1. Sixpoint Brewery
While some historical records indicate Sixpoint Brewery was founded in 2004, the real birth of Sixpoint begins at the dawn of civilization. That is when the earliest societies began cultivating cereal grains to make fermented beverages, and the desire for excellence in the craft of brewing was forged. Even during the earliest civilizations, rich iconography had adorned various brewing vessels, and pictographs depicting the craft of brewing were rife with symbolism. One symbol has transcended and survived throughout the ages – the Sixpoint Brewers’ star.
2. Brooklyn Brewery
Brooklyn Brewery makes beer. Good beer. Not only does it taste good and make your meal better but they like to think that since its founding in 1988, Brooklyn Brewery has brewed flavorful beers that enrich the life, tradition and culture of the communities it serves. Its award-winning roster of year-round, seasonal and specialty beers have gained the Brewery notoriety as one of the top craft beer producers in the world. While striving to brew the best beer possible (and make time for their growing families), The Brewery promotes the proliferation of good beer and good food whenever it can.
3. Captain Lawrence Brewing Company
Captain Lawrence is one of the leaders in the craft beer revolution. With 7 year-round ales, 3 seasonal and a slew of specialty ales including many barrel aged and sour ales, they are sure there will be something for everyone. Visit their tasting room to try many of their ales along with great local food provided by Village Dog. The tasting room also hosts private parties, specialty events and of course the annual pig roast.
4. Greenport Harbor Brewing Co.
Today Greenport Harbor beer is served in over 200 places on Long Island and NYC. They’re proud to say that since summer of 2009 they have been singled out for nearly every beer they have brewed, from the Village Voice to the Tasting Table to TimeOut NY to Newsday to NY Examiner to Wall Street Journal to countless beer and food blogs. They have a total of 13 employees if you include the forklift and delivery truck, which they do. They look forward to opening an additional production space in 2013 that will include a larger brewhouse and bottling.
5. The Bronx Brewery
The Bronx Brewery is a craft brewer and distributor based in the South Bronx. It launched in 2011 by a small team with two things in common: a maniacal focus on creating high-quality beer and a passion for the Bronx. Its traditionally-crafted ales use only premium and minimally-processed materials to create fresh, bold beer from a borough known for its own uniquely bold character. The team is enthused to bring a rich brewing tradition back to the Bronx and craft a beer that the people of the Bronx and New York City can be proud to call their own.
6. Barrier Brewing Co.
Barrier Brewing Co. is the collaborative effort of brewers Evan Klein and Craig Frymark, located in Oceanside, NY. Brewing their first batches on a 1bbl system (2 kegs at a time!) in June 2010, the two expanded the business to a 5bbl brewhouse in June 2012 which operated for four short months before being severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy. After several months of rebuilding, Barrier reopened in late-February 2013. The brewery currently produces nearly 50 different beers throughout the year totaling 1500bbl annually, all of which is self-distributed throughout the NY metro area.
7. Rushing Duck Brewing Co.
Rushing Duck brewing Co. is a small craft brewery based out of Orange County, NY. Their plan is to produce a wide variety of tasty beers. Hoppy, malty, American-styled, Belgian influenced, barrel aged, sours, you name it. First and foremost they will be brewing beer that they like to drink.
8. KelSo Beer Company
The name “KelSo” is an amalgamation of the Brewmaster’s name, Kelly Taylor, and that of his wife, Sonya Giacobbe. It was their goal to create flavorful, fresh and easy drinking beers for the people of Brooklyn and greater New York City. Since inception in 2006, they have met scores of people who have an association with the name KelSo. Whether a home-town (WA state and Scotland have towns named Kelso), a friend’s last name, or a TV character, they’ve been happy to note that those associations have been markedly positive.
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