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Reviews by TheycallmeTim:
4.85/5 rDev +12.3%
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:
4.63/5 rDev +7.2%
I stumbled upon Bierkraft after consulting BeerAdvocate and per a friend's recommendation, and I definitely was not disappointed.
I usually shop for beer in Philadelphia (a.k.a. the nation's greatest importer of beer) but decided to give it a break for the week and try New York after hearing rumors that there were bottles upon bottles of Bourbon County Brand Stout stinking up liquor store shelves in the Big Apple.
I'm glad that I was able to partially confirm this rumor -- whereas they didn't have any BCBS bottles on stock, they did serve it on draft -- I'm also ecstatic to report that I found my new to-go place for beer. The selection here is well-thought out, the food is incredible (I got the Serrano as a pairing suggestion with my BCBS) plus the guys here are extremely knowledgeable on beer; I was actually on a quest to find some Bell's Hopslam Ale (which Philadelphia purportedly only received two cases of) in NYC and was very disappointed not to find it here. After sharing my disappointment with the two beer geeks working the draft bar, they reluctantly pointed me toward where I could find two and a half six-packs of it. That made my week, no, my MONTH.
Bierkraft also has a corner where they sell "vintage beer" -- usually nothing too exciting on this corner the several times I've been, but if you're looking to complete a vert, I can see how it might excite you; they also have regular BeerAdvocate and non-BeerAdvocare beer shares here as well, for those of you are into that kind of thing :)
07-15-2014 14:04:45 | More by amano_h
3.58/5 rDev -17.1%
The world-famous Bierkraft! What's wrong with it? Tiny, cramped and crummy. There are two storefronts, one with beer and another one with tables. A narrow railroad holds a bunch of coolers and shelves with good stuff, but so incredibly overpriced it hurts.
Rockmill, barrel-aged Thirsty Ulver, Port City, Penn Brewing, Voodoo, Midnight Sun Moscow... these are beers you can't easily (if at all) find in NYC. But the regular stuff? Forget about it. $14.75 for a six-pack of Union Jack, and $13.75 for Prima Pils.
They have a bunch of taps for pints and growler fills, but none of them were terribly appealing when I visited. I'll pass on this place, at least until they clean up and control the price situation.
07-05-2014 23:30:37 | More by DoubleSimcoe
Bierkraft in Brooklyn, NY
96 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.