BEER BOOK 11: Upper Brooklyn
Bars: Arrogant Swine • A.W.O.L. Eatery • Beer Street • Black Tree BK • Brooklyn Brewery • BUDIN • The Diamond • Fat Goose • Flowers For All Occasions • 4th Down Sports Bar • Full Circle • George & Jack’s • The Graham • Greenpoint Beer & Ale • Happyfun Hideaway • Keg & Lantern Brewing Co. • Left Hand Path • Luckydog • Nitehawk Cinema • No. 7 North • Northern Bell • Over the Eight • Pine Box Rock Shop • Pizza Party • Precious Metal • Project Parlor • Reclamation Bar • Rocka Rolla • Skinny Dennis • South 4th Bar & Cafe • Videology Bar & Cinema • The Well
BEER BOOK 12: Middle Brooklyn
Neighborhoods: Fort Greene • Boerum Hill • Carroll Gardens• Clinton Hill • Coney Island• Ditmas Park • Downtown Brooklyn • Gowanus • Park Slope • Prospect Heights • Prospect Lefferts Gardens • Red Hook • South Slope • Windsor Terrace
Bars: The Adirondack • Alchemy • Bar Chord • Berg’n • Branch Ofc. • Building on Bond • Catfish • Coney Island Brewery • Covenhoven • Dean Street • DSK • The Emerson • Freddy’s Bar & Back Room • Hamilton’s • High Dive • Hollow Nickel • Hope & Anchor • The JakeWalk • Kimoto Rooftop Beer Garden • Krupa Grocery • Lowlands Bar • Mekelburg’s • Midwood Flats • No. 7 Restaurant • Robert Bar • The Saint Catherine • Sycamore • Threes Brewing • The Vanderbilt • Werkstatt • Wheated
BEER BOOK 11: Upper Brooklyn
Flowers for All Occasions (Flowers Bar) (NEW in the 2016 Brooklyn Beer Book!)
1114 Dekalb Ave. (at Broadway)
This bar is so new, it doesn’t have social media handles yet.
An artist-run bar, art gallery and event space brought to you by Secret Project Robot, a not-for-profit cultural institution and living arts space by the same folks from Happyfun Hideaway.
Go for the: $6 pints and $20 pitchers of Lagunitas and Blue Point Toasted Lager; tons of bottled beer, from BaBa Black Lager to Asahi and Pilsner Urquell; food to share, like cheese plates, soft pretzels, vegetarian Sloppy Joes and daily grilled cheese specials.
Stay for the: Vintage board games on Monday nights; DJs Thursday through Saturday; monthly art shows in the gallery in back.
From the bar: “Flowers was fully conceived and completely hand built by the owners. It’s a magical space that has cute cozy booths and a bar surrounded by a driftwood awning, perfect for a date or a casual hang with friends. Hang out Monday nights for a quiet vibe with vintage board games.” —Rachel Nelson, owner
A cozy boozerie with 30+ beers, a selection of absinthe and avant garde cinema projected onto the walls. Spread out in the big backyard or snuggle up with a board game inside.
Go for the: Solid selection of domestic and international bottled and draft beers, including local and gluten-free options.
Stay for the: Old-timey furniture, experimental films, friendly bartenders and big backyard.
From the bar: “We pride ourselves on having a little something for everyone.” —Megyn Bruder, owner
A Carolina-style, whole-hog barbecue joint. Stave off guilty feelings in the spacious beer hall with a wide selection of drafts, bottles and whiskeys.
Go for the: Slow-smoked barbecue, 20 craft beers on draft and 40 beers in bottles.
Stay for the: 85 different whiskeys and Jenga.
From the bar: “The only BBQ Joint in NYC specializing in Carolina BBQ. We focus on slow smoking the whole pig.”—Tyson Ho, owner
The happy comes from queer-friendly artist/musician bartenders and DJ nights. The fun comes from cheap drinks like $3 Franzia, vegetarian junk food and a tiki backyard.
Go for the: Seasonal beer and regular draft options for every price range, from cheap brewskis to nicer IPAs and imports.
Stay for the: Vegetarian bar junk food, from a Ffrito-pie to a vegetarian chicken biscuit and snack-shack style nachos.
From the bar: “Happyfun is a divey, fun local bar that caters to the artsy crowd in Bushwick. Happyfun has lots of DJs, pinball, fun straight and gay bartenders and board games.” —Rachel Nelson, owner
Cute neighborhood bar with friendly bartenders and a rotating beer menu that’s presented on a wood slice.
Go for the: Curated menu of craft drafts from Brooklyn to Bavaria, made instantly more rustic by being listed on a giant hunk of tree.
Stay for the: Cocktails, steamed dumplings and vintage sound system to soothe your soul.
From the bar: “Be sweet and tip your bartender.”—Evan Thomas, owner
A former casket factory and now rocker- and vegan-minded bar serving excellent NYC based beers, vegan snackslow and award-winning Bloody Marys.
Go for the: Locally focused rotating drafts, one cask, beer cocktails and empanadas.
Stay for the: Monthly vegan shop-up and events every night of the week, including open mic comedy Mondays and Wednesdays, Kings of Karaoke Tuesdays and live music Thursdays through Mondays.
From the bar: “TV packages for NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL!”—Heather Rush, co-owner
Pizza Party (NEW in the 2016 Brooklyn Beer Book!)
80s-themed bar lined with toys, movie posters and a Super Soaker gun rack harkening back to the Brat Pack. Pizzas from an old coal pizza oven are creative and tasty (from the owners of Boobie Trap).
Go for the: Pizza and beer and vibe of a (drunk) elementary school sleepover party.
Stay for the: Exhibit of evocative paraphernalia covering the walls, beer funnels hanging from the ceiling.
From the bar: “Super 80s nostalgia! We have a rare coal oven that is over 100 years old that we use to fire up delicious pizzas to soak up the drunk that is inevitable while doing beer bongs.” —Kristen North, owner
The brand new sibling bar to Pine Box Rock Shop, featuring 16 lines of craft beer, barrel aged spirits and a rotating menu of seasonal cocktails by award winning bartenders.
Go for the: Great craft beer selection, industrial chic vibe.
Stay for the: Cool factor, amplified. \m/
19th-century brewery vibes stick around in this beer hall that plays host to events for beer enthusiasts, with a large backyard space.
Go for the: 60 taps and 150+ bottles/cans in a range of easy drinking to esoteric.
Stay for the: Rotating food vendors, monthly bottle shares, tastings and panels with guest speakers, cornhole competitions, drink-and-draw nights and backyard parties.
From the bar: “Ask about joining our Beer Club.” —Ian Ljungquist, bar manager
The local focus of the restaurant starts on your plate (seasonal farm-to-table food, including vegetarian options) and continues on the walls, with art by Brooklyn-based artist Rubin.
Go for the: Share-style plates, pizzas and sliders complemented by an all-can and bottle beer menu; daily food specials including vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options; brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.
Stay for the: Half-priced bottles of wine on weekdays; original, organic sake-infused Bloody Marys on weekends.
From the bar: “Our walls were designed and painted by Brooklyn-based artist Rubin (@rubin415). We serve three daily changing specials, about 15 farm plates that were designed to be share-style, four grilled pizzas and four sliders. Brunch on weekends includes seven brunch-only menu items, mimosas made with fresh-squeezed organic OJ and prosecco, and an original Bloody Mary recipe with grilled pineapple, heirloom tomatoes, red onion, jalapeños and organic sake.”
A beer geek’s paradise, great for a date or that barrel-aged stout you can’t find anywhere else.
Go for the: 10 rare beers on tap and top-tier bottle selection, including wine and cider.
Stay for the: Ambiance composed of comforting candlelight, small sprigs of flowers in beer bottle vases, and knowledgeable staff glad to introduce you to the world of craft.
From the bar: “A welcoming atmosphere and personable, expert staff ensure one of the best beer drinking experiences in NYC for both novices and veterans of good beer. Selected as one of America’s 100 Best Beer Bars by Draft Mag for 2014 and 2015.” —Joshua Meckes, owner
Locals’ sports bar that’s not your usual Williamsburg watering hole. Tons of TVs and lots of local-centric draft beers.
Go for the: 12 crafts on draft and 19 TVs showing all sporting events.
Stay for the: Order-in food policy, allowing you to chow down on food from any nearby restaurant, spanning Thai to Indian to cheeseburgers.
From the bar: “All sports, all the time.”—Geoff Weber, owner
Turn up or chill out at this neighborhood bar with wooden booth seats, a photo booth and a back room for events.
Go for the: 16 taps pouring rotating drafts, decent bar food and playable Pac-Man in your table.
Stay for the: Dance party DJ nights; sidewalk seating in summer; brand new backyard coming 2016.
Inviting rustic space hosts sports nights, movie nights and food pop-up shops, and serves its own menu until 4am. Various craft beers and speciality cocktails rotate through the menu constantly.
Go for the: Decor, tasty sandwiches and rotating drafts, cans and bottles.
Stay for the: Happy hour till 9pm, shuffleboard table, comfy booths and backyard area.
From the bar: “Our bar is made of all reclaimed wood.”—Michael Spencer, manager
Spend all day at this Nordic coffee shop by day, craft beer bar by night, with eight constantly changing drafts plus cans and bottles focusing on rare and Scandinavian-style brews.
Go for the: Coffee, craft beer, cheese plates and Danish rye bread.
Stay for the: Nordic brewery tasting events, occurring every few months.
From the bar: “[We] focus on Scandinavian breweries, often rare limited edition brews and other Scandinavian style beers.”—Crystal Pei, owner
A colorful craft beer bar with free shuffleboard and a back patio featuring a ski lift and quoits.
Go for the: Curated craft beer selection with newbie- and nerd-friendly menu organization.
Stay for the: Free shuffleboard table with weekly tournaments, bi-level backyard with quoits (ring toss), a ski lift you can sit in, and lots of great foodie events including chili cookoffs and free pancake mornings.
From the bar: “Most importantly, we’ve got Michael Landon.”—David Pollack, owner, referencing the bar wall emblazoned with Landon’s face.
An ever-changing array of 12 house-brewed beers accompanies German imports and European-inspired cuisine. Sit by the open fireplace in winter or the windowed garage doors for a summertime breeze.
Go for the: Always delicious, always updated beers brewed on site, from juicy IPAs to kettle sours; sizable portions of German-inspired cuisine; spacious, beer hall-style seating.
Stay for the: Fireplace in winter; window seating in summer; live music on Friday nights; happy hour Monday through Friday from opening to 7pm.
From the bar: “Formerly a plastic bag factory, the cavernous brewery/restaurant has been transformed into a Germanic-influenced, large but warm space. It’s filled with reclaimed wood, tin and glass. The cement floors, metal walls, and wooden shelving pay homage to the former factory that previously occupied the space. Greenpoint Beer & Ale draws inspiration from traditional world brewing cultures with a spirit of ingenuity and exploration.”—Mary Kronkowski, kitchen manager
A brewpub in Greenpoint making craft beer on premises and specializing in scrumptious pub fare. Skip the guest taps for beer brewed on site.
Go for the: 12+ beers on tap made right downstairs, rotating in all beer styles from pilsners to IPAs to barrel-aged sours and wild ales; one-off batches using specialty ingredients like coconut, chocolate, habaneros and mushrooms.
Stay for the: Nachos and other food specials; wall of historic beer cans; ample beer garden-style seating out back; sports on 13 TVs.
From the bar: “The only basement brewery in NYC and one of only three bars/breweries in NYC with a certified Cask Marque with two cask engines.”—Patrick “P.J.” Allen, head brewer
Classy for a bar and casual for a restaurant, No. 7 North offers cocktails, beers and inventive bar fare at reasonable prices.
Go for the: Small but well-selected beer menu and craft cocktails, plus the famous double-decker broccoli tacos.
Stay for the: Pool table and stuffed peacock sighting.
Comfy and chic combine at this restaurant bringing diners ingredients sourced from regional farmers, gardeners, brewers, winemakers and distillers. A “living wall” grows edible flowers and herbs.
Go for the: Commitment to locally sourced food and drink, and rustic, homey ambiance.
Stay for the: Chef table, if you’re culinarily adventurous enough (think body parts and fermented veggies).
From the bar: “[We] recognize that within 300 miles of NYC, there is an abundance of passionate farmers, gardeners, brewers, winemakers and distillers hard at work producing remarkable things. [We have] committed to sourcing all ingredients from this radius.” -Macnair Sillick, owner
Brooklyn’s original post-prohibition brewery that dates back to 1988. Get here early to snag a table in the tasting room and sip on 14+ beers, some you can’t get anywhere else. Free tours on weekends.
Go for the: World-famous Brooklyn brews, ranging from favorites like the Brooklyn Lager to one-offs and specialty releases that you can only drink on site. New in 2016: Improved Old Fashioned (a tasty take on the classic cocktail); Defender IPA (the official beer of New York Comic Con); American Ale (just an easy drinker that you can crush a bunch of before you get drunk).
Stay for the: Beer hall-style seating, BYO-food policy and free tours on weekends; possible Garrett Oliver sighting.
From the brewery: “There is very little to get in the way of tasting and savoring some of the best and freshest beer in the whole wide world.” —Samantha Bernstein, marketing manager
A neighborhood restaurant with a chef-driven menu, seasonal drafts and appealing proximity to popular music venues. Come for eats and suds before a show.
Go for the: New American menu (read: fresh and local) and six Brooklyn-centric beers that rotate seasonally on draft.
Stay for the: Affordable wines and popular weekend brunch (wild mushrooms, duck confit, banana bread French toast).
From the bar: “We are within two blocks of four major music venues, including Rough Trade and Brooklyn Bowl.” —Jacqueline Gorzelnik, manager
Let the good times roll at the official home of Brewskee-Ball, the first-ever national skee-ball league, ahead of the curve with 40 canned beers and five craft drafts.
Go for the: 40 canned beers and five rotating taps.
Stay for the: Free Skee-Ball on Thursdays and Sundays.
From the bar: “Full Circle Bar is your new favorite neighborhood bar. We have four classic Skee-Ball lanes and we are home to Brewskee-Ball, the first National Skee-Ball league (M/Tu/W league nights, email@example.com).”—Pete Marinucci, manager
A standardly cool pub sitting quietly away from the Bedford Ave. hubbub in Williamsburg.
Go for the: Comfy stools, solid tap selection and natural lighting through stained glass windows.
Stay for the: Jukebox, pinball machines and possible pup sightings.
303 Bedford Ave. (S. 1st & S. 2nd)
A locally loved dive bar once frequented by K9s and still visited by their owners.
Go for the: Dog-loving rocker vibe and tap lines featuring local and other domestic microbrews.
Stay for the: Chill or rowdy vibe, depending on the night; back area to smoke and drink away the day in spring and summer.
A gastropub theater screening first-runs and classics and serving specialty dishes and drinks inspired by the films. Eight beers on tap have local focus and make the bar a great place to hang.
Go for the: First-run films and classic flicks accompanied by wait-service food and drink.
Stay for the: Midnight screenings, brunch screenings or other regularly occurring special events. The downstairs bar hosts the weekly Simpsons Club, which screens classic Simpsons episodes every Monday night.
From the bar: “Unparalleled cinematic experience combining exemplary first-run and repertory film programming along with table-side food and beverage service in all theaters. Our Williamsburg location is a triplex, hosting a 92 and 60-seat theater along with our intimate 34-seat theater. [The] upstairs lobby and bar plays selected movies to watch while you wait.” —Matt Walker, beverage director
A southern-style BBQ restaurant serving pulled pork, burnt ends and smoked tofu, with a patio for outdoor dining and more than 100 beers total on most days.
Go for the: 12 craft beers on tap, scores of bottles, attractive liquor cabinet and barbecue food gone classy.
Stay for the: Intimate interior, comfy outdoor porch booths and beer buckets filled with craft cans.
From the bar: “We have a real neighborhood/local following and most likely the friendliest staff in all of Brooklyn, if not all of New York.”—Michael O’Brien, owner
All the comforts of a traditional public house with Venezuelan snacks and a diverse and engaging range of events.
Go for the: Friendly metal-head bartenders, good beer and tasty empanadas.
Stay for the: Readings, comedy nights and many more events, often featuring big-name comedians, writers and actors.
From the bar: “Aside from being a reliable place to find fantastic beers and food, the bar is a crossroads of community and culture, playing host to a diverse and engaging range of events, from readings and comedy shows to movie screenings and parties.”—Gavin O’Connor, owner
Rock and roll is alive and well in this throwback bar with a jukebox heavy on the ’70s and hair metal, classic bar games, goblets of cheap beer and a handful of solid taps.
Go for the: Ommegang and other beers served in large goblets; Miller High Life nips; entertainment room in back with pinball and more.
Stay for the: People watching to see Brooklyn’s rock and rollers turn back the clock to the hair metal glory days.
Bar making honky tonk hip with a pickup truck seat, beers served in mason jars and a nutshell-covered floor.
Go for the: Coors in mason jars, better beers in regular glasses, bourbon sweet tea and free hot nuts.
Stay for the: Honky-tonk music performed live every night, bringing smiles country expats’ and Yankees’ faces alike.
A 10-year-old joint proud to be one of the oldest locals’ bars in the ‘hood, featuring coffee, craft beers and a book of order-in food menus.
Go for the: Judgement-free offerings of beer and coffee morning to night; make-your-own Bloody Mary bar, every weekend.
Stay for the: Free wifi, photobooth, foosball, board games, TV nights and Kings Of Karaoke every Saturday night.
From the bar: “With friendly staff and patrons, there’s always someone to talk to, and a story to hear.”—Eric Kingrea, manager
Go for the: Six craft beers on tap, bar snacks and fun film-related events.
Stay for the: DVD library; drink selection; film school-educated bartenders and friendly atmosphere.
BEER BOOK 12
The beer tap comes from the ceiling at this cafe and restaurant owned and designed by Hecho Inc., a design firm based in Brooklyn Heights.
Go for the: Elevated bar food, six beers on tap and smart, reclaimed-focused design by Hecho Inc.
Stay for the: Trivia on Tuesdays, delightful neighborhood locals’ vibe.
From the bar: “The burger is not to be missed.” —Phil Morgan, owner
Pub food and rotating craft beer on draft are conveniences in a place is this cozy. Make yourself at home and ask to be told the story of the 1953 Hollow Nickel Case.
Go for the: Great pub food, beer on rotation and hospitable vibe.
Stay for the: Story of the 1953 Hollow Nickel case, in which a young Brooklyn Eagle newspaper boy’s five cent piece, which he felt was too light and dropped on the ground, revealed a microfilm containing espionage plots involving the KGB, U.S. Atomic Program and U.S. Navy.
From the bar: “The concept is that the bar is our home and every person is our house guest, not customer.” —Adam Nichols, manager
Another Hecho Inc. designed bar with a domino-clad ceiling, ambient lighting, a backyard and regular DJs Thursday through Saturday.
Go for the: Tasty craft beers, ambient lighting and 49,000 dominoes on the ceiling.
Stay for the: DJs on weekends, backyard in summer and jukebox from 1971.
From the owner: “The cocktail program is amazing, too.” —Phil Morgan, owner
Named for the Jake Walk effect that once ailed unlucky moonshine drinkers during Prohibition, now a date night destination with over 150 whiskeys, cocktails and cheese plates.
Go for the: Bottled beers, immense whiskey selection and great cocktail and cheese programs.
Stay for the: “Working (Wo)man’s Special,” a Narragansett lager with a shot of whiskey.
From the bar: “The JakeWalk has been known as one of Brooklyn’s best date-night destinations.” —Patrick Watson, owner
Red lights, antique mirrors and a glittering bar top make it feel like an art deco wonderland. Plop into one of the comfortable booths for DJ nights or live music on Thursdays.
Go for the: 12 draft beers, cocktails, cozy booths and deco decor often including an art gallery.
Stay for the: Garden oasis on mild afternoons, or DJs spinning several nights a week.
From the bar: “You will find no pretension here, just a diverse mix of locals having a good time.”—Gina Jankowski, proprietor/manager
Home cooks and growler owners stop in for to-go beers and prepared foods; others stay for a pint, sandwich or “Mek-muffin” for brunch.
Go for the: 16 craft beer taps always in rotation; breakfast menu favorite, the Mek-muffin (chive egg frittata, slab bacon, cheddar and sriracha on a brioche bun).
Stay for the: Porchetta or baked potatoes, both getting lots of love from local food writers.
From the bar: “On your way out, if you forget the milk or babka, pick it up in our specialty food shop up front!” —Jennifer Lee, operations manager
A brand-new variety of rotating brews accompanies the brand’s well-known classics at this new space outside MCU Park. Take a tour and kick it in the beer garden out front.
Go for the: Refreshing, at times ridiculous (and delicious) experimental craft beers that you won’t find in Coney Island’s regular bottle portfolio, like the Cotton Candy and Hot Toddy.
Stay for the: Brief but engaging brewery tour; reward yourself with a beer flight on the outdoor patio.
From the brewery: “Coney Island Brewery brews a variety of rotating beers all inspired by the spirit, flavor and romance that is Coney Island.” —Elizabeth Hagwood, senior marketing specialist
The permanent food hall from the folks behind Smorgasburg offers up vendors such as Asia Dog and Ramen Burger along with beers from Other Half, Barrier, Peekskill and more, plus a handsome courtyard.
Go for the: Beer hall-environed American craft beer with a regional and rare offerings, including Hill Farmstead, Other Half, Oxbow, Bunker, Barrier, Westbrook and Allagash.
Stay for the: Permanent food stalls currently featuring Mighty Quinn’s BBQ, Ed & Bevs Detroit Diner, Samesa and Lumpia Snack Shack.
From the bar: “Come join us on Tuesday evenings for trivia and the chance to win a $50 bar tab!” —Jennifer Watson, general manager
A simple but selective menu and amenities like pinball and a photo booth make this bar a spot to spend a low-key afternoon.
Go for the: Beer- and cocktail-focused drinks menu and elevated eats.
Stay for the: A big and colorful backyard.
From the bar: “We have an amazing backyard and a friendly and informed local staff.” —Kathryn Meany, manager
Feel the spirit of New Orleans with Cajun fare, cocktails and 16 rotating drafts. Take your pick of the spacious, rustic interior or backyard garden patio.
Go for the: 16 rotating beers on draft, NOLA-inspired cocktails and spacious backyard.
Stay for the: Louisiana-style comfort foods like classic shrimp ‘n grits, or Brooklyn-friendly vegan jambalya.
From the bar: “Dazzle us.”
A local beer nerd’s taproom offering up an outstanding choice of 16 taps and 200+ bottles to stay or go. Stick around for special brewery events, bottle swaps and game nights.
Go for the: Truly exciting, local tap selection, bottles to stay or go, and soft pretzels.
Stay for the: Special brewery events, bottle swaps, game nights and Beerded Ladies sightings.
A genre-busting good time, featuring live music, vintage guitars for sale, beer and spirits, and an extensive backyard.
Go for the: Love of rock ‘n’ roll, rotating selection of eight craft beers on tap, and a larger selection of bottles and cans.
Stay for the: Small batch tequilas and Mezcals, huge backyard and judgement-free jukebox.
A flower shop in front with a lush life all its own out back.
Go for the: 12 revolving American craft draft lines, a robust bottle and can list, with special events like a barrel-aged tap takeover.
Stay for the: 75 bottles of whiskey and ivy-hugged garden, open year round. In chillier months, a tented and heated ski lodge-style setting welcomes and warms.
From the bar: “Events, beer, whiskey, food!” —John Hagan, managing partner
Flowerbeds border an unassuming barfront. Step inside and feel like you’re in Europe with retro-Euro signage, Austrian food and refreshing pints.
Go for the: $5 beer and wine on draft (bar only).
Stay for the: Schnitzel, sausage or anything from the wood-burning stove.
From the bar: “Belly up to the bar of reclaimed wood and pick out a beer from seven refreshing drafts. Repeat.” —Robin Wertheimer, owner
300+ plants and an indoor rock garden complement Asian snacks and craft brews with views.
Go for the: 20 hard-to-find Japanese craft beers, whiskeys and Izakaya-style snacks.
Stay for the: Togarashi fries, Gochujang wings and indoor rock garden.
Every pizza is named for a Brooklyn neighborhood at this pizzeria meets bar with beer a huge selection of whiskeys.
Go for the: Sourdough pizzas, including vegan options, and six rotating craft beers on tap.
Stay for the: Whiskey list and wine.
From the bar: “Our whiskey selection is now over 330 and growing.”—David Sheridan, owner
German beer garden and restaurant good for any age group, and all-day drinking.
Go for the: 18 rotating authentic German drafts and 10+ mostly rare German bottles.
Stay for the: Late night eats starring German staples like brezels (big, soft pretzels), sausages, and potato fritters with apple sauce.
The sunny, sandwich-filled sister of No. 7 North and No. 7 Subs featuring broccoli tacos and Sunday chicken dinners.
Go for the: Famous double-decker broccoli tacos, great beers at the bar and friendly vibe.
Stay for the: “Chuck Norris” brunch dish (brussels sprouts, tomatoes, scallions, feta, fried garlic scramble) and Ducati sour (bourbon, lemon & orange juices, maple, amaro ciociaro).
From the bar: “Those stupid tacos, a flour tortilla smeared with black bean hummus, housing a crispy corn tortilla stuffed with sautéed broccoli, feta cheese, and fried shallots, have made us the go-to bar of the neighborhood.”—Katherine Pangaro, operations manager
One of the best backyards in Brooklyn, with weekly music, light fare and craft beer.
Go for the: Pressed sandwiches, 12 craft beers on tap plus cheap cans and bottles.
Stay for the: Old time music Monday, karaoke Wednesday and bring-your-own vinyl Thursday.
From the bar: “Our drinks are cheap, our bartenders are friendly and we’ve got a Checkers that’s open till 3am across the street. What else could you ask for?” —Paul Hamill, owner
A brewery, bar and event space serving dishes from a rotating food residency program and boasting an outdoor garden.
Go for the: Table beers (read: tasty and sessionable), pop-up food options and pleasant back garden area.
Stay for the: Coffee shop serving Ninth Street espresso, or come back for your morning fix when they open at 7am.
From the brewery: “We have 20 taps of craft beer, the majority of which is made onsite, as well as a killer wine and spirit program for the non-beer lovers.” —Joshua Stylman, partner
Neighborhood restaurant good for brunch, upscale pub food, or a drink before Barclays Center.
Go for the: Tasty craft beers (eight on draft, all local, four rotating) and relaxed patio hanging.
Stay for the: Concert pregame featuring $4 wines, local beers and well drinks, and $5 plates (mussels, spicy chicken wings, mixed salad).
From the bar: “Menu favorites include roast chicken with peppercorn gravy, grass-fed hanger steak and burgers, amazing shells and cheese, mussels, and seasonal barley risotto.” —Kevin Read, owner
Low-key bar focused on a selection of local craft brews. Enjoy one on the patio or sip it over the pinball machines, Pac-Man or jukebox. Don’t forget the Leave a Friend a Drink board.
Go for the: 19 taps of rotating, seasonal beers, many brewed down the block and lots from other environs like Belgium, Japan, Germany and Norway.
Stay for the: Free popcorn and long, cheap happy hours.
From the bar: “We’re a laid back, music-loving, crafty beer and solid cocktail neighborhood bar. Pinball, growlers, jukebox, Pac-Man, free popcorn, patio and friendly bartenders included.”—Mark Korns, owner/partner and manager
A quintessential neighborhood joint with Southern soul food and happy hours on everything behind the bar. Book your birthday party or come for some laughs at one of the comedy nights.
Go for the: “Ecstatic hour”—half off everything behind the bar from 4-5pm Mondays through Fridays.
Stay for the: Artists & Beer nights, when local artists share works while you eat and drink on first and third Thursdays.
Spacious and copious window seats invite patrons to hunker down for small plates and prime people watching.
Go for the: Brunch every Saturday and Sunday (10:30am to 4pm), with eight rotating craft beers on draft.
Stay for the: Late night kitchen serving sliders, share plates and pita melts.
From the bar: “The open space makes us a great place to meet friends and have parties. We also have a kickass trivia night every Tuesday, and a giant projection screen for the occasional movie, TV night or special event.”—Bradford Nicoll, owner
Down a dog or order from the seasonal American gastropub menu featuring local and sustainable ingredients whenever possible.
Go for the: Beers on tap and Brooklyn Bangers, where Chef Saul Bolton created them.
Stay for the: Local-focused gastropub menu spanning brunch, lunch and dinner options.
577 Flatbush Ave. (at Midwood)
Ambient, iron-and-wood gastropub is a go-to for craft beers, spirits, and hand crafted burgers and sandwiches. 20 drafts, 50 whiskeys and a Black Angus burger everyone’s talking about.
Go for the: 20 craft beers on draft and all-encompassing cocktail list, from classic favorites to mixologists’ modern twists.
Stay for the: Grown-up fun in a casual atmosphere.
From the bar: “We are proud to offer daily happy hour specials, our celebrated weekend brunch is a neighborhood weekend favorite, and our kitchen is always open late.”—Michele Gascoigne, general manager
If the unique American craft bottled beer selection doesn’t hook you, try the regular live jazz jams or drag queen karaoke on weekends. Come back in the morning for a hangover helper breakfast burrito.
Go for the: Bottled beer and 19 different burgers, including beef, lamb, salmon, veggie and tofu.
Stay for the: Drag Queen Karaoke on Friday and Saturday nights, live Jazz Jam every Wednesday, and brunch from 9 to 5 on weekends.
Voted one of Esquire magazine’s best bars in America, Freddy’s escaped Atlantic Yards, and its new spot has the same hodgepodge decor. Take a craft beer on tap to the back room for a music or comedy showcase.
Go for the: Constant free performances from opera to blue grass (and beer).
Stay for the: Cozy backyard and consistently good bar food from noon until 2am every night.
From the bar: “Friendly and affordable, Freddy’s was originally founded as a speakeasy during Prohibition. A rotating cast of musicians, comedians, film buffs and assorted literary types fills the air with the kind of crazy-quilt, anything-goes vibe that New York City used to be famous for.”—Donald O’Finn, co-owner/manager/booking agent
Go for the: New York State craft beers (12 rotating) and wines; look out for vinyl nights and tap takeovers.
From the bar: “The Adirondack is dedicated to serving hard-to-find craft brews of the Empire State. We’ve also got Genny Cream Ale in cans and Labatt Blue, which is an honorary beer of upstate New York. And yes, we do happen to have a vintage Pac-Man machine in the back.”—Paul Hamill, owner
The organic-focused menu ranging from small plates to bacon mac and cheese is good for groups or intimate occasions.
Go for the: 20 mostly-local craft beers on draft.
Stay for the: Sustainable fish, organic meats and eggs.
From the bar: “Our atmosphere is casual enough for a family dinner and yet cozy enough for a special date.” —Georgia Read, owner
Bar and grocery with everything on tap, from craft beer to cider to coffee to cocktails. In the morning, grab a cup of Joe or pastry to go.
Go for the: Insanely versatile tap lines, pouring craft beer, cider, Kombrewcha, wine, iced coffee, iced tea and even cocktails.
Stay for the: Live music on Tuesdays at 8pm.
Brooklyn Beer Book 2016 Map (Upper Brooklyn and Middle Brooklyn)
Guide written by Cat Wolinski. Find her on Twitter here.