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Ratings: 81 | Reviews: 75 | Show All Ratings:
4.86/5 rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Great selection of beers to choose from and the stock seems to rotate very quickly. I have only once got a beer that was well past its prime, but that was a Mkkeller single hop and I should have known better. The staff is very helpful and they are quick with suggestions based on others that you have enjoyed. They have a good number of rare beers come through the store, but they tend to dissapear quickly. I follow them on twitter and make a point of trying to stop the day I see a post of something I want. The selection is very diverse which allows for a lot of single bottle purchasing for things I may or may not enjoy. The single bottles are on the higher end of the price scale, but six packs and the rare beers are reasonably priced. I shop here about once a month unless something rare that I must have pops up. Only downside to me is the parking lot is a disaster and the location makes it difficult at times to get in and out.
03-06-2014 16:06:29 | More by timmy2b
4.26/5 rDev -4.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25 | $$
One of the best beer stores in Western New York. A gem for sure.
The section with beer in it is also alongside some great snacks and interesting kitchen equipment. The other section of the store (not connected, I'm guessing because of NYS law regarding liquor stores and beer) had a very extensive wine and liquor store.
There were 4 aisles or so dedicated to beer. Great international selection, and always a ton of Evil Twin stuff. All of the typical selections you'd suggest, with no major gaps noticeable. Aisles divided by state, with an extra containing various countries, most notably Britain and Belgium. The best, limited stuff is on the top shelf behind the growler station. Didn't get any growlers, so can't comment on the pour quality, but it seemed like there was a nice selection. No bottles seem to be hidden, but you have to ask to get the "good stuff" off the back shelf. Picked up a good bottle of Golden Delicious this way. There's a walk in cooler in the back of the store too, with cold six packs of New York craft standards.
01-24-2014 21:16:38 | More by GreesyFizeek
4.61/5 rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5 | $$
This place is amazing! When we travel I look for places to find beer not distributd near me. I have never been to a place this awesome. 20 quality taps and the largest selection of beer that I have seen.
Found many locals as well as west coast stuff like Ballast Point and Ale Smith. I scored a Speedway Stout that I have been excited try. Great selection of imports too.
Staff was very helpful and knowledgeable. Notfar off the intersate either. If you have no reason to visit Buffalo, you do now.
08-05-2013 02:17:44 | More by TerrySandee
4.51/5 rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
Stopped here because it sounded like an upstate standout beer store, hoping to find a big selection including some things not available in New England.
Located in a busy shopping plaza area of a suburb of Buffalo. The smaller of two parts of a huge store, still larger than most beer stores. Beer in eight foot high rack after tall rack, in singles and sixpacks, plus about 50-75 feet of coolers with sixpacks and larger. Atmosphere says "step in, step up and look these over!" Everything very accessible except for the duplicates on the very top shelf.
I thought I had died and gone to beer store heaven.
When I first entered, a young clerk asked what I wanted to find, and cheerfully led me to the racks and explained where the empty cartons were for creating a mixed six.
Nearly everything was priced, and in most cases you could take a sixer, or a single without feeling a bit of a heel for breaking up a sixpack. Just ideal.
Broken down by state and country made locating particular breweries' products simply a matter of knowing where they were located. Didn't see most of the BA's top fifty rated stuff, but if it is nationally distributed, they seemed to have it!
Decent prices on most things, with quite a few great sales.
I'll do my damnedest to get back there when I hit my old hometown (Rochester) next month! Amherst is only an hour away!
06-25-2013 05:44:12 | More by scotorum
4.85/5 rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
a-great atmosphere, I'm a young guy in the beer community and I feel more welcome here than any consumers location that's for sure. I like the store overall as well, there are lots of imported items like chocolate, coffee, cheese, deli, spreads, olives, pâté, cookies, bon bon's, etc... and local items as well. They roast their own coffee beans there and just offer a real nice shopping experience on top of their enormous beer selection and devoted staff.
q-amazing! I've been coming here regularly for over 2 yrs and I'm still finding things just in their regular stock that I need to try. Then you add on all the seasonal and limited releases they get which is like once a week at least. Most of the stock is kept fresh give or take a few things and the draft system provides you with a more stable growler fill.
s-very good. I've gotten to know everyone who works there pretty well and they always let me know when something is expected to come in or if they have something new I may not have noticed. Any question you ask about any of their stock, if they don't know themselves, they will look it up for you. very nice gentlemen :-)
s-amazing as said before. always changing draft list and adding things to their shelves as well. There are probably over 1500 different beers to choose from, in fact I'm sure they tell you on their website. just go and see it if you haven't, and if you think you've seen it before, go look again and remember how spoiled you are.
f-there is a café, deli, cheese cave, home-roasted coffee beans, tons of kitchen tools, cocktail ingredients, etc...
v-people below have said that this place can both be more expensive than consumers and village beer and I have to say that they are very wrong except for when consumers puts something way overdue on sale. Every "big" beer like founders doom, boltcutter, kbs and FW sucaba were exactly $2 cheaper than consumers and except for doom, this was true for village beer merchant as well. Just sayin' cause I'm a shopper and I look at prices all the time and there is no way that either consumers or VBM are ever cheaper than premier.
05-17-2013 18:14:18 | More by jahbulon
4.63/5 rDev +3.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I am from Michigan and work all the time in the GTA. If you have ever been to Canada, you know the queen is alive and well because she likes to pull your dollars through your nostrils via sin taxes.
So I make bi-weekly runs to this place. It's a must. Selection is superior to anything I've seen in the Detroit metro. Prices are reasonable. They sort their beers via brewery / region. I saw some Colorado / Western US breweries in here, which blew me away.
Service is fantastic. And next door you'll find whatever spirits you can think of.
I see Ontario plates in the parking lot whenever I'm there, so it's not a secret. This place deserves some sort of citizenship award for keeping me sane in Canada.
02-19-2012 22:51:18 | More by tresmonos
4.55/5 rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
This is the place to go. Hands down.
Upon walking in you'd think this place would cater more to wine/spirits drinkers. However, once you browse around the beer section located in the back corner...you'll be convinced. Beer F-in Paradise of WNY.
Up until recently (it's currently changing ownership/moving/liquidating some stock) I have been blown away by this place's constant quality and selection. Absolutely incredible beers are always coming in and if you're expecting to find something in particular, you're usually not let down. I always walk in with an open mind and walk out with $50-100 spent, there are things in there you just can't resist.
Rare finds? Hell yes. But do expect a slight mark-up for older vintages (few dollars).
The food is actually not too bad either! They roast their own coffee beans and have a great deli/prepared food section. Sometimes I'll browse the beer aisles and then grab a bite to eat before checking out (to decide whether I actually want to spend what I'm about to spend).
And their prices aren't unreasonable. Just expect +$1 mark-ups over Consumers prices...
Check the place out if you haven't, but don't be disappointed if their shelves look a little sparse...I'm sure everything will be good again after the move.
02-08-2012 03:52:10 | More by ThePorterSorter
4.88/5 rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
There isn't really much I can say that hasn't been said already, but the selection here is flat out amazing. When I came here, I spent more in a single beer trip than I have ever spent anywhere else. I bought my fill of Ithaca, Lagunitas, Bear Republic, Troegs, and Redhook. Of course, they had tons more than that. If I had unlimited funds and unlimited time to drink them, I could have bought 10 times what I did. I also loved all the sampler packs they had on the lower parts of the racks; a great way to sample beers.
My main complaint would be that I didn't see the ability to mix 6 packs. It's a small complaint, because I've sort of gotten away from buying a lot of singles. I'd rather have a full 6 pack to really think about a beer and enjoy the beer rather than just one 12 ounce serving. A few years ago though, I'd have considered this a big deal.
Definitely worth a stop if you have the time while in Buffalo. You won't be disappointed.
01-18-2012 02:45:01 | More by NODAK
4.61/5 rDev +3.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
It was my first visit to Premier and, wow, was I ever overwhelmed.
The beer selection was ridiculously great (keep in mind that I'm coming from Toronto the Bad). It was almost overwhelming.
The prices on some items were a little higher than I expected, but not by much.
I've read posts about the service, or lack thereof. After browsing for 10 minutes, a younger gent asked us if we needed any help. He was incredibly helpful and knowledgeable. Our basket size increased after his advice.
The issues: aisles are really narrow. you feel like you're in an obstacle course - always dodging carts and people. They're moving, so I assume this won't be an issue at their new location. I also think there is a substantial error on our bill (I am calling them this afternoon, hoping it can be resolved). So I won't say that's a negative unless they refuse to resolve it (mistakes do happen)
01-08-2012 14:43:08 | More by atomeyes
4.44/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Really huge selection certainly the biggest I've ever seen in one place. Ethan the beer manager is very knowledgeable in his beers and is successful in stocking some amazing beers, local and international on his shelves.
The store has a lot of food and wine and spirits to offer also, of course the beer shelves are what matter most. You can check their website for their beer list before you drive there to see what they have but if you want to confirm they still have it in stock it is best to call ahead and make sure it is still there for you.
12-26-2011 15:48:56 | More by PeerlessMark
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