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Photograph: Daniel KriegerEvil Twin Ryan and the Beaster Bunny at Tørst
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Photograph: Daniel KriegerEvil Twin Even More Jesus at Tørst

Scandinavian food is hotter than a Finnish sauna right now, so praise Odin that the same culinary Vikings who made gravlax sexy are out to conquer the bar scene as well. On the front line is new Greenpoint drinkery Tørst—Danish for “thirst”—helmed by legendary “gypsy brewer” Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø and chef Daniel Burns, formerly of the planet’s hottest restaurant, Noma in Copenhagen. These warriors are laying waste to tired ideas of what a great taproom should be, with a minimalist space that looks and smells like a modernist log cabin, and rare brews from thoughout Europe and North America.

DRINK THIS: Something you’ve never heard of and can’t pronounce. This will not be difficult to find: The ever-changing, 21-tap draft menu can move faster than a Swedish vallhund (some beers last just a few kegs then disappear forever), but previous mouthfuls have included cognac-barrel-aged imperial stout Hel & Verdoemenis 666 from Netherlands cult favorite De Molen, and Jolly Pumpkin’s highly hyped Oro De Calabaza golden ale. A more permanent fixture on the menu is Jarnit-Bjergsø’s own Evil Twin Brewing, which bookends the taps with the citrusy, low-alcohol IPA Bikini Beer (eight ounces $6) on the lighter end to an exclusive port-barrel-aged version of its popular Even More Jesus imperial stout (eight ounces $8), rich with plum and molasses flavors and clocking in at a mighty 12 percent ABV. Burns has plans for a tasting-menu-only restaurant in the back of the bar, but for now, you can (and should) snack on slices of his warm, grainy Danish rye bread with cheese ($14).

GOOD FOR: Beer adventurers willing to throw down some serious crowns. Tørst has more in common with a high-end wine bar than with your local watering hole—no novelty tap handles, neon signs or Knicks games here. Instead, well-heeled locals and pilgrimaging brew buffs quietly sip from designer wineglasses at the sleek white marble counter. Most of the 100-plus bottles fall into the $15–$30 range, and can climb upwards of $100 for highly prized vintages like a 2005 Fou’ Foune from Belgium’s Cantillon or De Dolle’s 2003 Dulle Teve Reserva. Approachable bartenders help ease the sticker shock, offering the kind of brainy explanations you’d expect from a good sommelier.

THE CLINCHER: If the obscure beers aren’t eggheaded enough for you, check out the flashy sci-fi tech powering the bar’s draft taps. The glowing red tubes and dials of the custom-built “flux capacitor” system allow these nerdy Nordics to dial each tap to the exact temperature and gas blend for each beer. That means every single brew—from barley wine to smoked stout—is served at its scientific best.

By: Ruth Brown


Venue name: Tørst
Address: 615 Manhattan Ave
Cross street: between Driggs and Nassau Aves
Opening hours: Mon–Wed, Sun noon–midnight; Thu–Sat noon-2am
Transport: Subway: G to Nassau Ave
Price: Average beer: $8. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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Greenpoint can be a hike. I get it. But sometimes it's totally worth it. Torst is one of those times. Even the most casual hopheads need to put this one on their bucket list.

First off, the vibe is on point. Super chill, friendly bartenders, and courteous patrons. Not the type of place you'd go just to slug a few back while trying to hear your friends over Rihanna playing. Grab a seat at the bar if you can, because then you can chat up the bartenders and learn about what the selection of the night is.

But I wouldn't give a bars 5 stars solely based on the atmosphere. The beer menu is top notch. You could easily find larger, more immediately impressive selections elsewhere, but the word here is quality. I believe they'll usually have 21 on tap, which includes options both local and from around the world. But make sure you ask about the bottles/cans de jour, as these can be the real hidden gems. 

AND it's walkable from the Bedford L, which means it's one of the few Greenpoint haunts that doesn't require you to endure the G train for. 


Came here for a tap takeover and they had a TON of options. There was a good amount of people there, but we were able to get a seat. If you're a beer drinking, it's definitely a place to hit up. Very chic looking, but also has the feel of a beer-lovers paradise. Beers weren't exactly cheap but it IS Greenpoint, so what do you expect? 

Torst is a phenomenal bar, without a doubt one of the best bars I've been to in NY. The beers are stellar, the ambience is great, and the design of the space is beautiful. It's a fantastic place to meet up with friends & chat over some killer beers.

Torst is one of the best beer bars in the city, and since it's in Brooklyn's Greenpoint, perhaps that's the reason that I've never found it crowded. Or maybe that's because New Yorkers have bad taste. Anyway, this is the place to go if you are or know a beer lover. The place is small and and the walls featured wooden planks placed in geometric patterns. The bar is white marble, and the tap system is one of those where each tap can be customized to that specific beer. This is the kind of bar where you can make friends with the bartender and other customers because you all love good beer so much.