Best Craft Beer Shop New York 2013 - Top Hops
Owner Ted Kenny worked for Anheuser-Busch for years, but he dreamed of owning his own craft beer shop. His chance came in 2011, when he first opened Top Hops' doors, and he's been steadily amassing a community of drinkers that range from neighborhood residents stopping by for their usual six-packs to traveling beer geeks in to discuss the wares. The drinkers come for more than 700 beers in bottles, many rare one-offs hard to find elsewhere. They fill their growlers at the tap lines, especially when Kenny taps a quirky keg. But mostly they come for Kenny and his friendly staff, each member of which can expound on any beer you're pondering and has a good memory for faces, making you feel like a regular even if you've been through the doors just a couple of times. Budweiser also makes frequent appearances on the draft list, a tribute to Kenny's past.