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BA SCORE
99
world-class

93 Ratings
Ratings: 93
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 6.9%
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3904 Maple Rd
Amherst, New York, 14226-1044
United States
phone: (716) 877-3574

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%

I love food and gourmet markets and I love beer, so Premier was a must destination for me during my trip to Buffalo.

When you go in, there is almost no hint of the amazing beer section tucked away at the end of this store. Before, you ought to walk through aisles and aisles of yummies. Olive oil, chocolate, cheese and meats... a good but not exceptional market (go to Wegman's for the food, come here for the beer).

Yes, the beer. Wow! A big cooler with beer divided by countries, and then American micros. Ithaca, Yuengling, Sierra, Smutty, Victory, Flying Bison, Great Divide, Lake Placid, Troegs... a good mixture of national and regional, all cold and in six packs. Also growlers of the local Flying Bison and Rohrbach.

The room-temp beer selection is even bigger, with a big shelf for England (including Old Ales), Belgium and Quebec, Germany and Scandinavia (nice Mikkeller and Nogne). And more shelves for American singles, bombers and six-packs from pretty much every big and small name in the US.

As with other beer stores around Western New York I have visited (including the incredible Beers of the World in Rochester) I did not find anything super rare, but the selection qualifies nonetheless as exceptional.

Service was alright, a guy offered some help, another one responded to my Vanilla Bourbon County question somewhat tersely ("it came and it was gone like that"). But I didn't need help anyway.

Prices are a bit steep, but not super outrageous like at Beers of the World.

This store is a must for a beer lover in Buffalo, definitely.

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 TurdFurgison
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

Photo of francisweizen
4.85/5  rDev +8%

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!

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.36/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%

Quality of this establishment can only be summed up by taking a stroll down their Belgian bier selection, you come to the end of the rack and there is every rare Cantillon I have ever heard of pretty insane, beers from De Ranke, Blaugeis, Oud Beersel, De Dolle, multiple Fantome seasonals. A slew of English and German biers, multiple vintages of JW Lees Harvest Ale. When it came to service they had it covered, a guy named Josh helped us make some of our selections and pulled out a limited release of De Dolle for me. This place is hard to beat one of the best selections I have ever seen in person, great resource for beer lovers everywhere.

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 ZEB89
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of DrJay
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

Photo of cratez
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This specialty food and liquor store has an extensive range of beers from around the world, all of which are sorted by their country and, in the case of U.S. beers, state of origin. Walk through the doors, turn left, and head to the back where you’ll find hundreds of high quality craft brews.

I grabbed a Tröegs Nugget Nectar, Anchor Old Foghorn Barley Wine, Oskar Blues G’Knight Imperial Red and Ten FIDY, St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition, Hitachino Nest XH and Commemorative Ale, Kona Pipeline Porter, and Duvel Triple Hop, among many others. Compared to Village Beer Merchant, the prices are cheaper (certain beers are $3-4 less per bottle), the selection is larger, and some of the stock - like the Oskar Blues stuff - is fresher here.

Service was very good as the clerks seem to know a lot about the products they’re selling (coffee, meats, bulk food) and the cashier jammed all of my bombers into a single case in order to avoid problems at the border. We also stayed for lunch since the deli sells various gourmet soups, sandwiches, and entrees.

Overall, Premier offers a pleasant and sophisticated shopping experience with the best beer selection in the city. A mandatory stop when you come to Buffalo.

Photo of Iamjeff6
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of frazbri
4.4/5  rDev -2%

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.

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 oberon
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

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 spark3148857
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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 mgbickel
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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!

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 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 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 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 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 aaronh
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Hands down, Premier Gourmet has the best selection of beer in the Buffalo region. Their selection includes beers from around the world (organized by country), as well as domestic beers from around the country. If you are looking for WNY locals, or other east coast goodies, this place has you covered. Premier also offers a large selection of meats and cheeses, so it becomes a one stop shop for all your pairing needs.

If you are visiting Buffalo and looking for a place to pick up some brews, Premier Gourmet is a must! You would be doing yourself a disservice by, at least, not checking it out.

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