Reader Michael Berman of Pizza Centric writes in to let us know that "the Thrifty Beer store in Cobble Hill put up a sign last week that they're closing."
Also known as the American Beer Distributor, Thrifty opened on Court Street in 1947. Run by the Marino family, it has remained current and popular by catering to drinkers of microbrews. Time Out called it "one of Brooklyn's best destinations for beer."
Michael writes, "It's an old-school beer store surrounded by affluence. I do think all kinds of people--certainly the old-school ones--shop there. Fair prices, great selection. They used to have these yellow stickers shaped like beer cans that said 'Beer Makes You Shmart' that they gave away. (Not sure if I spelled Shmart correctly). The site will eventually turn into a new building and become condos, I hear."
Pardon Me For Asking also heard the news from a reader, who says, "I spoke to the owner and he said 'it's time.' he said that he would be open until the end of the year. They own the entire building."
Looks like condos are coming.