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rAvg: 2.98
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223 Greenpoint Avenue
Brooklyn, New York, 11222
United States
phone: (718) 387-4416

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Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-22-2009

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Reviews by sleazo:
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3.15/5  rDev n/a

I had tried adding this place before but for some reason I guess it didn't stick. Big Blue is a beer distributor inside a large warehouse on the NE side of Greenpoint. Basically a stone's throw away from Queens this place can easily be reached from the BQE and Mid-Town tunnel by car and a 2 block walk from the G.

What this place does well is volume. They distribute to a lot of the bars in the area and somewhat further afield. They also have a decent walk in business which is what I am sure everybody is interested in. They sell cases at reasonable prices and seem to have a relatively high turnover between that and their kegs. You can get cases of most Brooklyn beers, some other regionals and a good deal of Eastern European brews, especially Polish as befits the area.

There is also a good six pack and single area that manages to pack in a nice variety of stuff. Besides the aforementioned Eastern European stuff there is a good selection of Latin American, German and English brews. American craft beer wise, I have seen a wide array of 12 and 22 oz bottles over time including beers from Southern Tier, Avery, Dogfishead, Schmaltz, Sierra Nevada, Anchor, Smuttynose amongst others. The good thing here is that they do have the seasonals and one-offs of these various breweries. The bad news is that there does not seem to be a high turnover as beers tend to sit on the shelf a long time. You might see a winter seasonal in the summer and vice versa. The main concern here with all of there brews is shelf time, some of the slower movers have been on the shelf absorbing sunlight for a long time.

While old, stale beer may be a problem this place does have its strong points. Cases of beer and kegs are reasonable. When you do find something fresh on the shelves it could be something not available elsewhere in the neighbourhood and cheap as well. Just make sure you inspect the goods for signs of age before buying.

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2.8/5  rDev n/a
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3

I'd have to say give this place a pass if you're looking for interesting, fresh craft, unless you're in the car and want a quick stop and aren't too picky. The guys here don't seem particularly informed or interested in craft beer and the selection is fairly lackluster for the area. Many of the usual suspects are here, with lots of Brooklyn, Stone, Ithaca, Captain Lawrence, but no limited releases and questionable dated bottles, many covered with dust under the lights.

Prices are good and this might be a place to snag a cheap case of something fairly run of the mill, assuming that its not completely out of date. Not worth a special trip though, in my view. More of a cheap place for Corona and Pepsi than anything else.

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