Part beer bar, part beer store, the newly opened Breukelen Bier Merchants puts the art of the craft brew on center stage here in Williamsburg. It's easy to lose track of time in a tasting room that sells more than 500 different bottles and 16 craft beers on tap, so make sure to temper all that beer drinking with some bar bites from their menu.
The small menu features a selection of simple pressed sandwiches ($8) hearty enough to hold up to an ale or lager without making you feel stuffed. Our favorite combination is the juicy bratwurst and lightly pickled sauerkraut (pictured above left), which is stuffed into a toothsome pretzel bread that has just the right amount of bite.
Smoked ricotta with prosciutto and caramelized onions (pictured above right) is also a delicious option, particularly given the salty-sweet combination of the meat and onions. It's perfect paired with a bag of North Fork kettle-cooked potato chips and a nice full-bodied beer—try the Founders silky smooth porter if they have it available.
Other menu items include cheese plates with varying accoutrements ($12), as well as soft Bavarian pretzels ($3) that can be "smothered" with melted jalepeno jack or aged cheddar (additional $2). The bar/shop also offers a number of other artisanal products for consumption on site or at home, including chocolates, salts, nuts, dips, buffalo jerky, and every Brooklynite's staple—pickles.
Go now to discover new craft brews at a great price--the bar/shop is currently offering pints for $4, half-pints for $2, and a flight of four beers for $8 during their soft opening period. Alternatively, you could wait until June 4 for the grand opening party, a public shindig from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. featuring beer, complimentary food, live music, giveaways and then some. But who wants to wait that long for great beer and food?
Breukelen Bier Merchants
About the author: Nancy Huang, who comes to New York by way of Los Angeles, writes The Wanderkind, a food and travel blog of adventures here and abroad. She loves noodles, subway maps, and word games.