NEW YORK CITY - There was a time when New York City was a craft beer desert. A land of mixed drinks and fine wine. But change is brewing.
Denver and Seattle have robust craft beer scenes and New York is preparing for an influx of beer geeks for Super Bowl week.
9NEWS anchor Kyle Clark shared a pint with Chris O'Leary, the writer behind the website Brew York New York to get a sense of the craft beer scene.
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"The scene is as diverse as the city itself," O'Leary said. "It's come a long way from being just a niche thing."
The New York-New Jersey area can't rival Denver in number of breweries, but few cities can. The big city makes up for its smaller roster of breweries with some world-class beer bars serving some of the best beers brewed in America and abroad.
O'Leary says unlike many Colorado bars, which can specialize in local and regional brews, New York's watering holes must cast a wider net.
"You don't have the influence of hundreds of breweries in a region," O'Leary said.
Craft beer geeks who haven't been to New York in several years will be pleasantly surprised.
"New York's beer scene really started off kinda slow," O'Leary said. "We had a reputation of being a cocktail and a wine town and really only in the last three four years has the beer scene really picked up here."
Brew York New York has put together a craft beer guide for visiting fans from Denver and Seattle. It features recommended brewery stops and bars to visit and links to sites that track constantly updating tap lists. It even warns Broncos fans which local brewmaster is a diehard Seahawks fan.
You can find Brew York New York's guide here: http://brewyorknewyork.com/post/74950465749/the-super-bowl-visitors-guide-to-craft-beer-in-new
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