270 Tompkins Avenue, Bed-Stuy
Brooklyn is experiencing a beer-bar renaissance: there’s Tørst in Greenpoint, the Sampler in Bushwick, and now with Bed-Vyne Brew, an offshoot of the beloved neighborhood spot Bed-Vyne Wine Shop, Bed-Stuy finally has a craft-brew bar to call its own. People congregate here just outside on the side porches, which provide the ideal spot to talk and sip one of the 10 carefully curated beers on tap. Bed-Vyne is the rare spot that can be open for just a few weeks but already feel like it’s a neighborhood staple, which it's quickly becoming. Perhaps because it was conceived organically, as the Wine Shop’s owners recognized the area’s need for good beer, Bed-Vyne doesn’t seem new at all.
The well-weathered atmosphere also comes from the rustic decor and the intimate dimensions of the interior. The main room is long and narrow, with dark, reclaimed-wood-paneled walls, low-to-the-ground benches, and vintage, steel-footed stools set up along a slate bar. It feels like you’re in a modernized, Brooklynized version of a suburban basement, except none of my friends’ dads ever had Westbrook Mexican Cake Imperial Stout (10.5% ABV) on tap ($9). (If they had, weekend parties in Westchester would’ve gotten crazy.) Other beers on tap include the Stillwater Black Saison from Maryland ($8) and two beers from Germany, a Riegele Kellerbier and a Riegele Lager (both $7). As easy as it would be just to stick to beer here, this is one craft-beer place that’s just as apt to offer you an unexpected wine, which, like the beer, will change seasonally.
Food is still limited to simple bar snacks like nuts and cheese, but Bed-Vyne is open to BYO, and that’s what some customers definitely do. This relaxed policy contributes even more to the feeling that this might be the perfect neighborhood spot for a corner of the neighborhood that sorely needed any kind of spot at all. And the coming months promise big things for Bed-Vyne, with the owners planning events like a jerk-chicken brunch, oyster parties (shucking to take place on the side porches), and participation in the Brooklyn Beer & Wine Festival on August 18. For a low-key newcomer, Bed-Vyne Brew has some pretty big plans.