Fall’s Beer Bars and Breweries Go Big

By Joshua M. Bernstein

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New York will get a two-story brewery, a maritime-themed brew pub and more.

Now that New York City’s beer boom has brought thriving breweries, taprooms and beer bars to every borough, new places may have to offer a little something extra to get attention. Some of this fall’s openings will do just that: a sprawling food-hall bar with a long, global beer list; a maritime-themed brew pub with a community events space; a two-story brewery with a cocktail lounge and live music; and a brewery using a yeast strain found in a Brooklyn park.

Inside the Market Line food hall and marketplace on the Lower East Side — a 150,000 square-foot space, opening in October as part of the Essex Crossing development — the Grand Delancey is the first New York City bar from Neighborhood Restaurant Group, which operates beer bars in Washington, D.C., including ChurchKey. The Grand Delancey will have a menu of 50 draft beers from local breweries like Grimm Artisanal Ales in Brooklyn and respected producers like Hill Farmstead in Vermont. There will also be British cask ales and European pilsners, lagers and saisons that are rarely seen on this side of the Atlantic.

“We’re aiming to show the full spectrum of beer flavor,” said Greg Engert, the group’s beer director and a managing partner.

Each beer will be served at its ideal temperature — 42, 48 or 54 degrees — in one of a dozen styles of glasses, accentuating aromatics and taste. Given the large, diverse list, the Grand Delancey’s bar staff will offer recommendations and steer patrons toward marketplace food pairings. Customers can bring in food from Market Line vendors, including dim sum from Nom Wah and sausages from Schaller & Weber.