Top Hops, which lives up to its name.
Photo: Melissa Hom
Below are the best shops to visit when you absolutely need exceptional, and sometimes obscure, beer from all over the world. world.
2. Take-out beer table
Grand Central Terminal, Graybar Passage; 212-922-0008
New York’s most meticulously designed beer store occupies arguably 300 square feet in Grand Central Terminal’s Graybar Passage. Justin Philips closed his famous Park Slope beer bar in 2013, focusing instead on this take-out spot. The store is small, but the long line of commuters at peak times is a testament to the large number of beers in the back – around 100 different options, both local and obscure. Philips, a former beer distributor, has also made a habit of bringing vintage bottles out of the cellar on Sundays, selling incredibly rare offerings like a 2005 Gale’s Prize Old Ale or a 1995 Thomas Hardy’s Ale. (And there’s good news for people who don’t travel to Grand Central too often: the Philips have opened a second store at Westfield World Trade Center, and a third location is in the works.)
3. good beer New York
422 E.9and St., nr. AT ; 212-677-4836
Since opening in 2010, David Cichowicz’s East Village beer emporium has kept pace with the city’s growing thirst for craft beer, now stocking nearly 700 varieties (the canned beer selection is particularly strong) and operating 12 faucets, with growler refills going for around $12 to $30. The chilled crate is giant, meaning there’s room to chill even the most offbeat brewer’s bottles, and you can stock up on snacks like jerky, nuts and beer corn.
4. New beer dispensers
167, Chrystie Street, nr. Rivington Street; 212 260-4360
Many of New York’s quirky craft beer destinations have closed lately, but this small, family-owned emporium, located in a wet warehouse on Chrystie Street, remains. Customers are mostly on their own, but the 800+ bottles are organized geographically and the staff are happy to help if you wish. The new beer isn’t without its downsides: it’s massive, so bottles can literally sit idle for years, and it’s not air-conditioned, which means the summer heat can adversely affect higher-hopped beers. But enterprising buyers know it also means they can score vintage beers that wouldn’t be available elsewhere – pre-aged and ready to drink. go.