My readers know how much I like this store, and find it to be one of the best craft beer locales in all of NYC. The bottle selection is extensive both on the import and export side, and rare bombers are always in stock. I had the chance to pick up some Goose Island Bourbon County Barley-wine, which I plan on reviewing at some point in the next few weeks. I have had it on tap once before but never bottled. This beer was bottled nearly a year ago so it is already aged. Since I had the chance to pick up a few I will continue to age the others for as long as I can (better said than done!)
Not only is the selection at Carmines great, but the staff is incredibly knowledgable and friendly. Ask for Shane when you walk in and tell him Scott sent you. His knowledge of new releases and different styles is impressive, and I guarantee that he could make some excellent recommendations.
Yesterday I had the chance at Carmines to try a few different beers in the samplings. First I had Brooklyn's Cuvee Noire, a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. This bottle is rare and hard to find, and clocks in at 10.6%. An expensive bottle, but an excellent beer. Hints of rum, vanilla and dark fruits. Additionally, I tried the Hammarby Syndrome, a Swedish Strong Ale that was actually quite nice.
So if you are in the West Village, make sure you stop by Carmine Street. And if you want to check their selection before you go, visit their beer menus page http://www.beermenus.com/places/11565-carmine-street-beers.
Congrats on your first year here in NYC and here's to many more!