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, keep in mind that several include free 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 (video below) 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. Currently, the Brooklyn Brewery offers tours Monday-Thursday and Saturday and Sunday. Monday-Thursday the tours are reservation-only and cost $10. New York Pass holders get $2 off the cost of entry. Saturday and Sunday the tours are FREE!! The Brooklyn Brewery is located at 79 N 11th Street in Brooklyn (map).
Tips: Pair your visit to the Brooklyn Brewery before or after with our free Williamsburg Walking Tour, which covers the brewery on the tour. Viator offers daily pub crawls of New Your. Also, check out Goldstar for discounts on craft beer tours.
Some things to know about taking a tour of Brooklyn Brewery…
The last tour of the day on Saturday is at 5 pm. The last tour on Sunday is at 4 pm.
There are no reservations for the free weekend tours. It is first come-first serve. Tickets are released 1 or 1.5 hours before the tour begins. (For the 1 pm tour, plan on getting there around noon)
40 tickets per tour time will be given out
Maximum of two tickets will be given out per person, so don’t plan on picking up tickets for a big group of friends!
Children are permitted on the tours, but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian
You must wear closed-toed shoes while in the brewery, for safety reasons
You can head to the Tasting Room to have a pint or two after your tour. There are no reservations for the tables in the tasting room. First come-first serve!
Beer tokens for the Tasting Room are $5, or 5 for $20
You are permitted to bring in outside food, or even order delivery to the brewery!!
The closest subway to the Brooklyn Brewery is the L Train, Bedford Avenue stop.
The Bierkraft Brewery stocks more than 1,000 different beers and offers 14 seasonal draughts. This local establishment hosts weekly tastings, as well as draught takeovers in which nearby breweries promote their best beers. They also serve up a gourmet sandwiches that are made with well-sourced meats and cheeses. Additionally, Bierkraft offers a wide variety of desserts for those with a bit of a sweet tooth.
Some things to know about taking a tour with Bierkraft Brewery…
Tastings are every Tuesday at 7pm
Guests sample 5-6 beers during the tastings
Bring in your growler (or purchase one at the brewery!) and fill it up with your favorite beer
Don’t forget to bring valid ID to be able to participate in the tasting
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…
CHELSEA BREWING COMPANY
***Chelsea Brewing Company is Closed till Further Notice****
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. The brewery/restaurant is open every day, but free brewery tours are only offered on Saturdays.
Tip: Pair your visit to the Chelsea Brewing Company with a visit to the High Line. Check out our self-guided High Line Tour.
Some things to know about taking a tour with Chelsea Brewing Company…
The Chelsea Brewing Company is located at Pier 59 (W 18th and the West Side Highway
Tours are offered every Saturday, every hour on the hour from 2pm-6pm
30 people maximum per tour
You can see the hostess in the restaurant to reserve your spot the day of the tour
You can call 212- 336-6440 to inquire about availability for tours.
The tour will include one complimentary pint of beer! They will also hook you up with tickets for $4 pints of beer. (Regular price is $6 a pint.)
You will need to present a valid ID to prove that you are of legal drinking age before you receive your free beer.
There is a full restaurant attached to the brewery, so you can have lunch or dinner there! BONUS: There are beautiful views of the Hudson River from the restaurant.
The nearest subway is either the 1 train stop at 18th Street or the ACE train 14th Street stop.
By Katherine Weatherford