We ventured into Williamsburg for the evening, just a quick subway under the river from NYC. Williamsburg is as hipster as you're more than likely imagining - and it's a little slice of heaven.
The streets are sprinkled with street art, on the pavements and adorning the walls. Houses are a mish mash of styles and sizes, racked up next to each other. And on an unassuming street corner, you'll hear Brooklyn Brewery tap room before you see it.
Security guards the door before welcoming you into the fold. We went on a Saturday afternoon where you can't book ahead for the brewery tour, but we were offered a space as we walked in. It's on a first come first served basis, free to do and around 15 minutes for the full tour - for me, it wouldn't be the reason to visit because of how brief it is, but for a freebie you get an insight into the machinery & a brief history of the brand and its creators.
Heading back into the bar, swap your cash for drinks tokens then keep your eyes peeled for a seat.The space is filled with communal tables and spaces to perch on once you have beer in hand.
There's a great menu available, all Brooklyn brand of course. Around 12 taps are on offer, the classic styles you've undoubtedly tried and some seasonal and exclusive brews available to try. My favourite was the humble American Ale, but I liked having the chance to try some of their R&D flavours, too.
Make the trip over if you're in the city. There are a couple of other breweries in Brooklyn that I'd love to check out if I'm ever in the area again, but as a first try, Brooklyn Brewery is a great spot to while away the afternoon.
There's a rotating street food guest star inside, but we took a wander through Williamsburg to find a bigger meal before heading back over the river. There are plenty of places to try so don't worry about being a newbie to the area - we stumbled into Trix which is a mix of surf and turf and what happened to be a pretty A+ veggie burger.
Note that Brooklyn Brewery is only open Thursday to Sunday and closes at 8pm and 6pm over Saturday and Sunday, make sure you get there with enough time to work your way through the menu.