The Bier Abbey
Ratings: 12 | Reviews: 5 | Display Reviews Only:
4.7/5 rDev +6.3%
Schenectady appears to be one big, bricky, old-timey downtown district. Which makes it a nice place to drunkenly while away a rainy Saturday afternoon.
The Bier Abbey is in an old and very large building. There's patio seating (for those foolishly inclined to drink in the sunlight, as opposed to wallowing in the shadows as god intended), a restaurant area, a dimly lit bar, and then a large banquet hall where sports are projected onto the wall. I choose the dim area, so as to be close to the bar.
The beer selection is amazingly well-crafted and cared for. This is the only beer bar I've ever visited where not only is each beer served at a different temperature, but the temps are noted prominently in the beer menu (along with beer and brewery name, location, style, and description).
Belgians are prominently represented in the tap lineup, but there's also plenty of New York State and New England-area selections for you people who refuse to drink beer that doesn't smell like grapefruit.
Very nice, very friendly place. The crowd was older, but it was pretty early in the day so I can't say what it's like early on. Bad music played constantly, but softly, and the bartender was a little surly but he warmed up after a bit. Nice place. Well worth visiting.
04-28-2014 14:03:41 | More by mynie
4.38/5 rDev -0.9%
Located in an up and coming block of Schenectady, the Bier Abbey is a great addition to the local craft beer scene. The interior has been renovated to have a vaguely Belgian, vaguely religious feel. Some of the tables are equipped with "pew" benches to further the "abbey" feel, while other areas have more of a European bistro feel. The bar itself is nicely sized, but in the middle of the place, right near the kitchen, so at times you can feel very in the way if you don't have a seat at the bar. Service is always excellent, with pour sizes and prices labeled and proper glassware used at all times. The selection is the best in the Capital District by far. Honestly, I don't think it could be any better given our terrible distribution. It's really the drawing point of this place. Without this loaded taplist, I probably wouldn't make the drive out to Schenectady, but they really put together a nice lineup. Food has always been pretty solid. Not spectacular, but good. The generous portions do a good job of soaking up the beer. Food is pretty fairly priced, but the beer is expensive. There's no two ways about it. The same beer here will cost $2 more than at certain other local establishments. At times, the taplist is worth the price. Other times, it's not. That said, I'd recommend you give this place a look.
08-05-2013 15:11:39 | More by vonnegut21
4.74/5 rDev +7.2%
Let me preface everything by saying I don't write reviews but I had to write one for the Bier Abbey as this place has almost turned into a second home for me on Friday nights.
From the moment you walk in the door of the Bier Abbey you can feel the difference from the routine bar or experience. I can't really pin point what it is about the atmosphere or ambiance but you instantly know the place is serious about their beer. Slide up to the bar and get mesmerized by the ever changing chalkboard of 30 beer selections littered with some old favorites and new delights. Choices ranging from local/regional breweries to brews that made their ways over borders and seas; there truly is something for everyone. Don't fret about the overwhelming list as you will be greeted by genuinely knowledgeable and overly friendly staff who literally make it their mission to find something your palate will desire. Hungry? The attention and commitment to the beer carries into the kitchen as they have unique and freshly prepared grub. Trust me when I say get the chicken tenders. The recipe was meticulously molded and crafted from customer feedback and the owner's commitment to perfection. Other options center around classic Belgian food with your traditional pub fair mixed in. Enjoy the beer, dive into the food and soak up the experience that is the Bier Abbey.
I know this all sounds biased, and maybe it is, but after visiting countless bars, brew pubs and eateries in the Albany Capital Region the Bier Abbey is my first and last stop. The owner George and manager Mike have crafted the Bier Abbey into a truly unique destination that will leave you craving more and coming back for weeks, months, and hopefully years on end!
05-08-2013 02:11:17 | More by scotv
The Bier Abbey in Schenectady, NY
95 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.