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Bierkraft

Not Rated.
BierkraftBierkraft
BA SCORE
96
world-class

114 Ratings
Ratings: 114
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.88%
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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Weissenheimer

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +15.7%

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.

12-31-2003 20:38:10 | More by Weissenheimer
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JLapadura

New York

5/5  rDev +15.7%

11-01-2013 02:11:57 | More by JLapadura
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lbkornlb14

New York

5/5  rDev +15.7%

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

12-11-2008 03:23:01 | More by lbkornlb14
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vrazionale

Vermont

5/5  rDev +15.7%

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!

05-04-2009 21:42:44 | More by vrazionale
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brewdogmrb

New York

5/5  rDev +15.7%

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!

11-13-2008 21:31:53 | More by brewdogmrb
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aparris85

New York

5/5  rDev +15.7%

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 ?

08-25-2009 05:25:10 | More by aparris85
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Fishdawg71

Utah

5/5  rDev +15.7%

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

02-07-2008 03:12:10 | More by Fishdawg71
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Jw347

Florida

5/5  rDev +15.7%

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.

12-24-2007 00:10:30 | More by Jw347
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mikeyv35

New York

5/5  rDev +15.7%

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.

04-16-2009 16:30:21 | More by mikeyv35
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Mick

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +15.7%

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.

03-17-2003 09:28:58 | More by Mick
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