Taps: 20 / Bottles: 150
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 25 | Reviews: 21 | Show All Ratings:
4.09/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped by after a terrific time at Torst. This place was unusual and very cool. Small beer retail (excellent selections) with 16 or so outstanding taps. Had one of the best stouts ever (Warlock, by Victory I think?) and several wet-hopped IPAs. Took home a couple growlers afterward. Wish there were more of this style beer drinking/beer retail places. Reminded me of Common Market in Charlotte without the general merchandise and deli. Lots of fun.
10-29-2013 21:52:57 | More by fulcrum
3.09/5 rDev -24.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 2.75 | $$$
Stopped in at opening time on a monday. Cool layout with a large window outside that allows you to look a the chalk board of tap/growler fills 9in fact I found it easier to read the list by stepping outside and looking through the window. Below is the taps (not really behind a bar). A few cold case and sitting area, also a nice little patio out back.
Looked liked it would be a great neighborhood spot, but I was more on the look out for bottles on my visit and they were very picked over, ended up leaving empty handed. Tap list was nice looking but also nothing I couldn't live with out.
Minimal interaction with the staff but they seemed nice enough. Would stop in if in the neighborhood.
08-22-2013 06:26:31 | More by drewone
4.23/5 rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4 | $$$
Oh, St. Patrick’s Day, I mean ‘amateur night' weekend, my bad. So, I’ve been here a few times but it’s never been conducive to my scribbling of notes (including now). No, not just a bottle & growler store, but a place to get a pint or shorty, too. Without a doubt, it’s the perfect place to get your pre-Paulie’s game on (hot honey soppa, yum!). Storefront up towards the top of the strip on Greenpoint, in, well, Greenpoint...
It’s a shoebox, true, but they get it done, their space running an ‘L’ around the cold box room. Up front, 19 taps on a single panel row over drainage, and sometimes a cask offering, but not now. Growlers stacked horizontally below the taps and a horizontal board above listing selections, style, ABV, & pricing for ½ pint, pint, and litre medicine jar, & 2L growlers. Sink on the end for glass cleaning and growler rinsing if necessary. A few standards always on (Jever & Gaffel), and they otherwise rotate in some nice things on tap. Sometimes, something sour or the Hill Farmstead wares will not be available for growler fills, but what you do instead is to drink a glassful (3) there. That there was free advice; you’re welcome. And 5 cooler doors on the cold room down along the side, a smallish selection but always something I want to grab (Hello, Cascade Blueberry). A bit pricey, but that’s why I work, pay to play.
Brick walls worn and white or faded some. The side wall with some slat wood framings with a mounted deer head over a shelving holding dead soldier display bottles; many or most for show as they don’t sell them here (New Belgium, Russian River, Port, Lost Abbey, Three Floyds, New Glarus, Westie 12, maybe, but certainly not Bells, yet, anyway). Currently, colorful wet looking local art, but I’ve seen some other cool stuff before. Random neons & other signage. The 4 X 8 vertical Jever prints are kind of cool, and the 4 X 6 Gaffel Kolsch one, as well. Vintagey Canadian beer signage (Black Horse Biere; Ale & Porter and Boswell Biere; Ale & Porter), and an upside down Palm sign (probably for what they did to Rodenbach’s blending ratios). Cooler space above is pasted with brewery stickers and panels above hide storage, ‘cause like I said, they don’t have a whole lot of room. Gray concrete floors, dark wood rafters & ceiling with a pair of spinnys & skylights, arched & framed. Lantern a-dangling just inside the front door and a row of 5 suction cap lamps running to the rear.
A pair of hightop roundy Gaffel Kolsch tables just inside the door, a pair of bar counter-like narrow tables past there, and then another pair of Gaffels to the rear. I am seated at one of them back there, lovin’ on the warmth of the mid March wood stove. There is also a backyard space, slight & tight with nearly a ½ dozen tables, but doable, although, if I recall correctly, the space is angled or sloped or something so it’s difficult to sit, at least at that one table. And it’s snowing now so I’ll remain inside, thank you. Bathroom has greenhouse uppers, keg storage, and some seriously badass Star Wars wallpaper worth noting (so I did).
I've attended a few tastings here (lemme see, there was that sour event and then that night with the IPA's), but I'm just here for a few quick ones today. Started with the Victory NATO IPA (resin piney goodness), then the Green Flash Hop Odyssey Black IPA (did not suck), and then the Victory Rye Expression (meh). Beers were served in 2 sizes of the standard Gaffel glass.
Eats. Bar counter ledge up front and a small heat lamp unit for the benefit of the pretzels they sell. Pretzels! Beer and pretzels, yes, I know, I feel the same way. Meat sticks and pickles jarred, too.
I can spend some time here. They’re currently setting up for a farmer’s co-op food pick up. I’m listening to a guy describe what he picked up and I’m wishing I was ‘in’. They’re playing a good amount of Beirut this afternoon; I am very good with that. I should apologize to everyone around me for loudly whistling all the brass parts and those which I have improvised, but I will not, because I can carry a tune & harmonize functionally. When it came time to settle up, I gave my usual ‘do you take cash? line. Erik didn’t find it terribly funny, probably because (read the sign), it’s all they take. Good for the bottle & growler grab or just a drop in for a few pints. or both. Probably both. They do a nice job of it here. Good house in Greenpoint.
07-02-2013 22:29:07 | More by slander
4.65/5 rDev +14.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
One of my favorite spots in NYC for beer. I love the funky/quirky set up, consistently amazing tap selection, and perhaps my favorite, half pours available on all taps!
A favorite thing to do is go grab a bottle or two to take home, grab a half pour of something unique and enjoy it there. The staff is fun, very Brooklyn, very knowledgeable.
The bottle selection is limited, priced in line for NYC (skewing a bit high sometimes). But they do make the most of the limited selection, stocking some unique bottles that you don't see elsewhere. Also, they often have previous year bottles at reasonable mark ups.
Food is snacks, pretzels, jerky. I do like the jerky and the mustard is excellent, but it's hardly the centerpiece.
Atmosphere is fun and communal. The bartender/cashier is often forced to be right next to you (there is literally no bar, just a small stand with a register on it), and it makes it quite personal, if a bit odd. The tables are set up about as well as the space allows. The outside is cozy but awesome on a hot day.
Overall, an excellent, quirky place where the taps are the showcase. There are better bottle shop options around, but for sampling or seasoning, this is the best in the neighborhood.
05-21-2013 18:08:03 | More by BKBassist
3.93/5 rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | $$$
Another very decent place to have a beer in the area, with some good taps selection. Nice environment near a reinvigorated water area. Worth a stop if you can pull yourself away or not get into Torst. A very good though not yet world class place. Parking can be an issue in the area.
04-12-2013 12:05:04 | More by Sammy
4.9/5 rDev +20.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
I came through for the Hill Farmstead selections this weekend and enjoyed every aspect of this place; the service, value and atmosphere were all top notch. The bottle selection seems solid enough, but fresh beer will excite pretty frequently. Drinking there can be nice, too. Guys running the place are nice and friendly.
01-20-2013 21:34:00 | More by bklynj
4.3/5 rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This place is small and has limited seating inside but it has a great enclosed "backyard" seating area outside. The decor is heavy on beer paraphernalia and exposed brick. This place also has the coolest bathroom decor that I have run across in a beer store/bar - storage for about 10 empty kegs, a couple of empty sixtels, and super sweet late 70s Star Wars wallpaper over the sink (it makes me wish I could include a photo of that as a part of the review). Unfortunately, the place does not have AC so I would suggest avoiding it on really hot summer afternoons.
The place pours very nice and super fresh beers in proper glassware.
The service was good with the bartender/shop keeper making sure to get our orders filled in a timely fashion and making sure everything was as expected.
The selection was good and on the most recent visit it was really good as they were having a special selection of sour beers. In addition to serving about 20 beers on tap, they fill growler, and have a good selection of craft bottles.
07-16-2012 17:30:50 | More by dbrauneis
4.66/5 rDev +14.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
This has become one of my favorite places to drink beer and buy beer. They have 20+ taps and 1 cask with selection being some of the best in the city. I have had some great Hill Farmstead, Kelso, Firstone Walker, Jolly Pumpkin, Stillwater, and wonderful tastings. They recently had a Barleywine tasting that included Firestone Walker 15, Bruery Cuir, Our Finest Regards, Avery Hog Heaven, and a Terrapin collaboration barleywine. Simple place with a few table and limited but excellent bottle selection. Bottle prices are a bit high, but bonus for making a six-pack(buy 5 get 1 free) and growler fills are very reasonable and you can get pint or 1/2 pints to enjoy in house. There is a toasty wood burning oven in the back. You can bring food or have it delivered. It has ample bike racks out front. If you leave feeling like you didn't get everything you wanted, Eastern District is just down the block. This place rocks. There should be one of these in every neighborhood.
02-02-2012 21:17:43 | More by unclejazz
4.06/5 rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Small, extremely cool place. Growler fills o' plenty from the filling station to the right as you enter, bottles kept cold in the mid sized units to the left of the cash register, wood burning stove and small outside space. No food, but you can bring your own in if you want to eat and enjoy a draft selection, or two. Beer savvy and friendly staff. Add it all up and you get a very worthy stop. Feels like a slice of Amsterdam in Brooklyn.
Quality taps expected. New releases and other interesting offerings have been the norm every time I have visited.
07-03-2011 11:26:04 | More by Billolick
4.5/5 rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
I was just heading to a show at coco 66 a few doors down and this made me stop dead in my tracks. You walk into a 6 door bottle cooler and a wall of taps. A pretty good selection of domestic craft beer as well as on tap some awesome imports as well. Got a goblet of allagash victor for 6 dollars and my girlfriend got a green flash imperial ipa goblet for 5 so the pricing seems very reasonable. The bottle prices are slightly above what you would pay at a bottle shop but its a nice relaxed place to sit and enjoy your beers. The staff knows their beer quite well. I'm pretty glad to have found this place I would have never sought it out but very happy I passed it.
06-30-2011 01:51:12 | More by joefuzz
Brouwerij Lane in Brooklyn, NY
91 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.