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t0rin0 (1470) Do Not Resuscitate, California | August 13, 2013| Updated August 20, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Leighton (673) London, England | May 17, 2010
56 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 1/10 OVERALL 8/20
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.
Rastacouere (664) Montreal, Quebec | August 19, 2004
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
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.
theisti (595) Leawood, Kansas | February 1, 2013| Updated September 8, 2014
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
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.
Sammy (577) Toronto, Ontario | October 25, 2011
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 3/10 OVERALL 16/20
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.
rosenbergh (512) Tampere, Finland | August 27, 2012| Updated September 8, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
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.
JoeMcPhee (511) Toronto, ON, Ontario | November 2, 2006| Updated February 23, 2008
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
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.
Lubiere (469) Ottawa, Ontario | January 5, 2012
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 17/20
Bierkraft is an insane cool place, half store, half beer bar, with an excellent beer selection, bottles, taps, growlers to go...and very decent prices for NYC at 5$ a pint. Over 15 taps of goodness. And they have a nice deli corner, with excellent sandwiches (12 inches for 10$ with chips). Free tasting on Tuesdays. A must in NYC!
notalush (364) Denver, Colorado | November 5, 2005
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 10/20
Iím actually more impressed with their cheese and other foods than with their beer - all beer is stored in a wall of coolers that are kept quite cold, which means that if you want to buy anything to cellar, youíre shit out of luck - the prices (on beer and food) are pretty outrageous, too - for example, I saw bombers of Peche Mortel here for 21 bucks, and they had them at American Beer Dist. (just a short drive away) for 15 - also, their website lists far more beers than are actually in stock at any given time - however, their cider selection is probably the most extensive Iíve seen in the area - not really worth a trip.
msante79 (342) Mount Prospect, Illinois | January 23, 2013| Updated January 24, 2013
84 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Kind of surprised this place does not get higher ratings. Small place on 5th in Park Slope. Basically one side is bottle shop and other side is bar/sandwich shop with a growler station in the middle towards the back of store. Kind of like a horseshoe shape. Pretty nice bottle selection and lots of cool beers available for growlers and to drink on the other side. I grabbed a sandwich to go and while it was good I thought $12 was a little much but that seems to be the norm in this neighborhood. They have events every week and will give you samples of anything prior to buying a growler. Also it appears that they brew their own beer so they be serving that soon as well.
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