Queens may not be the borough with the most breweries, but it definitely has the best. Time Out New York recently named Rockaway Brewing—which has locations in Long Island City and in Rockaway—as the best brewery in the five boroughs.
The Big aLICe Brewing Company—which opened in Long Island City in 2013—is a New York State farm brewer that utilizes Queens businesses and state farms.
Bridge & Tunnel Brewery, located on the Ridgewood-Bushwick border, offers flavorful beers on the dark and creamy side out of its converted warehouse. The Queens Brewery recently opened its first tasting room on Covert Street. The new brew hall has cocktails with New York-sourced spirits and local beers.
A few miles away in Glendale is Finback Brewery, located in a refurbished warehouse on 77th Street. Its tasting room has 12 rotating taps and more than 40 beers, focusing mainly on hop forward, sour and dark beers.
Fifth Hammer Brewing Company is a 15-barrel brewery located in Long Island City with an extensive beer menu, while ICONYC Brewing Company—on 34th Avenue in Astoria—is a small operation with a long list of beers.
The LIC Beer Project on 23rd Street is known for its Belgian- style brews and IPAs. Mikkeller NYC can be found in Citi Field between the bullpen and right field gates, but also has a new tap on Roosevelt Avenue in Flushing. Its new taproom will feature the largest variety of Mikkeller beers on the East Coast.
SingleCut BeerSmiths on 30th Avenue in Astoria boasts a long list, from fruity to stouts, while Transmitter Brewing features farmhouse ales with traditional Belgian, French, English and American yeasts. Brewery tours are available at 53-02 11th St., suite A in Long Island City.