Taps: 20 / Bottles: 150
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 28 | Reviews: 22 | Display Reviews Only:
3.84/5 rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$
This is a really cool place in the BK.
Like many other places in NYC, it will cost you a bit to have a beer. Thankfully, however, they offer smaller servings and graduating prices that ease the sticker shock. Add to this a superb selection including some rareties and beers that out-of-towners like me never see and it's easy to go overboard here and order a ton of beers.
Just to give an idea of the selection, they had Sweetwater and Green Flash among other American craft options that I'm blanking on, as well as a number of Belgian and German offerings like Gaffel and again, some other names I'm blanking on. Bottom line: you'll find something you like here.
Add to the great tap selection an impeccable cooler selection for those that want to take some bottles to go or crack one on the premises. If you buy a bottle, you'll pay a corkage fee to drink at the bar, but once you see the selection, you'll probably still want to do this despite the extra charge.
As for the seating, there's small beer garden in the back and tables for around 10-12 people right next to the taps. There are pretzels and pickles for those that get the munchies too.
Overall, one of the best spots I've been to in NYC. Not sure when I'll return, but it can't come soon enough.
06-17-2014 20:04:55 | More by ONovoMexicano
4.09/5 rDev +0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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 -23.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 2.75 | $$$
Stopped in at opening time on a monday. Cool layout with a large window outside that allows you to look a the chalk board of tap/growler fills 9in fact I found it easier to read the list by stepping outside and looking through the window. Below is the taps (not really behind a bar). A few cold case and sitting area, also a nice little patio out back.
Looked liked it would be a great neighborhood spot, but I was more on the look out for bottles on my visit and they were very picked over, ended up leaving empty handed. Tap list was nice looking but also nothing I couldn't live with out.
Minimal interaction with the staff but they seemed nice enough. Would stop in if in the neighborhood.
08-22-2013 06:26:31 | More by drewone
4.23/5 rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4 | $$$
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
Brouwerij Lane in Brooklyn, NY
91 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.