American Beer Distribution Company
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Reviews by slander:
4.3/5 rDev +4.1%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
There she was, Liefman's Gluhkriek, sitting on the shelf all by herself, bare bottled with no paper dress on, just smilin' at me. I took her home that night... (the only one I've ever seen in New York State)
Good beer store. Lots of surprises for this Brooklyn neighborhood. Hair of the Dogs, Victorys and Weyerbachers, oh my.
Hell, they've still got a bunch of Dogfish head WWS 2001.
And they are the distributor for Bert Grant's ales at this end of the state of New York, so I was able to score the Deep Powder Ale & the Perfect Porter for decent coin.
A helpful staff, decent glassware collection, good american micro and craft beers here, and interesting selection of imports over there. A Unibroue happy place. Waters, teas and juices, too.
Decent prices, conveniently located for me.
02-20-2003 17:25:27 | More by slander
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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.