G.B. Russo & Son
Ratings: 21 | Reviews: 17 | Display Reviews Only:
3.75/5 rDev -11.6%
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.
06-07-2014 06:02:44 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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
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 He makes sure his selection is fresh and will often do fire sales on soon to be outdated items.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
3.88/5 rDev -8.5%
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 +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
4.3/5 rDev +1.4%
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
G.B. Russo & Son in Grand Rapids, MI
93 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.