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Bierkraft

Not Rated.
BierkraftBierkraft
BA SCORE
95
world-class

115 Ratings
Ratings: 115
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 11.14%
Active Beers: 6
Beer Ratings: 0
Beer Avg: 0
Taps: 16
Bottles: 0
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 brdc
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%

This is an interesting place. A very good selection, with good prices and a knowledgeable staff that can guide you through pretty much everything they have. As a matter of fact, they have frequent "lectures" where they provide samples and teach a bit about some different styles or breweries, usually along nice cheeses.
My only problem with the place relates to the poor installations - it is extremely hot inside, and a lot of their beers are just "cooking" in there. I was afraid of taking anything from the shelves, so ended up taking from the coolers- which is still a very good selection, but I do not like to do it since I cellar a lot of my beers.

brdc, Nov 11, 2006
Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Finally got to this place after looking for a parking space for 20 minutes. The inside is split into two narrow railroad style sections. One is for beer and the other for what appeared to be gourmet food.

The selection was categorized by state and country and included: Rogue, SA, SN, Brooklyn, Anchor, Butte Creek, Abita, Magic Hat, Rock Art, Boulder, Flying Bison, Hooker, Lake Placid, Pork Slap, Blue Point, Southampton, etc. There was also a very good selection of German dopplebocks and hefes. A good selection of Belgians and English ales as well. Addditionally there were 9 beers on tap that were sold by the growler, including Leffe, Rock Art and Sixpoint.

Overall a good selection, but not as good as American Beer on Court Street.

plaid75, Oct 05, 2006
Photo of ams4k
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%

My first vist, and well worth it. Very impressive selection, most of it in coolers, meaning you can take home your choices and start in right away. Even better is the growler/draft system -- changes each week and they run one of the eight selections through a hopping machine (like the Randall from Dogfish Head); this week it was Rogue Imperial Porter. I made off with Goose Island Imperial IPA, Gordon IPA (from the guys who make Dale's Pale) in cans, and a growler of Rogue. The guys there were totally friendly and very helpful -- zero attitude and lots of low-key friendliness. I can't wait to go back. Great cheese/chocolate/gourmet snacks too, and located in a fun section of Brooklyn. Not a place for a bargain -- but I will say that my growler of Rogue ended up costing only $5, as they chanced to kill the keg on my refill and couldn't quite fill it. I thought it was a really nice gesture. Great place -- one of the best in the the NYC area for sure.

ams4k, Aug 28, 2006
Photo of chimaychimaynot
3.6/5  rDev -16.5%

I really really love this store - everything except the service. The beer selection is excellent - many beers that I haven't see elsewhere in the US. And I have never gotten an oxidized bottle here. The growler fills are a great new addition (though $4.50 a deposit for the growlers is a bit steep, and they refuse to refill other growlers). I come here regularly to fill up on Sixpoint. The cheese selection is also quite nice, and they give samples before you buy.

I have had good experiences with service here, but the last two times, it was inexcusable - on two differnet occasions, two different employees were rude and condescending when I asked them questions. If you are going to serve specialty products that attract knowlegable consumers, please treat your consumers with respect!

chimaychimaynot, Aug 17, 2006
Photo of AChamberlain
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Beer, Meat and Cheese!!! Oh my!

What else do you need? Oh, some bread? They got that too.

They have tons of beers, everything you might be looking for. If you want something and they don't have it, they probably will have something similar or equally quenching. (If not, check the bodega on the end of the block, they got it.)

We went there today and purchased a growler of Abita Andy Gator. And I must tell you, it is quite tasty. The price at first seemed a little steep, but having freshly tapped beer at home is priceless.

The employees are very helpful and fairly knowledgeable.

AChamberlain, Jun 10, 2006
Photo of DaggerEyes
4/5  rDev -7.2%

This is a beer buyers heaven. A full wall of coolers with single bottles from every brewery you can imagine in the states and abroad. A huge and amazing selection of chesses and chocolates and fine meats, as well as 5 beers on tap that you can take home in growlers.

All the tap beers are beers that are not served any other way, so it's rad that they are availible for sale.

the staff is extremely accomidating and knowledgable.

While it is really nice in someways that everything is priced as singles, cause you can mix a six pack of stuff you want to try, you also end up paying a bit more and there is no other option since this is the only way stuff is sold.

Pretty pricey but if you are in the area it's Definately worth the trip. Also Bierkraft has an outstanding selections of fresh breads, cured meats and cheeses

DaggerEyes, Mar 25, 2006
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.85/5  rDev -10.7%

I don't know if it is just that I have been spoiled by Half Time or something different, but Bierkraft doesn't floor me like I thought it would. Will I go in for the odd bomber when I am strolling around the Slope? Of course. Will I try and make it to their tastings? Verily. However, I don't find their selection all that encompassing, and the prices are somewhat absurd at times considering I can get a lot of the same beers elsewhere for less. At times they deifinitely have a couple rare bottles that I am willing to pay extra for and they have a very good Belgian selection. However, overall it is nothing more than a very respecatble beer store. What makes up for that is the artisanal foods that they also carry. You can always make a good meal out of some fresh bread and cheese, and what better way to top that off than a good beer from the cooler?

GreatPondBrewer, Jan 18, 2006
Photo of OldSock
4.05/5  rDev -6%

Quality – Nearly everything was in cooler cases and everything I looked at was fresh. I wish more beer stores took this kind of care of their stock.

Service – We chatted with the cashier briefly, and he took great care in packing our selections into holders and bags. However, no one went out of their way to help us as we walked around the store.

Selection – A good selection, lots of interesting imports (Okocim Porter, Scaldis Prestige, Peche Mortel to name a few) and loads of local/regional craft beers, (Penn, gonzo porter, Southampton etc…) after visiting American Beer Distributing I picked up about 6 beers, so not exactly a mind blowing selection for someone who has been to several good stores.

Value – This is where Bierkraft falls flat, prices were absurd, easy 50% more than I am used to paying for beers in MA and considerably more than I saw beers priced in NY.

Conclusion – A good store to pick up some rare, well kept beers as long as you don’t mind paying extra. Definitely glad I stopped by, but not some place that I would go to often even if I lived near by.

OldSock, Nov 23, 2005
Photo of Buildscharacter
4.7/5  rDev +9%

If you love Cheese and Beer then this is the place for you. They have a good selection of cheese available and a pretty good selection of beer. Not the best that I've seen around, but pretty decent. I would say they have about 10-12 coolers with various beers. Prices were high. Paid around $8 for a bottle of Immort Ale. Good stuff, but damn, it costs a lot.

The guy at the cheese station was super helpful and knew more about cheese than I know about....well .... anything really. So we got some cheese and bread and beer and were on our way.

I walked away KNOWING that I would be back. Too bad it's a pain to get to from Williamsburg.

Buildscharacter, Jun 07, 2005
Photo of Sixpoint
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%

I have not seen a better beer selection within the city. Not much to say about this place, it's pretty dope.

In a nutshell: When you walk into this place, it's very narrow and very long. The entire left side of the wall is reach-in coolers; there are reps from around the globe.

The first section is all domestics, then english styles, then belgians, germans, etc. You'll find just about everything here. They are cold and you have the option to buy a six-pack or buy them individually.

I've heard some people complain about the prices. Nahhhh. Don't go there. Think of the cost of running the place, keeping the beers fresh and cold, and then rotating them through.

The extra price is well worth the visit. You'll definitely find stuff there that you've never had before.

Sixpoint, Nov 18, 2004
Bierkraft in Brooklyn, NY
95 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.