Photo of Threes Brewing in Gowanus, Courtesy of Matt Furman
New York City is home to a countless number of bars and restaurants where you can get drinks, but there is something special about having a beer at the place where it was made. There is something even more special about enjoying a cold drink outside on a warm day, and many of NYC’s breweries have spaces just for the occasion. From Talea Beer Co.’s new rooftop deck with views of Manhattan’s skyline to the Bronx Brewery’s huge backyard space with live music, here are some of the best breweries in the five boroughs offering outdoor spaces to enjoy the sun alongside a cold beverage.
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Torch & Crown Brewing Company
12 Vandam Street, Soho
Established in 2018, Torch & Crown Brewing Company is Manhattan’s only production brewery and restaurant. They have a large outdoor seating area ideal for the approaching warm weather. Patrons can be seated in their covered outdoor seating area or their spacious curbside seating. Guests can pick from a large selection of beers on tap, and a wide variety of cocktails, wines, spirits, and ciders. They also have an extensive food menu, including salads, sandwiches, and appetizers like cheese and meat plates, wings, and more. Reservations can be made here.
Porterhouse Brew Co.
36 Water Street, Financial District
Porterhouse Brew Co. is New York’s only dedicated international craft beer bar, featuring a wide variety of the world’s best beers, ciders, stouts, ales, and lagers from the Porterhouse Brewery in Ireland. While not technically a brewery, this bar has a great backyard space to taste unique brews. They source the best drinks from around the world to their location in the Financial District. They also have the Lovelace, a beer garden patio, for guests to enjoy their drinks outside.
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Talea Beer Co.
87 Richardson Street, Williamsburg
Talea Beer Co. is a women-owned brewery offering specialty draft beers, as well as local wines. Customers can also order coffee or snacks if they’re not in the mood for alcoholic beverages, which can be enjoyed in their large indoor or outdoor spaces. They also offer their draft and canned beer to go. Talea is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Reservations can be made on their website.
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82 Prospect Street, Dumbo
Randolph Beer is a Brooklyn-based brewery with locations in Dumbo and Williamsburg. They opened a rooftop space last year, and its second season is kicking off in May 2022. Patrons will be able to enjoy their drinks in the warm weather with breathtaking views of the city skyline. In addition to a selection of original ciders, lagers, and IPAs, Randolph’s has a full food menu offering gluten-free and vegetarian options.
18th Ward Brewing
300 Richardson Street, Williamsburg
18th Ward started out as a local taproom in 2019 and began to branch out and distribute its beer across New York state. They have a large outdoor space for guests to enjoy their drinks and mingle. It’s also located down the street from Brooklyn Steel and welcomes music fans in for a beer before or after a show. Besides drinks, patrons can dine on Mexico City-style street food, including burritos, quesadillas, nachos, and rice and beans at 18th Ward’s taco truck.
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Greenpoint Beer & Ale Co.
1150 Manhattan Avenue, Greenpoint
Specializing in craft beer, Greenpoint Beer & Ale Co. brews a selection of flavorful small-batch ales, lagers, brett beers, and more. Their open kitchen serves comfort food classics like loaded fries, burgers, mac n’ cheese, and soft-baked pretzels. They also have roof deck seating available when the weather permits.
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Keg & Lantern Brewing Company
97 Nassau Avenue, Greenpoint
Offering a wide variety of beers and specializing in sour ales and hazy IPAs, Keg & Lantern Brewing Company shares their love of beer with Brookly and the greater NYC community from their basement brewery. Patrons can enjoy their beverages in their large, covered outdoor seating space. If you’re not feeling like going in person, you can order their drinks on their website.
Strong Rope Brewery
574A President Street, Gowanus
Using 100 percent New York-grown ingredients, Strong Rope Brewery creates reinterpreted classic drinks and special seasonal brews. They also serve New York state wine, cider, and spirits. They have an additional brewery location in Red Hook and a taproom in the Adirondacks. Once springtime rolls around, Strong Rope opens its back patio for patrons to bask in the sun while sipping their drinks. While they don’t serve food, they allow guests to bring their own food. Oh, and they also welcome dogs!
Threes Brewing, Image courtesy of Matt Furman
333 Douglas Street, Gowanus
Come enjoy the warm weather at Threes Brewing’s outdoor space at its Gowanus location, The Yard. This 3,200 square foot space contains its own bar with Threes Brewing beverages available for purchase individually or in packages. The space can be booked for private parties as well, reserving either the whole space or a small section of it if your private party doesn’t exceed 50 people. All drinks are brewed on the premises.
141 Flushing Avenue Building 77, Brooklyn Navy Yard
Specializing in farmhouse ales, Transmitter Brewing was created to bring a unique perspective on traditional beer styles to New York City. When the weather is nice, Transmitter opens its large beer garden for patrons to enjoy their drinks. They sell 16-ounce cans and bottles of their drinks, which customers can also order online to-go, shipped, or for delivery through third-party apps like CAVIAR.
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Wild East Brewing Co.
623 Sackett Street, Gowanus
Wild East Brewing utilizes classic European brewing techniques and modern American craft beer innovations to produce beers that will introduce non-beer drinkers and beer enthusiasts alike to new flavors. Besides beer, they also offer wines and ciders. In addition to its large indoor taproom, Wild East has a covered curbside outdoor seating area. Dogs and outside food are always welcome. You can also find their beer at bars, restaurants, and retail stores across NYC, Long Island, Westchester, New Jersey, Virginia, and Washington DC.
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The Bronx Brewery
856 East 136th Street, Port Morris
For over 10 years, Bronx Brewery has been sharing its beers with the Bronx community and distributing them across NYC. Their goal is to create a diverse culture revolving around beer, art, food, and music. Their giant backyard space is perfect for enjoying one of their drinks on a warm, sunny day. They recently opened a second location in the East Village if you’re not up to traveling to the Bronx.
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Evil Twin Brewing NYC
1616 George Street, Ridgewood
At Evil Twin Brewing NYC, all beers are brewed on-site. Their specialty is unique smoothie-style sours, oak-aged lagers, pastry seltzers, barrel-aged stouts, and more. On the menu, you can also find frozen drinks, natural wines, and New York state ciders. They have a heated courtyard that is open seven days a week where customers can enjoy their beverages in an unenclosed space.
40 Minthorne Street, Tompkinsville
Flagship Brewery was created by two Staten Island natives who felt their borough was lacking something that could bring the diverse people of the island together. Since 2014, Flagship Brewery has been brewing up unique drinks for customers and distributing its beers across New York City. They have an outdoor beer garden space for patrons to enjoy their beverages in the sunshine.
60 Van Duzer Street, Brighton Heights
Located within walking distance of the ferry, Killsboro Brewing is another Staten Island brewery offering patrons high-quality beverages and outdoor space to enjoy them. For those out of state or not willing to take the trip to Staten Island, they offer same-day delivery in New York City and next-day delivery across New York state through their website.