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Reviews by Ego:
3.2/5 rDev -23.1%
quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$
One of my accounts is in Red Bank so I pass this place 2-3 times a month. From the outside you would think it is your average Jersey shore "crap beer" establishment. Well.. it is BUT they happen to also stock some really great beers.
-Good to Great selection.. but here's the deal, they must sell the good stuff at a slow clip because months after special releases (stone etc) you can usually find them here, it's like a personal beer cellar. I found Perkuno's Hammer there maybe 6 months ago (2 cases).. and other similar "finds".
-good/.clean layout. All the beers are easy to find and are generally shelved in a logical manner by style/country. and there are some shelf talkers.
Service? Typical "have you found what you are looking for?"... on occasion. Doesn't seem to be any real interest in those interested in good beer. They don't treat you like dirt or anything, no one has ever been discourteous but there is a general apathy pervading the store.
don't go for the service, go for the beers. If you are in the area it is worth checking out but don't go nuts trying to get here.
08-07-2007 02:34:32 | More by Ego
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1.9/5 rDev -54.3%
quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | $$
After spending about an hour carefuly chosing which beer to enjoy over Christmas vacation I went to go check out. At the counter was a man listening to an i-pod, he started ringing up my bottles. After a couple he asked to see i.d. from myself and my girlfriend. Both she and I are over 21 and South Carolina residents. He told us that they didn't take out of state i.d.'s and started pulling the bottles off the counter right in front of me. There was about $200 worth of merchandise that I selected to serve with Christmas dinner with my family and a few select 22oz bottles to bring back to South Carolina. Also, my sister, an instate resident, was behind us with bottles of liquor and beer for dinner and to send as presents that she was not able to purchase because she was with us. I brew beer for a living, visiting my home state at Christmas time and was denied purchase of great micro-brewed beer that I have every right to possess. The sole reason is that I now live out of state. Spirits Unlimited greatly dissappointed me at one of the best times of the year. I would not recommend this establishment to any out of state beer lovers, because after not observing any signs stating their policy you will be turned down at the counter by an apathetic worker who is caring more about listening to music than making a few hundred dollars sale. Thanks,
12-26-2008 20:51:00 | More by miked668
3.7/5 rDev -11.1%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Do you know what a grocery store looks like? Good, now replace the food with wine, liquor, and beer. It looks excatly like they took a building that once housed a grocery store and made it into a liquor store. There is no dead space in here where there should be some kind of alcoholic beverage. Everything has a place. The first 8 to 10 aisles is where they keep the hard stuff and the wine. The last 3 and the refridgerator aisle is entirely devoted to beer. The first aisle is where they keep all the single 22 oz and 750 ml American micros, Belgians, and other imports. All the other aisles have six packs. The open fridge has repeats of the six packs that are on the floor and a few imports that were in the first aisle. The entire back of the store (in the beer area) has nothing but ciders. If you can find it, there's an hollowed out barrel in front of the fridge aisle that has vintage beer. There isn't many of them, but at least they carry them. Their make your own six pack selection is a joke. Out of all the beer they had, they only had about 4 different beers and all of them had their labels starting to peel off them. There was that and none of those beers are ones you want to make a six pack out of. That was the only problem I had with them.
The service here is average for such a big store like this one, almost nonexistant. It's so big, I don't think they have the manpower to activitely control the store with a decent size staff. This store is so big that they have to have some kind of beer manager here. I failed to see him or her or anybody else in the beer aisles that could help.
Their American selection consists of Victory, Troegs, Brooklyn, Sly Fox, Blue Point, River Horse, Lancaster, Weyerbacher, Cisco, Arcadia, Heavy Seas, Smuttynose, Oskar Blues, Stone, Bear Republic, Tractor Brewing, Cricket Hill, and few others that are available in NJ. Not the most extensive Belgian and import selection, but it was still a nice one with all the Trappist beers available in the US, Uerige, Samichlaus, Sincbrychoff, and plenty more that I forgot about. In that vintage barrel they had had a bottle of 06 Rude Elf, 06 Sly Fox Christmas, and a few more Christmas beers.
If you like going to grocery stores that aren't filled with food, but instead filled with booze, then you'll want to stop here. It's also worth a stop if you want to check up on their small vintage selection. Just don't stop here if you want to do a "build your own six pack." That would be a waste of time.
05-18-2008 19:54:22 | More by AltBock
4.1/5 rDev -1.4%
quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $
Qual: HUGE!!!! Clean!!!! And ORGANIZED!!! This place was like a supermarket inside. And everything was super organized; according to style, size and brewery.
Ser: The people working there were setting up displays and didn't really bother w/ me. The man behind the counter was a little "thuggy" which was kind of a turn off, but to each his own I guess.
Sel: Pretty impressive. Rows and isles and islands of an impressive selection. Also they had just about everything cold as well.
Val: Pretty competitive in relation to other Jersey distributer's, especially for being in such a "pricey area".
11-29-2007 23:38:31 | More by gkatsoris
4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
I wanted to find a really good beer store around me in NJ, and after checking out reviews on BA, I thought I'd make the 25 minute trip last night.
FYI - No knock on Spirits, but when you put the address into google maps of mapquest, it doesn't bring you exactly where it is. It's a little further down on the road, but it is on Newman Springs Road.
My first impression was "Wow, this place is huge." Apparently it used to be a Food Town to give you an approximate size. My girlfriend loves wine so she had plenty to choose from as soon as we got in, and it was cheaper than where we usually get our wine.
Anyway, onto the beer. The beer was at the back end of the store, and it was a huge selection. There was a refrigerated wall of 6 packs about 60 feet long, so there was plenty to choose from. In addition to that, there were plenty more beers spread throughout the store (not refrigerated). I saw some dust on some of the beers, but not many. Also, there were probably a couple hundred singles available, which was great to look through. This is also the first place that I've seen Sam Adams Utopia, but I can't justify spending over $100 on a beer. So overall, it was a great selection of beers.
I would have liked a little section for glassware, books, etc... but I didn't see that.
Service was alright. We were there for about a half hour and was asked once if we needed help finding anything from a kid who probably wasn't old enough to buy beer. And the person who checked us out could have been a little friendlier, but did the job just fine. We weren't asked about whether we wanted to get a Spirits card though, which I would have liked. Prices were a little better than most places around me, so that was good.
Overall, if you're going there for the beer, it's a great place with a huge selection. You can definitely find something you can drink, so I recommend the trip if you're not too far. I know I'll be making the trip again soon.
11-09-2007 15:21:25 | More by mcnizzle
4.15/5 rDev -0.2%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Just a few miles off of the Garden State Parkway, on your way down to the Jersey shore, this is a large, wine, booze and beer stop. The beer is located to your far right as you enter. Huge selection on the shelves, stacked up in cases, and also in a long, large open cooler area. They have the goods, locals, regional and national micros, worthy Belgian choices, typical germans and brit choices. Well worth a visit if in the area. I was happy to find a bottle Stone 11th anniv. and 3 differant selections in bomber bottles from San Diego's Green Flash brewery. They also had a bunch of growlers from climax (unrefrigerated however) Fantomes, Stone, Avery, Omme, Left Hand, Southern tier, tons of others. No help to be found on the floor, but the lady behind the counter was helpful and friendly, and friendly goes a long way in todays world...go, you will find plenty of tasty and worthy beer here.
09-13-2007 03:04:11 | More by Billolick
4/5 rDev -3.8%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited on 3/12/07
You walk into the store and it looks like an old grocery store with wine laid out in bins that looks like they could have been used for apples and oranges before. The beer section is in the back part of the store which is reasonably organized and a long "fridge" section that has almost all the american macros and most other items cold. The usual suspects were there (wolavers, dfh, victory, flying dog, sam smith...etc) with an average selection of belgians, but nothing ultimately too rare. It did seem that there was an under representation of german beers though. They did have some Traquair jacobite which made my heart sing. They also had some three floyds left over from before the pulled out of jersey (robert the bruce and brian boru). What i was suprised to see was the assortment of mediterranean, other lesser known countries such as lithuania that they had. Though it seemed that they do not sell alot of these beers though. As soon as i was noticed wandering in the beer section someone asked me if i needed any help which is always a plus and he made himself noticable throughout the entire time i was there to make sure i was ok. The girl an guy at the register were nice as well. All in all this an excellent store if you are in the area. Not trecworthy yet, but still a great store.
03-12-2007 19:34:38 | More by mattpetti
Spirits Unlimited in Red Bank, NJ
92 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.