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Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 13 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by kensuthe:
3/5 rDev -27.2%
quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$$
Calandro's Supermarket is a grocery store with a good bakery located in store, and it also has a nice selection of beer and wine. This review covers the location on Seigen Ln and Perkins Rd, but there is also a smaller location on Government St that has a smaller selection of beer.
Calandro's has been one of our beer stops in Baton Rouge for several years now. There is a nice selection of beer along the far left wall near the front of the store, located right next to the wine section, and continuing into the refrigerated foods area with some refrigerated beer options. They carry domestic macro products, but the focus is on imports and domestic micros. You will find the local Abita beers available here including the 12 bottle Party Pack, and they usually have a good supply of the Abita seasonal offerings as well. You will also find a selection of Sierra Nevada, Samuel Adams, Anchor, Unibroue, and Rogue products, as well as Flying Dog, Red Hook, Full Sail, and more. There are English and Belgian offerings as well, and they will occasionally have limited release or annual release options as well.
We haven't had many problems with the quality of the beers that we have bought from Calandro's, and there have been many. Sometimes we may have gone out on a limb and purchased something that was a gamble to begin with, but we can't fault the store for our own bad judgment. The staff of the store is generally nice and will try to answer your questions if you have any, but you will get the feeling that wine is their area of expertise if you've built up a decent amount of personal knowledge about beer.
The two biggest issues with Calandro's are stock and price. Having shopped here over a long range of time, the stock has not always been well maintained and the options from certain brewers such as Anchor and Sierra Nevada that should probably be easy to find may not be stocked for months at a time. It is aggravating to go somewhere expecting to be able to buy a particular item and then finding that it's not even offered on the shelves anymore. The prices are rather high for many things across the board, and it has gone up a noticeable amount in the past three or four years. There are still some things at Calandro's that are priced lower than anywhere else in Baton Rouge, but there are also some things that are priced higher than anywhere else as well.
Definitely give Calandro's a visit if you're looking for good beer for home in BR, as it's still much cheaper over the long run than going out to a restaurant or a bar. You just may need to shop around a little if you're tight for cash.
03-27-2008 22:40:30 | More by kensuthe
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4.15/5 rDev +0.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
It's a locally owned grocer that has the best liquor selection in Baton Rouge. And if I'm wrong, please enlighten me. I have never accessed the aisles for groceries, so I cannot comment on variety/selection/pricing of goods. However, the staff is always pleasant and the liquor selection is well organized. Prices vary, depending on type of alcohol, obviously.
However, like previously stated, you will be hard pressed to find a better selection of wine, beer, liquor, spirits, mixers, etc. anywhere else in the Baton Rouge area.
07-15-2014 15:37:13 | More by esanchlsu
4.21/5 rDev +2.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
If you're looking for the widest beer selection in Baton Rouge, Calandro's offers a good selection of American craft as well as plenty of Belgian, German, English, and other imports. They offer plenty of 12 and 11.2 ounce single bottles for sale as well as plenty of bombers. If it's not at Calandro's, you could probably find it at Matherne's on Highland and take care of most of your beer shopping in Baton Rouge. This place also gets plenty of special releases.
The staff on that end of the store are willing to answer questions here. They do try the beer and will give you their opinions on it. In addition, if they do know when they will be getting special selections, they do tell you. This place is a bit more expensive than some other stops in Baton Rouge, but it's one of the best places to stop for beer in the city.
07-31-2012 19:14:16 | More by acevenom
4.22/5 rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$
I stopped at several beer stores while in BR and this one was the best I found. Big selection, most available as singles. Lots of Belgians, Euros, German, etc. Mikkeller, Jolly Pumpkin, Fort Collins, Boulder, Bear Republic,Stone, etc as well as a plethera of locals, I recommend NOLA, quite good IMHO. They also had one of my favorite session beers, Full sail Amber. As service goes there was a guy in the area and we talked but his knowledge was limited. I actually recommended a few beers to him based on what he said he liked.
12-17-2011 06:47:12 | More by arkansastroy
4.28/5 rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I always drop by Callandro's when I'm in town to get my MINI Cooper serviced. The store has great food, especially the sandwiches at the deli. For $7.99, you can get a huge po-boy, dressed for take-out.
The beer section is on the left side of the store. There's a small refrigerated section, but most are warm. Lot of Belgians and U.S. craft beers. Bring a six-pack container (or three) with you so you can fill with singles. They do have small boxes for take out.
Prices are reasonable. Beers come in 12 oz and bomber sizes. All the Louisiana crafts like Abita, Bayou Teche and Heinerbrau.
Callandro's is clean, very serviceable; clerks are helpful. The beer manager works with 12 distributors and can probably get hard-to-find stuff if you request it.
Easy in, easy out. Simply a great grocery, beer and wine store.
08-27-2011 14:29:54 | More by brewskifan55
3.94/5 rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Aside from being a little cramped when there's a good handful of beer geeks shopping with you, the atmosphere and set up is nice. The staff is very friendly. I rarely need help, so I can't comment on knowledge, but I'd assume it's adequate. In Baton Rouge, Calandro's has the best selection. I rarely go anywhere else when in town. They also have a tendency to get things a tad before we get them here, so I'd cool to be in town and happen upon something new. Price though can be a bit pricey. For example, Mikkeller Texas Ranger was $15 a bottle there, but at my local Acquistapace, they were about $12.99. Some stuff is well priced and you can find some nice clearance stuff.
Bar none, Red Stick's best beer store.
05-18-2011 03:53:22 | More by EgadBananas
4/5 rDev -2.9%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Nice supermarket with a very nice beer selection. Not sure how it compares to other stores in Baton Rouge, but it has a lot of beer we don't get in Texas. The employee in the beer section was very knowledgeable and said he could order things that were not on the shelves. Some of the beer highlights were beers from Jolly Pumpkin, Amager and Nogne O. They also had a lot of beers from Shmaltz (both Coney Island and He'Brew) as well as a few surprises from breweries such as Fort Collins and Stevens Point (had no idea they were distributed this far southeast). The store also has a full selection of spirits - root beer schnapps anyone? - as well as a huge selection of Louisiana hot sauces. A store I will definitely visit again in the future.
12-27-2010 03:49:34 | More by Mora2000
4.55/5 rDev +10.4%
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
In an unassuming local supermarket lies a treasure trove of beers. Belgians, european session beers, german lagers, and some interesting wheats. Worth the stop, even though the Andrea/Perkins intersection may be the worst, most horribly designed intersection in LA. They have several great stops in NOLA and lafayette, but Calandro's has some the others don't. In LA, you got to go to several places to get the feel of whats available.
I did not have to ask anyone for service, but there was someone in the area moving stuff around.
08-24-2010 00:40:45 | More by scurvy311
Calandro's Supermarket in Baton Rouge, LA
91 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.