There's no shame in showing up to a barbecue with a six-pack. But to get noticed, present a growler of draft beer—stuff you won't find in bottles or cans—from one of these hot spots, and get ready for the invites to roll in.
Marlow & Sons
Plow through some charcuterie while a bearded barman sets you up with the Sixpoint Righteous Rye, a robust, nutty beer from the cult brewery.
81 Broadway, 718-384-1441; marlowandsons.com
Stop by this neighborhood gem for an afternoon of soccer and decked-out sandwiches—then grab a jug of Russian River Pliny to go.
708 NW 65th St., 206-453-4527; thedray.com
21st Amendment Brewery
Order a house staple like Golden Doom or one of the experimental beers like, say, a stout brewed on-site with Hog Island oyster shells.
563 Second St., 415-369-0900; 21st-amendment.com