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$$ - reasonable
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167 Chrystie St
phone: (212) 260-4360
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $
By far the best beer store i've ever been to. I few blocks from the well-known whole foods, the one with the "beer room" but ten times the store. Very, very rare beers from all over and everything is reasonably priced.
Also, it's the only place that allows the purchase of individual bottles and cans, no matter the size or how it was originally packaged.
Since whole foods started offering growlers, New Beer does as well.
Many of the employees are not beer people, it's a real distributor, but the two owners are knowledgible enough.
The place also has a good selection of glassware.
07-14-2009 13:37:28 |
More by david18
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
I found out about New Beer from my brother. First time I went there I had a good time checking out the selection but the 6 pm closing kept me away for awhile. I finally got the chance to really check out the beer and the prices were reasonable. On some beers they were well below average. The siblings who own the place are really nice.
The set up is organized,but the basement feel is unavoidable.I know they want to expand and get some new shelves,fridges,taps and create an experience for the beer consumer,but the economy presents a problem. Survival is more important.
Harry is one half of the ownership and he knows his beers,he may not always have the words to describe every single beer but he has tried them all and he is a purist at heart. His sister is blessed with a great palate and an appreciation of beer that is outstanding. They make a great team and they really believe in Beer advocacy.
They are always helpful and willing to listen to you. I myself end up talking way too much,but it is because I am so happy to be there and knowing how this place is just a haven for beer lovers. They are only going to get better and we will see that happen.
Notes: If you are used to fancy set ups and and air conditioning with bright light then you may feel an adjustment is at hand,yet the finds will be worth it. They are currently working on getting a/c by next year and while costly it will be a great investment because on hot days the beer suffers and so do the customers. I like the place and the crew, but the change is a necessity and for New Beer to prosper this will need to happen.
AND NO, DO NOT MENTION THE BEERS THAT YOU WISH THEY COULD HAVE FROM TIME TO TIME. THEY FOLLOW ALL DISTRIBUTION LAWS.PERIOD!
08-02-2009 23:10:13 |
More by Lexluthor33
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
New Beer is the best beer store I've encountered to date -- I've never seen such a wide variety of beers in one place. It offers a no-frills beer buying experience in what basically amounts to a warehouse.
New arrivals generally come in on the first shelf to your left as you walk into the store, and the selection is arranged by country of origin after that. I think they have a great mix of domestic/local beers as well as imports.
While the owner may not always be walking around the store, he always asks if there's anything he can do to help when he walks past you. His offer is always genuine, too -- he's even called a distributor on the spot to ask a question for me.
Some people may consider New Beer a bit pricey, but I think it's reasonable given its location in Manhattan. The beers here are usually significantly cheaper (and never more expensive) than at the Whole Foods beer store just up the block.
09-04-2011 23:21:41 |
More by schlimenhaumer
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
A "must-try" for any BA in the area, or if you aren't in the area, then get in the area! Extremely reasonable prices for amazing brews. This place has numerous bottles that are world class (and in the top 100 on BA) such as Southampton Publick House Grand Cru and plenty of AGED Cantillion bottles.
Service is the key here. These guys were so helpful it was crazy. I was actually asked "What other beers would I like to see here besides what they had?" After picking my jaw up off the sidewalk, I replied that their selection is good enough to make this BlitheringIdiot cry in his Old Herb Barley wine that I picked up for $5.
Selection is tight but vast at the same time. Any BA geek (like me) would be flabergasted at the selection. You can't walk out of here poorer monetarily and richer beerwise. It's impossible!
Went again today and again, excellent all around. Plenty of Cantillon, Rogue, Stone, Goose Island, Belgians, Germans, you name it and every beer bottle is clearly priced. Prices are practically a bargain, too.
12-11-2005 03:46:45 |
More by blitheringidiot
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $
Me and my brother visited New Beer Distributors in September-October 2007 and being from Sweden and loving American beers (Stone Brewery, Great Divide, Southern Tier etc) it was like coming to heaven! The selection was fantastic and all the people I talked to was very friendly and service minded.
I would highly recommend a visit if you are in New York and are searching for a great place to shop high quality beer! (I bought Stone Double Arrogant Bastard, Dog Fish Head World Wide Stout, 90 Min IPA and Raison D'Etre, Southern Tiers Big Red, Unearthly and Imperial Oatmeal Stout (which I was recommended by one of the staff) and Great Divides Hercules DIPA.
11-22-2007 21:21:31 |
More by Mackanl
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $
This place is amazing. Possibly the best beer store Ive ever been to.
Its located in a cavernous warehouse style space on the edge of Chinatown. When you enter through the garage style door, a cashier booth greets you on the left. Some beer and some sodas fill 6 coolers to your right. Further on you find a growler refilling station with around 8 taps surrounded by many aisles of beer. They have tonnes of American and Belgian beers and a good international mix. Stone, Dogfish, Sierra Nevada, Rogue and Avery are all very well represented, as are many other American craft breweries. Prices are very reasonable, 5.50 for Stone bombers, 3.95 for Founders Breakfast Stout, 6 bucks for Southern Tier Krampus bombers or unearthly bombers.
The service is very good, I think this place is family operated and the guy who helped me out was awesome. Very honest, telling me as often not to buy something as to buy something. He was knowledgeable as well with lots of good recommendations and answers to all my questions.
When I left, two blocks away from the store, I heard someone yelling 'hey buddy', it was the guy with a bottle of beer that I had forgotten while getting caught up in the beer talk. I thought it was very impressive that he would go to that effort.
This is a must visit if you are looking for bottled beer in NYC. Sure there arent many beers in the fridges, but the rest of the place is below cellar temp this time of year and the beers Ive tried are at peak freshness. Excellent.
12-02-2008 02:29:02 |
More by CAMRAhardliner
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
During a recent trip to New York, I was fortunate enough to get to visit New Beer (a few times). I was impressed with the selection of beer available. Being from the West Coast, there was so much that we don't get out here. Surpassing their selection, their prices were the absolute best that I saw anywhere in the city. Such great beer and rock bottom prices in New York was incredible. Having such a great selection and low prices actually led me to buy more beer that I intended to bring home.
If you're anywhere near here, consider yourself lucky to have such a great bottle shop available to you.
08-02-2009 22:19:40 |
More by d0ggnate
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | $
A gem. Lisa and Harry are great, and the selection and pricing can't be beat, plus you're invited to break apart six-packs. Good hours, and occasional tasting events on their drafts. Wide selection, especially internationally. Extremely reasonable growler prices. More of a warehouse than a store, New Beer is truly one of the best beer spots in NYC.
01-16-2013 02:42:24 |
More by Nrbelex
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $
This is pretty much the best place I've ever been to. They have the largest selection in Manhattan and prob the second largest in the city (after American in Brooklyn). But what really sets this place apart are the prices. They are shockingly low. Especially for the city. Southampton 22 bombers for 4.95. 750ml bottles of grandcru/double white/saison deluxe all 9 bucks each. American has them for 12. Sixpacks are cheap too. Picked up a 6 pack of Mackeson XXX stout for 7 bucks. They carry every Rogue beer known to man. This place is my new favorite beer store hands down. You will not be disappointed.
10-16-2006 17:28:09 |
More by palma
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $
How can people talk about Whole Foods in the Lower East Side without mentioning New Beer Distributors?!... This place is a craft beer drinkers OASIS.
I will tell you why this should be your go-to place.
#1 Prices.... you can't beat distributor prices combined with the ability to pull out single bottles from the pack. Old Rasputin for $2.50 a bottle? I'll take 3! Sam Smith pint bottles for $3-3.50? how can you say no? A whole wall full of rare and reasonable priced Belgian/Norwegian/Canadian beers? Hell yeah!
#2 Selection.... This place has it all. Well, not everything under the sun, but enough to try something new every time you visit. They have Eisbocks, Cans galore, plenty of Imperial Stouts, all the Trappists brews, Geuze and Lambic selections, rare beers from popular breweries (i.e Sierra Nevada, Troegs, Dogfish Head). . .
#3 Location... my favorite thing to do before visiting New Beer Distributors is go to Vanessa's Dumplings right around the corner. This is the best food deal in New York (8 dumplings and a Sesame Pancake for $3? come on)... If you like to budget and save money, this is a knockout duo, cheap good food and craft beer at distributor prices...
#4 Service... this place is family owned and treated as such. The main guy (don't know his name), isn't a beer snob. He knows about beer, but isn't a beer nerd/geek. This is actually great because it's humbling and brings you down to earth... He'll even order in beers if you request them. . .
#5 Temperature... nothing in fridges, everything is on the shelf, but the place is like a cellar (concrete walls, no heavy lights shining on the bottles). You get what you should as far as bottle temp.
The only downside? There is none. I don't have to deal with hipsters (BierKraft) or over-priced brews (BierKraft) or shitty snobby vibes from employees (BierKraft).
JUST DO IT
04-23-2012 18:00:00 |
More by LeoPanna
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