The folks behind Bed Vyne, a sweet little wine shop on Tompkins Avenue in Bed-Stuy, have sojourned into the world of beer. Last weekend, they quietly opened Bed Vyne Brews, a craft beer shop and tavern, in the space next door.
Since opening two years ago, Bed Vyne has taken an unpretentious, educational approach to wine, organizing wines by flavor profiles instead of regions, responding to customers’ tastes, and holding regular tastings to expand the local palate.
Partner Michael Brooks says that from that, the beer concept grew organically: “We kept hearing people talk about how they wanted a place to get good-quality craft beer in the neighborhood, saying they had to travel to Fort Greene or Williamsburg to get good beer,” he says. The team wanted to open a “retail shop, but we don’t want it to look and feel like a retail shop. So we made a retail shop that looks and feels like a tavern.” Grab a growler ($12-$25) or sit down for a pint ($6-$9) at the bar or on the sidewalk, where there is outdoor seating available.
The shop opened with 10 beers flowing through its taplines including Bell Haven Twisted Thistle (a Scottish IPA), Stevens Point Special Lager (from Wisconsin, an homage to what Brooks calls a “big Midwestern community in Bed-Stuy–we wanted to put something on the initial draft list to speak to those people”), the ever-popular and potent Delirium Tremens (“People get pretty banged up on that, but they’re happy”), and two beers from the region: Ithaca Ground Break Saison and Southampton Double White wheat beer.
They’re also pouring 12 wines from around the world, including a French Vouvray, Portugese Vinho Verde, a Loire Valley Chardonnay, two Rosés, and, of course, a sweet Moscato–because what would a bar in Bed-Stuy be without Moscato?
“One thing about Bed Vyne Brews is that the wine list is going to be much more robust than you can get at a typical craft spot,” Brooks says. “We’re basically doubling up as a craft beer and wine bar.” He notes, too, that for the initial menu, they played it safe: “Once we get the taste of the neighborhood down,” Brooks says, “Then we’ll get into some more rare, esoteric things.”
Additional sidewalk seating, set business hours, happy hours, and other surprises are also in the works. “We’re still feeling it out,” Brooks says, noting that since opening last Friday, “the response has been overwhelming. I was like, ‘Wow.’ When you go into business, you never know how it’s going to play out until it’s open, and it was just so comforting to see that, like, we made the right decision.”
Bed Vyne Brews is now open from 4 p.m. until midnight(ish) on weekdays, and from noon(ish) until 2 a.m. on weekends. It’s located at 370 Tompkins Avenue in Brooklyn.