Craft Brewing is not only one of New York’s most popular craft beers, but also the state’s largest craft beer industry. Every year, brewers flock to showcase the flavor and creativity of New Yorkers at beer festivals, breweries, and other events throughout the Empire State.
Most attractions have capacity restrictions and require advance booking, so plan before you go. For more information, see the travel advisories here and the New York Department of Transportation website here.
Ommegang is a big name in the craft brewing scene, and its Belgian specialties can be found in New York City, but also in other parts of the state.
Brewed on a 136-acre farm in Cooperstown since 1997, Tap House Mercantile has only been open for a limited time. Tours and tastings have been temporarily suspended but are still open.
For beer, don’t miss the Hopstate IPA, which is made with New York hops and a variety of seasonal beers. The brewery is also known for its special themed brews, such as “Try the Throne,” a Golden Ale Co fermented with Pinot Grigio and Viognier grape juice. This Throne concoction is the first of its kind, and we think John Snow would agree.
The Peconic Brewery has been described as an oasis for beer drinkers and we always have a reason to visit. Not only does it offer an amazing atmosphere and even better beer, but the menu is constantly changing and they offer a constantly changing menu. Greenport Harbor Brewing Company has some of the best beers in the state of New York as well as a wide selection of seasonal beers. They are also a fantastic restaurant that serves local dishes that go perfectly with their beer.
Druthers Brewing is a multi-site microbrewery that blesses the Saratoga region’s capital. The brewery, which has been converted into a fire station, has a more cozy atmosphere and on the second-floor guests can sample its rotating taps and a wide selection of beers.
The man behind the beer is Druthers’ brewer George de Piro, who won the Big American Beer Prize in 2010 as part of the New York State Craft Brewers’ Association. The beer is so well known that an intern at the White House bought it for him – President Clinton, who liked it so much that he ordered three crates. Lake Placid Pub & Brewery has been voted the best brewery in upstate New Jersey twice at the TAP NY Brewery Festival, and the menu at this restaurant is different, although all three restaurants offer slobber of beer and cheese dip. Named after the chocolate lab of a regular customer, this beer has swept prices left and right for almost a decade.
Even better, almost every place on this list has a local snack that you can combine with your pint. All this makes craft brewing in New York a high-quality experience! Continue reading for the state’s best brewing experiences and remember to stay as local as possible when you travel. Remember to look out for others who are not at the party and are wearing masks or face coverings. Check websites and social media to make sure attractions are open and available, and call ahead.