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Taps: 16 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery, Store ]
191 Fifth Ave
phone: (718) 230-7600
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Amazing beer selection for bottles as well as a really well laid out website to get through their large selection of bottles before you make the trip into BK. They offer mix-a-six type of service offering mostly all single bottles in all sizes.
They have 16 beers on tap at any time. Sometimes they have a total brewery takeover of their taps, other times they mix it up. But you can bet it is going to be something special and interesting.
Also, they have some of the best hand crafted sandwiches in brooklyn, especially in a beer store type of setting, which is saying a lot. They use amazing breads and come up with some great sandwich concepts using really high end ingredients. So grab a pint at the tap station and then get a sandwich from the counter have a seat and enjoy, then don't forget to grab a six pack or 2 on your way out.
12-01-2011 20:38:29 |
More by vfgccp
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$
Finally made it down, you need a car to do this. Grat selection of hard-to-find bottles, but you pay up. Prices were 10-42% higher so that my $240 bottle tab was roughly $60 premium over careful shopping. The plus side is getting barrel aged bottles and new releases available in NY state at one go. The growlers were a good deal, they were out of everything I wanted from checking the site the day before. Still got a decent pilsner. New casks arriving, and they do let you buy a glass before you buy a cask. Narrowish space, with a food takeout area and the use of a washroom.
10-26-2011 05:05:12 |
More by northyorksammy
District of Columbia
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$$
I've been to Bierkraft on 2 of my last 3 trips to NYC in the past year, so I figured I should write up a little review of it. It's an interesting little place that's a beer store on one side and a sandwich shop/bar on the other. Bierkraft has some major positives and one major negative, so I will hit the positives first. The growler fills are what makes Bierkraft special. They have a number of draft lines (12 maybe?) and feature a very interesting mix of beers, oftentimes featuring things that you can only get on tap (the first time I was there they had things like Oskar Blues Deviant Dale's and One Hit Wonder). You can get either 750 ml growlers or regular 2 liter growlers filled and the prices are pretty reasonable there. You can also get glasses of any of the beers to drink on site. Apparently their sandwiches are quite good too, though I haven't had them myself.
The big negative to Bierkraft is their bottle prices. They do have a pretty nice selection of bottles, but WOW, it might be the most expensive beer store I've ever encountered. Bottles of things like AleSmith Speedway Stout and Old Numbskull were $19.50 - for reference I saw the same bottles at New Beer Distributors in Manhattan for $12-$13. Fantome Printemps was $22 - it was $14 at New Beer. They do allow you to buy any of their beers in singles, but even the regular beers are more expensive than usual.
Overall, I like Bierkraft, and it's a great idea making it both a bar, sandwich shop and beer store all in the same place, but until they drop the bottle prices, I can't full recommend it.
10-24-2011 17:41:11 |
More by starrdogg
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Over in the Park Slope neighborhood is this a great place to grab some beer & have a fantastic sandwich named Bierkraft. They serve pints as well as fill growlers. I believe that they have 8-10 lines going, usually with a nice variety, sometimes w/ a tap takeover. Rogue, Chelsea and Ithaca were some of the bewers on when I stopped in. You can also find quite a few bottles here, but did not spend too much time looking that over. The staff is well versed in their products and helpful. And you might as well stop by when hungry, because their sandwiches are quite tasty.
09-30-2011 01:46:20 |
More by mltobin
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Found Bierkraft by accident really. Was stumbling around Park Slope on 5th avenue and saw the sign and walked in. I grew up in Asheville and my home town beer store was Brusin' Ales. This is probably the best beer store in the 5 boroughs. Great selection, especially of cold beers, though I dont always buy a bottle to drink immeadiately. Great staff, very knowledgable almost exceptionally so. Any beer geek will feel easily at home in the shop. Great sandwhiches as well, but the best part in my mind was the draft selection of mainly local (well the times Ive been there is been predominatly local) drafts and some just great stuff. You can either get your growler filled or have a brew or two with your cheese or sandwhich. Great place.
09-05-2011 23:14:26 |
More by OutFox
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$$
I wish I could review the restaurant portion of this place and the beer store portion of this place separately, as they'd both get very different reviews.
The sandwiches (and icecream sandwiches) are absolutely delicious and the selection of cheeses and charcuterie is top notch as well.
They also have a pretty good selection of beers on tap for growler fills or drinking with food, which is awesome if it weren't for the one thing that I think really kills this place for me: IT'S INSANELY EXPENSIVE.
Food and Growler fills tend to be 20% to 40% more than I think they should be and the bottles for sale are often even more gouging. This place is great in a lot of ways, but it's very obviously taking advantage of the gentrified neighborhood and the yuppie nature of those who frequent it. Beer geek culture is alive and well in Park Slope, so they do get a lot of rare and special release bottles, but they always sell out extremely quickly and at a premium. Rare bottles I have purchased in other stores for $16 have sold here for $20, no joke. I cringe whenever I am in the area and I see someone walk out the door with a sixer of Brooklyn Brewery beer they paid $15 for.
For that reason the letter grade on my review is artificially high. The facilities and selection are good to great but the prices ruin everything for me.
06-17-2011 18:04:39 |
More by petroos
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$$
Stopped here after visit to Brooklyn. About a 20 min subway ride.
This place is a combo beer store /bar. A small place they have 8-10 coolers with a fairly decent selection of stuff including some obscure foreign brews. Warm bottles line the shelves on the other side. Singles are available for everything and you can take to go or drink in. One side of the store is the beer aisle the other side has a deli counter where you can order sandwiches and sweets, well as 6-8 tables. They aso have a nice patio outside.
In the back they have 10-12 taps of cask but selection was nothing special. Growlers avail to go like many places in NY.
Overall this is a cool place with a good atmosphere but the prices are crazy - 40-50% markup on many bottles i've seen elsewhere
04-30-2011 23:40:44 |
More by FullObs
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Met some oft talked about beer folks here and the stories are all true. Good people who enjoy good food and drink. There for the opening of the patio, which was rockin', with casks pourin' and oysters shuckin'. Had the best damn sandwich and some great "warm" beer. I think I tried all of the casks over two days and found all of them to be enjoyable. Greenport and Bluepoint stand out as well as Flower Power. These paired well with the Italian sandwich that was so good I had it both days I was there.
04-20-2011 02:20:00 |
More by baconsausage
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Great place to have a sandwich and a beer, and leave with some, too! Small cozy, coffeehouse type atmosphere with brick walls on the dining side and a bright store feel on the bottle shop side. Had a great sandwich prosciutto, manchego, arugula with fig jelly spread on that good chewy bread, can't remember what it's called.
Beware one table has got a crooked board on it and I lost a good 12-13 oz of Barrier Belgian #1 because of this. Nice beer selection, real fun place to be on tasting nights. Friendly and extremely knowledgeable staff with great selection and quality food and beer. Will be back.
04-13-2011 02:18:01 |
More by wcintula
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I am a beermenus.com junkie so I'm always finding rare stuff and going to great lengths to track down beers that are tough to get. Bierkraft usually pops up on my radar because their selections are must haves (especially their growlers).
Bierkraft is awsome because they fill their growlers with back pressure which gives you some extra time before the beers get flat. Their growlers are typically in the 10-20$ range and they always have super tasty brews, typically highly sought after beers and are usually cheaper for the same fills at other places in NYC.
I've never bought bottles from here, but I agree that they are a bit pricey. However, in the city you're definitely going to pay a few dollars more here than you would at a place like Deciccos (Ardsley,Pelham) which is outside the city, thats just the way it is. I typically stick to the growlers for value and hit other stores like the ones mentioned above if I want some bottles.
Staff is friendly and even gave me some bags to carry out some brews for a trade that I made during one visit even though I didnt buy anything.
Haven't had a chance to try the food yet but they have alot of variety there and seems like it'd be worth a shot.
02-16-2011 15:55:06 |
More by beenitty
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