DeCicco's Family Markets
Taps: 12 / Bottles: 725
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 41 | Reviews: 25 | Display Reviews Only:
4.89/5 rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Short Review: Probably one of the best beer stores in the country.... and it has a beer tasting room to boot with great beers on tap to try.
For those not familiar with Decicco's they have ~10 locations in the NY Hudson Valley / Westchester area and all of them have a great beer selection, but this location is far and away the best of the 4 or 5 locations I've visited.
Bullet points of things I like about Decicco's Brewester:
They have over 1000 beers (all in coolers)
The tasting room has an ever changing tap list.... My estimate is 25% of the taps are turned over at least once per week.
Tap Takeovers and Special Events. 1st experience with a tap takeover was Founders about 2 years ago. They had KBS and CBS available to try. About a month ago they had 10+ taps of Evil Twin.
Staff Knowledge: The staff rotates between the tasting room and the coolers in the back so you'll run into them in both places and they are very knowlegable and make great recommendations.
Social Media: They regularly update their facebook with events and new products. Their beermenu tap list/growler fills is accurate 99% of the time.
It wouldn't be a proper review without a few areas for improvement:
Beermenus for the coolers is rarely updated and doesn't have half of what they have in the store. Realizing this is a huge amount of work... I'd recommend deleting it.
Some of their events use 1/2 barrels for the tastings and some of these take forever to turn over.... I know this probably isn't Decicco's fault because the staff seems to get aggravated with the long half barrel turnover as well.
Make a trip here. You won't be disappointed.
Side note - In the warmer months it's possible to take a Metro North train from NYC to Southeast Station and walk to Decicco's. ~2miles from station.
01-30-2013 12:55:14 | More by drinker36
4.44/5 rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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.
11-20-2012 15:05:55 | More by jeffress
4.94/5 rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
There's really not a lot to say to describe the place that hasn't been covered in prior reviews so I will turn to personal observations. DeCicco's Brewster has become my 'go to' beer store for both growlers and bottles/cans. Why? The growlers are pressure filled so not only do they keep in the fridge [I've kept some for up to 2 weeks] but when you open and pour a beer the experience is just as if it was poured from the tap. I have had many growlers that are simply filled from a tap like a glass would be and by the time you get them home and open them, even if you do it right away, the beer is somewhat flat. The bottle/can selection is second to none and even if the price may be $1 more, it's always fresh and refrigerated. In fact, I've requested a warm sixer when I didn't intend to drink it right away or want to cellar and there was never a problem. And finally, Andrew the bartender remembers that I'm a hophead and check to see what's on tap so that when I walk in he knows exactly what I want. Kinda like what Norm experienced at Cheers.
NOW IF THE DEPARTMENT STORES WOULD ONLY PUT IN BARS, SHOPPING FOR CLOTHES OR SHOES WITH THE WIFE WOULD BE SOMETHING I LOOK FORWARD TO JUST LIKE I LOOK FORWARD TO GROCERY SHOPPING NOW.
05-04-2012 16:06:41 | More by otispdriftwood
4.94/5 rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
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.
05-04-2012 15:19:40 | More by Lordquackingstic
4.85/5 rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
first of all - this is a gourmet-type grocery store, like balducci's, turco's and dean&deluca , on a grand scale, with a CRAFT BEER BAR !!! -
pressurized growler fills and beer by the glass ! - the selection changes frequently, a very impressive operation, soon to become the chain's flagship store - with exclusive bottles on the back bar for sale -NYC prices , but you get what you pay for here - a great place to go food shopping with the wife! -- outside the bar, in the store's beer aisle lies a fantastic selection - this place rocks!
03-09-2012 16:34:40 | More by JoeBloe
4.9/5 rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
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 =(
11-29-2011 18:02:13 | More by Gfunk720
4.83/5 rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
This DeCicco's is one of their ever expanding conquest to bring great food and beer to Putnam and Westchester Counties. Its an Italian Market...so the food is amazing. Being Italian myself, I am no stranger to great Italian food (and really bad Italian food)...the quality here is superb. The first DeCicco's in Jefferson Valley has been around for years. Im glad to see them doing well in this economy...anyway...
The beer selection here is un-matched in the area. They claim to have beer from like 40 countries or something like that, and I wouldnt challange it. They maintain a healthy stock of cold beer in a full length grocery isle cooler, and even a separate cooler for macro's (I like how they separate them..it keeps the guy buying the 18rack out of my way from deciding what to get). Opposite the cooler, they have a long grocery isle shelf (well its several shelves high) of specialty bottles. If you had a different beer from here every day, it would seriously take you years to try them all...
Go to beermenus.com for a list of the current stock (the website also have stock of their Ardsley Store and Pelham).
Each DeCiccos is a bit different, but this one had an actual bar. Yes a grocery store with a world class beer selection AND a bar! Constantly rotating taps, you can buy by the glass or growler to take home. They even host "tap takeovers" events.
This location has convenient parking, good location right off the highway, its exteremely clean, and I think its one of the biggest DeCiccos in the chain. You need to go here!
10-27-2011 13:09:38 | More by DrinkSlurm
4.45/5 rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
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.
09-24-2011 20:47:16 | More by zoolzoo
4.25/5 rDev -9.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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 | $$
08-27-2011 23:12:37 | More by Bierman9
4.08/5 rDev -13%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
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.
08-11-2011 02:31:40 | More by SpeedwayJim
DeCicco's Family Markets in Brewster, NY
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