First visit (amazingly enough) in early March, 2007. OK first of all the negatives: this beer list, while very, very good, isn’t anything better than what I’ve seen at Monks or Eulogy (Philly), Hop Leaf (Chicago) or a couple of other places that are slipping my mind now. If you’re a seriously experienced beer taster, you probably aren’t going to find much that’s new.
Now the good stuff: the service was very friendly and attentive, despite the ridiculous crowd when we first entered (Saturday night); the prices are really quite reasonable by NY standards, most bottles not really more than you’d pay in Chicago and they had some excellent pints (20 oz I believe) for $5. And the ambiance, the feel of the place...it’s really hard to put into words; THIS is what a small, out-of-the-way big city beer bar should be. I was not at all blown away on entering; but somehow by the time I left, I was missing the place already.
I was surprised at the size of the pub was given its reputation. It probably sits less than 50 people. We went there on a busy Friday night and ended-up sitting on the floor. Far from an art-deco place this is a very casual pub that feels like being in someone’s apartment. Cool patio in the back. Clientele (at least on a Friday night) is late-20s and seemed more like yuppies than beer geeks. Beer menu is all you’ve heard and then some. The bottle list is almost as impressive as what the best beer bars from oversee (Kulminator and friends) have to offer. No fillers, just great beers. The tap list was great too. Rather pricey but worth it. A must.
This is my favorite beer bar in NY, and I would have to say that the courtyard in the back has alot to do with that. It’s a great place to relax with good friends and great beer. The selection here has been well documented and I was not dissapointed either of the two times I have been here. Lots of rare bottles that you will not find anywhere else, easily at least. The atmosphere is very eclectic, the service is great. Their meat and cheese platters pair well with the beers they serve. A must for any ratebeer member or beer geek that is in the NYC area.
Aeneas (3) Port Jefferson Station, New York | November 6, 2006
Simply the best beer bar in NY! The small size and relative isolation of Spuyten make it really a niche bar. They have 6 taps and a cask and an incredible bottle selection of hard to find beers from around the world. The bartenders are friendly and very knowledgable about their beers. Spuyten serves light fare including meat and cheese plates, olives and some sweets, all of which serve to compliment the beer. If you’re in NYC and miss this one, you should not forgive yourself!
Quaint ambiance, dimly lit and old-time decor. The bottle list is the most impressive here. They have rare Lambics, and some vintages. They have a selection of cheeses and olives (for those who like that stuff) There are only six taps, but they are usually something worth while. A bar that has a carefully picked selection.
No sign on the door or anything....crazy...I thin kthe ambiance was awesome and the selection great...just a ton of great Belgian beers...I was pissed they didn’t have Cantillon Sputen Duyvil that I could buy though...real pissed.
Une expérience tout simplement hallucinante! Des bières incroyables, des fromages savoureux, une ambiance du tonnerre avec une clientèle relax et cool, des employés sympathiques qui connaissent admirablement bien la bière, bref, un endroit INCONTOURNABLE. Seule critique : peu être un peu cher, mais pour de la qualité, j’imagine qu’il n’y a pas de prix...
Merci à Aaron pour m’avoir fait découvrir de nouvelles bière et pour avoir été si sympathique.
This place is like a belgian gold mine tucked into a corner of Brooklyn. You will find stuff here that you have only read about. Bring a friend or make some there for the 750’s. Very rare gems on tap. They do serve cheese plates if you need a nosh. Very hip of thrift store decor, this one is a keeper.
JoeMcPhee (531) Toronto, ON, Ontario | March 22, 2006| Updated October 9, 2010
I decided to update the rating for this place since I really do think it’s slipped a lot. The prices have really gotten out of hand and the owners/bartenders have made a habit out of avoiding contact/service and anything that would involve them actually serving you. There is still a great selection of top notch bottles, but you’ll pay for them. There are a whole lot of spots I’d rather spend my time and money at. Too bad because this place really used to be the shit.
Definitely one of the cooler beer bars I’ve been to. Long bar, six taps, smallish seating area that kind of reminds of Smokeless Joe’s. Loads of beer in bottles, well cared for and carefully selected. Prices seemed pretty fair to me (although I could drop a ton on all the Cantillon in here). Only thing served is beer or cheese... a winning combo in my opinion. Definitely the friendliest clientele I’ve ever met, lots of bottles were getting passed around the bar for both friends and complete strangers. Visited with beastiefan2k and dickinsonbeer and had a very good first night in NY.
beastiefan2k (245) HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland | March 21, 2006| Updated July 26, 2011
I just got back from the best bar in the world. Got to say hi to Dickinsonbeer and Joe McPhee, with whom I enjoyed this great spot. I have to give a full 15 for selection to this bar. The have a good amount of beer and most importantly they have hard to find brews, which to me is a 15. The service was very good, the bartenders knew their beer. The owner is a great guy. I got to bring my own Alesmith Wee Heavy (Thanks Clark VV) in for a few people to try out. I had the following to drink: Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock (not actually distributed in NY), Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel (don’t think this beer is actually distributed in America), Avery Mephistopheles Stout, and a few others. Had some cheese (all good lots of choice), enjoyed beer with fellow ratebeerians and other beer geeks there. Its a geat place all around and I gave it a 19 overall because othing is perfect but htis is as close as it gets. The interior is a collection of stuff bought from a whole bunch of garage sales, and old bottles of beer ( I mean some really old bottles). From the outside seems a little dingy but that just adds to the ambiance. This is definitly the #1 bar in NYC if not the rest of the world. For example, random Monday they were holding a mini Bock-festival because it was the first day of Spring. Had a bunch of different bocks on tap and bottled. Original score 92. Used to love, has declined in quality and grown in cost.