New York’s breweries are leading the way for craft beverages. Fom Thousand Islands' Sackets Harbor Brewing Co. to Buffalo’s Pearl Street Brewery, New York State is the place for tasty ales and lagers. Microbrews and craft beers are exploding in popularity, and you’ll sample your share in the New York Beer and Brewery Tour, a happy jaunt through Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens to a cavalcade of breweries, century-old beer gardens and historic hops houses. In Brooklyn and Manhattan’s East Village, the Fermented NY Craft Beer Crawl offers still more suds. Since drinking and driving don’t mix, a good bet for New York beer lovers traveling north of NYC is the Little Beer Bus with beer tours of the Hudson Valley’s most popular breweries that might just make it the happiest bus in New York State.
In Cooperstown, Brewery Ommegang carries a long tradition for crafting premium Belgian-style ales and is happy to prove it to visitors, while the Cooperstown Brewing Company perfects English-style brews like Old Slugger, Nine Man Ale and Benchwarmer. Beer insiders call the Ithaca Beer Company one of the best kept secrets in the industry with rotating ales and special edition “one-offs.” Within sipping distance of Rochester? Don’t miss a stop at the Rohrbach Brewing Company, where a guided tour of the beer-making process—from hop to pub—works up a thirst for the tastings that top off your visit. Don’t forget to take home a growler.