New York City Dining trends often change to accommodate shifting residential demographics. Show me a picture of a restaurant and its diners, and I can take a good guess at the neighborhood it resides in.
As more and more young professionals depart Manhattan for the outer boroughs, areas like Williamsburg, Long Island City, and Greenpoint go from industrial zones to residential neighborhoods. Take a stroll down the streets of Greenpoint, and you’ll encounter hipsters, suits, and too many strollers.
To accommodate the needs of these people, and occasionally their baby, Beer Halls have sprung up and many of such prospering neighborhoods. In Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Spritzenhaus takes aim at the crowds that gather at McCarren Park, luring them in with over 100 taps at four separate stations.
What makes Spritzenhaus different is how open and inviting the space is from the street. Unlike other beer halls (such as Studio Square in Astoria/LIC) with high walls or a bouncer, the large garage door windows open wide to expose the space inside. From there beer lovers can either grab a spot at a table for waiter service, or grab a seat at the bar and drink away.
Food in the from of burgers and sausages can be ordered, but the focus remains on the beers. The list is quite impressive, and the prices are very reasonable considering the large sizes. With so many distinct types of American craft beers and European specialties to choose from, it’d be easy to spend a nice afternoon with a group of friends and going down the list.
Which is exactly what I plan to do again next weekend, there’s another 20 types of beer that needs to be sampled.
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33 Nassau Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222