New Beer Distributors
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Reviews by ithacabaron:
3.9/5 rDev -8%
quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Looks like an absolute hole-in-the-wall distributor, another dirty canopy on the lower-east side. Jammed right next to a Chinese restaurant supply store.
Inside, things are fairly well laid out, so you don't need a lot of help from the staff -- and trust me, you're not getting any. Belgians are up and to the right, domestic 750s to the left, and sprinkled in sections to the sides, German and domestic 12ozers. The Belgian section, in particular, was very nice, with some rarities that I hadn't seen before (and which I promptly picked up).
There is nice glassware, and even a growler bar, pouring locals (think Sixpoint, Brooklyn, etc.) from sizes ranging from your standard half-gallon growler, to only 12 oz, which they'll cap immediately afterwards. Nice if you only want to try a little of a beer, or you want to buy something strong enough that you don't want an entire growler of it.
At least, this is what it appeared to be. The only person in the store when I was there was a little old lady who sits in a booth by the door, behind three-inch thick bullet-proof glass. You have to put your bottles up to it, and she scans them with a reader (be sure to turn your bar codes towards her!)
Anyway, the beer I took from here was fresh and good, and prices were about equal to what I would have paid in Philadelphia (which is to say, with the six-pack laws there, still cheaper than anywhere else in NYC). I was quite pleased with the place, and, as I'm planning on spending most of the summer in this neighborhood, I have a feeling that this will become my local away from my local, my NY beer shop.
Note: If you don't find what you're looking for, there's a Whole Foods, with it's own decent selection and growler line, only a few blocks away. You'll also pay Whole Foods' prices. Try to stick with this place.
02-21-2008 15:17:36 | More by ithacabaron
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3.32/5 rDev -21.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
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.
07-03-2014 19:03:02 | More by MisterBisco
New Beer Distributors in New York, NY
94 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.