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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
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.
04-22-2008 01:18:04 | More by allergictomacros
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%
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.
01-11-2004 16:28:28 | More by aardvrk1
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.
04-16-2009 23:17:16 | More by keystoneisntbeer
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.
10-12-2011 17:06:28 | More by amc2341
Premier Gourmet in Amherst, NY
98 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.