Shep's Food Mart
Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 12 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by ckk527:
3.96/5 rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
News flash: Since last reviewed by a member in 2008, Shep's is under new ownership. Josh and his family purchased the shop three weeks ago (today's date: 5/8/13) and are preparing to upgrade the look and feel. Also in the works is a growler station, license already in hand. Josh is friendly, enthusiastic, and displays a sincere interest in providing his customers with a wide selection of quality imported and domestic-craft beers.
Broad selection of Belgians, including a respectable sampling of sours and quads. The Straffe Hendrik Quadruple I tasted was a surprising and impressive find. Likewise, the selection of English, German and US craft beers and ales is fairly deep. Bonus: Unlike several of the neighborhood shops, Shep's maintains a deep stock of chilled AND room temp. beers. Major points, IMO.
I didn't order a hand-made sandwich this trip, but if the growler station is up next visit, you can bet I'll do just that.
I'm glad I stopped in and am eager to see things take on a fresh look next time I'm in the Tampa/St. Pete area.
05-09-2013 02:19:51 | More by ckk527
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4.12/5 rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Do not - I repeat - do not, drive by this establishment based on its "curb appeal." While it's appearance is rather underwhelming, Shep's has an amazing selection of beers, with an emphasis on local brewers. The last time I was there, I saw definite signs of construction going on, so perhaps one of the area's better beer destinations is about to receive a facelift.
Don't be in a hurry when you go; it will probably require some browsing to find what you're after, but I think you will be impressed with the number of interesting brews available in such a small floor plan. A large percentage of the beers are refrigerated, and it takes a while to wend your way through all of those bottles.
If you are in the area, Shep's is definitely a recommended stop.
07-12-2014 17:10:44 | More by OldeSchool
3.79/5 rDev -9.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped here this past week on my back into Tampa. Fairly easy to get to off of 275.
Very low key, had I not read about it on this site, I would never have stopped.
Man at the counter was pleasant enough if not that knowledgeable about the beer, which he admitted.
Very good selection, especially of local and domestic crafts. Had CCB White Oak Jai Alai in sixers, which the brewery was even out of, and a couple of cases of Sucks. Imports were a little on the limited side. Nothing exceptionally rare, but still a very good selection.
Prices ranged from reasonable to being a bit on the pricey side, but overall not bad.
Will definitely stop again when I'm in the area.
02-09-2014 00:33:52 | More by srhoadsy
4.58/5 rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I live in Alabama, and I have family that lives in St. Pete. I wanted some Cigar City brew so I called Shep's. I told them my family was going be coming up my way, and I was looking for some good beer for them to bring me. Shep's took it from there. They packed me a box, and I couldn't have been more pleased with their expertise and service. They even called me back to double check with the beer they selected. They had some limited edition stuff and he set me aside a few of their last bottles. They went out of their way to help me. I would recommend Shep's to anyone. They are top notch!
09-03-2013 12:08:52 | More by craneberdua
4.71/5 rDev +12.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Great selection of GF beers for this area! Guy working the counter was very helpful with recommendations. I didn't try any food, so can't comment on that. Atmosphere is nothing too special. Totally psyched about having almost half a cooler of Gluten Free beers to try. They're expensive! But that's not Shep's fault. That's just the nature of the beast. Super convenient.
08-01-2013 01:11:14 | More by Flochie
4.15/5 rDev -0.7%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$
Shep's is a beer and wine store and deli located just north of downtown St. Petersburg, near the intersection of 22nd Ave and 4th St. Looks like an old 7-11 on the outside. On the inside though is a great selection of micros and imports, a good amount of wine, and a deli area.
They carry most of the micros available in the area, including Dogfish, Rogue, Avery, Great Divide, Bell's, Flying Dog, Ommegang, etc. There's also a good selection of imports from Germany, Belgium, the UK, and other countries. Most are available as single bottles, and they have six-packs for some. They also usually have a few different gift packs for sale. Typically a box with a few beers from one brewery paired with a logo glass. Speaking of which, a small selection of glassware is available, and usually run $3-4 each.
There's usually a guy roaming around ready to assist or answer any questions. The people there are knowledgeable and make pretty good suggestions. The only downside to Shep's is the prices. For most of the more commonly available bottles, their prices are 10-50 cents higher than most other stores. For rare. seasonal, or limited releases (such as DFH120) they can be a dollar or two higher, again for a single bottle.
05-25-2008 15:40:32 | More by bkilpatr
4.05/5 rDev -3.1%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$$$
Ah, Shep's. This place was a real lifesaver when I lived in St. Pete. If you are in St. Pete and want to stock up your beer fridge this is pretty much your only choice, short of heading across the bay to Total Wine.
On the outside it looks like a rundown convenience store, and once you walk inside, it still looks like a rundown convenience store. However, once you take a look around, you realize that most of the store is filled with good beer.
They do a pretty good job on quality. Virtually all of the beer is refrigerated, which is a rarity for a store with such a large selection.
The service is usually quite good, as they often have a guy walking around stocking the coolers and looking for a customer to assist. The staff know their beer and are always happy to suggest something new.
The selection is easily the best in the area; perhaps not quite as large as total wine, but more of a focus on unusual and exceptional beer. They do their best with the limited availability in the area.
The prices are a bit steep (actually, they have some of the highest prices of any bottle shop I have ever been to), but that is the nature of a small, independent business. More often than not, I found it was worth the extra cost to support a local business and avoid driving all the way to Tampa just to go to an unpleasant mega store (Total Wine).
03-12-2008 06:08:11 | More by nickfl
Shep's Food Mart in St. Petersburg, FL
92 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.