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New Beer Distributors

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Reviews: 137
rAvg: 4.24
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167 Chrystie St
New York, New York, 10002-2809
United States
phone: (212) 260-4360

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Photo of Billolick
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%

spun by this place, after reading a few recent reviews, to see what all the fuss was about. Out of the way location,sort of between, chinatown, lower east side, and the bowery. El cheapo set up, sort of in a garage with the owners up front in one of those bullet proof offices, often seen in very rough neighborhood liquor stores. Selection truly outstanding! Prices VERY LOW. Tons of Belgians, germans, micros. You will be pleased. Alot of nice very large bottles and gift set type of stuff. Definitatly worth a visit, support this place, it will allow em to keep the prices down.

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Photo of Zekenyce
4.79/5  rDev +13%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

My type of place. Great selection and maintained in ideal cellar conditions.

Best prices in town. Hands down.

Photo of JonahNW
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%

Grimy, unassuming, very well-priced Valhalla for saisons, sours, Belgians

Photo of MisterBisco
3.32/5  rDev -21.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5

This is a curious place. Total warehouse feel. If you can hunt a staff person down, they range from snappy and unhelpful to warm and inviting.

Don't go for IPAs, unless it's something you know was released recently - the warehouse isn't temperature controlled, and their IPAs don't clear the shelves very quickly.

Some good values can be found, but overall found their prices to be average to pricey.

Worth stopping in if you're in the area, and it makes for a nice beer haul stop along with Whole Foods Bowery and Top Hops, both very close by.

Photo of drewone
3.04/5  rDev -28.3%
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).

Photo of metter98
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of Lare453
2.6/5  rDev -38.7%
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

Photo of BKBassist
3.41/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

Photo of cw577enfield
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of Nrbelex
4.81/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Photo of brystmar
3.71/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Photo of Guylefleur
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of akorsak
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of LeoPanna
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
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

Photo of dbrauneis
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

The store has the feel of a wholesale warehouse with slightly dim lighting, that being said I like the place. It is a little dingy and oddly organized but one of my favorite places to beer shop in Manhattan.

They have a really good selection and everything is available in singles. I have found many a beer that no one else had still available at New Beer. Also, the staff seem to be quite the beer geeks and you often find some great beers that are pre-cellared for you (especially if you spend the time to really check the bottom shelves).

The staff is knowledgeable but not pushy, they can answer your questions if you have them but they are happy to let you wander and peruse the selections.

Prices seem to be on par with other stores in the area or sometimes just a shade cheaper.

Photo of peensteen
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Low lit warehouse feel, not a ton of staff but the one or two people who were on the floor asked if I needed any help but I was more than happy to just browse around at their huge selection. All beers in 6/4 packs can be purchased as singles and a lot of beers here were a buck or two cheaper than the whole foods down the street. This was my second time visiting here and it's my favourite place to shop in NYC. Big selection of domestics and lots of Belgian and other imports. Found a few things here that weren't available at Whole Foods either.

Photo of smakawhat
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I wasn't sure what to expect when I first walked in here. The look of the place from outside seems suited for warehouse/big bulk sales. While I am sure there is some of that going on, the selection here is quite good, but most of it standard on the East coast.

Service is pretty solid too. I was thinking walking up to the glass I was going to run into a surly NY typical attitude but I didn't. They also had answers for any product question I had.

It was quite a cool February day that I visited so items on the shelf were great temperature wise. However, noticing that the place is air condition units, it makes me wonder how the beer here holds up on a hot day.

Prices here are also slightly cheaper than the Whole Foods up the block. I suggest you purchase here first, then go to Whole Foods and get what you couldn't find.

Photo of KBrennan1000
3.9/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

It's a warehouse so atmosphere doesn't really play a part in this place. And most of the employees are behind a pane of glass in a booth so service isn't really part of this place either. But it's a wholesale/retail depot; those things aren't the point. The point is the selection. More hard to find beer than I've seen in any one place before. I only allowed myself a mixed 6 pack since I knew my vacation fund was running low and that I'd have to be carrying any purchases around the city. A little on the pricey side but it was the perfect opportunity to take advantage of NY distribution and pick up a bunch of goodies that I can't get in MA. If I didn't have to catch the bus home that afternoon I could have spent hours (and hundreds of dollars) here.

Photo of negroobserver
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

THE GOOD - Excellent selection. Decent prices on most brews.

THE OKAY - Service from the staff. Have to bag your own bottles. No free glassware. Only four growler taps.

THE BAD - they close early. Some beers are clearly overpriced.

overall this is an excellent place to find some great brews, however the service is meager and the prices aren't always the best. I'm sure I'll be returning to this place, but I'll be very selective about what I buy here, because some brews are overpriced. I know this is valid because the whole foods down the street sells certain brews for less. If whole foods looks economical compared to is location, then I know I'm paying too much.

Photo of timtim
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

great store. bare bones. no frills. basically like a mini-warehouse/garage in the middle of the city with a few coolers, a few taps for growlers, and rack upon rack of "room temperature" beer arranged by country. found madame rose, cascade kriek and lambrucha as well as some ithaca and captain lawrence. great selection and very good prices for nyc (or anywhere for that matter). they let you buy singles/make mixed six packs. friendly, helpful staff. definitely worth a stop if you are looking for great beer in manhattan and don't need all the bells and whistles. bowery whole foods is very close as well, so potential for some very very good beer shopping within very little time.

Photo of fragilehearted
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Visited last Thursday. Easy walk from Grand Ave train station, which was good for me, an out-of-towner. Obviously doesn't look much like beer stores in Texas. Looks like basically an empty warehouse, really bare bones. It's kind of like being in a cellar. Not much in the cooler up front. Most everything is just out at room temperature, but it's so cold in there...however, not sure how this works in the summer. According to another review, it's just fans during warmer weather. Now, I know NYers don't get the temps we do in the South, but well, take it into consideration, whatever your purchase may be.

But lots of beer. New stuff (seasonals) are towards the front, convenient. Other than that, organized by country. It was a bit difficult to see everything (gotta kneel down to those lower shelves), so give yourself some time to explore. I went when it wasn't that busy, but I can imagine it getting a bit difficult and claustrophobic if it was busy. But New Yorkers are used to that, right? ;)

Service was decent. I mentioned what I was looking for to the guy walking around, & he made a couple of good suggestions. They also let me bubble wrap those puppies and load up my suitcase right in the store. And that makes a huge difference whenever it's freezing outside!

Costs were a bit pricey to me, but then again, this is Manhattan, so I hear it's really not that pricey. There were a couple of things, though, that I had to leave out, since I just felt they were a little too expensive. It's just a bit hard to be too realistic when I was buying only beers that doesn't even get distributed to my state. I was also buying mostly bombers and 750mls, and I think the better value is in the sixers (which you can split!)...but not what I was shopping for. Still, most I've ever spent filling up that suitcase, but I got a lot of good stuff.

Oh, and they weren't doing growler fills when I was there, so can't speak on that front. But if that's something you're making the trek for, probably couldn't hurt to call and check first.

Overall? I was impressed with the selection. I picked up some Goose Island beers that I hadn't seen in Chicago when I visited earlier this year. There were also some nice seasonals. Lots of imports (Belgian, Italian, Scandanavian) that I just hadn't really seen elsewhere, and this was my 4th beer run of the year (others were Chicago, San Francisco, and Tampa). If I lived there, it'd be in my regular rotation.

Photo of unclejazz
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

This is, hands down, the best beer store in Manhattan proper.It is cheaper and has a better selection of two other spots not to far from this location(Whole Foods on Houston and Good Beer on 9th between 1st and Ave. A)

This operation is run bare bones with a few coolers and shelves full of beer. Organized by country the shop boasts great selections of Belgian, English, and American craft beers. They also have a nice choice of Italian craft beers. The prices are on the low end on NY prices. There are a few incredible bargains including Allagash,Stone, Captain Lawrence, and Jolly Pirate to name a few. Any beer fan would be able to find many options to be left quenched and happy.

Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Wen to this place for the first time a few days ago and really liked the place. I have been looking for a place in the city where I could find a decent selection of beers for a reasonable amount of money. Compared to most other places I have seen in New York, this place is amazing. They have a good selection of American microbreweries from all across the country. They also have a nice selection of European beers, especially Belgians. Overall, I really liked the place and if you are in NYC and looking for a place with a good selection, I would definitely recommend going here. The guy who worked there (maybe the owner) was really helpful and more than willing to point out good brews and make recommendations.

Photo of schlimenhaumer
4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

New Beer is the best beer store I've encountered to date -- I've never seen such a wide variety of beers in one place. It offers a no-frills beer buying experience in what basically amounts to a warehouse.

New arrivals generally come in on the first shelf to your left as you walk into the store, and the selection is arranged by country of origin after that. I think they have a great mix of domestic/local beers as well as imports.

While the owner may not always be walking around the store, he always asks if there's anything he can do to help when he walks past you. His offer is always genuine, too -- he's even called a distributor on the spot to ask a question for me.

Some people may consider New Beer a bit pricey, but I think it's reasonable given its location in Manhattan. The beers here are usually significantly cheaper (and never more expensive) than at the Whole Foods beer store just up the block.

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

I was in on July 25th, 2011, on my first wedding anniversary weekend.

The shop is impressive, and they know how to maximize their space. From the moment you walk in, there's nothing but beer everywhere you look. There isn't a lot of proper organization, but they do try to group the same brewery's products in and around the same place (though you'll find the exact same bottles around the next isle).

The selection was eye opening. I found things that I didn't even know hit distro. Quantity wasn't an issue either, as they had massive amounts of everything you could want. They also had two, maybe three taps on hand as well.

The service was reasonable. There was one gent who finally came around and asked how I was doing (after 15-20 minutes or so). Once he realized I was gonna drop some cash, he grabbed me a shopping cart, asked if I needed any help finding things, etc. Had I simply grabbed a sixer, I don't know if I would have been so well taken care of. I should also note that someone (who I assumed works at/owns the place) was having a total meltdown in the back, as their three-year-old child kept playing with the inventory. Weird.

No food, wine or liquor here, so please make sure you plan ahead.

The only negative about NBD, and it's a big one, is they don't have any air conditioning. They had a half dozen floor fans running, but it wasn't nearly enough to cool the place. The weekend the wife and I were in town was extremely hot, and the shop reflected it. I was amazed at how warm it was in there. Considering the amount of money they've invested in the inventory, it absolutely shocked me that it was so hot. I'm talking 85-90 degrees when I was there in the morning around 11am. Because of this, I stayed away from low ABV and hoppy beers when making my purchase. For those I went around the corner to the Bowery Whole Foods.

Overall, this is the best bottle shop I've encountered in NYC. I highly recommend you check it out first and foremost on your next trip to Manhattan, as they really do sport an amazing selection. I look forward to hitting NBD everytime I frequent one of my favorite cities in the world.

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New Beer Distributors in New York, NY
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