Restaurant Review: Brooklyn Brewery
79 N 11th Street, Brooklyn, NY
After a long week, I was dying to get out of the city and explore some of Brooklyn. I settled on spending the day at the Brooklyn Brewery and I have to say, it was the perfect choice for a low-key, relaxed date.
The Brooklyn Brewery is conveniently just a short walk from the L. You can't miss it thanks to the huge "B" logo mural and line out the door. On a Saturday afternoon, it took us about forty minutes to get inside. There was some sort of VIP line where people were entering from the other side, but bouncers scare me so I didn't ask how they got the fast pass (if you know the trick, comment and let me know!) We were promptly handed tickets for the tour and moseyed on over to the line to buy the beer tokens. The tokens are either 1 for $5 or 5 for $20. Obviously my date and I opted for the 5 token option. Then we only had to wait in a really short line to get our beer. TIP: Bring singles to tip the bartenders.
The Brewery had a huge selection on tap and special edition bottled beer for those willing to pay a little extra. I, not being a huge beer fan, went for the lighter option of the Summer Ale, which was actually delicious and tasted a little like summer.
The tour started about an hour into our visit and we had a really rambunctious tour guide whose passion for the brewery was contagious. I didn't think the tour was a must, but it was interesting to hear the history of the brewery and learn a little bit more about how beer is made.
The factory itself is fairly small and after you get through the doors, I would suggest setting aside 2(ish) hours to enjoy the different beers available.
Williamsburg has a huge amount of reasonably priced food within a very concentrated area, so you can't really go wrong when it comes to post-beer nibbles. TIP: If you go on Saturdays, you can stop by Smorgasburg for a humongous variety of cart food (again, bringing cash is helpful). To be honest, I love the city but this is the perfect, quick escape if you're getting a bit burnt out.