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G.B. Russo & Son

Not Rated.
G.B. Russo & SonG.B. Russo & Son
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

24 Ratings
Ratings: 24
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.7%
[ Store ]

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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(Place added by: granger10)
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Photo of granger10
3.35/5  rDev -22.1%

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.

granger10, Oct 22, 2004
Photo of eopacich
3.55/5  rDev -17.4%

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.

eopacich, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of sweemzander
3.6/5  rDev -16.3%

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.

sweemzander, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

A family member from the area recommended this place for craft beer and you'd better bet the we drove there!

It is in a strange neighborhood, still in Grand Rapids but far from the town and in an area filled with mall-style shops and car dealerships. Not where you expect to find a gourmet market.

The beer selection is impressive, but it is pretty much all at room-temperature. Lots of Michigan beer, and massive offerings from Clown Shoes (I assume they have the entire line-up, including barrel-aged imperial stouts and shit). Also Dogfish, Evil Twin, Thirsty Dog, Lips of Faith, Epic, Old Stock, Sierra Bigfoot and Narwhal... crafty ciders as well.

They have a lot more wines and spirits than beer, but the brews are dam fine. Also cheese, meats and gourmet food. It's all here. Service-wise, I neither saw a beer guy nor was I offered help, but I'm alright with that.

DoubleSimcoe, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of andrewengler
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%

This place has a clean setup. The beer selection is nestled close to the deli so its a win win. I don't frequent this location as much as I do International Beverage a few miles away, but its a worthwhile location to stop into every now and then. They have a decent selection of beers between the shelved beer and coolers.

Greater selection and emphasis on wine if that's your thing. Definitely a place to start if you are looking into expanding or taste testing parties.

Overall a pleasant experience and would recommend it to anyone.

andrewengler, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of GRFounder
4/5  rDev -7%

GRFounder, May 28, 2014
Photo of GRBLUE12
4/5  rDev -7%

GRBLUE12, May 29, 2014
Photo of mgbickel
4/5  rDev -7%

I had my eye on this place for a while...I am intrigued by this type of shop...specialty market that carries craft beer...almost always a good thing! I was correct!

This was one of the cleaner, more organized beer store type places I visited while on my MI trip. The selection was nothing wonderful, but still very good. They seem to have a ton of local things and other domestic craft beers. The imports are a little weak though...

Everything is clearly priced and they even have a few coolers with singles and sixers cold.

I could see this being a place I would frequent if I was a local.

BTW...I had a pepperoni roll from the deli...awesome!

mgbickel, May 18, 2010
Photo of chilidog
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

chilidog, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of EricTKole
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Outstanding Italian market wine galore!!! Plenty of craft beer and always a lot of good on sale brews, lots of good deli choices and breads and spreads to accommodate your selection. Way more than just a wine or beer store.

EricTKole, Wednesday at 03:30 AM
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G.B. Russo & Son in Grand Rapids, MI
94 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.