An excellent hybrid beer store with on premise drinking, a central meeting place for craft beer people.
Directions - G train to Greenpoint Avenue take the southern (Greenpoint Avenue) exit, walk just over one longish block west. Note you will pass Búðin, Black Rabbit, and The Pencil Factory (q.v.). FROM THE EAST RIVER FERRY at Greenpoint Landing, walk east, take the first right on West Street, turn left on Greenpoint Avenue.
A quirky place, primarily a store – there is no bar – but with a few tables and a great back yard for drinking on the premises. There’s a gravity cask tapped every* Friday in the cooler months (*update - not right now but back soon as at 2/2016). Cosy in winter as they have a wood burning fire. Jever Pils, beers from Brauhaus Riegele, plus Gaffel Kolsch are always on tap as the owner also has a beer importing business, and also owns Dirck the Norseman (beers brewed there by Greenpoint Beer and Ale Company can usually be found on tap). Also found on tap, unusually, is a locally made kombucha – a barely alcoholic fermented tea. The local homebrew club ‘The Brooklyn Brewsers’ meets here on the first Monday of the month. Update as of 2/2016, the new manager Kim is really seeking out the rare stuff, the selection always includes rarities and sometimes aged kegs. (1/2015, updated and upgraded to blue star 2/2016)
Beer store and tasting room with 150 bottles and 19 draft taps for growlers and pints etc. Very atmospheric, interesting building with wooden tables and small beer garden. Our only slight disappointment when we returned in April 2017 was that we found there were - for us - too many Greenpoint Beer and Ale beers on the list, and as we were headed there next we didn't want to prioritise them. I know it's under the same ownership, but I felt the selection was better on previous visits. Links with Habitat and Diamond for a crawl and well worth a visit. NB: Paulie Gee's pizzeria is 50 yards down the block, towards the water.
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