Rishi's International Beverage
Ratings: 57 | Reviews: 44 | Display Reviews Only:
4.64/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
10-09-2011 23:03:37 | More by dnh2
4.64/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
03-23-2012 04:16:32 | More by andrewengler
5/5 rDev +11.6%
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.
03-15-2010 05:49:19 | More by cheezdawg
4.85/5 rDev +8.3%
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.
08-17-2010 18:11:39 | More by jrags8
5/5 rDev +11.6%
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.
03-16-2011 22:11:16 | More by Soods
3.66/5 rDev -18.3%
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.
12-05-2012 16:53:31 | More by TheBeerDad
5/5 rDev +11.6%
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!
03-08-2010 20:47:45 | More by lacey1975
4.85/5 rDev +8.3%
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!
06-13-2010 23:19:04 | More by trace854
Rishi's International Beverage in Grand Rapids, MI
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