About Fermented NY Craft Beer Crawl
The nation is in the midst of a love-affair with beer, with over 1,700 independent breweries currently operating in the U.S. (including three in Brooklyn) and churning out inventive new brews every day. Learn more by choosing Williamsburg in Brooklyn or Manhattan's East Village as the setting for your Fermented NY Craft Beer Crawl. This is one pub crawl with a purpose: over the course of three hours you'll visit craft beer bars and a craft beer store, sampling up to 10 different beers as you learn the ins and outs of America's favorite alcoholic drink.
Your expert guide will discuss how different beers are classified and how to distinguish between the different varieties, how beer is made, how to serve it, and how to appreciate it like the professionals do – all this while you sip and sample your way to beer bliss. Luckily this tour also includes plenty of well-paired food to soak up the suds and keep you upright until the end of your journey, when you can settle down for the long haul at one of the city's most welcoming beer joints, the Swift Hibernian Lounge in Manhattan (voted one of Esquire magazine's Best Bars in America 2012) or Mugs Ale House in Williamsburg (home to both the Malted Barley Appreciation Society and one of the largest beer selections in Brooklyn).
Urban Oyster was founded in 2008 and provides local, sustainable, tours of some of New York City's most singular neighborhoods and food movements. With the goal of supporting local businesses and preserving neighborhood histories, Urban Oyster offers group walking tours and themed harbor sails, as well as private events and tours.
According to co-founder David Naczycz, Urban Oyster's name is "an analogy for our mission," which is to connect people to the local businesses that are unique to New York and help to make the city what it is. Like the once plentiful oysters in New York Harbor which were decimated by over-harvesting and pollution, small businesses in New York close every day, unable to compete with the influx of chain stores and national franchises. The folks at Urban Oyster see New York's small businesses as today's "oysters"; happily, the company's tours support local business while offering tourgoers an utterly incomparable journey through some of New York's most authentic locales.
Beer Crawls are offered in the East Village (Manhattan) on Thursdays from 3pm to 6pm and in Williamsburg (Brooklyn) on Saturdays from 12pm to 3pm. The Fermented NY Craft Beer Crawl will take place rain or shine, and involves between one and two miles of walking, so wear comfortable footwear and bring appropriate gear for the weather. Cameras are welcome and encouraged, as is shopping at local businesses along the tour route. No dogs are allowed.
Did you know?
More than 95 percent of breweries currently operating in the U.S.A. are "craft breweries," meaning they are small (producing 6 million barrels a year or less), independent (less than 25 percent owned by a large alcoholic beverage company), and traditional (focused on technique and taste above all else).
Spuyten Devil, a Brooklyn bar specializing in rare and hard-to-find craft beers, means "spouting devil" in Dutch. The name is taken from Spuyten Devil creek, so named for its once deadly tidal currents, which runs between Manhattan and the Bronx.
This tour is perfect for beer enthusiasts of all stripes, either those who are visiting New York City or locals who want to learn more about beer and the best places in New York to drink it. Homebrewers or those interested in learning more about the brewing process will also enjoy this tour.
Good for kids?
This tour is not appropriate for children. You must be 21 years or older to participate in this tour, which includes visits to bars and pubs. Older children are welcome on Urban Oyster's food tours.
East Village, Manhattan
Begins: Cooper's Craft & Kitchen
87 2nd Ave. (between 2nd Ave. And Bowery)
Nearest Subway: 6 to Astor Place
Ends: Swift Hibernian Lounge
34 E 4th St. (between Lafayette St. & Bowery)
Nearest Subway: 6 to Bleecker St.
388 Union Ave. (between Ainslie St. & Powers St.)
Nearest Subway: L, G trains to Metropolitan/Lorimer
Ends: Mugs Ale House
125 Bedford Ave. (between N 10th St. & N 11th St.)
Nearest Subway: L to Bedford Ave.