American Beer Distribution Company
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Reviews by ikats:
4.1/5 rDev -0.7%
quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
American Beer is out of the way for me, so I rarely go there. I drove there recently when I had nothing else to do on the weekend. It's a nice store to browse around.
Selection is very, very good. You are very likely to spot a few beers that are not easily found. A lot of American micro brews, Belgians and other imports. On my last visit, I've picked up Captain Lawrence Nor'Easter, Brooklyn Local 1 and Sam Adams Longshot box. One problem I see with the store is that it is not well organized. I only found Cpt. Lawrence by accident hearing some other shoppers refer to it (and Nor'Easter was in a separate area from Cpt. Lawrence's other brews.)
I did not have any problems with quality of beers bought from American Beer. And service seems to be above average. I personally prefer to shop in peace and quiet in my own thoughts, but observing other shoppers, I can say that everybody got friendly, attentive service. And it is always so damn nice to have somebody mention something nice about your selection (got a good comment about Nor'Easter.)
Prices are on the level of other NY stores such as Bierkraft and New Beer.
All in all, I think a visit to American Beer is worth it. It definitely deserves to take up one of the top places among best beer stores in NY.
03-26-2007 04:59:56 | More by ikats
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3.86/5 rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | $$$
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
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
American Beer Distribution Company in Brooklyn, NY
92 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.