Consumer's Beverage Center
Ratings: 12 | Reviews: 9 | Show All Ratings:
2.59/5 rDev -34.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | $$
This place is the closest to where I live so I typically head over there when I'm in a good beer mood. The selection is decent, they're probably as good as it gets in this region. The growler section gets some nice stuff which is exciting. They have a lot of clear growlers though so watch out.
Prices are pretty reasonable, some cheaper, some more expensive than the nearby Wegmans. It really depends on the brand. I will say the higher priced goodies seem a little more marked up, but within reason as long as they don't stick you with a passed due one.
Their selection is okay, but it's not exactly their fault, a lot of the good beer distributed to New York doesn't make it to Western NY. Well to elaborate they get a ton of really really good stuff, but a few things don't make it that I'm used to seeing at home (e.g. Founders)
I have gotten NUMEROUS beers that were well past their freshness dates. Seriously watch out for the dates, I constantly forget, I'm afraid to buy IPAs at this place unless I know they're a new arrival, I won't touch a year round IPA at this place.
The atmosphere of this place is okay, feels like a lot of wasted space, it's not dirty, but not clean either.
The worst part of this place is the service, let me say how horrible this service is. It's seriously horrible, the employees have more fun chit chatting amongst themselves than cashing you out, and when they look like they've noticed you had enough waiting they will begrudgingly walk over. They will say the hello, how's it going, are you looking for anything etc but usually in a very half-hearted tone; there recommendations seem to just be their advertisements. If you see a lets call him "Carl" working there just turn around as an FYI.
I guess they can get away with this since they're the big player in Buffalo. I move away from this cloud haven in October, I'll look forward to that I guess.
02-01-2012 00:10:21 | More by ceraphin
3.73/5 rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Pretty good place; it's my go to beer store, then usually the Consumers on Transit, Wegmans, Village Beer Merchant, then Premier.
The atmosphere is alright; can't complain. Quality is good, place is clean, selection is pretty damn good. Cheapest of all the places in buffalo, but often the service is between decent and crap. Far too many times, I left the place pissed off due to someone giving me crap for buying a lot of beer, or no one being at the register which results in my standing around thumbing my hole getting more frustrated.
12-12-2011 18:04:04 | More by Beejis60
4.3/5 rDev +8.9%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Love this Consumer's, so close to North campus and my grocery-run (to either Wegmans or Tops on Maple). The staff (not the entire staff) are well versed in their product and willing to talk to you about their experiences with beers. I have called numerous times to this store and asked if they had beers in stock, always providing me with adequate service to answer questions about pricing or availability.
Their prices are slightly higher for bottles, growler fills are typically a hit or miss as well. However, their growler selection is tremendous and always updating (unlike their website!). Their selection of beers, especially DFH and Stone, are near completion and new releases are provided long before anticipation and always in generous quantity if you have any hesitation about buying on the spot. Actual 64oz glass growlers remain the cheapest at this store (some under $3 and one I got for free with a fill). Also, take advantage of their growler club for $10 off after $120 in fills.
I would be lost without this Buffalo-area staple. I enjoy browsing their comprehensive beer selection and continually maintaining a diverse palate. I never feel pressured to buy anything, but will receive positive reinforcement if my selection is worth trying.
Thank you for being open until 9-930pm and thank you for excellent selection and service.
12-23-2010 22:32:29 | More by ThePorterSorter
4.3/5 rDev +8.9%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
took a drive out to here on a saturday morning when i read on there website they had ithaca super friends ipa on tap. when i walked in the place was absolutly packed. the layout of the store is huge with lots of shelfs of craft. tons of bombers and what not, lots of refridgerated six packs at decent prices and a very nice selection of taps for growlers, i believe 16. lots of staff that seemed to know there way around good beer.
consumers stores in general always seem to be offering atleast one good deal when i visit, wether it be cheap cases and 12 packs, buy one get ones, and super cheap growler fills. when i visited the sheridan dr. location they were offering free tastings of genesee cream ale and for 5 dollars you could get a free growler filled with genny cream ale. gotta say i love consumers and this is one of the best. its up there with merchant village and premier gourmet, and its meer miles from premier, worth a stop.
12-18-2010 23:05:44 | More by dogfishandi
3.7/5 rDev -6.3%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
We popped in here on a whim, largely because Derek had been unable to find some Uerige Doppelsticke at Premier Gourmet. Well he found a whole shelf of them here, plus I managed to grab a few rarities for myself.
There's a lot of macro stuff, but a damn good amount of craft too, and I feel that it helps fill in some of the areas where Premier Gourmet and Village Beer fall down. Found a Fantome Chocolat on the shelf, which I thought was really neat until I stumbled across a bottle of Cantillon Fou Foune. I'd be happy to have this as my local store, and the prices and service seemed more than reasonable.
Better than the Elmowood location.
02-09-2010 21:14:31 | More by bobsy
3.7/5 rDev -6.3%
quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Methinks they have relocated to the front side of the shopping center (the Sheridan side) but it's not like it's even down the block.
This caters to the keg and macro crowd as well so there's a fair amount of product on the floor, but includes a pretty decent selection of craft. Not quite as vast as Premier but fills in some holes there. About 15-20 taps for growler fills...growler fills of Le Freak in Buffalo?! Awesome. Saw some bottles on the floor way close or past date (Great Lakes...seems to be prevalent here). What really pissed me off about the service is I bought 3 bombers of Krampus and the woman at checkout slammed them into a plastic bag with no dividers or individual paper bags as added protection. That really burned my ass. Still, there's solid selection of very good stuff there. Almost always hit the place up when in town.
12-04-2008 08:37:45 | More by IBUnit63
4.15/5 rDev +5.1%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Very excellent selection here. The best part is the 12-15 taps they have for growler fills. I was up visiting my brother for christmas, so I could partake in many of the Christmas ales they had, such as Great Lakes, Sierra Nevada, Anchor, and a couple other rocky, and pacific coast beers. The bottle selection was great too. The prices were very reasonable, and some of them pretty cheap especially compared to premier. The close proximity to mighty taco, and alt brews also gives me more incentive to be back next time :).
12-29-2007 19:13:47 | More by togasports
4.65/5 rDev +17.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $
Holy moly, where do I start. Its amazing when you leave a city then come back in a year. The old concrete beer barn is gone, demmolished, blown up, bamm, replaced by a dunkin donuts. I was initially confused, but I could smell the ale in the wind. It must be in the vicinity here somewheres....
If you're looking to save a buck or two on beer here in the B'lo, this Consumers is it. They are cheaper than Premier (anywhere from 50 cent to $3), and their selection is more well rounded in terms of the continental US.
If you need NY micros, this is the place to go. Other brands: Allagash, Shipyard, Victory, Redhook, Harpoon, Flying Dog, Sam Adams, Anderson Valley, Rogue, Lost Coast, Bear Republic, Sierra Nevada, Anchor, Leinenkugel, the list goes on and on (the keyboard was buring up).
Cheers: Walk in and get treated to a micro onslaught. Sensory overload, make sure you get a hallway pass before entering. make sure the utilities are payed before venturing in, otherwise you will leave maxed out and broke. At least drive a E85 vehicle in case you spend your gas money here- I am sure any of the Southern Tier Imperial Series can double as flex fuel. Blue and Bud is in the back of the store, seperated from it's high class cousins. Calorie burn time: You have to go to the rear of the store to find the coolers with the swill. Bi-weekly buy one get one free 6er specials. Cheaper than Premier. Return empties with ease. 50 cent single cans if you're broke or need a quick roadie. Manager will order any keg that he can get from the distro and is quick to tell you about new selections and sales. Front shelves feature big ass bombers and an array of Belgians to get the old passport stamped. IMO best place in Blo to get NY micros as it is only a couple min drive into Amherst. Going to the other high end locale on Transist could net you a weekend in the lock up. Located in the second safest town (over 100,000) in America.
Jeers: There is always WT present. Customers overheard making fun of the "funny looking expensive beer" (they were buying Bud 18 packs). Leave the credit cards at home cuz they dont accept them cash only. Wonder if they are laundering money- i have some bills that need to go through the wash. Parking lot is somewhat confusing, especially after drinking a sixer of Great Lakes Christmas Ale on the way. Could not find a dumpster to take a whiz on making it neccessary to pee in an empty vitamin water bottle. Lighting is to bright for pasty western New Yorkers- I believe I may have gotten a UV ray burn while wandering the aisles aimlessly and drooling.
12-24-2007 04:23:23 | More by wailingwench
3.3/5 rDev -16.5%
quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $
This review is goin to be easy! Consumers is a yellow crested warehouse like building just off the main strip. Plenty of parking out front. Walk in past the scrod beer boxes and head to the right. There is a cold box wall with some local 12 & 6 packs, and a couple shelves with Unibroue, Flying Bison, Weyerbacher and Stone. I snaggletoothed a bomber of Smoked Porter dor $2.99!!!!
Consumers is walk in - grab - walk out! But cheap!!!
Also, they have a $0.50 grab bin of losse cans. Cheap! Only a straight shot 5 minute drive from the Best beer store in Bufalo, Premier Gourmet.
09-01-2005 02:57:41 | More by blitheringidiot
Consumer's Beverage Center in Amherst, NY
89 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.