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BA SCORE
98
world-class

89 Ratings
Ratings: 89
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 7.14%
[ Store ]

3904 Maple Rd
Amherst, New York, 14226-1044
United States
phone: (716) 877-3574

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Photo of twelvsies
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.

twelvsies, Jun 01, 2005
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

Moc513, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of allergictomacros
5/5  rDev +11.6%

... 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.

allergictomacros, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of HogHill
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.

HogHill, Jun 04, 2005
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

Bnjmnlws, Oct 15, 2013
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

Moels, Aug 06, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

I was very pleased in my two visits to Premier. The selection was very good, especially Belgian and other European beers. The staff was very helpful and knowledgable and made several good recommendations. I was able to find beers I had not seen anywhere else and many others that I consider hard to find. I found the vintage Sinebrychoff Porter selection especially interesting; they had them available by brew date from the present back through 1997. The 1998 bottle I sampled was awesome. The store also had a great selection of cheeses and wines. I wish that I lived closer, as I am now 1300 miles away. I will make a point ot go there whenever I am in Buffalo again, however.

aardvrk1, Jan 11, 2004
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

toronto_beermaven, Dec 11, 2013
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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.

keystoneisntbeer, Apr 17, 2009
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 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 timmy2b
4.86/5  rDev +8.5%

Great selection of beers to choose from and the stock seems to rotate very quickly. I have only once got a beer that was well past its prime, but that was a Mkkeller single hop and I should have known better. The staff is very helpful and they are quick with suggestions based on others that you have enjoyed. They have a good number of rare beers come through the store, but they tend to dissapear quickly. I follow them on twitter and make a point of trying to stop the day I see a post of something I want. The selection is very diverse which allows for a lot of single bottle purchasing for things I may or may not enjoy. The single bottles are on the higher end of the price scale, but six packs and the rare beers are reasonably priced. I shop here about once a month unless something rare that I must have pops up. Only downside to me is the parking lot is a disaster and the location makes it difficult at times to get in and out.

timmy2b, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of francisweizen
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!

francisweizen, Feb 08, 2005
Photo of beerbuddah
4.85/5  rDev +8.3%

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.

beerbuddah, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of billab914
4.85/5  rDev +8.3%

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.

billab914, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of jahbulon
4.85/5  rDev +8.3%

a-great atmosphere, I'm a young guy in the beer community and I feel more welcome here than any consumers location that's for sure. I like the store overall as well, there are lots of imported items like chocolate, coffee, cheese, deli, spreads, olives, pâté, cookies, bon bon's, etc... and local items as well. They roast their own coffee beans there and just offer a real nice shopping experience on top of their enormous beer selection and devoted staff.

q-amazing! I've been coming here regularly for over 2 yrs and I'm still finding things just in their regular stock that I need to try. Then you add on all the seasonal and limited releases they get which is like once a week at least. Most of the stock is kept fresh give or take a few things and the draft system provides you with a more stable growler fill.

s-very good. I've gotten to know everyone who works there pretty well and they always let me know when something is expected to come in or if they have something new I may not have noticed. Any question you ask about any of their stock, if they don't know themselves, they will look it up for you. very nice gentlemen :-)

s-amazing as said before. always changing draft list and adding things to their shelves as well. There are probably over 1500 different beers to choose from, in fact I'm sure they tell you on their website. just go and see it if you haven't, and if you think you've seen it before, go look again and remember how spoiled you are.

f-there is a café, deli, cheese cave, home-roasted coffee beans, tons of kitchen tools, cocktail ingredients, etc...

v-people below have said that this place can both be more expensive than consumers and village beer and I have to say that they are very wrong except for when consumers puts something way overdue on sale. Every "big" beer like founders doom, boltcutter, kbs and FW sucaba were exactly $2 cheaper than consumers and except for doom, this was true for village beer merchant as well. Just sayin' cause I'm a shopper and I look at prices all the time and there is no way that either consumers or VBM are ever cheaper than premier.

jahbulon, May 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

pottergator, Jun 13, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

Iamjeff6, Mar 20, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

Draven11, Sep 08, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

Wompus, Dec 11, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

scaredsheep, Dec 24, 2013
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4.7/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

dogfishandi, May 26, 2010
Photo of soup35
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%

I have been to Premier twice in the last 6 months. It would be more if I actually lived in Buffalo. It seems like each time I make a trip out to this place, I spend more money on my beer supply. They have a great selection of "hard to get" beer that you can't really seem to find anywhere else (maybe Beers of the World in Rochester). The beer staff that I dealt with was VERY KNOWLEGDABLE and definitely helped me with my choices. I picked up a lot of top shelf beer there that I am still "iffy" on drinking because I will have to make another trip!

Great beer selection, great staff, and the prices are not bad as well. Go check it out when you can.

soup35, Sep 19, 2005
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4.65/5  rDev +3.8%

I was utterly amazed with this place. The selection of imports is better than I've seen anywhere else, and the selection of USA micros is very solid as well. Service was friendly but unobtrusive. Prices are well marked, and pretty much everything is available as a single or a 4 or 6-pack unless it's a bomber or 750 size beers. Some prices were less than or similar to Consumer’s while others where a bit higher, but I think the prices are commensurate for the selection. I had spent a week's worth of budget earlier in the day at consumer's to make sure I didn't spend much here, but it didn’t work. I walked out with 13 beers - for $46. And some of these are beers I've never found or couldn’t bring myself to buy in PA due to the high prices. Not a single beer was over $10, and only 2 were over $5 (and 9 of these are Belgian/good import beers). The only reason I mark the value as reasonable is I know I can get many of the beers $1 or $2 less elsewhere. But everything else is worth the price. And they also have great chesses, chocolates, and cooking ingredients. This might be nearly a weekly trip for a while.

aaronh, Mar 20, 2007
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4.65/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

DmanGTR, Nov 03, 2009
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Premier Gourmet in Amherst, NY
98 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.