t0rin0 (1529) Do Not Resuscitate, California | August 13, 2013| Updated August 20, 2013
Visited February 2009 and again in May, 2012.
My first visit here was a bit depressing as we had flown out to see Les Paul play (timing it around EBF in Boston) but the day of the show, while we wandering around in Brooklyn, the venue called to cancel the reservation since Les had fallen the night before and hurt himself. Bedridden he caught pneumonia and died a few months laterÖ As for Bierkraft they had a nice selection of bottles and the sandwiches were good but we couldnít eat it there and while they had several taps to choose from they wouldnít let us drink anything there. The taps were only for growlers.
My second trip was in 2012 and since my first visit theyíve gotten the appropriate licensing to serve beer. Theyíve also added some tables and some counters. It was late when I arrived so there werenít a lot of people in there but it was still fairly busy. No ticks to try so I got a Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale and hung out for a bit. Iím told that theyíre in the process of getting a license to brew beer there too which would be pretty interesting. Nice place with a good beer selection.
Fun place. This was my last stop on a days crawl around Brooklyn so feeling slightly hazy and in need for food grabbed a tasty roast beef sandwich. I also ordered a pour of beer but canít remember what. Thereís a selection of bottles available in the fridges that can be perused through as well.
Way overpriced. I visited but did not buy anything. Selection is great and they have a strong draft lineup for growlers, but the price-gauging is almost criminal. They are definitely capitalizing on the popularity of craft beer and the up-and-coming affluence of Brooklyn. You will likely pay about 30% more for bottled beer at Bierkraft than at other stores. For rarer beers that cannot be found at other stores, Biekraft might be the best option, but for the more common stuff go elsewhere. I cannot comment on the food as I did not purchase any of that either.
theisti (774) Kansas | February 1, 2013| Updated September 8, 2014
Visited late afternoon on a Tuesday. Interesting layout to the place, fairly narrow when you enter with a long bench against the wall, picnic tables, and seats across. Had a coffee house vibe to it, almost. As you walk towards the back, the food is on the right, and the taps are to your left. The coolers of beer are around the corner from the taps. When I visited, there were about 5 people there, but I can imagine this place and get jammed and crowded pretty quick. The 10 or so taps are well chosen, and the bottle selection was well above average. Knowledgeable (though some what aloof) staff, pastrami sandwich I had was fine (bread was a touch stale). Overall, another really great beer geek hang out.
88 = ★★★★ (best in area, a must for locals and visitors)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
Visited with local celebrity and all-around good egg BLADT, so my experience may differ from most visitors. Bierkraftís a nice hybrid shop/bar/sandwich joint. The bottle selection wasnít massive, but included some fun stuff such as several bottles of 10/11 Tilquin. The draft selections were almost entirely local, and included some beers that I had to add to the database. I settled on a hoppy number from Other Half and was pretty impressed. The prices for drafts werenít bad considering the area. The staff seemed like they had a good sense of humor. Overall, a good spot for local beer geeks.
A dozen of big doors full of craft brews. No place for crap here. Very friendly owner. Probably the only place to find southampton imperial porter these days. they also had the grand cru, saison, old herb and double white. Whole lou pepe line up. Nice cider line-up. Not too distinctive except for the southamptons ultimately, well very distinctive, but I prefer new beer distributors selection and their prices are generally 33% lower. Deus was 30$ here, achel extra was 17, fruit lou pepes were 27, southamptons 750s are 14, celebrator was 4.50! Still, if you pass through brooklyn, Iíd say this is a good stop, but itís so close to american beer distributors which Iíve not seen that Iíd go there first. Next time I hit NY, I think I wonít bother and just stay in manhattan with superbly located New Beers distributor.
Finally made it down, you need a car to do this. Grat selection of hard-to-find bottles, but you pay up. Prices were 10-42% higher so that my $240 bottle tab was roughly $60 premium over careful shopping. The plus side is getting barrel aged bottles and new releases available in NY state at one go. The growlers were a good deal, they were out of everything I wanted from checking the site the day before. Still got a decent pilsner. New casks arriving, and they do let you buy a glass before you buy a cask. Narrowish space, with a food takeout area and the use of a washroom.
Amazing place. Beerstore and pub combined. You can buy beers from the fridges on bottles or get it from the taps (15 or so taps). Rare and goods ones. I like this place a lot. The music was very loud but thatís the only negative...
Not the cheapest place.
Quirky fun little craftbeer bar, bottle shop, and sandwich shop in Park Slope. They definitely have some great beers on tap here...including a couple of cask ales...for drinking on premises or taking home in growlers (as well as the large selection of bottles & cans). During my recent visit I was able to enjoy Troegs Nugget Nectar on "cask" no less as well as Wild Beer M.O. The food is good...I had the bratwurst...but I hear the sandwichs are great. The place is small and can definitely get crowded...and not just the communal seating area...but also the area around the small draft dispenser and payment area. All in all a worthwhile place to checkout.
JoeMcPhee (532) Toronto, ON, Ontario | November 2, 2006| Updated February 23, 2008
Great organization, with loads of stuff all kept in deli fridges. The Belgian selection is very good with quite a few items that I hadnít seen anywhere else. The light could be dimmed a bit, but really not bad. Prices are terrible though. I only picked up a few things that I couldnít find anywhere else. Great selection of cheese, bread, and deli meats though, so Iím not complaining. If youíre in the neighborhood, itís a great place to pick up a nice midday snack to be washed down with a nice beer. Despite the price, itíll still cost less than going to a restaurant. The counterpressurized growler fills are a pretty solid deal and the selection there is usually a nice mix of moderately priced locals along with a few imports. The folks here are quite friendly and like talking shop which is always nice.