Spuyten Duyvil Grocery

Spuyten Duyvil GrocerySpuyten Duyvil Grocery
Spuyten Duyvil GrocerySpuyten Duyvil Grocery

132 N 5th St
Brooklyn, New York, 11211
United States

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Reviewed by DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -9%
I've been to Spuyten Duyvil Grocery many times, and there's always something I want to buy.

The store is small and a bit hard to find (unless you happen to stumble upon it), the owner/beer guy is a bit gruff and the prices are sky-high. Selection is not exactly gigantic.

So what's the deal? I don't know... it is just cozy, homey, appealing.

This is not the place where you stock on six-packs of your favorite beers. This might not even be the place where you find that rare beer you are looking for.

But this IS the place where you walk in, look around and find a beer you didn't even know existed or was distributed in NYC.

It is all singles. They have lots of Belgians, mostly uncommon ones (no Leffe here), also quality German and Czech beers. In additio, you will find Mikkeller, Nogne and those premium Scandinavian crafts.

They seem to specialize in breweries you can't find elsewhere in the New York area, like Uinta from Utah, Kuhnhenn from Michigan, Stillwater from Maryland...

They also had Goose Island Rare!!

I like to browse the dimly-lit shelves and just find weird stuff I want to try. Prices are, alas, outrageous and uneven. For example, Goose Bourbon Rare was $48, which is not too bad, but I bought a bottle of Kuhnhenn Solar Eclipse Russian Imperial Stout and paid $14 for a 12-oz bottle. Later I read this retails for about $6 in Michigan, but then again this is the only place in New York that sells Kuhnhenn...

The guy is not the friendliest dude on earth. Sometimes he seems to be bothered by customers, but he knows his shit and will give good recommendations. I asked him about bourbon-aged imperial stouts and he knew exactly what I needed. Today I walked in and he wasn't there, "back in five minutes", a sign said. Five minutes later, he told me to wait another five minutes. Oh, well...

All in all, I would recommend this store if you happen to be strolling around Williamsburg and stumble upon it. Come in and enjoy. Otherwise, not a beer destination, unless you've got a rare whim that may be satisfied here.
Feb 12, 2011
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Reviewed by r0nyn from New York

3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
As many others have said, this store is a bit tricky to find, as the address given leads you to a Chabad House. Just 'round the corner is the entrance to the tiny strip mall this establishment is in. Took me a bit of looking.

The store itself is ridiculously tiny; I think my closet is bigger than the entire thing. It's also pretty dark and has a bit of a musty smell. Bit warm too. Shelves are high to the ceiling and hold a variety of craft beer along with some dusty glassware. A pair of coolers off to the right as you walk in house the only chilled stuff in the store.

Quality is okay, with most of the bottles I checked being relatively with their freshness limits. Quite a few of them have a sheen of dust on them though. Probably a byproduct from being in such a dank, dark space, but whatever. Selection is good for the area, with lots of Cigar City, Weyerbacher, Hoppin' Frog along with quite a few imports, including quite the variety of sours. I'd seen most of everything in Eagle, though, so this place doesn't win any extra points for that.

Prices are pretty darn expensive. Not as ridiculously exorbitant as Bierkraft, but close. Everything was at least $5+ compared to what I've seen before in other stores. Not a clue how they keep in business with other stores in the area selling better beers at better prices in better locations. Even the glassware is expensive!

Service is okay. When I got there, there was a "Be back in five" sign up, so I had to wait a few minutes for the guy to get back. When he did, he seemed genial enough and told me to ask if I had any questions. He seemed to know his stuff, but I didn't press too much.

All in all, Spuyten Duyvil Grocery is a decent place to go for craft beer. Good selection, but a pretty crap location with a tiny amount of floorspace and prohibitive pricing. With so many better options in the Brooklyn area, I can't help wondering how it stays afloat.
Nov 21, 2010
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Reviewed by codewarrior from New York

4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
When I lived in Brooklyn, I walked by this place nearly every week without realizing it was there. Even looking for it explicitly, it was hard to find (it's in the Brooklyn equivalent of a strip mall).

The difficulty in finding it merely adds to the appeal, however, and upon stumbling on this tiny bottle shop, I treasured it more for it's off-the-beaten-path-edness.

The store is tiny, even by New York standards, but as my girlfriend remarked on the way out "Every single bottle in that store is worth buying," and in short, every single bottle in that store is in fact worth coveting, buying, hoarding and enjoying.

Was able to find top-notch rotational and seasonal beers (good selection of local favorites captain lawrence, brooklyn, southampton, and also of other east-coast onlys like cigar city), and also find some rarities and vintages (Ithaca Beer Co Ten, Rodenbach 2007 Grand Cru, etc). The very top shelf was stuffed with 6-packs of Founders, Avery Demon Ales, and other 12 oz. but the majority of the store is given to large-format and large-tasting beers.
Oct 14, 2010
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Reviewed by corby112 from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
Stopped by here on a recent trip to Brooklyn. It was kind of hard to find and I had to go through a store into a mall that couldn't be seen from the outside to find it.

The place is very small as shit is just thrown around all over the place without any kind of order. They have around eight shelves from floor to ceiling with the bottom shelf blocked by baskets of randomness. They have one cooler and a small shelf of glassware.

The selection was decent but nothing too special. They had a few Belgian lambics, some Cigar City, Captain Lawrence and a few Danish surprises but nothing besides Captian Lawrence that I couldn't find here in Philly for much cheaper.

This place is alright but like their bar very overrated. Okay but not worth going out of the way for.
Feb 27, 2010
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Reviewed by SpeedwayJim from New York

3.45/5  rDev -18.4%
Visited this place because a NYCWheatfanSC recommended it. Thought I'd check it out on my way back from EBF (2/21).

This place is a little hole in the wall shop that is simply packed to the gills with unique beers mostly from NY and Europe. I've never seen a place this small with that much beer. That being said, there was no temperature control and the bottles were basically at the mercy of the weather... not a good sign. Also, a bunch of bottles were old and dusty and a number of them were hidden behind boxes and shelves. Not the best presentation.

The service was really non-existent. There's one guy at the counter ready to ring me up but never once did he asked if I was looking for something in particular or offered his advice on certain beers. I pretty much had to know what I was hunting for in this treasure chest.

Like I said before... I still can't figure out how they got that much beer into this place. A bunch of vintage brews and what really stood out were the vintage Cantillon and Drie Fonteinen (2006 Scharksbeer Kriek) offerings. My friend even said he was able to pick up a Hommage here!!!

Very pricey for their vintage brews (which is understandable and acceptable)... but also completely overpriced for their regular beers. I wouldn't visit here if I were looking for a deal.

Overall, I'd say if you live in the area, this place is worth a visit maybe once a week. I wouldn't pick up much here because of the price and inattentive service, but there are simply gems that can't be passed up at times and therefore, this place remains an interesting and must visit destination for the true beer hunter!
Feb 22, 2010
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Reviewed by jgasparine from Maryland

4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
For a guy from baltimore, this place is super impressive...

Reminiscent of a bier shop in europe, this place is very small but doesn't waste an inch of shelf space on anything but world class beer. I found everything I would desire in maryland, plus bottles of HotD Fred, Adam, Ruth and Alesmith Speedway Stout.

What a gem!!

In addition to the incredible beer selection, there was a fine range of epicurian condiments from around the world!

The clerk was very knowledgable and helpful.

This is truly the first beer shop in the US that made me feel like a kid in a candy store!
Jan 31, 2010
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Reviewed by dbuckingham from California

4/5  rDev -5.4%
This store has a pretty impressive selection of beers. I was just there on December 26th while visiting the east coast. They had DF Hommage and many other hard to find beers in their small store space. Definitely an impressive selection for the size of the space.

The prices for most of the items are very high. For example, Captain Lawrence nor'easter was $19.99. I had just picked up bottles at DeCiccos market for $12.99. The Bruery Papier was in the $25-30 range (I picked up bottles for $18 at other places).
Dec 30, 2009
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Reviewed by jfunkk79 from Massachusetts

4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
Visited recently on a trip to Brooklyn to see some friends. This place blew my mind. I walked in and immediately saw 2 lambic one offs from one of my favorite breweries, I cried a little when I saw the price, but still.

They pretty much only had really good stuff. It's a very small place, about the size of my bathroom ha ha, so there's not room for much else.

The guy working was friendly and helpful. Definitely knew his stuff. I picked up a Black Ops and a Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek (which was incredible btw). Also snatched a Leelanau Good Harbor and a De Ranke glass (also very surprised to find).

If you're in Brooklyn looking to find something different. This is the spot. Highy recommended.
Mar 21, 2009
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Reviewed by drseamus from New York

3.55/5  rDev -16.1%
This place is hidden inside a mini-mall. It is a pretty nice place with a decent selection but it is super-expensive and their selection isn't quite impressive enough to support the prices.

The beers they do have are all good. I even saw some Captain Lawrence SFTO which I haven't seen at a store before. When I asked about them though, the guy working there didn't really know anything about them. Not a good sign. He seemed friendly, but ultimately if you don't know your products you are useless.

The selection was decent but aside from the SFTO, there wasn't anything outstanding there. They did have some 3 Fontinen Shar-noideahowtospell Kriek and the Framboise but they were over 40 bucks a bottle.

I wouldn't make the trip here again.
Mar 16, 2009
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Reviewed by Surlington from New York

4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
I go to the Spuyten Duyvil Grocery at least once a week, and I'm never disappointed. Though their space is limited, they make the most of it by offering mostly beers you can't find elsewhere (there are a few exceptions). There is always something new, and the favorites are always in stock.

The service is exceptional: both knowledgable and affable. You do not need to be a beer expert to find a brew suited to your tastes.

I recommend anything from Leelanau, as well as Vuuve and Smisje. All really special brews, always in stock at Spuyten Duyvil Grocery. Don't forget to visit the Spuyten Duyvil Bar on Metropolitan either. They've got a sour brown ale on tap right now, and there is no better accompaniment to great beer than cured meat, cheese, and bread.
Aug 26, 2008
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Reviewed by RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
I have seen more things here that I have never seen anywhere else really. The only exception is The Foodery in Philly, which doesn't really count because that's Philly and this is Brooklyn, of course. There are loads of Italian brews, Captain Lawrence, JW Lees, AleSmith, Harviestoun (Old Engine Oil and the new Ola Dubh), and the list goes on and on and on and on...

The real key here is that things come and go all the time. It's a limited space, so there is limited square footage to deal with. But everything here is quality and well thought out. Beyond the beer there is a lot of cider. And beyond the alcohol, there are a lot of food items here as well. It is a grocery after all.

Service is good. There is always advice and suggestions ready if you wish to have it.

Is it worth the stop? You better believe it. Especially if you are a hunter of rarities. Just be prepared to drop some serious $. I do routinely since I am cursed to live only several blocks away.
Feb 27, 2008
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Reviewed by Billolick from New York

4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
Just a few blocks from the bar and fette sau, this hole in the wall place did not disappoint. A small frig to chill a few selections, the rest of the place is just beer along the walls up to the ceilings. Way out there selections, a ton of beers that were new to me, plenty of glassware, a smattering of actual "groceries". Guy behind the counter was awesome, full of info, tips and generally a swell beer geek to talk beer with.They get new stuff in all the time, sometimes just a case of something special then it's gone. Glad to pick up a bomber of Jolly Pumpkin's Bam Noire on this my first visit. Be sure to check this temple of beerdom out next time you are in this uber beer rich neighborhood. I will be back!
Feb 10, 2008
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Reviewed by DaggerEyes from New York

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
It's so great to have a place of this quality within a 5 minute walk of your house.

Lots of Belgians, American Craft 22's and 750's (Captain Lawrence, Avery, Weyerbacher, Great Divide, etc,) as well as some mead, bitters (the brand they carry are the best bitters I've ever had), glassware, shirts, and small amounts of food and I believe some packs of american spirits as well.

Constantly getting new stuff in stock.

Service is super friendly and wel informed, the selection is not nearly as large as Bier Kraft or Eagle, but the focus is much tighter and they do a great job with what they focus on.

Prices are high which i guess this should be expected given the area, but I've seen single 12 oz bottles of Brooklyn winter for $2.25 which is pretty wack when you can get it at a bodega on the corner for a dollar less. Even though their pricey I know I'll keep going back though because you just can't find some of this stuff elsewhere
Oct 21, 2007
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Reviewed by Amalak from New York

4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
As has been said before me, this place is freaking sweet. The best part is that you can get basically the same beers here that you can get at the bar with the same name that is down the street for a far cheaper price. You walk in and everything is wood. The other thing, is it is located in some stupid hipster, trendy mall. So even though it is very cramped, I have yet to go in there and see anybody in there except the sales clerk. Speaking of which, they seem to know their shit. I always go in there and have them recommend something and they know enough to ask me what country/style am I looking for and then have a recommendation. I usually go in there for their incredible selection of German beers. They also have a wide selection of Brit beer and some assorted micros. If you are looking for a rare brew, this is a good place to look.
Oct 13, 2007
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Reviewed by sleazo from New York

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
I have been meaning to get here for awhile as i enjoy the beer bar of the same name quite a bit. There really is a tremendous selection here. All Belgian styles are covered in some depth in this tiny store inside the Bedford Mall. for such a tiny store they have a terrific selection. There were quite a few beers I had never heard of plus the usual supply of Trappists. They also get alot of beers seldom seen in the US and in limited quantity.
American beers are covered too as they had good selections of Weyerbacher, Southern Tier, Cap't Lawrence, Avery and a lot more.
For cider fans there is plenty to be had as well. I might come back and try a few as I am not well v ersed in it.

Also for sale glasswear and a good selection of micro sodas in the cold case in the front.

This place is tiny but well worth a long trip to get here. Definitely a bit pricier than some of the other beer stores.
Oct 10, 2007
Spuyten Duyvil Grocery in Brooklyn, NY
Place rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 15 ratings