As other people have noted, the cask beer is expensive. It is also not something that one would necessarily write home about. The view from the roof is pretty great. The crowd, coming from someone who lives in Brooklyn, is very much not my people. The bartenders seemed pretty chill and were playing good electronic music. Downstairs, you can buy a bunch of Baladin and DFH beer in bottle format. It ainít cheap down there. I havenít at the food on the roof, but I can only imagine that it is quite tasty. You can definitely get beers here that are hard or impossible to get elsewhere.
Probably the most desired place on my must visit list in the last few months. Large place, neatly furnished, but it lacks of some coziness that small places do have. Selection is great, but quite pricey, of course. My experience with staff was positive, but I saw some cocky waiters, too. When in NYC, it should be necessary stop...
very cool place. had 3 cask beers, different and experimental DFH type beers. cheese & meat plate were superb. interesting B.united dominated bottle list
t0rin0 (1529) Do Not Resuscitate, California | August 13, 2013| Updated August 20, 2013
Visited May, 2012.
So I heard about a brewery that had opened in New York that was a collaboration of three big name breweries. I had to check it out. The restaurant and brewery are on the roof top which is pretty cool. The roof is mostly enclosed with glass that can be opened but still allows you to look out over the city if itís raining (like it was while I was there). The food was good albeit extremely expensive. A taster (large taster) of each of the three house beers plus some various cheeses and meats was well over $50. The beer was all as Iíve come to expect from Italian beer, namely weird and not really to any one particular style. These beers all had strange ingredients in them like various nuts and spices. Unfortunately the IPA was out at the time. If you have the money to spend this place can be fun but youíre going for the atmosphere and experience and not for the beer. Also, it takes about an hour to get a table and you cant go up the elevator until they call you. That said, there is a deli/grocery store downstairs and several places to have a glass of wine downstairs. If youíre into the wine and cheese thing killing time downstairs may be just as much fun as upstairs.
Finally made it up here. Awesome space and itís touristy but not cheesy. Cool Italian brews and inspired brews. Food is delicious although I prefer some of downstairs locales. Waitress was kinda odd duck but oh well. Pretty cool place u should check out if visiting for experience.
I really donít understand some of the reviews. You canít compare apples to oranges...and I wouldnít compare La Birreria to say my favorite beer bar...the Blind Tiger. Yes this place is expensive...itís a brewery sitting on the roof over the top Italian tourist market in NYC...on Madison Square Park...with a glass roof that opens for goodness sakes! That canít be cheap to do. Yes it gets crowded (see above where I mention the glass roof and brewery in the same room). As for something from DFH or Italy...címon...this is an amazing colaboration between Sam C. and the owners of two of Italyís best craftbrewers...Baladin and Birra del Borgo. We have Sam to thank for this...he is the one who partnered with them and helped make this all possible. He then purposely took a back seat stylewise to showcase the new Italian craftbeer styles. Yes these beers are different...but itís great to have the chance to try them...and to get them exposed to a decerning NYC craftbeer crowd. I highly recommend this place. If you are a craftbeer fan...come early on a Sat or Sun afternoon to avoid the crowds (or a weekday if you are playing tourist). The food is amazing.(make sure you try the beer and apricot pork shoulder).
Stopped in here for lunch while visiting NYC. Really cool spot but I wish there was a view. Food was awesome but kind of pricey. Nice beer selection with lots of bottles. The bottles were very expensive. I had a bottle that was really over carbonated so we were comped a free beer. If given the opportunity, Iíll be back to this spot.
Visited on Sat. evening, we were lucky to get a table. As a beer geek that visited Italy several times, I was sure to see great Italian draft selection but was disappointed. Expensive place, some pints cost $10, bottles even more. Food is also expensive but very tasty. You can have a flight of the local brewed cask beers. I also found it very odd they have Moretti on draft - thatís not really craft.