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Key Food Supermarket #1262

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7 Ratings
Ratings: 7
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.73%
$$ - reasonable
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369 Flatbush Avenue
Brooklyn, New York, 11238
United States
phone: (718) 789-3007

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TheycallmeTim

New York

3/5  rDev -21.5%
quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

The pros: entire wall of beer, with about half bombers of both imported and domestic. You can get some weird shit here: Penn's special edition Christmas bock, replete with red velvet "stocking," a bomber of Bink blonde, Southampton Saison Deluxe. Prices are decent, especially when there's, um, no price tag nor UPC coding programmed into the scanning system, so the cashier has to guess. That's how I got a 5 dollar bottle of O'Hara's celebration stout. Sweeeet.

What else? Great place to stock up for a party or, especially, when you're on your way to someone else's place, as they have excellent twelve packs of Butternuts and Smuttynose (both samplers), Long Trail (winter sampler and harvest ale), Vermont brewing, and Sierra Nevada, to name a few.

The bad news is that the staff is utterly clueless and mostly impatient and annoyed. The cashiers like their fingernail polish and each other more than you. You go for the price and the selection, and that's it. You want the red carpet, you want an education or help selecting, you walk a few blocks to Bierkraft. Another important tip: don't buy the first beer, the one facing out on the shelf. More than likely it's skunked from 24 hour exposure to the alien blinding devices known as fluorescent lighting. Don't buy ANY of the beers if you see dust on the neck unless you know damn well it's fit for aging. I bought a dry-hopped Thiriez and it was nast-ay.

10-23-2008 03:10:06 | More by TheycallmeTim
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aibkstaff

New York

3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$

Wow, what a selection for a quick-e-mart. This Key food market is smaller than most grocery stores, but bigger than most general stores. I never expected them to have so much beer. They have dogfish head, abita, smutty nose, blue heron, river horse, sam adams, and the list goes on. When you walk in the first thing you see is their wall'o beer. It's beautiful. They have an ass load of beer for a little store and there prices aren't bad. I definitely recommend stopping by to check it out if you're over by Flatbush and Sterling.

10-22-2008 17:44:22 | More by aibkstaff
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jbsteiny

Hawaii

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Yeah, the Wall of Beer is impressive, and they have a tremendous selection of quality American micros (Avery, Smuttynose, North Coast), British ales & stouts (Fuller's, St. Peter's), as well as Unibroue and various Beligians, but I don't think the prices are that great (sure, they're cheaper than Bierkraft, but that doesn't mean much), and the staff doesn't really know anything about the beers. I must admit, it's hard to come in without splurging on a 750 -- they do have incredible stuff that you don't see most places -- but the prices have gone up a lot since the renovation. You can find most of the New York state stuff cheaper around the corner at the Met Food on Vanderbilt Ave.

05-06-2007 21:43:54 | More by jbsteiny
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Billolick

New York

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Wall of Beer!, hell yeah, one look while walking into this place and you know it was worth the stop. All the beers you would expect, including Double Bastard (sorry I got the last bottles) and Stone 6th anniv. which is long gone most other places. Add a well stocked/gourmet style mid sized food market and this place adds up to a well worth stopping food/brew stop. Easy to find on Flatbush, just a block or two from Grand Army Plaza, in the beer/food/culture rich Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn.

01-01-2007 18:40:34 | More by Billolick
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GreatPondBrewer

California

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Soon to become my neighborhood package store of choice as well as a good place to pick up plenty of organic and fresh fruit and vegatables. HUGE selection for a super market. In fact I don't I have ever encountered one that had so much variety in beer. We are talking American micros from as local as brooklyn to as far away as Boulder and a wonderful belgian selection including a ton of the Unibroue line and tons of bottles straight from the heart of Belgium proper. I was pretty floored considering the location. Great to pick up a decent wedge of cheese or some fresh veggies to go with the beer and flatbush Ave. is crazy convenient. I am now even more excited than before to live where I am.

09-17-2005 02:43:08 | More by GreatPondBrewer
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bultrey

New York

4/5  rDev +4.7%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

So what they say is true. You can see the wall of beer from the street. Best selection I've ever seen at a supemarket. Highlights off the top of my head: Rogue Shakespeare bombers, Kwak, Triple Karmelit, Celebration, Stone Vertical Epic, Stone OId Guardian, Leifman's Framboise, North Coast Old Stock, and many many more.
Oh yeah, I almost forgot... I picked up one of those dusty three-packs of Fuller's Vintage ('99, '00, and '01) in a nice wooden box for $17.99, hidden along the bottom row. Not bad, I thought, just to be able to find this. The clerk seemed surprised that I even found it in their store when I brought it up to the counter for purchase.
What a great little find. I would surely spend several hundred dollars a month if did all my grocery shopping here.

11-01-2004 02:14:26 | More by bultrey
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mirdreams

New York

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

First thing you see when you walk into this renovated supermarket is a wall of 300 beers, mostly in well priced six packs (ex: Lion Stout from Syr Lanka for $8). Even though the beer's in six packs, you can go ahead and buy singles, which they don't advertise and I found out more or less by accident. They don't post the number of beers either, I know they have them because I counted the stupid things (and I probbly looked a bit dumb doing it). I was able to get my boyfriend a wine sized bottle of the Dutchess for $9 while a 12oz bottle at Bierkraft cost $6. It's right by the Q stop, so the next time your girlfriend drags you to the new Target, go one more stop and get some kick ass beer. Good cider selection for those of us who care.

09-06-2004 21:19:46 | More by mirdreams
Key Food Supermarket #1262 in Brooklyn, NY
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