Rishi's International Beverage

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Reviews: 45
Visits: 69
rAvg: 4.49
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3835 28th St SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49512-1876
United States
phone: (616) 942-7240

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Reviews: 45 | Visits: 69
Photo of BuffBeerGeek
4.58/5  rDev +2%
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. (615 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.58/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped by on my way through for the KBS release party at Founders.

Very impressed with this place. They had a great selection of Michigan beers as would be expected (Founders, Bells, Short's, etc.) as well as a great selection from across the US. All 6 packs could be broken up and purchased as individual bottles, which allowed me to grab a great selection of Short's beer, which they had a lot of.

The service here is what really makes it stand out. I wish I had gotten the guy's name that was behind the counter. He was extremely helpful with beer suggestions and VERY FRIENDLY. It seemed like he had personally tried every single beer he was selling! I will definitely return here some day.

Prices were average. (722 characters)

Photo of todisht
4.58/5  rDev +2%
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. (580 characters)

Photo of atoulouk
4.58/5  rDev +2%
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. (875 characters)

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%

My only gripe although it may be perceived is that I think prices here were slightly higher than other places (hence not a pefect score). Otherwise service was first class all the way, perhaps the best ever in that regard and they had very good selection... maybe only missing a couple I found in other places. If I can recall, they allowed singles, but by that time I really wanted some Shorts (although I did pick up some singles from smaller breweries as well). If you need something and don't want to look around, this is a great place. Did I mention the exceptional customer service there? Seriously, the people who work there you would like to sit and have a beer with. Probably will be back again if in the area. (719 characters)

Photo of dnh2
4.64/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

International Beverage is one of my regular stops anytime I'm out beer shopping. I have yet to find a store around Grand Rapids with a more knowledgeable and helpful staff. These guys love talking about beer and are happy to help you find what you're looking for or anything else you might like. They strike a great balance between good prices and good selection. Any six pack (or four pack) on the shelves can be broken up and sold as singles if you are interested in trying something but don't want to commit to the whole pack. Highly recommended. (549 characters)

Photo of andrewengler
4.64/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

The customer service experience from the moment you walk in to the moment you walk out makes you want to come back. I love the guys here at the East Paris location. There is another over on Cascade a couple of miles away. More testament to their success as a beer/liqour store.

They have great knowledge of beers and wines. They also sell liqour and cigars of various kinds. Their biggest focus is on the beer and wine. For the most part, they have a great selection including some hard to find beers. If you name one that they don't have, they'll do their best to try and track it down for you.

Rishi and his crew are fit for the task of giving you great advice, recommendations and more. The only thing they could probably do more is to include home brewing information/start up materials.

Great store! (809 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%

I frequent this establishment on a weekly basis.
The manager is very friendly and helpful; he could probably tell you about every beer they have in the store!
Great local selections with ample belgians to choose from as well as some harder to find stuff from other breweries nationwide.

You can do a mix and match 6pk with ANY BEER IN THE STORE! Provided that it itself is in a 6pk to begin with.

Superb service and fantastic price to selection all-around an awesome local beer stop to get your fix! (505 characters)

Photo of Maxwell106
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%

Stopped in a few weeks ago for the first time. Great place! I was able to find some nice DFH bottles that I have not been able to find anywhere else in Grand Rapids. I also saw a great row of all big bottles with DFH, Stone, Rouge, New Holland, Brooklyn Local 1, SN Harvest series, and many more.

The owner was very helpful and great to talk to. I went to check out and we ended up walking through the entire store again talking about our favorite beers, breweries, and beers we want to try. I also watched him as he took a customer around and made a custom 6-pack of his personal favorite stouts.

Overall, great selection, awesome service, worth checking out if you're in the area. (685 characters)

Photo of jt31914
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%

International beverage is probably my favorite beer store in the actual city of GR; they have a good selection (not as big as Siciliano's, but better stuff in my opinion) and the service is really good - they'll take to you for hours about beers if you want to. Very knowledgeable and helpful staff, I plan to do most of my beer shopping here in the future. Pricewise I would say that they are similar to other area beer stores, maybe a little bit higher than Siciliano's but cheaper than B&B down on 28th street. (513 characters)

Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

I stop in to this store in Grand Rapids once in a while when I'm driving by. They have a HUGE selection of beer, and a also a large selection of wines. I've never really stumbled through the wine aisles, so I can't comment on that aspect. But the beer selection is tremendous. This place carries almost every local beer I know of. The pricing can be either hot or cold. Overall, I would say its a little pricey, but they do always have 1 or 2 items on sale for dirt cheap... probably due to overstock I would imagine. Always the same friendly guy behind the counter, although he'll say anything is good just to get you to buy it. Nice store here, stop in and check out the selection if your ever in the area. (708 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%

I stopped here basically because I saw it next to my hotel, not my usual method (beerfly before arrival). What a find, this store is seriously good at making quality beer available to those who need it. You can break apart any 6-pack and they'll sell it to you for the pro-rated 6-pack price per bottle, plus 15 cents. A great practice that I'd like to see more often, you can try singles before committing to a sixer without getting gouged for the privelege.

I estimate about 400-500 beers worth of selection, maybe more. Strong stock of locals such as Bells, Founders, and New Holland. Also tons of other USA craft brews, Belgians, and other European beers. Prices were about average for MI, very reasonable. (711 characters)

Photo of trace854
4.85/5  rDev +8%

Awesome place! Stopped in before attending the Local First party downtown. Great selection of craft beers from all over the country! Imports and macro's if you are lost. The owner, Rashi, really loves and knows his beers! Need a recommendation on a new beer to try? Just ask Rashi and he'll show you the way!

The place also sells wine and liquor. Found some wicked good deals on Svedka Vodka and Van Gogh Double Espresso Vodka (1.75L botltle).

I will definitely stop in at this place every time I visit Grand Rapids! Great business to frequent! (548 characters)

Photo of jrags8
4.85/5  rDev +8%

I had been to this place years ago when I lived very close and just went again recently. It is convenient to 28th street so not sure why I haven't been in more often but will make it a point to do so.

Rishi is very welcoming and really knows his stuff. What I liked best was that he offered to help, and after I said I was going to look for a while, just let me be like some other places won't...after brining them up to the counter, he helped me find another I was looking for, but even better, rather than just complimenting the selection as most of us probably get, he talked about them, my likes, and then suggested a few other beers (two of which weren't even on the shelf yet.) Not pushy at all and very much appreciated.

This place has most of anything you will want and all in one place. IBS to me is much more convenient to where the wife shops than Siciliano's so after seeing the huge selection, I will likely be stopping in here much more often. (960 characters)

Photo of sandygr65
4.85/5  rDev +8%

Nice surprise! Stopped by this place on a recommendation and I'm glad I did. Very well stocked store, almost too well because the isles are very tight to navigate through. The selection is fantastic; the beers are well organized. I completely missed the Belgium section but caught it on my way out, glad I did! They do singles of everything in the store, one of the best Michigan beer selections I have seen. I walked out with a case of wine and a couple cases of mix and match beers. The service is wonderful, the selection is great...highly recommend it! (556 characters)

Photo of brew3crew
4.85/5  rDev +8%

Q- This place packs a lot of beer in a small space. They had every macro and a great amount of craft beers as well.

S-Guy at the counter gave me recommendations with very beer I picked out (ageing, drink now) as well as the tasting notes to go with it. Everything seemed stocked to the brim

S-Best selection of Short's I found in Michigan. They had alot of the other MI brewers as well. Tons of Bells and Foudners, Arcadia, etc. Highly recommend this place.

V-Very reasonable and This would be my go-to if I leaved nearby (526 characters)

Photo of GoldenChild
4.86/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I spent 6 days in GR went to many bottle shops and was super happy when i found this one.

When i walked in the door there were 3 employs working who instantly greeted me with a "Hello how are you doing today sir"
then they gave me about 30 seconds to stand there in awe at there selection....Then the man from behind the counter who must of been the owner came out shock my hand introduced himself (i think and i might be wrong with the spelling and the name that it was Rasha) and asked me if this is my "first time in the store?" Then he took me through the store explaining how it was laid out.
Then he left me to look around.
As i wandered looking at Old stock ale, Blushing monk, Stone imperial stout, Devil dancer, Old stock reserve, Ect. The man came back out took bottles out of my full hands (taking them up to the counter for me) and made other great suggestions. Now thats customer service.

They have a HUGE selection of brews. Ended up finding and buying lots of great stuff.

What a great store if i lived in the area i would be a regular for sure.
If you are anywhere near this store make sure that you stop by I cant imagine coming out of there disappointed. (1,177 characters)

Photo of Wasted83Youth
4.86/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Phenomenal selection. Great music playing in store. Very friendly and knowledgable staff. Downside is individual beers are not labeled with a price so it's a surprise when you check out. Overall great place to buy your beer and liquor. I wouldn't have found this gem without beer advocate app.... Just sayin (307 characters)

Photo of chad57
4.94/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Part of a 6 day tour through Michigan visiting local breweries. This store looks average and ordinary from the outside. Walked in and was taken away by all the inventory this place packs in. Great selection of Michigan beers and crafts. Did not find a Rogue that I was looking for but the guy behind the counter recommended a harvest ale that was excellent. I was allowed to take and mix any beers out of their 6 packs…neat! The beers were organized by geography and judging from the traffic I would assume were regularly rotated.

Recommend this place very much! Cheers! (574 characters)

Photo of Soods
5/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Was in Grand Rapids over the past weekend and had read good reviews of this place. Seeing it was quite close to my hotel, it was no problem stopping in.

What an amazing store for beer. A great collection of all kinds of Michigan brewers. Especially loved the Dark Horse and Short's collections. Like others have said, being able to break up the six packs into singles is great and gives you the chance to try before you commit to the whole six pack.

Store is laid out very well, with all brews from each brewer right beside each other. Very clean and well laid out.

To me, what really makes the store is Rishi, the owner. Boy he knows his stuff and is super friendly. He has a vast knowledge of the products and is more than willing to go out of his way to help you find what you want or even something that you need to have that you didn't know about.

Definitely worth checking out and I'll return when I'm back in the area. (929 characters)

Photo of joshholmes1981
5/5  rDev +11.4%

What a pleasant surprise! Stopped by looking for beer making supplies and walked out with a trunk full of beer. Deceiving from the outside, but inside is an outstanding selection of what seemed to be well attended to beer. The service was excellent, very knowledgeable. Mix your own six ...two thumbs up! Bought a couple of sixes of half off Belgium beers, was expecting half the quality but will be going back for more.

Overall I would recommend this to all, they did not have Kuhnhenn beers in stock, I asked and the clerk called the brewery as I was finishing my request! (575 characters)

Photo of Bradloeks
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Stopped here on my way through Grand Rapids on a recommendation. This is an impressive store, as you walk in there is a beautiful wall of Belgium and import cork finished bottles on your right. The back half of the store is all beer. For the most part this is a very organized and well laid out store. Their selection of Michigan beers is amazing not to mention the prices are very fair as compared to other retailers that I visited. Every beer is available in singles; you can take a single beer right out of any six packs to build your own. The service was excellent; I was greeted as I walked in and talked about IPAs with the clerk who was very helpful in picking out some wonderful Michigan brews. Shook my hand on the way out and had me join their email list.

One of the most notable stops during my trip...wish they had one of these in Oak Park! (853 characters)

Photo of cheezdawg
5/5  rDev +11.4%

This store is great. I just happened to stop in after the KBS party and I am mad at myself for never stopping in prior to this. The worker was helpful, the prices were fair, and the selection was great. Want a single bottle of anything? No problem they will do that for you. I only wish I lived closer as this would become my go to liquor store. I was thinking it was mainly a wine store, however this place can stand with the best stores as being a microbrew shop. This store wasn't cramped, smelly and dark like that other shop on the other side of town. (556 characters)

Photo of DuffManOhYeah
5/5  rDev +11.4%

I now exclusively go to Int'l Beverage. When I buy booze anywhere else, I feel like I'm cheating. Their selection is unmatched in Grand Rapids and their prices are far fairer than places that might come close. They are continuously getting new beers in, and notify you which ones through their weekly email. I'd guesstimate they get about 3 or so new types of beers each week. Their email also has a Beer Style of the Week feature, which is purely educational and interesting, offering a history of various types of beers and recommendations of brands of that style.
Since the first day I walked in there I've felt welcome and the employees have even become my friends. They have yet to let me down in recommending me a new beer. I suggest this place to everyone I know and to anyone who appreciates a good brew or is looking to start buying better beer (854 characters)

Photo of lacey1975
5/5  rDev +11.4%

I learned about this place from people at the winter fest beer tasting. Everyone serving the beer at the event spoke very highly of International Beverage. I have lived in Grand Rapids for a long time but had never stopped in. My parents buy a lot of wine from this place so I guess I always figured it to be a wine shop. Wow! Was I wrong!! The beer selection was absolutely fantastic and well organized. I usually do all my beer shopping at Siciliano's. Overall Siciliano's probably has just a touch more beer, but I felt this place had better beer. The Belgian beer selection was maybe the best I have ever seen. I'm picky about dates and the beer seemed much fresher than most stores in the area. The staff was very helpful, Adam helped me with the beer and I even picked up a bottle of wine for my parents thanks to Rashi!
Bottom line I couldn't believe that I had not visited this place earlier...I would give the beer part of the store a solid A and overall store an A+. It is a one stop shop for those with that enjoy good beer and good wine! (1,049 characters)

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Rishi's International Beverage in Grand Rapids, MI
98 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.