New York State has a long tradition of beer brewing. There are more than 400 craft breweries in the state, and most of them are fairly small. Most breweries have tasting rooms on premises where beer enthusiasts can get beer as fresh as possible, at times straight from the tanks.

Tap rooms are often popular local gathering places, offering music, food, and other events, even when the decor is very rustic and the tap room is literally in the heart of the production facility.

1. Finback Brewery

Finback Brewery
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Finback Brewery was founded in 2011 in Glendale, Queens, where in 2014, with a 20-barrel brewhouse, they released their first beer. Finback’s goal is to make small batches of great beer with strong flavor and complexity, from quality ingredients. Their beers are fun and unique, hoppy, complex, and smoky, perfect for drinking with friends. They self-distribute their beers to the greater NYC area, in draft format only. Their tasting room in Glendale is cozy and colorful, separated from the large outdoor space with a garage door, which is often left open to let the air come in and for the folks to circulate. The walls indoors are covered in local art and there are plenty of games for playing with friends, including a side room where you can play cornhole. Food comes from the food trucks parked outside. There are regular informative tours of the brewery upon request.

78-01 77th Ave, Glendale, NY 11385, Phone: 718-628-8600

2. Transmitter Brewing

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Located in a former garage under the Pulaski Bridge in Long Island City, Transmitter Brewing is a craft brewery that opened in 2014 and is owned and run by two friends with the help of a handful of part-time staff. They brew 18 to 24 barrels a week. Transmitter specializes in French and Belgian-style country ales and bottles 75% of its beers. The remaining beer is quarter-kegged and sold in top Brooklyn bars such as Bar Great Harry, Covenhoven, and The Owl Farm. Their small 10-by-12-foot retail area is open on weekends and does not have taps, it just sells choices of bottles that guests can take home or drink at one of their few picnic tables placed inside the brewery among the tanks.

141 Flushing Ave building 77, Brooklyn, NY 11205, Phone: 646-378-8529

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3. Lithology Brewing

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Lithology Brewing was the vision of friends Lee Kaplan, Manny Coelho, Marc Jackson, and Kevin Cain, who took their homebrewing hobby to the next step in 2016. The licensed New York State Farm Brewery produces all of its high-quality ales and lagers from at least 60% locally-harvested ingredients, including yeast strains produced specifically for the brewery. Beers such as the company's Lithology Brown Ale and Red Ale have won major awards at competitions such as the New York International Beer Competition, with the brewery itself receiving a Best Long Island Brewery award in 2017. Unique brews on tap at the company's public tasting room include Light It Up Blue blueberry wheat ale, Jaywalker nitro cream ale, and Hop-Tonic Drift New England-style double IPA. More things to do in NY

211A Main St, Farmingdale, NY 11735, Phone: 516-962-0585

4. Greenport Harbor Brewing

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Greenport Harbor Brewing is one of Long Island's premiere craft breweries, showcasing two locations in Greenport and Peconic today. The brewery, which has been featured in major publications such as The Wall Street Journal and The Village Voice, was founded by a pair of college friends from New York City and Boston. Today, its ales are distributed throughout New England, including its refreshing Summer Ale, hoppy Light Work Pale Ale, American-style Harbor Ale, Otherside IPA, and Black Duck Porter. Experimental brews released throughout the year include the brewery's Far Out There Series, which explores unique hop profiles paired with fruit flavors. At the company's Peconic location, diners can enjoy an excellent bar fare menu crafted by executive chef Greg Ling, including favorites such as chicken tabaka, beer-brined wings, and dry-aged prime cheeseburgers.

234 Carpenter St, Greenport, NY 11944, Phone: 631-477-1100

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5. Butternuts Beer & Ale

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Butternuts Beer and Ale is a craft brewery established in 2005 and located in the beautiful Butternut Valley. The brewery operates from a restored dairy barn on a 120-acre dairy farm in Garrattsville, NY. Butternuts makes no-nonsense beers made with simple, natural ingredients, using clean water from the farm’s own spring and combining flavors of American-style farmhouse ales with English, German, and Belgian influences. Their small tasting room has a few tables inside and a bunch of picnic tables outside, perfect for tasting flights of their year-round favorites and seasonal specials. Their most popular beers are the Pork Slap Pale Ale, sweet and malty, brewed with fresh ginger root, and Heinnieweisse, a German-style weissbier with tart citrus flavor and banana notes. The brewery offers tours every day.

4021 NY-51, Garrattsville, NY 13342, Phone: 607-263-5070

6. Community Beer Works

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Community Beer Works is one of the first nano-breweries in Buffalo, NY. They started producing fresh, high-quality American and Belgian-style beers in an old refurbished factory in 2012 and are now selling them at many of the better beer venues around Buffalo. Their small tasting room is snuggled in the heart of the production facility, and the guests can get the beer as fresh as it is brewed, surrounded by beer tanks. They work in partnership with Hydraulic Hearth Restaurant and Brewery, located in the historic Larkin District. This popular lunch and dinner venue offers brick oven pizzas and shareable starters.

520 7th St, Buffalo, NY 14201, Phone: 716-759-4677

7. Hopshire Farm and Brewery

Hopshire Farm and Brewery
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Hopshire Farm and Brewery is located in Freeville, NY, in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region, where Diane Gerhart and Randy Lacey grow hops and use it to craft fine beer. Everything they need for making their brews is grown on their farm or at their neighbors farms. They brew a range of different beer styles. They built their brew barn using recycled local materials as well as ash lumber cut on their lands. The brew house has a very precise recreation of a traditional New York hop kiln that they use to dry their hops. The beams in their rustic but charming tasting room are salvaged from an old barn and the gleaming mahogany bar was brought from the legendary Plum’s Restaurant in Ithaca. Come and taste their beers together with platters of local cheeses and meats. There is music every Friday and something else happening every day.

1771 Dryden Rd, Freeville, NY 13068, Phone: 607-279-1243

8. Iron Tug Brewing

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Iron Tug Brewing is a microbrewery in Rochester, NY, located in an old firehouse next to Woodside St. Their goal is to produce beer as it should be made: Using only water, malt, hops, and yeast. All of the recipes for their beers have been finely tuned over the years. What really defines Iron Tug Brewing and makes them unique is their "nitro beers", which have a creamy texture and full flavors that are more evenly distributed than CO2 beers. The brewer’s goal is to make beer as close to a Guinness as it is poured in Ireland as possible. Their small tasting room has large, communal tables that are perfect for sharing. There is a mellow, relaxed atmosphere with soft blues music playing in the background. They serve a charcuterie board and freshly baked artisanal pizzas.

371 Park Ave, Rochester, NY 14607, Phone: 585-865-0032

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9. Kings County Brewers Collective

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A biologist, an ad man, and a restaurant manager walk into an empty warehouse in Bushwick and decide to start Kings County Brewers Collective. What sounds like the beginning of a joke tells the real story of three friends and passionate craft beer enthusiasts who quickly established themselves in the booming NYC brewery scene. Recently, they won the Best Brew of NYC award in a five borough challenge. Their brewery and tap room are located in a 5,000-square-foot warehouse in Bushwick, Brooklyn, and all their brews are made on site. The selection of beers available in their tasting room changes seasonally. Most are available in better bars around NY, but some are available only on site.

381 Troutman St, Brooklyn, NY 11237, Phone: 929-234-6557

10. LIC Beer Project

LIC Beer Project
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LIC Beer Project is a fairly large craft brewery located in a converted warehouse in Long Island City. Their tap room is sited in the heart of the brewing facility, with only a garage door separating the two. It is spacious, very modern, and rustic, with wall-to-wall oak barrels, and is one of the favorite local spots for hanging out and sampling their large range of IPAs. There is plenty of seating, board games to play with friends, and the occasional live music event. There is free popcorn but no food. There are a few pizza joints nearby that will deliver.

39-28 23rd St, Long Island City, NY 11101, Phone: 917-832-6840

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11. Other Half Brewing Company

Other Half Brewing Company
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Other Half Brewing Company is a microbrewery located in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. Established in 2014, they produce large range of different styles of beer, many in collaboration with other breweries. There are 18 taps in their small, rustic tasting room, which has very few tables and is separated from the production area with a never completely closed garage door. The small space does not keep away beer aficionados, who tend to pack the tap room, especially on weekends. They rotate their beers on tap, so there is a good chance that everyone will find something they like. They self-distribute all over Brooklyn and their cans are available only at the brewery. Small snacks are available in the tap room, but the guests are allowed to bring their own food.

195 Centre St, Brooklyn, NY 11231, Phone: 917-765-6107

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12. Rockaway Brewing Company

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Rockaway Brewing Company was started in 2010 by two friends and home-brewers in their backyard in Rockaway Beach. In 2012 they started brewing commercially using a 2-barrel brew system located in the brewery in Long Island City, Queens, growing to 5-barrel system yet still hand-crafting every batch using fresh ingredients. They sell their brews all over Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan. You can also try them in their small tap room attached to the brewery or, since 2016, in their new space in Rockaway Beach as well. Both locations are fun places to hang out with friends, rustic but friendly, offering their malt-forward easy drinking beers as well as brewery tours.

46-01 5th Street, Long Island City, NY 11101, Phone: 718-482-6528

13. SingleCut Beersmiths

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Established in 2012, SingleCut Beersmiths is a craft brewery in Astoria, Queens, dedicated to making fresh IPAs and lagers. All their beers are brewed on site and are served as fresh as possible. The reason for the higher quality of fresh beer is mostly because the hop flavor and aroma inevitably fade over time, changing the profile of a beer. So, the best place to taste SingleCut beers is right in their tasting room in the heart of the production facility. High ceilings, modern decor, and industrial-chic design make this place a hip and popular local gathering spot. There are also a lot of board games, good food options, and frequent live music events.

19-33 37th St, Astoria, NY 11105, Phone: 718-606-0788

14. Sixpoint Brewery

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Sixpoint Brewery is a craft brewery founded 2004 in Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY, in a 7,000-square-foot former furniture factory. They started by distributing kegs to local bars and restaurants, instead of bottling their beer. They began canning beer in June 2011, and started releasing seasonals the next fall. Sixpoint currently brews four beers year round: The Crisp (pilsner), Sweet Action (ale), Bengali (IPA), and Resin (IIPA). Sixpoint today distributes its beer all over the country. They do not have a tasting room on site and the brewery is only open on the Saturday when they release new cans.

40 Van Dyke St, Brooklyn, NY 11231, Phone: 347-227-8676

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15. Barrier Brewing Co.

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Barrier Brewing Co. is a small brewery established in 2009 in Oceanside, NY, on the south shore of Long Island. Using their one-barrel system, their first year of production yielded over 700 barrels of beer. In 2012, they moved to a larger space, upgraded to a 5-barrel facility, and increased capacity to 1,500 barrels. Tucked in an industrial park across the train tracks, this unique brewery today produces more than 60 different kinds of beers, with no flagships and no seasonal brews. Their tap room offers 12 beers on tap, constantly rotating. They offer free popcorn and there is food from the local food trucks parked outside. Their beers are also available all over Long Island, in draft, cans, and bottles.

3001 New Street, Unit A2, Oceanside, NY 11572, Phone: 516-594-1028

16. Big aLICe Brewing

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Located in Queens, NY, Big aLICe Brewing is a New York State farm brewery producing innovative, locally sourced beer. Big aLICe Brewing was established in 2013 with a 10-gallon pilot system, brewing and bottling unique, one-off batches sold from the brewery through the CSB membership program. Brewery founders Kyle Hurst and Scott Berger worked with local Community Shared Agriculture and Food Co-ops to procure fresh local organic ingredients for their beer, hoping to preserve seasonal, local flavors. Their small tasting room is a popular local gathering place, with tables tucked everywhere within the production facility. They distribute their beer throughout the five boroughs, greater New York, Long Island, and Massachusetts. Some of their most popular beers are the Sour One, Freedom Bock, Hibiskas Goes-uh, and the Cascade Single Hop Sour. They produce six new craft beers every season.

8-08 43rd Rd, Long Island City, NY 11101, Phone: 347-688-2337

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17. Bridge and Tunnel Brewery

Bridge and Tunnel Brewery
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Bridge and Tunnel Brewery is a tiny, nano-scale craft brewery in Ridgewoood, Queens, owned and operated by Rich Castagna. This one-man brewing operation was established in 2012, focusing on darker, more flavorful beers, after home brewing for more than 10 years. Bridge and Tunnel Brewery was noticed at the DBA Cask Ale festival in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, receiving excellent feedback on the beer produced in his 150-foot garage on a 1.5-barrel self-built brewery, using reclaimed and repurposed tanks and materials. Bridge and Tunnel produces 25 beers, including local favorites such as Slaughterhouse Stampede Black Rye IPA, 20 Spot, and the Switchblade Coffee Cream Ale, among others. The cozy little tasting room attached to the production room offers free popcorn and has a bunch of TVs and games for the clients.

15-35 Decatur St, Ridgewood, NY 11385, Phone: 347-392-8593

18. The Bronx Brewery

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The Bronx Brewery was established in 2013 in an industrial neighborhood of Bronx, in a historic building with a colorful past that was once an iron works showroom, a lace garment factory, and a vending machine factory before being refurbished into a brewery. Their spacious tap room is a popular gathering place, especially on weekends, when folks come for cool brew in the white-tiled industrial space, relaxing on squishy sofas or sitting around old barrels, playing foosball or trying their regular Tropical Session IPA, a spicy, fruity Belgian pale ale, and limited-edition seasonals. When the weather is nice, the tap room extends outside where plenty of picnic tables sit beneath a railroad trestle overlooking a magnificent mural.

856 E 136th St, Bronx, NY 10454, Phone: 718-402-1000

19. The Flagship Brewing Company

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The Flagship is one of the two craft breweries on Staten Island. It is located in an old automobile dealership building in Tompkinsville, not far from the Staten Island ferry. The brewery produces a large range of beers, from an American pale ale to a dark mild. There is a spacious, open tasting room with lots of picnic tables and a cozy living room area with a fake fireplace, a pleasant spot to spend time with friends while tasting the fresh brews. A glass wall separates the tasting room from the brewing area. They do not have food, but there is an iPad mounted on the wall, which offers menus from local eateries that will deliver to the brewery.

40 Minthorne St, Staten Island, NY 10301, Phone: 718-448-5284

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20. The North Brewery

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The North Brewery was established in 2013 by a father-son team and their friend after many years of home-brewing. This small craft brewery in Endicott, NY, currently runs off a 1.5-barrel system using about 50 different recipes. All their beer is currently distributed locally. They use New York rye and hops from nearby hop farms and they plan on making a single malt beer using malt from a nearby farm. The North brews a wide range of IPAs and sours and a large variety of kettle sours. Their best known beer is the God Complex, a full-bodied imperial stout with mocha, serrano peppers, and hazelnut coffee.

110 Washington Ave, Endicott, NY 13760, Phone: 607-785-0524

21. Two Goats Brewing

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Two Goats Brewing is a craft brewery established in 2010 in Hector, NY, in a renovated 1800s barn that is today solar-powered. They use a 7-barrel brew system originally built by Glenn Shepard and Kingdom Brewers of Vermont. The fermenters and serving tanks were fabricated by Vance Metal in Geneva, NY. All their beers are brewed on the premises. Their philosophy is to make world-class farm-style beer with quality ingredients. Their tasting room, attached to the brewery, is fun and quirky, with a large deck overlooking the Seneca Lake. Besides cool brews, Two Goats also serves house-made beef sandwiches, local wines, ciders, and soft drinks. The place is a popular local gathering spot and it gets really crowded on weekends.

5027 State Rt 414, Hector, NY 14841, Phone: 607-546-2337

22. Wagner Valley Brewing Company

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Wagner Brewing Co was established in 1997 at Wagner Vineyards near Lodi, NY, in the scenic Finger Lakes area. It is the oldest brewery in the area. They currently offer a variety of award-winning craft-brewed beers, including nine draft lines that often rotate and range from light to dark and from bitter to sweet. They also make all natural, non-alcoholic draft root beer. Visitors can taste their beers at the long bar indoors or outside on the deck overlooking the lake. They offer self-guided tours of the brewery. Lunch is available from March to October at the Ginny Lee Café next door, with a wonderful view of the lake and vineyards.

9322 NY-414, Lodi, NY 14860, Phone: 607-582-6450

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