Pickle Shack

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Photographer: Lauren Spinelli

Fried hop pickle at Pickle Shack

Photographer: Lauren Spinelli

Pickle Shack


Brooklyn Brine and Dogfish Head Brewery come together for this cuke-centric Gowanus pub. The artisanal pickle makers—who’ve partnered with the Delaware beer buffs on their Hop Pickle since 2012—exclusively serve eight Dogfish suds at the 35-seat nook. You’ll find tap regulars like Indian Brown Ale and Raison D’Être, and Dogfish owner Sam Caliagione hooks up his infuser to two draft lines at the bar, flavoring the beer with French lavender, citrusy Amarillo hops or a coriander-cumin spice blend. But brews aren’t just relegated to the tap—the Brine team also uses them to flavor pickles and condiments, including a barbecue sauce spiked with 90 Minute IPA and onions caramelized in Palo Santo Marron. Fried pickles, cheese plates and sandwiches round out the offerings. In between gherkin-eating and pint-chugging, you can play a few rounds of bocce in the 40-seat backyard.

Venue name: Pickle Shack
Address: 256 Fourth Ave
Cross street: between Carroll and President Sts
Opening hours: Daily 11am–11pm
Transport: Subway: R to Union St
Price: Average beer: $6. AmEx, Disc, MC, V

Average User Rating

4.5 / 5

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Stephen A

Crown these peeps the new king of the New York City veggie burger. The fries were also brilliantly seasoned as well.  Friendly service is the gemstone in their crown.

Jason S

Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA on Draft! Always.  You can hardly ever find this amazing beer on tap.  Don't drink too many or you will be stumbling all the way back to your apartment.  The Pickle Shack also carries a variety of local craft beers -- making this bar a must for beer drinkers.  They only serve vegetarian dishes so don't expect to soak up your drinks with a cheeseburger.  Instead, compliment your drinking with one of their seasonal pickle plates or housemade kimchi.  The wait staff is friendly and knowledgable.  This place is quickly becoming my go-to when I'm hanging out in Gowanus.