American Beer Distribution Company
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Reviews by r0nyn:
3.8/5 rDev -8%
quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
After reading all the good things about this store, I had to go check it out, knowing I was going to be in the area. I'm glad I did, because it's a good beer store. It just wasn't the beer mecca I was expecting.
As has been said before, ABD is very spacious, with a lot of floorspace to play around with. Unfortunately, I don't think its very well utilized as things seem to be sectioned off without much rhyme or reason. The domestic bombers seem to occupy three separate shelves that are spaced away from each other. The Belgian section is in disarray. Not very well-organized at all. Coolers off to the left with craft beer occupying the back right of the store. A line of growler taps is on your right just as you walk in.
Quality is above average, though it can be hit or miss. Aside from the obvious disorder, some of the bottles have a patina of dust on them, mostly the big import 750ml bottles. That's well and good for some of the higher ABV beers, but not so much for IPAs and lagers. Nevertheless, there were a lot of bottles still within freshness dates and a few interesting things like a Stone 07.07.07 VE. Selection is good, with many different breweries represented, both domestic and import. Found a few gems I'd not been able to locate in my neck of the woods, so I was happy about that.
Pricing seems a bit expensive for my tastes. New York City tax is already hurtful as it is, so the relatively high prices put a bit of a damper on things.
Staff seems to be friendly in general. The pair of ladies running the front were knowledgeable about the prices, but not the actual beer themselves. I overhead one of the other employees talking about the taps and ordering some other beer that wasn't there. On the whole, a pleasant shopping experience.
American Beer Distributing is a neat store with a good selection. Would probably be my go-to place if I lived in the area. I just wish it would have been better organized and a bit cleaner and cheaper.
11-19-2010 03:17:48 | More by r0nyn
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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.