Beer nerds, are, in my experience, the most erudite, passionate, and insufferable of all kinds of food nerds. They will lecture anyone at any time on enzymatic processes and Belgian folkways, with no conscience whatsoever. So it's a good thing they support each other while the rest of us mindlessly swill Miller. If you are one, go immediately to one of the following places.
This funky and downscale beer "garage" has some of the best beers in a beer-rich neighborhood.
If you are in the Bronx and want a big selection of imported and specialty beers, this is where you have to go.
For some reason, this fabulous Polish market has still never been discovered by foodies, despite its world-class sausage selection and a vast beer inventory.
It may look like a run-of-the-mill beer mart from the outside, but in fact Community Beverage's stock is wide, varied, and immense. If you buy Coors here you're nuts.
There are probably beer stores that are bigger, or nerdier, somewhere in New York, but to me, Bierkraft is the quintessential craft beer shop. If you're into beer, you can go there and talk all day.
This vast downtown store has all the Whole Foods Market stuff you expect, plus an immense dedicated beer mart.
There are so many great, obscure beers at Spuyten Duyvil that it only makes sense to go next door to this amazing beer store to find even more.
It's small, but the selection is big and the attitude scholarly at this East Village craft beer store, which is as expertly curated as any in town.