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98
world-class

77 Reviews
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 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)

Photo of sliverX
4.35/5  rDev -2%

Had heard good things and wanted to see how it compared to the VBM. There were six isles of beer sorted by country and the US by state. Over whelming for the first visit as I didn't have much time and the gf was bored. There was beer from South America that I intend to investigate, a very large selection from Belgium, more from Canada than I expected and a very nice start to my quest to have a beer from all 50 states.
Most beers were available in 6/4 packs (depending on brewer custom) as well as singles. A nice selection was also available in the cooler including some bombers.
Prices weren't bad but the singles were slightly more than what you'd be paying per beer in a 4/6 pack which is to be expected i guess but there's no difference other than they paid someone to take away the box/carton and line them on the shelf. I'm sure they didn't buy singles. All in all I'll probably spent plenty of time lost here. (920 characters)

Photo of gestalt162
4.2/5  rDev -5.4%

Premier gourmet, adjacent to the much more popular wine and spirits store, has turned out to be a great place to pick up hard-to-find beers. Note that beer is just a small segment of PG's business, the store is basically an upscale grocery, with fancy breads, deli meats, cookware, glassware, and the like.

Quality: I have bought several brews at PG, and despite PG's wide variety and presumably minimal craft beer traffic, all of the brews I have picked up were surprisingly fresh. Never had any problems with quality, although it would be really nice if they had a notice about what their most recent shipments were.

Service: The establishment is a deli first and foremost. There's no one wandering the aisles ready to assist you in your every desire, and no dedicated beer gurus on staff, but presumably people would help you out in finding something if you asked. That's just the kind of place Buffalo is :).

Selection: PG's strongest point. Three full aisles stacked top to bottom with different craft brews. Hundreds of selections. You'll find just about every major American craft brewer represented, along with tons of great Belgians imported. Premier also sells a good deal of beer made in New York State- it's one of the only places you'll find bombers of all of Southern Tier's Imperial series brews (which is awesome). Premier loves selling seasonal beers, and usually offers discounts on packs of featured in-season brews.

No taps, bottles only. Unfortunate. Speaking of bottles, Premier offers just about all of its brews in single bottles, so it's very easy to sample for a relatively low cost.

Value: Pretty good for the money. PG has beers you can't find anywhere else, which alone makes them worth it. On sale seasonals are cheaper than you would find in a supermarket. I picked up a bomber of Southern Tier Pumking the other day- came to $8.00 with tax. It's up to you if that's right for you.

Overall a great place to buy beer that you can't find anywhere else! Two mugs up! (2,000 characters)

Photo of Trailmix242
4.4/5  rDev -0.9%

Having lived in Buffalo for four years I visited Premier many of times for my beer and liquor needs but at the time I was not as much of a beer geek. On a trip back to Buffalo for the first time in a few years my wife and I stopped in to take a look and boy was I impressed with the selection which included many belgiums and micro brews that I can not find in the much larger city of Boston. Service was average with nothing really standing out but I was not looking for anyone. Compared to the prices in Boston the place was very reasonable. Good selection of local growlers as well. Highly recommended for the selection of Cantilion alone. (642 characters)

Photo of IBUnit63
4.2/5  rDev -5.4%

It's interesting to me that for the years I lived in Buffalo I didn't really shop at Premier at all, even though I heard great things about it. OK, maybe that I was a poor college student without a car for a fair amount of this time had something to do with it, but I digress...

We make a trip to the old country...errr...the 716 a few times a year, and besides Duff's for wings this is usually our first stop. There are numerous upright shelves loaded to the hilt with a variety of styles from all around the US and points elsewhere. Of course I enjoy getting things that don't make it out to Boston (Great Lakes, some of the smaller Ithaca offerings, etc.). I don't think I've ever left the place going, "well $#!+, they didn't have <insert cherished brew here>." Personnel are friendly and courteous even though I usually just get what I find and bring it to the register. Prices aren't so cheap they're ridiculous, but they're overall pretty well on the mark. Toss in all the food offerings and the huge wine/liquor store next door and this is a must-stop. (1,067 characters)

Photo of allergictomacros
5/5  rDev +12.6%

... the caveat being that being from Ontario, my standards are quite low. Hopefully comparisons to LCBO is useful for Canadians..

Beer and food store is next door in the same plaza as the hard liquor and wine store, which, IMO,is worth visiting as well.

Excellent selection of US and imported beers. Prices are decent, though slightly higher in most cases then Consumer Beverages in Williamsville. The big plus here is that you can get singles of just about everything they have. Not-US beer tend to be quite a bit more expensive than LCBO stores (where available in Ontario of course), but US craft beer can be had for $1-$2 for everything but the extreme beers. Super premium items are also available.

First time I visited I was admittedly overwhelmed and I had a cartful of 12oz singles in my cart before I knew what I was doing. Luckily, extra six pack holders and packing boxes magically appeared as well. Thanks to whichever stock guy put them there.

NB the store also sells a lot of other "gourmet" things so I wouldn't expect the cashier to know a lot, but the stock people seem very knowledgeable. (1,110 characters)

Photo of frazbri
4.4/5  rDev -0.9%

On my quick trip to Buffalo, I stopped at Premier Gourmet to pick up a few beers unavailable at home. I was searching mostly for local beer, so I only briefly scanned the imports. I picked up beer from Butternuts, Blue Point, Middle Ages, Ithaca, Cooperstown, Sly Fox, and Oskar Blues. Prices were a little more than I pay at home. (but these weren't beers I find there) Service was okay, but it was early and I'm not sure the beer guy had his coffee yet.

The selection was impressive. There were so many choices, that it was difficult to choose. Thankfully they sold singles. Cool store. (589 characters)

Photo of ZimZamZoom
4/5  rDev -9.9%

After several visits to Consumer's Beverage during recent trips to Buffalo, I decided to try a different place simply for a change of pace. This place pretty much has all that Consumer's has plus some. The prices varied a bit, some were the same and others were a bit more than the other place.

A nice kid helped me find everything, as I was a bit overwhelmed and in a hurry due to some tag-alongs. I had a list, and the guy who helped me was able to direct me to everything, and had great knowledge of what was on their shelves.

I bought a ton of stuff, spent $280. The cashier was friendly enough though not talkative.

Personally I do not like the fact that this is a gourmet food store. Too many people in there and the aisles are too tight. Carts are too small as well. I was not comfortable pushing around a full cart of beer and actually drew some curious looks from the other customers.

I am glad I checked this place out, but in the future I will probably stick with Consumer's, it's closer to my parents, and it's a beer store after all. (1,050 characters)

Photo of togasports
3.75/5  rDev -15.5%

I stopped in here while visiting my brother over Christmas, Excellent Selection of beer, I found things I have rarely been able to find such as Ridgeway Stout, and some really nice craft brews from the pacific coast, and one of the last places that I was able to find Anchor's Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year. The selection of Belgians was great, as well. They had a very nice selection of beers chilling too. My biggest gripe was that the prices were much more expensive than that of a lot of other places in the area. Also, the people that checked me out were quite incompetent, and not friendly at all. (609 characters)

Photo of funkengruven
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Visited here on the weekend and being from the land of socialized liquor I was quite impressed with the selection. I find imports here a bit expensive (eg: 26oz Chimay bottles are $4 cheaper here, Aventinus is about $2 cheaper) but the LCBO could not even as much as come halfway near their selection (that goes for liquor and wine too). US beer is very reasonably priced. Picked up about 2 dozen individual bottles to try almost everything out. Decent selection, store is nice and clean and staff is friendly. Definitely hitting this place up again next time I cross the border, maybe not only for beer but possibly for some of their gourmet foods as well. (657 characters)

Photo of DrinkinBuddy
4.35/5  rDev -2%

I've been here a few times, and I think they have a very respectable selection. My first visit, I wasn't impressed, because they didn't have any alesmith, russian river, troegs, minn town hall,3 floyds, founders or bells. They do have Southern Tier, Stone, Greatlakes, Great Divide, Ommengang, Stoudts,Bear Rep, Avery, DFH, ETC... Belgian selection is pretty stacked as well as other countries. One of my recent visits, I asked the guy that orders their brews if he could get any of the above mentioned. Those companies don't have licenses to do business, so he said he couldn't get ahold of their brews. So overall, I think they have pretty much what they can get. (665 characters)

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