G.B. Russo & Son
Ratings: 17 | Reviews: 16 | Show All Ratings:
4.71/5 rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25 | $$
This is one of my two beer shop stops. They are extremely friendly, and the beer guy here is amazing. When you catch him in the store stocking, he is the most polite, informative fellow. Knows his beer, and knows what beer you want to drink. Prices are the best in town, and they offer about every beer I've ever wanted to try. Imports, locals, West coast brews, most of the 'hype' beers are very low priced, almost as low as they can go. This is the beer place for Grand Rapids area!
03-07-2014 15:03:58 | More by RusImpStoLuv
5/5 rDev +16.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $
This is the cheapest store in Grand Rapids for beer. Victor is the -beer- man. He is very knowledgeable and for a smaller beer selection (smaller is relative, this is Grand Rapids) he has a great variety. He gets in all the rare stuff and is awesome to deal with. He has a lot more European ales than most stores. He makes sure his selection is fresh and will often do fire sales on soon to be outdated items. He will often have a stacked 'wall' of $10.00 cases of something (usually some craft beer) he is closing out.
I buy the majority of my ale from this store just because it is close, inexpensive, and Victor is one of the best - maybe the best- beer guy in town. I pretty much shop exclusively at G.B Russo and Sicilianos for beer.
The rest of the staff are very friendly and much like Sicilianos they are the type of store where they know you, by name, or at least by your face. Always a pleasant experience.
03-01-2014 00:46:58 | More by JHombrew
3.88/5 rDev -9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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.
03-23-2012 04:19:43 | More by andrewengler
4.38/5 rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
GB Russo is one of my regular stops anytime I'm out beer shopping. Some places might have slightly better prices and some places might have a slightly better selection, but I consider Russo's to have one of the best combinations of price and selection in all of Grand Rapids. Staff is always happy to help you out and chat about beer. They also have a great selection of specialty groceries in case you are looking for more than just beer. My only wish is that they were open on Sundays and past 7PM on weekdays.
10-09-2011 22:55:15 | More by dnh2
4.3/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
I would frequest this place a lot when I was younger. My dad would stop in to pick up some strange brews or funky ingredients. I hated the smell then, but have really come to appreciate it now. It has that super italian, fresh market, herbaceous, yeasty aroma. Great deli that is full of amazing samdwiches you can't get anywhere else in town like the Muffaletta (highly reccomended). The wine selection is intense and they do a great job of marking where the wines come from. The beer selection is pretty good too. There are a couple things here that you don't see at Sicilianos, but i'd still say Sicilianos has the better selection when it comes to beer. When you come here...there is always something new.
09-22-2011 05:15:22 | More by Flux
4.45/5 rDev +3.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in here last week while I was in the neighborhood to check out their beer selection. It was well worth the trip. As soon as you walk in you are greeted by the delicious smells from their deli. When I made it over to the beer section I was not disappointed. They have a wide array of quality beers to select from. Nothing that you couldn't find at Siciliano's or International Beverage, but a great selection none the less. You won't get that claustrophobic feeling you can get at those other stores though. Nice open display. Definitely worth a stop if you're in the neighborhood and looking for some quality brew to take home.
09-19-2011 14:33:14 | More by todisht
4/5 rDev -7%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
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!
05-18-2010 20:47:50 | More by mgbickel
3.55/5 rDev -17.4%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Nice large market with lots of meats, cheeses, gourmet foods, wine, and a decent beer selection. Much larger selection at Siciliano's and International Beverages, but I scored some Nemesis and Pilgrim's Dole here when most of the other places were either sold out or rationing. Nice find, would expect some of the limited release stuff to last longer at a place like this than the bigger beer stores. Also picked up some nice meats and cheeses. Didn't talk with anyone about the beers so I can't comment on the service. Prices seemed reasonable.
02-14-2010 17:17:43 | More by eopacich
4.5/5 rDev +4.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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
4.2/5 rDev -2.3%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
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.
01-05-2010 01:25:30 | More by chilidog
G.B. Russo & Son in Grand Rapids, MI
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