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Bierkraft

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BierkraftBierkraft
BA SCORE
95
world-class

116 Ratings
Ratings: 116
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 10.9%
Active Beers: 8
Beer Ratings: 1
Beer Avg: 4
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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5/5  rDev +16%

I discovered Bierkraft a few months after it opened, and the first time I walked in the door I was flabbergasted. I'd never seen a selection like that, and I was tickled pink to find such a place so close to my apartment. Then I started going to the Tuesday night tastings, and I became even more impressed. They regularly serve imported cheeses along with the beer, but you never know whether the beer or the food will be the star of the show. One week Rob from Allagash gave out samples of his fantastic brews. Another week a local importer of Belgian chocolates talked up his confections while Bierkraft's owner, Richard Scholz, talked up the beers with which they were paired. Yet another week it was artisanal hard cider from... Massachusetts, I think. Still another week the beer was paired with Bierkraft's delightful gourmet pizzas. The list goes on. It's a wonderfully successful marketing ploy; every time I go to a tasting, I want to buy almost everything I've tasted that night.

The Bierkraft staff has always been talkative and helpful. Richard himself is quite accessible; I once brought a list of beers I planned to have at an upcoming tasting and he was happy to help me put the list in order.

My biggest problem with Bierkraft can be summed up in two words: sticker shock. Combine that with my aforementioned propensity for buying everything I see in that store, and you see why I don't go there much any more. To be fair, though, Bierkraft's quality, selection, and freshness make the prices pretty reasonable.

The only other negative comment I can drudge up is related to their relatively small amount of space. With 600 beers, there's not much room for each item, so sometimes you find only the small bottles where you'd otherwise find the 750 ml ones. This doesn't happen too often, though.

Weissenheimer, Dec 31, 2003
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5/5  rDev +16%

JLapadura, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of lbkornlb14
5/5  rDev +16%

though a little expensive, you cant beat selection and this place has everything rare, and stuff you can get growlers of that only comes on tap. I found Theobroma from dogfish here and the attendant was nice enough to put one on the side for us, lucky too because there was only one extra one left when we got there. the best retail beer store in ny hands down, make the trip as soon as possible, you will also find a huge amount of rare belgium beers here, the best part about this place is they sell "one'sies" of the real awkward things that you may not be sure youd like, but its ok because if you dump it thats the only one haha go to bierkraft

lbkornlb14, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of vrazionale
5/5  rDev +16%

A friend and I were on a short trip to Brooklyn and we wanted to check out a few beer shops to bring some beer back with us to Massachusetts. I'm a huge fan of beers made using wild yeast strains, and BierKraft certainly delivered on all counts. This is a beer store to be reckoned with.

I was in a bit of a hurry, so I didn't have a ton of time to browse everything. I don't feel too bad about it, though, because it would have taken a LONG time to look through all of the beers they have available. The folks at Bierkraft have amassed a very impressive collection.

Beers are pricey, but you have to realize that you're paying for the selection and the knowledge of the staff. Several different guys pointed me to a few beers, and they seemed to really know their stuff. I'll bet they're a good group of guys to try new beers with.

All in all, a superb beer store. If you live in Brooklyn, I'm jealous that this is so close to you. If you don't, then make sure to stop by next time you're in New York!

vrazionale, May 04, 2009
Photo of brewdogmrb
5/5  rDev +16%

No other beer shop in Brooklyn, or anywhere else that I've ever been for that matter, can top the obsessive, perfectionist nature of those in charge at Bierkraft. All of the points about cost have been well made in other reviews -- sure, you can track some of the same brews for a bit cheaper, but were they stored properly? Ordered recently? If you've ever been out behind the shop in the yard for a tasting or any other reason, you'll see beers sitting out there that have been pulled from the shelves because they're no longer fresh or of appreciable quality.

If you don't know something, just ask. You'll get an informed, caring answer from soneone who spends a lot of time thinking about, living, and breathing beer. Pick up some growlers from Bierkraft next time you have a party or bbq, and watch a room full of your friends get totally stoked because you're bringing them the freshest, tastiest beer available. Other places fill growlers, but Bierkraft counter-pressure fills them, meaning until you crack it, you have a 64oz fresh, sealed beer from a keg that has never been exposed to any O2. Unbelievable.

Even after you think you've tried every awesome Belgian, every hoppy west coast beer, every Japanese, German, or british import, there will still be more -- from Norway, Denmark, Canada, wherever.

So if you're in the neighborhood, have some cash, and need good beer, give it a shot. If you live anywhere in the NY Metro area, or you're visiting and looking for a good spot, this is the one. You'll thank me later. Cheers to the whole staff of the kraft for keeping it real.

** Edit 10/09

Thought I'd add how awesome it is now that you can sit in the shop, grab an awesome sandwich, and drink any bottle off the shelf, have a bomber or growler of anything on tap, or for now, have a pint of cask beer. One of my new favorite Sunday activities!

brewdogmrb, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of aparris85
5/5  rDev +16%

went in there for the first time today after hearing a lot of good things when i walked in i was amazed how much good beer they could fit in to such a small place but their growled system is amassing they basically bottle the beer as they would in a brewery filling the bottles with c02 so any growler you get for them can last as long and any bottled beer i have never seen any place of this kind also they were playing Melvins Houdini on their speakers which sealed the deal for me great beer great music, cheese and chocolates what more could i ask for ?

aparris85, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of Fishdawg71
5/5  rDev +16%

I just placed my first order with these guys. Let me tell you how great they are. Really friendly, really knowledgable and very helpful. I had called them to ask if there were a couple of beers were available that were not showing on thier website. Rich actually walked arond the store checking stock and telling me what different beers from the breweries I was asking about were available. Talk about service. Josh in the shipping dept called me to tell me that they were short 1 bottle of something I had ordered. They could have just short shipped it as I have had that happen before. All and all just really great guys. I will be ordering more from them.
Cheers to boys at Bierkraft..

Fish

Fishdawg71, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of Jw347
5/5  rDev +16%

I am going on my third shipment from these guys and it has been a great experience dealing with them everytime. Tim has been most helpful with my search for some great craft brews. There selection of stone, southern tier, and now ale smith is great. Their pricing is fair and their shipping costs is very fair. They have definetly help my cellar collection grow and they always give me a call when new brews hit their store. I am a definite customer from here forth. Thanks again guys for all the help and great beer.

Jw347, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of mikeyv35
5/5  rDev +16%

This beer store is one of the nicer and cleaner stores that you will see. Bierkraft has dark hard wood flooring and well preserved original turn of the century brick architecture. Bierkraft is more than just a beer store, it is a beer store with a very chill artsy vibe. The store has an upside-down U shape that begins with a limitless amount of brew in coolers on one side and an equal amount of brew on mahogany shelves on the other. At the bend in the U they offer an amazing growler selection, always offering 10-15 rare brews on tap, plus their growlers are reverse-pressurized which is an original idea that allows the growler to remain fresh for a longer period of time. On the backside of the U is a complete selection of imported meat and cheese pairings, and hand-made chocolates to compliment your beer style selection. Aside from the vibe and product selection is the staff which is friendly, extremely customer service oriented, and knowledgeable about their beers and pairings. The one downside to this establishment is the price, which can be high, but I don't mind paying when I can find pretty much every brew I am looking for. One a side note, this one of the only beer stores I have been in that takes great pride in their vintage selection and stocking retired brews. Stopping into Bierkraft is truely a treat for me - especially when I get a chance to talk about beer with Ben (one of the owners) who is one of the few people that actually knows more than I do about brew. I would recommend Bierkraft to any true beer lover or connoisseur! Bierkraft is a real testament to the growing popularity and advancement of the Craft Beer scene.

mikeyv35, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of Mick
5/5  rDev +16%

A solid "5" all the way around. If you are even close to NYC take the trip here, about 20min from midtown Manhattan via the subway. One of the best stores in the tristate area. Happy Deli (NYC) Oak Tree Buy Rite (NJ) can't even think about competing with Bierkraft (the name says it all)

You will only be disappointed if you don't make the trip.

**Note** This should, as all Brooklyn establishments, be made available through NY, NY target searches. It is a shame if anyone visiting did not have the option to add this place to their list of must sees.

Mick, Mar 17, 2003
Photo of JohnG190
4.9/5  rDev +13.7%

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.

JohnG190, Mar 02, 2013
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
Photo of EarlNobdy
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%

This place is like my weekly moment of zen. I'm a father of two lovely little monsters under the age of three, and as a result take the peace and quiet anywhere I can find it. Friday evenings I make my Pavlovian pilgrimage down 5th Avenue, mouth already watering at the thought of what delights lie in store for these sleep-deprived taste buds.

Bierkraft never disappoints. My heart and mind are done much good as I linger along the shelves of their massive cold case, fingering through the labels of braus big and small like the world's largest lending library you get to drink, too. And to wash it all down, there's a keg stand at the end featuring a rotating stock of draught fresh beers that would make even the most micro-minded monk grow giddy in his sackcloth and sandals.

The last time I was in there getting my growler topped off with Sixpoint Diesel, the sound system was playing Tom Waits' Big Time at a most sonorous volume. I almost asked if they were taking applications right then and there. 'nuff said. Rock on!

-E

EarlNobdy, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of m1ked
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%

After having just moved here from San Diego...I sought this place out quickly. I fell in love quickly too. Now BK had the advantage of being the first to introduce me to a couple of things. 1) the wide east coast selection....beautiful 2) cheap growlers & fills 3) You can fill any growler with anything. Now this might not seem like much to most folks, but in CA, you can only fill a brewery's growler with that brewery's beer (ex. stone will only fill stone, alpine will only fill alpine). The selection of beer is vast, but not exhaustive. The prices of the bottles are steep (ex. 22 of CL Xtra Gold from brewery was $10, @ BK $18). BUT the growler fills are a great deal IMO. The staff is chill, helpful and knowledgable. They usually have like a dozen beers for growler fills AND 1-3 casks to fill. They also have a deli, cheeses (they're good too), pastas. You can eat on premise on the picnic tables... but you can't drink on premise. Boooo. Oh yeah, they have this crazy pressurizing system for your growler fills...fresh for hella days. I will be filling many a growler here.

m1ked, May 17, 2009
Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%

Gotta get this review in so Ben stops obsessing behind the keg stand at the "D" write-up that formerly resided at the top of these reviews.

Bierkraft, put simply, has taught me almost everything I know in my admittedly limited knowledge base of beer. Their staff is patient, helpful, and snooty only if you have an attitude or walk around like, "Where are the 18 packs?" The only negative lesson Bierkraft has taught me is that you can buy the same stuff they have in a few cases at a cheaper price nearby.

But here are the facts: the selection is phenomenal. There is no better place to get a sampling of beers from around the world. The staff is ultra-smart about their products and their inventory. They know if they don't have something when they'll have more of it, and the wait usually isn't long. They have thirteen taps of draft-only brews that rotate often. They're conscientious people that take what they do seriously, and I give 'em respect for that. The good news is they were willing to take on an idiot newbie like me and answer my questions, of which I had about nine thousand.

Another, and final, important point here is this: they know how to take /care/ of their beer. They store everything upright and more than 2/3 of it cold. Remember when I said I could get stuff cheaper elsewhere? Yeah, well, what I should have also said is that I've bought the same thing skunked elsewhere, too, which may have had a lower price tag but ultimately cost more because the product tasted like licking dog vomit on a January morning. Price and value are two different things, it turns out: While a growler of Duvel Green will cost you 30 bucks, which might make you gasp, you gotta keep in mind that a growler is 4 pints, and if you buy a pint of the same stuff in a Manhattan bar, you're gonna pay around 9/10 bucks for it, plus tip. Don't want to pay that much, don't care about Duvel? Get Kelso for ten bucks, which measures out to 2 fitty a pint.

if you want to learn about beer, if you want to test your knowledge of beer, or if you just plain love the stuff and want to stock up on it, this place is a Mecca. Gotta make the pilgrimage at least once.

TheycallmeTim, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of nriech
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%

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.

nriech, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of baconsausage
4.83/5  rDev +12.1%

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.

baconsausage, Apr 20, 2011
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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
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4.74/5  rDev +10%

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.

JizackFH, Oct 18, 2010
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4.74/5  rDev +10%

Whenever I'm in Brooklyn (which is a few times a month), I grab one or two growlers from Bierkraft, plus whatever seasonals or unusual new arrivals catch my eye. The growler fills, with their unique pressure counter system, would be reason enough to frequent the place, but the selection of bottles is like no place else I've seen, and the staff are without exception helpful and glad to talk and advise. If I can find some of the beers cheaper at, say, Fairway or Whole Foods, I'll never find all of them. Definitely worth a trip.

gory4d, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of weeare138
4.72/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

weeare138, May 26, 2010
Photo of cguelakis12
4.7/5  rDev +9%

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!

cguelakis12, Sep 26, 2009
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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
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4.7/5  rDev +9%

Holy Shit! My first visit to this Brooklyn beer mecca was just wonderful.

They have the store set up in a "U" shape. one the right when you walk in there are six pack and room temp beers, on the left a huge row of coolers with singles of just about everything you can imagine.

I ended up with a mixed 8 pack...I was going to a party and I am glad that i did not buy more than that(I forget that when you drink good beer you should never bring a mixed pack to a party if you want to try everything you bring), but none the less I got to drink some amazing beer

They definitively have the best selection in town, and the prices are just a little higher than the bigger chain gourmet stores(Whole foods, and fairway). Singles were around $2 and sixpacks ran about a dollar or two higher than the above mentioned chains, but I'm willing to pay to support small business!

I had never seen Left Hand Brewing in NYC before, they also had the whole Line of Butternuts cans, Great Divide, tons of Southern Tier bombers, Ithaca(all including excelsior), tons of imports (lots of Marh's, and Etaller, de dolle, and other obscurities). Just to name a few. They had about 8 kegs for growlers and are upgrading to 13 keg system and it looked like that would be operational soon(in the next couple months)...they can also run this beer through additional hops and maybe chocolate or coffee.

Service...everyone was pretty busy and no one really stocking the beer, but I can only imagine if I asked questions that someone would have been able to answer them....It would be very overwhelming for someone new to craft beer.

By the way don't miss the best Ice Cream sandwich in the world, they have a couple flavors and are a little expensive but well worth it....they also have a really great cheese and specialty foods sections....definitely an A.++ for the store overall. We need this in Manhattan!

jameaterblues, Jun 10, 2007
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4.66/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

beenitty, Feb 16, 2011
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Bierkraft in Brooklyn, NY
95 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.