Long Island City’s Beer Closet – I Think I Got Hosed

There’s nothing worse in the world to me than wasting money.  I’m very cost conscious and ALWAYS hunting for deals.  Which leads into a quick story.  About a year ago, the first dedicated craft beer store opens in Long Island City (Queens, NYC), called Beer Closet.  I go in and they have an amazing selection – and the prices are fantastic.  I even told them the prices were amazing.  Probably a huge mistake right there.

Fast forward several months and they closed.  I pass by there often and there was never anyone in there.  Couple months later, they reopen – and still no one in there.  So I decide to go in there – completely lured in by a sign out front reading “Buy 6 and Get 25% Off”.  How could I refuse?  I go in and prices aren’t listed on any of the beers but they had great stuff.  De Molen, some Evil Twin I hadn’t had in a while…so I pick up 6.  Go to the register and with the 25% discount – I’m at $40.

So check out the receipt I posted here.  These De Molens go for about $8 a piece – and one was $14 and one was $12.  The Evil Twins were each over $5.  Those are easily $3 a piece in Manhattan at New Beer.  I now see why no one goes in there.  I’ll never be back.  I wonder if its because I told them the prices were low when they first opened….DAMN.


Belgian White Coffee Stout (#65) – Big Alice

Imperial Peach Ale with Dukkah – Batch 50 – Big Alice

Pepper & Salt Table Beer AND Black Currant Tea Wheat Beer – Big Alice Brewing.

Oak Smoked Wheat Ale – Big Alice Brewing

Black Fig Black Sour – Batch 108 – Big Alice Brewing.

Left Hand – Vrain Tripel Ale. I’ve been on stouts and porters for the past few weeks, so this tripel was a nice change of pace.  This beer was part of my groomsmen gift.  Each guy got a sack of beer and everyone got one of these (I hope).  It looked so good that I had to get one for myself.  This one was solid – had that buttery like taste and was smooth for a high percentage beer.  Would definitely get this again.

Goose Island – I’m not sure…

Had this at Junior’s Cafe in Long Island City – a local, red sauce Italian restaurant.  They had a sign outside that said new beer on tap – and one listed was “Goose Island”.  Didn’t say which – and the rest of the new beers weren’t anything to write home about – so I got it.  I think it was the IPA…had some bitterness and floral notes.

And look – they even have their own glasses.  Good stuff Junior’s.

Left Hand Black Jack Stout.  On draught at Alobar – restaurant in Long Island City – and only $5 during happy hour.

Delicious and rich stout.  Went really well with my steak.  Have never seen this one in bottles – but I’ll keep an eye out as I’d love to have this on hand.