First off, let me just say that I am a complete sucker for this format of store (primarily a bottle shop, with taps for on-site pints and growler fills). Many of my favorite spots in the US are of this genre, they always seem to attract cool beer people. Slightly below ground, the sotre has coolers all the way to the back on one wall, and rack of beer up front and to the other side. The register / tap station is in the middle, and there are a couple of smaller tables behind. I was happy with a Ballast Point smoked lager and a bit of shopping. Really good vibe, really nice guy working. Selection is certainly below that of New Beer and Whole Foods Bowery nearby, but this place is worth a stop to chill for a few minutes.
88 = ★★★★ (best in area, a must for locals and visitors)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
This is New York City’s version of Bruisin’ Ales. (If you don’t know what Bruisin’ Ales, get thee to Asheville as soon as possible.) smallish beer store in the east village with a ton of American local, regional, and national craft. Everything is available as a single which is awesome. It looks a bit like a New England Packie from ghe outside but when you realize you have the run of the place in additon to 12 shelves they also have 7-9 coolers. Prices ad what you would expect for NY. They also sell growlers with 12 beers on tap. They have tables and you can also buy a pint to drink as you walk around the store and thy have a limits bar food menu. It’s nice to visit places that are all about beer.
GT (672) San Diego, California | September 6, 2011
Cool store with a lot of refrigerator space. Lots of singles...nothing too exciting like what you might score at Bowery Place Whole Foods or New Beer Distributors. For instance, almost no geuze here save for maybe Boon or something. No 3F or Cantillon. Focus is on things like River Horse, Sixpoint, Captain Lawrence, Founders. Prices seemed a little bit higher. $7 Orval bottles for instance. They do have a bar of sorts with some taps for growler fills or drink on premise pints or tasters. Some pretty decent Victory and Southern Tier beers on tap. Lots of weird bottles are stuck in the fridges here, which doesn’t seem necessary. I picked up some IPAs and pilseners that could benefit from the fridge, but they didn’t seem too fresh so I’m not sure what the point is. Cool store, with a lot of fun for new beer geeks especially if you want to mix and match six packs of unrated random stuff. But not a whole lot here that peeked my interest, probably because I am a spoiled snob. So worth stopping by if you are in the area, but on a step below Bowery WF and NBD.
A nice beer shop/drinking hole in the East Village. Lots of coolers and a growler/tap section up front. A few small tables at the back where you can enjoy whatever you’ve purchased. Bought a few cans and enjoyed a pint of IPA while I was here. I like the move I’m seeing in NYC to having places serve as both bottle shops and casual pubs. This does both pretty well.
Nice little shop with a vice that reminds me of a little place that opened up in Rhinebeck about twenty minutes north of me recently. Good selection of bottles, especially for anyone who isn’t the most demanding beer geek (meaning this is a great spot for locals who are just into beer and not ridiculously picky like many of us on RB). Twelve beers on tap for either growler fills or pints or samplers in the store. When I came in there was a party of about six sitting at the table in the back eating and having some samplers and there was a couple seated at one of the front tables doing the same. Prices seemed a bit high for bottles but the growler prices seemed reasonable and I liked that they can do tasting pours and pints. I’m curious how that works since the two places near me that do growler fills and are stores, don’t have that ability.
Nice, smaller beer shop with a really solid rotating tap list for in store consumption and growler fills, as well as a good bottle/can selection. Fairly small store, but what you’d expect considering the location. There’s a few small tables in the back as well. Staff is very friendly and know their beer. Some of the more popular stuff might be held behind the counter, but they usually have a display by the register so you can see what is back there or you can just ask. They keep their list pretty well updates on line as well, which is nice.
Pretty cool little store front that is kind of hard to find if you don’t know what your looking for as it is in a basement like unit. Nice selection for both growler fills and bottles to go. Few tables in back where people were drinking flights and eating cheese. Would be a regular if I lived locally. They did not have a ton of hard to find stuff, but I have a feeling that the good stuff flies off the shelves. They had Cantillon at one point today according to their Facebook page, but was well gone by the time I showed up.
jredmond (297) New York, New York | April 1, 2012| Updated May 4, 2014
Stopped by here for the first time this past weekend. Essentially, a bottle shop with seating area, taps, and flights available of good beer, get it?
Went here with Anne during my stay in NYC in 2011 for the Paleography workshop at Columbia. Great selection of bottles. The staff was knowledgeable and pointed me in the direction of several good east coast brews.