G.B. Russo & Son
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5/5 rDev +17.9%
This is the cheapest store in Grand Rapids for beer. Victor is the -beer- man. He is very knowledgeable and for a smaller beer selection (smaller is relative, this is Grand Rapids) he has a great variety. He gets in all the rare stuff and is awesome to deal with. He has a lot more European ales than most stores. He makes sure his selection is fresh and will often do fire sales on soon to be outdated items. He will often have a stacked 'wall' of $10.00 cases of something (usually some craft beer) he is closing out.
I buy the majority of my ale from this store just because it is close, inexpensive, and Victor is one of the best - maybe the best- beer guy in town. I pretty much shop exclusively at G.B Russo and Sicilianos for beer.
The rest of the staff are very friendly and much like Sicilianos they are the type of store where they know you, by name, or at least by your face. Always a pleasant experience.
03-01-2014 00:46:58 | More by JHombrew
4.71/5 rDev +11.1%
This is one of my two beer shop stops. They are extremely friendly, and the beer guy here is amazing. When you catch him in the store stocking, he is the most polite, informative fellow. Knows his beer, and knows what beer you want to drink. Prices are the best in town, and they offer about every beer I've ever wanted to try. Imports, locals, West coast brews, most of the 'hype' beers are very low priced, almost as low as they can go. This is the beer place for Grand Rapids area!
03-07-2014 15:03:58 | More by RusImpStoLuv
4.7/5 rDev +10.8%
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.
12-30-2009 14:56:57 | More by marc2572
4.65/5 rDev +9.7%
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.
08-02-2006 02:34:33 | More by CraftAle
4.5/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
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.
01-18-2010 19:45:35 | More by Maxwell106
4.5/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
12-20-2007 02:23:29 | More by MDekker
4.5/5 rDev +6.1%
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).
03-15-2009 02:35:09 | More by Yetiman420
4.45/5 rDev +5%
Stopped in here last week while I was in the neighborhood to check out their beer selection. It was well worth the trip. As soon as you walk in you are greeted by the delicious smells from their deli. When I made it over to the beer section I was not disappointed. They have a wide array of quality beers to select from. Nothing that you couldn't find at Siciliano's or International Beverage, but a great selection none the less. You won't get that claustrophobic feeling you can get at those other stores though. Nice open display. Definitely worth a stop if you're in the neighborhood and looking for some quality brew to take home.
09-19-2011 14:33:14 | More by todisht
4.38/5 rDev +3.3%
GB Russo is one of my regular stops anytime I'm out beer shopping. Some places might have slightly better prices and some places might have a slightly better selection, but I consider Russo's to have one of the best combinations of price and selection in all of Grand Rapids. Staff is always happy to help you out and chat about beer. They also have a great selection of specialty groceries in case you are looking for more than just beer. My only wish is that they were open on Sundays and past 7PM on weekdays.
10-09-2011 22:55:15 | More by dnh2
G.B. Russo & Son in Grand Rapids, MI
93 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.