Bierkraft

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Place Score: 96
Reviews: 91
Visits: 122
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: n/a
Taps: 16
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Store ]

191 5th Ave
Brooklyn, New York, 11217-4438
United States
phone: (718) 230-7600
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Reviews: 91 | Visits: 122
Reviews by r0nyn:
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4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

On my way down Fifth Avenue, I spotted this beer haven across the street, so I knew I had to at least stop in and see what it was about. It's about good quality beer at a ridiculous price!

Right as you walk in, there's a long row of coolers to the left where most the beer is kept, along with some shelves to the right holding some more bottles and glassware. Towards the back is the growler fill station and around the corner is the bar and cafe area. Interesting set-up, to say the least.

Quality is good, with no obvious expired bottles lying around. They seemed pretty up to date with beer releases, having very many of the seasonal offerings in the coolers. Store is a bit warm though, so the stuff off to the right is probably in a wee bit of danger. Selection is quite good, with many brews that are not readily available in the area making an appearance along with the usual domestic suspects. Notable number of imported beers, with a fair few items from Belgium. Even some Italian offeringss, like Verdi Imperial Stout. Definitely a step above the rest in terms of sheer variety.

Price is really where things get crazy. Almost every bottle in the store is $4-5 more expensive than I'm used to seeing. Not sure how they sell all these with prices like $14 for Ballast Point Sculpin. Definitely a pricey store. I'm not convinced you get your money's worth with how much you bleed off.

Service and vibe is generally good, with friendly employees and a nice, homey vibe to the delicatessen part of it. I didn't stick around for food, but on the whole, people seemed to be pleased with what they got. I'm just sure that they overpaid for that stuff too.

All in all, a good beer store/bar to pay a visit if you're in the area. If you're looking for beer, though, be prepared to be gouged quite heftily in terms of price. (1,829 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Wattie
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3

Photo of Jlabs
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of REY_CORTEZ
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of AL813
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of almostjay
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of travishardy929
5/5  rDev +15.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of slasich
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of MichaelLamb
2.98/5  rDev -31.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 2.75 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Updated: December 2014. Bierkraft was once my favorite bottle shop in NYC. The prices were always a little bit inflated, but I was willing to over pay a bit in order get beer that I couldn't typically find other places. This place has been on a steady decline over the past few years. The selection has gotten worse, the prices have gotten higher, the staff has become more aloof (with the exception of a couple of really nice guys) and the sandwiches just aren't packed the way they used to be. With so many other great options in the area, it has become increasing difficult to justify spending my money there. (612 characters)

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4.52/5  rDev +4.1%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of amano_h
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

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 :) (1,521 characters)

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.58/5  rDev -17.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25

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. (714 characters)

Photo of Rachel1978
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of MisterBisco
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

The biggest question mark here is "Value."

This is a really well-curated (but fairly small) shop with bottle sales on the floor and growler fills as well as on-premises pint pours in the back (with a lovely backyard to boot).

The growlers are meticulously curated and taken care of, with counter-pressure filling on a tremendous range of beers (from local to far-reaching, from inexpensive to very pricey). 5/5 on this part of their service.

For bottles, though, their prices are egregious. They have a remarkably well-curated selection, so if price is no object, this is the place to shop. That said, they easily overprice neighboring bottle shops by 20-30% on nearly all of the shops to which I've compared them.

TL,DR: Go for a pint or to fill up your growlers, but hit up a different shop if you want to stock your cellar. (831 characters)

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