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LORCAN PRECIOUS / SAM HORINE FOR DRAFT

BEER STREET: Basketball was Lorcan Precious’ first passion, and the speedy point guard parlayed his talents into a pro career for teams in Ireland, France, Spain and Switzerland. Over time, the journeyman’s travels included detours to breweries and bars in burgeoning beer cultures. “I could easily shoot over to Italy,” says Precious, who began spending offseasons working at Manhattan’s branch of Ginger Man; his dad founded the influential family of pubs. As his career wound down, his interest in beer ramped up. Precious lockered his sneakers, relocated to Brooklyn and, in 2012, turned a sausage-making store into Beer Street, which might be New York’s most exotic bottle shop. The handpicked stock includes sought-after rarities such as Brouwerij Smisje’s Wostyntje mustard beer and Omnipollo’s Nebuchadnezzar double IPA, along with 10 offbeat drafts for growler fills. “You can get good beer in so many places, so we try to carry unusual bottles,” says Precious, whose license also allows him to distribute beers. Currently, he carries releases from Quebec’s Le Trou du Diable and Le Bilboquet, as well as San Diego’s Lightning. “I wanted to bring in unique brands that were not available in New York,” Precious says. “It’s fun to get people excited about craft beer.” Like father, like son.

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