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Good Beer

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Good BeerGood Beer

32 Reviews
Reviews: 32
Visits: 73
Avg: 4.27
pDev: n/a
Taps: 12
Bottles: 400
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery, Store ]

422 E 9th St
New York, New York, 10009-4920
United States
phone: (212) 677-4836

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @goodbeernyc

Place added by: DoubleSimcoe on 11-20-2010

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Reviews: 32 | Visits: 73
Photo of mr-jj
4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Great selection of beers covering many styles. The staff was really knowledgable and was able to point me toward beers that matched the style I was looking for (I know he was right on, because many of the beers he pointed out were already on my list of favorites). Small selection on tap, but very carefully selected for quality and diversity.

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Photo of Dirtyhands
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 2.75

Great selection, about a dozen rotating taps. Cool staff.

If you strike out here, Proletariat is right around the corner. I've yet to strike out here. The combination of local, national and international bottles coupled with growler fills gets the job done right.

Love this spot.

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Photo of WheelsPSU
3.86/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Kind of a small place but if you live in the EV this is a great little local option with very good variety. Guess I'm a little spoiled but the size of my bottle shops in Brooklyn and elsewhere.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I love Good Beer- definitely my favorite bottle shop in manhattan. I live at 181st and regularly travel down to alphabet city to get my Citr Dog fix and to try new beers and find beers for food pairing. They have an incredible selection of American beers, particularly from the east coast, northeast areas and a good representation of Colorado and some west coast too. They also have a very nice selection of Belgian, German and Norwegian/Danish stuff. What's best about them is the fact they keep it ALL REFRIDGERATED!! I get so upset seeing great IPAs languish on display counters in whole foods it's such a relief to know you can get a fresh bottled IPA somewhere in the city.

They guys who run this place and work here are awesome, friendly dudes, and know a lot about what they're selling. The owner in particular has a vast knowledge and is very friendly (he's a thirty something with a beard and shaved head). If you're in need of something rare or just a good fresh beer, check this place out.

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Photo of 9uns
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

GF came across this place on Yelp when we were in NY this past week. We were looking for a bottle shop that carried legit east coast brews and Good Beer fit the bill perfectly. Good Beer also has 4-5 taps in the store so you can knock back a brew while shopping for more brews. You don't really see that in the west coast so I thought that was pretty cool. There's 2-3 small tables in the back with a small snack menu for those looking to get away from the loud and crowded brew pubs in Manhattan.

Great selection of bottles, good rotating taps and munchies at standard prices, knowledgeable owner. All-in-all, I definitely recommend anyone in the NYC area to come check this place out.

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Photo of drewone
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

i think this was my favorite shop I visited. Down a few steps on a slightly quiter street but very close to Tompkins Sq park. simple clean place, larger line of coolers on one side, small shelf space and counter on the opposite.

Stopped here early on but after visiting quite a few other places and felt as if i could have saved my self the trouble and just stopped here. They had almost everything plus more that I had seen at the other places, great selection. Also they clearly put up by the register what new releases have come in, nice touch.

Have 6-8 taps for growler fills, pints or tasters. Allow you to do individual tasters (bonus).

Stopped in at least 3 times, very friendly staff. Have a few tables in the back. If I could only pick one bottle shop this would be it (neck and neck with Top Hops).

Only draw back is they close a little early, even on the weekends.

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Photo of metter98
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Vibe: This is a store that is more frequented by locals from the East Village as it's hidden in the basement level on a crosstown street between First Avenue and Avenue A. It's more of a store than a bar/eatery as there are only a few seats and tables.

Quality: Given the small size of this store, there is a high amount of turnover and beer is kept out of sunlight.

Service: The staff behind the counter is friendly and very knowledgeable about the beer selection.

Selection: Good Beer's selection isn't nearly as diverse as nearby Whole Foods Bowery or New Beer Distributors but is pretty good considering its small size. Most of the beers are available as singles in a long cooler that runs for the full length of one side of the store; about a quarter of the remaining bottles are stored warm, some of which are six packs. About a dozen beers are available on-tap for growler fills or drinking inside the store.

Food: I've never tried the food before but they have a couple of different types of snacks on the menu such as hot dogs, pretzels and sausages.

Value: Prices are rather reasonable for Manhattan and you will get a discount if you buy beers in quantity.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

I like the vibe of this place, real laid back and located in the East Village somewhat off the beaten path. There is a bottle shop area along with some table for sitting and enjoying a beer - not too dark but not so well light as to have a negative effect on the beers for sale.

I have to admit that I have only purchased growlers to go and bottles/can so I have not drank any draft beers at the location. The beers that I have purchased have been fresh, correctly filled in the growler, and I have never had an issue with anything I purchased at this store. One of these days I am going to have the time to stop and have a beer when I'm in the area.

The staff at this store have always been helpful and chatty - letting me know what things are coming in soon and anything special that is going, including at other places in the East Village. They definitely know their beer and I have heard them give some really good recommendations for not as beer savvy customers.

The can and bottle selection is fairly extensive with quite a few beers that I do not see other places in NYC - they have a decent amount of the selection available cold as well. They usually have a decent range of styles on draft, so overall a pretty decent selection.

I'm not sure if they serve any food but I have never tried any if they do.

Prices are in line with other places in the East Village which in general is a little higher than some other locations in NYC.

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Photo of BKBassist
4.66/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Tough to review this, because unlike Top Hops, which I feel straddles the line between bar and bottle shop very well, Good Beer is very much tilted towards the bottle shop. And it is my favorite bottle shop in NYC.

Excellent selection of American craft, from year round offerings to limited releases. Limited releases are announced and handled well. International selection is perfect for me, large but not overwhelmingly so.

Service is great, the owner is super friendly and knowledgable.

I've not eaten here but the food looks excellent.

Pricing is in line with NYC pricing. Often some of the best prices on single 12 ozers.

My only issue, and in all honesty, it's probably what the owner intended, is that I wouldn't feel comfortable bringing a group of friends for a drink here, the atmosphere is very un-bar like. I only compare to Top Hops because they tow the line so well, IMO. That being said, I often will get a pint when I am shopping and browse or sit in the limited seating. I think it's very comfortable for that.

So overall, my favorite bottle shop in NYC, just not the place to actually come for extended sessions on premises.

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Photo of JGam115
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

If you weren't looking hard enough, you might miss the old-school wooden sign hung out front this garden level shop underneath an East Village brownstone. The store owner and the majority of the employees are very knowledgeable about all things craft beer. They don't just stock product because they can - they can actually offer good advice when it comes to most everything on the shelves. Their events are planned in advance and promoted via Facebook/Twitter and their own website which is much appreciated, but the store is small and can easily be overcrowded if something unusual or rare makes its way to the city (i.e. Bruery and DFH tastings with rarities).

It's a bit on the pricey side for everyday 4- and 6-packs, but are pretty much spot on for limited releases and rarities. They also do a great job alerting their customers of rare beers coming in as well as specific dates and times when they will be distributed. Beyond that, the everyday selections are what make this one of my go-to bottle shops in NYC.

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Photo of cw577enfield
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Cozy and small craft beer store. People can come into this place and enjoy fresh tap or bottled beers in the back with seated area. Nice selection but didn't find anything good. However, they had Nugget Nectar on tap and thoroughly enjoyed that! Would stop by again next time I'm in NYC.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Had very limited free time on an all-too-short trip to NYC, so this was one of the few stops I was able to make.

Nice use of space in a typical East Village type of building. Long and slightly narrow. The selection could have had more rarities, but I have a feeling that the big stuff comes in and it isn't long before someone is hauling it out the door. What are there, 10 taps? I would have been happy to see some more rare stuff available, but they did have Radiant Pig's Junior IPA, and Peekskill's Eastern Standard IPA and Simple Sour available. Those are three super local beers that anyone should be at least trying, if not putting in their regular rotation.

Walked out of here with a lot of stuff and was pleased with my purchases.

Edit: Have visited on 2 other trips and walk out with plenty of good stuff each time.

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Photo of toneloc
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

This is pretty much what a craft beer store should look like. They have a high quality, comprehensive selection, so you should have no problem finding what you are looking for, or finding something new to try. I believe all or most of their bottles were made available on shelves and in the fridge too. The bottle prices were reasonable for NYC, especially considering the relative scarcity of good craft beer stores. The growler prices were reasonable, and as mentioned below, the selection is thoughtful and varied, and you can try a flight for 8 bucks. I didnt try the food, but thought it was a good idea to serve food, so patrons can spend some time with their flights and buy great beer at a relaxed pace. Definitely worth coming back.

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Photo of iBeer16
4/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Amazing find in NYC. Great place if you're looking to sit down and enjoy a flight (only $8). Tap selection is very well chosen, diverse and is constantly changing. Very reasonably priced growler fills to boot. Incredible selection of both micro and international brews, also with the option of shelfed or refridgerated on all of their bottles. Bottle pricing is as expected. Small seating area in the back to enjoy your flight or a pint, along with a tasty little selection of snacks.. Owner is very nice and extremely knowledgable about his products. Atmosphere is awesome, very simple yet modern, glass coolers allow for solid shipping. Very organized and clean. Touché.

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Photo of cosmo4u
3.8/5  rDev -11%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

EXCELLENT new beer place in the village. This place totally fills the void of good beer procurement previously left to playing russian roulette with the unpredictable beer selections at various Bodegas.
About 10 beers constantly on tap, for about $9-$13 for a 64oz Growler. Pretty good deal for the quality of beers on tap, and the staff said they plan to stock no more than one Keg of each tap beer at a time, so the selection constantly rotates.
Dozens of craft beers, both domestic and import, arranged geographically (east coast beers near the front of the store, progressing to west coast beers near the back), which is pleasing to my librarian-esque organizational aesthetic
Though it's not a bar, there's a place to sit in back and taste your selections, and also a limited, but delicious looking, menu of treats. Foods include various cured meats, pickle preparations, and the tasty sounding (though I haven't tried yet) Beer Infused Caramel Corn.
Anyway, this place is a winner, and a must-go-to if you're looking for a cut above in beer buying in the East Village.

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Photo of negroobserver
3.64/5  rDev -14.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Flights are only $8.00, but the draft selection is poor. The have a great selection of bottled beers, but you can't try any of the bottled beers on premises. The strange part is that they refrigerate some of the beers. Why, If no one can try them? Sounds absurd to me. The seated area is small and doesn't allow for a group larger than four. It can get pretty busy in there and the layout of the space doesn't really allow for smooth transition between areas or browsing for beers. I would like this place a lot more if they allowed their customers to try the bottled beers. Good place to shop for bottled beers, but not much else.

Overall Grade: C+ / B-

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Stopped into this place while wandering around the St. Marks area. I thought that this was a bar at first, come to learn that it's a beer store/tasting area.

What really struck me was how big this place actually was. Standing bar upfront with a couple of tables in the back. For a place in Manhattan, this is really pretty good. Atmosphere is pretty relaxed and there's a good balance between store and bar that's established here.

The quality of Good Beer was very solid. All their beers were refridgerated and with certain styles that some would prefer to drink warm, they had that option also. Growlers and pints were also served in the correct glassware and the right temperature. Impressive.

Service was quick but nothing really out of the ordinary for a beer store. I did get to talk to the manager though. Seemed like a really nice guy who really knew his way around beer and even more importantly, the NYC beer scene.

The selection here is really one of the better places that I've seen in Manhattan and Brooklyn. JW Lees going back to 2006 as well as a good selection of JP sours and Lindemans, Cantillon, and Boon gueuzes. Again, very nice.

For me, this is a really up and coming establishment. I believe that they're relatively new but I'm sure they'll make a name for themselves quickly. A must visit if you're in the area. A bit pricey, but standard for the area that they're located.

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Photo of SkiBum22
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

One of my top 5 places to get beer in NYC. The place is a little pricey but it's Manhattan so that can be expected. The selection seems to betting better every few months. Very clean store as well with a knowledgable staff.

They arrange the beers by location so it makes it easy to shop. They have food as well but I have yet to try.

The great thing about the store is that you can try to beers that are on tap or get a growler. You can't however do that with the bottles that they have.

Definitely check the place out if you are in the neighborhood.

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Photo of afksports
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Good Beer NYC has a model that is becoming more popular in the New York area. A place where you can sit and eat, and drink, in the middle of a bottle shop that has growler fills and tap lines. Bierkraft is famous for this model, and Good Beer seems to be following suit.

They get special releases on both tap and bottle. They've proven cool people in every visit I've made, and the shop itself has a great vibe because of the wooden shelves intermixing with the coolers for those who want to drink good beer cold and fresh.

From the street, it's a few steps down and not much of a storefront, but the folks inside really know about beer and the crowd that goes there is a beer-worthy bunch.

My only knock on Good Beer is the prices of their bottles and growler fills. Perhaps appropriate for the format - because you can buy it and drink it there - but probably not a place to shop for bottles on a regular basis. Not quite bar, not quite restaurant, Good Beer is a place for... Good Beer. When that's what you want.

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Photo of valdesd1
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

When you walk in the first thing you notice is the numerous coolers of craft beer lined against the walls. They have all the beer arranged from where in the world it was brewed, pretty neat to say. The guys working there were really knowledgeable and approachable. They were friendly to my gf and I in suggesting what beers to try. However it is a small place and you'll have a hard time finding a place to sit and relax if it is busy. I even got a little upset at the register once I saw some guys take our table. The guy who served us the beer did a nice thing and walked over to the people to diffuse the situation and we gladly got our seats back. I thanked him very much. Overall nice place, wish I was in the city more often otherwise I'd be here more often.

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Photo of circuscyaneus
4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Atmosphere was good I came in about 8PM on a Thursday and there was probably ten other people in the store either drinking the tap beers or looking around. The store is extremely clean with a small counter in the middle that holds a few drafts. The drafts seem to rotate on a fairly consistent basis, they bring in a new one every few days, and range from fairly common like Lagunitas to some harder to find such as 21st amendments bitter american. Their bottle selection was great with the better part of the store filled with shelves of room temp six packs and the long wall being filled with cold mainly loose bottles and some four packs. Behind the counter there was a few small tables to sit and enjoy the tap beer. The staff was friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. I will definitely be returning.

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Photo of jp11801
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Walked across town on a recent visit to check this place out.

Atmosphere was good for a combo bottle shop and beer bar. Clean and orderly with small tables in the back. There are cold cases along the long wall with a very good selection of beer.

There are 8 or so taps but there was nothing super special about the selection. Maybe I'm jaded but racer 5, lagunitas ipa... I can get almost anywhere, it's nice to see something rare or off the beaten path.

Service was good but nothing special, my gold standard for places like this is City Beer in San Francisco.

I'd go back or recommend but not a place fir the jaded beer traveler

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Photo of PGHeppJr
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I had heard of this little hidden away gem a while back but am rarely in this area. However I was in the hood and decided to drop in and check out the space. Respectable line up with plenty of goodies, on par with many of the more established haunts.
Outstanding service from the cat who owns the place, and his all killer no filler beard. I happened to be in house enjoying a fresh draft as I perused the expansive cooler selection, when something magic happened... a special shipment. A distributer rep was in house, answering a trouble call, when we all saw it... 3rd box down, labeled founders. You bet your sweet ass it was! KBS,ohhh my bastard luck! Right place, right time. He was staunch on 1 per customer, good beer advocacy in my opinion and if you think otherwise go waste your breath in the forums. Not bad surprise afternoon haul. Can only hope this becomes the norm when I visit again.

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Photo of infi
4.14/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in for a bit for BA johnjae's birthday. Small rectangular area with a mini seating area in the back and a stand-up table for on-site consumption. Two rows of multiple stacked square coolers on the right side, a bookcase and tapped bar on the left. Growler fills available. Service was nice and attentive. Last call for tapped beers is early though: around 9pm. Great selection in the coolers, including Founders and FSW. Only qualm is the NYC-price, so look elsewhere for cheaper priced bottles. Great little beer nook in an alley.

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Photo of jrobidoux
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

This place has everything which everyone else here has mentioned, and is a great place to visit to pick up and discuss some good beer. Wanted to mention though that they carry Narragansett's, which is a triple thumbs up from me. They had the lager and the bock when I was there, the lager's being about eight bucks for a six pack of tall boy cans. Which in NYC is an insane price for good beer in my opinion. They also offer growlers which I think is pretty cool, though I haven't tried any here yet, the offerings were solid though. Will be back...frequently.

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