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Aug 20, 2008 07:21 PM

Need advice on beer in Brooklyn

I'm taking a weekend trip to NYC in early September. I'm passionate about micro and
craft-brewed beer. I also enjoy Belgian beer. From my research, it appears that there are a number of good beer bars in Brooklyn. I'd like to hit a few, but was wondering if anyone could give me some recommendations on which ones have the best selection. I don't know the geography, but it would be nice if they were close enough to hit several in an afternoon.

Any help you can give me is appreciated. Thanks!

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  1. I would start at Beer Table, on 7th avenue, between 14th and 15th street in Park Slope. They are pricey, but they have an amazing selection ob both bottled and tap beers, the owner is very knowledgable; and most of his selection will be beers you have never heard of.

    Although it's in a completely different neighborhood (Williamsburg), one fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon is at the Brooklyn Brewery. They open their tap room, and do tours of the facility every hour. You can even order in food from the local restaurants.

    Hope you have a good time.

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    1. re: gfood

      If you're in Park Slope to visit Beer Table, you might as well swing by The Gate too (5th Ave., corner of 3rd St.). Its beer selection is not as obscure/pricey as Beer Table's, but they do have some interesting choices and a nice vibe. If the weather is nice, you can sit at the outdoor tables. One of the highlights of my beer-geek husband's summer was going to a Freaks and Beer Geeks event, when The Gate launched some Coney Island brews, complete with a sword-swallowing lady and the Human Blockhead.

      1. re: Astoria Lurker

        Mugs in Williamsburg has a nice selection on tap and bottled, lots of Belgians.

      2. While you're in town, try our Brooklyn-made Sixpoint Craft Ales, with most bars in the area stocking one or two on tap. My favorites are the Brownstone Ale, Sweet Action, and the Belgian Rye. If you're in Red Hook on a Saturday, you can tour the brewery.

        If you're a video game person, check out the excellent Barcade in Williamsburg - 30 American craft brews on tap and tons of old school arcade games for a quarter.

        If you go to Barcade, check out the nearby Spuyten Duyvil, which excels at imports. While it has only a half-dozen taps, its bottle selection is fantastic and well kept.

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        1. re: lambretta76

          I second Sixpoint. They're by far the best beer coming out of Brooklyn (and maybe the East Coast of the US.)

          Barcade is also one of the greatest institutions ever created.

        2. Bar Great Harry on Smith Street and Sackett in Carroll Gardens has a terrific selection. I really like the place for the beer and the atmosphere.

          A few blocks away is Downtown Bar & Grill on Court Street and Dean. They have a very extensive selection of bottles, with a decent number of taps as well. I personally think their food is overpriced but the beer is worth the trip.

          A favorite is also Pete's Waterfront Ale House on Atlantic between Henry and Clinton and is walkable from the other two places I've mentioned. Their beer selection is good though not as extensive but they have a fantastic burger as well.

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          1. re: pellegrino31

            Same block as Pete's is Atlantic Chip Shop - a British restaurant with a nice selection of UK and Irish beers on tap (about 15-20) and a decent scotch list.

            1. re: lambretta76

              Brazen Head, also on Atlantic bet. Smith & Boreum Pl, has a decent selection of tap and sometimes hand draught beers.

          2. There is also 4th Avenue Pub. They have a great selection. I too recommend checking out the Six Points while you are here. You could do a Beer Table/The Gate/4th Ave Pub Pub Crawl even. Although that is a pretty good hike between each spot.

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            1. re: clementine_

              Ooh good suggestion. I like that place a lot but haven't been there in awhile. They have Hitachino White on tap (or at least they did last time I went there) which I rarely see.

              1. re: pellegrino31

                Alchemy also has a pretty good beer selection as does Sheep Station on 4th Avenue. If you are from out of town, the one place that you cannot afford to miss is Beer Table. Their beers are definitely pricey but their selection is terrific and even the most knowledgeable beer fans are likely to find one or two bottles that they've never tried. Also, the owners, Justin and Tricia, are extremely good people and really make you feel at home. Don't be deterred by the crowd, most folks tend to stick around for 1-2 beers and then leave.

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                  I'm surprised that folks are so enamored with Beer Table. I have never seen a beer there that is that "obscure" and they seem to have no airconditioning at all.