The Bier Abbey | Schenectady, New York
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The Bier Abbey
Excellent based on 9 ratings
Type: Bar

613 Union St
Schenectady, New York United States 12305 [ print map ]
518 388 8597

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Hours: Mon - Thu 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM; Fri - Sat 12:00 PM - 2:00 AM; Sun 11:30 AM - 9:00 PM


Mayor: Marheb (1) | Taps: 30 | Bottles: 20


The Bier Abbey

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Beer Available At The Bier Abbey (arranged by most recent)
Against the Grain Cutty Can’t Hang! 46, 18th Street / Against The Grain Killewitte 68, Petrus Aged Red 74, Rushing Duck Nimptopsical 74, Amager/Against The Grain The Great, Big Kentucky Sausage Fest 92, Against the Grain The Brown Note 86, Hof Ten Dormaal BA Project 2013 (Blond Ale) No. 8 Port Charlotte 45, Omnipollo Nebuchadnezzar IIPA 99, Wittekerke 47, Jack’s Abby Lashes 89, The Peekskill Brewery’s Simple Sour 94
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9 reviews for The Bier Abbey
 Ambiance  87%
 Service  88%
 Selection  91%
 Food  87%
 Value  80%
 Overall  88%
 Rating  93%


90
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Chad9976  (33) Albany, New York | July 9, 2014
Probably the best place in the Capital District for beer. 30 taps (one of which is a cask) and always top shelf choices. Plenty of great American craft beers and Belgians. You’ll see the must-have beers of the moment here like Evil twin, Jack’s Abbey, New England Beer Co., Maine Beer Co, etc.

Ilove the church-theme decor. Many of the tables are literal church pews, the stain glass is nice. There’s a big TV in the back great for MNF and other sporting events but this is far from a sports bar.

The food menu is pretty standard fare. I’ve had everything on it and nothing has disappointed. The Abbey burger is probably the best, and the pastrami is surprisingly good. Not a fan of the fries, though.

The service, while friendly, is usually slow, unless you sit at the bar. The staff knows more about beer than most places, so you wont hear generic terms like "it’s a dark beer".

The best thing about The Bier Abbey is that they allow 4oz pours of everything on the menu, for $2-$4 per beer. Everything’s available in 10, 12 or 16oz pours and ALWAYS in the appropriate glassware. Rare you’ll see a shaker glass here (unless you order water or soda). They supposedly have a selection of bottles and cans, but the draught menu is so good who needs it unless you’re getting something really rare and expensive to go (like a Swiss sour, for example).

Expect to pay a pretty penny, here (but it’s worth it). I usually drop $30-$40 on myself alone, so a date can be quite pricey. Technically family/kid friendly, but there’s nothing on the menu kids would like except maybe the chicken fingers.
92
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
mfp13jr  (34) Glenville, New York | April 5, 2014
Can’t beat a bar that allows you 4 oz pours....for anything on tap. Service is usually excellent, with knowledgeable staff. Food is well above average for a bar. The tap list is everchanging with plenty of selections from kolsch to Sour Rye....
96
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
Mep3222  (30) East Greenbush, New York | March 15, 2014
This is a great find. Loves the food. Had apps and they were mind blowing. Really good food. And the beer list is grand. Lots of great beers on tap, and a very unique cool atmosphere. I am glad we went and I will for sure go back. Great place!!
86
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
Marheb  (105) Montréal, Quebec | December 2, 2013
Un petit arrêt après la chasse aux BCBS, 30 tap avec au moins 20 de vraiment intéressantes. La bouffe a mis un temps fou à se pointer mais le service au bar était impeccable. Belle variété dans les styles et provenance des bières en fût. Ambiance de pub irlandais.
86
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
JaBier  (87) Capital City, Ohio | July 5, 2013
Stopped in for food and beers on 7/1/13. Cool place in an old house. Had some interesting one-offs, including Imperial Biscotti Break Decicco version. The cheese plate had some delicious cheeses and olives and the portions were generous, wwhich is surprising for a cheese plate. Service was attentive and friendly.
88
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 18/20
Sregnar35  (13) Rotterdam, New York | June 23, 2013
Great place, 30 solid taps, great facebook updates, menu is solid but could be more adventurous.
96
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
AdamJackson  (186) Enfield, New Hampshire | March 25, 2013
I REALLY loved this place. The food was top notch. Quality cheese and smoked meats as well as chicken tenders made from scratch. The sauces are all made in house as well. Prices were fair considering the fact this place doesn’t use frozen processed foods and a deep fryer. They go the extra mile. Tap list was extensive and always changing. I was there from 2PM to 2AM with 7 friends and they took very good care of us. They also have free open WiFi.
86
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
swoopjones  (305) Buffalo, New York | January 22, 2013
Very nice spot. In an old row house. Great ambiance. Church pews look great. 30 taps all of high quality. Lots of Belgian ales on tap, DuPont, kasteel, unibroue to name a few. American micros are also well represented. Great friendly service. Stop by if in the area
80
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
moocow9386  (11) New Haven, Connecticut | January 1, 2013
They had about 30 beers on their tap list menu. A pretty good variety--maybe about half domestic, half imports (mostly Belgian) over a wide range of style. The bartenders and waitresses were knowledgeable and attentive. One major plus on the value side is that they offer smaller pours for $3-4, which is great if you just want to taste a wide variety of beers. I didn’t order any food, so I can’t comment on that. Would come back.

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