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Craft beers have become immensely popular in recent years. New York City is home to several breweries, and a couple of them actually offer FREE tours of their facilities. This is a perfect outing for any beer lover, whether you are a local or just visiting! Here are some tips on taking advantage of these free New York brewery tours.
TIP: If you are planning on purchasing a tourist discount pass, some include beer tastings tours and pub crawls. Read our post to see if a discount pass is a good fit for you.
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Brooklyn Brewery (see video above) has been in operation since 1988. Today their beers are sold in 25 states and in 20 different countries!
The Brooklyn Brewery offers both year-round varieties (including the extremely popular Brooklyn Lager), as well as seasonal specials. The company recently expanded their facility and will be able to double production.
Location: The Brooklyn Brewery, 79 N 11th Street in Brooklyn (map). By subway, take the L Train, Bedford Avenue stop. For exact directions from your starting point, use this Google Map. Or take the East River Ferry to the North Williamsburg stop.
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TIP: Pair your visit to the Brooklyn Brewery before or after with our free Williamsburg Walking Tour, which covers the brewery on the tour.
One of the newer breweries on the scene, Transmitter Brewery calls themselves an “Urban Farmhouse Brewery” specializing in French and Belgian style beers, and barrel-aged sours. The 15-minute tour gives you an inside look brewery floor to learn about the craft beer making process from start to finish. If you love beer — whether a beginner or advanced level, you’ll become acquainted with the complexities of the beer-making process and how it is fine-tuned to create unique brews you cant find anywhere else. You will have ample opportunities to taste the variations along the tour. Perhaps you will fall in love with a new style?
Location: 53-02 11th St, A Ste, Long Island City, Queens. Take the 7 train to Vernon Blvd – Jackson Ave Station. For exact directions from your starting point, use this Google Map. You can also take the East River Ferry to Hunters Point South.
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The Chelsea Brewing Company is the largest microbrewery in Manhattan. The facility, which is located at Pier 59, is capable of bottling 100,000 cases of beer for off-site consumption every single year! That is not even counting what they serve on-site in their restaurant on a daily basis.
TIP: Pair your visit to the Chelsea Brewing Company with a visit to the High Line. Check out our self-guided High Line Tour.
Location: Pier 59 W 18th and the West Side Highway. The nearest subway is either the 1 train stop at 18th Street or the A/C/E train 14th Street stop.
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SINGLECUT BEERSMITHS – ***Tours currently not running***
Learn about the chemical processes of brewing while touring this 5,000 square foot brewery. This tour is ideal for those looking to garner a more sophisticated knowledge of microbrews…. all for free!
Some things to know about taking a tour with SingleCut Beersmiths
By Katherine Weatherford