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Bierkraft

BierkraftBierkraft

Taps: 16 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
96
world-class

97 Ratings
Ratings: 97
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 11.26%
$$$ - a bit pricey


[ 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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SkiBum22

New York

2.63/5  rDev -39.5%
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.

01-22-2012 00:48:24 | More by SkiBum22
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jonmacklin

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

01-04-2012 13:55:56 | More by jonmacklin
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negroobserver

New York

4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

12-20-2011 04:32:57 | More by negroobserver
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vfgccp

New York

4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

12-01-2011 20:38:29 | More by vfgccp
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.01/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

10-26-2011 05:05:12 | More by Sammy
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starrdogg

District of Columbia

3.94/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

10-24-2011 17:41:11 | More by starrdogg
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mltobin

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -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.

09-30-2011 01:46:20 | More by mltobin
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OutFox

New York

4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

09-05-2011 23:14:26 | More by OutFox
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petroos

New York

3.98/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

06-17-2011 18:04:39 | More by petroos
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FullObs

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -14.3%
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

04-30-2011 23:40:44 | More by FullObs
Bierkraft in Brooklyn, NY
96 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.