Another entry for my beer travelogue…
BROOKLYN, New York, Spring Break 2016 — My visit to Brooklyn Brewery was the highlight of my Spring Break trip to New York City!
It was a Friday night – a busy night for the brewery – so I got there early after killing time at Dziupla, an awesome Polish bar a few blocks away. Before joining the line outside the tasting room and waiting for the doors to open, I admired the art on the side of the brewery.
Beers Sampled: What a line-up! I tried most beers on the menu, except for a few of the easy-to-find brews.
Favorite Beer: Sorachi Ace, a strong Farmhouse Saison (7.2%). According to Brooklyn Brewery, Sorachi Ace is sunshine in a glass, a shining example of the versatility of one of the world’s most intriguing hops. Check out the full story of this amazing brew!
I was most impressed with: The lack of a line for the beer! The tasting room was absolutely packed, but these guys have it figured out! The super-efficient service kept the beer line moving, and the wait for a fresh beer was minimal. I wish other breweries would take note! Aside from the service, the tasting room space itself was impressive, with brewery tanks looming large behind tall glass windows as you walk in.
And oh by the way: My Brooklyn beer sampling didn’t stop at the brewery. There was a Duane Reade right across the street from my hotel where I could pick up six-packs for the room including Brooklyn Pilsner, Brooklyn Lager, and Insulated Dark Lager (a Brooklyn seasonal that was my favorite of the three).
And in addition to Brooklyn Brewery, I enjoyed local craft beer at Heartland Brewery and Chophouse near Times Square. I’ve been here a few times and have always enjoyed my visits, so I’m surprised I’ve never blogged about it, but I’ll have to save that one for another time.