Other Half Brewing Company

Other Half Brewing CompanyOther Half Brewing Company
Other Half Brewing CompanyOther Half Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

195 Centre St
Brooklyn, New York, 11231-3907
United States

(917) 765-6107 | map

Notes: Tasting room hours:

Monday 12pm - 10pm
Tuesday 12pm - 10pm
Wednesday 12pm - 10pm
Thursday 12pm - 12am
Friday 12pm - 12am
Saturday 10am - 12am
Sunday 11am - 10pm
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Rated: 3.71 by BeerWasp from Germany

Dec 20, 2022
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Reviewed by slander from New York

4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25
And then Witz texts, “Not to throw a curveball here, but the original Other Half taproom that you’ve never seen opens at 10am”, and I said “Oooooh, reeeeeeeally?” It’s not that I had never seen the place, it just wasn’t what it is now. We hung back here while this whole new space was under construction, Pete still brewed here, and Erik was in (from Pittsburgh, I think), for his bachelor party dealings. Yes, it was a while back so I was due. Guess it'll be a super shorty Saturday in the office. The earlier I leave work, the earlier I’m in the city navigating, win win. So, Lincoln Tunnel, 9th Avenue, West End, Battery Tunnel (which I will never, ever call the Hugh L Carey Tunnel), and a sweet slander spot on McDonalds row parked. Not the easiest place to get to, this strip of old industrial somethings a stone’s throw from the Gowanus (expressway overhead and canal behind you), On their doorstep at 2 minutes after 10am. Guess I’m heading in…

To the left, an ‘L’ shaped, stained steel topped bar, with a multi-tone gray scale colored hexagon tiled base. No foot bar and no seating (this being Covid life, after all). Looooong tower of 20 logo’d handles on the bar with glassware aside. 4x8 horizontal beer board on the wall behind the bar done up bright colorful magnetic placards on stainless listing beer, style, notes, ABV, and pricing for 4oz shorty & larger size 8oz or 12oz, depending on the ABV. Merch zone over there (me, pointing), snacks & growlers at the bar elbow, and can sales down on the corner.

White wall uppers over gray lowers, and a garage door windowing roll-up over Centre. Concrete floors, plank & rafter ceilings, center ductwork, and raised skylight action. 10 pear bulb double fixtures across the floor and single 8 bulbs length tracing the bar. Upwards of 2 dozen tables stooled; hightops, low lengths, spurs, & barrels inside and curbside. Overhead door to the rear brewery space, and weekend seating back there, too. Light décor (an OH neon, a single flatscreen), and plantings a-dangling about the front vestibule.

20 taps; a baker’s dozen hoppys from Session to Impy (DDH Forever Ever, Session IPA, 4.8%; NES, IPA, 6%; DDH, Oh… IPA, 6%; DDH Go with the Flow, IPA, 6.5%; DDH Space Dream, Oat Cream IPA, 6%; 8 Acres, Imperial IPA, 8%; DDH Oh… Forever, Imperial IPA, 8%; DH Green Down to the Socks, Imperial IPA, 8.2%; DDH All Citra Everything, Imperial IPA, 8.5% Much Too Much, Imperial IPA, 8.5%; 4 EZ Payments, Imperial IPA, 10%; Vapor Ringz, Imperial Oat Cream IPA, 8.4%; Triple Cream, Imperial Oat Cream IPA, 10%), 4 beers that aren’t hop forward (Lime Snaps, Rice Lager, 4.5%; Zipfeltannle, Pilsner, collab with Rothaus, 5%; Double MMM… Fruit Fruit Punch, Imperial Berliner Weisse, 6.5%; Deep Orbit – Vega, Imperial Stout with Oreos, 16%), and Jeeeesus, 3 guest tap Pilsners (Rothaus, Einbecker, & Firestone Walker Pivo) because you just can’t have enough amazing Pilsners on at once, right?

I started with the Zipfeltannle, Pilsner, because did you not read above where it says it’s a Rothaus collab? Damn tasty this one. Then got into the Lime Snaps, Rice Lager, not overly limey, well done; DDH Forever Ever, Session IPA, solid; NES, IPA, it was really dealer’s choice at this point on the IPA’s but I picked well; DDH All Citra Everything, Imperial IPA, because I'm living dangerously and it really is a wonderful beer; and Double MMM… Fruit Fruit Punch, Imperial Berliner Weisse, which was all tropical fruity delicious.

I’ve known them to a be a hoppy house but I am pleasantly surprised by the drinkables here this day. it’s quite the range. The warm pretzel was of the jam, although served with mustard, naturally. Mattending today and Geriz hospitality at its finest. Tunes; both hip and hop, and a light chill crowd. I could do more Saturday mornings here.
Oct 03, 2022
Rated: 4.23 by Gobzilla from California

Sep 03, 2022
Rated: 4.57 by EMH73 from New York

Jun 04, 2022
Rated: 4.22 by coz from Illinois

May 22, 2022
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Reviewed by snaotheus from Washington

4.09/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75
Visited fairly early on a Thursday (2021-10-07) for a couple beers with my friends. Prices are high, in my opinion, but the beers are very good. Mostly DDH IPA and IIPA, several barrel aged stouts, a couple lagers, and maybe one fruited kettle sour. It's a cool space, kind of grungy industrial. It's my second time visiting and I wouldn't hesitate to go back.
Oct 10, 2021
Rated: 4.3 by socon67 from New York

Jul 29, 2021
Rated: 4.55 by leprechaunandfatman from Ohio

Jan 27, 2021
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Reviewed by TheGent from New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25
I love the vibe at Other Half. Pretty small venue, very industrial, with hip hop music always blasting.

The quality of the beers is great, especially their IPA's and more recently with some of their lagers. Their kettle sours are coming along, and their stouts are very good, but I tend to prefer to the lower ABV ones than the 13%, 14%, 15%+.

The service is good. They are not the quickest or most outgoing, but if you are there, speak up and get the attention of someone you will get fast and professional service.

The selection depends on how you look at it. If you are looking for a brewery with wide variety of styles, this is not the place for you. Their menu us overloaded with NE Style IPA. Usually a lager, a few stouts, and one or two sours. I like the selection, because I go their for the IPA's and occasional stout.
Mar 17, 2020
Rated: 4.72 by Mikexw from New York

Feb 15, 2020
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Reviewed by Sludgeman from District of Columbia

4.06/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4
Visited on a Sunday night. Almost all the seats are full, bu the drink was not bad.

V - Tap room right next to the brew house which was active this Sunday night. Not brightly lit, small, picnic tables. The restroom is one of those asexual ones, with just stalls with doors. 3.75

Q - The beers are very good. 4.5

Sel - But the selection is almost exclusively IPAs. IPAs are great, but having some different styles to break up the monotony would be very helpful 4.0

Ser - No table service but the bus boy is very diligent. They hold your credit card when you have a tab - can’t we do with out this in the 21st century. I can't imagine how bad it can get when the place is busy. 3.75
Jan 27, 2020
Rated: 4.44 by MaximumYuks from Oregon

Jan 06, 2020
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Reviewed by frozyn from New York

4.14/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
NYC's hype brewtastical, OH has a 2 year old-ish taproom that bends heavily towards the industrial vibe. Concrete floors, simple adornments with wood tables. On busy days the back area near some fermenters is open for conviviality as well. The music tends towards hip hop/rap most days I'm there, and it tends to be a bit too loud most of the time, but my hearing isn't great so loud music anywhere hinders my enjoyment of a place.

The beers are almost always good. Diversity isn't there -- always a combination of NEIPAs (from single to triple), pastry stouts, fruited cereal semi-tart things, and the obligatory lager they make. It is Other Half, after all, so the beer is going to be good-to-great, depending on how you like it. Service -- even when they're slammed on a Saturday -- is always prompt and efficient, and during less busy hours the bartenders are happy to discuss the beers and beer in general.

For out of towners, if schedules permit, you're better off visiting during the week. If you want to see peak OH, though, 3-4 PM on a Saturday is your time.
Dec 21, 2019
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Reviewed by Dmbphoenix from New York

4.12/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25
Good beer in an awful location. Music is ghetto blasting gangsta nonsense that kids or dawgs don’t need to hear .

Very good selection. Nice to experience OH, bought in heroes from nearby Defonte’s. Nice place to get away for a bit in the middle of nowhere.
Nov 07, 2019
Rated: 4.13 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Sep 11, 2019
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Rated by MikeM75 from Virginia

4.29/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5
The place is tiny! But they do a great job servicing everyone, and the beers....
Sep 09, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by elamb106 from New York

Aug 26, 2019
Rated: 4.81 by smela3 from Texas

Aug 12, 2019
Rated: 3.59 by schroeder1200 from New Jersey

Aug 06, 2019
Rated: 4.43 by kingjohnh from New Mexico

Aug 04, 2019
Rated: 4.27 by benjaminsa from Vermont

Aug 02, 2019
Rated: 4.34 by Ice_Cream_And_IPAs from New York

Jul 01, 2019
Rated: 4.82 by TedStrosser from Pennsylvania

Jun 16, 2019
Rated: 4.68 by GRG1313 from California

Jun 16, 2019
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Reviewed by Kdouble from Tennessee

4.69/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75
Decided to visit the brewery while staying near Time Square. Great blend between the brewery and the neighborhood. We got there are noon on weekday and the place was already filling. They had a fantastic selection of brews and the bartender allowed us to sample anything we wanted to try. Always a nice touch when the bartender remembers your name like you are a regular coming in every day. They brought out free samples of Raspberry Crunchee which was just off the production line. I would definitely go back.
Apr 21, 2019
Rated: 4.91 by WOLFGANG from South Carolina

Mar 29, 2019
Rated: 4.75 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

Mar 21, 2019
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Reviewed by RollTide7 from New Jersey

4.48/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5
Pretty small tasting room (relative to what I am used to) that's been packed with not much additional seating or room available each of the times I've visited. Vibe is a graffiti styled industrial with some neon thrown in. bathrooms are kind of nice as they have individual coed rooms/stalls and a joint area to wash hands which definitely makes the most of the available space and help minimize wait for the bathrooms. Service is typically pretty good, and they do a good job working through the crowd for pours. Though I did have to wait for an extended time when i wanted to buy cans and was waiting over the merch/growler fill area and no one came over for probably about 5 minutes.

Beer selection is great and typically very IPA/IIPA heavy, I went once and was a little disappointed with selection as there was a takeover event from another brewery and most of the offerings were stouts. Releases typically take place further down the street closer to the mcdonalds in their warehouse building and they move the cans inside to the the front left near the merch later in the day. Also note its not very kid friendly as its quite loud and crowded with not a lot of open space. Would be fine for a very small kid, but not good once they are mobile.

Lastly merch is pretty expensive and that's kept me from from purchasing anything, $25 t-shirts. Interesting mix of people with everything from hipsters to hazebros to wall street peeps and normal joes.
Mar 13, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by DaveCash from New York

Mar 05, 2019
Rated: 4.69 by Cheddytopper from Rhode Island

Feb 18, 2019
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Reviewed by npolachek from New York

4.73/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75
Solid selection. This place was mobbed. That’s expected with the New York City location with beers as good as they serve. Solid music, long lines, but you will be rewarded with top 250!! The best beer in NYC.

The bar tenders are great, but taking down the service from 4.5 to 3.5 as Other Half does not pick up the phone, and multiple questions I've submitted throught he website weren't answered (either ever or in a timely fashion).
Feb 17, 2019
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Reviewed by hops_for_thought from New York

4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5
Combination review of the tap room and my first can release

Great people that make some really excellent beers (unique opinion I know). I love the tap room, staff have been A+ the handful of times I've been for drafts and the occasional stout bottle. Appreciate the tap selection, nice to try the beers I wasn't able to score cans/bottles of. Feel ancient typing this but do think the music can be loud, realize that's embarrassing

Can release experience was awesome and I'd 100% go again. Hear the line was crazier than normal (5th anniversary - I arrived at 6am and was ~400th in line) but had a great time swapping beers, chatting with strangers, and the staff did a solid job keeping us up to speed on allotments etc.
Feb 10, 2019
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Reviewed by jykleo from New York

4.08/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25
Arrived at 11:50 AM on Tuesday. Waited about 10Min. to open.
12:05PM, about 12 people lined !
Cans to-go was 4 can pack only. Therefore inconvenient to try as much as IPAs possible.
Majority of the tap rooms were OK to buy from 1 Can.
Jan 30, 2019
Rated: 4.19 by cambabeer from New York

Jan 19, 2019
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Rated by DaMacAndCheese from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
Cool spot in Brooklyn doing making great beers!
Jan 15, 2019
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Reviewed by JamFuel from Sweden

4.37/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5
This is the taproom, the garage is really ony for release day can sales,

The taproom is pretty small, seating maybe 40 to 50. Seating to the right and along the windows with bar and merch sales straight in. The brewery is in the back, so you can smell the work being done. Not much of a vibe at all, just a pretty industrial space with lots of hipsters.

Tap selection is about 20 strong, usually all OH beers, but with occasional guests. Selection is very much IPA forward, I think there were 2 non- IPA beers when I was here. Of course, OH are very good at IPAs, but if that's not your favorite style, you might get a bit bored. Looking at their website today, there are actually only 10 IPAs and 10 other styles, so maybe I was there at an unusual time. Either way, the beer is very good.

Service was quick and friendly, maybe not overly chatty, but the flow of people was pretty constant.

Overall, OH is one of the best breweries in New York, so should be on every beer fans list.
Jan 08, 2019
Rated: 4.15 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Jan 06, 2019
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.32/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75
we finally made it to check out the now infamous other half, which is a very cool little spot, they occupy a small taproom and an adjacent space as well with empty cans waiting to be filled, forklifts flying around, and trucks being loaded. it very much has the feel of a working brewery, cans being labeled in the back, the smell of a mash sweetening the city air, and a pretty low key vibe overall. they have an awesome list, mostly hoppy stuff, which makes sense, its what they are known for, but also some cool other things, a few guest taps from omnipollo when we were in, and some bottles to drink on as well. relaxed no frills space which i like, counter service at the bar, they were busy but responsive, maybe too busy to be very engaging, but the beer speaks for itself. we had a half dozen hoppy offerings, all basically the same in terms of their bases, all dry hopped liberally, all almost a little too fresh yet to be ideal, obviously these guys have a formula that they are adhering to pretty tightly for most of them, all tasty, all similar, nelson and dreamiest stood out to me the most, but we also dug a bottle of bretty crocker, a wildly funky dark ale with cherries and honey. i am so glad we came and had some beers here, its a landmark now in the city, but i have to say, overall, these were not the best hoppy beers we had in town, for how hyped up they all are, and as good as they taste, we found better without a ton of effort. that said, its hard not to be impressed with this place, their beer is awesome and trendy for a reason right now. so cool to check out where it all goes down!
Dec 27, 2018
Rated: 4.63 by Jjl329 from California

Dec 05, 2018
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Reviewed by Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.9/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75
A main place to go for NEIPA. Cans and people everywhere. Not fancy, but huge amount of big beers on tap on the weekend. All their new releases and more. Somewhat dingy for me, and an inconsistency in the cans I was told I could get even at the end of the evening but being turned away from.
better service 4 months later.
Dec 04, 2018
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