Breukelen Bier Merchants
Taps: 16 / Bottles: 500
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 10 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Hibernator:
4/5 rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
After finishing up Full Circle down the street, we decided to check out Breukelen Bier Merchants. Unfortunately, our visit was short lived as most of the people in our group had other plans (and the fact that we only had a couple of hours until Record Grouch closed). From what I did experience during my visit, I must say I really dug this place.
There are a ton of coolers on the left hand side that feature their beer offerings. From what I remember, the selection appeared to be heavy on domestic craft beers. I recall selections from breweries like Smuttynose, Heavy Seas, Stoudt’s, Blue Point, Founders and many, many more.
You can expect about 12-15 taps available with some well thought offerings. I enjoyed a J.W. Lees Barleywine that was delicious.
The atmosphere appears to be consistent with a newer trend in NYC, the idea of combining an extensive bottle selection/draft selection for growlers & a smaller beer area to enjoy the available beers if you wish. So basically, do your beer shopping here and stay around, have some beers and relax. Sounds like a win-win to me.
The seating is located in the back of the store with long, wooden picnic tables which are conducive to a communal vibe. I thought the atmosphere here was pretty chill and relaxed. I have already made a mental note to stop by here again the next time I’m visiting Williamsburg.
02-21-2012 16:19:38 | More by Hibernator
More User Reviews:
4.14/5 rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Pre-gaming Lugers, yep, I am. It’s early, and I’ve got time. Now that I’m thinking about it, I’ve pre-gamed here at least twice; that time we did ‘dinner & a movie’ at the Nighthawk (Kelso & Eternal Sunshine on the Spotless Mind), and some other two and done time that involved dinner and/or drink elsewhere in the ‘hood. Good for me, as I play in said ‘hood…
In the mix of storefronts and storefronts and storefronts; this one with a large logo window over Grand. And in. Off to the right, a dark wood ‘L’ shaped bar with seating for none (get your beer, then stand clear; as it should be). 16 row tap tower with different shaped handle heads with their goods chalked on blackboardings. Horizontal double boards above listing tap selections, origin, ABV, and pricing for ½ pint, pint, and growler, if applicable. Two tier flight pricing further down the bar, and boards listing light food items; pressed sandwiches, cheese & meat plate, and snacks (pretzels, jerky, chips, nuts, popcorn, chocolate), easy for the nosh. Shelves with dead soldier empties over the barback between the food & drink boards, and the walls adorned with old beer prints.
4 triple wide coolers across from the bar (beer lives inside), plus shelved room temperature goods up front. It’s a beer store, you know. And they do growlers, as is the way. 3 shared long wood tables to the rear with benches and a few barrels riddled about; and the same up front.
Tick tock tick tock. Gotts get my beer on. 16 taps, a mix of local (Barrier Imposter Pils, Port Jefferson Tripel H), regional (Three Heads Skunk Black IPA, Troegs Nugget Nectar, Flying Dog Barrel Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter, Stillwater Jaded Belgian Strong Dark Ale), out west some (Founders All Day IPA, Wild Onion Paddy Pale Ale, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout), import (Evil Twin Ryan and the Beaster Bunny, Duchesse De Bourgogne, Hitachino Nest White Ale, Dupont Avec Les Bon Voeux), a single cider (Fox Barrel Pear Cider), and a pair more empty this Sunday just after opening. I had a Founders All Day IPA and another of the same, please; lunch on the horizon and all.
Always some pleasant choices up, so even I’m not here for growler fills, I can just chill over a point or three. Bottlewise, they’ve got bottles. I’m generally more about the taps, but they’ve got the goods, and you can make your own six pack, which doesn’t suck. The ladies behind the bar are always most polite & friendly, and no their game. I dig. And it’s so conveniently Grand.
10-30-2013 19:08:07 | More by slander
3.75/5 rDev -7.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Sparse but interesting. I love their beer focus but more needs to be done with it. The taps are great. But as a bottle shop, they need a bigger selection. I love the tables and bar (though it's a bit tight when scanning the bottle selection).
This place could be outstanding. I hope they get there.
09-22-2013 21:58:39 | More by GJ40
4.58/5 rDev +12.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$$
Excellent beer store. Can consume on premises. A large selection of quality brews on tap. Very knowledgeable and pleasant staff. A large selection (for a place in North America) of Belgian stuff, includes esoterica as well.
Considering the quality prices are in check or even reasonable, but this is not where one would come for the $1 miller lite happy hour.
07-12-2013 21:40:18 | More by peterlada
4.49/5 rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4 | $
Great spot who balances the bottle shop/on premises thing pretty well.
Taps are consistently above average. The option for a half pour is always welcome. Generally just have two pricing tiers, split on two chalkboards. Bottle selection is heavy on American craft, not overwhelming, but tough to not find something you'll like.
The cellar is the secret weapon. They have a great selection of properly cellared limited releases from years past, and don't charge ridiculous prices for them.
Food is simple (soft pretzels, nuts) but good. The mustard they use on the pretzels is really great. Priced reasonably as well.
Service is basic but good. Always had a pleasant time with the staff.
Atmosphere is super homey and comfortable. Board games and big communal tables really encourage large groups or meeting new friends.
Overall, a great spot to either pick up something to go or sit and have a few pints. Selection won't blow you away, but it's enough for what they are going for. Quality spot!
05-21-2013 19:22:22 | More by BKBassist
4.55/5 rDev +12.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $
What can I say... This place is my new go to beer spot in my hood.
Thirst thing First...THIS IS NOT A BAR. Not really anyway..But the staff at this particular beer store are cool enough to treat it like a nice low key spot to sip a few pints of any thing they've got on hand as well as send you home with a tap filled growl or a nice craft selection.
Honestly, I've been to all the best beer shops in Brooklyn, and this is by far my favorite. I used to Travel into manhattan to get excellent beer at a decent price but I've been going less since i found this gem. They really have the best selection of american crafts at the best prices i have found in the city. They are also cool with you enjoying a glass of whatever they sell (*cough* other brooklyn beer shops!*cough*) while hanging out, playing some of their board games, chatting, watching the tv ect. Overall an awesome vibe!
As for the Beer. Think American craft and you won't be disappointed. If you can get it in the state of NY, these guys will find a way to get it. They know their beer, and the selection shows it. Honestly, there is no better deal for hard to find American crafts in the city than this place.
If you are looking for Imports this isn't the worst spot...they have a decent amount of well selected beers to choose from, but to be fair it's really not the focus. The main draws are the constantly rotating taps, the excellent american craft selection (mostly cold!!!) and the relaxed atmosphere.
Overall, one of the best beer shops in NYC hands down and a great place to enjoy an early pint.
The rest of ya... watch out for the new guy!
09-22-2012 06:18:49 | More by sketchpunx
Breukelen Bier Merchants in Brooklyn, NY
91 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.