Spring is the in the air in New York City. The weather may still be a little chilly, but the trees are beginning to bloom. The Spring equinox arrived on March 20 and one great way to welcome the arrival of nicer weather is by drinking a nice cold beer from one of the NYC local microbreweries. Luckily for you, we’ve provided you with some of the best spring beers in New York.
The Bronx Brewery
856 E 136th St.
Bronx, NY 10454
The Bronx Brewery began as the brainchild of four young men: Steve, Niall, Chris and Damian in 2010. It wasn’t until September of 2011 that its first brew became available. By 2014 it had it’s own brewery in the Bronx and several seasonal beers. For spring, The Bronx Brewery offers its Spring Pale Ale which has a ABV of 5.7 percent and is a mix of black and chamomile teas, barley malt, lemongrass and pine hop. Be sure to give the Bronx Brewery a visit this spring.
79 N 11th St.
New York, NY 11249
This microbrewery is a delightful addition to Williamsburg. It began in 1988 and has been a popular spot in Brooklyn ever since. Its team includes Garrett Oliver, an award winning brewmaster, and Steve Hindy. The Brooklyn Brewery has a wide assortment of beers available, including several seasonal brews. The brewery can be toured and it allows outside food to be brought in. For the spring and summer, its Sunny Pale Ale is a wonderful choice. It’s ABV is 5.0 percent.
Garvies Point Brewery
1 Garvies Point Road
Glen Cove, NY 11542
Garvies Point is one of the newest microbreweries to hit Long Island’s “Gold Coast.” This small-batch brewery offers a variety of seasonal and year-round beers each with a unique flavor. For spring, try their dry-hopped Prybil Pale Ale, or their White Squall Wit, with notes of orange and oats. Or, you can try their signature Gold Coast Double IPA — a strong, hoppy brew dedicated to the brewery’s Long Island roots.
Big Alice Brewing
8-08 43rd Road
New York, NY 11101
Big Alice’s claim to fame is that is makes its beers from locally grown farms. Furthermore, its tap room is open five days a week for tastings and grower fills. Its philosophy is “good craft beer is meant to be enjoyed rather than consumed,” and it shows in the fine beer that it makes. It’s won several awards, including the 2015 Ruppert’s Cup at New York Beer Week. For spring, “The Big Unknown” is the best. It has an ABV of 4.9 percent and has a refreshing taste.
53-02 11th St.
Long Island City, NY 11101
Run by Rob Kolb and Anthony Accardi, Transmitter Brewing is a brewery to watch. It strives to create unique beers with focus on traditional and farmhouse ales. It’s tasting room is available on Fridays and weekends, so be sure to stop by for a beer or two. For the spring, it has a CBS program that offers two bottle per months and a host of other fun goodies.
7801 77th Ave.
Richwood, NY 11385
Finback Brewery has called Queens home since 2011. It brewed its first beer in 2014, in a fantastic spot to go for a seasonal beer this spring. It prides itself in crafting unique flavors and even serves popcorn to go along with a tasting. It’s impossible to name just one of its seasonal brews to try, as it is constantly crafting new ones. Just come out to Finback Brewery and try one.
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