Buying beer in Greenpoint is about to become a gourmet experience.
Beer expert Ed Raven (pictured) says his newly opened Greenpoint Avenue booze boutique Brouwerij Lane will share more in common with high-class wine stores than beer distributors or bodegas.
“Wine shops look nice — they are attractive to go into, but nobody does that with beer,” said Raven.
The shelves in the spacious beer shop are lined with 150 varieties of bottled beers from Germany, Belgium, England and the United States. Drinkers looking to make a more substantial purchase from the brick-walled shop can refill 64-ounce growlers from Raven’s 10 taps, which currently feature the rich and dry Jever Dark and the Belgian amber ale Gruut (growlers cost $10, with a $5 deposit on the bottle).
Brouwerij Lane was set to celebrate its grand opening on Saturday with a free beer tasting and goulash party catered by Fort Greene’s Viennese bistro Thomas Beisl.
Brouwerij Lane [78 Greenpoint Ave. at Franklin Street in Greenpoint, no phone].
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