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"We get a lot of beer nerds traveling from Manhattan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Washington," he says, noting that they open at noon every day, in preparation for the summer, when thirsty, in-the-know tourists will be out in droves. "I like the geeks. It's fun to have them in and talk to them because they're the ones who appreciate what we do in terms of having the right beers, but we also have a lot of local people who see this as a place where they can just come and hang out."
The beer program alone would be enough to recommend Tørst, as would the prospect of food prepared by someone as accomplished as Burns. But the whole experience is enhanced even further by the minimal design courtesy of the Brooklyn-based firm hOmE, whose credits also include Briskettown, Paulie Gee's and the Mast Brothers retail space. The reclaimed wood and hard straight lines of the walls and tables grab your attention first, then the beautiful old Scandinavian chairs and the gently curved barstools, followed by the shockingly white marble bar-top and the giant, pristine mirror that serves as a more upscale version of dry-erase or chalkboard-style menus you'd find elsewhere. Keep looking around and you'll notice the light fixtures, then the perfect little wooden cases that conceal the iPads they use to operate the cash registers. Basically, you can't look anywhere without taking note of how unbelievably beautiful and obviously fussed-over every single aspect is. Tørst makes no apologies for its high taste—not for the painstaking approach to design, not for the thoughtful planning of the restaurant, and certainly not for the unwavering commitment to the idea something as simple as beer can be transcendent if handled with sufficient care. This, more than anything else, is what Brooklyn is supposed to be about.