Breukelen Bier Merchants
Taps: 16 / Bottles: 500
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 10 | Display Reviews Only:
4.68/5 rDev +16.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $
It’s a bar and a bottle shop or place to get bite. They have the perfect combination of what matters about beer...a fantastic selection, spacious comfortable seating in a no pretense atmosphere, and the best value of any place I can think of to drink in NYC. You can get a half pint for a few bucks while you browse or have your growler filled. Or you can sit for hours and drink from the ~16 draft lines and 10 full fridges (room temp also available) while paying fair bottle shop rather than bar prices. The owners often work the bar and know beer really well. The selection is good enough to satisfy almost any serious beer nerd and has been steadily improving since they opened with a heavier focus on domestic. The drafts are often heavily NY or regional specials. Frequent events that aren’t near as crowded as other of the NYC’s top spots make it a standout in the NY Craft Beer scene to me. They have a bratwurst on pretzel bun sandwich that I crave. It's pretty simple food but not expensive and good. Hours are generally 2-10pm.
08-05-2012 16:41:49 | More by bmerz
4/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
After finishing up Full Circle down the street, we decided to check out Breukelen Bier Merchants. Unfortunately, our visit was short lived as most of the people in our group had other plans (and the fact that we only had a couple of hours until Record Grouch closed). From what I did experience during my visit, I must say I really dug this place.
There are a ton of coolers on the left hand side that feature their beer offerings. From what I remember, the selection appeared to be heavy on domestic craft beers. I recall selections from breweries like Smuttynose, Heavy Seas, Stoudt’s, Blue Point, Founders and many, many more.
You can expect about 12-15 taps available with some well thought offerings. I enjoyed a J.W. Lees Barleywine that was delicious.
The atmosphere appears to be consistent with a newer trend in NYC, the idea of combining an extensive bottle selection/draft selection for growlers & a smaller beer area to enjoy the available beers if you wish. So basically, do your beer shopping here and stay around, have some beers and relax. Sounds like a win-win to me.
The seating is located in the back of the store with long, wooden picnic tables which are conducive to a communal vibe. I thought the atmosphere here was pretty chill and relaxed. I have already made a mental note to stop by here again the next time I’m visiting Williamsburg.
02-21-2012 16:19:38 | More by Hibernator
2.51/5 rDev -37.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 1.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I know some other reviewers said they made exceptions, were generally pretty accommodating. Well, Not for me. l get to Breukelen bier merchants, just about 20 minutes after "opening", and the front gate was snugly in the closed position. So I figured, no big deal, and since I drove an hour from Queens, i figured i'd wait until the owner strolled on by. No one shows up until an hour after scheduled opening (1pm), and says, without apology, without courtesy, "look, im not actually opening until 4pm" (in 3 hours), and gives me no reason and just walks on in. So i say, "hey, well i drove for an hour to get here, and waited about another hour for you to get here. Can i just come in and grab something, i know you arent opening now, but i spent an hour driving and an hour waiting" She then replied in a scoff and annoyed tone, "yeah, you're gonna have to come back in a half hour and i'll open the gate for you, but youre gonna have to pay in cash, and be real quick about it." Really??? really? When it comes beer, i need my time to decide, no rushing, this is craft beer, not potato chips. So im actually taken aback by this. So long story short, i actually waited the half hour in my car, and since i didnt have much cash on hand, i just grabbed a 750ml trappist, and didnt get a chance to browse what seemed to be a great selection.
A: Pretty nice and cozy in there. Wooden benches, surrounded by glass fridges.
Q: Not worth the wait, time spent, or drive. IMO.
Service: From my experience, pretty bad.
Sel: Fantastic selection. The owners know beer, but have to be more consistent with opening times and customer service.
Value: seemed about right for brklyn.
02-21-2012 06:51:26 | More by rodney45
4.14/5 rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
This is a very cool bottle shop and bar with take-out, growler fills, and drink-in at both the bar and tables. They even had board games on the tables to entertain yourself with. I just popped in in the afternoon so I couldn't hang around but would love to come back and do some drinking; they have lots of events, tap takeovers, and the like, plus they do flights and more. Gotta give them extra service credit for not only being friendly and informative but for opening the doors a few minutes early to let me do my shopping so I could rush off to work!
Selection was good, nothing too rare or unusual but there were a few oddities mixed in with the regular selection of what's available in NYC. Plenty of Founders, Arcadia, HOTD, etc. Prices on single bottles were a little high but not outrageous.
I imagine that drinking in is the way to go here if you can.
11-02-2011 16:17:03 | More by tobelerone
4.5/5 rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
combination cool local beer geek bar,and "Good Beer Store" with great selection and atmosphere in an already crowded with great beer bars Wmsbg/BKLYN.
15 well chosen taps, a long bar across the wall from a huge long cooler and temperate bottle selection and a number of sturdy family tables spread around the place. friendly mellow vibe, looked like good food available like fresh handmade pressed sammiches and cheese platters. didnt eat though so i couldnt rate.
had smutty robust porter,great, liefmans GC kriek on tap, lovely, and picked up a growler of southern tier jahva coffee imp stout for laterer. cant wait.
i really dont want to say too much about Breukelen bier merchants, not cause its not great, it is great, but because i have a feeling that in a few months once word gets out here and around town BBM will become crowded like many of the other great beer bars in this damn town. spuyten duyvil is stumbling distance away, round the corner.
BBM was very mellow tonite/sat 7/9/11 when i went with some friends and would say go here now/soon if you truly enjoy room to move or to relax with your beer, before a place gets "discovered". we stopped in in the early evening for a few pints on our way to the brooklyn bowl, which itself could easily be called a beer geeks bowling alley with absolutely no tongue in cheek. Think i was told that BBM opened april 2011.
but do remember BBM is a "store", so it opens early n closes relatively early most nites by 11 or earlier. beers for drinking in the bar and bottles n growlers to go.food to eat while you chill. is there more to ask for? NYC beer life just gets betterer everyday with the addition of establishments like BBM.
peace all NOLA VIPER/billysburg
07-10-2011 11:28:57 | More by NolaViper
Breukelen Bier Merchants in Brooklyn, NY
90 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.