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Eagle Provisions Company

Not Rated.
Eagle Provisions CompanyEagle Provisions Company
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

35 Reviews
Reviews: 35
Visits: 46
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: n/a
[ Store ]

628 5th Ave
Brooklyn, New York, 11215-5438
United States
phone: (718) 499-0026
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Place added by: Weissenheimer

Monday - Saturday: 6:00am - 7:00pm
Sunday: 6:00am - 5:00pm
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Reviews: 35 | Visits: 46
Reviews by foogerd:
Photo of foogerd
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

This place has the biggest selection from what ive seen in brooklyn youve got everything in here from imports to local brews. Ive always got to pick up stuff I cant find elsewhere for cheaper than other outrageous prices of nyc.
Most of the stuff I find here is decent quality with the prices being reasonable for nyc.
Always fresh service is ok the owner seems to have a passing knowledge of beer the other workers seem to be new to craftbeer.
Always a great experience definitely a place to check out with an unlimited and always new selection (547 characters)

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Photo of ErinGinocchio
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75

This place is not much to look at - totally unassuming - but their beer selection is absolutely unrivaled in the area. You have to watch the prices, especially on items that you could find elsewhere. But, for one stop shopping, the convenience is worth the small mark-up. (271 characters)

Photo of WheelsPSU
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Selection is great but be sure to check the dates on the bottles as some of them sit on the shelf for a long time, and even collect dust. Prices are high. (154 characters)

Photo of MichaelLamb
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

The selection is great. Always check dates and prices. (55 characters)

Photo of skiking70
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Wow what a selection! I am so happy I asked if there were any good beer stores in the area. They have an extensive selection and they have the store separated by geographical areas within the US, which is a nice touch. The overseas beer selection is top notch as well.

I found a number of beers I've been looking for, most notably Madame Rose. It looked as if most things were fresh, but i did not purchase any IPAs, so I can't say everything is under a month in age. (474 characters)

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.4/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of amano_h
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

Great beer selection, even greater Polish/Eastern European food offerings.

By the sheer quantity, their beer selection probably cannot be beat -- I also love their categorization and the amazing attention to detail/organization within; it's an OCD beer lover's wet dream. They had everything from some of the rare/harder to find brews (snagged me a 4pk of Bourbon County here 5 whole months after distribution season) to year-round/seasonals. One thing I did notice was that everything was marked up around 125% here (I bought a bottle here for 21 dollars only to find the same bottle at Whole Foods Bowery for 17 dollars) and that a majority of the beers here seem to be shelf-turds which can be either good news or bad news depending on what type of beer you're shopping for (for example, they stopped exporting Yebisu to the United States about 2 years ago, so all those bottles are probably skunked, as well as the many four-packs of Founders Double Trouble laying around; a good majority of the Brooklyn BlackOPS laying here, however, are from 2012, so assuming the temperature of the store remained constant for the past two years, they should taste superbly delicious right about now.)

I did see the super marked-up bottles of Westvleteren XII and VIII sitting on the impulse shelf by the counter, as well as the hundred-dollar marked up bottle of Sam Adams Utopias 2012; gave hard thought about paying $50 for a bottle of the VIII before reason and common sense kicked back in and I put it back down.

Overall this place is a beer hunter's paradise -- I'll have to try some of the kielbasa when I come back next time as well. (1,635 characters)

Photo of Latarnik
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of KornWallace
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5

Eagle has a selection of beers (and ciders) above and beyond what anyone else in Brookyln has. It's why you have to come here. You will find things here that you won't find anywhere else, including the Half Time stores in Westchester. When I went they had everything from bottles of Cantillion to Tørst's Front Room and Back Room (which I thought was only available at the Tørst's bar).

What they also have is a very large selection of beers which are outdated. I found 3 different beers that were two years past their 'Drink-by' date. So make sure you keep an eye on what you are purchasing. Also, there probably isn't going to be anyone there to help guide you if you need to.

I tried to talk up John the owner while he was checking inventory and I barely got a hello out of him.

The store primarily serves as a market and has the layout of one.

With the negatives aside if you are in Brooklyn you have to go for the selection alone. (945 characters)

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of metter98
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75

Vibe: This is a large convenience store that seems to devote about half of its area (nearly an entire room) to beer. It's located three blocks away from the Prospect Avenue subway station on the R train and isn't that difficult to get to from Manhattan. The store is both clean and well-lit.

Quality: All of the beers I saw were stored warm but nearly all were kept out of direct sunlight.

Service: I saw a bunch of employees walking around and they didn't offer any service, but a person who I presume was the owner did stop by to see if I had any questions.

Selection: This store has an incredible selection of beers and is comparable to the amount of beers available at Whole Foods Bowery and New Beer Distributors and carries a number of beers that those stores don't have. All of the beers are organized on the shelves by country or state. There is a good representation of beers from both Europe (including Eastern Europe) and the United States. Price tags are clearly marked on all of the bottles. They did have some six-packs of bottled and canned beers.

Value: Some beers carried a hefty price tag, but these were mainly limited to limited releases or high-quality beers and for the most part seemed justifiable. The majority of beers seemed to be reasonably-priced. I found a bunch of beers that had red "value" stickers on them and they were only 99¢. (1,367 characters)

Photo of TheCuriograph
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75

A few blocks down the road from me, this ostensible grocery probably has the most comprehensive selection in the city. All the owner's investment is in inventory, so don't expect to get help from employees. Nor should you expect a nice atmosphere. Still, the people aren't overtly rude and the building is clean enough, so I'm not getting too huffy.

People seem to be most perturbed by the prices, which are definitely inflated. Still I wouldn't say this is out-and-out gouging. Eagle is where you go to catch a limited release that you missed at the other bottle shops. I recently got two Parabolas for $40 nearly a month after the NY release. I can always count on it to have Lunch and a comprehensive Evil Twin selection when other places are out. And unlike many on the site, I'm not too bothered paying a couple extra dollars for an item I cannot find elsewhere.

Still, I never go to Eagle Provisions unless there's a brew I cannot find elsewhere. Check it out, but get ready to dent your wallet. (1,003 characters)

Photo of jbuddle
3/5  rDev -27.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4

Was in the neighborhood so thought I would check this place out for the first time. They have a very nice selection with a slightly odd layout, but it was not really a problem. Service was non-existent, but that's also fine in my book. The major let down was the price. I was shocked, and I shop in some very pricy places (Spuyten D grocery, B Lane, etc). I've never seen prices this high. Everything I picked up and considered buying I immediately put back and laughed, with maybe one or two exceptions. $17 for a 6pack of Flower Power. $31 for Black Ops. $17 for Oaked Yeti. $27?ish for Allagash Interlude. All the new Midnight Sun beers were 3-5$ more than anywhere else in the city. DFH 4 packs were about $17 or 18 (Burton, etc). The only beer I bought was Sixpoint Resin at 10.39, which is still higher than most other places. The had tons of Firestone XV on the shelves at $25ish and I left it there.

I absolutely loved the selection but couldnt handle the prices. I'll go back to my more "reasonably priced" Williamsburg bottle shops (haha). (1,051 characters)

Photo of bkporter
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Most of the time when I walk into the "Eagle" I'm always impressed by the large stock of different beers they carry. Yes, it might not be in central Park Slope, but it is definitly worth the trip to the south slope to see what they carry. The Seasonal are usually kept in the front and if you go to the right you find all the rest listed by country and state. They have the latest Samuel Adams special beers like the new Infinium. They also carry a lot of Belgium brews. Prices are competitive with other distributors in Brooklyn. (530 characters)

Photo of stringman520
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5

My local beer store. Moved into the neighborhood a few months ago and happened to stumble in here right after signing the lease.

Had no idea what I was walking into. First time I walk in, I see the new release beer case immediately. As I walk further into the store and turn to the right, I see a whole room full of beer. According to the worker there, they have over 1.5k types of beers. Tends to have a very robust international selection as well as an impressive selection of craft beers.

As other reviewers have said, the beer tends to not move that quickly for seasonal or small beers, so be careful. There are definitely some beers on low shelves that are dusty.

Staff is nice, but not knowledgeable. Mistakenly got a release of beer that I was under the impression was for club members only, and they had no idea what they had with no bottle limit. High profile releases will occasionally make it here, but not always.

Overall, great selection, good prices and location makes this the best beer shop for me. (1,019 characters)

Photo of fastpass17
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Eagle has a great selection of beer. They have a much more diverse selection of beer than Bierkraft. There is no pressure walking around Eagle for twenty or thirty minutes just looking through all the choices on the shelves.
One should be careful about buying seasonal or small beers because certain beers do not move quiet as fast as others do. That being said there is usually a very good selection of new beers arriving weekly.
For the most part one will not receive much in terms of beer knowledge from the staff but, they are more than willing to help you find any beer you may be looking for, or order one that they do not have. There prices are far better than other Brooklyn bottle stores in certain cases between five and ten dollars cheaper on one bottle.
Some of the the more rare releases do not make it to eagle but other wise if one is in the neighborhood it is worth a look. (893 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.85/5  rDev -7%

Finally got around to visiting this place with the girlfriend. One of the few talked about places in Brooklyn that I haven't been to yet.

Eagle Provisions is actually a small artisianal grocery store that seems to focus on craft... beverages. Craft soda and beer. Seems like half the store is a maze of beer shelves. Really pretty cool because they managed to get so much into so little space. Area seems to be climate controlled at around 50-60F degrees. Beers look to be rotated pretty often and fresh. Nothing's refridgerated though.

Service seemed decent. Cashier ran us up quickly and I chatted with the owner for a little while about Goose Island Rare. I thought I was getting a steal for $45 and he seemed like he couldn't believe I was getting two. Got here around midday so it was pretty busy but and the staff seemed a bit overwhelmed but helpful overall. Not the most knowledgeable but its fine if you know what you're looking for.

Eagle Provisions' selection seems not only to blow away American Beer Distributors, but Bierkraft also. They had the full lineup of Troegs, Ithaca, Smuttynose, Stone, and all the other widely distributed east coast beers. But what put them over the top for me was their Belgian selection. Oude Beersel and Hanssens when I expected almost nothing. No Cantillon or Drie Fonteinen, but its almost impossible to find that stuff in the city nowadays.

Prices are more reasonable than all of their major competitors.

Definitely worth visiting and I regret not coming here sooner. Definitely worth checking out if you're in the area and a must visit if you're visiting from out-of-town and want a place that has all of the east-coast's finest. (1,686 characters)

Photo of henkster
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

I've lived in Park Slope for 2 years, and just realized today what an amazing selection Eagle has. I had even been into the store twice before and noticed some good beers sitting on an endcap in plain sight, but had no idea that nearly hidden on the other side of the store was beer nirvana. They have a really amazing selection, organized by country, including 12oz, 22oz, 25oz, and even a nice selection of minikegs (Schlenkerla, Reissdorf and others I hadn't seen in minikeg before). Compared to most of the country, the prices are a bit expensive. But, for NYC/Brooklyn, it's very competitively priced (and compared to Bierkraft, it's a steal). They also feature a wider range of Polish/Ukranian beers than one would typically find. I always enjoy a nice Tyskie or Zywiec (especially in the summer - after all, I can't have Belgian quads and American DIPAs every day, can I?) As a Polish grocery, the added benefit is that you can get some great sausages and pierogies too! With a selection that vast, in an unassuming Polish grocery, my only concern is that they might not turn over the inventory that fast. I noticed a bit of dust on some bottles, and was surprised to see the last 5 or 6 Harpoon 100 Barrel selections available (I don't think all of those are supposed to 'age'). But, all the beers I purchased were fresh. As for service, I didn't see any kind of 'beer guy/gal' there to help customers. But, the grocery staff are friendly (and unlike a more popular 5th Ave beer store, they didn't act like they were doing me a favor by ringing me up). I'll be returning frequently. (1,590 characters)

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Eagle Provisions Company in Brooklyn, NY
92 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.