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DeCicco's Family Markets

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DeCicco's Family MarketsDeCicco's Family Markets
BA SCORE
100
world-class

44 Ratings
Ratings: 44
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4.68
pDev: 6.62%
Taps: 12
Bottles: 725
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery, Store ]

50 Independent Way
Brewster, New York, 10509-2360
United States
phone: (845) 278-0836

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4.54/5  rDev -3%

Been a few times, never in a scribblenote place (including now); probably always due to Hudson Valley shenanigans prior to, but I might as well jump in. If you saw their rear wall of coolers, you’d better understand the definition of the word ‘supermarket’. 40 cooler doors, literally running end to end of this former Linens & Things box store, with beer ev-ery-thing! Singles & sixes, all sorts of things I will have (Oh yes, they will be mine). I want to tell you, but I don’t want to tell you ‘cause then you’ll know, and you’re a chatty little bitch and will tell everyone else…

So, it's a large gourmet grocery store with an extensive and well manicured beer selection. And if that wasn't enough, they’ve got a bar off the side of the front. The first time I was here, I struggled stupidly with how to get into it (because I’m stupid). It’s a single spacious room with a straight black laminate topped bar with a wood lip, panel base, & brass foot rail on the far wall; seating for 10 on hightop wood chairs. Wines countered on one end of the bar; espresso on the other end. The barback is a wood framed unit with shelved bottles displayed, growlers, glassware, Westie flats (friggin’ show offs), and some provisions, too; pickled things from Brooklyn Brine, and mustard & sauces from DogFishHead & Stone. Glassware shelved below most of the length. A cool DFH gear clock over the barback center, and an ornamental ‘10 Penny Ale’ sword mounted below for crowd control (although I think if you get unruly, they just spill beer on you. That’s what happened when I was there and I didn’t think I was that poorly behaved).

Clusters of taps behind the bar; 6 for the vine project, and then it looks like a pair of upright cylinder 2’s, and another pair, and another pair with a 3rd tap stuck on one of them. Looks like a dozen and a half and one; 13 taps for beer and 6 for wine, and a pair of Star Trek ‘genesis project’ growler filling apparati tucked in there, too. Lots of baby plastic cups stacked for the sampler. The printed beer menu provides brewery, beer, state, style, ABV, serving size, $, and 32/64 oz growler $.

Beigey walls stucco-ey, flats on opposite ends with brewer tins, placards, mirrors, & framed ad and other pieces. Drop pressed tin paneled ceiling. Bar counter space to one end and some sill space in the nook on the other end, if I recall correctly, maybe not. 10 square tables in 2 rows of 5 across the room, some pushed together for the show that is, and another 6 or so penned through the cut into the supermarket proper. Drop buttercup lamps tracing the bar with strung blue & white snowflake baby lighting, recesses in the barback unit, 3 large lamps across the floor, and wall mounted lanterns. Display 3L bottles and potted plants riddled about, and a giant Sam Adams Octoberfest stein.

Seems they do a few events a month. I’ve been out for a few of them now and they’ve always brought in a good crowd. I hit ‘Peekskill night’; they had 9 PB’s on (Skills Pils, Hop Common, Amaze Balls, Eastern Standard, Simple Sour, Shotgun Willie, Double Standard, World’s End, and Dream of the 90’s on cask), plus Newburgh Peat Smoked Stout and Rushing Duck Nimptopsical Scotch Ale & Beanhead Coffee Porter, on the heels of last week’s Hudson Valley night. I also hit the Evil Twin night with special guest star Jeppe. Did not suck.

Brewster is a bit of a pain in the ass to get to (unless you live in the HV or stupid western Connecticut), but it’s well worth the drive up, and that’s where the beer be (until the time that Chris & Joe do the long overdue hostile takeover of the New City store. That’s right guys, I went there). Good server peoples, they’re on their game. Light foodings available on the bar side, or your lazy ass will just have to walk all the way out into the supermarket and find yourself something to eat. I know; it’s a hardship. I could talk about the beer scene that is this store, but suffice to say “I’m playing plastic pay, and will need a box, please”. Sick store.

slander, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of diesel59
4.83/5  rDev +3.2%

I live 5 minutes from this place, its a (gourmet) grocery store with specialty items such as high end cheeses, meats, seafood etc.. as well as great beer, and a great selection of all that I have mentioned... it is also the size of a supermarket, give or take... not to mention there is a bar located in the store... yes... a bar in the store.... genius right... w/12 taps that change quite frequently ... what more can I say... give it a try, you won't be disappointed...

diesel59, May 24, 2013
Photo of drinker36
4.89/5  rDev +4.5%

Short Review: Probably one of the best beer stores in the country.... and it has a beer tasting room to boot with great beers on tap to try.

Long Version:
For those not familiar with Decicco's they have ~10 locations in the NY Hudson Valley / Westchester area and all of them have a great beer selection, but this location is far and away the best of the 4 or 5 locations I've visited.

Bullet points of things I like about Decicco's Brewester:

They have over 1000 beers (all in coolers)

The tasting room has an ever changing tap list.... My estimate is 25% of the taps are turned over at least once per week.

Tap Takeovers and Special Events. 1st experience with a tap takeover was Founders about 2 years ago. They had KBS and CBS available to try. About a month ago they had 10+ taps of Evil Twin.

Staff Knowledge: The staff rotates between the tasting room and the coolers in the back so you'll run into them in both places and they are very knowlegable and make great recommendations.

Social Media: They regularly update their facebook with events and new products. Their beermenu tap list/growler fills is accurate 99% of the time.

It wouldn't be a proper review without a few areas for improvement:

Beermenus for the coolers is rarely updated and doesn't have half of what they have in the store. Realizing this is a huge amount of work... I'd recommend deleting it.

Some of their events use 1/2 barrels for the tastings and some of these take forever to turn over.... I know this probably isn't Decicco's fault because the staff seems to get aggravated with the long half barrel turnover as well.

Make a trip here. You won't be disappointed.

Side note - In the warmer months it's possible to take a Metro North train from NYC to Southeast Station and walk to Decicco's. ~2miles from station.

Cheers!

drinker36, Jan 30, 2013
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4.44/5  rDev -5.1%

Vinnie who was behind the bar on the day of my visit was excellent. Knowledgeable about beer and enthusiastic as well. The selection is limited to 11 or 12 but all excellent choices across a variety of styles. They rinse the glasses before pouring and there are two Filling Stations for growlers that provide a Co2 environ during the pour making the beer "shelf stable" for a few months. All beers on tap are available by quarts or half gallons. Additionally the beer selection in the adjoining store is enough to make one spend a paycheck. Maine Brewing Company Peeper and Lunch, Great Divide (no longer available in CT), and many many more hard to find beers make this a destination.

jeffress, Nov 20, 2012
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4.94/5  rDev +5.6%

There's really not a lot to say to describe the place that hasn't been covered in prior reviews so I will turn to personal observations. DeCicco's Brewster has become my 'go to' beer store for both growlers and bottles/cans. Why? The growlers are pressure filled so not only do they keep in the fridge [I've kept some for up to 2 weeks] but when you open and pour a beer the experience is just as if it was poured from the tap. I have had many growlers that are simply filled from a tap like a glass would be and by the time you get them home and open them, even if you do it right away, the beer is somewhat flat. The bottle/can selection is second to none and even if the price may be $1 more, it's always fresh and refrigerated. In fact, I've requested a warm sixer when I didn't intend to drink it right away or want to cellar and there was never a problem. And finally, Andrew the bartender remembers that I'm a hophead and check to see what's on tap so that when I walk in he knows exactly what I want. Kinda like what Norm experienced at Cheers.
NOW IF THE DEPARTMENT STORES WOULD ONLY PUT IN BARS, SHOPPING FOR CLOTHES OR SHOES WITH THE WIFE WOULD BE SOMETHING I LOOK FORWARD TO JUST LIKE I LOOK FORWARD TO GROCERY SHOPPING NOW.

otispdriftwood, May 04, 2012
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4.94/5  rDev +5.6%

Simply the greatest selection I've seen in NY and surrounding states. Close to 1,000 beers! Humungous aisle dedicated to just beer. You've got six packs, 12 packs, bombers, single 12oz bottles, growlers, and everything in between. Staff is very knowledgeable (especially Vinny, that guy is the man!) and are very generous. On multiple occasions I've been there and had employees share beers with me at the bar (shared a bottle of Lunch with one employee and he didn't ask for any money, and another employee shared a bottle of DFH 120 and didn't ask for money. Great people!) Prices are reasonable, and the beer is meticulously taken care of. These guys understand the value of a fresh IPA!

Highly recommended. I'm so happy I live 5 minutes from this place.

Lordquackingstic, May 04, 2012
Photo of JoeBloe
4.85/5  rDev +3.6%

first of all - this is a gourmet-type grocery store, like balducci's, turco's and dean&deluca , on a grand scale, with a CRAFT BEER BAR !!! -
pressurized growler fills and beer by the glass ! - the selection changes frequently, a very impressive operation, soon to become the chain's flagship store - with exclusive bottles on the back bar for sale -NYC prices , but you get what you pay for here - a great place to go food shopping with the wife! -- outside the bar, in the store's beer aisle lies a fantastic selection - this place rocks!

JoeBloe, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of Gfunk720
4.9/5  rDev +4.7%

Had to do a review for this location after my visit last week. This is a great new addition for the CT/NY crowd.

The great thing about the Brewster location is the beer bar. Great selection of bottles, tap beer, and counter pressured growler fills. Found several other bottles behind the counter that are not on shelves anywhere in the area. Bartender was courteous and helpful.

The rest of the store is really more of a grocery store, with quite excellent prepared foods. The representative in the beer isle was very helpful, and there selection continues to grow.

While it is a bit pricey, you get what you pay for. Great service, great selection, and probably one of the best beer bars in the area.

If only this was closer to me =(

Gfunk720, Nov 29, 2011
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4.83/5  rDev +3.2%

This DeCicco's is one of their ever expanding conquest to bring great food and beer to Putnam and Westchester Counties. Its an Italian Market...so the food is amazing. Being Italian myself, I am no stranger to great Italian food (and really bad Italian food)...the quality here is superb. The first DeCicco's in Jefferson Valley has been around for years. Im glad to see them doing well in this economy...anyway...

The beer selection here is un-matched in the area. They claim to have beer from like 40 countries or something like that, and I wouldnt challange it. They maintain a healthy stock of cold beer in a full length grocery isle cooler, and even a separate cooler for macro's (I like how they separate them..it keeps the guy buying the 18rack out of my way from deciding what to get). Opposite the cooler, they have a long grocery isle shelf (well its several shelves high) of specialty bottles. If you had a different beer from here every day, it would seriously take you years to try them all...
Go to beermenus.com for a list of the current stock (the website also have stock of their Ardsley Store and Pelham).

Each DeCiccos is a bit different, but this one had an actual bar. Yes a grocery store with a world class beer selection AND a bar! Constantly rotating taps, you can buy by the glass or growler to take home. They even host "tap takeovers" events.

This location has convenient parking, good location right off the highway, its exteremely clean, and I think its one of the biggest DeCiccos in the chain. You need to go here!

DrinkSlurm, Oct 27, 2011
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4.45/5  rDev -4.9%

This place is a grocery store / market with a shit load of great beer. The selection is truly excellent (there may or may not be Cantillon selections hoarded in back, shhhh), the staff who are involved with beer are friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive.

DeCicco's has a beer bar and growler fill station right inside. The bar includes tables and bar seating. The tap selections are top notch, and there is a bottle list which includes some vintages as well. Today I had a Cigar City Maduro Oatmeal Brown, conveniently after doing some grocery shopping. Fresh food can be purchased in the market and brought into the bar.

zoolzoo, Sep 24, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Visited here twice; first on 25AUG11 on my way to the Greenwood Lake Airshow, and again on my return on 26AUG11.

The front is your typical, big-ass, mega-grocery store. Entering, I proceeded to the far back, right corner (having read previous reviews) to find the bier area. The back, right aisle is THE place. The left side of the aisle has a huge cooler with loads and loads of biers from here and 'yon. The back right of the aisle has shelves with warm stuff, and there are more coolers along the back of the building. There is an extremely healthy selection of biers, from Belgium, Germany, England, as well as local offerings plus your typical US microbrews. Prices were decent, all in all. I bought 6 bottles of bier, 1x 750ml, 4x 500ml, and 1x 330ml, for a total of $38 (incl. tax/dep). Not bad at all... But, there's more! Head to the front and pay, then proceed to your right for your very own in-store bar! Woo-hoo!! The bar is along the back wall, with about 10 seats there. In front are 8-10 tables to sit and 'lax. There was no music playing, but two large, hi-def TVs hang from the walls for your entertainment pleasure. There's a cool, tin-type ceiling, though it, oddly, depicts vines and grapes. The furniture is polished, light-colored wood, and the walls have a number of great, old-style metal bier placards. They have 3 towers of 4 taps each; do the math. Upon my first visit they were all taken by Harpoon brews, as there was a 'Poon fest the night before. On visit two there was some Ithaca stuff, Capt. Lawrence, Sixpoint, and.. and... who knows... Good stuff, though. Prices were decent, from $5 for 14oz to $7 for 10-12oz of higher ABV stuff. My 'tender, Andrew (mentioned prominently in previous reviews) was there to handle my bier needs, from answering Qs to dishing out samples of new offerings. They also have a fine selection of vintage biers, like Thomas Hardy or aged Bigfoot. I grabbed a dish of food from the hot-bar, paid up in the grocery store, then chowed in the bar with a bier. Nice set up!!! I'd definitely stop by again when in the area. Zum Wohl!!

4.25 rDev -4.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

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Bierman9, Aug 28, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev -12.8%

I'm a huge supporter of Decicco's and I think Chris and his brother run a fantastic operation wherever they decide to spring up. Stopped in at this latest Decicco's outlet for their Founders night.

The first thing that hits me about Decicco's Brewster is the sheer size of the operation. A gigantic place that has its own beer bar in the middle of a supermarket. A very innovative and obviously successful idea. Really spacious place that just left me with a comfortable feeling. It helps that the brothers know their beer too.

Beer is served at the correct temperature and in the proper glassware. Extra points for the outstanding cleanliness of the place and the way it's laid out as well as the refridgeration of almost all of their bottle offerings.

Service was average. The bar was packed when I got there but there were 4 people working the area and I always got served promptly and they took care of everyone very quickly. Impressive.

Selection is really nice. Decicco's gets some of the rarest kegs in New York and in order to promote the Brewster branch, they send a lot of their rare kegs here. The beer selection is also really good. Lies somewhere between the Ardsley branch and the Pelham branch. Struck me as heavy towards the imports for some reason though... not that I'm complaining.

Food was average. I got the hot dogs which weren't very good, and the pulled pork sandwich which was very good.

Prices are pretty standard for Decicco's as is expected since this is a chain. $9 for a Canadian Breakfast Stout is pricey but its hard to put a price on a "almost tap only" rare offering.

Overall, this is quickly becoming the crown jewel of the Decicco's chains. Its an enormous place and the fact that they have a beer bar in the establishment gives it a leg up on its counterparts. The selection is not quite there yet but that's only really compared to the Ardsley branch which is the best in the state in my opinion.

Well worth a visit and I'm glad I made the hour drive out to this one.

SpeedwayJim, Aug 11, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

First try. Bartender (Andrew) knowlegeable and extremely helpful. Well worth a visit. An unusual venue, but a great experience. Excellent selection, rotating beers on a regular basis. Flights available.

This is the first bar I've ever heard of in a supermarket. It works. Growlers both 32 oz. and 64 oz. available at very reasonable prices.

You can purchase food in market and bring into bar. Relaxed atmosphere. Staff is attentive, but not intrusive.

Stop in market for excellent selection of craft beer. (80% of shelf space is devoted to craft beer)

BrianJ48, Jul 21, 2011
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4.41/5  rDev -5.8%

Went here while I was in the area.

Store has a very large selection. They also have a sweet bar area where you can drink and have growlers filled while your wife shops. Off the top of my head, I know ST Mokah was on tap. Don't recall the others as I was in there for bottles, not for a pint.

The aisle was huge and full of stuff I don't see regularly, as I live in MA. A large refridgerated section as well. Quite a few gems. Cantillon, Bruery 2010 Coton, GI Big John and Nighstalker come to mind. Good selection of Cigar City as well, which is where the problem arose.

My CC Jai Alai was far past its prime, despite being in the fridge. No bottle date, and word from CC is that they've been bottle dating that beer for at least 3 months. Alas, I don't live in the area, and I can't return it. Waste of $12.99. I ended up with a Cantillon Classic Gueuze, and the gf bought a few singles.

Prices overall seemed reasonable. From the stuff I knew, it was priced similarly to MA. Service overall was very good. Too bad when I think of this store, I'm going to think of the one lousy sixer of Jai Alai I bought, and will be hesitant to buy any other non-dated IPA there.

Edit: Two months later, I've received a fresh sixer of jai-alai after courtesy of Drew, who works there, He went out of his way to mail me a package that included not only the Jai-Alai, but a Captain Lawrence/Decicco's collaboration beer.

This may not change the fact that you may get an old sixer of IPA there, but that's true for a lot of places. But this shows their clearly doing their best not to let it happen.

xanok, Jun 28, 2011
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