A few weekends ago, Zach and I had a free Saturday (a rarity for us), so we decided to venture out to a neighborhood in Brooklyn called Gowanus, right next door to Caroll Gardens. Since Zach lives in Brooklyn, it was only about a 20-30-minute ride on the G train from the Lorimer stop off the L. We got off at Caroll St. with no plan other than to explore, eat and of course, drink.
We started the day by walking around town a bit, checking out the Gowanus Canal and finally, making our way to the first brewery of the day – Threes Brewing. Located right by The Royal Palms Shuffleboard (if you’re familiar with the area), the brewery offers a range of homemade craft beer, cocktails and food from The Meat Hook. I loved that the interior of the space was very rustic and they even had a decent sized outdoor space which we took full advantage of since it was such a nice day. Overall, a great place to relax and enjoy a good beer with friends – I’ll definitely be back here in the near future!
After two beers here we were STARVING, so we ventured out to find somewhere to eat. We had passed by a fried chicken spot called Wilma Jean when we first got off of the subway and given that Zach can’t turn down fried chicken, we just had to check it out. He of course got the fried chicken sandwich, I got the chorizo tacos and we shared a classic root beer. These were some of the best chorizo tacos that I’ve had and was just enough to hold me over until dinner. The restaurant had such an old school vibe to it and was truly a great spot to relax and enjoy a good meal – another spot I highly recommend in the area!
Following our meal, we decided to check out the second brewery in the neighborhood – Other Half Brewing. Located about a 15 minutes walk from the Caroll St. subway stop, this brewery was quite a bit smaller than the first with only a small area by the bar and then a roped off section of the garage (which was open due to the warm weather) for guests to mingle. We ordered our beers (cheaper than the first brewery) and headed to the garage to hang out. While the beer was good, there was no seating and the space was quite crowded so it wasn’t exactly the atmosphere that we were looking for at the time. I think it would be a great spot to head to with a few friends, but not ideal if you’re looking for a more relaxed and calm setting. Overall, a fun and affordable spot for a good bear, but not one of my favorites.
After this last brewery, we decided to head back to Williamsburg/Greenpoint to finish off the day at one of our favorite beer halls in Brooklyn – Spritzenhaus, to enjoy a few beers by the fire. You really can’t go wrong with a go-to spot!