Astoria Bier & Cheese

BA SCORE
91
outstanding

28 Ratings
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery, Store

34-14 Broadway
Queens, New York, 11106-1197
United States

(718) 545-0403 | map
astoriabierandcheese.com

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Added by Billolick on 12-09-2012

PLACE STATS
Score:
91
Ratings:
28
Reviews:
4
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
1.93%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Photo of Jacobob10
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Although my rating might not reflect it, this is one my favorite places in NYC. The focus and the quality of both the cheese and beer programs are second to none.

This past Wednesday afternoon was my third or fourth trip to AB&C. The space isn't huge but doesn't feel cramped either. It's white and bright inside with a bunch of small tables off to the right. Straight behind that is a small bar that seats 8-10 people with a long cooler unit filled with cheese. The left side of the joint has a bunch of snacks and jarred foods, a big fridge filled with single bottles of beer, and more shelves of unrefrigerated single beers. Not the largest selection in the world, but it is carefully curated with some goodies to be found for sure.

The bar is my favorite feature. White tiles line the wall with beer prices, food specials, etc. written in marker. Ten taps come straight out of the wall, each with a tag containing a hand-drawn picture of which beer is on tap. This particular time, it was Queens Beer Week, so all 10 taps were from NYC. From what I can remember there was an imperial stout w/ adjuncts, a pilsner, a cider, a porter, two IPAs, an imperial IPA, a gose, a Belgian blond ale, and something else I can't recall. In prior visits, they have always had a mix of local, non-local domestic, and imported beers on tap.

I ordered a beer & cheese pairing plate which was to die for. Four cheeses paired with four beers... or so I thought. Pairings are the bar's choice and I was given three beers and a cider. I was cool with it, I can branch out and get down with a little cider, but I could see it throwing somebody off. All four pairings were spot on. Little pieces of crusty bread to enjoy with the cheese and a tiny piece of dehydrated strawberry to cleanse the palate between each cheese. I'm in heaven.

Given my love of beer and cheese, it's no surprise I like this place. It's a must-stop every time I'm in the area now.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of BubbleBobble
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of FiveBoroCraftBeerFest2014
4.71/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

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4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

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4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

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4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

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4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of SkiBum22
4.66/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.24/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.76/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

After walking about 400 miles from Roosevelt Island to Astoria in the middle of a beautiful, sunny and warm late-December day, the wife and I couldn't wait to drink four million beers to soothe our mighty sore feet, legs and thighs. Astoria Bier & Cheese does the trick, no doubt. A bright, large space right on the main drag on Broadway.

Some tables as you enter to the right, then a beautiful marble bar and a cheese-and-meat counter with lots of expensive goodies. A cooler with beers right behind, to take home or drink at the joint ($2 corking fee ain't bad). Also a ton of room-temp beers right next to the cooler.

Some nice finds: Keegan Super Kitty, Big John, Even More Jesus ($16.99), Evil Twin Bozo ($17.99), Founders Sweet Repute ($22.99).

On tap: Stone Smoked Porter Vanilla, Singlecut Billy Full, Blue Mountain, Great South Way, Peekskill... lots of IPA's, nothing super crazy but serviceable, and the bottles fill in for my big-beer needs.

Great beer-minded food: cheese curds with artisanal bread, sandwiches to die for (pungent cheese-and-prosciutto, brie-and-ham). Yum!

Not crowded on a Saturday evening, wish I could have this in Manhattan... a chill time, they have some magazines to boot and I happily read about luxury hotels in faraway lands while imbibing and munching. Music could be better, though... ABBA, really??

Expensive overall (75 bucks for a bunch of beers, sandwiches and cheese curds), and another 55 bucks for the best truffle butter ever and an Evil Twin beer to go home. But hey, whatever... it was fun. Definitely would and will come back.

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Astoria Bier & Cheese in Queens, NY
4.14 out of 5 based on 28 ratings.
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