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Not Rated.

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Place Score: 96
Reviews: 91
Visits: 122
Avg: 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
Photo of henkster
3.63/5  rDev -16.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

2009 Review:
I'm fortunate that Bierkraft is quite close to my Park Slope apartment. In addition to a great selection of bottled beers, they always have a selection of 10+ drafts for growlers/22oz bottles. I find the draft beers to be a good value, while the bottled beers are a little pricey (even for NYC). In addition to the beer selection, they have a great selection of charcuterie, cheese and chocolates. So, it's really hard to go in here without dropping some serious $$$. The staff seem knowledgeable, although I haven't interacted with them too much.

August 2012 update:
I have been back numerous times since my initial review 3 years ago. However, not nearly as much as I would if their bottle prices weren't borderline ridiculous. I went again very recently, and just couldn't get myself to buy anything. Eagle Provisions, about 20 blocks away on 5th Ave, has a better selection and prices about 20%-30% lower. Also, I find the service at Bierkraft to be hit or miss - too many visits where I was treated like they were doing me a favor by filling a growler or ringing me up. I really want to like this place, but they make it too hard.

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Photo of LeoPanna
3/5  rDev -30.9%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Oh Bierkraft...

This place makes me mad. I do some teaching right around the corner, and since I love beer, I love to browse the local stores. I always walk into Bierkraft because it looks cool. There are always people there, they always have stuff that I've never seen. ..

I'll start with the good (the few good)... Sandwiches, awesome... Selection, awesome (for how small the place is)...definitely some rare bottles... tap prices, ok...

Now to what makes me mad about this place...The bottle prices are atrocious. You can get some of the same beers at the bodega around the corner for much less. It really feels like robbery, like they're taking advantage of their willing regular customers. They obviously are looking more for profit than they are just being an awesome beer store.

I'll pass on this place. Overrated and not worth the money.

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Photo of ThePortlander
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Bierkraft is great if you want to blow some money on good beer and sandwiches, especially if you're ranging out with friends in the backyard/outdoor area. The tap prices and sandwiches are about right for an upscale place in NY, and I don't mind them too much–this just isn't an everyday spot. Bottles, however, as everyone has mentioned, are way too expensive. I don't tend to buy bottles here at all. Still, if there's something really good on tap, get at it and get a sandwich while you're there. I still want to check out their tastings.

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Photo of brystmar
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Ah, Bierkraft. Half upscale deli, half upscale beer store & growler dispensery. Their sandwiches are yummy and only moderately pricey. Great selection of growler fills at mostly reasonable prices.

Their bottled beer, however, is ridiculously overpriced. They boast an impressive selection for having such a small storefront, but your wallet feels the pinch with every bottle purchased. It's not uncommon to see their shelf prices marked 50% (and occasionally 100%!) higher than their nearby competitors -- even on items that aren't particularly tough to find!

Not to say there aren't occasional deals here: I purchased 3 bottles of 2006 DFH 120 for $17 apiece last summer. But overall, I have no reason to shop here. If they ever decide to lower their prices into the realm of reason, I'll give them another shot.

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Photo of SkiBum22
2.63/5  rDev -39.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 1 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Bierkraft could be a great beer store. They have a very good selection of bottles and draft and they are in a great neighborhood. But their prices are beyond insane. They really are taking advantage of their customers on certain bottles. I don't know why anybody buys beer from this place when you can go to any other place and get the same beers for a lot cheaper. They do have some good food in which you can sit down and enjoy your beers with which helps.

I'll start going back to this place once they come to their senses on pricing.

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Photo of jonmacklin
4.08/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Was visiting NY so went scouting for beer in various locations and Bierkraft was definitely on the list. its a cool little store in Brooklyn. It can get a bit cramped inside as its a very narrow space, but they have a pretty nice selection and variety of quality craft beers. The shining star of Bierkraft is their growler filling station. I think they have 16 taps, one of which is dedicated to a cask offering. Not only was the selection impressive, but they have the ability to fill bomber bottles as well as growlers. This was super cool as I could try a bunch of different local beers far more easily.

My primary gripe with Bierkraft is that their prices are pretty high, even for NY. it seemed that the majority of their beers were sold as individual bottles which I guess allows them to charge more for singles, I don't know. They had the best selection of any place that I found in Brooklyn, but if you're going into Manhattan, check out the Whole Foods on Houston or Good Beer on 9th between 1st & A for more reasonable prices.

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Photo of negroobserver
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I decided to give this place a try after hearing great things. Sadly, I was disappointed. It's a very cool place, but I guess my expectations were much higher. The beer selection is very good, but not amazing. The vast majority of the bottled beers that are available at Bierkraft are readily available at most beer distributors. They have an excellent rotating selection of draft beers available for takeaway in growlers. The prices are noticeably higher than other locations that I've been to, except for the growlers, which are reasonably priced. In some instances the prices are off by thirty to fifty percent of normal retail, which is ridiculous. This is a place worth trying, but I would only go in to refill my growlers.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Amazing beer selection for bottles as well as a really well laid out website to get through their large selection of bottles before you make the trip into BK. They offer mix-a-six type of service offering mostly all single bottles in all sizes.

They have 16 beers on tap at any time. Sometimes they have a total brewery takeover of their taps, other times they mix it up. But you can bet it is going to be something special and interesting.

Also, they have some of the best hand crafted sandwiches in brooklyn, especially in a beer store type of setting, which is saying a lot. They use amazing breads and come up with some great sandwich concepts using really high end ingredients. So grab a pint at the tap station and then get a sandwich from the counter have a seat and enjoy, then don't forget to grab a six pack or 2 on your way out.

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Photo of Sammy
4.01/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Finally made it down, you need a car to do this. Grat selection of hard-to-find bottles, but you pay up. Prices were 10-42% higher so that my $240 bottle tab was roughly $60 premium over careful shopping. The plus side is getting barrel aged bottles and new releases available in NY state at one go. The growlers were a good deal, they were out of everything I wanted from checking the site the day before. Still got a decent pilsner. New casks arriving, and they do let you buy a glass before you buy a cask. Narrowish space, with a food takeout area and the use of a washroom.

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Photo of starrdogg
3.94/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I've been to Bierkraft on 2 of my last 3 trips to NYC in the past year, so I figured I should write up a little review of it. It's an interesting little place that's a beer store on one side and a sandwich shop/bar on the other. Bierkraft has some major positives and one major negative, so I will hit the positives first. The growler fills are what makes Bierkraft special. They have a number of draft lines (12 maybe?) and feature a very interesting mix of beers, oftentimes featuring things that you can only get on tap (the first time I was there they had things like Oskar Blues Deviant Dale's and One Hit Wonder). You can get either 750 ml growlers or regular 2 liter growlers filled and the prices are pretty reasonable there. You can also get glasses of any of the beers to drink on site. Apparently their sandwiches are quite good too, though I haven't had them myself.

The big negative to Bierkraft is their bottle prices. They do have a pretty nice selection of bottles, but WOW, it might be the most expensive beer store I've ever encountered. Bottles of things like AleSmith Speedway Stout and Old Numbskull were $19.50 - for reference I saw the same bottles at New Beer Distributors in Manhattan for $12-$13. Fantome Printemps was $22 - it was $14 at New Beer. They do allow you to buy any of their beers in singles, but even the regular beers are more expensive than usual.

Overall, I like Bierkraft, and it's a great idea making it both a bar, sandwich shop and beer store all in the same place, but until they drop the bottle prices, I can't full recommend it.

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Photo of mltobin
4/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Over in the Park Slope neighborhood is this a great place to grab some beer & have a fantastic sandwich named Bierkraft. They serve pints as well as fill growlers. I believe that they have 8-10 lines going, usually with a nice variety, sometimes w/ a tap takeover. Rogue, Chelsea and Ithaca were some of the bewers on when I stopped in. You can also find quite a few bottles here, but did not spend too much time looking that over. The staff is well versed in their products and helpful. And you might as well stop by when hungry, because their sandwiches are quite tasty.

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Photo of OutFox
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Found Bierkraft by accident really. Was stumbling around Park Slope on 5th avenue and saw the sign and walked in. I grew up in Asheville and my home town beer store was Brusin' Ales. This is probably the best beer store in the 5 boroughs. Great selection, especially of cold beers, though I dont always buy a bottle to drink immeadiately. Great staff, very knowledgable almost exceptionally so. Any beer geek will feel easily at home in the shop. Great sandwhiches as well, but the best part in my mind was the draft selection of mainly local (well the times Ive been there is been predominatly local) drafts and some just great stuff. You can either get your growler filled or have a brew or two with your cheese or sandwhich. Great place.

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Photo of petroos
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

I wish I could review the restaurant portion of this place and the beer store portion of this place separately, as they'd both get very different reviews.

The sandwiches (and icecream sandwiches) are absolutely delicious and the selection of cheeses and charcuterie is top notch as well.

They also have a pretty good selection of beers on tap for growler fills or drinking with food, which is awesome if it weren't for the one thing that I think really kills this place for me: IT'S INSANELY EXPENSIVE.

Food and Growler fills tend to be 20% to 40% more than I think they should be and the bottles for sale are often even more gouging. This place is great in a lot of ways, but it's very obviously taking advantage of the gentrified neighborhood and the yuppie nature of those who frequent it. Beer geek culture is alive and well in Park Slope, so they do get a lot of rare and special release bottles, but they always sell out extremely quickly and at a premium. Rare bottles I have purchased in other stores for $16 have sold here for $20, no joke. I cringe whenever I am in the area and I see someone walk out the door with a sixer of Brooklyn Brewery beer they paid $15 for.

For that reason the letter grade on my review is artificially high. The facilities and selection are good to great but the prices ruin everything for me.

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Photo of FullObs
3.73/5  rDev -14.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Stopped here after visit to Brooklyn. About a 20 min subway ride.
This place is a combo beer store /bar. A small place they have 8-10 coolers with a fairly decent selection of stuff including some obscure foreign brews. Warm bottles line the shelves on the other side. Singles are available for everything and you can take to go or drink in. One side of the store is the beer aisle the other side has a deli counter where you can order sandwiches and sweets, well as 6-8 tables. They aso have a nice patio outside.

In the back they have 10-12 taps of cask but selection was nothing special. Growlers avail to go like many places in NY.

Overall this is a cool place with a good atmosphere but the prices are crazy - 40-50% markup on many bottles i've seen elsewhere

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Photo of baconsausage
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Met some oft talked about beer folks here and the stories are all true. Good people who enjoy good food and drink. There for the opening of the patio, which was rockin', with casks pourin' and oysters shuckin'. Had the best damn sandwich and some great "warm" beer. I think I tried all of the casks over two days and found all of them to be enjoyable. Greenport and Bluepoint stand out as well as Flower Power. These paired well with the Italian sandwich that was so good I had it both days I was there.

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

Great place to have a sandwich and a beer, and leave with some, too! Small cozy, coffeehouse type atmosphere with brick walls on the dining side and a bright store feel on the bottle shop side. Had a great sandwich prosciutto, manchego, arugula with fig jelly spread on that good chewy bread, can't remember what it's called.

Beware one table has got a crooked board on it and I lost a good 12-13 oz of Barrier Belgian #1 because of this. Nice beer selection, real fun place to be on tasting nights. Friendly and extremely knowledgeable staff with great selection and quality food and beer. Will be back.

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Photo of beenitty
4.66/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I am a beermenus.com junkie so I'm always finding rare stuff and going to great lengths to track down beers that are tough to get. Bierkraft usually pops up on my radar because their selections are must haves (especially their growlers).

Bierkraft is awsome because they fill their growlers with back pressure which gives you some extra time before the beers get flat. Their growlers are typically in the 10-20$ range and they always have super tasty brews, typically highly sought after beers and are usually cheaper for the same fills at other places in NYC.

I've never bought bottles from here, but I agree that they are a bit pricey. However, in the city you're definitely going to pay a few dollars more here than you would at a place like Deciccos (Ardsley,Pelham) which is outside the city, thats just the way it is. I typically stick to the growlers for value and hit other stores like the ones mentioned above if I want some bottles.

Staff is friendly and even gave me some bags to carry out some brews for a trade that I made during one visit even though I didnt buy anything.

Haven't had a chance to try the food yet but they have alot of variety there and seems like it'd be worth a shot.

Highly Reccommended.

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Photo of dragonWhale
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Walking through Park Slope, stumbled upon this little place. Had to go in. To my surprise, $60 bottles of Rare, $80 gift boxes of Smoke from the Oak. A bunch of really cool stuff. Very solid selection of east coast stuff and a good Belgian selection along with some other good imports (Mikkeller, Nogne O). Tap selection for growler fills was impressive but I didn't stare at it for too long. Looked like very reasonable prices too for the growler fills. The gentleman (I believe his name was Jonah?) behind the counter chatted with me for a bit about the Hair of the Dog and Seattle and Portland beer scenes. Good times, seemed like a really cool place. I will be frequenting this in the near future..To Be Continued..

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Photo of r0nyn
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.

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Photo of JizackFH
4.74/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Coming from a small town in northen Michigan that only had 1 craft beer store, this place was a dream come true. The service was great, I was asked if i needed any assistance almost right after i came in. I also saw employees assisting other people and doing a very good and in-depth job. The selection was amazing. I finally got to pick up some beers that I had always wanted to try, but could never find. I also I got a 3-liter Stone Double Bastard Ale. I coudnt have been happier. they had a great variety of Dogfish head, Stone, Rogue, and many other amazing beer brands. Some of the prices were a little more than I am used to seeing back home, but the selection just cannot be beat. I havent tried any of the food here yet, but I am definetly going to and I cant wait. I am also looking forward to getting a growler fill here. I hope they get Founders Devil Dancer back. PLEASE. haha anyways if you are in NYC for a visit and you love beer you MUST go to Brooklyn and Check this place out. Just take the R train to the Union St. stop in Brooklyn and its only a block or two walk from there. You will not regret it. I personally take an hour train ride from queens just to go there every time I need a beer. YEA ITS THAT WORTH IT.

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Photo of jaluria
4.6/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Oh my, what can be said about this beer haven, this place of wonder and joy? Well, let's not get overly dramatic; Bierkraft is an amazing place! The food (sandwiches mostly) are fantastic; made to order and incredibly fresh and flavorful. The beer selection is nothing short of great; nearly 2 dozen beers, 4 of which are on cask. Pints of any beer are available for $5-8 depending on the beer. A little small, the only possible complaint I can muster. If you are in NYC and have the time, this is a must visit for your growler fills, lunch and bottle shopping.

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Photo of DaveHS
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I always hit Bierkraft when I'm on the East Coast. A great little shop in Park Slope that manages to squeeze more beer into a narrow hallway than you would find in some of the largest beer retailers.

As you walk in there is a long row of coolers on the left. On the right is the dry stocked stuff. On my last visit I found vintage bottles from De Dolle, The Bruery's Papier (after it was long gone in California) and a number of other great, hard to get bottles. They have a decent amount of vintage stuff, but the prices can get a little high. They don't seem to follow the $1 per year mark-up strategy that many places use.

There are tables in the back where you can drink bottles, or enjoy some draught beer from a limited selection of taps. They also do growlers to go.

This is an unmissable spot in NYC .

Back in 2005 I bought a few bottles of Heavyweight Barrel-Aged Old Salty for about $15 each. Wish I still had them :(

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Photo of Dubber55
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Very nice selection. Plenty of beers in the cooler as well as some other stuff sitting on the shelves. They definitly get some hard to find beers here. But, be prepared to spend a lot of money if you want to buy them. I have noticed the prices here are pretty expensive. The growler station is really good. They have some kind of counter pressure system for filling up growlers which works really well. There are also some nice meats, cheeses, and sanwhiches in the back by the growlers. There is a seating area as well which is cool.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

What a unique place this is. It's part beer store, part Sandwich shop. The layout is this: beer coolers in the walkway, tap/growler station at the end with over a dozen beers, and artisan sandwhich and cheese counter around the corner. On the far side of the shop is a small area of picnic tables to eat and drink. The bottle prices are expensive for a beer store, but a steal for a beer bar. The tap and growler prices are fair.

The dining area was tight, but there was enough room to sit on a Sunday afternoon. There were a bunch of nice, beer related decorations in this area. Tins and posters on the wall, barrels for trash cans, picnic tables made out of kegs, etc. Prince was playing on the speakers, which of course tied together the whole experience.

I ordered a pint of Nebraska Wit, a turkey sandwich with bacon and gouda, and an ice cream sandwich for dessert. Everything was top notch, and I was really impressed with the quality of the meat and bread. The ice cream brownie sandwich being made with Smuttynose Brown Dog Ale was a nice touch as well. This might be my top lunch spot in NYC right now.

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Photo of Walken
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Visit #1, 05/28/10

I have been waiting to check joint out for quite a while. It didn't disappoint!

As you enter the first door, you walk into a narrow corridor with coolers containing single twelve to sixteen ounce bottles that normally come in four or six packs lining the left wall. Though they discount most mixed six packs, their markup is stiff, this is not meant to be a knock, it is just a reality of running a business like Bierkraft. On the right, there are shelves housing single twenty-two and twenty-five ounce bottles, solid selection with a focus on local packaged product, seemingly average prices on the big boys.

Once you make your way through the hall o' beer, you will see a chalkboard, detailing the beers on draft for in-store consumption and growler/bomber fills from their (custom built?) counter-pressure filling system. The prices for growler fills seemed criminally low, can't complain about this at all. During my visit, a pleasant fellow named Matthew issued a warm greeting and spent some time shooting the shit about the oddball Cigar City gruit. I decided to snag a growler of Sly Fox Helles to split with friends. Rounding the corner, there is another counter where those who are so inclined can nab a growler fill from one of three casks. A few steps further and you hit a lovely display of meats, cheese, chocolate, locally roasted coffee (If you haven't tried Gorilla beans, roasted in Bklyn, do yourself a favor). Behind the checkout counter, there is a sandwich station, at which all that is good in this world is ripped from the clouds and transformed into delicious grub by the "kitchen" staff. (Italian...omnomnom.)

The bar area is chill, albeit small, with some neat-o fold up tables that are bolted to the wall. We spent the better part of a day there eating, drinking and chatting. The place obviously has a local following, including many of my Jewish brethren, who come in to fill growlers for the sabbath.

At the end of the day, the only fault I can find, is their single bottle prices, but that's not really an issue with the selection and price of their growlers.

Make it a point to go to Bierkraft if you are in Brooklyn, you won't regret it.

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Bierkraft in Brooklyn, NY
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