There’s always room for beer and densely populated NYC is no exception. Amongst its crowded streets and skyscrapers, there are two highly acclaimed breweries in the city that welcome visitors, the Chelsea Brewing Company and Brooklyn Brewery.
The Chelsea Brewing Company is the brewery closest to our boutique hotel The MAve, which, like Chelsea, is also in Midtown. The Chelsea Brewing Company is Manhattan’s largest microbrewery, and it has a state-of-the-art brewing process with a fully automatic grain-handling system that’s capable of bottling 2,000 bottles per hour.
Tours are offered, free of charge, every Saturday between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Afterward stick around to try some of the delicious brews at the restaurant and pub, like the Checker Cab Blonde Ale and the Sunset Red Ale. As the brewery is situated on Pier 59 in the Chelsea Piers, there are panoramic views of the Hudson River from the brewpub. The riverside terrace is particularly popular in the summer.
Competing for travelers’ attention on Saturdays is the crosstown Brooklyn Brewery. Having started as a local craft beer in 1988, the Brooklyn Brewery, and its flagship beer the Brooklyn Lager, has seen its popularity explode in the 25 years since. Now its beers can be found across the United States, and indeed across the world, with the beers having found success in markets as far afield as Hong Kong.
Brooklyn Brewery is located in the hip neighborhood of Williamsburg and free tours are offered every Saturday between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. After a look at the brewing process, guests can take a seat at one of the breweries picnic tables to enjoy its craft beer selection. Otherwise, reservation-only tours are available during the week between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.