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American Beer Distribution Company

Not Rated.
American Beer Distribution CompanyAmerican Beer Distribution Company

40 Ratings
Ratings: 40
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.41%
[ Store ]

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

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Reviews by r0nyn:
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3.8/5  rDev -7.8%

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.

r0nyn, Nov 19, 2010
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American Beer Distribution Company in Brooklyn, NY
92 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.