All photos by Austin McAllister
The surface of the bar itself is a far cry from the dark old wood our forearms have grown accustomed to. There's no pool table or dartboard or shelves full of beat-up old board games. There's no jukebox and there's certainly no giant flat-screen TV. The lighting is ample and the vibe is decidedly sterile, more evocative of an especially beautiful doctor's office waiting room than a beloved local watering hole. And they don't serve whiskey, let alone cocktails or even wine. Yet, for a certain group of people, their ranks growing each and every day, it's the best bar in Brooklyn. Or maybe anywhere in the world.
Tørst opened in March of this year on Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint, and to call it a haven for beer lovers would be a cruel understatement: it's full-on paradise, really. A joint venture between Chef Daniel Burns, formerly of Momofuku and Noma, and Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø, proprietor of the nomadic and renowned Evil Twin Brewing, Tørst's mission is simple. "When we decided to open this bar," says Jarnit-Bjergsø, "we wanted to be able to serve the best beers in the world in the best possible way."