Spuyten Duyvil Grocery
Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 15
Reviews by Billolick:
4.6/5 rDev +8.7%
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Just a few blocks from the bar and fette sau, this hole in the wall place did not disappoint. A small frig to chill a few selections, the rest of the place is just beer along the walls up to the ceilings. Way out there selections, a ton of beers that were new to me, plenty of glassware, a smattering of actual "groceries". Guy behind the counter was awesome, full of info, tips and generally a swell beer geek to talk beer with.They get new stuff in all the time, sometimes just a case of something special then it's gone. Glad to pick up a bomber of Jolly Pumpkin's Bam Noire on this my first visit. Be sure to check this temple of beerdom out next time you are in this uber beer rich neighborhood. I will be back!
02-10-2008 19:08:02 | More by Billolick
More User Reviews:
3.85/5 rDev -9%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$$
I've been to Spuyten Duyvil Grocery many times, and there's always something I want to buy.
The store is small and a bit hard to find (unless you happen to stumble upon it), the owner/beer guy is a bit gruff and the prices are sky-high. Selection is not exactly gigantic.
So what's the deal? I don't know... it is just cozy, homey, appealing.
This is not the place where you stock on six-packs of your favorite beers. This might not even be the place where you find that rare beer you are looking for.
But this IS the place where you walk in, look around and find a beer you didn't even know existed or was distributed in NYC.
It is all singles. They have lots of Belgians, mostly uncommon ones (no Leffe here), also quality German and Czech beers. In additio, you will find Mikkeller, Nogne and those premium Scandinavian crafts.
They seem to specialize in breweries you can't find elsewhere in the New York area, like Uinta from Utah, Kuhnhenn from Michigan, Stillwater from Maryland...
They also had Goose Island Rare!!
I like to browse the dimly-lit shelves and just find weird stuff I want to try. Prices are, alas, outrageous and uneven. For example, Goose Bourbon Rare was $48, which is not too bad, but I bought a bottle of Kuhnhenn Solar Eclipse Russian Imperial Stout and paid $14 for a 12-oz bottle. Later I read this retails for about $6 in Michigan, but then again this is the only place in New York that sells Kuhnhenn...
The guy is not the friendliest dude on earth. Sometimes he seems to be bothered by customers, but he knows his shit and will give good recommendations. I asked him about bourbon-aged imperial stouts and he knew exactly what I needed. Today I walked in and he wasn't there, "back in five minutes", a sign said. Five minutes later, he told me to wait another five minutes. Oh, well...
All in all, I would recommend this store if you happen to be strolling around Williamsburg and stumble upon it. Come in and enjoy. Otherwise, not a beer destination, unless you've got a rare whim that may be satisfied here.
02-12-2011 23:57:34 | More by DoubleSimcoe
3.65/5 rDev -13.7%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
As many others have said, this store is a bit tricky to find, as the address given leads you to a Chabad House. Just 'round the corner is the entrance to the tiny strip mall this establishment is in. Took me a bit of looking.
The store itself is ridiculously tiny; I think my closet is bigger than the entire thing. It's also pretty dark and has a bit of a musty smell. Bit warm too. Shelves are high to the ceiling and hold a variety of craft beer along with some dusty glassware. A pair of coolers off to the right as you walk in house the only chilled stuff in the store.
Quality is okay, with most of the bottles I checked being relatively with their freshness limits. Quite a few of them have a sheen of dust on them though. Probably a byproduct from being in such a dank, dark space, but whatever. Selection is good for the area, with lots of Cigar City, Weyerbacher, Hoppin' Frog along with quite a few imports, including quite the variety of sours. I'd seen most of everything in Eagle, though, so this place doesn't win any extra points for that.
Prices are pretty darn expensive. Not as ridiculously exorbitant as Bierkraft, but close. Everything was at least $5+ compared to what I've seen before in other stores. Not a clue how they keep in business with other stores in the area selling better beers at better prices in better locations. Even the glassware is expensive!
Service is okay. When I got there, there was a "Be back in five" sign up, so I had to wait a few minutes for the guy to get back. When he did, he seemed genial enough and told me to ask if I had any questions. He seemed to know his stuff, but I didn't press too much.
All in all, Spuyten Duyvil Grocery is a decent place to go for craft beer. Good selection, but a pretty crap location with a tiny amount of floorspace and prohibitive pricing. With so many better options in the Brooklyn area, I can't help wondering how it stays afloat.
11-21-2010 01:52:01 | More by r0nyn
4.55/5 rDev +7.6%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
When I lived in Brooklyn, I walked by this place nearly every week without realizing it was there. Even looking for it explicitly, it was hard to find (it's in the Brooklyn equivalent of a strip mall).
The difficulty in finding it merely adds to the appeal, however, and upon stumbling on this tiny bottle shop, I treasured it more for it's off-the-beaten-path-edness.
The store is tiny, even by New York standards, but as my girlfriend remarked on the way out "Every single bottle in that store is worth buying," and in short, every single bottle in that store is in fact worth coveting, buying, hoarding and enjoying.
Was able to find top-notch rotational and seasonal beers (good selection of local favorites captain lawrence, brooklyn, southampton, and also of other east-coast onlys like cigar city), and also find some rarities and vintages (Ithaca Beer Co Ten, Rodenbach 2007 Grand Cru, etc). The very top shelf was stuffed with 6-packs of Founders, Avery Demon Ales, and other 12 oz. but the majority of the store is given to large-format and large-tasting beers.
10-14-2010 15:31:55 | More by codewarrior
3.5/5 rDev -17.3%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
Stopped by here on a recent trip to Brooklyn. It was kind of hard to find and I had to go through a store into a mall that couldn't be seen from the outside to find it.
The place is very small as shit is just thrown around all over the place without any kind of order. They have around eight shelves from floor to ceiling with the bottom shelf blocked by baskets of randomness. They have one cooler and a small shelf of glassware.
The selection was decent but nothing too special. They had a few Belgian lambics, some Cigar City, Captain Lawrence and a few Danish surprises but nothing besides Captian Lawrence that I couldn't find here in Philly for much cheaper.
This place is alright but like their bar very overrated. Okay but not worth going out of the way for.
02-27-2010 21:02:01 | More by corby112
3.45/5 rDev -18.4%
quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Visited this place because a NYCWheatfanSC recommended it. Thought I'd check it out on my way back from EBF (2/21).
This place is a little hole in the wall shop that is simply packed to the gills with unique beers mostly from NY and Europe. I've never seen a place this small with that much beer. That being said, there was no temperature control and the bottles were basically at the mercy of the weather... not a good sign. Also, a bunch of bottles were old and dusty and a number of them were hidden behind boxes and shelves. Not the best presentation.
The service was really non-existent. There's one guy at the counter ready to ring me up but never once did he asked if I was looking for something in particular or offered his advice on certain beers. I pretty much had to know what I was hunting for in this treasure chest.
Like I said before... I still can't figure out how they got that much beer into this place. A bunch of vintage brews and what really stood out were the vintage Cantillon and Drie Fonteinen (2006 Scharksbeer Kriek) offerings. My friend even said he was able to pick up a Hommage here!!!
Very pricey for their vintage brews (which is understandable and acceptable)... but also completely overpriced for their regular beers. I wouldn't visit here if I were looking for a deal.
Overall, I'd say if you live in the area, this place is worth a visit maybe once a week. I wouldn't pick up much here because of the price and inattentive service, but there are simply gems that can't be passed up at times and therefore, this place remains an interesting and must visit destination for the true beer hunter!
02-22-2010 04:48:43 | More by SpeedwayJim
4.55/5 rDev +7.6%
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
For a guy from baltimore, this place is super impressive...
Reminiscent of a bier shop in europe, this place is very small but doesn't waste an inch of shelf space on anything but world class beer. I found everything I would desire in maryland, plus bottles of HotD Fred, Adam, Ruth and Alesmith Speedway Stout.
What a gem!!
In addition to the incredible beer selection, there was a fine range of epicurian condiments from around the world!
The clerk was very knowledgable and helpful.
This is truly the first beer shop in the US that made me feel like a kid in a candy store!
01-31-2010 22:01:35 | More by jgasparine
4/5 rDev -5.4%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$
This store has a pretty impressive selection of beers. I was just there on December 26th while visiting the east coast. They had DF Hommage and many other hard to find beers in their small store space. Definitely an impressive selection for the size of the space.
The prices for most of the items are very high. For example, Captain Lawrence nor'easter was $19.99. I had just picked up bottles at DeCiccos market for $12.99. The Bruery Papier was in the $25-30 range (I picked up bottles for $18 at other places).
12-30-2009 01:16:09 | More by dbuckingham
4.85/5 rDev +14.7%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Visited recently on a trip to Brooklyn to see some friends. This place blew my mind. I walked in and immediately saw 2 lambic one offs from one of my favorite breweries, I cried a little when I saw the price, but still.
They pretty much only had really good stuff. It's a very small place, about the size of my bathroom ha ha, so there's not room for much else.
The guy working was friendly and helpful. Definitely knew his stuff. I picked up a Black Ops and a Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek (which was incredible btw). Also snatched a Leelanau Good Harbor and a De Ranke glass (also very surprised to find).
If you're in Brooklyn looking to find something different. This is the spot. Highy recommended.
03-21-2009 03:09:00 | More by jfunkk79
3.55/5 rDev -16.1%
quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$$$
This place is hidden inside a mini-mall. It is a pretty nice place with a decent selection but it is super-expensive and their selection isn't quite impressive enough to support the prices.
The beers they do have are all good. I even saw some Captain Lawrence SFTO which I haven't seen at a store before. When I asked about them though, the guy working there didn't really know anything about them. Not a good sign. He seemed friendly, but ultimately if you don't know your products you are useless.
The selection was decent but aside from the SFTO, there wasn't anything outstanding there. They did have some 3 Fontinen Shar-noideahowtospell Kriek and the Framboise but they were over 40 bucks a bottle.
I wouldn't make the trip here again.
03-16-2009 19:08:15 | More by drseamus
Spuyten Duyvil Grocery in Brooklyn, NY
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