This weekend Alex came up to NYC to visit rather than I return to Philly. We had a great time exploring the city, and other than me getting a little ill on Saturday night the weekend was a complete win. Oh, and also apparently my upstairs neighbor enjoys blasting music all night on the weekends which I can hear from a vent, so that's all just great...moving on.
On Saturday we headed over to Brooklyn, which is just two metro stops from Lower Manhattan where I'm living. We got bagels from the The Bagel Shop on Bedford Ave., I went with the rainbow bagel with funfetti cream cheese, I'm normally a savory bagel person (love egg bagels with olive cream cheese) but I had to try this fun looking treat. It was so yummy, and made for the perfect Instagram.
After our bagels we headed over to Brooklyn Brewery to hang out in the tasting room and go on a free tour. On weekends they open up the tasting room at 12pm and run tours every half hour. You can buy tokens for $5 each, or 5 for $20, which are good for one beer. You can also bring in your own food, so many people had brought in pizzas, hummus, popcorn, pretzels, etc. It was crowded, but still a really fun atmosphere and a great place to spend a Saturday afternoon. We tried five different beers and took the half-hour tour which taught us the (very) interesting history of the brewery. Like the fact that one of the founders had been in the Associated Press and worked as a journalist in the Middle East in the 70's and 80's before founding the company. He even learned about home-brewing because in some Middle Eastern countries where alcohol is illegal home brewing is the only way you're going to get a drink. Also, the building where the brewery stands now used to be a Matzah factory and the rent back in 1988 when they opened was only $1 per square foot.
The beers were all delicious and we had such a good time learning and trying new things. Also, the neighborhood that the brewery is located in, Williamsburg, has so many cool restaurants, bars, shops, etc. It actually reminded me a little of the Northern Liberties neighborhood in Philly.
We will definitely be visiting Brooklyn again, it's so different than Manhattan but absolutely worth checking out!
Have you visiting Brooklyn Brewery or even Brooklyn? What did you do this weekend? I'd love to hear!