Breukelen Bier Merchants
Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 10 | Display Reviews Only:
4.14/5 rDev +3%
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 -6.7%
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
4/5 rDev -0.5%
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
4.14/5 rDev +3%
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
4.49/5 rDev +11.7%
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
2.51/5 rDev -37.6%
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
Breukelen Bier Merchants in Brooklyn, NY
90 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.