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Rishi's International Beverage

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BA SCORE
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world-class

63 Ratings
Ratings: 63
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.48
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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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.

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

Photo of MiWolfman
4.75/5  rDev +6%

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.

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

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!

Photo of sullenbee
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.

Photo of Avagadro
3.85/5  rDev -14.1%

International Beverage has a decent selection with single service and reasonable prices. The man behind the counter seems to be enthusiastic about brews, and plays jazz in the store, which is always a plus. One major flaw with this place is that they break apart gift packs to sell the glassware... Despicable. I get all of my bar supplies through these gift packs, and they are Cheating us out of the deal. That said, they have a decent selection of Belgian and English ales, and a great variety of Michigan brews. the German selection is a bit scarce though. Overall, worth a trip.

Photo of mcrawford
5/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of BEERschlitz
3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of Beerasaurus
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.

Photo of jkrich
3.74/5  rDev -16.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

I visited this establishment while visiting my niece over the fourth of July weekend. The store, located in a strip-mall, is small but every inch of the establishment is utilized well. As someone has already pointed out, you are greeted by single bottles of imports as soon as you enter. The craft/micro selection is in the back of the store and is a bit haphazard and overwhelming. The cooler section is packed and includes about four doors of offerings. The warm selections are on shelfs and large carts and not in any order. However, it is enjoyable to take some time and discover what is available: all of the standard Michigan offerings as well as Anchor brewing and Bear Republic. I was surprised to see Victory brewing company and Stoudts represented. I also have to echo an earlier reviewer's caveat, there are some selections that are clearly past their prime. While I was there no employee asked me if I needed help and I did not go out of my way to seek assistance. The only other place I visted was the Meijer store down the road, and it was also very impressive.

Photo of AlMarzo
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of eopacich
4.3/5  rDev -4%

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.

Photo of otto251068
4.21/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.85/5  rDev -14.1%

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.

Photo of Another6Pack
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

Photo of GoldenChild
4.86/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of ohtheguilt
4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of chuckv
4.75/5  rDev +6%

Photo of atoulouk
4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of CraftAle
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. :-)

Photo of todisht
4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of J_Barrett
4.75/5  rDev +6%

Photo of Maxwell106
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

Rishi's International Beverage in Grand Rapids, MI
98 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.