1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

American Beer Distribution Company

Not Rated.
American Beer Distribution CompanyAmerican Beer Distribution Company
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

38 Ratings
Ratings: 38
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.62%
$$ - reasonable
[ Store ]

256 Court St
Brooklyn, New York, 11231-4405
United States
phone: (718) 875-0226

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap 

Notes:
None, yet.

(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Place: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-10 | 11-20 | 21-30  | next › last »
Ratings: 38 | Reviews: 31 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Billolick:
Photo of Billolick
Billolick

New York

4.5/5  rDev +9%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

this place rocks, I always find something new and/or interesting....friendly and helpful owners. I always try to swing by whenever I find myself in Brooklyn. Excellent selection of Belgians and micros. both locals and nationwide. Also have a huge selection of glassware. The best Ive ever seen. They do store many of their Belgians (cork and cage variety)on their sides. not sure about this practice. In general, this place should satisfy any beer geek....also Its a good place to start a downtown Brooklyn tour, the Brazen head is close, waterfront ale house as well, then off to Park slope....drive carefully and don't drink and drive!

01-13-2004 01:32:04 | More by Billolick
More User Reviews:
Photo of SkiBum22
SkiBum22

New York

4/5  rDev -3.1%

06-20-2014 02:06:59 | More by SkiBum22
Photo of evil_liver
evil_liver

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

06-10-2014 07:24:09 | More by evil_liver
Photo of metter98
metter98

New York

4/5  rDev -3.1%

03-28-2014 23:15:05 | More by metter98
Photo of hoppymcgee
hoppymcgee

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -3.1%

02-19-2014 20:50:17 | More by hoppymcgee
Photo of -NESTO-
-NESTO-

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

02-18-2014 16:27:24 | More by -NESTO-
Photo of WheelsPSU
WheelsPSU

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

11-23-2013 19:30:50 | More by WheelsPSU
Photo of JLapadura
JLapadura

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

11-01-2013 02:13:24 | More by JLapadura
Photo of GJ40
GJ40

North Carolina

3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | $$$

I stopped by while in town on business. The space is good and there was quite a selection but it wasn't well organized. I made a few laps through and hadn't found anything I couldn't get back home when I stumbled across some Brooklyn Black Ops. It was pricy but it's one of my favorites so I picked up a couple. It's worth a visit.

10-16-2013 01:22:19 | More by GJ40
Photo of petroos
petroos

New York

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Oh American, my little secret in Brooklyn. Let me just start by saying that this place is by no means a reliable "beer mecca" as some may suggest. On the contrary, the selection is very volatile and unpredictable. That's a large part of why I love this place.

For pick-a-six and stocking up on kegs for a party this place is pretty good. Their selection is extensive and mostly local, and the prices are decent. The store clerks are generally friendly but have little to no interest in the beer. There are a few people who work there who will tell you that a bottle in your hand is good or has been selling fast, but I generally just browse the shelves on my own. As has been mentioned, the growlers fills are a flat $10 which is amazing for the city, and they often get a lot of great brews from local places such as Captain Lawrence and farther away greats such as Avery.

In terms of their storage practices, they are generally very bad, as has also been noted. It's often downright hot in the back of the store and bottles can definitely gather dust. The belgian and foreign bottles seem to move the slowest. There's also no real rhyme or reason to the way things are arranged, although after a couple of times there you'll get the feel of it.

All of the above being said, this place would probably only deserve a B at best, but that doesn't take into account the best thing about this place, which is the wacky and random finds you can make here, and how little known it is in the neighborhood. Beers that have sold out in one night at the Whole Foods Bowery Beer Room have stuck around at this place for literally months. It just seems like the neighborhood isn't very into craft beer or that most people just generally gravitate towards the more well known distributors in town, but that's what makes this place great.

About a week or two ago I stopped in on a lark on Sunday afternoon just to browse the shelves and see what was new. Somehow they had GI Rare sitting on the shelves. Not only that, but they were only charging $35 for it! I bought two bottles, and when I asked the owner how in the world he'd gotten it (note it showed up on the shelves more than a year after original release) he said that a distributor had sent it by mistake. That still doesn't explain anything, but it does explain why this place is my number one beer spot.

06-17-2011 17:55:39 | More by petroos
« first ‹ prev | 1-10 | 11-20 | 21-30  | next › last »
American Beer Distribution Company in Brooklyn, NY
92 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.