A new Greenpoint bar has one of the city's most unique beer selections. Zagat editor James Mulcahy filed the following report for NY1.
Tørst, which is danish for thirst, is run by Momfuku alum Daniel Burns, who wanted to create a no-frills space that would appeal to neighborhood patrons.
"We wanted to keep it very minimal," Burns says. "Also, sort of the idea, aesthetically, is Scandinavia meets Brooklyn. We really wanted to do marble and keep it warm with the wood."
Burns enlisted notable gypsy brewer Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø to curate the beer selection. The 21 taps are organized from light to dark, and drinkers will find many rare brews previously unavailable in America.
"We wanted to take other stuff in, and show stuff that you can't get elsewhere," Jarnit-Bjergsø says. "We wanted to have beers for everybody, not just beer geeks and not just beers for normal people. Just a wide range so that everybody finds something they like."
Jarnit-Bjergsø actually brewed a number of the unique pours available. To try his recipes, order a beer that's from his Evil Twin Brewing Company.
"I'm a gypsy brewer," he says. "It means I don't have my own brewery. I don't have a physical brewery, but I brew at other people's breweries. I pretty much just go in with my own recipe and make my own beers under my own label."
Guests who are hungry can enjoy a selection of beer-friendly meats and cheeses. Soon, an ambitious restaurant, called Lukus, will launch in the back of the space.
"We're just doing snacks, we're doing a meat selection and a cheese selection, and then I'm making a traditional Danish rye bread on a daily basis and making some pickles," Burns says. "Just stuff that goes well with beer at the moment. Salty stuff."
Tørst is located at 615 Manhattan Ave.