Greenpoint Beer & Ale Company

Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1150 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, New York, 11222
United States

(718) 389-2940 | map

Notes: Formerly 'Dirck the Norseman'
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Billolick from New York

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Corner location, just a few minutes walk from the central area of Williamsburg, this is a nice sized room with large windows looking out to the busy street scene...huge TV screen un the rear with the game on.....comfortable, friendly spot...tasty brew, varied menu...well worth a visit if in the area

Mar 12, 2018
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frozyn from New York

4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

I always enjoy visiting Greenpoint, and their beers have really started to reach their potential. Service can be hit or miss during busy hours, but when it's quiet, everyone who works there is very nice and the bartenders are (1) knowledgable about their beers, and (2) good at making cocktails for non-beer drinkers. The food has moved in house now and the quality is pretty good. They usually have a nice variety of beers on tap, which makes for some delicious varied drinking sessions.

Oct 29, 2017
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slander from New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Brooklyn’s first brewpub… in a long goddamn time, anyway, recalling Park Slope back in the day. N 15th & Franklin, with views of waterfront activity and the skyscraper shoreline. How long we’ve waited for the bridging of the beer crawl gap between Gpoint & ‘burg…

An old factory space something something with a large trapezoid bar sitting up front; 3 sides seemingly square and the fourth angled down to suicide corner. Long slab concrete-like poured and brushed topped bar with wood trim, panel base, and a piping foot rail; seating for 3 dozen on hightop chairs all the way around. Bar island inside is shaped the same way. Counter space all around with tiered booze inside, some display stuff atop, and cooler space below. 4 ceramic tap towers of 4 at different points along the bar with stacked glassware and more shelved below. Seating to the rear of the bar; 10 shared tables in 2 rows of 5, some hightops to the side, and a half dozen+ low tables up front.

Open kitchen space on the near wall from wherest you order, pay to play, take a number, and go away (they’ll deliver to you). Wood panel wall alongside constructed with framed Brouwerij Lane prints. Far wall is metal of some sort dinged, dented, stained, & painted something. Forward paneled glass garage door rolled up for the warmer weather; wood burning stove between them for when it isn’t with a framed horizontal mirror above it. Vintage bottles displayed in the front vestibule down on the end. Brewery to the rear of the rear; a 5 barrel system with a small barrel room fronting. Panel windows on brick offering brew room views there. Concrete floor sloping southward, and a wood ceiling over rafters with bright red piping, skylights cut, & spinny fans. Large chandelier to one side of the rear seating, track spots, cut bottom keg lamps off the far wall, and drop hex pope hat lamps tracing the bar.

So, the beer list started as a mish-mosh of house beers (Wallabout Wit, 5.1%, light coriander, grains of paradise, dry, spicy; Helles Gate, 5.5%, very lightly phenol from the smoke but pleasant otherwise; Clifford Pl, 6%, Pine, Amarillo, Simcoe, good Pale Ale, nice bite; Fisticuffs, 2.9%, mild, nutty, lightly sweet, real damn nice; Ol’ Ironside, 4.8%, smooth porter, some chocolate, a bit nutty; Ash Street IPA, 7.6%, hop hop, Pacific, Jade, Centennial, Citra, fruity; Tupelo IPA, 9%, big old honey IPA sweety), house owner Raven imports guest-but-not beers (Gaffel Kolsch, Jever Pilsener, Dentergems Bruin, & 4 Riegele offerings), and a few local guest taps, + a cask Fisticuffs, dry hopped with Amarillo. I liked the Clifford Pl & Fisticuffs the best but there were no clunkers.

Revisited a month later, found the craft guest taps gone and some new house players up; Homeboy Whim #1, 4.8%, a Patersbier, with Motueka, good Belgiany niceness; Homeboy Whim #2, 4.8%, the Farmhouse, nice floral, spicy, with a bit of sulfur; EPA, 4.2%, it’s a bready malty thing with Nelson Sauvin, good sweetness; Quay Street IPA, 5.3%, single hopped with Galaxy, nice tropical fruit; and a Friday night tapping of Bubble & Squeak, 3.9%, an excellent Mild with East Kent Goldings.

On revisit 3 months later, ‘When life hands you…”, 5.3%, a kettle sour, the ultimate thirst quencher and excellent summer beer. Their first sour, 5.3%, tart, light, lemongrass, likey; and Wattles, 5.8%, described as being closest to a BPA, floral, good malt profile, fruitiness, slight Belgian yeasty niceness. The cask this evening is Bubble & Squeak, dry hopped with Syrian Goldings.

And again 3 months later. Homeboy Whim #3, 4.5%, a Patersbier, this one with Nelson Sauvin. Melon, Passionfruit, and maybe a bit of lemongrass, nice beer; Jimmy Walker’s Beer Parade, 4.4%, an Irish Stout with star anise, a tad thin but hello, good & plenty; Back Meadow Saison, 7.1%, Amarillo & Nelson Sauvin, peach, grape, solid beer; and the standout tonight, Runner (thank you Logan 5), 5%, an amazing London Porter, chocolatey greatness, total WIN.

Have eaten there 4 times now and have nothing but great meals. Chicken schnitzel with goose fat dill mini potatoes (= love), braised beef short rib with cauliflower schnitzel bits, turkey confit of awesome, and the 11 hour brisket (I swear it was a 12 hour brisket at one point, but daylight savings time just hit so…) served with horseradish mayo and sour pickles all pepper flaked up. Mmmm, excellent.

It’s Halloween and Gaffel Man is doling out shorty Kolschs (thanks, Ed). And Jimmy’s DJ’ing, he is what he plays. Very good beer, very good food. I really do effing like this place.

Nov 05, 2014
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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.6%

I walked by this place once a while ago while walking to a catering venue nearby for work, and when a friend of mine got married at that same venue months later, I knew I had to check it out.

So there we went, already tipsy from all the free Bulleit at the wedding. Dirck the Norseman has got not only a great name to itself but a nice space as well, large like a beer hall and with enough seats and tables to host an army of Viking beer drinkers.

Ordering at the bar was easy and quick on a Saturday night, and I was surprised by the two massive jars of beer I got for only seven bucks. 1/2 liter, I swear, ladies and gentleman!

We went for the Smash St pale ale, good hoppy stuff, and the Detonator smoked dopplebock. Very good stuff! Also on tap were a smoked red rye, a Bamberg-style Hefe and a couple of German brews and cider.

Food is ordered separately- I went for the spinach-and-marrow soup and the goose-fat fries. Both looked better on the menu than in real life, but they weren't bad.

This place is on my radar and I'll be sure to come around again soon.

Oct 17, 2014
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clayrock81 from Florida

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

Pretty good place and went on a Sunday afternoon and the place had a laidback party vibe. The selection isn't large but it's worth going to try some of their beers or guest taps as well as other drinks. Service was quick and friendly and although you can't order food at the bar (have to go up to a food window and separately order your food), I must say the food is pretty good. Also, the beer and food prices are cheap, especially considering it's NYC. Worth a visit if you're up in Brooklyn (especially if you're a tourist and want to find a non-pretentious bar).

Aug 18, 2014
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DrinkSlurm from New York

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Fantastic new place in greenpoint - about 3 blocks from Brooklyn Brewery. 12 of their own brews plus 4 or 5 guest german taps. I had 2 full pints of a saison and belgian pale, and tried their schwarzbier and porter - all really great. They offer "euro" sizing structure - small 0.2L all the way up to 1L. Nice looking interior and comfortable spacious seating. Garage doors open on nice days. Bar pours other spirits and wine. They have a kitchen and the food looked pretty good. Nice bartenders and staff in general. All prices were very reasonable - especially for NYC. All around, an awesome place I will definitely be visiting again. If I can remember the names of the beer I had, I will add them! Oh, one downside - no website!!! In this day and age, that is crucial. It was hard to just find an address when trying to navigate there (before this place was created on BA).

Apr 30, 2014
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