International Beverage Selections
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4.58/5 rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is probably my favorite place in town. As soon as you walk in the door you're in the Belgian section. What's not to like about that :) They seem to have a great selection. Pretty much anything that's available in west michigan can be found there (if you're quick enough).
The staff is awesome. I recently went in to buy some "birthday beers." They were out of on in particular that I was looking for and the man behind the counter (Rishi - he's super cool) quickly jumped out front to suggest some alternatives.
Great shop, if you're in the area you have to check them out.
08-31-2011 00:00:06 | More by todisht
4.58/5 rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped into this place on a getaway with the wife to Michigan. Its a small store and you can feel a little cramped when looking through all of the beer that they have because it feels like the aisles are smaller than normal.
Other than that, everything was great. Rishi knows a ton about good beer and as soon as I asked a question about beer he came out from behind the cashiers desk, shook my hand as well as my wifes, introduced himself and helped me look throughout the store.
Selection was very strong, very impressed with their collection of Southern tier brews, belgian imports, and other imports. Because the place is becoming well known I think all of the "whales" fly out of there quickly, so there was no chance to find a hidden gem or anything like that, but I was very pleased with his knowledge and the selection. Everything seemed very well priced as well.
04-05-2012 22:41:04 | More by atoulouk
4.58/5 rDev +2.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | $$
Rashi is very friendly and helpful as well as very knowledgeable of his beers and what is current and going on in the craft beer world as well as very knowledgeable of his wines. Will always welcome when you walk in no matter what the Grand Rapids winter may throw at you. If he doesnt have something he will let you know if he can get it or if it is even distributed in Michigan. I became one of his regulars and will miss that now that I had to move away to Seattle. The beer selection is large, as he is expanding to a larger space in Jan. 2014. Go here if you are in the Grand Rapids area, you wont be let down.
09-23-2013 02:36:13 | More by BuffBeerGeek
4.57/5 rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Overwhelming at first, the owner (Rishti) helped me navigate the selection and helped me find the perfect mix pack. Also, I'm lost with wine and he helped me pick out a bottle that blew my family away! Huge selection of all kinds of alcohol - Beer selection was very cool. I can highly recomend Rishti and International Beverage. Plus, Getting great leads on FB that I haven't been able to find around anywhere else - Thanks Rishti - look forward to returning!
04-09-2013 21:52:02 | More by KNL
4.5/5 rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
Visited on a quiet Sunday afternoon in October 2011.
Atmosphere: attractive layout, wine and spirits at the front, beer in the back. We were the only ones in the store so I had plenty of room to move around and browse.
Service: at first the clerk seemed a bit indifferent; however, after we chatted for a while he dug out some fresh Centennial IPA for me and recommended a couple Michigan lagers for my girlfriend's dad (it was his birthday).
Selection: comparable to Siciliano's and larger than most stores that I've come across in the Great Lakes region. I grabbed bottles of Bell's Pale Ale, Oarsman, Lager Beer, and Octoberfest, Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter, Founders Curmudgeon and Pale Ale, Shiner Bock, North Coast Brother Thelonious, and Ommegang Three Philosophers, among many other beers. A half-case of singles and two 6-packs came to $48, which is reasonable in my books.
Overall: a great alternative to the competition with very fair prices. Picked up a few gems that I couldn't find elsewhere and left for Graydon's a happy camper. Check this place out.
12-27-2011 21:35:51 | More by cratez
4.45/5 rDev -0.4%
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Went in with high expectations based on the other reviews, and those expectations were met.
Quality: good. Nothing too dusty or dirty to indicate they had been sitting for too long. I've had just a few of the dozen I bought there, but all have been fresh.
Service: Rishi really is top notch when it comes to friendly help in a beer store. Went in looking first for craft cans, and he reeled off a list off the top of his head that turned out to be complete (note to boaters and beachers who need their good beer available in cans: they don't carry any more canned brands than the norm for the area).
Selection: very good. Found and bought several brands that I haven't seen down here in Kzoo. Most BA'ers will love that Rishi encourages mixing up your own six packs from his wide selection.
Value: on par with the market.
Wish I lived closer...if I did I would be a regular.
10-10-2010 01:18:35 | More by Another6Pack
4.41/5 rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Great selection of Michigan beers, the best I have seen in the western part of the state. Most everything is available as a single. Prices were $1.99 to $2.49 for typical 12 oz singles, but great to be able to taste more of the variety when you're just traveling through.
Good selection of regional and well-known breweries from all over the country. Surprising variety of Colorado bombers and Southern Tier, for instance. Belgians and many others. While most of the less-ordinary beers are not cold, they seem to be cool enough. The popularity of the place may keep the turnover going and the beers fresh.
Service is about as good as it gets. Friendly inquiry if you need any help. Leave you along to browse. Immediate help with any questions. Suggestions based on beers you've brought up to the counter. Jolly and seemingly delighted that you've shared their afternoon. Carry the stuff out to your car. Thanks, great to go to a place where the customer seems to be an important part of the business model!
09-19-2011 03:32:17 | More by mactrail
4.4/5 rDev -1.6%
quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
I was recommended by a friend a few years back to stop by this store and have each time when I've been in the area. Each time it seems like a new adventure as no matter when I go in there are always something new to try and to check out.
One can be amazed on how many different styles, brands and the great selection offered by this place. When walking into the store, you're presented with a great selection of Belgian imports and more abv per beer styles on the right. When walking towards the back you're presented with a huge selection of local, imports and "domestic" styles. Pretty much something for everyone. Also love the fact that you can make your own 6 packs, which is perfect for trying new things
the service is exceptional too..each time I've been there, I was greeted with a friendly hello and each of the clerks were very helpful. The owner especially knows his beer and do what he can to make sure that you're happy and find what you need. A true definition of great service
the only problem I have of the place, which I just noticed mainly yesterday when I went, was the overall quality of product being presented. I picked up at least 5 beers that had an "best by" date of early this past spring, one even being jan! Now normally that's not a problem if they are great beers to age...but these were regular seasonals and normal beers such as Shorts Black Licorice. Judging by how the selections were combed over, it kind of surprised me that the stock wasn't more maintained, let alone up to date
Overall not a bad place to go and a great place to get new beers that just are arriving..just make sure to look at the dates before purchasing though and enjoy!
10-20-2010 03:40:18 | More by beerguru15
4.38/5 rDev -2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
another late review...I visited the shop on Thanksgiving weekend 2011 while visiting family in Grand Rapids.
We rolled over to the shop mainly to pick out a selection of stouts for my sister-in-law to try out (she is new to bigger beers). We found a great selection of Michigan beers (coming from Georgia, it was nice to see Short's and New Holland) and many other good domestics (i didn't really get a chance to check out the Euro selection)...basically the perfect scenario for someone who wanted to try a bunch of new beers. We built a few six packs and grabbed a few bombers and then struck up a conversation with Rishi.
Needless to say, Rishi knows his beer! Above all, getting to chat with Rishi about availability and recommendations is what really made this trip worth while. I look forward to another visit the next time i am in Grand Rapids.
01-24-2012 23:45:19 | More by ohtheguilt
4.3/5 rDev -3.8%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Part of a well planned Grand Rapids beer expedition. Nice selection. Had some things I didn't find at Siciliano's. Probably need to hit up both to find everything you're looking for. Adam was very helpful, knew his beers very well. Picked up the stout series from Dark Horse that I hadn't seen elsewhere. Lots of Michigan beers, Belgians, Lagunitas. Prices seemed pretty reasonable. Picked up about two cases of Michigan beers and some other tasty offerings I hadn't found elsewhere. Overall definitely worth a stop to fill your trunk with beer.
02-14-2010 17:31:29 | More by eopacich
International Beverage Selections in Grand Rapids, MI
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