Crown Liquors #15

Not Rated.
Crown Liquors #15Crown Liquors #15
BA SCORE
97
world-class

21 Ratings
Ratings: 21
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: n/a
[ Store ]

11640 Brooks School Rd
Fishers, Indiana, 46038
United States
phone: (317) 595-5877
// CLOSED //



Notes:
Sold to 21st Amendment in Feb. 2011.

(Place added by: wlhagan3 on 06-06-2005)
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Reviews by Photekut:
Photo of Photekut
4.85/5  rDev +7.1%

Thanks to Sprinkle for the awesome customer service and the chance to get some beers that I have been looking for for some time and did not think I would ever see again in a store!!

He even offered to ship to me when new stuff arrives. That is customer service!!!

I was able to purchase FFF, Stone RIS, Founders, etc. Stuff that I would love to see in Tennessee, but has not made it to Knoxville yet.

The selection was all quality. This is the first place in Indy I have seen Founders Imperial Stout and Double Crooked Tree IPA when I am here.

I am not sure when I will be back in Indy, but I know for sure that this will be one of my very few stops!!

Thanks again!

More User Reviews:
Photo of claaark13
4/5  rDev -11.7%

Q: Located in a good part of town. Nice store, has beer/wine/liquor.

Svc: Was pretty busy when I was in there, and when I was at the register I didn't talk to them about the beers. They get a 4 due to the Value section below.

S: Good Indiana and National (Stone/Rogue/Etc) selections. There were also a few Belgians in there that I was looking for, specifically the Corsendonk Christmas w/glass pack. Good enough to swing through if driving by or really trying to find something, but not worth a special trip (unless really close).

V: The real problem was the pricing. I would say that this is more of an issue with the Crown Liquors as a whole, not the individual stores. Anyway, just about everything I was looking at was overpriced, and I am talking about on the high-end of overpricing. I will note that the woman at the register gave me a discount on the Corsendonk Xmas w/glass set that I'd purchased. This was because they had a couple left and she said that it was out of season. Props on that, but the other beers were just too much to pay for on a regular basis.

Like I said: Good enough to swing through if driving by or really trying to find something, but not worth a special trip (unless really close). Other stores reviewed will reveal better stopping points.

Photo of Lukafer
4.2/5  rDev -7.3%

I work right down the road from here and stop by quite a bit. The store has a decent selection of craft beers, and the service is really good. The people that work there are really nice and are more than happy to talk beer with you. Sometimes they'll have a dollar clearance rack, all bottles $1 a piece, and they'll put some pretty good beers out there that can be aged, so that's pretty cool. Overall not the best in the Indy area but a good store. Also, one time I scored some 2 year old Matilda and Pere Jacques so I was pretty stoked about that.

Photo of birchstick
4.3/5  rDev -5.1%

Having gone there three different times, twice in the same weekend, and the other time a year apart, I feel like I owe it a review. This has some really quality stuff and selection - FFF, DFH, Victory, Laughing Dog, Hoppin' Frog, Brooklyn, with a bunch of Indiana micros that you won't get anywhere but Indiana. There is a small collection of singles from which you can grab a couple bottles, but this is mostly bombers and six packs. Everytime I have been there, there seems to be a couple beers out for sampling. Nice touch. The staff is always super helpful and friendly (they'll pour you a sample, give you recommendations, then transport your beer to your car for you). It is a bit on the high side ($11 bucks for a FFF sixer when I could have got the same six pack for $9 in Wisconsin...really?). But, if you are heading to Deer Creek for some shows, definitely stop by.

Photo of Vonerichs
4/5  rDev -11.7%

This place has a decent selection of craft beers, but mostly in bombers. The choices of 6ers is pretty minimal, but those choices are quality. The thing I did like is an above average quantity of single 12 oz bottles of quality craft beer.

I didn't need any "service," but the people working there were quick to ask if I needed any help.

Wine selection also appeared respectable, but I was there browsing for beer so didn't spend a whole lot of time looking at the wine and spirits.

This place was rather pricey, with both bombers and 6ers ranging $1-$2 more than I'm accustomed to paying in IL. I tried another liquor store down the street and prices were similar, so this may be an IN phenomenon. I did note their Russian River selection... albeit at $40+ a bottle. Yeah, right. Nice try.

Photo of aasher
4.55/5  rDev +0.4%

Stopped in today because I read that they had some Russian River beers, albeit 41.99+ a bottle. It's a pretty big store which devotes plenty of space to liquor and wine. The beer selection was pretty standard for a Crown, with the exception of the Russian River. I was surprised to find some aged bottles from several breweries that were even older than a few that I have been saving. The employees asked me several times if I needed help and were willing to answer questions. They definitely had quality and focused on bigger name craft brewers. It's a good store and worth the stop.

Photo of Patchmaster
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

I went into this store a few weeks ago looking for the FFF Arctic Panzer Wolf. When I asked I was directed to Patty, their beer manager. Patty was extremely helpful and was sorry that they were sold out. She did however direct me to another location. Don't worry your secret is safe!!! She told me that if I was looking for some hard to finds or special releases that I could email her.

This week I received a message from her making me aware that they got their Apocalyps Cow. She also invited me to the store for the Indiana Beer Week tasting. I would call this above and beyond.

The selection is a little limited due to the amount of Crown Liquors I would guess they have to share the allotment they get in. Dear owner, please give them more of your allotment. We are begging for it.

I would say that it is a bit pricey. they had some Russian River that was absurdly priced!!! Overall a few bucks more, but well worth it due to knowledge and customer service. I will continue to frequent this store first.

Photo of HosP
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Stopped in looking for some new FFF the other day. Surprised of the stock of warm bombers. Had more FFF than other stores around Fishers. Seemed to have a lot of 6 packs in the fridge too. Good selection of imports, but stuck with FFF and Stone. Can't go wrong with them. Talked with an associate for a little bit about some new beers coming out. He seemed pretty knowledgeable, but said Patty was by far the one to talk to about anything coming out. I'd go back as the staff was friendly and their prices were reasonable for what they were selling.

Photo of robwestcott
4.3/5  rDev -5.1%

stopped in on a lark while out of town on my way to a meeting. pretty average sized location with a good selection of domestic craft as well as import.

treated to GREAT service from patty the beer manager at the store. ended up walking out with bottles of 2007 and 2008 behemoth barleywine from FFF along with a bottle of lord admiral Nelson that wasn't shelved but offered up from the back.

all with a 15% discount for American craft beer week.

reasonable though certainly not cheap prices.

thumbs up.

Photo of brundo4
4.15/5  rDev -8.4%

Good place. Patti, who is the manager I think, is super nice, really helpful and always glad to see you. You might find some nice vintage goodies here, as well as some odd surprises in certain lambics, obscure belgians, or american craft oddities. They have a large selection of the three floyds bombers, along with mikeller, and even some allagash curieux, which is surprisingly hard to find around here. They have a couple coolers of sixers, and a row of good bombers. I think this was once spinkle's store?

They have the mix-a-sixer, plenty of macro, spirits and wine as well.

Photo of kels
4.2/5  rDev -7.3%

Stopped by Crown in Fishers today on an Indy beer-buying trip. I was pretty satisfied with their variety of domestic and imported craft beer. They had a decent amount on the shelves and in the coolers for being a fairly small location. I was pleased to find a few older beers to add to the collection - 2007 BCS and 2007 Old Stock were nice surprises. The prices were pretty average for the area. My only complaint was the limited array of singles on the shelves in comparison to the Crown out in Caramel. I like to try a variety when I'm somewhere other than home, and I can't buy numerous different six packs on my budget. The lady behind the counter was nice, and she offered to check to see if there was more of a certain label for us. Pretty solid location, but I'll probably head out to Caramel the next time I'm in Indy.

Photo of iconoklaztor
5/5  rDev +10.4%

A mighty thanks goes out to Sprinkle and Ben! Cheers!

This place rocks. I reached sprinkle in a BM and told him I was coming up (I live in Bloomington) and I cracked open a Triple Bock when I got there! I looked around the beer selection and it was amazing. I mighty fine selection of Belgian's and a nice selection of Americans. He suggested some great brews and offered me a few gems!! He treated me and my fellow BA like kings! We talked about prices and although its a buck or two more the selection of brews certainly makes up for it! Its fantastic. Thanks for the selection, brews, and most importantly, the hospitality.

Photo of lightindarkness
4.85/5  rDev +7.1%

I live 10 minutes from this store and just discovered it. A big thanks to Sprinkle for the discussion and help finding some great bottles.

The beer on hand is well stocked and marked. Sprinkle(BA), the store manager, is more than helpful, offering a few more surprise bottles than were available on the floor.

Great selection of Belgians, other Europeans, and American craft brews. The shelves and coolers have a better selection of hard to find beer than almost anywhere I've been. They seem to have no problem letting you buy sixes or breaking them up for singles.

Prices are really reasonable, and if you talk to Sprinkle, the discount is great too. Definitely the first place I'll check to look for something, both for the selection and the service.

Photo of JCoe
5/5  rDev +10.4%

This had to be one of the best liquor store experiences I've ever had. I live up in the NW corner of Indiana, closer to Chicago then to Indianapolis. We planned the weekend so we could hit some of the local breweries, and hopefully pick up some brews that never make it this far north. I beermailed the manager of the store, BA sprinkle, telling him what I was looking for, and he answered back to me that he had what I wanted stashed in the back and would be happy to sell me some. None of the other stores I called, nor the brewery, had this beer. When we arrived at the store, he had already left for the day, but the guys at the store gave him a call and he set me up. He even had them offer me a rare gem that I didn't even ask for, which was great! They really treated us like royalty!

The store is really attractive and clean. It isn't the largest store around, but the beer selection was all great stuff. He has beer on the shelves that I haven't seen up here in months if ever. They were also having free wine and cheese tastings while we were there, which we didn't take advantage of, since we had just come from Barley Island's pub and didn't think it was wise to drink anything else at the time.

We will certainly make it a regular stop any time we're in the area!

Photo of genog
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Ask for Sprinkle and he will hook you up.

I drove all the way from Columbus Ohio early one morning out to Fishers Indiana. Then after I loaded up my car, I turned around and drove back home.

Stocked up on some Hopslam, Breakfast Stout, Kentucky Breakfast stout, Dark Lord, Batch 7000, Dark Horse, Stone 10th Anniversary, I left with the biggest smile after finding some of these rare gems. Not only that, he will give you the BA/RB discount!

If you are ever in the area (or feel like a 3 hour drive), make sure you get to this store!

Photo of heliosphann
4.85/5  rDev +7.1%

Big thanks to sprinkle for the excellent customer service and hospitality while I visted his store. I made the trek up from the far south side and it was well worth my time and gas! Picked up some great brews that I had trouble locating around town and some new beers that were recommended.

The selection might not be the biggest in town, but it's all about Quality over Quantity at this store. Prices were very reasonable compared to other stores in the Indy area.

If you live around the north side of Indy, I'd recommend make this your regular beer stop. Even if you live in other parts in town, I'd recommend making the trip if you're looking for a top notch selection, first rate service and great prices.

Photo of shbobdb
4.85/5  rDev +7.1%

This is one of the most reasonably priced stores I've seen in Indy. Now this is a beer store!

First off, hats off to Sprinkle for reserving some Kentucky Breakfast Stout for me, that is truly going above-and-beyond the call of duty. While the people behind the counter when I was there (the man, the myth, the legend Sprinkle wasn't working when I visisted) weren't terribly informed about beer, but they were more than willing to call Sprinkle for those hard-to-answer questions (like where he hid the beers he reserved for me).

The selection was excellent. I managed to find a few brews that I hadn't been able to find anywhere else in Indianapolis. I also found a few beers that I hadn't seen in a while. An excellent selection. Also, the 'pick a single' shelf, with a completely random assortment of beers let's you close your eyes and mix-and-match a sixpack of fun! What more could you ask for?

Wow. Too bad this place is a little out of my way, but I think I'll have to stop by again for those hard-to-find beers.

Photo of kdmorse
4.35/5  rDev -4%

Great store. Went in looking for some liquor with a friend and found some gems in the beer section. Great selection of singles (Belgians, esp.). Good variety of six-packs but not a huge quantity. Some mix-and-match ability. Prices were the similar or better than most local competition (liquor prices blew others away).

Did not receive (or need) much service. Employees were pleasant and did their job, but did not go out of their way to offer additional help. (BA Sprinkle was not there at the time, so this probably hurt the conversation/service that the store is famous for.)

Everything added up to a good experience. Good prices. A lot of beers not easily found elsewhere. Good service. I would return if I was not moving out of town this weekend.

Photo of GreenWBush
4.65/5  rDev +2.6%

Finally, a beer store for beer people.

As somehow happens with fellow Beer Advocates, I spotted BA Sprinkle almost immediately. We all must just have some sort of glow. Anyways, he highlighted some nice brews and clued me in on some goodies he had that weren't in eye-shot. We shared some nice BA banter and he got my tastebuds fired up by showing me some rare to the area beer booty he acquired on a recent beer trade.

So, about the selection: damn nice, and most of it looks hand-picked. Pretty much the full-range from stylistic heavy-weights like FFF, Rogue, Bell's, lots of Great Divides, Great Lakes, Dark Horse, off the top of my head.

I was also quite captivated by the *nice* collection of Belgians. All of the trappists (sans Westy, duh), lots of Shelton Brothers' esoteric range, and goodies from B United. Entire range of JW Lee's, which was a sight for sore eyes but unfortunately out of my price range. Fantome and Cantillion were both well represented, rare around these parts.

Reasonably priced, especially for the particularly well-to-do Fishers area. Nice blow outs, too. Anderson Valley's Porter was $5 when I went and their decent dubble was a bargain-basement $3.

I was particularly happy to get DH's Old Ale, the new Stone OG, and Sam Adam's Imperial Pilsner, the likes of which I had not seen around here. I also about pissed myself with glee with the opportunity to pick up Founder's Breakfast stout.

If you are passing through make sure to hit this store...it is a great combination of a well-picked, streamlined portfolio, great beer-friendly service, and fairly priced unlike some Indianapolis competition. If you live anywhere near here you need to befriend the beer manager Mike, for he will look out for special things.

A nice shop I wish I lived closer to. I'm getting tired of the lame-ass stores around me.

Photo of danielocean03
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Mike Sprinkle's Crown Liquors at 116th and Brookschool is my #1 beer stop, and I couldn't be happier to live only 3.3 miles from there. This store is easily highlighted by it's staff and selection, both top shelf. Many microbrew offerings including many of Bell's, Rogue's, Three Floyd's, Stone's, too many more belgians and imports to list. My wife has visited this store in my absence with a list and they helped her get every beer on the list that they had in stock in singles. Not to mention that I got four 22oz. bombers, (Rogue's Shakespeare + Chocolate Stout, Three Floyd's Dreadnaught IPA and a Stone Double Bastard), and the follwing 12oz. bottles: 3F's Alpha King, Bell's 7000,Two Hearted, Expedition Stout, and Founder's Breakfast stout for about $40. I would consider the price on par with the Fishers/Geist location. Thanks for opening such a great location so close to home sprinkle!

Photo of wlhagan3
4/5  rDev -11.7%

This is a brand new location for the chain in Fishers, IN and is being managed by Michael Sprinkle formerly "The Beer Doktor" of Kahn's. They are up and running and have been opened for about a month now.

It is a nice store. Being new tends to do that. The selection is pretty good. Most of the regionals are covered, 3 Floyd's, Bell's, Founders, as well as some of the big boys like Stone, Avery, and Rogue. There are a couple of shelves of imports too. The cold selection in the reach-in is some what limited and if you don't see what you want cold, ask for it and it may be in the walk-in. Prices are in line with the area. Service is attentive and seems somewhat knowledgeable. I asked Michael S. about other Stone products and he pulled out his advance order sheet and let me know when to expect them (Stone R.I.S., Anniv., D.B., and O.G.).

I really like this store but I am bias since it is only a mile or so from my house. This is also a great stop if you are headed up to Verizon Wireless Music Center for a show.

Crown Liquors #15 in Fishers, IN
97 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.