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BA SCORE
98
world-class

89 Ratings
Ratings: 89
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 7.14%
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3904 Maple Rd
Amherst, New York, 14226-1044
United States
phone: (716) 877-3574

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.55/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

ThePorterSorter, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of NODAK
4.88/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

NODAK, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of atomeyes
4.61/5  rDev +2.9%

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)

atomeyes, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of PeerlessMark
4.44/5  rDev -0.9%

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.

PeerlessMark, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of Beejis60
4.2/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

Beejis60, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of amc2341
4.88/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

amc2341, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

trxxpaxxs, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of cratez
4.6/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

cratez, May 24, 2011
Photo of zachariaIPA
4.18/5  rDev -6.7%

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!

zachariaIPA, May 16, 2011
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

DoubleSimcoe, Dec 14, 2010
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