DeCicco's Family Markets
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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.
06-27-2013 14:28:53 | More by slander
4.3/5 rDev -8.1%
Being a big fan and frequent visitor to the Ardsley DeCiccos location, it was a no brainer to do a slight detour and check this location out on a recent trip to Massachusetts. It's just a few minutes off of Rt. 84, up a hill in a typical big box shopping mall.
Large store, tons of quality cheese, meats, fish, veggies, everything you would expect. Think almost Whole Foods through an Italian, gourmet lense.
O.K. but you want to know about the BEER...it's to the rear, right corner. First in a huge cooler and then more on shelving further back and along the right wall. Extensive selection of bombers, sixers, locals (Captain Lawrence, of course), regionals and national good stuff. Plus Belgians, Brit, German imports. They basically have all the quality beer that's available in the area. You will find plenty of options and combined with the quality and plentiful food available, this is a very worthy stop for beer focused foodies.
Taps and growler fills are said to be in future plans.
12-29-2010 13:38:19 | More by Billolick
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 | $$
08-27-2011 23:12:37 | More by Bierman9
4.53/5 rDev -3.2%
I've visited twice since the opening to buy beer.
I live in CT, so there's always some great beers that I can buy there: Cigar City,Troegs,Founders,Pretty Things,Goose Island and others. Lot of the high end Italians and a really nice selection of Belgians. I always buy more beer than I think I will.
Also, the store itself is awesome. The cheese, salumi, olive selection blows me away....lots of good prepared meals, and my main source for farro at a reasonable price. Quality produce....Ok, I'm off topic...beer, right ?
Last night, we also stopped into the new bar for beers and a growler. We were able to grab some food from the store and bring it into the bar to have with our beer. Nice lineup for glasses and growlers. A few from our visit: Gnommegang, My Antonia, Sixpoint Sweet, Bigfoot, Espresso-Oak Yeti... and others.
Really nice space... prices on glasses and growlers were about right for the area. Wine is also available by the glass and there are some food options, beside what you bring in...cheese plates, duck...will have to try something next visit. Nice glassware used for each selection. Wide screen TV's on either wall. You could easily settle in and spend some time here.
Growlers are filled with a counter pressure filler. Also besides the normal 64 oz. , you can get all beers in a 32oz swingtop. Nice option !
Andrew, behind the bar, has a lot beer knowledge,a real passion for beer; and he treated us really well. He made helpful suggestions and talked with us about upcoming events and plans for the bar area...all of which sounded good....and beer in general. It makes a big difference for a place to have good, beer-smart people to run a place that beer geeks will flock too.
I am really happy that it's only a 35 minute drive from where I am and plan on making frequent trips to DeCicco's.
04-20-2011 12:21:58 | More by Hautacam
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.
08-11-2011 02:31:40 | More by SpeedwayJim
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!
10-27-2011 13:09:38 | More by DrinkSlurm
DeCicco's Family Markets in Brewster, NY
100 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.