More than 500 beers by the bottle! Sixteen beers on tap! Old-timey spelling! Yes, Breuklelen Bier Merchants, open since last week in Williamsburg, has it all. Not only can you grab a quick mix-and-match six-pack or a growler to go, you can also drink right there in the store, sipping one of the American craft brews by the pint, half-pint or flight at one of the 26 seats set at the big picnic tables.
Owners Denise Kubovic, Renee Esposito and Greg Golembiowski are also opening the backyard in a month or so, meaning you can sample your beer in the sun before taking it home with you. Drunken freelancers can also take advantage of the free Wi-Fi. The kitchen serves up a variety of locally sourced snacks, from pressed sandwiches on ciabatta bread filled with things like Salvatore's smoked ricotta and caramelized onions from Brooklyn's Plan B Foods to Bavarian pretzels topped with spicy mustard from Schaller & Weber on the Upper East Side.
As for the bottle selection, it's a pretty solid mix of American craft beers and European imports. Trendy European picks like the bottle-conditioned ale from Norway's Nogne and Denmark's Evil Twin DK sit on the shelves next to American favorites like the Stone IPA and Jai Alai from Tampa's Cigar City Brewing. The draft brews should be familiar to any beer nerd, including selections from San Diego's Green Flash Brewery, Delaware's Dogfish Brewery and Brooklyn Brewery, all very reasonably priced at around $5-$6 per pint.
Only time will tell if this will be Williamsburg's answer to Bierkraft, but its certainly a worthy competitor to other great neighborhood beer stores like Spuyten Duyvil Grocery and Brouwerij Lane.
Breukelen Bier Merchants, 182 Grand Street, Williamsburg
Mon-Fri 1pm-10pm, Sat 12pm-10pm, Sun 12pm-8pm