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Vulcan Beverage

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

27 Ratings
Ratings: 27
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 14.25%
$$ - 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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Reviews by dowen17:
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dowen17

Alabama

4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
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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watsontiger98

Alabama

4/5  rDev -5%

06-18-2014 01:55:21 | More by watsontiger98
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KMitch

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

06-09-2014 21:25:54 | More by KMitch
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markjarema11

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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

Alabama

4.97/5  rDev +18.1%
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%

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

Alabama

5/5  rDev +18.8%
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 +12.6%
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 -27.6%
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 +1.7%
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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Vulcan Beverage in Birmingham, AL
93 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.