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New Greenpoint bar Torst has 21 beers on tap and rare bottles, too

Tapping into beer at Torst

The Brooklyn Paper

There’s more than 99 bottles of beer at this new Greenpoint brew bar — but you’re not going to see any of them on the walls. Nor will you see any decoration, for that matter.

The new Manhattan Avenue beer hall Torst combines a stunning 21 drafts and more than 100 bottles, each more obscure than the next, with a minimal aesthetic that makes suds its sole focus.

“Whoever is making the best beer out there at the moment, their beer is going to find its way here,” said bartender Mike Amidei.

The best beers of the moment currently include Hof Ten #9 Grappe, Evil Twin Danbic Cranberry, and Beachwood BBQ Amalgamator, and many of the brews come from 12 Percent Imports, a Brooklyn distributor that specializes in hard-to-find alcoholic drinks from around the nation and Europe.

The bar itself boasts the simple decor typical of Scandinavian tastes, with rows of narrow tables and cupped wooden chairs surrounded by art-less walls. The beers change so often — or the aesthetic is so pervasive — that the taps themselves are logo-free wooden handles adorned with numbers.

But there is something flashy that you can’t find at IKEA: a futuristic, glowing red “flux capacitor” tucked behind the bar, which allows bartenders to adjust nitrogen and carbon dioxide to deliver the perfect pour, no matter the beer.

Co-owner Daniel Burns said he is planning to start a restaurant in the space sometime over the next few months, featuring a five-course tasting menu that will change every few weeks.

But, of course, the beer is the main attraction, and only a week after opening, the bar has already attracted hops tourists from far and wide.

“The day we opened, there were 25 or 30 of them in here,” said Amidei.

Torst (615 Manhattan Ave. between Nassau and Driggs avenues in Greenpoint, www.torstnyc.com).

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at dfurfaro@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-2511. Follow her at twitter.com/DanielleFurfaro.

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Pat I. from Brooklyn says:
No hipster stereotypes. Move along. Nothing to see here.
March 23, 2013, 8:38 am
This newspaper from your hands says:
Bars. Coffee. ART. Restaurant. Bikes. Cupcakes. Repeat.
March 23, 2013, 10:09 pm
diehipster from Robbing Redbeards says:
Another story about failed artist tattooed transplants playing with beer in Nieuw Breuckelen? How original and interesting.

Like yah dayude!
March 24, 2013, 8:10 am
GetPints from Brooklyn wants better beer says:
As far as failed artists are concerned, you are completely in the wrong, but what would Diehipster and his cronies know about craft beer? One of the owners of Tørst is a world-renowned brewer and producer of Evil Twin. The other is a former chef from Momofuku. Jeppe of Evil Twin brews many of the beers found on draft. But alas, trying to explain anything to you guys is like teaching a horse calculus. You're only here to troll, nothing more.
March 24, 2013, 10:05 am
Momo from fuku says:
I'm a world renowned brewer and producer of Evil Twin! As is that is something worthy of reverence. Will the history books tell of tattooed brewers and their thick framed glasses wearing boosters? No. They will fade into oblivion just like Joe the butcher(oh wait, now Joe's a artist who sculpts' meat and has his own TV show) and the folks who post comments on this Web site.
March 24, 2013, 10:15 am
ty from pps says:
Wow... So, "Your product/service/activity must rise to the level of history-making in order to be considered good." This is the level of the bar, eh?

I wonder what diehipster does that the history books will be writing about for generations? Hmmm? I'm sure it's amazing. It has to be, since he denigrates anything that isn't what he represents. What is so horrible about having a quality product, finding a market that enjoys your product and enjoying that success? Where in there is the need for "history"? Oh, right. Some of the folks have tattoos and look "funny."

And given the centuries of history in the country when it comes to beer and brewing, you'd think there'd be a little less of the douchey comments. Several of this country's founding fathers were brewers... small-batch craft brewers by today's definitions.

I would love to follow diehipster around one day. It would be amusing to point out how many of the things and services he uses regularly have "hipster" and "yupster" fingerprints all over them. He might start to cry.
March 24, 2013, 10:55 am
ty from pps says:
(And to preempt one of your possible stupid retorts, which I'm sure is coming... there were also plenty of brewers who were *not* founding fathers. Or were they just worthless scum? The hipsters of the 18th century?)
March 24, 2013, 10:58 am
GetPints from Brooklyn Wants Better Beer says:
Before Diehipster says something about "organic" beer, I would like to point out that most modern craft breweries will not use organic ingredients because they are usually crap.
March 24, 2013, 11:12 am
Momo from fuku says:
This is what happens when the bourgeiosie co-opts jobs from the proletariat. Artisinal trash collecting--complete with hand-woven bags and hand-forged copper twisties--is the next big thing. Let's exalt the garbage man now! (Ecological engineer, sorry)

But yeah, no one really cares is the point. You're making beer. Or a cupcake. Or a sandwich.

It's only your precarious class position--always looking up, or down--that makes you feel besieged on a message board.
March 24, 2013, 11:59 am
Ben Franklin from back in time says:
Hey guys, I'm super excited to talk to you guys. It's super interesting to read all these super intense comments. I know some people can be super critical of what you're doing and stuff, but I want you to know that's it's super important to continue what you're doing. As the inventor of super skinny leggings, triple bock Ben's brew AND the First Colony Art Collective, I know what it's like to be a trailblazer. Anyway, just want to let you know that you are all super significant. Ttyl,

Ben
March 24, 2013, 12:07 pm
ty from pps says:
"It's only your precarious class position--always looking up, or down--that makes you feel besieged on a message board."

Wait! Was this a moment of unintentional self-reflection!?
March 24, 2013, 1:22 pm
Momo from fuku says:
Bourgeiosie love psychoanalysis, a 'science ' of their own creation. It's your moment of truth.
March 24, 2013, 2:23 pm
gimme from yours says:
kim has a nice firm grip on that handle I see, portends well
March 24, 2013, 3:09 pm
scott from park slope says:
ty, haha I bet diehipster has a cry every day. his estrogen shots make him so weepy and tired, and no matter how much he wails against the. gosh. darn. hipsters. they still come on in wave after wave, relentlessly overpowering him and his fellow nancies, sweeping even into his beloved Bay Ridge. not even their limp-wristed power slap can hold back the bearded ones.

this beer place looks great. all real men welcome more places to drink more, better beer.
March 24, 2013, 3:10 pm
jimutz from cobble hill says:
To paraphrase Mark "Rent Boy" Renton in "Trainspotters";

"Some hate the Hipsters. I don't. They're just wankers. We, on the other hand, are COLONIZED by wankers."
March 24, 2013, 5:35 pm
GetPints from Brooklyn Wants Good Beer says:
Yes, DH, we know you hate anyone that even resembles a hipster. Even if they produce some of the best beers to come out Europe, as long as they have beards and tattoos they are still useless hipsters. Truth be told, people all over America want better beer, not just in Brooklyn. Sales on craft beer increased 17% over 2012, and the numbers keep growing year for year. So make fun of a bar that caters to the beer crowd, whether try be hipsters or not. It won't be long before the bars and breweries start popping up in your neighborhood.
March 24, 2013, 6 pm
K. from ArKady says:
...And it's jimutz for the WIN! (slow golf clap).
March 24, 2013, 6:29 pm
common sense from bay ridge says:
More beer please!
March 24, 2013, 7:05 pm
JAY from NYC says:
thats all great and I am all for beer, although I don't like beer that tastes like some sort of seasoning or fruit, sorry but that is crap to me and I would rather have a Budweiser (when it was an American company anyway, now its owned by a bunch of euros who changed it, than a fruit ginger beer, but that is probably just me and I am a grumpy harda**
Having said that if they don't clean the tap lines at least once a week then they will pretty quickly be just another crummy bar selling over-priced beer.
March 24, 2013, 9:33 pm
ad exec from mad ave says:
The Brooklyn Paper must be laughing all the way to the bank. When they report to advertisers how many comments are posted on their website, they certainly don't mention that almost all of the comments are by a small handful of trolls.
March 25, 2013, 9:50 am
JAZ from Hunting Redbeards says:
"The new Manhattan Avenue beer hall Torst combines a stunning 21 drafts and more than 100 bottles, each more obscure than the next..."

Pretty clear who this establishment is appealing to; the gentrification army of quirky creatives demands drinking brands that nobody has ever heard of. Nothing is more important to them than being able to say "you probably never heard of it".
March 25, 2013, 1:53 pm
"Interloper" from Kent Ave says:
diehipster never responded to my challenge of letting people know who he actually is an by actually challenging "hipsters" to real life fights on Bedford and North 6th. Tough talk from behind the keyboard continues. Once again proving how much of a joke he is. Don't worry diehipster, I'm sure the bodega's will still carry plenty of Bartles and Jaymes or Twisted Teas for you.
March 25, 2013, 7:59 pm
barney from greenpoint says:
this place blows !!
March 25, 2013, 10:22 pm
Not Diehipster from Park Slope says:
Who are you, actually, Interloper? Put up or shut up.
March 26, 2013, 8:11 pm
Not Diehipster from Park Slope says:
Who are you, actually, Interloper? Put up or shut up.
March 26, 2013, 8:11 pm
Eazy D from Sheepshead Bay says:
Kim has nice tats.
March 27, 2013, 2:15 am
sandy D from willy says:
Kim does have nice tats .......but this bar belongs in the flat iron district .........LAME !!!
March 29, 2013, 1:17 am

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