Douglas Amport and John La Polla, motivated by their knowledge and passion for brewing, founded Bitter & Esters in July of 2011. Fueled by their desire to inspire, educate and nurture the growing homebrew community in a friendly space, they conceived of Bitter & Esters as a brew on premises location and classroom space. With access to resources, supplies and expertise, it is a creative hub for sharing brew tips and techniques. Bitter & Esters fosters a deep commitment to the craft of brewing.


Anyone can learn how, so stop by! See what you can brew.




We carry fermenters, hydrometers, and carboys; around 60 different malts (beechwood smoked, rye from MA, etc.) and extract syrups; and flavor enhancers from star anise, to bitter orange peel, to Dark Candi Sugar.

Douglas and John are incredibly attentive, supportive, and ready to answer any questions you might have. It’s great to have these guys in the neighborhood.

-Sebastian S.
Brooklyn, NY

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Best place for homebrew in NYC. Very helpful staff and good selection of stuff. Found everything I needed and got some help putting together a recipe.

-John A.
Manhattan, NY