Chelsea Craft Brewing Company
The new incarnation of the former Chelsea Brewery, no longer a Manhattan brewpub but a full brewery up in The Bronx with a very decent tap room area.
Directions - D train (and also B in weekday afternoon rush hour) to 174-175 Streets, take the south-eastern exit on East 174th Street, walk south briefly, turn left on East 173rd Street, continue for about half a mile, cross over the main railway line over Park Avenue and immediately turn right then turn left briefly on East 173rd Street where it continues after being staggered a little. Note, from Manhattan, the D will be faster than the B - and the B only goes this far north at certain times anyway. Alternatively, 4 train to Mount Eden Avenue, walk east on Mount Eden Avenue, turn left briefly on Grand Concourse, then turn right on East 173rd Street and follow instructions as above. Note this is at least a 20 minute walk from either station.
I'm reviewing this a few days before the public opening from me gatecrashing the place (I have an empty cask from former days that I need to return, so a good excuse to do that) - stated opening hours may change according to demand. There's a 30 barrel brewery transplanted from Chelsea Piers from the long running brewpub, with some 60 barrel tanks in addition. Brewmaster Mark Szmaida is carrying on mainly with the former brewpub's beers; do try the Sunset Red which has been reinvented as a nice malty ESB. Unusually for a brewery taproom there is a kitchen that will be doing bar food and there is a full liquor licence that includes guest spirits. (1/2016)
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