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Taps: 12 / Bottles: 400
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery, Store ]
422 E 9th St
phone: (212) 677-4836
(Place added by: DoubleSimcoe on 11-20-2010)
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| Reviews: 28
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
New lower east side NYC place, mid block location that makes it a bit tougher to locate. Take a few steps down and you are in. Wall of coolers to the right, wooden shelving unit in front of you and to the left. Growler fill station is located mid store, manned by a friendly and knowledgable fellow. Seems that if its availble in the NYC area they have it in bottles. Often times warm and chilled. MOre and more growler fill depots is a god thing, a very good thing. They will fill whatever growler you bring in. Well worth a visit to find quality bottles and fil a few fresh juggs. Prices seemed pretty much on par with other local spots.
03-20-2011 14:26:17 |
More by Billolick
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Good Beer NYC is yet another valuable addition to the craft-beer scene in New York City. It was started by some dude who got tired of his corporate job and decided to open a beer store. Isn't this what many of us dream of doing??
The place is a ground-floor space in the East Village near Tompkins Park, nothing super special but nice enough. Lots of beer coolers and shelves, a small bar with some taps and a seating area where you can enjoy some of the simple-but-tasty-looking foods they serve here (sausages and cured meats, cheese plates, some basic desserts).
Selection is very good but not mind-blowing. If you've been to New Beer Distributors or Whole Food Bowery Beer Room, you will not be wowed here. But it is nicely solid. 400 bottles for sale, with the owner planning to have as many as 900. Nice! Well-curated selection, divided by state/region/brewery/country. Lots of singles and bombers, all of them pretty pricey- about one or two dollars more than New Beer and even Whole Foods.
The attraction here is the bar, with 12 beers on tap and growlers ($6.99 for the jug plus $9-$13 for the brew) to go. Also, pints ($6) and tastings ($2) to enjoy at the store.
They had Dogfish 60, Dale's Pale Ale, Founders Centennial, Brooklyn Brewmaster (Cuvee Noire), Coney Sword Swallower, Hop Rod... pretty nice.
Service is really friendly, I was there one day before their official opening, the owner was busy but charming and helpful. I did find odd that they have a ten-dollar minimum and my total was maybe like $9.63 and they guy said, "sorry, you gotta add something". Seriously??
Other than that, no complaints here. You should check it out at least once and come often if you live nearby.
11-20-2010 05:52:09 |
More by DoubleSimcoe
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
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
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | $$
Had very limited free time on an all-too-short trip to NYC, so this was one of the few stops I was able to make.
Nice use of space in a typical East Village type of building. Long and slightly narrow. The selection could have had more rarities, but I have a feeling that the big stuff comes in and it isn't long before someone is hauling it out the door. What are there, 10 taps? I would have been happy to see some more rare stuff available, but they did have Radiant Pig's Junior IPA, and Peekskill's Eastern Standard IPA and Simple Sour available. Those are three super local beers that anyone should be at least trying, if not putting in their regular rotation.
Walked out of here with a lot of stuff and was pleased with my purchases.
05-02-2013 18:01:17 |
More by RblWthACoz
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | $$$
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
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Stopped into this place while wandering around the St. Marks area. I thought that this was a bar at first, come to learn that it's a beer store/tasting area.
What really struck me was how big this place actually was. Standing bar upfront with a couple of tables in the back. For a place in Manhattan, this is really pretty good. Atmosphere is pretty relaxed and there's a good balance between store and bar that's established here.
The quality of Good Beer was very solid. All their beers were refridgerated and with certain styles that some would prefer to drink warm, they had that option also. Growlers and pints were also served in the correct glassware and the right temperature. Impressive.
Service was quick but nothing really out of the ordinary for a beer store. I did get to talk to the manager though. Seemed like a really nice guy who really knew his way around beer and even more importantly, the NYC beer scene.
The selection here is really one of the better places that I've seen in Manhattan and Brooklyn. JW Lees going back to 2006 as well as a good selection of JP sours and Lindemans, Cantillon, and Boon gueuzes. Again, very nice.
For me, this is a really up and coming establishment. I believe that they're relatively new but I'm sure they'll make a name for themselves quickly. A must visit if you're in the area. A bit pricey, but standard for the area that they're located.
09-25-2011 01:49:05 |
More by SpeedwayJim
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | $$
Vibe: This is a store that is more frequented by locals from the East Village as it's hidden in the basement level on a crosstown street between First Avenue and Avenue A. It's more of a store than a bar/eatery as there are only a few seats and tables.
Quality: Given the small size of this store, there is a high amount of turnover and beer is kept out of sunlight.
Service: The staff behind the counter is friendly and very knowledgeable about the beer selection.
Selection: Good Beer's selection isn't nearly as diverse as nearby Whole Foods Bowery or New Beer Distributors but is pretty good considering its small size. Most of the beers are available as singles in a long cooler that runs for the full length of one side of the store; about a quarter of the remaining bottles are stored warm, some of which are six packs. About a dozen beers are available on-tap for growler fills or drinking inside the store.
Food: I've never tried the food before but they have a couple of different types of snacks on the menu such as hot dogs, pretzels and sausages.
Value: Prices are rather reasonable for Manhattan and you will get a discount if you buy beers in quantity.
06-24-2013 03:06:23 |
More by metter98
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Walked across town on a recent visit to check this place out.
Atmosphere was good for a combo bottle shop and beer bar. Clean and orderly with small tables in the back. There are cold cases along the long wall with a very good selection of beer.
There are 8 or so taps but there was nothing super special about the selection. Maybe I'm jaded but racer 5, lagunitas ipa... I can get almost anywhere, it's nice to see something rare or off the beaten path.
Service was good but nothing special, my gold standard for places like this is City Beer in San Francisco.
I'd go back or recommend but not a place fir the jaded beer traveler
04-09-2011 16:57:46 |
More by jp11801
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Stopped in for a bit for BA johnjae's birthday. Small rectangular area with a mini seating area in the back and a stand-up table for on-site consumption. Two rows of multiple stacked square coolers on the right side, a bookcase and tapped bar on the left. Growler fills available. Service was nice and attentive. Last call for tapped beers is early though: around 9pm. Great selection in the coolers, including Founders and FSW. Only qualm is the NYC-price, so look elsewhere for cheaper priced bottles. Great little beer nook in an alley.
04-07-2011 00:47:41 |
More by infi
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
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