Brown Derby International Wine Center
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Reviews by wagenvolks:
4.58/5 rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Second stop on a whirlwind college reunion tour to St. Louis, I hit up the Brown Derby Int'l Wine Center on my drive home to Texas.
Swanky place, if not a bit over-stuffed up front with home decor and potpourri vestibules that remind me of Pier 1. Moving past all that noise, however, we find ourselves immersed in beer Nirvana. Big selection in both coolers and shelves. Cantillon, Fantome, 3 Fontenein, De Dolle, Rochefort, Trappistes, Professor Fritz Briem, and more comprise the high-ended European imports. Prices can get a little steep--saw the same bottle of 3F Kriek for $40 here that cost $35 in St. Louis. Picky? Perhaps, but it is what it is...there is a mixed case discount which helps travelers like myself who buy in bulk, though.
The nice thing about the selection in this Springfield shop is that I get a sense that the newer releases don't fly off the shelves immediately like their St. Louis counterparts. Thus, I was able to find GI Big John, Nightstalker, Boulevard '11 Imperial Stout, Firestone Walker Double Jack, and plenty of others (did I mention Cantillon? NICE).
Staff was very helpful, even though I was one of 5 people in the store during my half-hour long foray. The guy who brought me a cart knew his beer well, and we discussed their selection and his recent trip to Belgium and other beer shops. He even helped carry a case to the car after all was rang up and paid for.
Overall, a MUST stop for anyone driving the long stretch of I-44 between Tulsa and St. Louis.
04-21-2011 17:19:24 | More by wagenvolks
More User Reviews:
4.83/5 rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75 | $$$
Craft beer geeks should know this is the #1 place for selection in Springfield, from domestic to import. This has been my local bottle shop for many years.
From 4 & 6 packs to 750's, mix 6's to bombers, the selection of domestic and import bottles is vast. Eric, the beer manager, is as knowledgeable as anyone you'll talk to, and once you get to know him he's funny and generous.
The Derb, as I like to call it, just started serving draft beer, and the selection has been incredible from day one. They have eight handles, and in the 5 short months they've been active, they have run through beers such as: Hopslam, BCBS, KBS, Imperial Doughnut Break, Imperial Biscotti Break Pretty Please w/a Cherry, BOMB!, Ron and the Beast Ryan, Calabaza Boreal, and many more. Among the current selections are: Brew Cocky, Calabaza Blanca, Oarsman, and 1000 IBU.
They have also recently started offering food, which its deliciousness I can't even begin to explain. My favorite is the Deluxe BLT. Take your standard BLT, put it on Rye, add a fried egg, sriracha aioli, and avocado. Pair that with their homemade red cabbage slaw and you'll want to shit yourself. They also do small pizzas with bacon infused crust, stromboli, reubens, meat and cheese plates, and more.
Oh, they also have the largest wine and spirits selection in the region.
If you're in Springfield and you like good food and beer, then this place should be on your list.
07-18-2014 02:26:17 | More by sssence
5/5 rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
If you LOVE beer, This is the place to be!! their staff is the most knowledgeable bunch of people around. Eric was willing to go above and beond to help me find the hardest to find IPA style of beer that i could get in my area! then he BLEW MY MIND when he took me to the warehouse to try Samuel Adams UTOPIAS!!! Love this store, and LOVE ERIC!!!
03-22-2014 00:15:46 | More by mattfreeman
4.68/5 rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
The layout was pretty open with the food near the front of the store and the coolers extending across the back. The singles and 750s are separated and located in the back right corner.
I didn't see any dusty bottles or beers past date. I looks like they rotate their stock.
The employees were attentive and at least three different ones offefed to help me find something. They also loaded my purchase onto the dolly and took it to the car for me.
The selection was better than any other store in the region, they had plenty of Lagunitas, Bells, and Founders that you don't usually see in other stores. They even had a case of Boulevard Lovechild, but at $20 a piece.
The prices were noticeably higher on some items like Stone 4packs. They were $12 when the same 4pack at Macadoodles was $8.
I was overall pleased and will probably start shopping there when I am in town.
11-25-2013 03:04:10 | More by Carl_R
Brown Derby International Wine Center in Springfield, MO
98 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.