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Irving, New York, New York
Last Updated 2013-02-26
Frequently Asked Questions
- Where can I buy beer XYZ?
- We don't know! Please don't ask us. If it's a good beer and it is available in
New York, it will be found in one or more
of the good beer bars,
and in one or more of the good beer stores. When in doubt, ask the brewery.
Google is your friend!
- Why isn't my bar listed?
- Well, perhaps because we don't know it. Or because we feel it's
not up to our criteria. There are no hard rules, but in general we
weigh the positives (variety of good beers, good location, quiet or
interesting environment, knowledgeable and helpful staff) against the
negatives (number of bad beers, already saturated neighborhood, TV
screens, loud music, obnoxious customers, obnoxious staff.)
- How do I get a beer event at my bar listed?
- Tell us! But if it's sponsored by some megaswill multinational,
or it's an "all-you-can-drink" frat booze-up, forget it.
- Is there a homebrewing store in the city?
- Brooklyn Homebrew
163 8th Street
(near 3rd Avenue)
Gowanus, Brooklyn, NY 11215
(4th Ave. 9th St. F/M/R)
open Tuesday-Saturday, 12pm-7pm; Sunday, 12pm - 6pm.
Check their blog for further information.
Whole Foods Beer Store
corner of Houston and Chrystie
(Other locations too? Does anyone know?)
- So, where do I find other homebrewers?
- What stores carry good beer?
- Astoria Bier and Cheese
open every day noon until late; 10 taps for growler refills
- Beer Boutique
497 Union Avenue (just north of the BQE)
open every day noon to midnight; 8 taps for growler refills
191 Fifth Avenue (Union - Sackett St.)
Park Slope, Brooklyn
- Breukelen Bier Merchants
182 Grand Street (Bedford - Driggs)
- Brouwerij Lane
78 Greenpoint Avenue (near Franklin);
open every day until 8 p.m.
Ed Raven's new beer shop features already 150 local and imported bottled beers,
and 10 taps ($10 half-gallon growlers)
- City Swiggers
320 East 86th Street
Open Mon-Thu until 10, Fri-Sat until 11, Sun until 9
- Eastern District
1053 Manhattan Avenue (btw Freeman & Eagle)
open Tue-Sat: 11-8; Sun 12-6; closed Mon.
A gourmet deli/grocery with an accent on beer and cheese (growlers available)
- Ernest Klein & Co.
1366 6th Avenue (55th - 56th St.)
- Fancy Grocery
27 1/2 Morton Street (at 7th Avenue South)
- Flair Beverage
3857 Ninth Avenue (at 207th Street, Inwood)
One block from the #1 , 3 blocks from the A (at 207th St.) Easy
access off the Harlem River Drive and Henry Hudson Parkways at Dyckman
Street. Over 80,000 sq feet of beer and beverages.
- Good Beer
422 East 9th Street (btw 1st and A)
A good beer and fancy nosh store in the heart of the East Village.
Open daily 11am to 10pm except noon to 8pm Sundays.
- New Beer Distributors
167 Chrystie Street (south of Rivington)
- (Some) Pioneer Supermarkets
several locations throughout the city.
beer selection depends on the manager, but can be very good.
- Spuyten Duyvil Grocery
218 Bedford Avenue
at N. 5th Street (in the Williamsburg Mini Mall)
open Tuesday-Sunday from 1 to 9 p.m.
- Thrifty Beverages
990 McDonald Avenue (btw Webster and Lawrence)
Borough Park, Brooklyn
open daily 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
F train to 18th Ave.
- Top Hops Beer Shop
94 Orchard Street
(btw Delancey and Broome)
- Whole Foods Beer Store
corner of Houston and Chrystie
- Where can I refill a growler?
- The NY Daily News has an article on the subject (8/22/08), with many addresses. Check it out.
If the link
dies or the article becomes inaccessible, please tell us!
In addition (see above): Breukelen Bier Merchants, Brouwerij Lane, Eastern District,
the Pony Bar in Hell's Kitchen,
Good Beer in the E.V.,
Beer Table in Park Slope,
One Stop Beer Shop (Greenpoint/E. Williamsburg),
and at "Brew York City" inside the Duane-Reade stores on Bedford in Williamsburg (btw N. 3rd and 4th, open 24hrs)
and at 2069 Broadway (72nd St) in Manhattan.