Party Source Beer Store
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Ratings: 36 | Reviews: 34 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by mborden:
3.78/5 rDev +14.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Past reviews have rated the place as having a "weird" atmosphere, but they are now under new management, I believe. The "big, empty" half of the store that previous reviews talked about has now been replaced by an Indian food store, so Party Source beer store part is much more intimate. Also, the new staff is much friendlier (in my opinion), and they have an active twitter feed that keeps you up to date on what's new (that's how I found out about their DFH 120 min delivery). Is it worth going out of your way if you're closer to one of the other Syracuse bottle shops? Probably not, but they have a decent selection if you're in the neighborhood and/or also need a keg, definitely stop in. They ALSO have the advantage of being able to mix from most any of the six packs on the shelf. Some other stores in the area have make your own sixers, but you can only choose from certain loose bottles. Here they price individually too.
10-27-2011 18:47:14 | More by mborden
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3.6/5 rDev +9.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | $$
I have been going to Party Source for several months now since beginning my studies as a grad student at Syracuse University and have had mixed experiences. For the most part, I have appreciated the decent selection of beers and have been really happy that they have recently offered Allagash from Portland, ME which I haven't seen since I was actually in Maine on an internship. Also, the store owners seem reasonable and down to earth. I do feel appreciated when I shop for beer here. I also like the fact that they offer beer tastings on Friday's. Today I was lucky enough to accidentally stumble upon a free tasting of 8 beers from Sierra Nevada which were all fantastic.
On the other hand, I visited Party Source several months ago and encountered a very angry and unfriendly old man. My friend and I were looking at the beer selection as two of my other friends just finished checking out. An old man situated behind the counter proceeded to make a very smart remark such as "is there a reason why they are back there?" I was startled by this and didn't appreciate the rudeness considering the fact that I have frequented the place several times and consider myself a good customer. Fortunately, I have seen this old man several more times and haven't had any more negative experiences.
All in all, I think that this place offers a decent selection and reasonable prices on some beers, yet considerably high prices on others. I will continue to go to this place for beer but hope to not have to deal with the angry old man again. I would recommend this place based on the beer selection and environment which is certainly supplemented by the beer tastings and friendly store patrons (minus the "angry old man").
03-07-2014 23:45:18 | More by chalkda01
4.08/5 rDev +23.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75 | $$
My faith has been restored in this store! It's under new management and has been completely redone. The manager Josh is a real beer aficionado and is super accommodating. This has gone from my 'in a pinch' bottle shop to my new 'go-to'. The previous review was for a previous store and the only thing that's the same is the location and the fact that they have beer.
Cheers to Party Source!
When you walk in you realize that decor and overall interior aesthetics were the last thing on the owner's mind when designing the place. The entire left hand side is reserved for a few palates and is mostly just a barren concrete slab. On the other side however hugging the walls is a whole sleuth of 4/6 packs for you to choose from and they span the entire globe in terms of selection it isn't just limited to BMC and locals. One of the other great additions to the place is the mixer-sixer (cost per bottle inflated vs. pack) This is an awesome service that is unique to stores in this area however the grumpy old guy will ALWAYS gripe just for you picking up the mix-six packs to start one. This is where the company takes a turn for the worse. The management is downright terrible, he is crotchety and never wants to talk beer which I can get past but he wont even acknowledge you half the time if you do try and say a simple hello. I could understand if all I were to do was peruse and never buy anything but i've dropped a pretty penny there on numerous occasions and my last trip there was the final straw. I was the only one buying and I had a single mix six. He goes "oh great" when I walk up and then calls the attention to others that they can simply go ahead of me (they werent in line) because apparently this would take too long. Two seperate customers that were called over (again not standing in line) were let ahead of me and then he began to grit his teeth, sigh and slam my bottles on the counter for giving him such a mundane task as to take advantage of a service they offer.
For the cost, selection and service I would choose brilbecks and the ONLY thing this place has on it is the availability of mixer-sixers.
In a pinch and want to try a single beer. Go for it. Care about being treated like a customer and not a burden on their day. Go elsewhere.
11-27-2013 00:57:04 | More by craftaholic
1.68/5 rDev -49.1%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 3.25 | $$$
This is my first review of anything on here, after reading Edwaka's review it spurred me to write one. Ed - I'm not sure if the person who was working the time you were there was an older (>65 year old) gentlemen, but I had almost the exact same experience to a "t".
DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY GOING TO THIS STORE
I was the only customer in there and the old guy behind the counter could not had been a bigger a-hole if he tried. Didn't ask if I wanted help and I just got this overwhelming feeling he didn't want me there. When I asked if they had Ommegang Blond Ale he made an obnoxious "I can't hear you" gesture and just exuded a really shi**y attitude. They didn't have the Blonde Ale (the ommegang selection was poor imo) and he just said "We don't have it", no offers for a similar beer. So I ended up buying Souther Tier LIVE (which is amazing btw) sort of because I felt obligated just to buy something. Walking out I remembering saying to myself, wow that guy must really hate his life to make paying customers feel like crap.
The place is clean, but the selection is weak and I don't recall them labeling areas of where the beer is from. Service was one of the the WORST I've experienced anywhere (including places like NYC and LA - you'd think people in CNY would have a better attitude), and honestly Wegmans has a better selection of beer.
Also to note, even though I stated the establishment is "clean" I only gave the atmosphere a 1.50 rating due to the beers being slightly disorganized and the HORRIBLE ATTITUDE of the older gentlemen working behind the counter, which put a huge damper on the overall experience.
07-23-2013 15:00:34 | More by hobbesthecat
1.14/5 rDev -65.5%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1.5 | $$$$
WORST experience ever.
I heard horrible things about this place - read the rest of the reviews for validation.
I went anyway ONLY because I come from oneonta/cooperstown where there is excelent brewing, but not much retail selection. Stopped here despite the aweful reviews, hoping to find at least one cool beer. I was horrified.
Wednesday. They open at 10am. I came in at 10:20. Was the only customer there. Literally less than 5 minutes of walking around.
I'm standing in front of the domestic/American craft rack taking mental notes of things I'd buy, and I hear the guy behind the counter mutter 'under his breath'..."buy something or get the fuck out!"
I start walking wordlessly and emptyhanded toward the door and as i near it he yells - "Is that all!?"
So I stopped and gave the guy a piece of my mind telling him I was about to spend a bunch of money in the store and he just lost it all to his competitiors. He acts like a schoolchild in the principals office about how he didn't say it...and then about how it was so quiet he barely heard it....then he admits to saying it and how he was sorry and didn't mean it.
He lied for a few minutes about saying it then finally admitted it. Said he was sorry but what the hell good is that?
I told him to fuck off and to expect a call to his manager/store's owner ASAP.
I called back to ask for management later, and he told me he was "so sorry" and wanted to extend an offer for a free case (which didn't mean much considering they didn't have a stellar selection). At this point I was across town and wasn't about to drive back over. Guess one paying customer and all of BA doesn't mean much to them.
I don't want the person to lose their job in this economy, so I didn't actually call back and rat them out to management, but I do hope they shits bricks all day thinking that is the case.
If you're a Syracusean, you know who I am talking about.
Brilbecks is about 10 minutes away and has an awesome selection. Galeville grocery is the same distance with an equally good stock of beer. Ideally I'd like to see Party Source do well, but as an owner/manager, you sign your own death certificate by keeping a person like this in your employment.
02-07-2012 19:55:28 | More by Edwaka01
3.16/5 rDev -4.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$
Went to the Party Source last week while in SYR.
This place obviously used to be some kind of convenience store or something similar. Seems to be a lot of dead space in here. On to the good stuff. They carry a lot of domestic craft from the likes of Cooperstown, Ithaca, Rogue, Full Sail and Great Lakes. The items are clearly marked with 6 pack prices as well as prices for singles. Prices here are very fair, the seleection is good for domestic craft, not so much so on the import side of things, though they do carry favorites such as Duvel, Delerium Tremens and Chimay. I did find Full Sail Wassail, which was a huge surprise considering when I was out on the left coast, I could not find this, so I had to break and buy a 6 pack of it. As for the service, no one really asked if I needed help, which was fine with me as I could navigate things well on my own. Overall, it's worth checking out.
11-07-2011 18:56:02 | More by keithmurray
3.66/5 rDev +10.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Re-reviewing this, because I visited recently and it was much improved from the last time I'd been there.
Atmosphere is pretty average as far as beer stores go, though it's much improved from the last time I was there. The other half of the space they were in appears to have been remodeled and it's next to an Indian grocery store now; Party Source feels appropriately-sized now, not uncomfortably roomy and with a decent set up, spatially speaking.
Service, of course, is much improved. Two guys were working there, the older gentleman behind that counter that most people here have complained about (not without reason, of course), and a younger guy that was helpful and friendly.
Selection was about like it was before. Lots of sixers and some bombers / 750s, with a handful of taps. Local stuff on the lines, I think three of five were just Empire Brewing Co. (from downtown Syracuse). What was REALLY great was that they allow you to mix-a-six with anything in the store, so long as you don't have to break the packaging to do so (like with canned sixers or 12-packs, that sort of thing). That was really, really awesome, because they're the only spot in the Syracuse area where you can do that. The price of anything in the mix-a-six is whatever the bottle is proportional to the package, too, not marked up at all. Also great. Beyond that, there was a decent selection of domestic craft, a few imports (and mainly good ones) and some NY State brews -- always happy to see more local beer in the stores. Not nearly as much as Galeville on that front, but not bad, still.
And finally, the prices are reasonable now. Party Source used to be a bit pricier, and that combined with the bad service and off-putting interior was a big turn off. Now, it's reasonably laid out, reasonably priced, and the service is adequate. Add the very versatile mix-a-six policy (again, only place in the area), and Party Source suddenly became a store I'll go back to in the near future -- a huge improvement from the "never again" association I had with it before.
04-22-2011 01:49:03 | More by fmccormi
2.15/5 rDev -34.8%
quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Every time i go into this place I am "greeted" (as in a quick glance upon entering) by unwelcoming D-Bags. I have been confronted about not purchasing items and always seem to note a completely outdated/out of season beer selection (ie Aprihop in late August).
Asking for help makes me generally uncomfortable by how rude both the owner and help tend to be. Do not go to this store with questions about beer, they will probably be incredibly unhelpful.
That being said, they have a decent selection, including a mix and match your own 6 pack. At one point they did have a small growler filling station, it will apparently return after alleged and long over due renovations. The place looks and feels like a warehouse, yet these are no wholesale priced items. Beers are typically 1-3 dollars more expensive in this store than they are at Wegmans/Tops. I was able to catch a tasting at their store, which was a 100% planned outing, and it went fairly smoothly as the tasting did not require my interaction with any of the staff.
12-23-2010 20:51:31 | More by ThePorterSorter
Party Source Beer Store in Syracuse, NY
79 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.