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world-class

93 Ratings
Ratings: 93
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: n/a
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3904 Maple Rd
Amherst, New York, 14226-1044
United States
phone: (716) 877-3574

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Photo of John
3.5/5  rDev -22%

Good selection of brews...including American micros and imports from all over. Beer section is fairly well organized. UK brews are well represented. Good selection of gourmet foods, cheeses, hot sauce, coffee, etc. Picked up some tasty brews, cheeses, salad, and bread and had an impromptu picnic at a local park. However, I didn't care for the shots the store manager was taking at another WNY retailer when they had outdated product on their own shelves. No class. Still worth a stop when in Buffalo or when traveling through the area.

Photo of togasports
3.75/5  rDev -16.5%

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.

Photo of CBFanWish
3.8/5  rDev -15.4%

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.

Photo of hobbes2112
3.85/5  rDev -14.3%

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.

Photo of BrewSomerville
3.95/5  rDev -12%

I was told about this place by a fellow homebrewer as well as a co-worker of mine on separate occasions, so I decided to finally check it out. I have returned a number of times since then.

The selection truly is exceptional. They have a good representation from both craft brewers and quality imports alike. Lots of singles to choose from.

My only issue with this place is that they store the majority of thier Beer at room temp. I think that they're doing well enough that they could afford to keep the Beers cool. Someone should donate a few big fridges or something to them.

The service is good.
On one occasion I needed to find some Bock's for a tasting that I was planning and one of the employees spent a good 1/2 hour with me searching for different Bock's that I didn't already have. He even looked up stuff in some books for me to see what they could order in time for the tasting.

Overall impression was a good one. I will return for more Beers in the future...and if I have enough time I might check out what else they have to sell me. I understand that they have a good selection of wines too.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
4/5  rDev -10.9%

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.

Photo of wailingwench
4/5  rDev -10.9%

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.

Photo of psycle
4/5  rDev -10.9%

Quite the selection of beer tucked in the corner of this gourmet store. Organized by country and by state. Great service and knowledge from Ethan who runs the beer department here, if you can find him. Nearly all brews are available as single bottles and in some cases, even cans. Large cooler along the back wall as well as an area for chilled singles. You can check their inventory via their website which is updated about every two weeks.
For one-stop shopping, this store also has its own deli, gourmet food and cookware, and a liquor store next door.
Probably the best place to go for beer in the Buffalo area.

Photo of johnyeast
4/5  rDev -10.9%

Every time I walk into Premier I end up spending more time than I planned. They have a great selection but unfortunately, this past weekend they seemed to be out of stuff. I imagine because of the Super Bowl and the tasting on Saturday (unfortunately I did not have knowledge of) from 12-3.

I enjoy the fine selection of Belgiums and US brews. Didn't get a chance to talk to the clerks but they are usually very informative and friendly. All in all a good experience, but I usually end up wandering around like a kid in a candy store with too much money in his pocket and not enough decision making capability.

Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev -7.6%

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.

Photo of Ross3648
4.15/5  rDev -7.6%

I found myself takiing a trip up to the Buffalo area this past weekend, so I jumped on the Beeradvocate beerfly and found this place.

Most of the past reviews claimed a excellent selection of both Imports and Craft Brews. The store had three isles of beer. Imports by Country and Craft Brews by state. I thought they had a nice collection of MidAtlantic Breweries, but most of these I have access to in Pittsburgh. The Import sections I found to be much better. A very nice collection of Belgains, I picked up a couple of large bottles of Westmalle Triple, Konings Hoeven Quad. The best surprise was a four pack of Karmeliet Tripel. The last time I had this beer was in Burge Belguim.

I found the quailty of the products to be good. The store looked clean and an employee was near by to answer any questions.

Resonable prices compared to PA.
If I ever come through the Buffalo area again, I will stop and shop.

Photo of zachariaIPA
4.18/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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!

Photo of Beejis60
4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5

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.

Photo of cpn920
4.2/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

Photo of IBUnit63
4.2/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

Photo of bobsy
4.2/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

Photo of gestalt162
4.2/5  rDev -6.5%

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!

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.2/5  rDev -6.5%

Located on Delaware Ave, but leave it to Buffalo to put Delaware Road one block from Delaware Ave. so be careful not to get mixed up. This i easy to find with a basic rental car map. This is next to a liquor store so if you also like hooch, you're in luck. Premier Gourmet is the best beer store in Buffalo, Hands Down! Loads of Belgian Beers, German, French, American, and regional to boot. Heads up! The back cold box has some chilled beauties that are not on the shelves. They also have pre-filled local growlers. Bonus points for a chilled open cheese display that is filled with local beers.

Even for the food and culinary delights, this store is a must stop in Buffalo. I bought a big bottle of authentic Anchor Bar Buffalo Wing Hot Sauce for my brother for $2.99.

Dont mind the kids earning a buck working here. They stayed out of my way and I got what I wanted, as a "friend" from CT once said. I snaggletoothed Ithaca's IPA 6pak for $8, Middle Ages Druid Fluid 4pak for $12, Middle Ages Wailing Wench bomber for $4.49. Killer cheap!

The only heaper stop in town is Consumers about 5 miles due East. You can hit both in 20 minutes, but Premier Gourmet is the best bottle shop in Buffalo. Even in Philadelphia, this place would rock! Bonus round: Tons of singles to choose from.

Photo of KATCanada
4.24/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Good visit in Dec 2014. About 25 min from drive Niagara falls border crossing and maybe 20 from Peace bridge for my Canuck brothers and sisters. In my opinion the best selection in the area although the furthest of the majors from the borders. Great selection of Belgians, Mikkeller, Evil Twin and very nice USA regional representation. Staff I met were friendly but clearly not as knowledgeable as Village Beer market. Still way more selection. If you only have time for one stop this would be it for me.

Photo of ZEB89
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.26/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

One of the best beer stores in Western New York. A gem for sure.

The section with beer in it is also alongside some great snacks and interesting kitchen equipment. The other section of the store (not connected, I'm guessing because of NYS law regarding liquor stores and beer) had a very extensive wine and liquor store.

There were 4 aisles or so dedicated to beer. Great international selection, and always a ton of Evil Twin stuff. All of the typical selections you'd suggest, with no major gaps noticeable. Aisles divided by state, with an extra containing various countries, most notably Britain and Belgium. The best, limited stuff is on the top shelf behind the growler station. Didn't get any growlers, so can't comment on the pour quality, but it seemed like there was a nice selection. No bottles seem to be hidden, but you have to ask to get the "good stuff" off the back shelf. Picked up a good bottle of Golden Delicious this way. There's a walk in cooler in the back of the store too, with cold six packs of New York craft standards.

Photo of fattyre
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%

When I start getting close to this place I start shaking and my credit card get hot!
Very strong in Belgians and English beers. A smaller but still good amount of American Micros. They carry a fair amount of locals in the form of growlers. I can always find something I have never had before here. The last time I was in they had beers laid around in the cheese section as matches, which I thought was a very nice touch and shows the love of beer in the place. The staff is always very friendly and helpful. I have found that even if there is something that you don't see on the shelf - ask! They may have it in back or in the "cellar". Definitely worth a stop when in the Buffalo area

Photo of ark57
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%

This is one of the first places that I ever found the Fantome beers. Now I don't have to go quite so far to find them. I was also able to find a few vintages of Saison de Pipaix, which I still can't find readily. While I live insanely far from Buffalo, I happened to be visiting a friend in Utica and thought why not, I am over half there. So I made the eight hour rounf trip. It was before I knew of the many great places that I now know of in New Jersey and New York. I also remember getting Great Lakes beers there as well. The Edmund Fitgerald Porter was a great find for me.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%

I finally made my way down to this Gourmet supermarket and liquor store. All I can say is... wow!

The store is in a suburb of buffalo and is very easy to get to from the Niagara Falls border. Its essentially two store under one roof. I gigantic liquor store (which doesnt sell any beer, at first when I heard this I was scared that they discontinued beer or something) and Premier Gourmet, the food, food accesories and beer store.

When I saw the selection (3 full aisles and a 8 coolers) my jaw dropped. Great breweries like Drie Fonteinen, Weyerbacher, Stone, Cantillon, Great Lakes, and Smuttynose are all very well repeasented with several beers from their lines on the shelf. I think pretty much every New York Micro is there and tonnes of English, German and Belgians as well. I spent over 200 dollars and I could easily have spent many times that.

The staff was friendly and gave good recommendations for beers to try. The only problem was that the place (well the beer section at least) was understaffed. Nothing I looked at was even close to its expiry date though some bottles were dusty (what do you expect with this much selection. Every six pack I looked at was also available in singles (very cool!). Prices were cheaper than I have seen in Boston and Florida, probably average for the states (15 bucks for Cantillon, 7.99 for double simcoe, 1.79 for Celebration).

Oh I also finally got a Cantillon Tumbler, only 6 bucks!

All in all I highly recommend this place and I kick myself for not going earlier. It really is worth the trip to Buffalo! (no disrespect to Buffalo, its just far away). Ill be back for sure.

I dont think I can every set foot into an LCBO again.

Photo of riversider76
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%

Class all the way with this place. Be it food, beverage, or houseware, they are top quality. The beer is located in the right rear corner of the store. They have a well orginized department, with a good selection of all sorts of beers. The staff there is top notch. They are real beer guys, who know there stock very well.I must says they have recommended some good brews over the years!! The store is very clean and it is a pleasure to shop there. This is a neighborhood place for me, but well worth a drive if your in the area.

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