Brooklyn is rapidly becoming one of the great beacons for craft brewing in the United States. Here, in between the bustling neighborhoods of Prospect Heights and Park Slope, you’ll find the inviting confines of Bierkraft (191 Fifth Avenue). Upon entry, any beer enthusiast would geek out at the sight of wall-to-wall coolers filled with exclusive brews from around the world. The extensive array of bottles range in price from reasonable ($2.75 for a can of Anderson Valley’s lip-smacking Barney Flat’s Oatmeal Stout) to absurd ($35 for a 25oz. bottle of an Italian barleywine brewed with absinthe).
But the real fun starts when you walk past the coolers and belly up to the growler bar to fill up on any one of 17 frequently rotating choices of microbrewed magic. Part beer shop and part bar, Bierkraft gives you the option to enjoy your drinks on site or to go. Sure, you could take your cold brew back to your home refrigerator and make your roommates really happy, but this artful establishment provides plenty of incentives to stick around. For one, they house an impressive deli with a fine list of artisanal sandwiches for $10 each. They also have a super cozy backyard beer garden that just beckons you to sit and drink with friends for the better part of an afternoon.
Bierkraft isn’t just a wonderful concept in craft beer consumption, it’s also masterfully executed down to the minute facets. For example, they let you choose your own style of mug so that depending on what you’re drinking you can have the preferred vessel to deliver that particular style of beer. They line the walls with the logos of well-respected breweries the world over so you have fun things to feast your eyes on while drinking. The tables and wood-trimmed interior decor wreak of German beer hall. Just as the craft brew that flows from here in abundance, Bierkraft is all about attention to detail and the finished product leaves me coming back for more.