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Bierkraft

Not Rated.
BierkraftBierkraft
BEER AVG
4/5
Based on:
9 Beers
1 Ratings
Place Score: 96
Ratings: 116
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 10.9%
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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(Place added by: Mick)
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Photo of Rachel1978
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of MisterBisco
3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of Latarnik
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Hirshi
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of dtomes
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of DGSchmitt
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of nickmantia
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Durandal_777
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of offby1
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of GRFounder
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of KornWallace
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of sirsteve42
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of stoppertb18
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of tabhill
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of WheelsPSU
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of JLapadura
5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Chris_Coughlin
3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of GJ40
4.18/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

A great local bottle shop / pub. They have a nice selection of bottles with some rarer though quite pricy beers. They also have a dozen or so on tap sold by the glass or growler. And there's a sandwich / cheese counter in the back. I just stopped in for a quick look while passing by but I'll definitely be back for a longer visit.

Photo of BKBassist
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 5

First off, there is no better sandwich that can be had at a beer bar in the city. The regular offerings are excellent and the specials are outstanding. Food pricing is NYC reasonable.

Tap selection and pricing is fair. They generally stick to more unique stuff on tap, and almost always have something interesting I've not seen elsewhere. I have had the occasional issue with line maintenance however. The option to do small pours is welcome.

Bottle selection is excellent, but prices are higher than most other bottle shops.

Service is fine, it's mainly cashiering/taking orders as you do your own bussing. I've never really gotten in depth with them on knowledge, so I can't speak to that, but I'll assume since they do some in house brews that are fairly interesting that at least some of the staff is very beer knowledgable.

Atmosphere is fun, if the table layout both inside and out can make for some tight squeezes. Also, the placement of the bathroom door means it swings out into an area where people are standing and my pint glass has been the victim of it's cruel arc. But outside of these things, the patio is great, and it's a great place for day drinking/bigger groups.

Overall, the food and tap selection, plus the patio makes it a must visit. The bottle prices make me tae those purchases elsewhere however.

Photo of greenmanwl
3/5  rDev -30.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3

We were very excited to go about ten on a Sunday night visiting (and kid-less!) and we found out as truth what we gathered by checking out reviews; THIS IS NOT A BAR as if it was it would have been open! To have a bar does not mean you are a bar and we'd have made other plans if we knew, certainly to check this place out after reading reviews. Noone mentions this so I figured I would... Take off that they are a bar, they are not no matter how good a selection of beer they might have since I haven't had a chance to check that out due to false labeling... It a appears a store with beer, with a sandwich shop next door that you can get their beer through. Hopefully we'll make time during the day. The bar we did go to was down on 4th; the one we surmised'd be the best of the lot there for our tastes and it was a goodie, from waiter to variation; we stick to Belgian beer pretty much and were not disappointed at the 4th Avenue Pub. Go there if you want a bar, cause Bierkraft isn't one and they shouldn't claim it as such... Will review it later IF we make the time to go...

Photo of JohnG190
4.9/5  rDev +13.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Outstanding selection, the growler filling station is the best I've seen! And the sandwiches are second to none in NYC. The prices are high, but they're located in one of the trendier neighborhoods in NYC. Overall, I am very impressed with this small, quaint beer shop and I will definitely patronize when in Brooklyn.

Bierkraft in Brooklyn, NY
96 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.