Taps: 16 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
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Reviews by TheycallmeTim:
4.85/5 rDev +11.5%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Gotta get this review in so Ben stops obsessing behind the keg stand at the "D" write-up that formerly resided at the top of these reviews.
Bierkraft, put simply, has taught me almost everything I know in my admittedly limited knowledge base of beer. Their staff is patient, helpful, and snooty only if you have an attitude or walk around like, "Where are the 18 packs?" The only negative lesson Bierkraft has taught me is that you can buy the same stuff they have in a few cases at a cheaper price nearby.
But here are the facts: the selection is phenomenal. There is no better place to get a sampling of beers from around the world. The staff is ultra-smart about their products and their inventory. They know if they don't have something when they'll have more of it, and the wait usually isn't long. They have thirteen taps of draft-only brews that rotate often. They're conscientious people that take what they do seriously, and I give 'em respect for that. The good news is they were willing to take on an idiot newbie like me and answer my questions, of which I had about nine thousand.
Another, and final, important point here is this: they know how to take /care/ of their beer. They store everything upright and more than 2/3 of it cold. Remember when I said I could get stuff cheaper elsewhere? Yeah, well, what I should have also said is that I've bought the same thing skunked elsewhere, too, which may have had a lower price tag but ultimately cost more because the product tasted like licking dog vomit on a January morning. Price and value are two different things, it turns out: While a growler of Duvel Green will cost you 30 bucks, which might make you gasp, you gotta keep in mind that a growler is 4 pints, and if you buy a pint of the same stuff in a Manhattan bar, you're gonna pay around 9/10 bucks for it, plus tip. Don't want to pay that much, don't care about Duvel? Get Kelso for ten bucks, which measures out to 2 fitty a pint.
if you want to learn about beer, if you want to test your knowledge of beer, or if you just plain love the stuff and want to stock up on it, this place is a Mecca. Gotta make the pilgrimage at least once.
10-22-2008 22:30:24 | More by TheycallmeTim
More User Reviews:
4.2/5 rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is a renaissance beer store. You enter and on both sides are reasonably priced bottles of some very cool stuff. They have a very nice selection that includes a shelf of hard to find beers or bottles they aged themselves. They have a handful of taps and they have a sandwich shop with some nice cheeses attached to the place. They are also in the process of getting a brewing license to make their own beer. When I went there the staff was not very friendly though. My girlfriend and I were the only two in the store and the two employees there were speaking to each other and didn't even acknowledge us until we started to move a couple bottles we wanted to the counter. At that point they did get some points back when they offered us a couple pulls from the tap even though we hadn't shown any interest previously.
All and all it was a worth while trip and a place I would return to.
03-13-2014 02:42:46 | More by KornWallace
4.21/5 rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | $$
After going in tne front door, you walk down a narrow isle lined with bottled beer, much of it specialty beers that weren't too badly priced. The tastings of the dozen and a half beers were free and the guys working the counter were pretty knowledgeable, althogh I couldn't talk them into selling me a growler of either of the Peekskill beers because they were too hard to get (they would sell pints tho). They also wouldn't sell me any growlers unless I replaced my old metal caps with plastic polyseal caps (something I'd been meaning to do anyway).
I really liked the place and will definitely stop in next time I'm in town.
12-03-2013 02:04:28 | More by tabhill
Bierkraft in Brooklyn, NY
96 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.