Actually a combo gourmet sausage/cheese/chocolate shop with an nice array of beer in a row of convenience store fridges in the first prong of this bizarrely "U" shaped store. Basically most everything is sold by the bottle, and as far as 12 oz American micros, usually at an inflated price--$1.80-$2.75 (though I never inquired if I could by a "six" of anything for an overall reduced price. However, they seem to get new releases in faster than anyone else, and there is a pretty good diverse and well stocked selection in the predominant European sections. Still, the American shelves tend to be duplicative of most supermarkets, thus taking up space for possibly rarer available micros. The growler service, which I never yet availed myself to, seems to be the pull here. Several, at least eight well chosen and rotating regional choices are available. Great deal for those in the immediate neighborhood.
Fairly good selection but not as good as American Beer Dist. though...some rarities were there for sure.
JoeMcPhee (531) 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.
Zeswaft (115) Seattle, Washington | October 29, 2006| Updated June 5, 2007
right on, nhorween took me here. Somewhat cramped U-shaped store. one side of the store lined with coolers of beer on the left and half open cases, bombers and snacks. selection is terrific. tons of east coast stuff. then random but quality selections of everything west, eg. goose island, oskar blues. Had an eclectic selection of europians and a great selection of belgians. prices? other than the $4.25 i spent on a can of oskar blues gordon, they seemed reasonable. of course iíve been in philadelphia for the last 2 months so singles are ~2x what they are in illinois. they had take out of growlers of some pretty fantastic beers i rarely see on tap, if ever. other side of the store is totally gourmet with probably 100 different cheeses and some great meats. the guy in the beer section was excellent-eager and knowledgeable, but everyone else was terrible slow and dull.
Amazing store in park slope. Offers a truely outstanding variety of beers. They are ordered by country or region and are priced normaly. Its tough to shop around for a beer but $10.50 seemed a little much for the Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA.
They also have a large cheese and chocolate selection. Check this place out if youíre in the area.
When I first went here I talked to the owner (Richard) for a while. He knows his stuff. I had a cheese sample as well. Has a nice single bottle selection, but itís VERY OVER PRICED, and the rest of the staff isnít all that great (especially the fat guy who specializes in cheese, heís a real winner...) All-in-all, goes else where when in Brooklyn like American Beer.
Really nice place with good service. Some really good finds to be had there (and they deliver to Manhattan, which rocks). The other side of the store is all gourmet food and cheeses, really good stuff. I got a sandwich there when I was on the way out, and it was super tasty. Really amazing selection of cheeses too. Free tastings every tuesday, if I understood them right, and they provide free beer samples that they pair with cheese.
(07.03.06) I visited this Brooklyn site and was astounded by the wall of refrigeration holding a huge collection of high quality bottled microbrew beers from breweries such as Southampton, Smuttynose, Stoudts, Weyerbacher, Heavyweight, etc.. Many imported bottled beers as well. There was also a section where you can purchase growlers of draft beers from Six Point and other breweries. The store also had an amazing selection of gourmet cheeses and chocolates. High quality stuff. Very knowledgeable staff. I spent an enjoyable hour speaking with an employee named Ben who really knew his beers and then another few hours studying their beers. I could live in this place. A must for all beer geeks.
Not the largest selecgtion, but amazingly well picked. More Normandy style ciders then Iíve ever seen. Only complaint was not enough warm selections. But great if you are buying for immediate gratification. Great selections of cheeses and meats. Killer chocolate selections. Helpful staff. Prices are not bad for NYC.
Very big selection of micros and imports. all sinlges are kept in coolers for imediate consumption. They have about 8 taps of some good brews to get your growler filled. Also had some, what I was told, was the owners homebrew that he lets people taste from time to time. too bad he wasnt there at the time. Large cheese, meat and fine chocolate sections too. Good looking beer store, though a little pricey.
Been here once to buy buy some cheese. They have a nice cheese and beer selection. Its a bit expensive though. They have a good selection of beer bottles. Lots of belgians here too. Nice knowledgable, helpful and friendly staff.