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Taps: 16 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery, Store ]
191 5th Ave
phone: (718) 230-7600
(Place added by: Mick)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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 | $$
I am a beermenus.com junkie so I'm always finding rare stuff and going to great lengths to track down beers that are tough to get. Bierkraft usually pops up on my radar because their selections are must haves (especially their growlers).
Bierkraft is awsome because they fill their growlers with back pressure which gives you some extra time before the beers get flat. Their growlers are typically in the 10-20$ range and they always have super tasty brews, typically highly sought after beers and are usually cheaper for the same fills at other places in NYC.
I've never bought bottles from here, but I agree that they are a bit pricey. However, in the city you're definitely going to pay a few dollars more here than you would at a place like Deciccos (Ardsley,Pelham) which is outside the city, thats just the way it is. I typically stick to the growlers for value and hit other stores like the ones mentioned above if I want some bottles.
Staff is friendly and even gave me some bags to carry out some brews for a trade that I made during one visit even though I didnt buy anything.
Haven't had a chance to try the food yet but they have alot of variety there and seems like it'd be worth a shot.
02-16-2011 15:55:06 |
More by beenitty
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Walking through Park Slope, stumbled upon this little place. Had to go in. To my surprise, $60 bottles of Rare, $80 gift boxes of Smoke from the Oak. A bunch of really cool stuff. Very solid selection of east coast stuff and a good Belgian selection along with some other good imports (Mikkeller, Nogne O). Tap selection for growler fills was impressive but I didn't stare at it for too long. Looked like very reasonable prices too for the growler fills. The gentleman (I believe his name was Jonah?) behind the counter chatted with me for a bit about the Hair of the Dog and Seattle and Portland beer scenes. Good times, seemed like a really cool place. I will be frequenting this in the near future..To Be Continued..
01-08-2011 02:15:25 |
More by dragonWhale
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$
On my way down Fifth Avenue, I spotted this beer haven across the street, so I knew I had to at least stop in and see what it was about. It's about good quality beer at a ridiculous price!
Right as you walk in, there's a long row of coolers to the left where most the beer is kept, along with some shelves to the right holding some more bottles and glassware. Towards the back is the growler fill station and around the corner is the bar and cafe area. Interesting set-up, to say the least.
Quality is good, with no obvious expired bottles lying around. They seemed pretty up to date with beer releases, having very many of the seasonal offerings in the coolers. Store is a bit warm though, so the stuff off to the right is probably in a wee bit of danger. Selection is quite good, with many brews that are not readily available in the area making an appearance along with the usual domestic suspects. Notable number of imported beers, with a fair few items from Belgium. Even some Italian offeringss, like Verdi Imperial Stout. Definitely a step above the rest in terms of sheer variety.
Price is really where things get crazy. Almost every bottle in the store is $4-5 more expensive than I'm used to seeing. Not sure how they sell all these with prices like $14 for Ballast Point Sculpin. Definitely a pricey store. I'm not convinced you get your money's worth with how much you bleed off.
Service and vibe is generally good, with friendly employees and a nice, homey vibe to the delicatessen part of it. I didn't stick around for food, but on the whole, people seemed to be pleased with what they got. I'm just sure that they overpaid for that stuff too.
All in all, a good beer store/bar to pay a visit if you're in the area. If you're looking for beer, though, be prepared to be gouged quite heftily in terms of price.
11-19-2010 05:24:58 |
More by r0nyn
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Coming from a small town in northen Michigan that only had 1 craft beer store, this place was a dream come true. The service was great, I was asked if i needed any assistance almost right after i came in. I also saw employees assisting other people and doing a very good and in-depth job. The selection was amazing. I finally got to pick up some beers that I had always wanted to try, but could never find. I also I got a 3-liter Stone Double Bastard Ale. I coudnt have been happier. they had a great variety of Dogfish head, Stone, Rogue, and many other amazing beer brands. Some of the prices were a little more than I am used to seeing back home, but the selection just cannot be beat. I havent tried any of the food here yet, but I am definetly going to and I cant wait. I am also looking forward to getting a growler fill here. I hope they get Founders Devil Dancer back. PLEASE. haha anyways if you are in NYC for a visit and you love beer you MUST go to Brooklyn and Check this place out. Just take the R train to the Union St. stop in Brooklyn and its only a block or two walk from there. You will not regret it. I personally take an hour train ride from queens just to go there every time I need a beer. YEA ITS THAT WORTH IT.
10-18-2010 05:05:54 |
More by JizackFH
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $
Oh my, what can be said about this beer haven, this place of wonder and joy? Well, let's not get overly dramatic; Bierkraft is an amazing place! The food (sandwiches mostly) are fantastic; made to order and incredibly fresh and flavorful. The beer selection is nothing short of great; nearly 2 dozen beers, 4 of which are on cask. Pints of any beer are available for $5-8 depending on the beer. A little small, the only possible complaint I can muster. If you are in NYC and have the time, this is a must visit for your growler fills, lunch and bottle shopping.
08-24-2010 21:21:48 |
More by jaluria
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
I always hit Bierkraft when I'm on the East Coast. A great little shop in Park Slope that manages to squeeze more beer into a narrow hallway than you would find in some of the largest beer retailers.
As you walk in there is a long row of coolers on the left. On the right is the dry stocked stuff. On my last visit I found vintage bottles from De Dolle, The Bruery's Papier (after it was long gone in California) and a number of other great, hard to get bottles. They have a decent amount of vintage stuff, but the prices can get a little high. They don't seem to follow the $1 per year mark-up strategy that many places use.
There are tables in the back where you can drink bottles, or enjoy some draught beer from a limited selection of taps. They also do growlers to go.
This is an unmissable spot in NYC .
Back in 2005 I bought a few bottles of Heavyweight Barrel-Aged Old Salty for about $15 each. Wish I still had them :(
08-17-2010 20:07:45 |
More by DaveHS
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Very nice selection. Plenty of beers in the cooler as well as some other stuff sitting on the shelves. They definitly get some hard to find beers here. But, be prepared to spend a lot of money if you want to buy them. I have noticed the prices here are pretty expensive. The growler station is really good. They have some kind of counter pressure system for filling up growlers which works really well. There are also some nice meats, cheeses, and sanwhiches in the back by the growlers. There is a seating area as well which is cool.
08-13-2010 03:26:49 |
More by Dubber55
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
What a unique place this is. It's part beer store, part Sandwich shop. The layout is this: beer coolers in the walkway, tap/growler station at the end with over a dozen beers, and artisan sandwhich and cheese counter around the corner. On the far side of the shop is a small area of picnic tables to eat and drink. The bottle prices are expensive for a beer store, but a steal for a beer bar. The tap and growler prices are fair.
The dining area was tight, but there was enough room to sit on a Sunday afternoon. There were a bunch of nice, beer related decorations in this area. Tins and posters on the wall, barrels for trash cans, picnic tables made out of kegs, etc. Prince was playing on the speakers, which of course tied together the whole experience.
I ordered a pint of Nebraska Wit, a turkey sandwich with bacon and gouda, and an ice cream sandwich for dessert. Everything was top notch, and I was really impressed with the quality of the meat and bread. The ice cream brownie sandwich being made with Smuttynose Brown Dog Ale was a nice touch as well. This might be my top lunch spot in NYC right now.
07-27-2010 13:43:59 |
More by jeffthecheff
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visit #1, 05/28/10
I have been waiting to check joint out for quite a while. It didn't disappoint!
As you enter the first door, you walk into a narrow corridor with coolers containing single twelve to sixteen ounce bottles that normally come in four or six packs lining the left wall. Though they discount most mixed six packs, their markup is stiff, this is not meant to be a knock, it is just a reality of running a business like Bierkraft. On the right, there are shelves housing single twenty-two and twenty-five ounce bottles, solid selection with a focus on local packaged product, seemingly average prices on the big boys.
Once you make your way through the hall o' beer, you will see a chalkboard, detailing the beers on draft for in-store consumption and growler/bomber fills from their (custom built?) counter-pressure filling system. The prices for growler fills seemed criminally low, can't complain about this at all. During my visit, a pleasant fellow named Matthew issued a warm greeting and spent some time shooting the shit about the oddball Cigar City gruit. I decided to snag a growler of Sly Fox Helles to split with friends. Rounding the corner, there is another counter where those who are so inclined can nab a growler fill from one of three casks. A few steps further and you hit a lovely display of meats, cheese, chocolate, locally roasted coffee (If you haven't tried Gorilla beans, roasted in Bklyn, do yourself a favor). Behind the checkout counter, there is a sandwich station, at which all that is good in this world is ripped from the clouds and transformed into delicious grub by the "kitchen" staff. (Italian...omnomnom.)
The bar area is chill, albeit small, with some neat-o fold up tables that are bolted to the wall. We spent the better part of a day there eating, drinking and chatting. The place obviously has a local following, including many of my Jewish brethren, who come in to fill growlers for the sabbath.
At the end of the day, the only fault I can find, is their single bottle prices, but that's not really an issue with the selection and price of their growlers.
Make it a point to go to Bierkraft if you are in Brooklyn, you won't regret it.
05-31-2010 22:54:32 |
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Bierkraft in Brooklyn, NY
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