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Bierkraft

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9 Beers
0 Reviews
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
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. (572 characters)

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. (740 characters)

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. (1,339 characters)

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 (768 characters)

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. (503 characters)

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. (605 characters)

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. (1,227 characters)

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.. (719 characters)

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. (1,829 characters)

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. (1,235 characters)

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. (561 characters)

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 :( (931 characters)

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. (534 characters)

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. (1,114 characters)

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. (2,200 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

The atmosphere is good enough. It's basically a deli with a corridor with beer shelves and coolers lining the walls all the way down to the "alter" of the growler filling station. They've got 16 beers on tap. I got 2 growlers filled, and a few glasses to drink during lunch, which was a terrific Italian hoagie. The sandwich, itself was a fair price, around $10, as were the beers to drink and the growlers. The service was great and this is one of the finest selections you'll encounter on the East Coast. The only gripe was the price of bottles, which seemed borderline ridiculous. It didn't stop me from dropping over $100 on some rarities. This place is a must stop when in Brooklyn. (687 characters)

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

What's there not to say about this place!? Great beer selection all ready for you to mix up and try any thing you'd like. It's a great way to try new and different beers and not breaking the bank unless you buy a vintage or something a bit more pricey. Non the less, great selection and the service is great. They really know their beer and can advise you on anything you need to know. It can get crowded in there so be ready for a line.

The sandwiches are top notch. $10 for just about any sandwich gets you a bag of chips and a filling lunch.
They have bench type tables that everyone shares.

Defintily need to stop by, get a brew or many and a sandwich. I call that a good day!

Haven't tried the cheeses but they are supposed to be great.
Must tries: Proscutto wrapped deviled eggs and ice cream sandwiches. (816 characters)

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

Obvious great selection. But what makes it great is that the staff knows their sh*t. The other day I was in there and a guy asked if a particular beer on the growler menu was any good. The employee said yes, the customer said he'd take it, to which the employee asked if he would like to know more about the beer. He then went on to give a dissertation on the beer which I thought was awesome.

Their sandwiches are primo too. A lot of house made condiments and the quality and variety of meats and cheeses is awesome. they even come in paper wrapping tied with string, not important, but it's that small attention to detail that I like.

Overall, two thumbs up. I just wish Brooklyn didn't have so many damn hipsters all over the place. (739 characters)

Photo of BeerIsland
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Martin and I stopped into Bierkraft for a couple pints and a bite for P on SupSun afternoon. I enjoyed looking at the the growler fill backup line before The Game; it was steady and long. It was hard to get to the bottles, of which only a Reutberger Dunkel went home. Ben poured us 2 pretty ales from the "cask" system which worked pretty efficiently. These hydraulic masterpieces are apparantly a Bierkraft exclusive system. I always enjoy these (sadly) annual visits. Now that sitdown glassfuls are for sale, a great neighborhood bar. (536 characters)

Photo of hoppymcgee
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Bierkraft in Park Slope, Brooklyn is the best small beer store I've been to, hands down. When you walk in they have the fridge loaded with vintage beers on the left and shelving with newer beers on the right (it's not so cut and dry but that's what I noticed). There really are some gems to be found here for your beer cellar.

As you walk back there's a bottle filling station with a constantly changing assortment of fresh beers. They will fill any 64 oz. growler with a screw top or a 22 oz. capped bomber (if you don't bring your own glassware they will just charge you for deposit). The top 3 features of the filling station are:

-Utilizes a homemade counter pressure filling system (so the beer you get is essentially as if it were bottled from the brewery)

-WIll fill 22 oz. bombers for you (and cap them) so you don't have to buy 64 oz. of beer and worry about it staying fresh once you open it

-They feature some of the best beers that come into NYC (in the past they've had Ommegang Rouge, The Bruery Melange No. 3, and Goose Island Night Stalker)

To top everything off they have an incredible charcuterie (fancy word for deli). I chose the Italian - which features authentic Italian meats (coppicola, soppresata, mortadella) and the fixin's on a fresh ciabatta sub. For $9 you get the sub and your choice of local chips or local apple.

Any beer you purchase in the store can be drank on site in the nice and cozy picnic table-esque seating area - and they provide the glassware too!

Overall, this is a great place to go with your beer-loving friends and even if you don't care for beer you can still go and get one of the best sandwiches I've tasted in NYC.

Cheers!

Pros: Excellent vintage beer selection, fresh beer fills
Cons: High prices, small place, could be a bit more friendly (1,802 characters)

Photo of Nickls
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

(From notes)

I've visited Bierkraft several times, but it had been a while and my review is based on a trip that included hanging out in the seating area coupled with a shopping trip.

The selection is really damn nice, what can I say. There are definitely brews that you will find here that are not as easy to come by in some of the larger establishments in Manhattan. Granted the selection is not as large as say a New Beer, but there isn't too much filler and quality is definitely the focus. The growler selection in particular is fantastic, and I really dig the system they have to do fills....I've found that they keep a bit longer. Even had a couple of casks on, which is fantastic.

As far as hanging out and having a brew on-site, there is limited picnic style seating that could be a little cramped, but they're working with a small space. The food is more than solid, and I actually found it to be reasonably priced for the quality and portion served. I don't think that you would want to hang out drinking there all day, but it's certainly cool to grab a really awesome brew out of the cooler, and not have to dredge to wherever you live to taste in the event you can't wait.

My only real complaint is that you are going to definitely pay quite a bit more than other places, even for brews that are more commonly found throughout the New York area. I know that the neighborhood is 'nice' and there is plenty of wealth, but still. At any rate, a really great place. (1,481 characters)

Photo of samyoung
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Bierkraft is one of a kind. Tons of beer in cans, bottles, and take away growlers. There are close to a dozen taps with 3 or 4 of those being casks at any given time. Great local selection Six-Points, Blue Point, Brooklyn, etc. The variety is truly astounding; these folks go out of their way to make sure even the most picky beer fans will be satisfied. It is beer heaven!

They also have really good sandwiches which you can eat with a freshly retrieved beer from one of their many libation-stocked coolers. (509 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%

Stopped by here on a recent trip to New York. This place is famous for it's growler fill system so I decided to see what it was all about and I was not disappointed.

One side of the establishment is where the coolers and room temperature bottles are. Decent selection with nothing too exceptional aside from a few things like BFM St. Bon-Chien aged in Pinot Noir Barrels and 3L Double Bastard. They had a decent selection of the locals, including Ithaca which is always very cool. Also, small selection of Italian, Belgian and American craft. One cooler was dedicated to vintage beers but they were pretty pricey. They had an 05 GI Imperial IPA. I'm not a fan of aging IPAs but I guess it could be a good experiment. In addition they had Hitachino Celebration Ale from 2006 which is awesome!

Aside from the bottles, they had a small cases of glassware but it was locked so I didn't see prices. A decent selection of rarer pieces for anyone into collecting.

The growler stations are the big draw here. They had a very good selection of beers on draft for growler fills at very reasonable prices. All were available in 64 oz. fills and some in 22oz. capped bombers. They also have a cask ale growler station which I still don't understand how they do it but I love that they do. Only three offerings and two of them were kicked on my visit. This was late on a Sunday night so that is understandable.

The other side of the store is a cool deli/sandwich counter where they make artisan sandwiches and have a good selection of chocolates and pastries. My wife and I split a brisket sandwich which was excellent and they provided glassware for bottles that I bought.

The service was kind of mixed. I talked to three people and two of them were very friendly. One just took our food order and the other talked to me about beer for a while and answered some questions that I had about some beers. The third guy was kind of a douche, very unpleasant and not interested in helping or talking about beer.

The prices were too expensive for most of the bottles, especially the vintage and rarer offerings but the food and growlers were very reasonable.

I really liked this place a lot and will be going back to get more growlers soon, even if it's two hours away. Recommended! (2,276 characters)

Photo of cguelakis12
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%

I randomly walked into this place while on my way to the panini restaurant next door. I was in Brooklyn for my first time so I'm very lucky to have found this place! At first you walk in to see the shelves and coolers of various bombers, six packs, and four packs. There was also a good variety of imports. They did lack a large selection, but I''m guessing that is because the space is so small.

When you reach the back of the store, they have two different growler systems, one for casks and one for regular kegs. I had never seen such an elaborate system for sealing growlers! They also had various cheeses and meats available, as well as sandwiches. I can't imagine living near this place...I'd be broke! (710 characters)

Photo of nriech
4.85/5  rDev +11.8%

I walked here all the way from Brooklyn Heights, what a retard. Take a taxi next time...

Great place. Through the left entrance there are coolers along the left wall with tons of singles. I found some to be a bit overpriced, especially the ones that I believed to be easy to find. The more rare beers were pretty reasonable though. The left side of the wall are all room temp beers, some of whats in the cooler, most seemed to be different though.

Yes the growler system seems to be the best around. Theres a chaulkboard that lists whats available and they can fill your growler or get one for a decent price. Theres also a selection of meats and cheeses and some tables to eat at. Credit cards are accepted and I believe you can call ahead your order and they will charge by phone. (785 characters)

Bierkraft in Brooklyn, NY
96 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.