As you can tell from my last blog post and my twitter/instagram feeds, I love beer. I was introduced to beer by my husband. In college I drank really crappy light beer and hard liquor. You couldn’t get me to touch Guinness with a ten-foot pole. Now? I love to swig back that stuff.
So, with the marathon just a few days away, I present to you, drinking your way through the marathon – when you are not running the marathon. This post is for you spectators who want to experience NYC in a unique and fun way and maybe want to help the local craft scene while waiting for your runner cross the finish line. Note, this is not a comprehensive list – I am sure I am missing lots of fun, unique breweries/microbreweries/gastropubs. So sue me.
New York City is made up of 5 boroughs: Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and The Bronx.
Old map. Same course.
Let’s start where there marathon starts:
You can get to Staten Island a few ways – through the Verrazano bridge, through the Staten Island ferry from Manhattan, or through New Jersey.
Either way you go, make your way to The Flagship Brewery, Staten Island’s first local brewery since 1962. Grab yourself a pint of the Flagship American Wit, a delightful light bodied wheat beer. I went to Flagship in July with hubs as my mom lives on Staten Island and the brewery is only 15 minutes away.
From Staten Island, head east to Brooklyn, the land of Kings – true story, Brooklyn is known as Kings County and it is where I was born and raised for 18 years of my life. Back when I was a kid, Williamsburg was dicey and had a bad rap. It is now hipster heaven. You can check out Brooklyn Brewery, which has been a Brooklyn staple since 1996 (I was 11 and still had 10 more years before I was of legal drinking age).
Right now, I am all about pumpkin beers, and Brooklyn’s Post Road Pumpkin Ale, a yummy orange-amber colored beer made with – you guessed it, pumpkins – and it is delicious! Or for you anti-pumpkin beer folk, the Brooklyn Brown ale is exceptional with its roasty flavor.
Other Brooklyn breweries worth checking out:
Mile 5, Brooklyn
Let’s now travel into Queens where there is a huge craft beer scene. I did back one on Kickstarter (Finback Brewery) and have been to one local brewery. I celebrated my 30th birthday at Singlecut Beersmiths in Astoria.
I had the Kim Sour Cherry Lagrrr, a refreshing and tart beer which was also pink! Love! You can also check out Rockaway Brewing Company. I haven’t been there in person but I have had a few of their beers during brewfests and they are super tasty.
From Queens we dip back into Manhattan for a stretch before heading into The Bronx. While there, check out The Bronx Brewery. Grab a pint of Bronx Pale Ale as you cheer runners coming off the Willis Avenue bridge, aka mile 20 in the marathon.
Finally, runners take the Madison Avenue bridge back into Manhattan toward Central Park, where after they cross the finish, they get one of these beauts:
Celebrate your runners accomplishment by toasting them with a cold one at one of many of Manhattan’s breweries and microbreweries. One of my favorite places is Heartland Brewery where you can also get yummy food – their veggie burger is one of the best I have ever had. And what is super awesome is that they have locations all over the city. Grab a pint of Smiling Pumpkin Ale or Farmer Jon’s Oatmeal Stout.
You can also check out Alphabet City Brewing Company whose awesome beers I have had.
A lot of my friends recommend 508 Gastrobrewery too. And you can also check out The Pony Bar – not a brewer by any means but a bar with a lot of wonderful delicious beer in both Hell’s Kitchen and the Upper East Side.
Like I mentioned earlier, this isn’t a comprehensive list. Just a smattering of what is out there! And if you really want to get your drink on, why not join a Seattle based-running group that drinks on the course while running! Read all about it here.
Are you running this Sunday? What’s your hydration plan? Will you be drinking and running? Or post-race imbibing?
Hi friends! As you can tell from my last blog post and my twitter/instagram feeds, I love beer. I was introduced to beer by my husband. In college I drank really crappy light beer and hard liquor. You couldn’t get me to touch Guinness with a ten-foot pole. Now? I love to swig back that…