Rishi's International Beverage
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4.3/5 rDev -4%
Stopped in on a whim, after checking on ba for local beer shops I hadn't yet checked out.
The front of the store was mostly wine, but the back is filled with plenty of great selections. Not a lot of cooler space, most of the selections were warm on the shelf. Not a huge deal, but they could benefit from more cold selections. Picked up an empty 6 pack, and filled it up. All Founders 6-packs were priced on sale, always a good thing. Also noticed 6-packs of Hopslam were 15.99, about $5 cheaper than most other places I've seen. Noticed a selection of Jolly Pumpkin Ales, and picked one up to try. Got to the counter, and the man behind it introduced himself and his co-worker. I believe Rishi and Adam. Shook my hand, and complimented my beer selections. Wanted to make sure I let him know what I thought of the Jolly Pumpkin Dark Dawn Stout. Ended up signing up for their mailing list, and they promised to send out notifications whenever rare beers came in.
Very friendly, enthusiastic service. I will be returning to check out what other great selections they may have next time.
03-03-2010 05:58:53 | More by sullenbee
4.21/5 rDev -6%
Atmosphere: It doesn't matter who is behind the counter, I always feel more than welcome when I walk in. I like spending time here although it can get crowded very quickly.
Quality: Every bottle in the store looked fresh, no overly dusty stuff. No hidden corners in here that it looks like a beer could be forgotten for a long period of time. The cooler is filled with a lot of BMC stuff, but half of it is micros.
Service: The help here is great. Greeted with a handshake and a smile after the first couple visits. I always browse a little and ask for some recommendations and the employees seem to know every beer (and wine) in and out. They always ask how I enjoyed my last purchase.
Selection: IBS always has lots of locals, mainly Bells, Founders, and Shorts. They also have plenty of the harder to find stuff, but they always go fast. I can always count on this place to have a few bottles that I can't find anywhere else. They store is fairly small, but what they do have is great.
Value: Good, not great. A little on the higher end when compared to some of the other stores that I visit.
11-01-2010 12:00:29 | More by otto251068
4.15/5 rDev -7.4%
This was on the list of planned stops while in Grand Rapids. For the record...I cannot believe how many good beer stores this area has...even little, unassuming places have a great selection!
The first thing you notice is the beer lining the half wall along the entryway. All imports...one of the best selections around (from what I've seen). The back wall houses coolers that contain random singles and sixers. They do have a lot of Macro stuff cold, but I am sure it sells...
There are shelves lined with domestic craft and locals along the rear of the store. You can mix and match six packs or buy a full six...your choice. For me, as a Pittsburgher, the highlight was seeing a six pack of Iron City sitting between the DFH and Victory...got the pic to prove it!
The guy behind the counter was friendly and pretty much left me alone once he asked if I needed anything.
Another store that I would frequent if I was a local. A good one to keep an eye on...
05-19-2010 17:05:28 | More by mgbickel
4.15/5 rDev -7.4%
Made it here for the first time a few weeks ago while looking for more Short's brews. It was the first place that I was able to find many of the beers that I was looking for, i.e. Short's smoked apple, golden rule, liberator and Dark Horse Plead the Fifth. They have good prices and selection of stuff.
The only real issue that I have is the cooler space being wasted with macro beer, but I understand that not everyone that comes in is looking the same great beers that I am.
Great stop along 28th street
04-29-2010 17:53:23 | More by Roeters
4.15/5 rDev -7.4%
Probably the largest selection of brews in Grand Rapids. More cooler space than other local stores as well. They know beer, and carry just about all available craft beers.
Prices are a bit higher that other area stores, except Founders which is always "on sale" for $7.99/six pack. They support the local guy and I like that.
They seem to stock a lot of out-of-date seasonals like 2005 Oktoberfest in August 2006. I'll bet that the quality is still fine however.
They also have a huge wine selection, if you're so warped. :-)
08-02-2006 02:53:14 | More by CraftAle
4.14/5 rDev -7.6%
One of the few stores we stopped in during our trip to GR.
Pretty much looks and feels like any other liquor store. However the service and beer selection tell me otherwise. Now Michigan doesn't get that much different stuff than Milwaukee so I wasn't floored but the selection was very nice. Tons of Short's stuff which was awesome. The fact that you can break any sixer in the place was completely foreign to me. I had never seen anything like it. I made several mixed sixers for myself and grabbed a few bombers too.
The guys working there are super friendly and knowledgeable about beer. They knew sweem so they were probably a bit more friendly to us but they seemed genuine. I would have no problem going back here next time I'm in town.
03-20-2011 22:35:36 | More by beerwolf77
4/5 rDev -10.7%
Read the reviews and stopped by on the way from the airport to the beach. As with many of the good beer stores, it is located in a plain vanilla strip center, the exterior offering no clue as to what lies within.
A nice selection of Belgians and other single bombers right upon entering. A good offering of Michigan brews as well.
Decently organized with friendly service on a Saturday morning. Left with 3 bombers and a 4 pack of Devil Dancer.
Siciliano's seems to have a larger selection but IBS did not feel as cramped. Siciliano's is also on the west side of town while IBS is over by the airport on the east.
Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.
07-12-2009 01:57:06 | More by Beerasaurus
Rishi's International Beverage in Grand Rapids, MI
98 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.