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Don’t get us wrong: we love places like Breukelen Bier Merchants, Brouwerij Lane and especially, given their longtime commitment to the craft-beer movement, Park Slope’s Bierkraft. But the little known First Place Provisions on Court Street in Carroll Gardens offers an even more gratifying, if slightly confusing, experience. The perimeter of the store is lined from floor to ceiling with a crazy selection of craft beers, ranging from the usual suspects to some of the more freakout-worthy rare stuff. The stock is constantly rotated and refreshed with the newest releases and freshest bottles—impressive considering the store’s relatively low profile. Prices are generally reasonable, and you can even forgive them the slight gouging on that one particularly rare beer they inexplicably still have behind the counter.
414 Court Street, South Brooklyn.