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by Jessica Mousseau (subscribe)
Jessica Mousseau is a copywriter & copy editor from the United States. Her work can be viewed at: www.jessicamousseau.com.
Published June 13th 2011


If the word "brewery" makes you think of a "factory" where huge quantities of beer are made, then you should know that in some instances, it means places where small quantities of unique beers are made as well as sold. In other words, when you visit a brewery in New York City, you're still going to a bar setting, but your beer is going to be super fresh because it was just brewed a few minutes or hours ago.

Breweries are a lot of fun to visit. Depending on the one you go to (we've listed a few of the ones in New York City below), you may get to take a tour of the brewing facilities themselves, or you may be able to sit at the bar and observe some of the beer-making steps being carried out right in front of you. This makes for a very interesting and entertaining evening.

Chelsea Brewing Company, Chelsea Piers (where 18th Street meets West Side Highway)

You get double the entertainment at this popular New York City brewery because you're close to the marina and the Hudson River. You can enjoy watching the boats sail in and out of the marina while you sample one of the brews at the taproom located above it.

The beers brewed at Chelsea Brewing Company are manufactured for local breweries and bars, so if you find one you like, you can get it at another bar if you can't make it back to the taproom at this location. That's a good thing to know, isn't it?

Greenpoint Beer Works / Kelso, 529 Waverly Avenue, Brooklyn

This brewery offers lagers and other beers which bear the "Kelso" brand. One type of lager offered is the "Kelso Nut Brown Lager. The company also has a contract for providing beers to Heartland. You'll have to travel to Brooklyn to visit this brewery, but you won't mind. It's just a short ride on the subway, and then you're ready to enjoy some of this very unique beer.

Sixpoint Craft Ales, 40 Van Dyke Street, Brooklyn

You've already made a trip to Brooklyn to one of the other breweries located there, so just go ahead and stop in at Sixpoint Craft Ales. Brewer Shane Welsh is waiting for you to try one of his delicious ales. You're sure to enjoy each visit you make to one of New York City's breweries. That won't be the problem; what will be the problem is deciding if you want to share the location with anyone else.
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Why? Because breweries are a big part of New York
When: Whenever you want
Where: All over New York
Cost: Depends on the brewery
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