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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 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 Yetiman420
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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).

Yetiman420, Mar 15, 2009
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 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 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 RusImpStoLuv
4.71/5  rDev +9.5%

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!

RusImpStoLuv, Mar 07, 2014
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 GRFounder
4/5  rDev -7%

GRFounder, May 28, 2014
Photo of MiWolfman
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

MiWolfman, Jul 21, 2014
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, Yesterday at 02:30 AM
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G.B. Russo & Son in Grand Rapids, MI
94 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.