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New Beer Distributors
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167 Chrystie St
phone: (212) 260-4360
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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quality: 1.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 5 | $$
After reading incredible reviews of this place I decided to check it out this summer. The store was cool, dim and almost basement-like on a hot, sunny day (one of very few we had this summer). The selection was truly outstanding, hundreds of different kinds of beer, all different styles and from all around the world. I was impressed to find beer from Finland and Switzerland in the mix. I felt like a kid in a candy store, an entire world (of beer) at my fingertips.
I was, however, *extremely* disappointed to find that someone--presumably the store--had either blacked out or scratched off the 'best before' freshness dates on everything I had picked out. The prices were reasonable, particularly for New York, so I just went with it and bought a few German, English and Swiss beers. Unfortunately the dates had clearly been scratched off for a reason: half of the beer I bought was thoroughly stale and cardboard flavored, and though the rest was excellent one bottle of Swiss beer was full of mold. Big, chunky black mold that I didn't notice in the store because it was so dim. It makes sense to me that economically it must be hard to sell some of these beers within their 'Best before' period, but scratching off the dates struck me as a very questionable business practice. I was so impressed with the selection it was a particularly big letdown to see that the store had removed the dates.
09-12-2009 19:02:55 |
More by manwich
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | $$$$
A a cement floor, no lighting, warehouse. It was hot as balls which can't be good for the beer.
Q there was a lot of beer, mostly fresh stuff.
S no one spoke English, there was one bald guy thre but he was very angry looking and didn't want anything to do with the customers. Pretty much a dick.
S lots of beer, the is a good import section but the were no gems in the domestic section. Bcbs for $8 a bottle.
V pretty expensive... Even for the city
06-20-2013 21:07:29 |
More by Lare453
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25 | $$
Worth a stop as its around the corner from whole foods bowery. A large dark warehouse type space. Everything is out on shelfs, nothing is refrigerated. Don't expect service or to talk beer, but there is a wide selection and a few items that others don't carry. A wide import selection too.
No temp controller so i would generally avoid hoppy beers here unless I knew they were fresh.
One things I really like is you can buy a single of anything that sell, so I picked up quite a few 12oz that I wanted to try.
A lot of stock, so there seems to be a few things that linger here longer that other places, found a sixpoint 3bean (which turned out to be quite tasty).
08-22-2013 06:42:04 |
More by drewone
quality: 2 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Had my first trip to new beer the other day. Certain things about new beer blew me away. The selection was pretty incredible, but the thing that irked me was the age on some of the rare stuff. I bought a few bottles that were all reasonably priced (especially for NYC), but when I got home and opened my bottle of Unibroue Terrible, it was TERRIBLE. The beer was completely flat and when I took a closer look at the bottle date I noticed that it was several years old. Unibroue claims that their brews should last up to a decade and even become port wine-like, but this was horrible, I had to spill it out.
Definitely worth the trek out to see this place, but it is dark and packed in and there are some ancient bottles there. The staff kept to themselves and no one approached me for help and they didn't seem to care if I was there or not. It almost seemed that I was in their way.
If there is something hard to find that you are looking for, this could be a great place to check out, but be wary that it may be really old. I'll probably be going around the block to the Whole Foods beer shop before returning to New Beer unless I'm looking for something specific that I can't find anywhere else. I really like the warm and welcoming vibe I've gotten in a lot of beer stores on LI. They might not have as great a selection, but the experience of having a staff passionate about beer and being able to trust the freshness of the beer on the shelves is pretty important to me.
01-23-2010 21:31:54 |
More by cosmicevan
quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$
Located amongst the maze of one-way street near Chinatown, New Beer is quite unique.
All the beer is on shelves in a somewhat small area in the front of the store, with a cavernous back area that seemed to be off limits. Plenty of cases out back that are out of reach.
A growler fill station on the right as you walk in, and a decent variety of domestics and imports.
I had no problem picking up $85 worth of 2 mixed cases of 22's/750's.
Slyfox, Southampton, Penn, Southern Tier, a few others.
No Captain Lawrence, which I thought was pretty odd, and they only had one offering from Slyfox.
There were some significant holes in the stock. The new stuff was probably sitting out back.
So.. Checkout at this place is a hoot.
There is no counter. Just a plexiglass window to try an communicate through to a woman behind the glass.
After standing there for several minutes, I asked if I should line my beers up one by one on the narrow shelf in from of the window. No answer. I ask again and she gives me a nod. She clears off the inside of the window so she can see my bottles, and another woman comes out from behind a heavy metal door. The woman helps me put them up on the ledge and turns them so the other woman can see them. Afterwards she retreats to the safety of her barracade and I put my beers back in the boxes. The woman slipped a calcualtor tape showing me the total and I pay with my CC and leave to load up my double-parked car.
As for the prices, they were cheaper than Mass, which I liked!
Like I said...Unique.
04-18-2008 19:21:22 |
More by brewandbbq
quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$$
I stopped into New Beer for a look today- I usually shop at the Whole Foods Bowery Beer Room, which is only about three blocks away.
Walking in, the place is basically a mini-warehouse with poor lighting and no A/C- I can imagine that the warm summer weather is not too good for the beers in there, especially considering that many of them are rather old.
As for the selection, they do have a pretty wide variety although, compared to WF Bowery Beer Room, the prices vary. By vary I don't mean that they're only different- most are a few dollars more expensive, while some are cheaper. As a plus, you can break up six packs here and buy individual bottles if you so desire. There were six beers on-tap available for growlers, along with printed out BA reviews. None of the ones they had when I went in were reviewed too highly (C+ to B, if memory serves) and the growler prices were higher than Bowery Beer. Another plus to there selection is that they have glassware available- not much, but it's a nice touch to have the option.
The service was okay, as I browsed the staff largely ignored me, despite the fact that I was the only customer in the store. One guy did eventually come up to me and ask, rather shyly, if I needed help, but I informed him I was alright.
Overall, not too bad a store, but the atmosphere sucks (especially during the summer) and many of the beers are old (even the ones which shouldn't be aged, and I don't know how well the ageable beers hold up in the heat). Many of the beers are priced higher than at the Bowery Beer Room, which is right down the street- and the beer there is fresher and stored in a better climate. I didn't buy anything in my visit, but may do so sometime soon to buy an older bottle of something which can be aged or a growler.
I believe you're better off going to Bowery- again, only about 3 blocks away and around the corner.
07-13-2010 17:06:55 |
More by Mosstrooper
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $
Essentially a warehouse/distribution center that also has a massive selection of bottles and cans.
Much of what has been said here is accurate. The selection is pretty incredible, from domestic craft to international macros and micros. The issue is freshness and storage conditions. The bottles are simply sitting out on shelves in a big warehouse. Definitely check your bottle dates on your IPAs and anything else you want fresh. But for your heartier styles this can be a true diamond in the rough.
I've never needed any service other than checking out, so I can't speak to that.
Overall, if you know what to look for, you can find great deals at this store, just don't go in blind.
05-22-2013 17:13:32 |
More by BKBassist
quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | $
I made myself a very good handdrawn map before I ventured here one afternoon after the Museum of Natural History. I was blown away by the price and selection of East Coast rarities and Belgians. Help was not very helpful, and not very interested in my business, but i was still happy to get some of the rare beers i was looking for, including Avec les Bons Veoux, Double Bastard, Allagash Tripel, Old Salty, Pere Jaques, and a couple more. Prices were very low, singles abounded. Nice place in NY for a beer shopping trip.
04-10-2006 02:20:53 |
More by TastyTaste
quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Just moved to NYC from Boston, and was glad BA members tipped me off to this place, cuz good beer is surprisingly hard to find here. NBD is a smallish warehouse with its quality beer on metal shelving near the front. Very strong selection of Belgians and Germans, and a pretty winning group of American micros. I made off with 22-ozs of Stone 9th & 05 V.Epic, Bear Republic Hop Rod, plus a Goose Island Imperial IPA, an aged Aventinus from 2001 (limited release) and a regular one, and a Chouffe Doubblen-IPA Tripel. Prices on the 22oz bottles seemed very good; six-packs of micros seemed high to me across the board. They have lots of Rogue, Stone, Weyerbacher, Avery, Dogfish, Southampton, etc. and more Belgians than I can name -- including lots of De Dolle.
Easy to get to from the D train. No fuss atmosphere. I will be going back as soon as I drink the ones cooling in the fridge now.
06-27-2006 15:14:25 |
More by ams4k
quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | $$
So this store is a distributors...being from out of state I had no idea what that meant but apparently it means a store with no customer service and tons of beer packed into a fairly small space. They literally had more beer than any other store I have ever been to. The selection was fairly disorganized, but I eventually found what I was looking for. Prices were the best that I had seen in NYC Avery beers at $6 a bomber, Dogfish Old School ($3.50 a bottle), DFH World Wide Stout (7.95 a bottle), DFH Fort (750ml for 18.95). I really don't know what to say...if you know what your looking for or you know what you like this place is great....if you want suggestions I would recommend some place else.
04-25-2006 23:31:22 |
More by jameaterblues
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