Brooklyn, New York
The adult punk’s answer to finding first-rate beers from local, regional, and international producers, and a pleasantly gritty atmosphere to drink them in
What it is:
What started as a bottle shop and tasting room in 2010 has evolved into a top-tier, unostentatious hangout for Greenpoint’s beer drinkers. The beer bar is also sister to hyper-local brewery, Greenpoint Beer & Ale Co., and an importer of Germany’s Jever and Gaffel Kolsch, both of which are always on tap. Behind the taps, a versatile bottle/can selection attracts local passersby and discerning beer nerds alike.
Why it’s great:
Brouwerij Lane’s laid-back, no-bs vibe is rivaled only by its beer selection. The harmoniously curated nineteen drafts and 150+ bottles and cans bring in a lovable cast of lifelong locals, film-industry vets, and eccentric artists and musicians along with Brooklyn’s judicious beer enthusiasts and industry members. A continuous rotation of freshly kegged (and often canned) favorites from walkable breweries, local nomads, and statewide selections pour alongside regional heart throbs such as Hill Farmstead and Tired Hands as well as global options. In the cooler, expect esoteric international treats and a constantly updated stock of local/regional can and bottle releases. An amiable and astute staff is keen on leading you to that beer you didn’t know you’d love. —Cat Wolinski
DETAILS Hours: 2 p.m.–10 p.m., Monday–thursday; 12 p.m.–11 p.m., Friday & Saturday; 12 p.m.–10 p.m., Sunday Address: 78 Greenpoint Ave., Brooklyn, NY Web: brouwerijlane.com/