There’s never a bad time to enjoy a refreshing cold beer, but on December 10th, make your favorite flavor known and raise a glass to National Lager Day. Craft beers have flooded bars around the world in recent years, becoming a culture all their own and allowing beer drinkers to branch ot and try new styles of beer they had never before considered. Whether you’re a beer enthusiast or just a casual consumer, there’s likely to be a craft brew out there that’s a perfect pour for you. If you’re looking to discover your next great pint, check out this list of some of New York’s finest craft breweries and celebrate National Lager Day the right way, with a glass in your hand.
Start your National Lager Day early with a trip to The Vander Bar at The Roosevelt today and pour yourself a special seasonal Brooklyn lager, brewed by locals for enjoyment in New York city. Then come back tomorrow and add the Madison Club Lounge to your list for a perfect brew paired with a meal that compliments fans of hops and malts alike.
Blind Tiger Ale House
281 Bleecker St. (at Jones St.)
When you think of great craft beer in New York City, there’s one name known from SoHo to the West Villages: Blind Tiger. This cozy pub has been serving up fresh drafts and delicious microbrews since 1995 and offers an impressive array of brews alongside fun events like meet-the-brewers nights. For something a little more filling, try the incredible bar menu.
102 St. Marks Pl. (between 1st Ave. and Ave. A)
The best craft beer is brewed in small batches and served in small taprooms. At Proletariat a cozy barroom consisting of just 10 stools makes simplicity its mantra, serving up a variety of bottles alongside a delicious menu of 10 rotating drafts from across the country.
5-14 51st Ave. Long Island City, NY
This Long Island gem is the place to go if you’re looking for hard to find brews. With a selection of 28 taps dispensing everything from old world classics to new American brews, Alewife offers a charming location with a balanced selection to please every palette. With the holiday season in full swing, Alewife can even host your next holiday party and make it warm and bubbly.
216 W 238th St, Bronx, NY 10463
One of the greatest reasons to visit the Bronx, this world-class bar pours a pint for every patron and encourages all of its visitors to try a little something new. Whether you have a favorite or are looking for something new the Bronx Alehouse offers 16 domestic taps, 30 bottles, and one rotating cask. Join the club and sample 100 different types of beer to have your name added to the pub’s wall of fame and leave your legacy in the big city.
359 Metropolitan Ave, Williamsburg, Broooklyn, NY 11211
Another believer in the less-is-more approach, this bar keeps its selection small with only six drafts and one cask available at any time, but ensure that the beer it serves its patrons is fresh and approved. If you’re looking for variety, Spuyten has it by the bottle load, with over 100 choices ready to crack open and enjoy with the best that the city has to offer.
615 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Slip into this Manhattan Avenue bar if you’re looking for drafts that are hard to find elsewhere in the city with a rotating 21-tap menu that features rare brews from across Europe and North America. With a unique selection of beer you won’t find anywhere else in the city like hearty smoked stouts, this bar draws beer fans of all kinds to sample the flavors of the season.
The Pony Bar
637 10th Ave. (at 45th St.)
Those looking for better beers in Hell’s Kitchen will delight in making the trek over to The Pony Bar. With 20 taps serving everything from your standard beers to heavier brews like stouts and porters, this bar is fit to please. Pair your drinks with a delicious selection of bar food and place your bets on the best place to spend your evening in the Kitchen.