Williamsburgs new Duane Reade isnt the only place off the L train thats now doing growlers. Over in the East Village, David Cichowicz has opened Good Beer, a store thats similar in spirit to Park Slopes Bierkraft. Cichowicz worked in publishing before deciding to turn his love of suds into a professional endeavor. Here, therell be 600 to 900 bottles of beer on the wall (or rather, in fridges) most of them domestic, plus a wide variety of Germans.
Whereas your local bodega will have one or two from Dogfish, Cichowicz tells us, I want to have it all. Growlers cost $6.99 (or you can bring your own), and fills from the dozen constantly rotating taps go from $9.99 to $14. Though this is mostly a takeout operation, there are sixteen seats at five tables where you can snack on organic kielbasa, hot dogs, meats, cheeses, chocolate truffles, and pretzels. Rest assured the dishes use local heritage organic ingredients whenever possible, and the store itself uses reclaimed barnwood and low-VOC polystain. Hours are 11 a.m. till 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and Sunday from noon to 7 p.m. Though the store is currently soft-opened, you may want to show up during this Saturdays grand-opening party, when therell be free samples and giveaways.
Good Beer, 422 E. 9th St., nr. Avenue A; 212-677-4836