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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

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


[ Store ]

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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Bonhoeffer

Alabama

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

Just affirming what is widely known in Central Alabama: Vulcan is THE place to buy beer for many miles around.

Mark Green is the owner and proprietor. He works the cash register 90% of the time, and they are open long hours. He gets there at 1:00 pm most days and doesn't close up till after 10:00pm, later on weekends. He carries some wine and liquor to help pay the bills, but craft beer is what he enjoys selling the most.

As already mentioned by EyeChartBrew (who i've met; he's a great guy), Mark is a big supporter of FTH. We hooked him up with signup forms and t-shirts, and he's signed up several members for us. He's already making plans for what he'll do once we get the inane beer laws reformed here. He's going to stop selling wine altogether and use that square footage for craft beer. It doesn't matter how many different beers the distributors bring into this state, he will carry them all. He's going to make a huge walk in "cooler" that he will keep at cellar temp for the beers which can properly age without detriment to quality.

What you see when you walk in is only about 3000 sq ft. The entire building is 7500 sq ft. He will open up more of his square footage for beer as necessary.

I'm telling you, it's true now and it will be true as the beer selection explodes after the laws are reformed: Mark carries every beer distributed in Alabama, bar none. This is your one stop shop.

Some of the prices run a tad higher than the grocery stores around town, but the selection more than makes up for it. And as ddarden noted, the location leaves a little to be desired for those of us in the burbs. But he's very close to downtown, which is no doubt a plus for travelers.

Vulcan is Beer Central for Alabama. After our laws are changed, Vulcan will surpass Green's as the premier beer store in the Southeast.

08-29-2005 15:12:24 | More by Bonhoeffer
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markjarema11

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

02-23-2014 01:14:59 | More by markjarema11
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RichardPaul

Alabama

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
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elkinbrown

Ohio

4/5  rDev -5.7%

10-23-2013 16:13:20 | More by elkinbrown
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dowen17

Alabama

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
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Radiodixon

Alabama

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
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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
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joshodonn

Florida

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
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TrappistJohnMD

Mississippi

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
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WoodBrew

Illinois

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
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Vulcan Beverage in Birmingham, AL
93 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.