St. Gambrinus Beer Shoppe
533 Atlantic Ave. (3rd and 4th Ave.), Boerum Hill/Downtown Brooklyn,
What it is: A beer lovers’ haven for the latest local brews, domestic favorites and international imports, named for the patron saint of beer himself.
Why we love it: Whether you’re searching for something unusual or a tried-and-true craft favorite, St. Gambrinus is ready to serve you the beer you were looking for, or the one you didn’t know you wanted. The bar and bottle shop supports local New York area self distributing breweries like Other Half, Barrier, Finback, Singlecut and Transmitter, available fresh from 16 taps, as well as from an extensive collection of bottles to go.
Exercising their Brooklyn street cred, the shop hosts periodical detox-and-retox yoga and beer tasting events on some Saturday afternoons (check the Facebook page to find out when the next one might be), along with a series of regular tastings highlighting different brewreies and beer styles.
What to order: We recommend trying a flight of your bartender’s current favorites, mostly because they serve them in cupcake trays, and also because they are always gracious and knowledgeable about beer questions here.
Regular tip: In the warmer months, St. Gambrinus is a heavenly kingdom for day drinking. Grab a couple of pints and enjoy them under a big tree in the secret garden-esque, gravel-and-grass backyard.