After a long week, I was dying to get out of the city and explore some of Brooklyn and settled on spending the day at the Brooklyn Brewery. I have to say this was the perfect choice for a low-key relaxed date.
The Brooklyn Brewery is a short walk from the L and you can't really miss the factory with its huge "B" logo mural and the relatively long line. On a Saturday afternoon, it took us about forty minutes to get through the door. There was some sort of VIP line where people were entering the door from the other side- bouncers scare me so I didn't ask how they were doing that (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 5$ for 1 or 20$ for 5; obviously my date and I opted for the 5 token options. Then we only had to wait in a really short line to get our beer. TIP: bring singles to tip the bar tenders.
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 actually was delicious and tasted a little like summer.
The tour started about an hour into our visit and we had a really rambunctious tour guide who's passion for the brewery was contagious. I didn't think the tour was a musttttt 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 in the doors, I would suggest maybe setting aside 2 hour-ish 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 finding your 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 was the perfect, quick escape if you're getting a bit burnt out.