Five Points Bottle Shop
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Reviews by ZenAgnostic:
4.86/5 rDev +4.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
I had a beergasm. Single best beer shop I've ever been to. Enormous selection of quality stuff.
I've been to Specs and Whole Foods and other non-chain specialty beer stores across several states and this is by far the best selection of beer I've seen so far.
You wouldn't even be able to tell by the shabby (though artistic) exterior, but inside the shop is a beer geeks heaven. Shelves all the way up to the ceiling with bombers of beers I've never seen in most places. The sour beers section alone is pretty impressive. Three different vintages of Rodenbach Grand Cru. Every single Trappist beer, except for the Westvleterens.
Refrigerated and unrefrigerated six packs, single bottles, bombers, huge novelty sized bottles (notably, Chimay)... I even saw a growler from Rogue.
They also sell fresh growlers to go (3 different sizes) each priced at $4 for the bottles themselves and fill-ups are priced individually by beer. Around 20 beers on tap to choose from.
The staff were clearly beer geeks and knew their stuff in and out. Unlike what you'd find at a national beer chain like Specs.
Finally picked up a bottle from Achel (the last remaining Trappist brewery I haven't sampled). They didn't have KBS, but said they've had it before and even had a 3-year vertical keg tapping before... 3 vintages side by side on tap at their bar. Insane. They said when they do get KBS in bottles it tends to last less than a month.
No Dogfish 120 or Dark Lord, but it was worth asking anyway. Chances are if there's some beers on your want list, they'll have a few of them here.
09-08-2011 20:50:28 | More by ZenAgnostic
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4.2/5 rDev -9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is one of the best place to buy beer (and other forms of alcohol) in Athens. My cousin owns a competitor on the other side of town and he'll readily admit the same.
Staff can be hit or miss, but most of them are great. Owner's fantastic, as well. Usually very friendly and helpful. A bit stand-offish at the absolute worst. But being in a college town of Athen's caliber will definitely take its toll on you some days. They have a big collection of really shitty fake id's that they've confiscated and they like to scribble mean things on which I find hilarious (though possibly libelous, to be honest).
Selection is very good, especially for where you are. Prices can be beat, but not by much. It's definitely cheaper at Total Wine if you're in the Atlanta area, but for Athens this is one of the better options.
If you're in Athens and you're looking for better beer than what you'll find at Kroger, this is a good place to start.
06-09-2013 16:07:25 | More by Dreizhen
4.97/5 rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Wow. I went in while visiting the town, just to see if I could find something to have at the hotel while we were visiting, but wound up discovering the most extensive collection of bottled beer I have ever seen! Started at the far cooler, where there were three full shelves of Stone bombers, including the vertical epic from 09-12, old guardian, smoked old guardian, and RIS. Moving through the store, it was organized by geography, and the staff were very helpful in locating whatever I thought I would like to find.
As has been stated in other posts, I didn't even know that Mikkeller made that many beers! There had to be 6 full shelves, over 40 different Mikkeller products. The sours section was impressive, and the Belgian Aisle also had quite a selection.
Asked about a couple mythical beers, and while I found the Rodenbach Grand Cru and Sierra Nevada 30th anniversary, they didn't have Westy XII, Black Ops, Black Note, BA Bigfoot, or Biscotti Break.
Great selection of glassware in the Growler shop, and an amazing selection of taps (Enjoy By, Siren Noire, etc).
Will be back next time I'm in town.
03-23-2013 12:40:49 | More by watsonmd
5/5 rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
The best beer store in Athens, and one of the best in the SouthEast. A phenomenal selection with new beers coming in almost every week. The staff is great with people specialized in knowledge for beer, wine, and liquor. The everyday beers are a little pricier than usual here, but the specialty and craft selection are about on par with every where else.
02-23-2013 23:52:01 | More by slayer13
Five Points Bottle Shop in Athens, GA
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