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Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Store

191 5th Ave
Brooklyn, New York, 11217-4438
United States

(718) 230-7600

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Reviews by henkster:
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3.63/5  rDev -16.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

2009 Review:
I'm fortunate that Bierkraft is quite close to my Park Slope apartment. In addition to a great selection of bottled beers, they always have a selection of 10+ drafts for growlers/22oz bottles. I find the draft beers to be a good value, while the bottled beers are a little pricey (even for NYC). In addition to the beer selection, they have a great selection of charcuterie, cheese and chocolates. So, it's really hard to go in here without dropping some serious $$$. The staff seem knowledgeable, although I haven't interacted with them too much.

August 2012 update:
I have been back numerous times since my initial review 3 years ago. However, not nearly as much as I would if their bottle prices weren't borderline ridiculous. I went again very recently, and just couldn't get myself to buy anything. Eagle Provisions, about 20 blocks away on 5th Ave, has a better selection and prices about 20%-30% lower. Also, I find the service at Bierkraft to be hit or miss - too many visits where I was treated like they were doing me a favor by filling a growler or ringing me up. I really want to like this place, but they make it too hard.

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More User Reviews:
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3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3

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4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of AL813
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of almostjay
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of travishardy929
5/5  rDev +15.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of elephanteau
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of MichaelLamb
2.98/5  rDev -31.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 2.75 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Updated: December 2014. Bierkraft was once my favorite bottle shop in NYC. The prices were always a little bit inflated, but I was willing to over pay a bit in order get beer that I couldn't typically find other places. This place has been on a steady decline over the past few years. The selection has gotten worse, the prices have gotten higher, the staff has become more aloof (with the exception of a couple of really nice guys) and the sandwiches just aren't packed the way they used to be. With so many other great options in the area, it has become increasing difficult to justify spending my money there.

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4.52/5  rDev +4.1%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of amano_h
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

I stumbled upon Bierkraft after consulting BeerAdvocate and per a friend's recommendation, and I definitely was not disappointed.

I usually shop for beer in Philadelphia (a.k.a. the nation's greatest importer of beer) but decided to give it a break for the week and try New York after hearing rumors that there were bottles upon bottles of Bourbon County Brand Stout stinking up liquor store shelves in the Big Apple.

I'm glad that I was able to partially confirm this rumor -- whereas they didn't have any BCBS bottles on stock, they did serve it on draft -- I'm also ecstatic to report that I found my new to-go place for beer. The selection here is well-thought out, the food is incredible (I got the Serrano as a pairing suggestion with my BCBS) plus the guys here are extremely knowledgeable on beer; I was actually on a quest to find some Bell's Hopslam Ale (which Philadelphia purportedly only received two cases of) in NYC and was very disappointed not to find it here. After sharing my disappointment with the two beer geeks working the draft bar, they reluctantly pointed me toward where I could find two and a half six-packs of it. That made my week, no, my MONTH.

Bierkraft also has a corner where they sell "vintage beer" -- usually nothing too exciting on this corner the several times I've been, but if you're looking to complete a vert, I can see how it might excite you; they also have regular BeerAdvocate and non-BeerAdvocare beer shares here as well, for those of you are into that kind of thing :)

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.58/5  rDev -17.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25

The world-famous Bierkraft! What's wrong with it? Tiny, cramped and crummy. There are two storefronts, one with beer and another one with tables. A narrow railroad holds a bunch of coolers and shelves with good stuff, but so incredibly overpriced it hurts.

Rockmill, barrel-aged Thirsty Ulver, Port City, Penn Brewing, Voodoo, Midnight Sun Moscow... these are beers you can't easily (if at all) find in NYC. But the regular stuff? Forget about it. $14.75 for a six-pack of Union Jack, and $13.75 for Prima Pils.

They have a bunch of taps for pints and growler fills, but none of them were terribly appealing when I visited. I'll pass on this place, at least until they clean up and control the price situation.

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of MisterBisco
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

The biggest question mark here is "Value."

This is a really well-curated (but fairly small) shop with bottle sales on the floor and growler fills as well as on-premises pint pours in the back (with a lovely backyard to boot).

The growlers are meticulously curated and taken care of, with counter-pressure filling on a tremendous range of beers (from local to far-reaching, from inexpensive to very pricey). 5/5 on this part of their service.

For bottles, though, their prices are egregious. They have a remarkably well-curated selection, so if price is no object, this is the place to shop. That said, they easily overprice neighboring bottle shops by 20-30% on nearly all of the shops to which I've compared them.

TL,DR: Go for a pint or to fill up your growlers, but hit up a different shop if you want to stock your cellar.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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