Other Half Brewing Co.

Other Half Brewing Co.Other Half Brewing Co.
Other Half Brewing Co.Other Half Brewing Co.
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:
4.29
Beers:
499
Reviews:
3,265
Ratings:
21,719
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.46
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
301
pDev:
8.3%
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Reviews: 67 | Ratings: 301
Photo of Kdouble
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.

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Photo of RollTide7
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.

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Photo of npolachek
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).

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Photo of Max_W
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.

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Photo of jykleo
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.

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Photo of JamFuel
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
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!

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Photo of Sammy
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.

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Photo of Harrison8
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.

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Photo of arcadeproject
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.

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Photo of Dcucchiara
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!

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Photo of WunderLlama
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

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Photo of eluvah
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.

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Photo of Oconomowocian
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.

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Photo of VoxRationis
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.

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Photo of TheJudge
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.

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Photo of cobuff23
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.

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Photo of tonypeezoh
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.

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Photo of mitchellkp
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.

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Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
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.

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Photo of BranfordBound
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!

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Photo of cfh64
4.36/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Recently went to the new location and/or expanded Other Half brewery on a Sunday afternoon. Located in a warehouse district type area of Brooklyn, the tasting room was large and open. There were several long tables to sit at and a long bar with several bar tenders willing to help. There were approx 4-5 unisex bathrooms with no lines.

The place was moderately crowded. Service was great and they had plenty of people working behind the bar so I rarely had to wait more than a minute or two. There is a large chalkboard with all the available beers to go and on draft. I gave the selection a slight downgrade because the majority of beers are IPA's although they do have a standard stout, light beer, etc. A huge bonus is they have a few different serving sizes available so you can do anything from small tatsers to pints.

So the main draw to this brewery is clearly all about the hops. I'm guessing there were approx 20 different varieties of IPA's, Double IPA's, Pale Ales, etc. Most, if not all, were the popular NE "hazy" style. I actually managed to try every hoppy beer they had withiut getting pallate fatigue by ordering the small sampler sizes. Unlike some breweries, I can definitely say there was a clear difference between each beer. They did a great job using different hops whether blended or doing single hop beers to showcase a particular hop.

Overall, it was a great experience with a good vibe and very good beers. The service was efficient and friendly...big plus. Keep up the fantastic work Other Half!

Cheers!

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.86/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Let's face it - this is not just any brewery. The line and share that takes place during it every Saturday has become the stuff of legend over the last few years. The friends I've made here and the beers I've traded for while waiting for the 10:00 opening have been better than what most *other* breweries around here have had to offer me.

Not to put them down. It's just that Other Half has gotten that good!

This was the first place I ever found in my nearly 15 years of being in this scene that didn't distribute to my favorite stores in the region. Once I showed up here the week after the Street Green release nearly two years ago and took a sip of the Hop Showers, there was no turning back. The notions of cans, releases, and collabs were taken to a whole new level thanks to these guys and the amount of wondrous brews and connections that I've made through here have been more than enough to keep my interest in this hobby at an all-time high after all of these years.

And then there's the actual place itself!

Recently expanded, there's finally enough room for all of us hopheads to grab our Gaddy Lane sandwiches, pick up some swag, and sit down after getting whatever we decide to imbibe with from the plentiful tap list. There's even more than one bathroom here now! All kidding aside, the recent expansion has given Other Half a chance to win over more people who have descended upon this Carrol Gardens locale to see what all the fuss is about!

Sure, the can labels and beer names are top-notch and no brewery has a mascot like the gangsta cat that keeps us company as the sun comes up but behind that is something special. May it last forever in a world full of change and people looking for the next best thing - those of us in the know have already realized that it's on a gritty street in Brooklyn and we wouldn't want it any other way.

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Photo of mkh012
4.55/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

A crowded hole-in-the-wall with ridiculous lines most Saturdays.

Their beer is up to snuff, but it's the kind of place you come, have maybe 1 or 2 beers, and then leave with a growler. A 15 foot by 15 foot tap room (if that) packed to the gills with people knocking back hazy hop bombs. If you're in the area, definitely grab a growler, but it's not the kind of place I'd wanna spend a few hours at.

P.S. DDH Double Mosaic Dream is the bomb, and they play good music.

EDIT: The new taproom is much nicer. Bigger and more inviting.

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
4.51/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Busy busy place. Holy smokes. Played some music I liked to hear. The line moves quickly. After the line it is standing room only. The quality of the beers is great. Glassware, great. Loved it. Service was also excellemt. Had recommendations, knowledge of the beer, kept the line moving at a good pace. The selection is awesome. Though they really have 10/12 lines being a NE IPA. (What a huge problem to have) All the beers being quite delicious. Overall, awesome place to make a pick up and stand around drinking for a bit. Not a place to have a more intimate thing going on.

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Other Half Brewing Co. in Brooklyn, NY
Brewery rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 21719 ratings