Bar Spotlights Grub/Spirits — 12 May 2011
Brew Shopping In The East Village At: Good Beer

Good Beer
422 E 9th St., East Village, 212-677-4836
Getting There: L To 1st Ave/ F To 2nd Ave
Good Beer


LocalBozo’s staff is full of beer lovers. Be it the cheap swill in cans or a high end barley-wine, we just can’t get enough of the sudsy stuff. So needless to say, we are always pleased to see a beer centric shop open up in the East Village, one of our favorite hoods. It’s called Good Beer, and it more than lives up to its name.

Good Beer sprouted from the mind of, David Cichowicz. Cichowicz an avid beer fan himself, has created a relaxed, informative, and most importantly, a friendly environment for purchasing craft beer and all the accouterments that go along with it. The layout is exactly what one would expect from a side street shop in the East Village. Fridges and wooden shelves line the walls, filled with various beers representing breweries, both domestic and abroad.

The stock is roughly 80% American craft beer and 20% from Germany, Belgium, and the UK. Customers may purchase 6 dollar pints or 8 dollar tasting flights (four 4.5 oz pours) which are available to consume in-house. Bottles and growlers are available for takeout only. Besides the great suds, Good Beer has a wide variety of charcuterie, cheeses, sausages, and hot dogs with an emphasis on organic, heritage, and regional products.

This week at Good Beer you can grab a pint or growler of one of the following American crafts on tap: Stoudts American Pale, Sixpoint Mad Scientist #3, Two Brothers Domaine Du Page, Coney Island Albino Python, and Victory Prima Pils. During my visit, I went for a full pour pint of the Victory. It is a perfect brew for the warmer months. The shop was filled with fellow beer lovers, which is great for starting up a conversation about the beverage we all hold dear. These tap brews will rotate on a regular basis, which allows customers the opportunity to taste something new.

Join Good Beer and Speakeasy Brewing on Tuesday, May 17 from 6:30pm - 9:00pm for an evening of awesome San Francisco beers. For the first time on the east coast, the shop will be pouring Speakeasy’s west coast take on a Pale Bock. Also on tap will be the Coffee Porter, Big Daddy, and Double Daddy IPAs.

Beer fans rejoice! You have found your sanctuary for all things hops and barley. And it is ‘Good.’

-Alan Smithee

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