Located at 40 Minthorne Street in the Tompkinsville section of Staten Island, the Flagship Brewing Company opened in 2013 (“Unforgettable Beer Brewed in the Forgotten Borough” is their slogan). It’s about a 12-minute walk from the ferry terminal in St. George (or one stop away from St. George on the Staten Island Railway). During our visit, they offered four beers to sample (or for takeaway via 64-oz growlers). Fairly spacious, the tasting room offers numerous picnic tables for group seating. On the opposite side of the room from the beer taps is a stand where you buy your tasting tickets (pint or growler) and brewery memorabilia. We look forward to returning here.
Located at 889 Bergen Street in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights, Berg’n, from the same people as Smorgasbord, is part beer hall / part food joint. Very spacious with numerous communal indoors (there’s also a small outdoor area), Berg’n offers 20 quality tap beers, including numerous NY-metro area brews. Food offerings include, among others, Mighty Quinn BBQ and Pizza Moto slice shop. This is a great spot and we look forward to returning. We just wish Berg’n were closer to our other Prospect Heights NYC pub crawl routes.
We visited the brewery earlier this year. On a recent return visit, the enlarged tasting room had been opened (see photo below). Now, you can bring several of your friends to visit on your next LIC pub crawl and it won’t feel so cramped. Four-oz samples available via a four sample flight. We were a bit disappointed that pints were no longer available to buy for on-premises consumption (you can buy pint-sized mason jars and growlers for takeaway). Either way, we look forward to another return visit here.
Located at 486 Metropolitan Avenue, and from the same folks behind Skinny Dennis (which is about ½ mile west on Metropolitan Avenue), Rocka Rolla offers a retro vibe including wood paneling and classic lighted beer signs. The space was previously Brooklyn Stable (and Odyssea before that). Rocka Rolla offers patrons 15 tap beers. For activities, Rocka Rolla offers Shuffleboard, buckhunter and pinball in a back room.
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Located at 220 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan’s Flatiron District, the Belgian Beer Café is a 100% Belgian beer spot and a must-visit for any Belgian beer NYC pub crawl. Belgian Beer Café is large and spacious with views of Madison Park’s NW corner. Belgian Beer Café offers 24 or so Belgian beers, along with wine and a full bar. Growlers are available for takeaway. The food menu, still partially in its soft stage at the time of this post, offers several mussel dishes, stews and bistro fare. We look forward to a return visit here on our next bar crawl through this part of town.
In Williamsburg, we had the pleasure of visiting Rocka Rolla and Sugarburg. The former is a spot from the folks behind Williamsburg’s Skinny Dennis, while the latter is a solid new addition to any a Metropolitan Ave NYC craft-beer bar crawl. We’ll have brief reviews on these spots in the coming days.
Located at 25 Cedar Street in Manhattan’s Financial District, Cedar Local is slightly off the beaten path and a new cocktail destination. The space is mostly the bar and a few tables in front and a few tables in back. Cocktails are the focus here (see photo of menu below). Also some beer/wine available. Throw in the friendly staff and Cedar Local is a good spot to visit the next time you’re pub crawling in the area.