New Beer Distributors
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3.04/5 rDev -28.8%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25 | $$
Worth a stop as its around the corner from whole foods bowery. A large dark warehouse type space. Everything is out on shelfs, nothing is refrigerated. Don't expect service or to talk beer, but there is a wide selection and a few items that others don't carry. A wide import selection too.
No temp controller so i would generally avoid hoppy beers here unless I knew they were fresh.
One things I really like is you can buy a single of anything that sell, so I picked up quite a few 12oz that I wanted to try.
A lot of stock, so there seems to be a few things that linger here longer that other places, found a sixpoint 3bean (which turned out to be quite tasty).
08-22-2013 06:42:04 | More by drewone
4.04/5 rDev -5.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | $$
Vibe: This isn't your typical Manhattan beer store as the back half functions as a warehouse and the front half features as a retail area. It's not uncommon to see kegs being wheeled out to the street for deliveries when you're shopping. The cashiers are located in a separate room behind a glass window and will manually add up your order.
Quality: This store has a large selection and doesn't have as much turnover as the nearby Whole Foods Bowery so sometimes you can find some aged beers without having to cellar them yourself.
Service: This is a family-run business so the staff is generally friendly. If you're there for a while, someone will usually ask you if you need any help. The only drawback about the store is that it's only open until 6 pm and closed on Sundays.
Selection: The store is a lot more organized than it was in past years and beers are mostly arranged on the shelves by country, most of which are available as singles. Just about all of the beers are stored warm, although there is a smaller cooler near the front opposite the cashiers and a small growler filler station. This store has hundreds of different beers and probably has the largest selection in New York City.
Value: Beer prices are very reasonable and slightly cheaper compared to other stores in the area such as Whole Foods and Top Hops.
06-24-2013 01:56:14 | More by metter98
2.6/5 rDev -39.1%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | $$$$
A a cement floor, no lighting, warehouse. It was hot as balls which can't be good for the beer.
Q there was a lot of beer, mostly fresh stuff.
S no one spoke English, there was one bald guy thre but he was very angry looking and didn't want anything to do with the customers. Pretty much a dick.
S lots of beer, the is a good import section but the were no gems in the domestic section. Bcbs for $8 a bottle.
V pretty expensive... Even for the city
06-20-2013 21:07:29 | More by Lare453
3.41/5 rDev -20.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $
Essentially a warehouse/distribution center that also has a massive selection of bottles and cans.
Much of what has been said here is accurate. The selection is pretty incredible, from domestic craft to international macros and micros. The issue is freshness and storage conditions. The bottles are simply sitting out on shelves in a big warehouse. Definitely check your bottle dates on your IPAs and anything else you want fresh. But for your heartier styles this can be a true diamond in the rough.
I've never needed any service other than checking out, so I can't speak to that.
Overall, if you know what to look for, you can find great deals at this store, just don't go in blind.
05-22-2013 17:13:32 | More by BKBassist
4.39/5 rDev +2.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | $$
WOW! One of the hugest craft beer selection I've seen in a long time. It's basically a warehouse of tall racks filled with beers that seems to reach up to the sky. Reasonably priced and it's where I got Black OPS at $19 each. I would advise to check dates for IPA since they don't exactly keep track of them. I found an IPA that's been on the shelf for two years after its original bottling date! Also, it's not exactly climate-controlled. No coolers, just bunch of tall racks. Nevertheless, it's a great place to hunt for hard-to-find bottles.
05-12-2013 17:28:28 | More by cw577enfield
4.81/5 rDev +12.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | $
A gem. Lisa and Harry are great, and the selection and pricing can't be beat, plus you're invited to break apart six-packs. Good hours, and occasional tasting events on their drafts. Wide selection, especially internationally. Extremely reasonable growler prices. More of a warehouse than a store, New Beer is truly one of the best beer spots in NYC.
01-16-2013 02:42:24 | More by Nrbelex
3.71/5 rDev -13.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
*Was* my go-to beer store in NYC until I got more into the hobby. Regardless, the selection here is simply unmatched anywhere in Manhattan (and arguably in NYC), and their prices are rock bottom. It's not unusual for me to peruse the shelves at Whole Foods Bowery right up the street, then walk a few blocks down to New Beer to find the same bottles selling for 10% to 20% less. And compared to the ridiculous markups at places like Bierkraft, it isn't rare to save 50%!
However, there's no climate control anywhere in the store which means their arsenal of beers are subjected to significant temperature swings on a daily basis. For this reason alone, I will never purchase an IPA from them. Even worse, their inventory doesn't seem to turn over very often, and that means finding fresh beer is tricky (if not impossible).
Case in point: Founders' 2012 batch of Breakfast Stout arrived at most NYC retailers last week. New Beer had a few 4-packs of it on the shelves over the weekend, but upon closer inspection, *every* bottle in each of their 4-packs was from the 2011 batch. No fresh FBS anywhere in the store. I purchased a single 2011 FBS to try alongside the fresh stuff; it was oxidized to hell and vastly inferior to the recent batch. Shame on you, New Beer.
HUGE selection of Scandinavian imports. Tons of Belgians, including some sours. They typically have 4-5 taps for growler fills with brews ranging in quality from decent locals (Southampton, Capt Lawrence, Kelso) to highly-coveted gems (Founders KBS), but again, who knows how their kegs are stored...
Unprompted service is below average, but when you ask questions they typically know their stuff. Seems like a family business, and I've noticed they become more helpful after chatting with me on a few visits.
I prefer Top Hops. You might pay a few bucks more here and there (though not significantly!), but everything is properly stored, the service is a million times better, and Ted supports the beer trading community.
09-17-2012 19:47:03 | More by brystmar
3.88/5 rDev -9.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Industrial layout, but it enables them they put a lot of beer on display. They have a very good selection of American Craft Beers, Belgian Beers and a decent selection from the rest of the world. Misses out on being world-class because they don't have any of the hard to find American craft beers. The Staff is willing and helpful. A couple of beers on tap and a toilet in the store which comes in handy if you plan on looking at their entire stock. Overall, worth the trip to New York's Lower East Side, a piece of history to toast your beer to.
09-08-2012 12:01:32 | More by Guylefleur
4.21/5 rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
In town for the Whigs reunion show and New Beer is only a few blocks away.
Atmosphere: Look for the green awning. Once inside, expect a dimly lit store with checkout right upfront. Further towards the back, the cans lead things off. After that, and the can listing is impressive, the ales and lagers are segregated by country. Heavy focus on the US but the store amply stocks both.
Quality: A no frills, shop yourself store. At least one manager was walking the floor.
Service: The manager and two staffers were stacking, cleaning and running the place. I was greeted on entrance and didn't need any further help.
Selection: Top notch, rivaling and even surpassing the Whole Foods that is only a block and a half away. I can't really pinpoint which is better: the domestic or the imports as there are plenty of both. The can selection, including a few Japanese beers I'd never heard of. The bottles are plentiful and deep, if you can't find something here (and there is too much to start rattling off names) you are in trouble.
Food: The store smells snack food to go but this isn't a place that you'd eat at.
05-28-2012 22:59:34 | More by akorsak
4.8/5 rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $
How can people talk about Whole Foods in the Lower East Side without mentioning New Beer Distributors?!... This place is a craft beer drinkers OASIS.
I will tell you why this should be your go-to place.
#1 Prices.... you can't beat distributor prices combined with the ability to pull out single bottles from the pack. Old Rasputin for $2.50 a bottle? I'll take 3! Sam Smith pint bottles for $3-3.50? how can you say no? A whole wall full of rare and reasonable priced Belgian/Norwegian/Canadian beers? Hell yeah!
#2 Selection.... This place has it all. Well, not everything under the sun, but enough to try something new every time you visit. They have Eisbocks, Cans galore, plenty of Imperial Stouts, all the Trappists brews, Geuze and Lambic selections, rare beers from popular breweries (i.e Sierra Nevada, Troegs, Dogfish Head). . .
#3 Location... my favorite thing to do before visiting New Beer Distributors is go to Vanessa's Dumplings right around the corner. This is the best food deal in New York (8 dumplings and a Sesame Pancake for $3? come on)... If you like to budget and save money, this is a knockout duo, cheap good food and craft beer at distributor prices...
#4 Service... this place is family owned and treated as such. The main guy (don't know his name), isn't a beer snob. He knows about beer, but isn't a beer nerd/geek. This is actually great because it's humbling and brings you down to earth... He'll even order in beers if you request them. . .
#5 Temperature... nothing in fridges, everything is on the shelf, but the place is like a cellar (concrete walls, no heavy lights shining on the bottles). You get what you should as far as bottle temp.
The only downside? There is none. I don't have to deal with hipsters (BierKraft) or over-priced brews (BierKraft) or shitty snobby vibes from employees (BierKraft).
JUST DO IT
04-23-2012 18:00:00 | More by LeoPanna
New Beer Distributors in New York, NY
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