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Your favorite local microbreweries are crafting some of the best beer you've never heard of.

That's because these beers can't be bought at bars or bodegas. To create finely tuned food pairings, several restaurants have partnered with breweries to craft exclusive, one-of-a-kind beers.

Though crafted with food in mind, these five unique brews are equally good on their own:

Fette Sau Gnaw on this BBQ paradise's meaty ribs while sipping Brooklyn-based Kelso's Fette Sauv pale ale (pictured, $6 a pint), which receives a fruity kick from Sauvignon Blanc yeast used in the brewing process. 354 Metropolitan Ave. (between Havemeyer and Roebling sts.), Brooklyn; 718-963-3404 or fettesaubbq.com

Per Se and Bouchon Bakery Thomas Keller commissioned Brooklyn Brewery to craft the sweetly raisin-hinted, Belgian-style Blue Apron Ale ($22 for a 750 ml bottle) for his restaurants. Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle (at Broadway); perseny.com or bouchonbakery.com

Lil' Frankie's Pop by this East Village pizza joint for a garden seat, a pie and a pint of its eponymous snappy, spicy pale ale ($6 a pint), brewed by Brooklyn's Sixpoint Craft Ales. 19 First Ave. (between First and Second sts.); 212-420-4900 or lilfrankies.com

Shake Shack Match a greasy burger with Brooklyn Brewery's custom-made ShackMeister ($5.25 a pint). This easy-drinking amber ale is smooth and balanced, with a biscuity malt backbone. Madison Square Park (23rd St. at Madison Ave.); 212-889-6600 and 366 Columbus Ave. (at 77th St.); 646-747-8770 or shakeshack.com

Press 195 (This restaurant is now closed) Swing by this Park Slope sandwich shop for a floral Outrage ($5.50 a pint), a bold, hoppy IPA brewed by loyal Press customer Kenny Landin in conjunction with Butternuts brewery. 195 Fifth Ave. (between Berkeley Pl. and Union St.), Brooklyn; 718-857-1950 or press195.com

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Fette Sau 354 Metropolitan Ave New York NY 11211 718-963-3404 Time Warner Center 10 Columbus Circle New York NY 212-823-9335 Lil' Frankie's 19 1st Ave. New York NY 10003 212-420-4900 Shake Shack 366 Columbus Ave. New York NY 10024 646-747-8770
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