Over the weekend, my friend and I went down to the East Village to check out Good Beer NYC. It’s a combination beer cafe/store, with 12 brews on tap and over 900 bottled and canned beers. They also have food and snacks available, things such as hot dogs, meat/cheese plates, kielbasa and pretzels. It’s a nice one-stop destination for any beer fan. Casual and unpretentious, with a super friendly and knowledgeable staff.
You can fill up a growler and buy beer in the store, but that can’t be drank on the premises. You gotta get it home to try. Only, the flights and pints they pour for you, can be sampled inside the store. With 12 beers to try though, they have a pretty good selection to sample, including Cigar City Jai Alai, which I took a growler of home, Dogfish Chicory Stout, Boulder Fresh Track, and Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye. Those were the ones I had, but of course, they had a couple more including, Greenport Leaf Pile Pumpkin, Rogue Chipotle, Dogfish 90 Min, Brooklyn Winter and Stone Arrogant Bastard.
In terms of the bottles, it was endless. Pretty much anything you want, microbrews from all over the US, geographically starting in the Northeast and going to international stuff, like Fullers, Delirium, Tremens and more. They also have some cans, though I remember mostly seeing Oskar Blues and some 21st Amendment. Lots of stuff in 22 oz. bottles too, including stuff from The Bruery, Stone and Dogfish.
All in all, a must stop for any beer lover. Options and styles galore. Nestled in the heart of the East Village, on 9th Street. Bums me out that I no longer live in the area. Needless to say, I came home with a growler and six pack of mix and match including a couple Left Hand Brews, Kane and Abel and Heavy Hand, plus a Stone Levitation, Great Divide Titan IPA, Left Hand Polestar Pils and Southern Tier Phin and Matt Extraordinary Ale.