New Beer Distributors

BA SCORE
93
outstanding

161 Ratings
New Beer DistributorsNew Beer Distributors
PLACE INFO

Type: Store

167 Chrystie St
New York, New York, 10002-2809
United States

(212) 260-4360 | map
newbeerdistributors.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
93
Ratings:
161
Reviews:
138
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
11.4%
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Ratings: 161 |  Reviews: 138
Reviews by brystmar:
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3.71/5  rDev -11.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

*Was* my go-to beer store in NYC until I got more into the hobby. Regardless, the selection here is simply unmatched anywhere in Manhattan (and arguably in NYC), and their prices are rock bottom. It's not unusual for me to peruse the shelves at Whole Foods Bowery right up the street, then walk a few blocks down to New Beer to find the same bottles selling for 10% to 20% less. And compared to the ridiculous markups at places like Bierkraft, it isn't rare to save 50%!

However, there's no climate control anywhere in the store which means their arsenal of beers are subjected to significant temperature swings on a daily basis. For this reason alone, I will never purchase an IPA from them. Even worse, their inventory doesn't seem to turn over very often, and that means finding fresh beer is tricky (if not impossible).

Case in point: Founders' 2012 batch of Breakfast Stout arrived at most NYC retailers last week. New Beer had a few 4-packs of it on the shelves over the weekend, but upon closer inspection, *every* bottle in each of their 4-packs was from the 2011 batch. No fresh FBS anywhere in the store. I purchased a single 2011 FBS to try alongside the fresh stuff; it was oxidized to hell and vastly inferior to the recent batch. Shame on you, New Beer.

HUGE selection of Scandinavian imports. Tons of Belgians, including some sours. They typically have 4-5 taps for growler fills with brews ranging in quality from decent locals (Southampton, Capt Lawrence, Kelso) to highly-coveted gems (Founders KBS), but again, who knows how their kegs are stored...

Unprompted service is below average, but when you ask questions they typically know their stuff. Seems like a family business, and I've noticed they become more helpful after chatting with me on a few visits.

I prefer Top Hops. You might pay a few bucks more here and there (though not significantly!), but everything is properly stored, the service is a million times better, and Ted supports the beer trading community.

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Photo of frozyn
3.86/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

As others have stated, this isn't the nicest set up in the city (understatement), but I've never had a bad experience here. If you take the time to look around, you can find some really good deals, and I haven't found a wider selection of imported beers (yet). Others have astutely pointed out to avoid IPAs, but take a look at the date if something piques your fancy as I've gotten lucky a few times.

Overall, worth a stop if you're in the area or if you're looking for imports.

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Photo of Ctb6582
4.59/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

My first stop in NYC for bottled beer to take home. It's a Warehouse & after 10 minutes a was asked if I wanted any help. What seemed to me to be a very good selection of beer from all over the world but I was after NY brewed bottles, which I found plenty and was able to split the 6 packs. Also found a number from breweries in CT as well as New Belgium, NC

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4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of neckbeardahab
2.74/5  rDev -34.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4

there is some very old beer for sale here, I wouldn't buy anything that's not bottle dated or a one time current release. the brothers who run the place are honest about how long they've had things in my experience.

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Photo of StoutBoi
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of dgilks
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Figoeric710
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Zekenyce
4.79/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

My type of place. Great selection and maintained in ideal cellar conditions.

Best prices in town. Hands down.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of JonahNW
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%

Grimy, unassuming, very well-priced Valhalla for saisons, sours, Belgians

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3/5  rDev -28.7%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of MisterBisco
3.32/5  rDev -21.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5

This is a curious place. Total warehouse feel. If you can hunt a staff person down, they range from snappy and unhelpful to warm and inviting.

Don't go for IPAs, unless it's something you know was released recently - the warehouse isn't temperature controlled, and their IPAs don't clear the shelves very quickly.

Some good values can be found, but overall found their prices to be average to pricey.

Worth stopping in if you're in the area, and it makes for a nice beer haul stop along with Whole Foods Bowery and Top Hops, both very close by.

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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New Beer Distributors in New York, NY
4.21 out of 5 based on 161 ratings.
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