G.B. Russo & Son

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G.B. Russo & SonG.B. Russo & Son
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

27 Ratings
Ratings: 27
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: n/a
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2770 29th St SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49512-1719
United States
phone: (616) 942-2980

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @gbrusso

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Ratings: 27 | Reviews: 19
Photo of eopacich
3.55/5  rDev -16.9%

Nice large market with lots of meats, cheeses, gourmet foods, wine, and a decent beer selection. Much larger selection at Siciliano's and International Beverages, but I scored some Nemesis and Pilgrim's Dole here when most of the other places were either sold out or rationing. Nice find, would expect some of the limited release stuff to last longer at a place like this than the bigger beer stores. Also picked up some nice meats and cheeses. Didn't talk with anyone about the beers so I can't comment on the service. Prices seemed reasonable.

Photo of Maxwell106
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

I've lived in Grand Rapids my whole life and just discovered this place in the last few months thanks to BA. As stated in previous reviews they have a reasonably small yet solid selection of craft beers with a strong focus on Michigan craft beers.

Price wise this is one of the best I have found for what you are getting. I've found Founders Backwoods Bastard for $11.99, which is what they sell it for right at the brewery. Overall this is a great store, picture a Williams-Sonoma with a better selection plus fantastic beer and wine sections. Certainly worth checking out if you are in the area.

Cheers!

Edit: Recently had a chance to speak with Victor, who is in charge of the beer section. Great guy. Knows his stuff and is very passionate about all things beer. This was just before the KBS release and he was happy to hold a 4 pack for me and called the day it arrived.

Photo of chilidog
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

I also have been going to Russo's for years now. I don't get there that often but stop every chance I can when in town. I look forward to seeing the remodel as complete. I never thought to look for them on B.A.

I can't comment on the remodel but when I was there they had a good, well stocked brew section. At the time the rear right corner past the nice large wine area.

I found some real nice finds from Founders and Bells. Many others are available. Parking is good for an italian, plaza like market.

Photo of marc2572
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%

I've been going to Russo's for 10 years or more and it remains my "secret" beer store. It's obvious by how few reviews this place has received relative to how long it's been there that it is a bit under appreciated. They don't have the largest selection however it is solid and you would be hard pressed to leave without finding several beers to your liking. The prices when compared to other establishments in my experience seem to be as good or in many cases better than what others are charging. As to the service Victor the beer Manager etc is a first rate beer lover who is quick to trade stories or help you in any way he can. So if you're in the area help support this excellent store they offer an excellent selection of gourmet foods as well.

Photo of sweemzander
3.6/5  rDev -15.7%

I also frequent this establishment. Great selection of local brews with imported selections as well. They even have singles you can buy of most stuff in coolers.

Very reasonable prices with a fun display of some brands.

I have had some bad/old beer that was on the shelf for far too long, but they were quick to refund my money, so it is forgiven.

I always find something I am looking for and one of the few places that sells Jolly Pumpkin beer in the area to my knowledge at a reasonable price.

A great place for unique Italian/Mediterranean foods and has a superb to excellent wine selection that takes up almost half the store. Overall, a fun place that tends to take up at least an hour everytime I go there.

Photo of Yetiman420
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

I stopped in the morning of the Founder's KBS release in hopes of picking up some Short's and other local gems I can't get in Ohio.

I was pleasantly surprised by their outstanding selection. I picked up some Short's IPA and Pale ale, limited-release Arcadia beers, GI Bourbon Stout ($20 for a 4 pack), and DragonMead Belgian Tripple.

Vincent helped me with my selection. Really nice guy who went out of his way to be helpful. He said they usually have more Short's but their order was shorted (pun intended).

Photo of MDekker
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

After many trips to Russo's here are my thoughts:

Way more wine than beer, but the selection of beer is still very good - lots of imported stuff, plenty of Michigan brews, and a satisfactory selection of other stuff, too. Siciliano's has still got them beat in terms of selection, but Russo's is on the opposite end of GR. Checking their prices, today, too, I was impressed: 7.99 for a six pack of basic Bell's brews beats places like Meijer, I think. I was quite happy there and had to resist buying stuff beyond what I needed. We moved recently, and I'm happy to have Russo's nearby.

Update: they remodeled, and it's awesome. I think the beer selection has expanded, and I was overwhelmed trying to make a decision. Good good good stuff.

Photo of CraftAle
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%

They have a good selection of brews at reasonable prices. However, everything is a bit cramped and cooler space is limited.

They are my first choice beer store in Grand Rapids for case purchases however. I email the owner, Dave Russo, for case prices and then email an order. He, or his assistant Victor, call or email when it's in and can be picked up at the store. Dave's case prices are very good! They also seem to buy a lot of wholesaler close-outs, so there are always some cases of unusual/almost out-of-date beers stacked in a corner.

A bonus is lot of excellent ethnic foods, ingredients and deli.

5/10/2010 Update: Re-modeled and expanded store has much bigger beer section. Singles still limited. Beer department manager, Victor, is among most knowledgeable beer people in area.

Photo of granger10
3.35/5  rDev -21.5%

This is more of an ethnic food/wine store and not so much a beer store. As I walk in I smell a great mix of spices and meats and cheeses, very good. Lots of Italian foods and a nice looking deli. The wine selection was also large. The beer was pitted back in the corner and would be easy to miss if one weren't looking for it. But they do have a solid selection English and German beers along with Michigan micros. They seem to be lacking in Belgians and non-Michigan micros so if you're looking for that you might want to go the B&B which is around the corner. As for service, nobody helped me but everything working there seemed nice enough, nicer than the workers at B&B at least. The prices were really good, I don't really think that they make much money on beer so they don't need to charge high rates for it. Definitely worth a stop, esp. if you're also looking to get some quality Italian food or ingredients.

G.B. Russo & Son in Grand Rapids, MI
94 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.