Price tag glue is extra tasty.

We love it when new businesses open, and the stranger, the better. Tap Beer, at 2081 East 19th Street (off of Avenue U), opened just a few short weeks ago, and its quirky setup and offerings are definitely… unique.

Walk into this original enterprise, and you’ll find a very tiny storefront selling a sliver of the usual bodega fare: chips, canned foods and tampons. But all the real action is behind the counter that divides the store. A wall of, you guessed it, beer taps. They sell more than a dozen draft beers, ranging from cheap domestic to mid-priced imports – the latter usually from Eastern Europe. Ask for one, and they pop on a  plastic liter bottle, fill it up, and seal it – without the usual bottle deposits a growler or keg might incur.

In the glass display case, they also have a variety of smoked meats and fish. Just be warned – the older couple that runs this place have a very limited English vocabulary, leading to all kinds of hijinx when we stopped by to give it a try.

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  • Anonymous

    Should try Kwak.

  • superhero

    What kind of hijinx? 

    • Anonymous

      Yeah — I was wondering that myself.

    • Cabbie

      MADCAP – what other kind is there?

  • RKramden

    Every bodega in nyc should have a wall of tap beer for sale in my opinion.

    • http://www.google.com/ F_a_b_a

      Bless your heart Sir.

    • Cabbie

      when your’e right you’re right Ralph!

  • http://www.njluxurymotors.com Arthur Borko

    Dude, how many times have I told you. If you’re gonna head over someplace Russian bring me along to translate….

  • SUPERHERO

    CUTE ZHOPA!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=195100291 Randy Contello

    the drafts they have are amazing, but i couldnt speak a word to them… was annoying, but the beer is worth it

  • http://twitter.com/JoeeyLz Joseph Lou

    this place has great beer

    • Kate

      hey everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      thanks for that comments)))
      that old couple indeed do not speak any english) but they are not the only ones who work there…
      actually the young russians open that place, and i am sure you will enjoy their company.
      the beer is really good and easy to drink. no hangover)))
      so enyone please welcome!!!!

      NATURAL DRAFT BEER BOUTIQUEOVER 20 DIFFERENT SORTSDRY AND SMOKED FISHSPECIAL CHEESES AND NEATCIGARETTES AND GROCERIESМЫ ДОСТАВЛЯЕМ И ПОХМЕЛЯЕМБОЛЕЕ 20 СОРТОВРЫБКА СЫРЫ И КОЛБАСКИСИГАРЕТЫ И ДРУГИЕ ПРОДУКТЫМАГАЗИН ЖИВОГО ПИВА718646BEER71864623372081 EAST19 STREETBROOKLYN NY 11229WWW.TAPBEERNY.COMEVERYONE IS WELCOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • mamamia

    The word bodega is used in spanish meaning grocery store.Why cant people just say grocery store when the rest is english they speaking off? MAMAMIA :)

  • mamamia

    The word bodega is used in spanish meaning grocery store.Why cant people just say grocery store when the rest is english they speaking off? MAMAMIA :)

  • Ge

    went there today and bought 3 types of beer (2 liter bottles each)
    german bitburger (filtered) was very good
    another german unfiltered not so good
    american unfiltered bad.
    i will go there again to buy more filtered beer
    also big dry fish for 19$ was very good

  • Sergey

     (June 2012) 
    PROS: Can take beer out in plastic bottles, good selection of beer chasers (dried fish, nuts, etc), large beer selection on tabCONS: The large beer selection all from mainstream manufacturers (Spaten, Krusovitse, Weistmeminer) that you may get almost in any bar in south Brooklyn. Unfortunately no IPAs, no Sessions, no flavored or hoppy beers, no stouts. For a developed beer taste hardly you may find something worth trying.Will defiantly come back, if the store adds some of the quality micro-brewery beers: Kelso, Blue Point, Six Point, Chelsea, Omegand, and a dozen of others. The 3 litter of beers and 2 cold smoked fishes cost $50.55