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Rishi's International Beverage

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Rishi's International BeverageRishi's International Beverage

46 Reviews
Reviews: 46
Visits: 72
Avg: 4.35
pDev: n/a
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3835 28th St SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49512-1876
United States
phone: (616) 942-7240

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Reviews: 46 | Visits: 72
Photo of strohme2
4.79/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

I'm don't even live where this store is although I do make visits often. This is the BEST store in the state in my opinion. Nevermind the amazing selection of beers from all of the US, the wall of liquor the section of wines is top notch. Craft kegs are always in stock in the cooler too. Rishi's allows you to take a single 12 oz from anywhere from the store, not just the singles section. The service is top notch. Rishi and his staff is always greeting you as you walk in the door, is eager to make suggestions and thanks you for your business. Great selection of meads too. I'm always glad to make a visit to this store. You won't be disappointed.

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Photo of otto251068
4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

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.

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Photo of eopacich
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

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Photo of Another6Pack
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

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Photo of GoldenChild
4.86/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of ohtheguilt
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of atoulouk
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of CraftAle
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%

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. :-)

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Photo of todisht
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of Maxwell106
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

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Photo of DuffManOhYeah
5/5  rDev +14.9%

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

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Photo of dnh2
4.64/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of andrewengler
4.64/5  rDev +6.7%
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!

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Photo of cheezdawg
5/5  rDev +14.9%

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.

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Photo of jrags8
4.85/5  rDev +11.5%

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.

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Photo of Soods
5/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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Photo of TheBeerDad
3.66/5  rDev -15.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Overall the selection was quite nice and the staff behind the counter seemed knowledgeable about their products. My major complaint with this store is the outrageous mark-up on nearly most of their products. I completely understand why retail centers mark-up, but to pay $15 for a six pack of Short's in G.R. is a little out of control. To add to this complaint it seemed that the only craft beer that was priced with a label were 22oz and up selections. All of the 12oz selections were not priced, to find it you have to ask or be shocked when they scan it at the counter.

Living in G.R. I don't thing I will return to this establishment being that there are many other great bottle shops in the city that run their businesses with a bit more integrity. A 50% mark-up seems unethical to me personally.

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Photo of lacey1975
5/5  rDev +14.9%

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!

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Photo of trace854
4.85/5  rDev +11.5%

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!

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Photo of joshholmes1981
5/5  rDev +14.9%

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!

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Photo of Bradloeks
5/5  rDev +14.9%

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!

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Photo of sandygr65
4.85/5  rDev +11.5%

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!

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Photo of chad57
4.94/5  rDev +13.6%
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!

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Photo of KNL
4.57/5  rDev +5.1%
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!

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Photo of BuffBeerGeek
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Rishi's International Beverage in Grand Rapids, MI
95 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.