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3.9/5 rDev -4.9%
Stopped in here when the wife was out of town and got an unexpected surprise. About 5 bottles of brandy barrel Old Stick just chilling in the shelves a month or two after the release. Not an easy find in FL. Lots of good things to choose from with an aisle of refrigerated brews and bombers. Plenty of Belgian and German beers. Definitely worth a stop in while in town. Did not grocery shop, but looks like they have good stuff if a bit cramped in there. Also a decent wine selection.
04-04-2014 03:21:12 | More by BMMillsy
4/5 rDev -2.4%
Wards is what I would describe as an "old school" grocery store. I remember visiting similar groceries back home as a kid, that no longer exist today as the big boxes have squeezed them all out. Gainesville is quite anti-big box so Wards has been able to thrive here. The clientele is a mixed bag, lots of pretentious hipster types and down-home locals, so don't go expecting the same crowd you might see at Tipples. It's a grocery store so you shouldn't get there and expect the crowd to be the same as a Craft Beer store anyway.
You'll find the beer aisle in the back corner of the store. On one side is a cooler with a lot of variety and on the other is a row of bombers and select 4 and 6 packs. Wards is where I go if Gator Beverage and Tipples run out of something that I'm looking for, though that is slowly changing as the "Craft Beer Craze" grows and more people are aware of Ward's selection. Staff is always helpful and their beer guy (Steve) is super friendly.
09-11-2013 20:53:50 | More by TomB
4.19/5 rDev +2.2%
Wards is a health food market I guess. Lots of local produce and products. They have 1 beer aisle but nice selection. I walked in there one day and Hopslam was sitting there and old rasputin XV. Steve the beer guy is very helpful and always takes my calls since its across town for me. great selection for the size of the store and the fact its a grocery store.
03-26-2013 16:39:46 | More by cubanbeerguy
3.85/5 rDev -6.1%
For a grocery store, Wards has a great selection!
The beer is in the back corrner of the store, opposite the entrance.
They have a fairly large cooler and about the same amount of space dedicated to bombers and some more six packs making a nice beer aisle.
The only drawback is that they adhere to the commercial packaging. No singles out of the sixers, but come on, I'm stretching to find a negative.
If you are in gainesville, be sure to give this a shot. Prices are good and the selection is one of the best in town. Exemplary for a grocery store!
A special thanks to vapodge for introducing me to this wonder.
02-17-2011 03:03:47 | More by aepb1
4.35/5 rDev +6.1%
Ever since I first discovered what a great beer selection Ward's has, I've become a 'regular' there. The prices are also very competitive. Over the years, the selection has grown bigger and better - to the point where I almost don't bother to shop for beer anywhere else. If you're looking for something different, you can find some unusual (and expensive) brews that I haven't seen anywhere else, and you can often find some amazing bargains. American micro brews, German wheat beers, Polish and Ukrainian strong ales are all well represented. Definitely worth a visit!
12-24-2010 22:51:10 | More by MisterE
4.35/5 rDev +6.1%
Frequent this place often, it's a must-go if you live in Gainesville and have never been to a "local" grocery store anywhere. Truly Different.
To the beer.. They have a good bit of an aisle designated for beer, some of it is in the cooler, some isn't with no particalur reason it seems. The selection is fantastic for a grocery store, and the pricing is pretty good as well. I guess for nostalgic reasons I feel like they are better than a lot of other places in town because they were one of the first places to start carrying micro's and hard-to-find brews.
If you need to grab something for a cookout - try them for not only the food but the beer too - you wont go wrong!
09-29-2010 20:51:51 | More by GatorBrew
3.7/5 rDev -9.8%
Visited on a trip to Gainesville. About half a aisle of beer in a grocery store. Good selection of brews, lots of harder to find stone (oaked arrogant bastard, runiation) and a good amount of bombers. Sweetwater is available here. Was not very strong on Belgians, mostly American craft brews. Service was nowhere to be found but I didn't need help so no biggie. Pretty average place IMO, I felt like I was in a grocery store (because I was) and I prefer to shop in specialty stores. I'd go here again when in town to check what they have got in but I'd rather go to Tipples and spend my money there.
06-18-2010 17:37:25 | More by jf60657
4.2/5 rDev +2.4%
As previously stated, first & foremost a local grocery store with a very heavy farmers market vibe. I like that. My mother-in-law loves the meat there, for what its worth.
The beer area is all over against the left (as you enter) wall. Nice selection of Belgians, some UK, lots of good US brewers represented as well. Six- & four-packs as well as big bottles. Cold brews differed from the room temp. stock. Not sure why except maybe to increase the selection? Picked up a new (to me) baltic porter and several other I've never had including a brew from Sweet Water Brewing in GA.
01-17-2010 20:54:04 | More by PorterLambic
Ward's Supermarket in Gainesville, FL
91 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.