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4.5/5 rDev +0.4%
Easily one of the best beer stores I've had the pleasure of visiting. We made the trip down from Toronto just to check it out. For someone from Ontario, they have a wonderful selection of US micros, including seasonals from distant breweries like Stone. The ability to buy individual bottles rather than 4 or 6 packs makes sampling many beers and styles easy and affordable. Plenty of quality European imports as well, as described in some of the other reviews. Nice selection of baltic porters and Belgians. The staff were great, suggesting beers in the styles that we were purchasing. We were also informed of beers that aren't on display out front, so make sure to talk to someone if you're looking for something a little out of the ordinary. Great selection of quality beers + good service = repeat business. We're already planning our next border run to Buffalo.
07-10-2005 00:13:02 | More by DrJay
5/5 rDev +11.6%
In Buffalo for a wedding this weekend, so I checked out what the local BAs had to say about good beer places... Premier Gourmet was at the top of the list -- great beer, cheese and other gourmet treats, I'm there!
Premier Gourmet essentially has 3 parts to it, the liquour & wine store, the beer,cheese, food and kitchen tools store, and a small eatery. The back-end of the beer and cheese store is where the bottled beer dominates. About four solid aisles of craft brew greatness. They were divided by country and state, with a very healthy Belgian section and also an impressive French section (one doesn't see too often). Furthermore they had a section dedicated to Lambics (Cantillion, Liefmans, Lindemans), and lots of Saisons (full Fantome and Dupont lines) too. Most of the top breweries were available from Belgium and Germany and the Czec Republic. I liked how they had both a 750 and a 330 available for many of the same beers.
Some of the ones I picked up were Brasserie des Rocs Grand Cru, Liefmans Framboisen, Jenlain Biere de Garde, Dupont Foret, La Choulette Amber, and St. Bernardus Wit.
As far as domestic there is Rogue, Bear Republic, Allagash, and a bunch of others from Colorado, New York, Mass, and Pennsylvania. If there was any dissapointment it was that there were not any Michigan beers available, but this might be just a distribution thing.
They also have a well stocked cheese section and there are some recommended pairings with beer which is great to see. I bought a couple of different Goudas and some Belgian chocolate too. I had a great lunch there too, very affordable and very fresh! Oh yeah, there's lots of cold beer available too.
Service was great too, the beer guy was attentive without being "in ya face" and said that they had been wiped out from Memorial day, which was surprising as the selection was phenomenal in my opinion.
Overall, a true beer mecca, where it is really difficult to curb the spending. Prices were reasonable, though it would be nice if there was a bit of a bulk discount like some other top notch beer stores have. For me this place rates right up there with Massachusetts standouts like Colonial in Acton, Harrington's in Chelmsford, Julio's and Downtown Liquours.
06-04-2005 14:24:04 | More by HogHill
5/5 rDev +11.6%
Wow. This is really a top notch place. I really don't have any complaints. Premier is actually a bigger store, featuring a ton of "gourmet" food items, glassware, etc., and a seperate store for wines and liqours. However, there is a huge beer section, which if it wanted to be, could be its own store. Everything was layed out very nicely on big racks, as well as a pretty big cooler with sixers and bombers of some more recognizable stuff. The selection I might even say is the best I've ever seen. I was able to find some stuff here that I haven't seen anywhere, such as almost a full line of Fantome and a lot of Cantillon selections, including Lou Pepe and the rare St. Lamvinus. In addition, there were tons of beers I hadn't heard of, and many old favorites. Service was hands down the best I've come across in any beer situation. My friend I was with had just a simple question for him about whether or not they could get Allagash Oddysey (answer was an honest "probably not") yet he stayed and chatted with us for the better part of a half hour while picked out beer. We weren't even grilling him about anything, but he obviously just loved talking about beer. I'm definately going back, as it really was a great experience in general, and I've been to many a good beer store in my day. Fun times. Now I'll go drink some of what I got... perhaps a Fantome Printemps or a Duchesse... yum. Cheers.
06-01-2005 01:50:21 | More by twelvsies
4.45/5 rDev -0.7%
Premier Gourmet IS a Super Bierkraft! As someone who visits Bierkraft very often, I found myself in Buffalo for the day and decided to pay a visit. I wandered around the gourmet food part for a while, til I came across the 4 aisles of beer, plus fridges.
If anything, it was nice to see a few breweries that don't sell in lower NY, and purchased a Southern Tier Porter and one of 3 or 4 different Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbiers. I was very impressed with the Belgian/German/English sections, with a few surprise aged beers thrown around (the 2002 Stille Nacht woulda come home with me had I not found the '96 Elizabethans).
The service was wonderful and unpretentious. Once I proved I could hold my own in the beer talk, the cellar-dudes were excited to show me their favorites and tip me off to a few secrets. I walked out with a 6pack of mixed sizes, and look forward to returning!
05-14-2005 12:05:00 | More by biscodoll
3.85/5 rDev -14.1%
I found this store using the BeerDir and it was great! This store has a really great selection of beers, both import and american micros. Way more stouts/porters than I am used to in Texas. Somewhat pricey, but that is ok when it means drinking better beers.
The store also has a great deli where you can stock up on cheeses and meats for matching. Decent bakery, and my favorite feature: free espresso.
The store next door is the Premier liquor store where they have a tremendous selection of wine. This is one stop shopping.
02-20-2005 16:39:54 | More by hobbes2112
4.85/5 rDev +8.3%
An awesome beer store, supermarket in Buffalo that is basically a huge Bierkraft! The quality of everything here is top notch, from the gourmet cheeses, to the artisianal mustards! The service is friendly and very knowledgable as well. The selection of awesome food items and beers is amazing! 5 or 6 Fantomes, the full Cantillon line! 1996 gueuzes! $30 St. Lams. This place gives halftime a run for their money. The most ridiculous beer store i've encountered in my travels. I spent $50, but if I was in a better place I could have EASILY spent $500!
02-08-2005 04:14:47 | More by francisweizen
4.35/5 rDev -2.9%
Make a visit to Premier every time in the Buffalo area (once or twice a year)looking for hard to find beer and my wife looking for different gourmet foods.Anyways the selecton of Belgians is top notch along with northeastern micros and a good selection of growlers from locals like Flying Bison,I will say there UK selection is not as good as it used to be but they still have Lees Harvest ale dating back to 1996.My mother in law just brought me a stash from there that included Aventinus Weizenbock 1999,and some Wailing Wench to name a few.Pretty friendly service and usually quite attentive,a few more months and another trip will be in order.
01-05-2005 14:10:52 | More by oberon
4/5 rDev -10.7%
Cheers: Fancy schmancy place. FREE Beer tastings once a month (and it includes cheese and crackers, a quick snack before a "session"). $10 growlers of Flying Bison and CB's are the way to go. Staff is very knowledgable and willing to help you out. Excellent selection of imports.
Six packs are slightly pricy, but your other choice is a 12er of Blue form Sunoco. Empty carriers for single bottles. Upcoming events listed on dry erase board. One is allowed to write on dry erase board. Singles of pretty much everything are available. The wine selection is amazing, the best I have ever seen. You could finish a bottle of Bully Hill while walking @ the place. Armed security (actually off duty transit cop) is very friendly. Bathroom is co-ed which could be a good thing (or bad) if you leave the door unlocked.
Jeers: Here in Buffalo, no other place exists besides Consumers Beverage at Eggert and Sheridan. And that's not even close. No directions or map to beer section causing me to wander around. Uncomfortable feel if slightly buzzed, almost paranoid, maybe due to the customers staring at me. One is not allowed to place the carbon fiber techron plated strainers with micro-lock technology on their head and walk around. No DFH Punkin Ale.
11-15-2004 18:15:19 | More by wailingwench
3.8/5 rDev -15.2%
Fancy food and fancy beer at fancy prices. They have a great selection of American micro's and a descent selection of imports. Aranged by country, I liked the layout of the store. The staff doesn't seem very knowledgable, but they are there to sell food more-so than beer. The prices seem a little steep also. What I would normaly pay $4 for, I am spending $5 at Premier. But that's okay. It is the best thing Buffalo has to offer. They have a great selection and could get even better if prices were to drop a little.
04-22-2004 13:06:45 | More by CBFanWish
4.15/5 rDev -7.4%
In a word, selection. Organized by Country or State are a half dozen aisles. Buying a bottle rather than a six-pack make it great for sampling. Gaining a profile for Canadians travelling through the USA from Niagra Falls/Toronto as its near the border. European selection by far the best I have ever seen. Lots of gourmet packaged products of high quality. Staff are helpful but not knowledgeable about beer. I believe the manager is, but I am not passing through when he is available. Prices are a bit steep on the hard-to-gets but overall theya re fair.
03-18-2004 00:41:45 | More by Sammy
Premier Gourmet in Amherst, NY
98 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.