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BA SCORE
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world-class

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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PeerlessMark

Ontario (Canada)

4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
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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Beejis60

New York

4.2/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

12-12-2011 17:59:28 | More by Beejis60
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amc2341

Florida

4.88/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

10-12-2011 17:06:28 | More by amc2341
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trxxpaxxs

New York

4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

07-10-2011 14:08:13 | More by trxxpaxxs
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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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zachariaIPA

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev -6.7%
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!

05-16-2011 02:38:11 | More by zachariaIPA
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$$

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.

12-14-2010 23:51:26 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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psycle

New York

4/5  rDev -10.7%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

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.

11-29-2010 04:51:23 | More by psycle
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heebes

Ontario (Canada)

4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$

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.

10-11-2010 19:18:38 | More by heebes
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Mancer

New York

4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

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.

09-25-2010 19:29:46 | More by Mancer
Premier Gourmet in Amherst, NY
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