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25 Ratings
Ratings: 25
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 14.15%
$$ - reasonable

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417 University Blvd
Birmingham, Alabama, 35205-4413
United States
phone: (205) 328-6275

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(Place added by: ddarden on 08-24-2005)
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Photo of RichardPaul


4.97/5  rDev +17.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

What an amazing selection! Perhaps the only thing more impressive is that the guy behind the counter seemed to know something about each one...and there were hundreds! I love the old beer signs and promotional displays. Never seen a keg or growler selection as big, and have made my own six-pack many many times since my first visit. It's always nice to try something new and have it become a favorite!

Highest recommendation. If you live in the area, you're making a mistake to shop anywhere else!

02-09-2014 16:24:54 | More by RichardPaul
Photo of dowen17


4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$

Nice selection and good service.

The atmosphere is kind of weird. Very dark. Carpeted. Just... Weird.

The guy that was there when I showed up said he didn't even drink beer. I thought that was odd but he still knew his stuff so I guess it's okay.

The selection is much smaller than Highlands and Hop City but they did have some nice stuff.

08-11-2013 03:59:08 | More by dowen17
Photo of Radiodixon


5/5  rDev +17.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

The selection at this place is INSANE! There's not a keg they can't get (and the kegs are CHEAP!), and they have every beer I've ever wanted. Growlers, too! Service is awesome.
I like the atmosphere, because I think the owner has held on to every promotional item any beer company ever sent him. Stuff on the walls and hanging from the ceiling reminds me of the great beer commercials of my childhood.
They also sell pickled garlic...weird but tasty, and it's brought down my cholestorol immensley!

06-19-2013 21:01:55 | More by Radiodixon
Photo of Kalev

4.74/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$

Vulcan Beverage is by far, the best beer selection in Birmingham. Vulcan has hard to find brands that no other store has. These guys have hundreds of hard to find brands. The selection cannot be matched in Birmingham. Their prices are reasonable and I really like the draft beer selection. They have kegs of Abita, Guiness and other unusual draft beer brands. I also really like the fact that you can create your own 6 pack. Any beer can be bought inidividually. The manager there is always helpful and very knowledgeable. This is definitely my new beer store!

10-01-2012 01:55:12 | More by Kalev
Photo of joshodonn


3.05/5  rDev -28.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | $$$$

I'm usually not one to leave a negative review, however after my recent experience at Vulcan Beverage I feel obligated to share their questionable business practices with my fellow BAs.

I stopped in to this store during a recent business trip to Birmingham. I have been in to this store many times in the past to pick up stuff that I can't get in FL (Founders, Good People, Boulevard, etc). On this most recent visit I asked the guy who was working about several beers that I was looking for(who is the only guy I've ever seen there, I assumed he was the owner). After he realized that I knew my beer he informed me that they had about 1/2 a case of KBS in the back. At first he made it sound like it wasn't for sale, he said they received one case from the latest release and were initially selling it for $6 a bottle, however after they realized the popularity of this beer they pulled it from the shelf and 'the boss man' told him to sell it for $20 a bottle if anyone would pay that for it.

I realize that business are free to charge whatever prices they want, but I also think what they are doing is very shady. I chose not to pay this ridiculous amount for a single bottle of KBS. I will probably return today and ask to speak with owner and see if he will sell me a bottle or two for a more reasonable price. If not I will never return to this store due to their unethical business practice.

04-17-2012 14:00:14 | More by joshodonn
Photo of TrappistJohnMD


4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Vulcan Beverage has a very nice selection of imports. Also, a good selection of taps for growlers. The create-a-six-pack thing is always great too.

Easy to get to from I-65. The location looks a little sketchy but I don't know much about Birmingham, so it may be just fine. I certainly didn't have any problems while I was there.

The service was very friendly and helpful.

Prices were good compared to other places I have visited in the area.

I wish we had a place half as nice as this in Mississippi. Maybe one day we can get our archaic beer laws changed.

11-25-2011 19:16:44 | More by TrappistJohnMD
Photo of WoodBrew


4/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

In Birmingham for the first time and Check Beer Advocate for places to check out and Vulcan Beverage was listed as a place to go....so I went. The place is typical of an inner city Beverage store except this place sells Growlers!!! Which blew me away. The atmosphere is good once inside..there is many coolers and shelves of beer along with a white board of growlers. The quality is fine...its a beer store and they had a good selection. ONce I walked in I was greeted and asked if I needed help finding anything...said I was looking and he revealed that the have singles for sale at various prices. I was hoping for more Alabama beers...but most was from out of state....alot from Maine...it seemed. I ended up buying a six which I will try throughout the course of my visit.

09-13-2011 20:37:24 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of JayS2629


4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

I was leery with the barred windows but walked into a beer haven. They had beers I didn't think Alabama could get like Cigar City and hard to find stuff. Awesome selection, and a growler fill with over 20 beers on tap. Picked up some local Good People in a half gallon milk jug. Every bottle in the store was mix your own six. Awesome service, friendly and knowledgeable. Awesome store. The owner went out of his way to make us comfortable and said we could break six packs to mix our own six. Amazing selection of craft beer. Will make it a regular stop on my trips from South to North Alabama.

06-10-2011 22:52:36 | More by JayS2629
Photo of BierGartenok


4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Love this place!! Always go in when visiting my sister. Always the owner behind the counter and he is very knowledgeable. Awesome idea to make the whole store a Mix-a-six! I always stock up on the local brews (good people brewing..etc) and regional favorites (terrapin, cigar city...etc) Just a great shop and right in the middle of town. Prices are right on point! The owner loves to talk beer and is always very friendly. You must visit this shop when your in Birmingham! They always have the newest things!

01-21-2011 02:58:52 | More by BierGartenok
Photo of jpmclaug

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.7%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

I visited this place to pick up some brews while I was visiting my dad in Alabama.

This place has a large selection and almost everything is available to be purchased as a single. At the back of the store they had a lot of beer in the fridge and a growler fill station. I think the best part of the place is the ability to purchase singles.

Unfortunately they can only fill growler's into plastic containers( I was told it was a state law) so I didn't get a growler but they did have a good selection including beer from Good People brewing. The price's seemed reasonable also.

The service was good overall. The guy in the store was helpful and talked to me and my father for awhile. Only annoyance was when I checked out he asked for my ID(understandable, I've been told I look young). He then scrutinized it for a lot longer than normal and mumbled something about the hologram before ringing me up. I thought that was a little strange considering we had just talked about beer for the past 20 minutes while I selected a bunch of different craft brews. Oh well he was friendly the rest of the time.

I didn't stop at any other stores in Alabama but I couldn't imagine anywhere else having their extensive selection. I would definitely stop by the next time I'm in town to look for something new.

03-13-2010 21:45:45 | More by jpmclaug
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Vulcan Beverage in Birmingham, AL
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