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Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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

(718) 230-7600

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Photo of aibkstaff
2.6/5  rDev -40.1%

Bierkraft is an ok place. When I heard about Bierkraft I was expecting alot. Their selection is decent, but not great. They may have a bunch of beer, but nothing that's too hard to find. The Key Food grocery store on Flatbush and Sterling has a comparable selection of beer. This "beer store" is in competition with a little grocery store. Lame. You can also find beers at random quicky-marts that Bierkraft doesn't have. I really think they should have laid off on the trendy chocolates, pastas, meats, and cheeses, and focused on beer. I do like how they have growlers. They usually have about twelve or so beers on tap. That's more than other beer stores in the area that only offer two or three. I do enjoy a good growler. Their service is good. The guys who work there are very knowledgeable, and helpful. They can go on and on about each particular beer which cool, but not unique. The thing that really chaps my caboose is the price. Very expensive. I was there a couple weeks ago probably spent $50 on beer which is fine. I go to another store with a similar selection and could have saved like $20. That's $20 that could have been beer. Argh. Overall I think it's eh. I would recommend going there at least once to check it out, but I don't think I'll go back except for an occasional growler.

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Photo of SkiBum22
2.63/5  rDev -39.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 1 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Bierkraft could be a great beer store. They have a very good selection of bottles and draft and they are in a great neighborhood. But their prices are beyond insane. They really are taking advantage of their customers on certain bottles. I don't know why anybody buys beer from this place when you can go to any other place and get the same beers for a lot cheaper. They do have some good food in which you can sit down and enjoy your beers with which helps.

I'll start going back to this place once they come to their senses on pricing.

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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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Photo of greenmanwl
3/5  rDev -30.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3

We were very excited to go about ten on a Sunday night visiting (and kid-less!) and we found out as truth what we gathered by checking out reviews; THIS IS NOT A BAR as if it was it would have been open! To have a bar does not mean you are a bar and we'd have made other plans if we knew, certainly to check this place out after reading reviews. Noone mentions this so I figured I would... Take off that they are a bar, they are not no matter how good a selection of beer they might have since I haven't had a chance to check that out due to false labeling... It a appears a store with beer, with a sandwich shop next door that you can get their beer through. Hopefully we'll make time during the day. The bar we did go to was down on 4th; the one we surmised'd be the best of the lot there for our tastes and it was a goodie, from waiter to variation; we stick to Belgian beer pretty much and were not disappointed at the 4th Avenue Pub. Go there if you want a bar, cause Bierkraft isn't one and they shouldn't claim it as such... Will review it later IF we make the time to go...

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Photo of LeoPanna
3/5  rDev -30.9%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Oh Bierkraft...

This place makes me mad. I do some teaching right around the corner, and since I love beer, I love to browse the local stores. I always walk into Bierkraft because it looks cool. There are always people there, they always have stuff that I've never seen. ..

I'll start with the good (the few good)... Sandwiches, awesome... Selection, awesome (for how small the place is)...definitely some rare bottles... tap prices, ok...

Now to what makes me mad about this place...The bottle prices are atrocious. You can get some of the same beers at the bodega around the corner for much less. It really feels like robbery, like they're taking advantage of their willing regular customers. They obviously are looking more for profit than they are just being an awesome beer store.

I'll pass on this place. Overrated and not worth the money.

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Photo of Chris_Coughlin
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of elephanteau
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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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Photo of chimaychimaynot
3.6/5  rDev -17.1%

I really really love this store - everything except the service. The beer selection is excellent - many beers that I haven't see elsewhere in the US. And I have never gotten an oxidized bottle here. The growler fills are a great new addition (though $4.50 a deposit for the growlers is a bit steep, and they refuse to refill other growlers). I come here regularly to fill up on Sixpoint. The cheese selection is also quite nice, and they give samples before you buy.

I have had good experiences with service here, but the last two times, it was inexcusable - on two differnet occasions, two different employees were rude and condescending when I asked them questions. If you are going to serve specialty products that attract knowlegable consumers, please treat your consumers with respect!

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Photo of henkster
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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Photo of ark57
3.65/5  rDev -15.9%

This is a small gourmet shop in the middle of Brooklyn. It's not paradise, but you may find some interesting beers here. All of the beers are in coolers along one side. There are also a few glasses to choose from. They had some 3 liter bottles (Arrogant Bastard and some belgians), though I did not see how much they were as I do not have much use for that much high alcohol beer in a sitting. They look cool, though. Anyway, the prices was fairly high and I spent way more than I would have liked on just 6 beers. Oh well my prize was that they gave me a slightly old bag of Blue Cheese and Onion Potato Chips for free. They weren't half bad.

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Photo of FullObs
3.73/5  rDev -14.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Stopped here after visit to Brooklyn. About a 20 min subway ride.
This place is a combo beer store /bar. A small place they have 8-10 coolers with a fairly decent selection of stuff including some obscure foreign brews. Warm bottles line the shelves on the other side. Singles are available for everything and you can take to go or drink in. One side of the store is the beer aisle the other side has a deli counter where you can order sandwiches and sweets, well as 6-8 tables. They aso have a nice patio outside.

In the back they have 10-12 taps of cask but selection was nothing special. Growlers avail to go like many places in NY.

Overall this is a cool place with a good atmosphere but the prices are crazy - 40-50% markup on many bottles i've seen elsewhere

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Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of crwills
3.85/5  rDev -11.3%

After missing Bierkraft's Tuesday night tasting (damn!) and going elsewhere for dinner, a friend and I did a mad dash through here about 10 minutes before closing. Really nice selection of regional beers, including lots of DFH stuff I hadn't tried before, and quite a few that I hadn't seen in other stores. Grabbed Chateau Jiahu, Stone Old Guardian, and a couple Goose Islands (this is all I could fit in my suitcase to fly home), and ran for the register.

Next time I'm there I'll try the cheese and chocolate, of which they also seem to have a really nice selection. My friend grabbed a truffle on the way out and said it was fantastic.

Good looking place, and I look forward to returning!

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.85/5  rDev -11.3%

I don't know if it is just that I have been spoiled by Half Time or something different, but Bierkraft doesn't floor me like I thought it would. Will I go in for the odd bomber when I am strolling around the Slope? Of course. Will I try and make it to their tastings? Verily. However, I don't find their selection all that encompassing, and the prices are somewhat absurd at times considering I can get a lot of the same beers elsewhere for less. At times they deifinitely have a couple rare bottles that I am willing to pay extra for and they have a very good Belgian selection. However, overall it is nothing more than a very respecatble beer store. What makes up for that is the artisanal foods that they also carry. You can always make a good meal out of some fresh bread and cheese, and what better way to top that off than a good beer from the cooler?

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Photo of starrdogg
3.94/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I've been to Bierkraft on 2 of my last 3 trips to NYC in the past year, so I figured I should write up a little review of it. It's an interesting little place that's a beer store on one side and a sandwich shop/bar on the other. Bierkraft has some major positives and one major negative, so I will hit the positives first. The growler fills are what makes Bierkraft special. They have a number of draft lines (12 maybe?) and feature a very interesting mix of beers, oftentimes featuring things that you can only get on tap (the first time I was there they had things like Oskar Blues Deviant Dale's and One Hit Wonder). You can get either 750 ml growlers or regular 2 liter growlers filled and the prices are pretty reasonable there. You can also get glasses of any of the beers to drink on site. Apparently their sandwiches are quite good too, though I haven't had them myself.

The big negative to Bierkraft is their bottle prices. They do have a pretty nice selection of bottles, but WOW, it might be the most expensive beer store I've ever encountered. Bottles of things like AleSmith Speedway Stout and Old Numbskull were $19.50 - for reference I saw the same bottles at New Beer Distributors in Manhattan for $12-$13. Fantome Printemps was $22 - it was $14 at New Beer. They do allow you to buy any of their beers in singles, but even the regular beers are more expensive than usual.

Overall, I like Bierkraft, and it's a great idea making it both a bar, sandwich shop and beer store all in the same place, but until they drop the bottle prices, I can't full recommend it.

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Photo of brdc
3.95/5  rDev -9%

This is an interesting place. A very good selection, with good prices and a knowledgeable staff that can guide you through pretty much everything they have. As a matter of fact, they have frequent "lectures" where they provide samples and teach a bit about some different styles or breweries, usually along nice cheeses.
My only problem with the place relates to the poor installations - it is extremely hot inside, and a lot of their beers are just "cooking" in there. I was afraid of taking anything from the shelves, so ended up taking from the coolers- which is still a very good selection, but I do not like to do it since I cellar a lot of my beers.

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Photo of PopeJonPaul
3.95/5  rDev -9%

I had been to this place once right after the blackout, so I had to go back again to give them a second chance as their stock was low (no power = no deliveries.)

Beer selection is great (though you can find about 75% of it at other places), the food selection is great (cheeses, crackers, juices, everything to go with your beer,) service is knowledgeable and good, they always have a guy wandering around to help you out. So why a "3.5" on quality?

Simple: Price.

You'll pay up to $2, $3 per bottle higher (or more) here than you will at many other beer stores. There are cheaper places to get good beer, even in Manhattan. Shop around first, and then check out Bierkraft for the really hard to find stuff. If their prices were more reasonable they'd get a lot more of my $$.

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

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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Photo of petroos
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

I wish I could review the restaurant portion of this place and the beer store portion of this place separately, as they'd both get very different reviews.

The sandwiches (and icecream sandwiches) are absolutely delicious and the selection of cheeses and charcuterie is top notch as well.

They also have a pretty good selection of beers on tap for growler fills or drinking with food, which is awesome if it weren't for the one thing that I think really kills this place for me: IT'S INSANELY EXPENSIVE.

Food and Growler fills tend to be 20% to 40% more than I think they should be and the bottles for sale are often even more gouging. This place is great in a lot of ways, but it's very obviously taking advantage of the gentrified neighborhood and the yuppie nature of those who frequent it. Beer geek culture is alive and well in Park Slope, so they do get a lot of rare and special release bottles, but they always sell out extremely quickly and at a premium. Rare bottles I have purchased in other stores for $16 have sold here for $20, no joke. I cringe whenever I am in the area and I see someone walk out the door with a sixer of Brooklyn Brewery beer they paid $15 for.

For that reason the letter grade on my review is artificially high. The facilities and selection are good to great but the prices ruin everything for me.

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Photo of Rachel1978
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Finally got to this place after looking for a parking space for 20 minutes. The inside is split into two narrow railroad style sections. One is for beer and the other for what appeared to be gourmet food.

The selection was categorized by state and country and included: Rogue, SA, SN, Brooklyn, Anchor, Butte Creek, Abita, Magic Hat, Rock Art, Boulder, Flying Bison, Hooker, Lake Placid, Pork Slap, Blue Point, Southampton, etc. There was also a very good selection of German dopplebocks and hefes. A good selection of Belgians and English ales as well. Addditionally there were 9 beers on tap that were sold by the growler, including Leffe, Rock Art and Sixpoint.

Overall a good selection, but not as good as American Beer on Court Street.

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Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -7.8%

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