Good Beer NYC

Good Beer NYCGood Beer NYC
Good Beer NYCGood Beer NYC
Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

422 E 9th St
New York, New York, 10009-4920
United States

(212) 677-4836 | map

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Was on St. Mark's Place in the East Village (of NYC) and decided to explore. What a fantastic beer store! Surprisingly large, given the frontage, but very intimate, I have never seen such a range of beers displayed in a space this size. At the counter, beer, largely local (NY and VT) is served on site (there is a small seating area in the back) from a dozen taps. Flights, glasses or pints, as well as 32 and 64 oz growlers are available. Actually I got a glass of Berliner Weisse from a Folksbier in Brooklyn and took my time making a selection while I consumed it. Honestly, that was pretty cool. I also really appreciate being allowed to select individual beers instead of being constrained to buying 4- and 6- packs. The atmosphere is low key and the service folk were knowledgeable, solicitous, and very, very helpful. Really enjoyed the experience and now I have a fun spot to sip a well made beer and hang out when I'm near Tompkins Square Park.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Very cool little shop. Dark hardwood floors, brick walls and open joists for the ceiling keep this feeling a little cave like, but in a fun way. Dry shelves make up about half of the store with the remaining spots being taken by a wall of coolers. Dry shelves tended to be full 4 and 6 packs with a few limited releases and imports. Coolers were full of a big 'mix six' selection, with loose bottles and cans. Beers were kept by brewery, with local offerings being towards the front of the store and import and large format bottles kept towards the back (on the cooler wall). A small tap list and about a half dozen small tables allow people to stay, drink, chat, and work, although note that at the time of this review, they cannot serve any of the cans/bottles in the coolers - to-go only. Tap list spread a good width of styles despite only being 12 beers. Better diversity than some of the local craft beer bars. Staff was very friendly and helpful, in both selecting to-go beers and chatting about the city. Well worth a stop for both a pour and most certainly for beer to-go, especially with the ability to buy individual cans/bottles.

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Photo of frozyn
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Always enjoy going here and talking to the employees about beer. Their selection is very solid -- always have great beers to buy -- even if not the most expansive. It's a great place to grab a beer, talk to the people, and browse the selection before taking some with you. A bit out of the way for me, but that doesn't stop me from making frequent visits.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Any time I'm in the area I try to make it a point to pass through here. This place sells beer and (pretty much) only sells beer and it's great. Great selection of singles, decent selection of six packs, noting as far as large quantities go but I haven't inquired. One of the more unique aspects of this place is the set of taps which you can purchase beer in growlers to go, or you can stay and have a pint or sample a flight. A majority of the beers offered are on the local side; New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, then other well respected craft breweries the US, and then a smaller section for international beers. I noticed a four foot cooler of English brews, four feet of German, four feet of Belgian. There was one cooler of ciders.
Anyway, this place gets new stuff all the time and often has at least a few things I've never seen or tried before.
I will keep keep coming back here and I warmly recommend that others do the same.

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4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Very cool spot in New York City's East Village neighborhood. Felt totally welcomed and comfortable almost immediately upon walking in. Knowledgeable and friendly staff happy to talk beer with you. Nice tap selection with growler service and a large variety of bottles available both in and out of fridge. Will definitely return to this place when I can.

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Photo of mr-jj
4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Great selection of beers covering many styles. The staff was really knowledgable and was able to point me toward beers that matched the style I was looking for (I know he was right on, because many of the beers he pointed out were already on my list of favorites). Small selection on tap, but very carefully selected for quality and diversity.

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Photo of Dirtyhands
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 2.75

Great selection, about a dozen rotating taps. Cool staff.

If you strike out here, Proletariat is right around the corner. I've yet to strike out here. The combination of local, national and international bottles coupled with growler fills gets the job done right.

Love this spot.

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Photo of WheelsPSU
3.86/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Kind of a small place but if you live in the EV this is a great little local option with very good variety. Guess I'm a little spoiled but the size of my bottle shops in Brooklyn and elsewhere.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I love Good Beer- definitely my favorite bottle shop in manhattan. I live at 181st and regularly travel down to alphabet city to get my Citr Dog fix and to try new beers and find beers for food pairing. They have an incredible selection of American beers, particularly from the east coast, northeast areas and a good representation of Colorado and some west coast too. They also have a very nice selection of Belgian, German and Norwegian/Danish stuff. What's best about them is the fact they keep it ALL REFRIDGERATED!! I get so upset seeing great IPAs languish on display counters in whole foods it's such a relief to know you can get a fresh bottled IPA somewhere in the city.

They guys who run this place and work here are awesome, friendly dudes, and know a lot about what they're selling. The owner in particular has a vast knowledge and is very friendly (he's a thirty something with a beard and shaved head). If you're in need of something rare or just a good fresh beer, check this place out.

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Photo of 9uns
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

GF came across this place on Yelp when we were in NY this past week. We were looking for a bottle shop that carried legit east coast brews and Good Beer fit the bill perfectly. Good Beer also has 4-5 taps in the store so you can knock back a brew while shopping for more brews. You don't really see that in the west coast so I thought that was pretty cool. There's 2-3 small tables in the back with a small snack menu for those looking to get away from the loud and crowded brew pubs in Manhattan.

Great selection of bottles, good rotating taps and munchies at standard prices, knowledgeable owner. All-in-all, I definitely recommend anyone in the NYC area to come check this place out.

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Photo of drewone
4.47/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

i think this was my favorite shop I visited. Down a few steps on a slightly quiter street but very close to Tompkins Sq park. simple clean place, larger line of coolers on one side, small shelf space and counter on the opposite.

Stopped here early on but after visiting quite a few other places and felt as if i could have saved my self the trouble and just stopped here. They had almost everything plus more that I had seen at the other places, great selection. Also they clearly put up by the register what new releases have come in, nice touch.

Have 6-8 taps for growler fills, pints or tasters. Allow you to do individual tasters (bonus).

Stopped in at least 3 times, very friendly staff. Have a few tables in the back. If I could only pick one bottle shop this would be it (neck and neck with Top Hops).

Only draw back is they close a little early, even on the weekends.

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Photo of metter98
4.07/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Vibe: This is a store that is more frequented by locals from the East Village as it's hidden in the basement level on a crosstown street between First Avenue and Avenue A. It's more of a store than a bar/eatery as there are only a few seats and tables.

Quality: Given the small size of this store, there is a high amount of turnover and beer is kept out of sunlight.

Service: The staff behind the counter is friendly and very knowledgeable about the beer selection.

Selection: Good Beer's selection isn't nearly as diverse as nearby Whole Foods Bowery or New Beer Distributors but is pretty good considering its small size. Most of the beers are available as singles in a long cooler that runs for the full length of one side of the store; about a quarter of the remaining bottles are stored warm, some of which are six packs. About a dozen beers are available on-tap for growler fills or drinking inside the store.

Food: I've never tried the food before but they have a couple of different types of snacks on the menu such as hot dogs, pretzels and sausages.

Value: Prices are rather reasonable for Manhattan and you will get a discount if you buy beers in quantity.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

I like the vibe of this place, real laid back and located in the East Village somewhat off the beaten path. There is a bottle shop area along with some table for sitting and enjoying a beer - not too dark but not so well light as to have a negative effect on the beers for sale.

I have to admit that I have only purchased growlers to go and bottles/can so I have not drank any draft beers at the location. The beers that I have purchased have been fresh, correctly filled in the growler, and I have never had an issue with anything I purchased at this store. One of these days I am going to have the time to stop and have a beer when I'm in the area.

The staff at this store have always been helpful and chatty - letting me know what things are coming in soon and anything special that is going, including at other places in the East Village. They definitely know their beer and I have heard them give some really good recommendations for not as beer savvy customers.

The can and bottle selection is fairly extensive with quite a few beers that I do not see other places in NYC - they have a decent amount of the selection available cold as well. They usually have a decent range of styles on draft, so overall a pretty decent selection.

I'm not sure if they serve any food but I have never tried any if they do.

Prices are in line with other places in the East Village which in general is a little higher than some other locations in NYC.

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Photo of BKBassist
4.66/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Tough to review this, because unlike Top Hops, which I feel straddles the line between bar and bottle shop very well, Good Beer is very much tilted towards the bottle shop. And it is my favorite bottle shop in NYC.

Excellent selection of American craft, from year round offerings to limited releases. Limited releases are announced and handled well. International selection is perfect for me, large but not overwhelmingly so.

Service is great, the owner is super friendly and knowledgable.

I've not eaten here but the food looks excellent.

Pricing is in line with NYC pricing. Often some of the best prices on single 12 ozers.

My only issue, and in all honesty, it's probably what the owner intended, is that I wouldn't feel comfortable bringing a group of friends for a drink here, the atmosphere is very un-bar like. I only compare to Top Hops because they tow the line so well, IMO. That being said, I often will get a pint when I am shopping and browse or sit in the limited seating. I think it's very comfortable for that.

So overall, my favorite bottle shop in NYC, just not the place to actually come for extended sessions on premises.

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Photo of JGam115
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

If you weren't looking hard enough, you might miss the old-school wooden sign hung out front this garden level shop underneath an East Village brownstone. The store owner and the majority of the employees are very knowledgeable about all things craft beer. They don't just stock product because they can - they can actually offer good advice when it comes to most everything on the shelves. Their events are planned in advance and promoted via Facebook/Twitter and their own website which is much appreciated, but the store is small and can easily be overcrowded if something unusual or rare makes its way to the city (i.e. Bruery and DFH tastings with rarities).

It's a bit on the pricey side for everyday 4- and 6-packs, but are pretty much spot on for limited releases and rarities. They also do a great job alerting their customers of rare beers coming in as well as specific dates and times when they will be distributed. Beyond that, the everyday selections are what make this one of my go-to bottle shops in NYC.

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Photo of cw577enfield
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Cozy and small craft beer store. People can come into this place and enjoy fresh tap or bottled beers in the back with seated area. Nice selection but didn't find anything good. However, they had Nugget Nectar on tap and thoroughly enjoyed that! Would stop by again next time I'm in NYC.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Had very limited free time on an all-too-short trip to NYC, so this was one of the few stops I was able to make.

Nice use of space in a typical East Village type of building. Long and slightly narrow. The selection could have had more rarities, but I have a feeling that the big stuff comes in and it isn't long before someone is hauling it out the door. What are there, 10 taps? I would have been happy to see some more rare stuff available, but they did have Radiant Pig's Junior IPA, and Peekskill's Eastern Standard IPA and Simple Sour available. Those are three super local beers that anyone should be at least trying, if not putting in their regular rotation.

Walked out of here with a lot of stuff and was pleased with my purchases.

Edit: Have visited on 2 other trips and walk out with plenty of good stuff each time.

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Photo of toneloc
4.6/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

This is pretty much what a craft beer store should look like. They have a high quality, comprehensive selection, so you should have no problem finding what you are looking for, or finding something new to try. I believe all or most of their bottles were made available on shelves and in the fridge too. The bottle prices were reasonable for NYC, especially considering the relative scarcity of good craft beer stores. The growler prices were reasonable, and as mentioned below, the selection is thoughtful and varied, and you can try a flight for 8 bucks. I didnt try the food, but thought it was a good idea to serve food, so patrons can spend some time with their flights and buy great beer at a relaxed pace. Definitely worth coming back.

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Photo of iBeer16
4/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Amazing find in NYC. Great place if you're looking to sit down and enjoy a flight (only $8). Tap selection is very well chosen, diverse and is constantly changing. Very reasonably priced growler fills to boot. Incredible selection of both micro and international brews, also with the option of shelfed or refridgerated on all of their bottles. Bottle pricing is as expected. Small seating area in the back to enjoy your flight or a pint, along with a tasty little selection of snacks.. Owner is very nice and extremely knowledgable about his products. Atmosphere is awesome, very simple yet modern, glass coolers allow for solid shipping. Very organized and clean. Touché.

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Photo of cosmo4u
3.8/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

EXCELLENT new beer place in the village. This place totally fills the void of good beer procurement previously left to playing russian roulette with the unpredictable beer selections at various Bodegas.
About 10 beers constantly on tap, for about $9-$13 for a 64oz Growler. Pretty good deal for the quality of beers on tap, and the staff said they plan to stock no more than one Keg of each tap beer at a time, so the selection constantly rotates.
Dozens of craft beers, both domestic and import, arranged geographically (east coast beers near the front of the store, progressing to west coast beers near the back), which is pleasing to my librarian-esque organizational aesthetic
Though it's not a bar, there's a place to sit in back and taste your selections, and also a limited, but delicious looking, menu of treats. Foods include various cured meats, pickle preparations, and the tasty sounding (though I haven't tried yet) Beer Infused Caramel Corn.
Anyway, this place is a winner, and a must-go-to if you're looking for a cut above in beer buying in the East Village.

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Photo of negroobserver
3.64/5  rDev -16.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Flights are only $8.00, but the draft selection is poor. The have a great selection of bottled beers, but you can't try any of the bottled beers on premises. The strange part is that they refrigerate some of the beers. Why, If no one can try them? Sounds absurd to me. The seated area is small and doesn't allow for a group larger than four. It can get pretty busy in there and the layout of the space doesn't really allow for smooth transition between areas or browsing for beers. I would like this place a lot more if they allowed their customers to try the bottled beers. Good place to shop for bottled beers, but not much else.

Overall Grade: C+ / B-

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Stopped into this place while wandering around the St. Marks area. I thought that this was a bar at first, come to learn that it's a beer store/tasting area.

What really struck me was how big this place actually was. Standing bar upfront with a couple of tables in the back. For a place in Manhattan, this is really pretty good. Atmosphere is pretty relaxed and there's a good balance between store and bar that's established here.

The quality of Good Beer was very solid. All their beers were refridgerated and with certain styles that some would prefer to drink warm, they had that option also. Growlers and pints were also served in the correct glassware and the right temperature. Impressive.

Service was quick but nothing really out of the ordinary for a beer store. I did get to talk to the manager though. Seemed like a really nice guy who really knew his way around beer and even more importantly, the NYC beer scene.

The selection here is really one of the better places that I've seen in Manhattan and Brooklyn. JW Lees going back to 2006 as well as a good selection of JP sours and Lindemans, Cantillon, and Boon gueuzes. Again, very nice.

For me, this is a really up and coming establishment. I believe that they're relatively new but I'm sure they'll make a name for themselves quickly. A must visit if you're in the area. A bit pricey, but standard for the area that they're located.

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Photo of SkiBum22
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

One of my top 5 places to get beer in NYC. The place is a little pricey but it's Manhattan so that can be expected. The selection seems to betting better every few months. Very clean store as well with a knowledgable staff.

They arrange the beers by location so it makes it easy to shop. They have food as well but I have yet to try.

The great thing about the store is that you can try to beers that are on tap or get a growler. You can't however do that with the bottles that they have.

Definitely check the place out if you are in the neighborhood.

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Photo of afksports
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Good Beer NYC has a model that is becoming more popular in the New York area. A place where you can sit and eat, and drink, in the middle of a bottle shop that has growler fills and tap lines. Bierkraft is famous for this model, and Good Beer seems to be following suit.

They get special releases on both tap and bottle. They've proven cool people in every visit I've made, and the shop itself has a great vibe because of the wooden shelves intermixing with the coolers for those who want to drink good beer cold and fresh.

From the street, it's a few steps down and not much of a storefront, but the folks inside really know about beer and the crowd that goes there is a beer-worthy bunch.

My only knock on Good Beer is the prices of their bottles and growler fills. Perhaps appropriate for the format - because you can buy it and drink it there - but probably not a place to shop for bottles on a regular basis. Not quite bar, not quite restaurant, Good Beer is a place for... Good Beer. When that's what you want.

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Photo of valdesd1
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

When you walk in the first thing you notice is the numerous coolers of craft beer lined against the walls. They have all the beer arranged from where in the world it was brewed, pretty neat to say. The guys working there were really knowledgeable and approachable. They were friendly to my gf and I in suggesting what beers to try. However it is a small place and you'll have a hard time finding a place to sit and relax if it is busy. I even got a little upset at the register once I saw some guys take our table. The guy who served us the beer did a nice thing and walked over to the people to diffuse the situation and we gladly got our seats back. I thanked him very much. Overall nice place, wish I was in the city more often otherwise I'd be here more often.

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