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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: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
Me & Phil dropped in there one night before heading to the Seaport for Laura's birthday. LAAAUUURRRAAA!!!
You see, we had a bet regarding certain American League East teams, and well let's just say, mine went to the World Series. The bet was for a case of beer, this is where we went to settle up. Dusty, scary, questionably climate controlled (to be assessed this Winter to be sure), warehouseish, I don't know.
Upon entry, sodas, teas, juices and other things to drink from near and far that I don't know how to categorize. A little deeper in on the left, singles, singles, singles (this is where I found my Heavyweight Old Salty 2000's, '96 Stille Nacht, and '97 Carnegie Porter). As you move in further, towards the back and on the right, they've got shelves of regional micros with a good emphasis on Northeastern and New England beers, and a lot of nice big bottles (scored me a Stone 7th Anniversary), Southampton, etc. plus Belgians, Hannsens, Fantome, Caracole, Westie 12's, etc.
Phil bought 2 different years' Unibroue Quelque Chose, and tell me where else you think you're going to score a case of the Brooklyn Monster 2000? (Don't let anybody say Phil doesn't make good on a bet).
11-24-2003 04:19:19 |
More by slander
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $
Visiting NBD was a highlight of a recent trip to NY, that included visits to the Belgian Room and Spuyten Duyvil.
The Bowery is an interesting experience in the morning, lots of forklifts and pallets blocking the sidewalk, with plenty of raw olfactory stimulation. Duck into the doorway with the towering green bottles overhead for some solace...
Past the front cooler and cashier window, a moderately sized room contains all manner of specialty brews. The utilitarian cellar atmosphere and unique bulletproof window added to the experience somehow. Beers were are organized roughly by country, some of the US craft is scattered here and there. An oddly placed desk sits in the middle of the room. I stacked my selections there while I browsed. Plenty of east coast rarities to be found, as well as some choice Belgians, Germans, and the elusive Casta. A Southampton Grand Cru cost less than half what I paid for it the night before at the Belgian Room, under $10. Close to a case + 6 750mL cost a mere $80. I challenge you to find a cheaper retail outlet in NYC with this selection...
12-29-2006 02:19:51 |
More by emerge077
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
spun by this place, after reading a few recent reviews, to see what all the fuss was about. Out of the way location,sort of between, chinatown, lower east side, and the bowery. El cheapo set up, sort of in a garage with the owners up front in one of those bullet proof offices, often seen in very rough neighborhood liquor stores. Selection truly outstanding! Prices VERY LOW. Tons of Belgians, germans, micros. You will be pleased. Alot of nice very large bottles and gift set type of stuff. Definitatly worth a visit, support this place, it will allow em to keep the prices down.
03-08-2004 23:38:04 |
More by Billolick
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5
Having arrived literally a few hours earlier at JFK, and after a Taxi-Cab ride into Manhatten (where I had to work hard to convince the Pakistani driver three times that I was not Scottish, Aussie or Irish) together with a Bus Ride where I was referred to as Gringo, it all reminded me of being back in LA (I must learn Spanish one day), but thankfully I was soon in the Bosom of my good mate, Sir Davo the Evil One.
After a Michael Schumacher Formula One style ride over, around, under and sometimes through various obstacles in NYC, Davo soon had us performing a perfect hand-brake U-turn outside the New Beer Distributors to park in a road side spot that only the Evil Elementmobile could enter whilst sliding sideways. I dont remember if I was more shocked at the humidity on exiting the transport, or the fact that Davo appeared to be pointing to an under the arches outfit that had the exterior of a well, under the arches outfit.
Outside people and trucks were coming and going, all heavily laden with bottles, boxes and kegs of Beer. The exterior has a warehouse feel about it that gives the impression that it may not be that special inside. It isnt! But the range of beer available here is quite astounding.
A small wooden office is off to your left as you enter. As you work your way into the building there are lots of 12oz bottles on some steel shelves to you left. On first glance they appear to be in some pseudo organized order, but closer inspection often unearths the odd gem, typically covered in a decent clomping of old dust. Next to the smaller bottles there is also a decent selection of drinking vessels at very reasonable prices. To your right, larger bottles from the US, Belgium, France and Canada as well as the UK are a little more organized on large L-shaped shelving. This is where I spent most of my time perusing and selecting my beer, once I had picked a bottle for purchase I placed it on the wooden table that sits in front of this L-shaped shelving. After more than a full box of beer was selected, it was time to pay and leave. But Bloody Hell! Then I realized I had lost Davo, he was nowhere to be seen. How careless of me. I was soon able to locate the Evil One. He was at the back of the building in what looked like a large storage for cases of beer. Totally hidden behind a stack of Southampton Grand Cru cardboard Cases, I heard him before I saw him and managed to translate the NY expletives into the Queens (the woman not the place) English. Like an Achouffe Gnome he was ferreting away in the back store area looking for Southampton Abt 12, judging by the amount of words uttered that began with; F, B and C it seemed like he had bummed out. Oh well. Nevertheless, more rummaging around unearthed unopened cases of Stone Vertical Epic 02, oops sorry Francisweizen did I say 02?, I meant 03, as well as the 7th Anniversary Ale, something rarely seen in So.Cal.! It seems that this place has many beers from out of state.
This place is an unorganized goldmine. A real Cave à la Bieres right in NYC, a hidden gem that no doubt is only discovered by word of mouth from those in the know that have already been here. Get here if you can whilst in NYC, but keep it quiet alright, we dont want the Out-of-Towners nabbing all the rare beers!
Oh and if you are from out of town, and havent been here before, definitely bring your Plastic, you WILL need it - Yes, I speak from experience!!!
Big Props to the Evil Marque de Sade, Lord Davo for the ride to, and tour of, NBD - it was much appreciated.
Last Visit: Friday 28th May, 2004.
06-27-2004 03:27:29 |
More by TheLongBeachBum
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
I've been buying at New Beer for years, and even after months of not going there, they still remember me. That gives you an idea of how personal and friendly service is here.
This is a family-run store, and I love that. You won't find any annoying, distant hipsters manning the joint like you would at, well, let's say Whole Foods??
One caveat applies to the service, though: when the brother-and-sister team that run the place are not there (mostly on Mondays), forget about asking for a particular beer. Growler refills can be difficult too when they're not around. But other than that, service here really is top-notch.
The selection is absolutely and undeniably outstanding. There are six packs of most everything available in the East Coast, ranging from Dogfish, Stone and the big ones to small regional breweries you never heard of.
Also a great selection of bombers, Belgians, quality Euros (Mikkeller) and British/Scottish stuff, all divided by countries.
All six-packs can be divided and bought as singles, how nice is that? And they have a wide single selection too. They also fill growlers.
I love this place because you are likely to find treasures and aged/old beer. A two-year-old Stone RIS, a 2009 Bourbon County, a 2007 Schafly Reserve Barleywine... all at good prices. Prices are indeed real good here. Generally cheaper than Whole Foods and other Manhattan stores (with some exceptions).
But watch for dates: quality is only OK, not great. Some old stuff that shouldn't be old is still in the shelves. They recently remodeled the store and it looks much cleaner, newer, better. No more dust and darkness.
Come here often if you're a local, visit if you're a tourist. It's a MUST!!!
01-23-2011 02:46:38 |
More by DoubleSimcoe
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I was in Manhattan on business and stopped by NBD with the primary intent of picking up TenFidy. I also picked up a couple of corked SlyFox beers and some random IPA's from New York.
I tried to catch a cab around Madison Square Garden with my empty suitcase. For some reason, cabs weren't too keen on picking me up because I had a suitcase. The first guy pulled up and asked where I was going. When I said Crystie he spun off.
Once I finally got there, I found the service to be pretty good (cab fare from the 30's is ~$11 and there are subway stops close by). They asked me a couple of times if I needed help and the "beer guy" chatted me up and commented on my choice of Bourbon County Stout from Goose Island. They were cool with me wrapping my purchase in bubble wrap and loading my suitcase by their entryway (I got quite a few double takes from passers by).
I can't say the selection was anything exceptional compared to what I have access to in Ohio. It's actually funny that I go to NY with the intent of loading up on a CO beer. They also had Green Flash IPA from San Diego.
05-29-2008 02:42:11 |
More by Yetiman420
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
In town for the Whigs reunion show and New Beer is only a few blocks away.
Atmosphere: Look for the green awning. Once inside, expect a dimly lit store with checkout right upfront. Further towards the back, the cans lead things off. After that, and the can listing is impressive, the ales and lagers are segregated by country. Heavy focus on the US but the store amply stocks both.
Quality: A no frills, shop yourself store. At least one manager was walking the floor.
Service: The manager and two staffers were stacking, cleaning and running the place. I was greeted on entrance and didn't need any further help.
Selection: Top notch, rivaling and even surpassing the Whole Foods that is only a block and a half away. I can't really pinpoint which is better: the domestic or the imports as there are plenty of both. The can selection, including a few Japanese beers I'd never heard of. The bottles are plentiful and deep, if you can't find something here (and there is too much to start rattling off names) you are in trouble.
Food: The store smells snack food to go but this isn't a place that you'd eat at.
05-28-2012 22:59:34 |
More by akorsak
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $
wandered through the wide-open garage style door in a long line of businesses with similarly inconspicuous storefronts, only a little crowded on this warm Saturday afternoon, patrons shuffling around the tight aisles focused on the task at hand and maybe, like me, a bit in awe at the impressive mass of quality beers for sale
quality: the store itself is a garage/warehouse type deal, concrete and metal, cool on the 75 degree day I visited and dark so as to erase any concern of uv exposure, would be curious to see how temperature is controlled in the summer, no issues noted
service: the owner was eager to help as he hurried about the busy store, taking time to briefly assist other customers as he helped a restaurant owner fill a large and diverse order, and gave accurate answers to questions, samples of the tap beers were easy to come by
selection: don't let the import-macro signage on the storefront fool you - New Beer has one of the best selections I've found anywhere, shelves and shelves of unexpected goodies, domestic and international, with a great representation from regional breweries, a few Captain Lawrence, the entire Southern Tier imperial series, a Port bomber or two, The Bruery, Pennichuck BA Espresso, the Goose Island Imperials, Troegs Flying Moufflan, some more esoteric small NY breweries, and on and on, won't even try to recount the imports, and then there's the growler fill station with half and full growlers available - at the time of my visit the brewer of High Point (NJ) had just arrived and begun to hook his kegs up to the system, including the winter wheat and wheat eisbock, around 6 in total, just an exceptional number of high quality choices
value: most prices were recognizably cheaper than what I pay in Virginia or elsewhere, a half-growler (32 oz) of the Ramstein Winter Wheat was $7, a price that includes the $2 growler purchase
04-24-2009 14:26:48 |
More by blackie
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$
This is the highest rated store in Manhattan so I had to give it a shot on my recent visit. It is a strange place since it is basically a warehouse with no heat and they have the doors open. I have heard that this can present a much bigger problem in the Summer months due to no a/c but so far, the quality on everything has seemed fine.
The selection in this store is amongst the best I have ever seen, maybe the absolute best. Infinium for example which was kind of tough to get here in Boston and cost me $21 was stocked to the hilt and was $17.95. So their pricing seemed to be completely contradictory with what I am used to in NYC but it has to be due to their lower rent--they are in a slightly less desireable neighborhood.
I focused on beers that I cant get in the Boston market like Cigar City, Capt Lawrence, etc. The amount of imports was just incredible too. The staff apparently was the not the family that is mentioned on their website but they treated me nice enough.
Atmosphere would get a lower score but I found the novelty of the whole bullet proof glass enclosed cash register area to be somewhat amusing and slightly troubling but enjoyable still.
02-21-2011 05:27:16 |
More by rousee
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I had just gotten off the Fung Wah bus in Chinatown and was headed for New Beer Distributors. The sun was shining as I realized spring was officially upon us. We were ready for the weekend to get started and prepared to stock up on good beer. My friend led the way and about 10 minutes later we were there. It's an interesting location for the one of the best beer selections in NYC.
It's an open warehouse type of place with concrete floors. The beers are stacked on shelves. Most beers are divided by country or brewery. Excellent brews from Germany and Belgium. I spotted St. Bernardus Abt 12 and Delirium Tremens. Beers from Dogfish Head include World Wide Stout, Fort, 120 IPA, Raison D'Extra and more. I was hoping to find Golden Shower, but no luck. The employee working said that they had sold out. Stone beers are plentiful too. Hands down, the best selection of Southampton bottles I've ever seen. Also worth mentioning is the glassware selection. I picked up a sweet St. Sebastiaan tulip.
The selection here impressed me and I certainly recommend stopping by. You will definitely find some rare quality offerings. I was able to find a 2004 Stone Imperial Stout. Check this place out.
04-14-2006 15:02:24 |
More by Hibernator
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