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Lucy Saunders
4230 N. Oakland #178
Shorewood WI
53211 USA
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Oh, to be in Brooklyn ...

How happy I would be to stroll with my buddy Mar down the street to Bierkraft, to sample cheeses, ogle hand-made chocolates laced with lager and ale, and browse through bottle after bottle of wonderful, fresh beer.

Daphne and Richard Scholz are making a dream come true, promoting the appreciation of craft beer with specialty foods. Daphne, a former specialty food buyer for Bloomingdales, brings a professional's perspicacity to the selection of foodstuffs. Truly a gourmet assortment awaits customers - from Poilane breads, to chocolates by Eric Girerd and Daniel Shklair, to imported Italian salamis, American specialty cheeses, and fabulous chocolates (see their notes below, or visit the website, www.bierkraft.com for more details.)

. Beer brittle at Bierkraft, made by the Sweet Spot on Seventh

I found it difficult to spend less than $50, but I had to restrain myself as I was only visiting for the weekend.

A lovely gift would be an assortment of confections, such as the private label chocolates made only for the store.

Tastings are held every week, ranging from free beer samples, to chats with cheesemakers from the region.

If you can get to NYC, make the trek to Brooklyn - it's well worth the trip.


From their website, www.bierkraft.com:

For chocolate lovers, we are proud to offer Dolfin, Galler, Nirvana, Valrhona, Green & Black, Scharffen Berger, Hachez Cocoa D'Arriba, Antica Dolceria and more. Bakers will adore the unsweetened, bittersweet and semi-sweet baking chocolate from Scharffen Berger as well as the Simpson & Vail sugars from Mauritius and the European style butter from Vermont.

Among the gourmet delicacies at Bierkraft, you will find Molinari salametti (a delightfully dry little salami), Boquerones (white anchovies from Spain), salmon pinwheels (a strip of Scottish-style smoked salmon encircling scallion cream cheese), crackers, cookies, spreads, salsas, Martelli pasta, Peet's coffee and Zapp's potato chips.

We also offer a fabulous array of non-alcoholic beverages like Fentiman's sodas, Virgil's Bavarian brewed root beer and Voss water.

Our beer selection has been lovingly assembled by Richard Scholz and Andrew Ager, and features brews from Ethiopia (Bedele), Harlem (Sugar Hill), Japan (Hitachino) and everywhere that makes great beers.

Bierkraft carries over 150 Belgian beers and a thirst-quenching assortment of American microbrews in addition to an array of international ales and lagers. The fellas like to brew for sampling purposes (we refer to the backyard as "The Brewery") so don't forget to ask for a free taste of the house brew when you stop by.

We also assemble gift baskets, are happy to deliver locally (NYC) and host on premises tastings on Tuesdays at 7 PM. Tastings feature a speaker and a sampling of beers and complimentary cheeses. Treat yourself to the Bierkraft experience-drop in for a nibble, a sip and a warm, friendly shopping experience.

NEW HOURS Open 7 Days a Week Mon-Thurs 11am-9pm Fri 11am-10pm Sat 10am-10pm Sun 10pm-8pm

Address: 191 Fifth Avenue Brooklyn, NY (718) 230-7600

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