brooklyn Navy Yard taproom, in Building 77, is a quieter option than the neighborhood’s crowded bars and sports-focused restaurants.

Evil Twin Brewing

Located near the Halsey L stop in Ridgewood, this brewery is a cool spot to go to with friends for drinks and vibes. They have a great selection of beer and also offer seltzers and wines. They have a huge greenhouse-like space with plenty of picnic tables.

A nomadic brewery based out of Denmark, Evil Twin contracts with over 10 other breweries to make limited-edition and one-off beers. Even More Jesus is a godly imperial stout with intense aromas of coffee, chocolate and dark fruits. It’s dark and rich with a menacing, dark brown espresso head.

SingleCut Brewing

The beautiful Holly Kay (pictured with a nitro pour of Keith SW4 Pale Ale) and I stopped in to SingleCut Brewing in Astoria, NY. The brewery is housed in a huge warehouse, where you’ll find large wooden tables and a gorgeous bar. They also have an impressive collection of vintage guitars, and the beer names and artwork are influenced by music.

I enjoyed their Weird & Gilly, a super juicy and drinkable IPA that balances mega and multiple tropical late-hopping with floral Szechuan peppercorns. It’s a great summer beer.

Alewife Brewing

The brewery is located in Sunnyside Queens, and offers outdoor seating as well as indoor booths lined up along the sidewalk. Its menu is diverse and includes a variety of ales and stouts. The bar also serves food from local food trucks.

The company was founded by Roz and Patrick Donagher in 2021. Their goal was to create an immigrant-run NYC brewery. They now have a small team and brew with high quality ingredients.

The brewery had planned to open in both Long Island City and Sunnyside but the COVID-19 pandemic hampered those plans. The company was forced to close its Long Island City brewpub and move the operation to Sunnyside.

Randolph Beer

Randolph Beer is a Brooklyn and NYC favorite known for their house-brewed beers and clean eats. They also offer bottomless brunch on the weekends. It includes mimosas, a selection of food options and the signature brunch punch for a set price.

This brewpub is the perfect spot to hang out with friends. Its onsite brewery offers a rotating menu of house brews and carefully selected local guest beers. Their swanky rooftop bar is open in the summer and is a great place to enjoy cocktails and view the city skyline.

LIC Beer Project

As Damon Oscarson and Dan Acosta walked us through their alluring 5,500-square-foot space, a mammoth 20-barrel brewhouse and towering fermenters immediately captured our attention. But they were more eager to show off another vessel, a coolship hidden in a small room and visible only through a pane of glass.

The brewery was the first in New York City to use the coolship technique, and is part of a revolutionary group of breweries that are using spontaneous fermentation as a conduit to modern-day innovation. One of the brewery’s most popular beers, Ardent Core, is a Belgian pale ale with a hint of lemon for zing.

Finback Brewing

Finback Brewery is a small craft brewery that uses creative ingredients and pushing the process to create unique beers. Their beer flavors include cinnamon, nutmeg, Schezuan peppercorn, ginger, chamomile, and ahtanum (which is apparently soylent green).

They have been brewing for three years and they are still two tanks away from capacity. Their beers are brewed with meticulous execution to produce beers that are both elegant and enjoyable.

They also take great pride in their local community and they use their business to promote social justice. One of their projects is called Breathing: Conversations, which encourages breweries to have conversations about race and then record those sentiments on the cans of their beers.

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