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Brouwerij Lane

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PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Beer-to-go

78 Greenpoint Ave
Brooklyn, New York, 11222-3886
United States

(917) 750-1541 | map
brouwerijlane.com

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Added by drseamus on 04-12-2009

PLACE STATS
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
44
pDev:
12.02%
 
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Reviews by ikats:
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4.2/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Have stopped by this place last week, and even though usually I try to visit a local place a few times before posting, I found this spot so pleasant that I don't mind coming to the conclusion earlier.

Brouwerij Lane is somewhat of a hybrid between store and bar - the idea that I like very much. You can enjoy a beer while browsing. And here you're much closer to it too.

As you enter, the tap area is to the right. They pour half-pints (although they seemed like 200ml to me), pints, half- (32 oz) and full (64 oz) growlers. They will pour you a taste too. They have about 16 taps - a few German, a few more Belgian and majority American craft beers. They also have a gravity keg (during my visit it was Pretty Things EIP). Some beers are easy to find, but there were a few that I've never heard of (I've had an excellent Hopfenstark saison). I think the selection is very good with quite a few session beers. Draft prices seemed reasonable.

Further in there are several coolers. The bottles seemed ineteresting, but I didn't pay them much attention. There are a couple of high tables and a very small garden in the back. There is a bike rack upfront, which I appreciated.

Service was good. Not very chatty, but friendly and able to answer all questions.

I've spent abour an hour in the place enjoying a few beers (half pints are great for tasting beers), and I found experience absolutely enjoyable. I liked being close to the beer without a bar separating the space. Since the space is open, I found it a bit weird getting a beer and then walking to the cashier to pay, but that's more because I was thinking of the place as a bar instead of a store.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jaydoc
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of frozyn
4/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

A nice bar/shop combo in Greenpoint, there's usually a great diversity of beer styles and producers on tap. I like the fact that I'm not pigeonholed into drinking DIPAs and Imperial Stouts when I come here, and I'm glad to report there's almost always a sour on tap for my girlfriend to enjoy. It's not the biggest place, and I would discourage you from visiting on a hot day -- there's no AC, and the giant fan they have doesn't quite cut it.

The bottle/can selection to go is quite nice, as well, and often has a few surprises that make it hard not to leave with something in hand. The prices aren't always great, but that's the nature of rarity/difficulty to find I suppose.

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Photo of CreightonSM
5/5  rDev +20.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of paulish
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of KrissyKat6
5/5  rDev +20.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Urk1127
4.16/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of StoutBoi
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Draft prices are about a buck higher than what I'm used to for the same beers.

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Photo of MTesta
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of suckaj
4/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of JoeMans
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of slasich
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of almostjay
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.12/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3

This is a really cool place in the BK.

Like many other places in NYC, it will cost you a bit to have a beer. Thankfully, however, they offer smaller servings and graduating prices that ease the sticker shock. Add to this a superb selection including some rareties and beers that out-of-towners like me never see and it's easy to go overboard here and order a ton of beers.

Just to give an idea of the selection, they had Sweetwater and Green Flash among other American craft options that I'm blanking on, as well as a number of Belgian and German offerings like Gaffel and again, some other names I'm blanking on. Bottom line: you'll find something you like here.

Add to the great tap selection an impeccable cooler selection for those that want to take some bottles to go or crack one on the premises. If you buy a bottle, you'll pay a corkage fee to drink at the bar, but once you see the selection, you'll probably still want to do this despite the extra charge.

As for the seating, there's small beer garden in the back and tables for around 10-12 people right next to the taps. There are pretzels and pickles for those that get the munchies too.

Overall, one of the best spots I've been to in NYC. Not sure when I'll return, but it can't come soon enough.

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

Photo of fulcrum
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Stopped by after a terrific time at Torst. This place was unusual and very cool. Small beer retail (excellent selections) with 16 or so outstanding taps. Had one of the best stouts ever (Warlock, by Victory I think?) and several wet-hopped IPAs. Took home a couple growlers afterward. Wish there were more of this style beer drinking/beer retail places. Reminded me of Common Market in Charlotte without the general merchandise and deli. Lots of fun.

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Brouwerij Lane in Brooklyn, NY
Place rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 44 ratings
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