Taps: 12 / Bottles: 400
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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Ratings: 28 | Reviews: 28
4.66/5 rDev +11%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Tough to review this, because unlike Top Hops, which I feel straddles the line between bar and bottle shop very well, Good Beer is very much tilted towards the bottle shop. And it is my favorite bottle shop in NYC.
Excellent selection of American craft, from year round offerings to limited releases. Limited releases are announced and handled well. International selection is perfect for me, large but not overwhelmingly so.
Service is great, the owner is super friendly and knowledgable.
I've not eaten here but the food looks excellent.
Pricing is in line with NYC pricing. Often some of the best prices on single 12 ozers.
My only issue, and in all honesty, it's probably what the owner intended, is that I wouldn't feel comfortable bringing a group of friends for a drink here, the atmosphere is very un-bar like. I only compare to Top Hops because they tow the line so well, IMO. That being said, I often will get a pint when I am shopping and browse or sit in the limited seating. I think it's very comfortable for that.
So overall, my favorite bottle shop in NYC, just not the place to actually come for extended sessions on premises.
05-21-2013 17:44:42 | More by BKBassist
4.64/5 rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Atmosphere was good I came in about 8PM on a Thursday and there was probably ten other people in the store either drinking the tap beers or looking around. The store is extremely clean with a small counter in the middle that holds a few drafts. The drafts seem to rotate on a fairly consistent basis, they bring in a new one every few days, and range from fairly common like Lagunitas to some harder to find such as 21st amendments bitter american. Their bottle selection was great with the better part of the store filled with shelves of room temp six packs and the long wall being filled with cold mainly loose bottles and some four packs. Behind the counter there was a few small tables to sit and enjoy the tap beer. The staff was friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. I will definitely be returning.
05-06-2011 08:19:10 | More by circuscyaneus
4.6/5 rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
This is pretty much what a craft beer store should look like. They have a high quality, comprehensive selection, so you should have no problem finding what you are looking for, or finding something new to try. I believe all or most of their bottles were made available on shelves and in the fridge too. The bottle prices were reasonable for NYC, especially considering the relative scarcity of good craft beer stores. The growler prices were reasonable, and as mentioned below, the selection is thoughtful and varied, and you can try a flight for 8 bucks. I didnt try the food, but thought it was a good idea to serve food, so patrons can spend some time with their flights and buy great beer at a relaxed pace. Definitely worth coming back.
05-21-2012 20:53:20 | More by toneloc
4.58/5 rDev +9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
When you walk in the first thing you notice is the numerous coolers of craft beer lined against the walls. They have all the beer arranged from where in the world it was brewed, pretty neat to say. The guys working there were really knowledgeable and approachable. They were friendly to my gf and I in suggesting what beers to try. However it is a small place and you'll have a hard time finding a place to sit and relax if it is busy. I even got a little upset at the register once I saw some guys take our table. The guy who served us the beer did a nice thing and walked over to the people to diffuse the situation and we gladly got our seats back. I thanked him very much. Overall nice place, wish I was in the city more often otherwise I'd be here more often.
05-19-2011 06:58:17 | More by valdesd1
4.5/5 rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I happened to stumble upon this place as I was walking through the east village on a Saturday morning at around 11:30. I was actually surprised it was open and when I saw they had a bar set up--I was happy to know that they had a bathroom that I could use as well. There is not much open in this neighborhood at this time of day so it was kind of a godsend.
The store is pretty new and is spotless inside. The decor is just some nice hardwood floors and a pretty bright interior. Their selection was fantastic as I was able to pick up a couple Cigar city beers that New Beer Distributors didnt have and a Japanese craft brand that I had never heard of before. The prices were maybe a tad on the high side but for hard to find stuff--I wasnt complaining.
The guy who was running the store was totally cool and he and I had a great conversation about what brands were available/not available in our respective markets.In addition to offering growler fills, they offer draft beers that can be consumed on premises. You cant consume the bottles on premise for some strange reason. I ordered a Captain Lawrence gold triple and it was quite good and fresh tasting. I stayed for about 45 minutes and would definitely give this place another try. I might have stayed longer if it wasnt so early as I didnt really want to be drinking a bunch at that time of day.
A great place and a very cool concept. Highly recommended.
02-22-2011 16:43:51 | More by rousee
4.5/5 rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
This place has everything which everyone else here has mentioned, and is a great place to visit to pick up and discuss some good beer. Wanted to mention though that they carry Narragansett's, which is a triple thumbs up from me. They had the lager and the bock when I was there, the lager's being about eight bucks for a six pack of tall boy cans. Which in NYC is an insane price for good beer in my opinion. They also offer growlers which I think is pretty cool, though I haven't tried any here yet, the offerings were solid though. Will be back...frequently.
03-30-2011 13:57:01 | More by jrobidoux
4.47/5 rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | $$$
i think this was my favorite shop I visited. Down a few steps on a slightly quiter street but very close to Tompkins Sq park. simple clean place, larger line of coolers on one side, small shelf space and counter on the opposite.
Stopped here early on but after visiting quite a few other places and felt as if i could have saved my self the trouble and just stopped here. They had almost everything plus more that I had seen at the other places, great selection. Also they clearly put up by the register what new releases have come in, nice touch.
Have 6-8 taps for growler fills, pints or tasters. Allow you to do individual tasters (bonus).
Stopped in at least 3 times, very friendly staff. Have a few tables in the back. If I could only pick one bottle shop this would be it (neck and neck with Top Hops).
Only draw back is they close a little early, even on the weekends.
08-22-2013 07:02:07 | More by drewone
4.37/5 rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | $$$
I like the vibe of this place, real laid back and located in the East Village somewhat off the beaten path. There is a bottle shop area along with some table for sitting and enjoying a beer - not too dark but not so well light as to have a negative effect on the beers for sale.
I have to admit that I have only purchased growlers to go and bottles/can so I have not drank any draft beers at the location. The beers that I have purchased have been fresh, correctly filled in the growler, and I have never had an issue with anything I purchased at this store. One of these days I am going to have the time to stop and have a beer when I'm in the area.
The staff at this store have always been helpful and chatty - letting me know what things are coming in soon and anything special that is going, including at other places in the East Village. They definitely know their beer and I have heard them give some really good recommendations for not as beer savvy customers.
The can and bottle selection is fairly extensive with quite a few beers that I do not see other places in NYC - they have a decent amount of the selection available cold as well. They usually have a decent range of styles on draft, so overall a pretty decent selection.
I'm not sure if they serve any food but I have never tried any if they do.
Prices are in line with other places in the East Village which in general is a little higher than some other locations in NYC.
06-13-2013 15:45:31 | More by dbrauneis
4.33/5 rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
New inside and extremely clean. Beer selection is restricted to the 8-10 brews they have on tap. There is an EXTREMELY impressive selection for sale to take out. One wall and the aisle are filled with room temp 6-packs (you can purchase single bottles as well). The other wall, which is quite lengthy and runs down the entire side of the place holds cold beers in fridge units.
Nice, mellow atmosphere. Knowledgeable, mostly friendly staff. When we went it wasn't quite a "bar" atmosphere but it was a bit earlier in the evening.
Great variety of beers on tap. Different styles from different states. You can also order a flight to sample a few different varieties.
A bit pricey, but hey, it's NYC.
03-07-2011 02:28:00 | More by LordSMAF
4.3/5 rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Walked across town on a recent visit to check this place out.
Atmosphere was good for a combo bottle shop and beer bar. Clean and orderly with small tables in the back. There are cold cases along the long wall with a very good selection of beer.
There are 8 or so taps but there was nothing super special about the selection. Maybe I'm jaded but racer 5, lagunitas ipa... I can get almost anywhere, it's nice to see something rare or off the beaten path.
Service was good but nothing special, my gold standard for places like this is City Beer in San Francisco.
I'd go back or recommend but not a place fir the jaded beer traveler
04-09-2011 16:57:46 | More by jp11801
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