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District of Columbia
3.6/5 rDev -16.7%
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!
08-17-2006 00:04:03 | More by chimaychimaynot
4.5/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
06-10-2006 01:40:52 | More by AChamberlain
4/5 rDev -7.4%
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
03-25-2006 21:02:59 | More by DaggerEyes
3.85/5 rDev -10.9%
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?
01-18-2006 17:47:06 | More by GreatPondBrewer
District of Columbia
4.05/5 rDev -6.3%
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 dont mind paying extra. Definitely glad I stopped by, but not some place that I would go to often even if I lived near by.
11-23-2005 01:49:20 | More by OldSock
4.7/5 rDev +8.8%
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.
06-07-2005 19:07:06 | More by Buildscharacter
4.85/5 rDev +12.3%
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.
11-18-2004 04:37:30 | More by Sixpoint
4.15/5 rDev -3.9%
Bierkraft is an interesting concept, which you have to keep in mind for those who may complain about their prices. Sure you can find a number of beers for a lower price elsewhere, but I wouldn't go here to buy beers I already know or to buy in bulk.
You see, the unique idea behind this store is that they have a very diverse selection, all of which is refrigerated, and all of which is available by the single bottle. If I find something I like, I'll buy a six-pack or a case at another establishment. But say I want to compare several different IPA's... I can buy a single bottle of each for less than I would pay in a bar (typically $1.75 to $2.75 a bottle). And buying a single bottle to try is a lot cheaper than a six-pack, especially when you might be stuck with the five remaining bottles of something you really didn't like. Plus, I have found a number of beers here that I just can't find anywhere else.
Another advantage to buying here is a far more knowledgeable staff (particularly the owner) than other stores in the neighborhood, or even compared with other establishments in NYC. Not only have I gotten great recommendations for the best of a particular style, but I've also learned a lot about breweries, beer-making, beer-styles and food-pairings through casual conversation with the owner.
And my favorite thing about this store is the Tuesday night tastings, where one can sample five different beers of a particular theme (same style, same brewery, same region, etc.) paired with five unique cheeses or other edible treats. While sampling, you also get to learn more about what you are tasting (both specific beers, as well as breweries & styles in general) either from a local distributor, brewery rep or the owner himself. I consider it a free Beer-101 class for a relative novice like myself.
10-06-2004 18:36:37 | More by apintofknowledge
4.3/5 rDev -0.5%
I've been going to Bierkraft since just after they opened, watching them expand from mainly just beer and cheese to a full gourmet deli. The owners are there all the time, giving everyone the personal treatment to make sure you take home the perfect beers for you.
The beer is expensive, but you're not just going home with a few bottles, but an experience. Besides that personal touch, you get so much more. Curious about cheese? They will give you free tastes until you find what you love. Looking for a meal that's creative and classy? The deli case is always stocked with beautiful looking entrees, side dishes, and salads that you simply cannot find anywhere else. Their deli meats are all natural, some organic.. you simply cannot find that anywhere else. They also exclusively carry Brooklyn's Ice Cream Factory ice cream, and hand-made chocolates made with beer, made specifically for Bierkraft.
As I've gathered, the reason the beer is so pricy is because it's all cold. Being a tiny store in Brooklyn, they've chosen quality over quantity, investing in tons of cold-cases rather than narrow shelves of dusty beer, like some other stores in the area. Everything, beer, cheese, chocolate, deli, is kept at the proper temperature, ensuring that your tastebuds get the full experience.
All that, and then there's the generous free tastings every Tuesday night. Bierkraft frequently has top brewers and their reps give showcases of their lines, or the employees will show off their favorites. Each is served with a taste of the excellent food and cheese, pairings that will blow your tastebuds! Who else would have thought that a Blue Point Toasted Lager would draw out the toasty characters of a tortilla chip, and the lightness of the guacamole on it? Or the maltiness of a Ramstein Winter Wheat drawing on the richness of a belgian dark chocolate?
The personal touch goes a long way for me, and it's totally genuine. I always feel at home there, and that to me is worth a little bit more $.
10-02-2004 16:06:06 | More by biscodoll
4.35/5 rDev +0.7%
I don't know what to think about this place. On one hand, I admire them for their beer advocacy. On the other hand, I loathe them for pretending like they're doing something so extraordinary that they have to charge, for example, $8 for a 12 oz. Ommegang Three Philosophers.
Basically, if you look around (like down the street at Key Food), you can find almost as good a selection for much cheaper, although there are some rarities at Bierkraft. If you have a good deal of disposable income (as many who live in this particular neighborhood do), then it might be your thing. They also have a great selection of gourmet meats, cheeses, chocolates, etc., also not cheap.
The 3.0 rating for service is not for actual service, but the outrageous prices alone.
I've always been against the high prices this place charges, but that is no reason to knock off points for service. Now that there is a "value" category in the Beerflys, Bierkraft can be scored accordingly. the service here is actually quite good, as pretty much everyone is at least somewhat knowledgable about the beer selection.
One other thing -- the best deal going in the store is the constantly rotating growlers of pre-packaged Blue Point beers, which usually cost $12 or so. Last time I got the Blue Point Pale Ale growler there it was quite fresh and tasty, even though it had probably been sitting there for about a week. I recommend coming here if you just want to buy one or two bottles of very special beer for yourself -- anything more than that likely will bust your budget.
09-29-2004 00:24:50 | More by bultrey
Bierkraft in Brooklyn, NY
96 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.