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
otherhalfbrewing.com

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
BEER STATS
Average:
4.3
Beers:
638
Reviews:
3,739
Ratings:
24,192
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.46
Reviews:
72
Ratings:
314
pDev:
8.3%
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TheGent from New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
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
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

4.06/5  rDev -9%
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
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frozyn from New York

4.14/5  rDev -7.2%
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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Dmbphoenix from New York

4.12/5  rDev -7.6%
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
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Kdouble from Tennessee

4.69/5  rDev +5.2%
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
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RollTide7 from New Jersey

4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
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
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npolachek from New York

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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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hops_for_thought from New York

4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
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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jykleo from New York

4.08/5  rDev -8.5%
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
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.37/5  rDev -2%
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
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
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
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Sammy from Canada

3.9/5  rDev -12.6%
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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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.29/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Other Half is a collection of buildings along a city block in New York. A large garage welcomes individuals to buy cans on release day, with a half dozen point of sale systems to help smooth things out (I walked right up to the counter about 2 1/2 hours after the release started). Staff is friendly and eager to make suggestions as for what to try on tap next door. The taproom is fairly big for NY, with long, slim tables for people to stand or sit around, and some railings on the wall to hold beer. It's all concrete floor, with natural wood tables, open rafters, and light troughs with marquee bulbs, making it feel a blend of rustic and artsy. It did get fairly loud on my visit even after opening the garage door to the tap room, but it was also mid-day on a Saturday can release with gorgeous weather. The back door was open, increasing floor space, and allowing people to stand by some of the brewery equipment. The bar has 2 point of sales systems, but the staff seems to work the mob of a line well. Tap list is heavily centered on IPAs of all varieties, with a few stouts, sours, and a pilsner mixed into the list. Vintage bottles were also available for on site consumption. Service was fairly fast if you were edgy enough to slip past others for your spot, sorta like NYC traffic. They were friendly, but direct, here whenever they were available to chat.

Nov 05, 2018
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arcadeproject from New York

4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

You won't find better beer than at Other Half. The staff does a good job of serving people in order (and quickly) and of keeping tables cleared. It's usually slammed and pretty hectic but not obnoxious.

Oct 30, 2018
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Dcucchiara from New Jersey

4.86/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

My personal favorite brewery of breweries! Other Half truly does not make a bad beer. With a heavy NEIPA menu with can releases about twice a week, this place is worth the stop if you're ever in Brooklyn. New tap room is a little more spacious that the previous hole in the wall, but this place fills up quick. DDH Citra Galaxy is in my top 3 favorite beers for sure!

Oct 11, 2018
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Hop off the expressway, curl around the block, drive past the junk yard, park on the street across from McDonalds

Walk in, guy at the door tells me where to go: Draft pours to the right, cans and merchandise to the left. Its a brewery with a bar and retail service

Three people in line in front of me , check my notes from BA and make my selection

Beer is in the yeti in my car in less than 5 minutes

Sep 10, 2018
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eluvah from New York

4.26/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Visited on a Saturday afternoon and it was very crowded. Servers do a good job of getting you a beer but I waited 10 minutes for my first pour. Great selection. Very IPA heavy but that’s why you come to this place. Nice diverse crowd. There is some bumping when it is crowded but everyone was polite. Definitely worth a trip.

Aug 19, 2018
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Oconomowocian from Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Stopped in on a Monday evening. It was the hops that I came here for and they did not disappoint. Some big boys on the board and I was happy that they had a few slightly sour offerings ( strawberry whips was excellent) to give the palate a break. Staff was cool offering up tasters, coming off a big collab release weekend and the cans to go selection was a little thin though. Head a few blocks away to court street for some good dining options.

Jul 28, 2018
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VoxRationis from New York

4.82/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Visited the brewery for a Saturday distribution event today, then hit the service area. The brewery borders an industrial section in southern Red Hook, Brooklyn. This is one cool, fun place, albeit in an industrial space abutting a more residential one, and well worth a visit. For those coming by car, parking can be a challenge: you may get street parking, IF you can get it. I wound up getting parking fairly close, but that was more or less luck.

The distribution process was very efficient, we were in and out in a half hour, after arriving at about 10:30 am, and came away with 10 offerings. The vibe at distribution and in the service area was quintessential, Brooklyn hip. The serving area is large, with at least 20 offerings on tap, as well as a bottle & can center. The servers were fast and knowledgeable. This is New York: New Yorkers hustle.

Other Half has created a great place to hang out, meet people, have a few laughs, and imbibe exceptional brews ... and they are exceptional. Certainly worth the trip, if you like top notch beer ... and if you don't, fawgetaboutit.

Jul 21, 2018
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TheJudge from New York

4.74/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

An incredible amount of beer on tap(20), with a good selection of cans to go. Nicely set up tables, open garage door letting in air and light. Industrial as a Brooklyn brewery should be. Decent size, I have been to bigger but this feels comfortable.

May 09, 2018
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cobuff23 from New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Great selection of hoppy IPA's. In terms of quality it is probably my favorite beer in the area. However, it is almost too popular/crowded for me to enjoy it as much as I probably should. I often choose to go to other breweries in Brooklyn due to the insane crowds this place gets. Plus I love to get Cans but I am certainly not waiting 2-3 hours on a Saturday morning for it. In short, incredible beer, but if you are going on a weekend get ready for a huge crowd.

May 01, 2018
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tonypeezoh from Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -23.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2

Cool brewery in the middle of no where brooklyn. Almost all beers are Imperial IPAs which is cool but way too boozy to really enjoy. The place is so crowded that while they offer 4 oz pours, it is difficult to keep getting to the bar so I wasn't able to try many beers.

Call me spoiled for living next to Tree House but OH is overrated in my opinion. All of their beers are over hopped and the flavors are muddled. Definitely the best brewery in NYC but does not compare to Tree House.

Feb 25, 2018
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mitchellkp from Massachusetts

4.72/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

My first visit this past weekend. Looks like they opened before 10 AM due to the cold for their 4-can DDH IPA release. The line was short and the processing efficient. Parking around here seems to be a challenge, but that is what I was expecting.

The tap room was buzzing at 10 am and they have 20 drafts available and more cans for purchase, plus grub. Full pours and 4 oz samples made for an awesome morning and I got to sample an amazing, juicy, hazy array of IPAs--all very good to excellent.

Jan 09, 2018
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West_Chester_Ale_Tester from Ohio

4.61/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

A very cool spot in an industrial part of Brooklyn. It's much better signed now so you lose some of that "am I at the right spot?" factor. This place is an IPA lovers dream. The taproom is pretty small and gets really crowded. They do a great job of moving the line along and getting people their beer. A must stop spot in Brooklyn.

Dec 22, 2017
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BranfordBound from Connecticut

4.41/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

It's Other Half: cool little spot in Brooklyn in a matte black, featureless brick warehouse. Wooden bar in a typical craft beer styled industrial room. The beer is what you come here for. The IPAs and DIPAs are absolutely killer and world class. Come early (like before 9am) on Saturday mornings to wait in line for the can release. Maybe you can leave before lunch with a few cases!

Nov 07, 2017
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