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.
more beers in the cold case than I have ever seen. prices are very expensive. just for kicks I looked at the scaldis prestige - $62.50!!!!! but you can get things like a sixpoint bolshoi and other rarities because not everyone in brooklyn/park slope is willing to pay that much for a beer. but if they hop on the craft beer bandwagon look out. the attached gourmet cheese/chocolate shop kicks ass, that is the way a beer store should be! you can also get a growler filled of whatever they have on tap (usually around 8 taps?)
Here is the deal there are 3 beer stores in NYC and they each have a different bright spot. BierKraft is more of a beer geek store. They know whats rare, they know whats wanted and they know they can charge a bit more for it. Its a U shaped store, one side beer in coolers, the other side gourmet food (cheese, sweets, meats) and some taps in the middle. They definitly carry beers that are rarier than either of the other 2 stores. The will charge more for them as well. For example: 2003 WWS (10.50), í02 Old Crusty (6.50), singles of Rammstein WInter Wheat (2.25), Peche Mortel (21). But you will go here if you really want something thats not available in the other 2 stores and you are willing to pay a bit more for. The staff were really helpful when I was there. Pulled stuff out of the cellar for me, told me what they got coming, and tried to convince me that the fridges donít affect any of the beer. we talked about stuff e like and so on. Numerous hard to find belgians as well.
Bierkraft has over 700 different beers. Over 600 are in coolers, and around 80 are kept on warm shelves. There are also six beers on tap-not available in bottle-that rotate about twice a week. These are available in pressure filled growlers that stay fresh for weeks. There are no beers from breweries that have closed down, or beers that have expired. I recommend checking expiration dates at all other beer stores.
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.
A small store with friendly staff, and an entire wall of beer refrigerators, full lines of rogue, dogfish head, and a wide range of belgians. Also has organic produce, chocolate. Havenít been to ABC, but have made trips here from queens to pick up a few things I havenít seen anywhere else.
Not far from American Beer Distributors which has a very good selection at far lower prices. Worth checking out however, if ABD fails to turn up what you are looking for and you must have a particular item.
In addition to the wall fo coolers with all the beers, are meats, cheeses, and other gourmet items at equally high prices as the beer.
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.
Bierkraft is the place to go for bottled beer if you want to pay more for cooler-kept beer that is exotic. Bierkraft is particularly strong with Belgian rarities like Cantillon, Fantome, and assorted other 750ml bottles that I donít generally buy but rather gape at in awe. Bierkraftís run by an ex-investment banker (Merrill) whose wife runs the cheese/chocolate side of the store, which is attached. Bierkraftís beer buyer is knowledgeable and they have a shifting rotation of US micros (many obscure NJ brands are represented like Ramstein and Ramapo Valley). This store carries exotic ciders (about six varieties, like Farnum Hill). In addition, Bierkraft has that hard-to-get lambic. IMHO, of the three major NYC bottle shops (New Beer, American Beer, and Biercraft), Biercraft is equally deserving of your time. Iíd call it a 3-way tie.