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Kriek– Belgian Beer in Manhattan

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amarkel Jan 15, 2009 01:16 PM

On a recent visit to Brussels I fell in love with Kriek. It's a cherry beer, known mostly in Belgium. I was wondering if anyone knew any bars and/or liquor stores in Manhattan that might sell it??

Thanks!

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    mkerekes Jan 16, 2009 06:32 AM

    Check out Resto on E 29th btw Park and Lex - they have a huge Belgian beer selection and several different krieks.
    http://www.restonyc.com/

    1. JungMann Jan 16, 2009 06:30 AM

      You can find a variety of lambics (including Kriek-flavored) at all of the above bars and for retail at Pioneer Supermarket and the occasional Food Emporium.

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        boccalupo Jan 15, 2009 05:17 PM

        Yes, Kriek is a wonderful beer. You can usually find one of the more common brands like Lindemans at small grocery stores and specialty shops all over the city. Going to one of the Belgian beer bars (d.b.a., Vol de Nuit, Burp Castle) or other beer-focused bars might allow you to taste some less common Krieks.

        Some of the more commercial Krieks like Lindemans and Bellvue I find a bit too sweet. Cantillon which is the only brewery remaining in the city of Brussels makes one that I find too sour (they do not add sugar). However some other Krieks have the balance I find just right. Boon comes to mind.

        Most Krieks are in the lambic family of beers (a rather acidic spontaneously fermented beer). However, for a bit different taste, you also might try a Belgian Kriek-flavored brown ale. Liefmans makes one that is quite good.

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          small h Jan 15, 2009 04:17 PM

          Buncha Krieks at DBA - is one of them your fave?

          http://www.drinkgoodstuff.com/ny/beer...

          1. Wilfrid Jan 15, 2009 01:40 PM

            It's not at all uncommon to find it in bars around town. Worth asking anywhere there's a decent selection. There's a Belgian beer bar in the village - Vol de Nuit at 148 West 4th - which should have it. Same goes for stores - try any beer specialist: Dual Products on First Avenue at 6th Street will have it.

            1. egit Jan 15, 2009 01:39 PM

              There's a website called beermenus.com that may help. Do you mean Lindeman's Kriek Lambic?

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                eameyer Jan 15, 2009 01:32 PM

                I would try Devil Hop Grill or Croxley's in the East Village or Peculiar Pub in the West Village, all have a huge beer selection.

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