Beer Shop NYC
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Sorry, wine—beer is coming for your spot as the new drink to obsess over. Dedicated shops are popping up all over the five boroughs, all with plenty of suds from all over the world on tap. Beer Shop NYC, located on the Upper West Side, is one of the best, offering a varied selection and knowledgeable, helpful staff.
Ten taps run through a series of curated kegs every season, and beers ($8-$12) range from light, sour gose to dark, stormy stout. On a recent stop, the taps featured breweries like Finback, Nine Pin and Kent Falls, but because the beers change so often, there’s no telling what you’ll find (and what will be your new favorite). If you’re having trouble choosing your next pint, taste four different beers in a flight ($15). You can also take some home in a growler—prices for these large jugs vary by beer, and all growlers are $5 off on Mondays. Beer Shop NYC also stocks a varied selection of canned and bottled beers in refrigerators in the back of the shop. Organized by region, you’ll find brews produced everywhere from San Francisco to Montauk. Bring home an assortment for your next Netflix binge, or, for an added fee, open up one of those cans or bottles right then and there.
Hungry? Mixed nuts, beer corn (popcorn coated with a syrup of reduced beer, like a boozy Cracker Jack), rice crackers, “wicked mix” (a spicy Chex Mix-like blend) and hard pretzels are good nibbles, but they don’t make a full meal, so plan accordingly.
The long, thin layout of the shop is cozy, but the seating leaves something to be desired in terms of comfort. The stools are all connected to a long table, and they swivel in and out whether or not a behind is in them. This is a space saver, surely, but the stools are uncomfortable and unwieldy, especially after a few brews. Games like backgammon and dominos dot the table, and a cushioned section in the front window offers a comfortable place to sip a pint. Beer lovers and novices alike will find that Beer Shop NYC is an ideal spot for whiling away an afternoon.
BY COMMUNITY REVIEWER: LINDSAY DENNINGER
422 Amsterdam Ave bet. 80th & 81st
|Transport:||1 train to 79th St, B,C to 81st St.|
|Opening hours:||Sun-Thur 12pm-10pm; Fri 12pm-11pm; Sat 11am-11pm|
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