Try New York’s Newest Brewery Before It Opens
COVID-19 has thrown a wrench in restaurant and bar openings across the city, but one intrepid new brewery isn’t letting the quarantine stop them from serving its suds to beer lovers all over New York. Torch & Crown Brewing Company is set to open its first brick and mortar location in Soho this summer, but until city denizens are able to congregate in groups larger than a poker party, they’re offering the next best thing: Same-day beer delivery in all of Manhattan and large parts of Brooklyn and Queens.
The beer company, which was founded by longtime friends Joe Correia and John Dantzler, offers a rotating selection of 16-ounce four-packs for delivery, ranging from Almost Famous, their flagship New England IPA to Magnetic Energy, a Hazy Pale Ale brewed with the Pink Boots Society to raise money for women in the brewing industry. In the last year alone, Torch & Crown has brewed more than 35 different beers, but all share “a nuanced (not overpowering) flavor profile and a crisp, dry finish that means you can drink a few of 'em,” says Dantzler, co-founder and CEO. Delivery is as easy as dropping the cans into your cart on the website, and delivery fees are waived for orders over $60. And, if you happen to be in the hospitality industry, make sure to drop them a line: they’re offering 10 percent off for anyone in the business.
As for the brewery itself: expect it to be the spot of the summer, once dining areas are open again. “Not only will we be the only full-production brewery in Manhattan when we open, but we will also have seating for more than 200 guests indoors and an outdoor beer garden: a rarity for lower Manhattan,” says Dantzler of the space at 20 Vandam Street. “It's all about the brewery experience, and we're really excited to serve customers fresh beer right out of our tanks, which will be in the middle of the space for everyone to see.” Expect great grub too: There will be a full lunch and dinner menu by Christian Pappanicholas, formerly of The Cannibal and Resto. Full-blown feasts, like whole pig, whole lamb and rack of beef, will be offered, as well as seasonal veggie dishes and salads.
Until then, pick and drink your favorite cans from the comfort of your own home. New Yorkers may be on lockdown, but our purchasing power is still very valuable. “As a startup, we're seeing and feeling the same financial pressures that every small business in NYC and across the country is feeling,” Dantzler says. “Please make sure to support your local businesses in any way possible over the next few months.” We’ll drink to that.