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Rishi's International Beverage

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

62 Ratings
Ratings: 62
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 9.6%
[ Store ]

3835 28th St SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49512-1876
United States
phone: (616) 942-7240

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

TurdFurgison, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.6/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

MilwaukeeCrusher, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of beerwolf77
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.

beerwolf77, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.58/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

TheSevenDuffs, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of cratez
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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.

cratez, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.3/5  rDev -4%

I had high expectations going in after hearing the good things that Sweemzander had to say on our way there from Martha's.
They were met.
There was beer all over the place inside this seemingly standard liquor store. This place is one of the reasons I try to go into every little dumpy looking liquor store I see; a total diamond in the rough. From memory, beer took up close to half the store and was, for the most part, stored in the back. The only complaint that I can really give to this place is the storage of imports and Belgian beer right near the front windows. Yeouch.

Besides that, there were coolers lining the back walls but most of the stock was on shelves. Another great surprise was that you could take any bottle from any six pack and make your own mix pack. They charged a small premium for that, but it's a price I was willing to pay for some of the stuff I snagged there.

From the quick notes I jotted down there was DFH Burton Baton, Harpoon, Great Divide, Flying Dog, tons of Bell's (lots of Hopslam), Founders, and the like. Avery, and a few local breweries I had never heard of before.

Along the top of the fridges read a sign, "Home of the lowest prices allowed by law. *750 ml and above" I laughed at first, but the prices were pretty solid, competition-wise.

I already forget the gentleman's name who worked behind the counter, but he was pretty awesome to talk to. Helpful right away and talked about the store as well as some of his personal preferences on beers.

Again, it's another stop I'll probably have to make when I'm in Grand Rapids. If not to pick up beer, to at least say hi and chat for a bit. Highly recommended but be careful of the beer close to the front windows.

BeerFMAndy, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of mactrail
4.41/5  rDev -1.6%

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!

mactrail, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of granger10
3.5/5  rDev -21.9%

As kleing said this is part party store/part beer store. Only one worker working behind the counter. He will help if asked a question but he doesn't usually volunteer his services. And he always says that the beer is excellent, i dont know if he's even tried it, because he's never descriptive on why it's supposedly so good. They have a really good micro selection and a solid Belgian selection. Their stuff doesn't really move too well, i got a 2002 Bell's Rye Stout just last week! But I go sometimes to see what new Belgian's they have, some I don't see anywhere else in GR.

granger10, Apr 14, 2004
Photo of mgbickel
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...

mgbickel, May 19, 2010
Photo of sweemzander
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%

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!

sweemzander, Sep 15, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

ubenumber2, Jun 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

ssimpson89, Jun 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

patre_tim, Aug 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

wtkphoto, Sep 05, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

JeffONeal, Sep 12, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

EricTKole, Sep 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

fredmugs, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of SupaCelt
3.35/5  rDev -25.2%

This place was representing hardcore with huge Founders posters adorning the windows. Inside you can find a decent chunk of brews. Full cases of Founders were stacked on the floors. I think they had most of the Dark Horse family ( notably Thirsty Trout that I had not run into prior to stopping in ). A semi rectangle of warm sixers representing a fair selection lies across from the cooler. Nothing to get all excited about really. They have a little import section which I passed up in favor of checking out the American areas. The cooler didn't have much going on inside. Most of the stock was on the warm shelf. No friggin singles except for some foreign stock immediately inside the door. This is disappointing. I did not see anything there that I wanted a quantity of, so I made no purchase. An alright place to go if you want commonly found sixpacks. Nothing to call mom about.

SupaCelt, Mar 29, 2005
Photo of Roeters
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

Roeters, Apr 29, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

MiWolfman, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of jt31914
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

jt31914, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of brew3crew
4.85/5  rDev +8.3%

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

brew3crew, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of beerguru15
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%

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!

beerguru15, Oct 20, 2010
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Rishi's International Beverage in Grand Rapids, MI
98 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.