Good weather always calls for a little adventure, and what pairs better with a hot, sunny day than an ice cold beer?
If you’re sticking around the city, you’re in luck. There are some great beer-drinking destinations that don’t require hopping on a plane.
We’re also pretty sure there aren’t any adverse health effects from skipping the rosé for a day, but don’t quote us on that.
Whether you’re renting a car or making the haul on the train, we’ve got six brewery trip ideas perfect for taking advantage of those summer rays.
Here are our picks for your next brewcation:
1. Sourced Adventures, River Tubing and Brewery Day Trip (First Pickup: Adventure Café-85 Delancey Street, 2nd Pickup: West 45th Street & 11th Avenue)
What’s better than floating down a river on an inner tube? Floating down a river on an inner tube AND going to a brewery. Sourced Adventures offers a river tubing and brewery visit package that departs from Manhattan every Saturday and Sunday from June until August 6th.
Adventurers float down the Delaware River for two hours, eat a picnic lunch, and then head to a brewery. Most trips stop at Pine Island Brewing Company in Orange County, a brewery with a serene outdoor beer garden.
Trips are $99 or $105, depending on the date. You’ll probably want to bring a swimsuit. You might want to bring a friend, but you’ll definitely want to bring a cooler.
2. Threes Brewing (333 Douglas Street – Brooklyn)
Just a few blocks from the, um, idyllic Gowanus Canal is a brewery with a backyard fit for taking advantage of the weather. Not only does Threes Brewing have plenty of beers (and a full bar), but they also have coffee from Ninth Street Espresso and food from the Meat Hook.
There are plenty of events to check out throughout the summer like live music and kitchen collaborations. This place gets busy on the weekend, so get there early and claim some territory for your crew.
3. Brew Crew Cycles (285 Pulaski Street–Riverhead, Long Island)
Ever dreamt of getting on a bicycle with 13 of your closest friends? Well, now you can! Brew Crew Cycles hosts brewery tours on 14-person group bikes in the East End of Long Island.
Each tour is around two-and-a-half hours and visits three establishments (breweries and/or a bar) around Riverhead. (Don’t think you’ll feel like pedaling after walking those seven minutes from the Riverhead LIRR Station? Don’t worry, there’s a bench seat in the back.) Tours start at $30/seat.
4. Coney Island Brewery (1904 Surf Ave–Brooklyn)
Long-time rep of the fun factor, Coney Island is home to a ridiculous amount of summer entertainment with its beach, boardwalk, sideshow, hot dogs and amusement park. Added to the long list is a brewery that hosts several events throughout the summer.
Like on June 25th, when Coney Island Brewery is serving a special beer called “90 Years Young” in celebration of The Cyclone’s birthday. They’re also having an Independence Day party in July and an anniversary party in August.
To get in on the beer-fueled recreation, it’s an easy trip on the train or you might even be able to catch a ride to Coney for only $1.
5. Montauk Brewing Co. (62 South Erie Avenue–Montauk, Long Island)
You may have already taken a sip or two from one of the colorful cans of Montauk Brewing Co. ale or IPA, but have you been to their microbrewery?
It’s a charming place with an outdoor patio where you can linger and enjoy an $8 pint, like their popular Watermelon Session IPA.
It’s around a four-hour train trip from the city or a slow drive in summer traffic, but there are also beaches, restaurants and shops (if, of course, you’ve got some serious bank or want to play like you do) to visit in the area.
6. Yonkers Brewing Co.
If you’re heading to a Yankees game this summer, there’s a brewery stop fit for a pre- or post-game drink. Yonkers Brewing Co. has $4 pints of their flagship brews two hours before and after games for anyone who brings in their baseball ticket.
If you want to avoid stadium-priced food, there is also an extensive food menu with items like homemade chips and flash fried Brussel sprouts tossed with bacon and parmesan cheese. Please and thank you.[Feature Image Courtesy Instagram]