‘New Beer Distributors’ is Leaving Chrystie Street at the End of February
The proverbial keg is kicked.
The best place to buy beer in the neighborhood won’t last the winter. New Beer Distributors, the beverage emporium on Chrystie Street, will conclude operations at the end of February. The sad news comes via a saddened customer, who tells us the date is conveyed with a sign inside the store.
Closure is reportedly blamed on “high taxes and declining sales.”
The last few years saw changes to the company at 167 Chrystie Street. New Beer downsized in early 2013, ceding the adjacent space (and half the Guinness marquee mural) to what later became Buddy Warren. The latter business closed last year. It’s also sandwiched between two glitzy, ODA-designed condos rising on either side.
The Lower East Side treasure, family-owned and always a reliable source for hard-to-find suds, has been around for years. What makes this place great is its accessibility to the public, and you aren’t judged when walking in. New Beer doesn’t pretend to be something else. As a wholesale warehouse, its selection is vast (800-plus bottles and kegs) and prices usually bottom dollar.