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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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Photo of slander
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Out of control.
Just coolers and coolers of great treasures in this secret little Brooklyn store. It starts with the American micro brews and gets into the crazy Euros and Belgians the further in you go. Just in the American micros alone, there are all sorts of things I've never seen anywhere in New York City (the Dogfish Head Old School Barleywine, the Southampton Biere D'Art and Old Ale, some selections from Victory, Weyerbacher, Magic Hat, and on and on and on). Not to mention my first sighting of Stone beers in the NYC area. And the Belgians. Did I mention a more complete line of Cantillons than I've ever seen before?? Hell, they had at least 6 or 7 of them.
Madness, I say, madness.
This store also has a terrific selection of gourmet cheeses and foods, and I don't think I'm doing them justice.
Pricey as all hell, though ($10 and change for a WWS '02 and $5.75 for a torpedo bottle of the Stone Arrogant Bastard?? That's a bit steep IMHO). It'll cost you if you want the goods you can't find anywhere else. You wanna play, you've gotta pay.

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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 Billolick
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

This place is a godsend. The selection is top notch. You WILL see many beers you have never seen anywhere else, they have it all. Tons of imports, all the local micros. Funky belgians. The prices are a wee bit high.The owners are knowledgable and friendly. The gourmet food shop also is terrific. Cheeses, oils etc etc. I wish they had more beer that is not refrigerated and more glasses etc.. But this is probably a function of the small size of this shop. I hope they can keep this place up and running, because its a great beer resource.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%

Wow, it's odd I haven't reviewed Bierkraft before. I very specifically remember mentioning the growlers and cheese. Oh well, maybe it was lost in translation. Anyway, I'm sure every thing I'll mention has been said before.

Firstly, for single bottles this is the place! You can get great six-packs at other places, but no one anywhere near has such a large selection of single bottles (...what is it, 48 feet or more of cooler space?). And although the prices are a touch high, they're really not that bad. The last mixed six pack I bought came to $15.57. I paid $2.50 for a Lagunitas Sirius and $3.95 for a Goose Island Per Jacques. A can of New England Sea Witch IPA was $2. I've paid a much higher mark-up in other places.

Beyond the bottles and six-packs they fill growlers off of a changing selection of kegs.

Also, they have a great selection of cheeses. It's a very good selection given the size of the place.

Service has always been good for me. They even offered to carry a case back to my car one time... I should have taken them up on it as I was about 6 blocks away.

That brings me to my final point though. Bierkraft is in a great part of Park Slope that's surrounded by good bars. A few blocks to the south on 5th Avenue is the Gate. Six blocks to the west is Bar Great Harry. A block west to 4th Avenue, and then about 6 blocks north brings you to Pacific Standard, The Cherry Tree, and Fourth Avenue Pub. A block or two east/north of that is Flatbush Farms.

Certainly worth checking out.

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Photo of Sammy
4.01/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Finally made it down, you need a car to do this. Grat selection of hard-to-find bottles, but you pay up. Prices were 10-42% higher so that my $240 bottle tab was roughly $60 premium over careful shopping. The plus side is getting barrel aged bottles and new releases available in NY state at one go. The growlers were a good deal, they were out of everything I wanted from checking the site the day before. Still got a decent pilsner. New casks arriving, and they do let you buy a glass before you buy a cask. Narrowish space, with a food takeout area and the use of a washroom.

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Photo of GJ40
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

A great local bottle shop / pub. They have a nice selection of bottles with some rarer though quite pricy beers. They also have a dozen or so on tap sold by the glass or growler. And there's a sandwich / cheese counter in the back. I just stopped in for a quick look while passing by but I'll definitely be back for a longer visit.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Same as everywhere else in the city, it's tough to park near the store. But it's worth the effort (or of course you could use the subway but then you'd have to carry beer back onto the train). The selection isn't as broad as some other Brooklyn locations (Eagle Provisions, American Beer Distributing Co.) but it's nothing but top-shelf beer, some of it rare. As other reviews can tell you the prices aren't the cheapest but in most cases aren't too bad. The coolers are laid out with thought, separated by state and country. It looked like you can get any 12oz beer as singles rather than whole 4-packs or 6-packs, that's worth a slight mark-up in price right there. I also saw some taps selling growlers to go (probably no on-site consumption). Highly recommended beer store.

Edit from revisit in 2011: The tap selection is nice, with some cask offerings too. Nice seating in the right side of the store for on-site consumption.

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Photo of Sixpoint
4.85/5  rDev +11.8%

I have not seen a better beer selection within the city. Not much to say about this place, it's pretty dope.

In a nutshell: When you walk into this place, it's very narrow and very long. The entire left side of the wall is reach-in coolers; there are reps from around the globe.

The first section is all domestics, then english styles, then belgians, germans, etc. You'll find just about everything here. They are cold and you have the option to buy a six-pack or buy them individually.

I've heard some people complain about the prices. Nahhhh. Don't go there. Think of the cost of running the place, keeping the beers fresh and cold, and then rotating them through.

The extra price is well worth the visit. You'll definitely find stuff there that you've never had before.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Beirkraft is located in a lovely part of Park Slope in Brooklyn. The store, which was once an old laundromat, is arranged wonderfully with beers in a cooler along the wall and other items across the way. The quality seems to be excellent, with no old looking beers (except vintages) in stock and the service was quite nice as well. I took my cart and started loading it up. Ramstein winter wheat, i'l' take two, hitachino celebration, cantillon iris, JW lees 97, Le Coq 01, etc, etc...oh look Southampton triple, saison, old herb, and old ale, i'll get 1 each of these as well. The selection was wonderful and organized nicely by country. They had a wonderful selection of Belgians (including harder to find lambics like Cantillon, De Ranke, Three Fountains, and more...) and the shop keeper was more than happy to run to the back and get me a bottle of Southampton triple that had just arrived at the store. The Checkout line was fast and the beer was well packaged and double bagged. The only downside to this establishment is the price. Whilst they do have the best beer selection in the City, you will pay a pretty penny for the convenience of having all of these goddies in such a small place. Than again, this is NYC, and considering, the prices are not that bad. Personally, next time I am in NYC shopping for beer, I will hit up American (Thrifty) first and here second!

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Photo of mltobin
4/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Over in the Park Slope neighborhood is this a great place to grab some beer & have a fantastic sandwich named Bierkraft. They serve pints as well as fill growlers. I believe that they have 8-10 lines going, usually with a nice variety, sometimes w/ a tap takeover. Rogue, Chelsea and Ithaca were some of the bewers on when I stopped in. You can also find quite a few bottles here, but did not spend too much time looking that over. The staff is well versed in their products and helpful. And you might as well stop by when hungry, because their sandwiches are quite tasty.

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Photo of corby112
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%

Stopped by here on a recent trip to New York. This place is famous for it's growler fill system so I decided to see what it was all about and I was not disappointed.

One side of the establishment is where the coolers and room temperature bottles are. Decent selection with nothing too exceptional aside from a few things like BFM St. Bon-Chien aged in Pinot Noir Barrels and 3L Double Bastard. They had a decent selection of the locals, including Ithaca which is always very cool. Also, small selection of Italian, Belgian and American craft. One cooler was dedicated to vintage beers but they were pretty pricey. They had an 05 GI Imperial IPA. I'm not a fan of aging IPAs but I guess it could be a good experiment. In addition they had Hitachino Celebration Ale from 2006 which is awesome!

Aside from the bottles, they had a small cases of glassware but it was locked so I didn't see prices. A decent selection of rarer pieces for anyone into collecting.

The growler stations are the big draw here. They had a very good selection of beers on draft for growler fills at very reasonable prices. All were available in 64 oz. fills and some in 22oz. capped bombers. They also have a cask ale growler station which I still don't understand how they do it but I love that they do. Only three offerings and two of them were kicked on my visit. This was late on a Sunday night so that is understandable.

The other side of the store is a cool deli/sandwich counter where they make artisan sandwiches and have a good selection of chocolates and pastries. My wife and I split a brisket sandwich which was excellent and they provided glassware for bottles that I bought.

The service was kind of mixed. I talked to three people and two of them were very friendly. One just took our food order and the other talked to me about beer for a while and answered some questions that I had about some beers. The third guy was kind of a douche, very unpleasant and not interested in helping or talking about beer.

The prices were too expensive for most of the bottles, especially the vintage and rarer offerings but the food and growlers were very reasonable.

I really liked this place a lot and will be going back to get more growlers soon, even if it's two hours away. Recommended!

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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 vfgccp
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Amazing beer selection for bottles as well as a really well laid out website to get through their large selection of bottles before you make the trip into BK. They offer mix-a-six type of service offering mostly all single bottles in all sizes.

They have 16 beers on tap at any time. Sometimes they have a total brewery takeover of their taps, other times they mix it up. But you can bet it is going to be something special and interesting.

Also, they have some of the best hand crafted sandwiches in brooklyn, especially in a beer store type of setting, which is saying a lot. They use amazing breads and come up with some great sandwich concepts using really high end ingredients. So grab a pint at the tap station and then get a sandwich from the counter have a seat and enjoy, then don't forget to grab a six pack or 2 on your way out.

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Photo of hoppymcgee
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Bierkraft in Park Slope, Brooklyn is the best small beer store I've been to, hands down. When you walk in they have the fridge loaded with vintage beers on the left and shelving with newer beers on the right (it's not so cut and dry but that's what I noticed). There really are some gems to be found here for your beer cellar.

As you walk back there's a bottle filling station with a constantly changing assortment of fresh beers. They will fill any 64 oz. growler with a screw top or a 22 oz. capped bomber (if you don't bring your own glassware they will just charge you for deposit). The top 3 features of the filling station are:

-Utilizes a homemade counter pressure filling system (so the beer you get is essentially as if it were bottled from the brewery)

-WIll fill 22 oz. bombers for you (and cap them) so you don't have to buy 64 oz. of beer and worry about it staying fresh once you open it

-They feature some of the best beers that come into NYC (in the past they've had Ommegang Rouge, The Bruery Melange No. 3, and Goose Island Night Stalker)

To top everything off they have an incredible charcuterie (fancy word for deli). I chose the Italian - which features authentic Italian meats (coppicola, soppresata, mortadella) and the fixin's on a fresh ciabatta sub. For $9 you get the sub and your choice of local chips or local apple.

Any beer you purchase in the store can be drank on site in the nice and cozy picnic table-esque seating area - and they provide the glassware too!

Overall, this is a great place to go with your beer-loving friends and even if you don't care for beer you can still go and get one of the best sandwiches I've tasted in NYC.


Pros: Excellent vintage beer selection, fresh beer fills
Cons: High prices, small place, could be a bit more friendly

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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 sleazo
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%

Wow, why have I not been here before? Oh yeah it is not really near the subway. Today i had my sister's car so I figured I would stock up.

I knew this was my kind of place when I walked in. A thin hallway had coolers on one side and warm beer on the other. I picked out a JahVa southertier bomber for $7, their Imperial Hop Sun and lot more. They had tons of beers from Wyerbacher, southern Tier, Ithaca, Great Divide, Rogue, Bear Republic, Stone(I picked up a Vertical Epic from this year), and a lot of other reginal great beers like DogFishead 120 minute

as you go in it shifts to the foreign side and there was a great selection of german, Belgian, and English beers. I also was able to pick up a Krusovice, which is one of my favourite beers. I also got a rodenbach. There were also tons of beers I have never heard of which to me is always a great sign. One of the better selections I have seen.

After that there is a growler filling section which rotates at about $10 a fill which is not too bad for NYC. Next to that is the cheese selction which I didnt peruse too much as I knew I would only get myself in more $$$Trouble.

Staff was very friendly and helpful, people who are passionate and knowledgable about beer.

I will definitely head back here, probably subway and walk there and cab it home once this selection of beers runs out.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Bierkraft in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn is the first specialty beer store that I went to when I first started this hobby about a year and a half ago. A very wide selection of beers that they keep in very good storage condition. This is the only place I know of that actually keeps all their beers in a fridge... which is a feat considering how wide of a selection they have.

Beers here are sold mostly as singles but they also have a constantly rotating supply of beers on tap. They always have something new and they update thier website regularly so customers always know what they're able to get.

In addition to beer, Bierkraft also has a crazy selection of meats, cheeses, and chocolate. This is the place to go for the FULL ON BEER EXPERIENCE when you want to go all out.

Otherwise, Bierkraft is a bit expensive. Definitely worth checking out to see what oddities and rarities you might find. But if you're looking for something perhaps a little more common, go to New Beer on Chrystie St. or American Beer Distributors about 2 miles away.

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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 Nickls
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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I've visited Bierkraft several times, but it had been a while and my review is based on a trip that included hanging out in the seating area coupled with a shopping trip.

The selection is really damn nice, what can I say. There are definitely brews that you will find here that are not as easy to come by in some of the larger establishments in Manhattan. Granted the selection is not as large as say a New Beer, but there isn't too much filler and quality is definitely the focus. The growler selection in particular is fantastic, and I really dig the system they have to do fills....I've found that they keep a bit longer. Even had a couple of casks on, which is fantastic.

As far as hanging out and having a brew on-site, there is limited picnic style seating that could be a little cramped, but they're working with a small space. The food is more than solid, and I actually found it to be reasonably priced for the quality and portion served. I don't think that you would want to hang out drinking there all day, but it's certainly cool to grab a really awesome brew out of the cooler, and not have to dredge to wherever you live to taste in the event you can't wait.

My only real complaint is that you are going to definitely pay quite a bit more than other places, even for brews that are more commonly found throughout the New York area. I know that the neighborhood is 'nice' and there is plenty of wealth, but still. At any rate, a really great place.

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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 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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Photo of drseamus
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%

When I walked in the door I was amazed by the full store length cooler filled with great beer directly across from full length shelves filled with equally good beer. The floor was also surprisingly clean which was an important thing because when I looked at the prices my jaw hit the floor. The average bomber seemed to run about 3 bucks higher than other places (9 vs. 12) and some rarer beers were about double what I've seen at other places.

That said, this place is truly a craft eatery. They have amazing beer, cheese, meats, and chocolate...nothing even mediocre makes an appearance there. Their beer list is almost as good as I've seen anywhere although New Beer might top it by a touch. Their growler fills are far superior to New Beer although the rarer ones are a price expensive. They offer regular 64oz fills or 22oz fills in capped bombers. I walked away with a jug of Bruery Cuvee Juene and couldn't be happier.

The service is simply outstanding. Everyone is super helpful and very chill. They all know their beer which is great. A great Brooklyn establishment.

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Photo of saltydog
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%

This is quite an amazing place. The selection of beers is just great, including many that are extremely hard to find, and the cheeses and other foods are excellent. They can be pricey, but these are wonderful beers and you get what you pay for, always. The beer events there are top-notch. I have not been there since cellarman left, but I have no hesitation in continuing to recommend them, as they have always done a great job.

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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 bultrey
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%

I don't know what to think about this place. On one hand, I admire them for their beer advocacy. On the other hand, I loathe them for pretending like they're doing something so extraordinary that they have to charge, for example, $8 for a 12 oz. Ommegang Three Philosophers.
Basically, if you look around (like down the street at Key Food), you can find almost as good a selection for much cheaper, although there are some rarities at Bierkraft. If you have a good deal of disposable income (as many who live in this particular neighborhood do), then it might be your thing. They also have a great selection of gourmet meats, cheeses, chocolates, etc., also not cheap.
The 3.0 rating for service is not for actual service, but the outrageous prices alone.

Re-review 10-4-05:
I've always been against the high prices this place charges, but that is no reason to knock off points for service. Now that there is a "value" category in the Beerflys, Bierkraft can be scored accordingly. the service here is actually quite good, as pretty much everyone is at least somewhat knowledgable about the beer selection.
One other thing -- the best deal going in the store is the constantly rotating growlers of pre-packaged Blue Point beers, which usually cost $12 or so. Last time I got the Blue Point Pale Ale growler there it was quite fresh and tasty, even though it had probably been sitting there for about a week. I recommend coming here if you just want to buy one or two bottles of very special beer for yourself -- anything more than that likely will bust your budget.

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