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Super Liquor IV

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9 Ratings
Ratings: 9
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 9.7%
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3666 South State Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan, 48108
United States
phone: (734) 930-2999

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(Place added by: nomad on 07-29-2005)
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Photo of ShareANevada
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%

Staying in town for the Summer Beer Fest, I had breakfast at the diner next to my hotel. (So and so's Coney Island). Walked out of the diner, looked directly at the liquor store, and said 'what the hell, give it a whirl'. I did not envision much more than the standard BMC fare.

Quite a surprise I was in for. There were 3-4 aisles of six packs, of all sorts of beers. They covered the range of the typical MI brews, to MI brews i've never heard of, to a solid german and english section, and some pretty good belgians too. Coolers of singles and bombers lined the wall.

Prices on the whole seemed to be anywhere from 1 to 4 dollars high, depending. I found some dusty old Redbach (a discontinued beer in US) on the shelves for $12, versus the $8 we got it for when it was around. My folks like this beer, so it was a no brainer, despite being dated.

Service was fine. The clerk was friendly to me, and evidently well liked by regulars who offered a warm greeting and received the same.

Just off the interstate, well worth checking out if looking for a quick buzz through shopping stop.

Photo of stouty1
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%

Nomad hit this one right on. I have been here three timea and every time the workers have been pleasant. I even got a calendar the second time I went in. They seem to remember me and even offered to get ordered anything I wanted that they did not have. The last time I went in I talked a young guy that I talked to the first time and he even remembered that he was looking to order some Kuhnhenn for me but hasn't found it yet. I have also received a 10% discount everytime I went in. I get the feeling they just want me to shop there and no where else.

As Nomad wrote, they have a huge selection of US breweries and a few Belgiums. They have the beer divided into two sections. The main area has sixers and then along the side wall behind the wine, they have the liter bottles and singles. Huge cooler wall full of every beer they stock. I don't usually buy cold beer, but if I wanted it I could get anything. They will also special order any keg you want, if legally sold in Mi. Nice place, but busy and I do feel rushed when there do to the lack of a nook like area where I can peruse in my own time. It's almost like a 7 Eleven for beer.

Photo of Higravity
4.15/5  rDev +15%

Basically the best store in the area I have found so far, hands down. A wall of out of the cooler rare beers and unique stuff. The have 3 liters of Arrogant Bastard or now it is only one 3 liter :) also the have a whole hell of a lot of fridge space dedicated to the 22oz and 750mL and then double that for craft six-packs. Some of the beer they are selling suffers from rotation misattention, but if you are a smart shopper you know what to avoid. Some reviews talk of the service being poor, but that is basically because they could care less about you beer snobbing. Just get what is good and to hell with the rest. Most of the prices are right on for MI. Also lots of wine and lots of booze. They even had a scotch I have been wanting for the past year or so.

Photo of aayooper
2.95/5  rDev -18.3%

Great selection in all classes (singles, International, Mid-West and US craft and Macros). They could use more of the micros as singles. Their prices are fair for the Ann Arbor area, but considered high for the rest of the state. The service is average at best. I can't say that they seemed too knowledgable beyond knowing which shelf had what I was looking for. I also have purchased some singles that were well beyond their sell-by date. The dust on the bottle should have tip me off. Some were fine, some were not. I will use this store again for its selection, but I will be careful about the singles on the back wall.

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%

An unsuspecting facade on the outside, inside is a well stocked beer/liquor/wine store. A huge selection of beers is stored in the coolers along the back wall, and a nice display of Rogue beers on top of wooden shelves that display a fine assortment of Belgian and German beers. Just about every country was represented. A nice presentation of Michigan and regional brews was on the opposite side of the store, and seemed very well organized and merchandised. They had a fair singles selection, and a handful of hard to find beers from domestic brewers such as Sam Adams and DFH. One downside is the lack of attention to some of the brews, and the shelf life that some of these beers sit. For example, while I was there, I saw an old 6-pack of Unibroue Raftman. I've always wanted to try this beer. Then I took a good look at the package. It was old, and I hadn't seen Unibroue in 6-packs in years. Then I remembered how I had heard that Unibroue hadn't been shipping Raftman to the US since about 2002 or 2003. Bad news... That stuff was far from fresh. A date on the tagged sticker said 06122001. Yeah, nearly 5 years old, and still on the shelf for sale. For shits and giggles, I asked the guy at the desk if he could break it up and let me buy one or two, and he basically told me to piss off. Not the best service, and kind of rude. But in anycase, they've got good selection, and the prices are reasonable. I'll stop again if i'm out in the area.

Photo of nomad
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%

This mega-sized liquor store is taking over a previous liquor store at the same spot on the edge of Ann Arbor. It is a half-mile from Briarwood Mall and just yards from an exit off of I-94. It is the fourth in a mini-chain of Michigan liquor stores, with constellations in Jackson and few other western locales.

Unassuming brick building with "Bud for sale!" signs on the windows, but the inside is spacious, glistening, and organized and carefully handled in the least. Wine on your right, chips and sundries to your left, and most liquor and cigars are behind the huge check-out counter that is also on the left. Beer occupies just about all of the twenty-odd coolers that make up the North wall of the store. Tall, brand-new, easy to open but low-frosting doors that display about 700 beers total, but my guess is that there is probably more like 800 (I'm a bad estimator), and there are more coming in the next months.

Selection is the widest I've seen in the Ann Arbor area, but not the finest, but EVERY single beer is refrigerated. I repeat, every single beer is kept cold. You don't have the crazy Belgian selection that Main Street and Beer Depot has, like with mulitple types of La Rulles and Cantillon, but there are some surprising choices of imports, like fresh Einbecker. The strength is MI micros, covering beers I've never seen or even heard of in bottles, like Traverse and Atwater Block, as well as a surprising range of Summit and Anderson Valley, as an example. There are some odd gaps in brands (where are the Great Lakes' beers?) and the organization of beers is not logically synchronized, so have fun perusing.

The kicker is that the beers are stacked from behind the coolers, in the huge cold area in the back of the sore. Most beer stores, even those with coolers, stock from the front so that instead of pushing fresher beer to the first-in-the-row, you never know how old the bottle is in front of you. Sorry, a pet peeve... but I understand that most beers stores don't have the space or money to afford the sweet set-up that this store has. Even still the freshness of some of their imports are suspect.

The word is that management promises to carry every single imported beer legally available in MI, and by looking at the prices, which are very competitive for the town, this could lead to very good shopping. Service is a little slight because its a big store and due to the big, nice flat screen TV that has high definition and great sound. Highly distracting for shoppers and staff alike, in a good way.

Super Liquor IV in Ann Arbor, MI
- out of 100 based on 9 ratings.