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Dec 21, 2000 10:02 AM

Beer Emergency!!!

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As a non-beer drinker looking for holiday treats for others, where can I find a wide selection of the fab winter beers being discussed on this site (pref. downtown)?

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  1. No better beer selection in the city than at Big Blue Beer, located in Brooklyn. Aside from a killer selection of beers (lots of winter varieties), they'll deliver. Call 718-387-4416 and ask for Gordon or Jason (they're brothers) and tell them Dan-o sent you...You won't be disappointed!

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    1. re: Dan-o

      Never heard of them.

      Tops in Manhattan is B&E on 23rd Street between 10th and 11th (closer to 10th).

      Best in the city is Thrifty on Court Street (at Kane) in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. They'll deliver to manhattan for orders over a certain amount...i think like $100.

      Other good local beer stores include Lucky Beverage (29-10 21st St, Astoria) who might also deliver, and there are some good bargains (though by no means a world class selection) in Manhattan at Pioneer (289 Columbus avenue (at 74th St.) 874-9506).

      For more sources, see link below


      1. re: Jim Leff

        Anyone else had some "off" beers from the place on 23rd Street? I've also had bad bottles from Dean & Deluca. There was an OK place in Williamsburg, I believe on Meeker (sorry I can't remember the name; I don't live over there any more). Yesterday I noticed Gourmet Garage had big bottles of Duvel, Chimay and Samuel Smith's.

        1. re: karen

          tips for buying beer:

          1. light is the enemy. Don't ever take from the bright front of the shelf, pull bottles from the back. Even better, if there are original cardboard case-fuls floating around, pull bottles out of the cases.

          2. don't store your beers in the light at home either.

          3. bottle conditioned beers don't get worse with age, they improve. All corked beers and most big bottles are bottle conditioned. Most Belgians are, too. If unsure, look at the bottom of the bottle and see if there's a yeasty sediment.

          4. beware of big bottles in stores like gourmet garage. they're probably left out in the light all day. Fatal. Heat's also a problem, but not so much this time of year.

          the williamsburg place was Russin Beer, which I believe is out of biz

          1. re: Jim Leff

            Another important thing is NEVER buy any beer that has been stored on top of the cooler or refrigerator! Heat is Public enemy #2. Two good mail order places are: Louie's on the Pike in Seattle, Belmont Station in Portland Oregon (3 case minimum though). I just received my order for this year and I am stoked (Fish Imperial Stout, Deschutes Jubel, Super Jubel, SnowCap, Alaskan Smoked Porter-stop me before I pass out). Bottle Works Beer in Seattle @ The really good thing about the mail order biz is that you can get tasty things that don't make it east (except if you carry them on a plane). Hoppy Holidaze.

        2. re: Jim Leff

          Thanks for the tips - I'll be visiting B&E shortly. (Delivery is great - but tough when you don't really know what you want until you see it :) ) Per the ny beer link, all should be aware that Mama Joy's (recommended on that site) sadly closed last spring after 40 years or so in the Columbia hood.

        1. Hercules Fancy Grocery, on Morton St. just west of Seventh Ave. South, has a very good selection of unusual imports and micros. Hercules himself will be happy to advise you. He will also be happy to talk your ear off, so have an escape plan ready or you'll never get out of there.