Brewery Picks

Consensus Picks

Wedge Brewing Company
125b Roberts Street
Asheville, N.C. 28801
• It leaves us speechless and smiling, every time.

Brooklyn Brewery
79 N. 11th Street
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11211
• A local favorite. Garrett Oliver is half-man, half-mash tun, and wort flows through his veins. Not under any circumstances to be left alone with your wife, he knows how to brew up a beer.

Perm’s Picks:

Blue Mountain Brewery
Blue Mountain Brewery and Hops Farm
9519 Critzers Shop Road
Afton, VA 22920
• Nestled on the rim of the Shenandoah Valley in the Virginia Blue Ridge, this out-of-the-way operation brews out-of-this-world products. When (not if) you visit, try the Full Nelson Pale Ale.

AAK’s Picks:

Sixpoint Craft Ales
40 Van Dyke Street
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11231
• These men are serious about their beers, and their brew names live up to what goes into the glass.

Captain Lawrence Brewing Company
99 Castleton Street
Pleasantville, N.Y. 10570
• We don’t know what goes on in Pleasantville, but they have yet to put out a lousy beer. The average Beer Advocate rating of their 24 brews is an impressive 4.03/5. Not too shabby. They have a thing for Wild Ales, so buckle up.

Great South Bay Brewery
2309 Union Blvd
Bay Shore, L.I., N.Y. 11706
• Like food, beer by the sea is always better. Evidently, it ships well too. Their Massive Pale Ale is dynamite, a paragon IPA, and not for the faint of heart. They also brew a chocolate stout for the winter and a blonde ale for the summer. Not to be missed.

Chatham Brewing
30 Main Street
Chatham, N.Y. 12037
• Inside the dingiest-looking garage in Columbia County sits a gleaming brewer’s den, which produces some tasty, tasty beers. Their amber ale is a particular standout. “It’s richer than ordinary pale ale. But still acts like one of the boys.” A true statement.


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