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First they did it with sodas, like Root Beer and Cream Soda. Now Coney Island Brewing Company has turned to famous cocktails to inspire their beers. The Hot Toddy is an unlikely beer style, but it works wonders. The strong ale (12.5% ABV) is fermented with honey, cinnamon, and lemons. It is then aged on whiskey barrel staves before being served hot or cold. Yes, it’s beer, but you’d be forgiven if you thought you were actually drinking a cocktail. .Price Varies.

CONEY ISLAND BREWING COMPANY
1904 Surf Avenue (at West 17th Street),
Coney Island, Brooklyn
(718) 996-0019
coneyislandbeer.com

My search for the best beer in New York continues….

THE OWL FARM, 297 9th Street (between 4th and 5th Avenue), Park Slope, BrooklynWow, I have not put in a beer review in a long time. And that’s crazy because craft beer is more uniquitous to New York than ever before. There are now 27 breweries across all five boroughs and that number literally changes every week.
One of the newest to open has been making quite a splash at craft beer bars across Brooklyn. It’s called Interboro Spirits and Ales and they are not only making craft beer in their Bushwick facility, but will also be distilling whiskeys as well.

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My search for the best beer in New York continues….

PAULANER, 265 Bowery (between Houston Street and Stanton Street), Lower East Side

People look at me like I’m crazy when I tell them they can go to the Paulaner brewery on the Lower East Side. Anybody who knows much about beer, history, or Germany can tell you that Paulaner Brewery is an historic Munich brewery opened by monks in the 17th century. It’s one of the gathering points every year for the famous Oktoberfest.

Tank to Glass

But more recently, the Paulaner brand has expanded across the world opening up brewpubs in places like Singapore and Moscow. Its first US location opened about three years ago in New York right on the Bowery, which is notable since this was the old Kleindeutschland (little Germany) neighborhood from the 1800’s

In the Middle of the Bar

Many people might walk by this German beer hall and mistake it for a typical sports bar. But you might notice all the brewing equipment and then discover there is wonderful, authentic German pub food available and the brewmaster Andreas Heidenreich is brewing the freshest lagers every single day right on premises. (more…)


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BIRRERIA, 200 Fifth Avenue (between 23rd and 24th Street), 14th Floor

It’s been a while since I’ve visited Manhattan’s most centrally located brewery. It’s also a beer destination that many never think about. That’s because Birreria is hidden on the rooftop of the very popular Italian mega-grocer Eataly. But up here, a handful of brewers make some really unique cask-conditioned ales to pair with the restaurant’s seasonal menu.

Most of their beers feature surprising herbs, fruits, or vegetables in the brew and it makes for a refreshing and culinary-focused experience.

At any given time, they only have three housemade beers on tap. Two are usually seasonal and the other is one of their “flagship” beers. One that has been floating around for a while, but I never got a taste of is the Gina. (more…)


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My search for the best beer in New York continues….

GUN HILL BREWING COMPANY, 3227 Laconia Avenue (between Boston Road and Duncan Street), Allerton, Bronx

Bronx is the new Queens. Did anyone ever expect that? Queens still reigns supreme in the sheer number of craft breweries that have opened there, but the Bronx is gaining steam. The borough now has Bronx Brewery, recently opened Chelsea Brewing Company, and Gun Hill.

Just Behind the Bar

Gun Hill, which is quite a walk from the subway, was the borough’s first official brewery to open since Prohibition. I got to visit it in the very early days when the owners were still putting the final touches on it. But from the beginning, I could tell this would be an exciting beer destination.

Why Choose Just One?

But since there was no beer to taste back then, I couldn’t be sure how good the beer would be. I’ve had a few samples at some beer bars and festivals since their debut, but have had mixed feelings. Now that I’ve returned to the tasting room (which is amazingly open every day of the week), I can safely say that their beer is excellent. (more…)


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My search for the best beer in New York continues….

CONEY ISLAND BREWING COMPANY, 1904 Surf Avenue (at West 17th Street), Coney Island, BrooklynMost people only go out to visit Coney Island in the summer. Very few actually see it when only the residents are around in the dead of winter. It’s a very different place. I kind of like it because it’s quiet and nostalgic as the shops and rides await the tourist season a few months away.

I’ve been out to Coney Island a few times in the freezing cold – most recently to visit the newest iteration of Coney Island Brewing Company. (more…)


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