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Reviews: 77
Visits: 97
rAvg: 4.44
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3904 Maple Rd
Amherst, New York, 14226-1044
United States
phone: (716) 877-3574

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Photo of atomeyes
4.61/5  rDev +3.8%
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) (884 characters)

Photo of PeerlessMark
4.44/5  rDev 0%
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. (549 characters)

Photo of Beejis60
4.2/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5

Probably the best selection of beers in all of buffalo... the atmosphere and service shouldn't count in my review though as I would give this place an A overall. No one there seems to know anything about beer if you have a question, and the atmosphere just feels like a shotty gas station with the lighting in there. The selection, as aforementioned, is superb. A bit too pricey though, which is really frustrating in my opinion. They may be more expensive than Village Beer Merchant, hoenstly, which is kinda rough. There are far too many beers there that are WAAAYYY overpriced, so I hit up Consumers first, then Beer Merchant, then here if neither of the two places have what I want. (686 characters)

Photo of amc2341
4.88/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Premier Gourmet is aptly named as it is the premier destination for buying beer at the retail level in the Buffalo area.

Located right next to Premier Wine and Spirits (as NY has some weird laws that prohibit beer being sold in the same store as wine and liquor), Premier Gourmet is a specialty food store that in addition to great coffee, a bakery, deli, and other rare foodstuffs, has a huge selection of beer from around the world. The beer is located in the back corner of the store, organized by geographic origin. The selection is actually daunting... while WNY for the most part does a good job offering a wide variety of craft beer to its retail customers, seeing the sheer number of Belgians, Germans, even Italian and Japanese craft offerings at Premier remind you that there is SO much more out there. Not to mention the American section which offers an equally impressive spread of beer from all different states. The guy (or guys?) in charge of the beer at Premier obviously takes his job very seriously. They also have a large cooler in case you want to grab some stuff pre-chilled. The beer isn't as cheap as at Wegmans or at Consumer's... but the selection more than makes up for it. (1,200 characters)

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Hands down, Premier Gourmet has the best selection of beer in the Buffalo region. Their selection includes beers from around the world (organized by country), as well as domestic beers from around the country. If you are looking for WNY locals, or other east coast goodies, this place has you covered. Premier also offers a large selection of meats and cheeses, so it becomes a one stop shop for all your pairing needs.

If you are visiting Buffalo and looking for a place to pick up some brews, Premier Gourmet is a must! You would be doing yourself a disservice by, at least, not checking it out. (598 characters)

Photo of cratez
4.6/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (1,223 characters)

Photo of zachariaIPA
4.18/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Coming from Toronto, this is Heaven, simply put.

You grab a shopping cart and head eagerly to the back left of the store..you quiver with anticipation. Premier has a massive selection..absolutely mind-melting. All the stuff from Great Divide, Stone, Sierra Nevada..countless regional IPAs..saisons..Belgians..World Wide Stouts, Miles Davis'..some glassware and loads of artisan cheeses. They also post their stock online fairly regularly so you can droll over the selection at work. I can't recommend this place enough. Dangerous! (532 characters)

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.35/5  rDev -2%

I love food and gourmet markets and I love beer, so Premier was a must destination for me during my trip to Buffalo.

When you go in, there is almost no hint of the amazing beer section tucked away at the end of this store. Before, you ought to walk through aisles and aisles of yummies. Olive oil, chocolate, cheese and meats... a good but not exceptional market (go to Wegman's for the food, come here for the beer).

Yes, the beer. Wow! A big cooler with beer divided by countries, and then American micros. Ithaca, Yuengling, Sierra, Smutty, Victory, Flying Bison, Great Divide, Lake Placid, Troegs... a good mixture of national and regional, all cold and in six packs. Also growlers of the local Flying Bison and Rohrbach.

The room-temp beer selection is even bigger, with a big shelf for England (including Old Ales), Belgium and Quebec, Germany and Scandinavia (nice Mikkeller and Nogne). And more shelves for American singles, bombers and six-packs from pretty much every big and small name in the US.

As with other beer stores around Western New York I have visited (including the incredible Beers of the World in Rochester) I did not find anything super rare, but the selection qualifies nonetheless as exceptional.

Service was alright, a guy offered some help, another one responded to my Vanilla Bourbon County question somewhat tersely ("it came and it was gone like that"). But I didn't need help anyway.

Prices are a bit steep, but not super outrageous like at Beers of the World.

This store is a must for a beer lover in Buffalo, definitely. (1,567 characters)

Photo of psycle
4/5  rDev -9.9%

Quite the selection of beer tucked in the corner of this gourmet store. Organized by country and by state. Great service and knowledge from Ethan who runs the beer department here, if you can find him. Nearly all brews are available as single bottles and in some cases, even cans. Large cooler along the back wall as well as an area for chilled singles. You can check their inventory via their website which is updated about every two weeks.
For one-stop shopping, this store also has its own deli, gourmet food and cookware, and a liquor store next door.
Probably the best place to go for beer in the Buffalo area. (616 characters)

Photo of heebes
4.65/5  rDev +4.7%

Made the trek into the great USA via Canada on a craft beer run and this was the main destination. Heard alot about it and was excited to visit.
The first impression was that this is alot more than a place to grab quality craft beer. Next time i'll browse the rest of the store a little more as theres cheese, coffee a bakery and more to explore.
The quality was pretty overwealming for a Ontario resident who's used to pretty bland offerings at the local LCBOs. ALOT to choose from and almost everything you could want.
(No luck on Bell's or Founders unfortunately yet, but thats the breweries distribution not PG). I got carried away with what to choose from and am looking forward to more visits.
Help was very friendly if you needed it and otherwise left you to browse at your leisure.
Premier Gourmet was a great visit, and I plan to revisit as often as i can. Go out of your way to stop in. (896 characters)

Photo of Mancer
4.65/5  rDev +4.7%

A buddy of mine came across this place. After checking out their selection on the internet, we decided to make a visit. We were greeted by a Halloween display, as well as craft brews lining the table's floor. As we made our way to the rear of the store, we came across three aisles fully stocked with a wide assortment of beers. This place seems to have anything your heart desires. There was a nice selection of Belgian's and english brews as well as some other infrequent brews from Europe.

There was a nice mix of prices, so anyone's budget seems to work there, but for the most part, we're looking at B and above rated beers, which means $10 and up for the 6 or 4-pack. The prices on the 22oz bottles is also pretty good and they have nice variety of Southern Tier 22's, as well as Stone and Great Divide. Their prices seem cheaper than Consumer's, as a bottle of Old Guardian ran for around $6.50 as opposed to Consumers' above $7 price tag.

Something that I found interesting was that these guys have Sierra Nevada's Big foot Ales. Yes, I said ales. They had 2007, 2008, and 2010 Big Foot Ale. Another rarity that I have found nowhere else was the Oaked Arrogant Bastard. Now If you're overwhelmed by such a great selection of top brews and don't know what to pick, you have the ability to make your own six pack. You can buy most of the beers offered individually. This is great if you haven't tasted a brew and don't want the huge investment into a 4 or 6er of it. However, a word of caution to this method, you are guaranteed to spend around $20 for your custom 6-pack.

Overall this place is great and the prices seem spot on. (1,639 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

I stopped here on a drive to Toronto, what an incredible store. This is one of the best reasons to check BA before a drive, you never know what you might just drive past.

There have to be 300-400 beers to choose from here, all available as singles or in their normal packing quantities. I was happy to find Victory Lager (which isn't distributed to OH), and was given a 10% discount on a case. Apparently this is the standard discount for any case, so don't forget to remind the cashier if you get one.

There were tons of great beers, strong on NY-area selections but also strong on Belgian, German, and UK offerings. Definitely worth a stop if you're in Buffalo. (665 characters)

Photo of korguy123
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Found this place through beerfly and I'm really glad I did. Took the Mrs on our last trip to Buffalo. We were there for about an hour while I slowly walked up and down the aisles looking at everything. Never in my life have I seen such a wide range of selection, and staff that actually approach you and ask if you need help. I actually talked to the one guy about Dogfish Head beers for a couple minutes. His knowledge was very good.

Prices were good, and I love the fact that they don't mind if you mix and match six packs. The prices are even seperate (ie $6.99 for a 4pk or $1.75 each) In Ontario something like that would be just unheard of.

I also really like the fact that the selection was not only sorted by country but also state. Looking for Sierra Nevada? Go to Cali. Dogfish Head? There's Delaware. It's a wonderful system! Unlike Consumer's Beverages where I think things are just put where there's space (except the Bombers they have their own shelf)

In a nutshell this place is great! So glad I found it. A must when in Buffalo / Niagara Falls area. Will go from no on every time I make a beer run! (1,118 characters)

Photo of dogfishandi
4.7/5  rDev +5.9%

i just recently discovered this place and it is now one of my favorite beer stores, although a little bit of a drive for me, its definatly worth it. you can find beers here that you cant get at any other store around buffalo, not even at merchant village.

they have tons of locals, imports and many popular craft breweries. singles for almost all the beers they have in sixers and lots of bombers. plenty of big boxes on the top of the shelves so you wont be struggling if you make a big purchase which is definatly helpful. they also carry some vintage beers, such as bigfoot and some stone beers to name a few. i didnt really notice any employees offering help, but im sure if you asked they would be helpful.

this place is pretty much a gourmet super market. they also carry tons of gourmet cheeses, coffees, plenty of glassware, every kind of cooking utensil and everything else gourmet.

when walking in, dont confuse with the place right next door which is also called premier, but only offers, wine and liquor, two completely different stores. definatly a must stop place if your in buffalo and is very close to niagara home brew, the citys best homebrew store. (1,173 characters)

Photo of mgbickel
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Decided to stop in here on my way through Buffalo. Man...what a good choice!

The place is split into two stores...one seems to be dedicated to wine and hard alcohol and the other is beer and specialty foods.

The beer section is nestled in the rear corner. Tall shelves are organized by country and state (from what I could tell). They have a very wide selection of imports, domestic craft and a huge selection of NY locals. There are also coolers running along the back wall that house singles and sixers.

This place ranks right up there with some of the best bottle shops...a must stop if you are in the area! (615 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.36/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

You can't do a beer run in Buffalo without stopping at PG. They have an amazing variety of craft beer and the best part about it is that you can make your own 6 packs out of everything they have on the shelves. They have a great selection - Sierra Nevada, Troegs, Victory, Stone, Lagunitas, Great Lakes, etc. A decent selection of bombers too.

My only complaint is that they don't replenish their stock often enough. In my few visits there I constantly find that they are out of a bunch of the beer that I want or they only have 1 or 2 bottles left. A good amount of their inventory is limited to a couple of 6 packs - max.

It would also be ideal if they kept perpetual inventory and updated their inventory on the web site more frequently than then do.

But overall, a great place to buy craft beer and a place I never skip when I visit Buffalo. (851 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.85/5  rDev +9.2%

Stopped here over the holidays on Thanksgiving and Christmas when visiting my parents south of Buffalo. Consumer's is closer to us but based on the ratings here I decided to check this place out.

I was extremely impressed with the selection they had here. They had a great selection of not only American and imported craft beers but also some decent vintage beers. I made the trip to mostly find things I don't get in VA but found myself buying things VA got a few years back. They had Stone VE's back to 07 and Bigfoots back to 07 to name a few.

From the ones I was looking for that I don't get in VA they had Middle Ages including Dragon Slayer, decent amount of Ithaca but no Brute, several Fantome ones, JW Lees harvest vintages, several JP beers, St. Somewhere, Great Lakes, BrewDog, and some Southern Tier ones that I haven't seen in a while.

I thought I had pretty good stores in NOVA but this one beats all of them easily. Maybe it's because everything good might sell so much faster in NOVA I don't know. 090909 sold out in minutes at my local store but they seem to be able to keep multiple vintages in stock.

I've been to a decent Consumer's location as well and while good they lack the import depth and vintage selection that Premier has.

Can't say much for the service, I didn't ask for any help but there were people there if I needed it. They were busy with other customers and they sounded knowledgeable from the interaction I overheard.

I plan on making a trip to this store every time I go to Buffalo now. (1,533 characters)

Photo of WeedKing4
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Wow, what a place. Have never seen so many beer aisles in my life. Beers from all over the globe in this place. And I was just going for American craft beer. They have it in sections of State. Very good prices, cheaper then Village Beer Merchant for the most part too. Great stock from Cali and Colorado. Picked up some Great Divide, Bear Republic, Green Flash, Stone and more. Tons tons more there. So many great breweries available there. Real lack of Michigan breweries though. A little surpised there. But everything else makes up for it. The one worker dude seemed to know a lot about beer that was helping other customers. So if you are in the area, definately stock up. Great selection, and a reasonable price for the most part. (735 characters)

Photo of DmanGTR
4.65/5  rDev +4.7%

I can only wish for Premier Gourmet to be closer to Rochester. It's not just a beer store, it's actually a grocery store with an amazing beer selection. On with the review...

Excellent quality and selection. They have all sorts of vintages and select craft/imports. I recently bought a bigfoot vertical from 2007-09 and Nogne O Dark Horizon 1st Ed. All kinds of stuff from Fuller's Vintages, Harvey's, Thomas Hardy's, SATB, etc... Beers of the World has a shitload of beers, much more than here. But almost every single beer here is tasty. And most of their beers are cheaper than BOTW by $0.50-2.00.

There is a dedicated employee (I forgot his name) who is in charge of the beers and can point you in the right direction if you have any questions. Very knowledgeable and friendly.

Even if you don't go there for the beer, go for the excellent coffee, cheese, and meat selection. (883 characters)

Photo of bobsy
4.2/5  rDev -5.4%

Great bottle shop on the north end of Buffalo, which should be able to satisfy most needs. More beers than the Village Beer Merchant further down Elmwood, but not necessarily of a higher quality. Regardless, there's some great stuff to be had here, and a huge selection from all over the world.

They keep an inventory online, so look the store up - it can tell you far more than I ever can.

Staff are friendly, but there didn't seem to be anyone in the beer area. Prices seemed okay, although a lot of things can be had cheaper at Consumers. (543 characters)

Photo of wieserjd
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

What a great place. Wine/booze on one side and a wonderful selection of beer on the other. I could spend hours telling you about how great this place is but since everyone else has already done that, why bother. All you need to know is that Premier has pretty much any beer that you could want, foreign or domestic. They also have a great selection of belgians, NY, East Coast and West Coast beers. Most are singles and/or bombers with some sixers mixed in her and there. Plus they even have some growlers (pre-bottled in a cooler in back).

The employees are usually quite friendly and helpful and I've chatted with a couple for quite a while as I was wandering the aisles.

Premier also has some high end food products (sample their cheese selection, its wonderful).

I really cannot say anything bad about Premier except that the beer is kind of pricey. But you pay for quality and they have it. (900 characters)

Photo of keystoneisntbeer
5/5  rDev +12.6%

I've been dying to go to this place and I finally went today. The selection was awesome! I spent 40 minutes there and only got a sixer of assorted singles. I wish they carried some more west coast beers, particularly from Oregon, but that's minor. There was no employee in the beer section, but I knew what I was looking for. I thought it was a bit pricey, especially for some of the foreign beers, but hey, where else are you going to get some of these beers? The cashier was friendly and nice at checkout, topping off a great experience. I'll be going back. (559 characters)

Photo of beerbuddah
4.85/5  rDev +9.2%

Took a trip down to Buffalo to visit this shop with my girlfriend. I was like a kid in a candy store when I went in there. Unbelievable selection. Makes the Beer Store in Saint Catharines look like a shamble beer hut. A great selection of American, Canadian, as well as overseas and Mexican beers. Picked up a ton of stuff here, glad they had a few empty six packs to carry the singles. Haven't had too many American Craft/micro brews, so I stocked up on those singles. This place was great, love the arrogant bastard i got, the harpoon levithian, and others. My only complaint is that in my fury to grab 12 beers that I had never tried, I accidentally didn't check one or two of the bottles and the best before was two months before I bought it. Oh well. a great experience overall. I poor, so I'm not sure of the pricing. I got 10 single beers - mostly American, and a bomber and it was like 28 bucks. It hurt, bu the delicious beer was worth it. Will definitely be back. (973 characters)

Photo of cpn920
4.2/5  rDev -5.4%

This is the place to go in the Buffalo area. They have everything broken down by country and for the U.S. they have it broken down by state. Nice selction from Colorado, California, Pennsylvania, New York, New England states, Ohio...and many others.

Huge Belgian section...nice German...Irish...British...Canada selection. They even have some from China, Brazil, Finland, France, Chile, Scotland.

They also have some growlers filled from the local brewery.
The best selection in Buffalo beating Consumer's easily. (516 characters)

Photo of tendermorsel
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Premier Gourmet has been a must stop the last two years during my Thanksgiving pilgramage to Buffalo.

I picked up a ton of Great Lakes Brewing stuff (can't get in Mass). Some of the GLBC stuff was a bit older but that was Ok with me. I was more than happy to find a 4 pack of the Blackout that was a few months old. Great selection of Belgians. I picked up some rare DeStruise beers and some DFH I cannot get in Ma. They also had various vintages of certain beers. I picked up a 2006 Old Stock ale and a Stone XI.

The staff was great. I ended up talking to two of the beer guys there for 1/2 hour. Getting reccomendations of local stuff and discussing the Western NY beer scene.

The pricing was reasonable for what they have.

Great store. Aside from the great beer selection they have tons of food related gourmet things.

I would highly reccomend this place. Is this the best beer store I have ever been to? Probably not but it is in the top 5. (954 characters)

Premier Gourmet in Amherst, NY
98 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.