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86 Ratings
Ratings: 86
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 6.92%
$$ - reasonable
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3904 Maple Rd
Amherst, New York, 14226-1044
United States
phone: (716) 877-3574

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cratez

Ontario (Canada)

4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$

This specialty food and liquor store has an extensive range of beers from around the world, all of which are sorted by their country and, in the case of U.S. beers, state of origin. Walk through the doors, turn left, and head to the back where you’ll find hundreds of high quality craft brews.

I grabbed a Tröegs Nugget Nectar, Anchor Old Foghorn Barley Wine, Oskar Blues G’Knight Imperial Red and Ten FIDY, St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition, Hitachino Nest XH and Commemorative Ale, Kona Pipeline Porter, and Duvel Triple Hop, among many others. Compared to Village Beer Merchant, the prices are cheaper (certain beers are $3-4 less per bottle), the selection is larger, and some of the stock - like the Oskar Blues stuff - is fresher here.

Service was very good as the clerks seem to know a lot about the products they’re selling (coffee, meats, bulk food) and the cashier jammed all of my bombers into a single case in order to avoid problems at the border. We also stayed for lunch since the deli sells various gourmet soups, sandwiches, and entrees.

Overall, Premier offers a pleasant and sophisticated shopping experience with the best beer selection in the city. A mandatory stop when you come to Buffalo.

05-24-2011 19:45:01 | More by cratez
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generallee

New York

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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Moc513

New York

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HoppyBastard2

Pennsylvania

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nodder

New York

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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timmy2b

New York

4.86/5  rDev +8.5%
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
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GreesyFizeek

New York

4.26/5  rDev -4.9%
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
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