Liquor Barn - Hamburg Pavillion

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35 Ratings
Ratings: 35
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.02
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1837 Plaudit Pl
Lexington, Kentucky, 40509-2429
United States
phone: (859) 294-5700

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(Place added by: BEERchitect on 11-09-2005)
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Photo of Yetiman420
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%

I made back to back stops at the Liquor Barns at 3040 Richmond Road and 1846 Plaudit Place. Plaudit Place seems brand spanking new and gets my nod for having a larger and comprehensive selection of beers available in Kentucky.

This stop was in late April and they still had Founders KBS on the shelves (~$24 a four pack). I picked up a couple of 2007 120 Minutes and WW Stouts that I can't get in Ohio.

These stores continue the Northern Kentucky theme (Party Source) of one-stop shopping for all your party needs. They aren't quite as impressive as the Party Source, but are a great bet if you're looking for a variety of great craft beers available in Kentucky.

Photo of halo3one
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Here's what I picked up on my last visit (April 22, 2010):

Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti
Great Divide Old Ruffian
Three Floyds Behemoth Barleywine, Dreadnaught
Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary (Ken & Fritz)
Rogue Chatoe (First Hop) Black Lager

Growler fill (at the deli):
Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale
Ketucky Ale
Sheltowee Hop-a-Lot IPA
Sheltowee Black Lager
Sheltowee Amber

Located on an access road, just outside Man 'O War Boulevard and near I-75/I-64 this is the newest and most interestingly desgined of the three Liquor Barns in Lexington. Although one of the premier beer retailers in Lexington, this store is situated at Lexington's suburban pergutory.

This store is the mid-sized store in the area; larger than the Richmond Road store but smaller than the Beaumont store. The building looks as if a roller coaster and a box of crayons had sex and produced this building nine months later. But once inside, this mid-sized warehouse boasts everthing that an alcohol loving adult could want. You can find an assortment of liquers, wines, whiskys, and beer along with gormet cheeses, breads, olives, cigars, coffee, party supplies, bar supplies, glassware, hot sauces...the list goes on. Homebrewers and wine makers will enjoy the nice variety of equipment, supplies, ingredients, and literature- their selection is almost as vast as that in the Beaumont store.

But enough of that, you are obviously interested in the beers. The selection ranges from the yellow stuff to truely collector beers including: Bluegrass Brewing, Alltech (Lexington Brewing), Abita, Anchor, Anderson Valley, Arcadia, Atwater Block, Avery, Bar Harbor, Bard's Tale, Barley Island, Bell's, Berghoff, Bison Organic, Boulder, Breckenridge, Brooklyn, Cave Creek Chili, Christian Moerlein, Dixie, Dogfish Head, Flying Dog, Founders, Harpoon, He'Brew, Goose Island, Great Lakes, Great Divide, Clipper City, Jolly Pumpkin, Left Hand, Shiner, Schlafly, Steelhead, Stone, Thirsty Dog, Tommyknocker, Mactarnahan's, Mad River, Magic Hat, Mississippi Mud, New Holland, North Coast, O'Fallon's, Ommegang, Pete's, Point, Pyramid, Red Hook, Rhinelander, Rockie's, Rogue, Sierra Nevada, Stegmaier, Widmer, Wild Goose, Blue Moon, Sam Adams, Leinenkugels, Anheuser-Busch, Coors, and Miller, and more...

European Imports include: Baltika, Brewdog, Fuller's, O'Hanlon, J.W. Lees, Chimay, Rochefort, Maredous, Rodenbach, Carolous, Aventinus, Lindemann, Chouffe, Delerium, Harvistoun, St. Peters, Spaten, Ayinger, Schneider, Franziskaner, Hoegaarden, Stella, Leffe, Duvel, Lindemans, Maredsous, Mikkeller, Sleeman, Molson, Urquell, Carlsberg, Mooreland, Daleside, Samuel Smith, Young's, Aecht, Augustiner, Becks, Bitburger, Einbecker, EKU, Erdinger, Hacker-Pschorr, Hofbrau, echter, Paulaner, Pinkus, Schneider, Tucher, Warsteiner, Weihenstephaner, Grolsch, Heineken, Beamish, guiness, Moosbacher, Murphy's Smithwick's, Moretti, San Miguel, Okocim, Baltika, Belhaven, Froach, Lion, Carib, and more of the common imports that are found elsewhere.

The selection totals about 800 different beers with 8 taps available at the growler fill station at the deli. Be sure to check out the very large walk-in coolers for the vintaged items that are sometimes not found on the shelves. Fortunately, Kentucky has no alcohol cap for beers so Dogfish 120 minute, Raison deExtra, Avery Beast, and many other 10+ abv. beers can be found here. Liquor Barn is always rotating in new beers every few weeks to keep the selection fresh.

Although the list of offerings is long, the staff does a good job of keeping old beers off of the shelves, ensuring that the beers are always fresh and in-date. They offer most of the best beers in town, but the Beaumont location generally has the better selection and staff.

All other area Liquor Barns that I visit allow singles to be pulled from the packs. This store seems to frown upon this practice so I generally take my busines to the other two stores. But you do get to take advantage of some of the lowest alcohol prices in the country, meaning the beer prices here are about as reasonable as anywhere in the States.

This is the most accessible of the three Liquor Barn stores from the interstates so passeing BeerAdvocates are only about 3 minutes out of their way to quality beers. Parking, as with most big-box retailers is never a problem.

The die-hard BeerAdvocates should avoid any contact with any of the beer staff; this store, along with the Richmond Road store has perhaps the least helpful staff.

The lighting throughout is the best of the three stores but the beers get beaten down by the overuse of fluorescent lighting so I'd recommend grabing the beers that are not located on the edge of the shelves, rather reaching behind for the second six-pack of beers in line.

To get a better variety of beers, you will have to make the 1-hour trek to Cincinnati OH, or Clarksville IN.

Photo of kmpitz2
4.3/5  rDev +7%

Stopped here a few weeks back the day after they opened. This is easily the most accessable location for folks just skirting past Lexington, as its just off the highway. The space devoted to beer is slightly less than at the other locations in town, but I didn't notice any lack in selection. As with the other stores, the micros get top billing with the macros relegated to stacks of cases in isles and on the far wall. The folks here really know their stuff. Ed (the beer guy for all of Lexington LB stores) is there occasionally and he is always willing to chat with folks about good beer or homebrewing. Joel, another beer guy and homebrew guy, is up to speed on his stuff and will drop anything to help you out. Price is same as all other Lex locations. Its really hard to miss this store, as it looks like the bow of a ship is protruding out the front of it. If you hit either of the other LB locations in town, no need to seek this out, but it is more accessable to those just on their way on 64/75.

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.3/5  rDev +7%

Very nice, new location. Close proximity to the interstate. Knew it was off the exit, but when I stopped at Shell to get gas and ask the clerk on the whereabouts he pointed up the street. As soon as I walked out the door you can see it at the end of the street.
Brand new store, nice layout, very clean. Nothing I can't find in my neighborhood or surrounding stores, but still a nice visit. Glad I stopped here on my way home, because it saved me the trip to visit this place. Super-friendly help. The gentleman that does the beer purchasing was putting product out while I was there. He talked, looked for whatever I asked for and even went upstairs to storage and grabbed some stuff that they didn't have on the shelves.
Very nice wine and specialty food section. Overall it's a nice, clean well laid out store. If passing thru Lexington, it's very convenient to get to. It's worth the stop if the area has beers you can't get.

Photo of clvand0
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%

This is our third Liquor Barn in Lexington and it was supposed to be the biggest and best, so I was excited to see what they had. After visiting, I really don't think it's any larger than the other two - actully, it seems to have a smaller beer selection - still very adequate, but not quite as big as the others. They have a great selection and the location is great as it's just off the interstate. The price is pretty standard and the service is good. They have a homebrew area that is very well stocked as well and the homebrew people know their stuff. Check it out if you're in the area.

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev -0.5%

While this string of liquor stores varies in scope of selection, even those at the lower end tend to have some of the best selection to be found in the state. This location ranks in the upper levels for this company. In addition to an excellent representation of regional micros and imports, the store also has a very nice deli and gourmet and specialty grocery products. The location is relatively convenient for interstate access. Fresh baked local breads and a large olive bar are additional attractions.

Photo of olacub
4/5  rDev -0.5%

My wife and I stopped off I-75 to get gas, and we saw this place down the street. What a pleasant surprise. They have a solid selection of beer (picked up some Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale and Brooklyn Okto among others - although I thought the imports were a tad weak), a nice Boar's Head deli, other cool specialty products and a great wine selection (picked up a bottle of Joseph Phelps cabernet - nice). I also thought that the section of Kentucky wines (when you first walk in) was a nice move. Definitely a place I'd stop again if/when heading down south.

Photo of BuckTuckian
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Magery
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of PassMeAZima
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of fredmugs
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of khargro2
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of crbnfbr
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of mrfrancis
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of DCdevyl78
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of jman005
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Photekut
2.52/5  rDev -37.3%
vibe: 2.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1 | selection: 3

Stopped in today on the way back from Ohio.

Atmosphere... The place looks like a Krogers, just filled with booze and beer instead of food. They had alcohol infused whipped cream which interested me, but for $11 a can, I decided to pass.

Quality... was OK, I did not really look close at bottle dates or anything. I was mainly looking to see if they had anything beside the run of the mill beers from Bells, Founders, Great Lakes, etc. that I could pick up anywhere north of TN.

Service... Inparticular I was looking to see if KY had received any Blushing Monk. I would not have cared if they didn't, but the "beer guy" I was directed too ( figuring if they had it, it would be in the back ) did not even know what it was. He was nice enough about it and at least was honest and did not try to bull shit me ( or so I hope ).

If there was anything interesting in the back like some other people note, he would have had no idea or I was not cool enough to let back there.

I was not too impressed with the selection. Yes, they KILL just about anything in TN, but I did not see anything at all that really stood out and said BUY ME.

I may stop back in, but I am not going to make a special trip any time soon. It was just like any average store I bought beer in when I lived in OH or IN with the exception of the whipped cream and the massive selections of other booze.

Edit : I was in the area again today, ( exactly one week later ) so I stopped in to see if they had any Dreadnaught. I saw some last time, but did not buy it. I did not see any this time.

What I did see kind of surprised me at first until I realized what might have happened.

I saw the beer guy in the beer section. I did not say anything to him, but it looked like he remembered me. He turned around and made a bee-line for the stock room. I was not mad or upset with him the last time I was in, so I was left scratching my head as to why I got that reaction. This was only the 3rd time I have ever been here.

While I was looking for the Dreadnaught, I saw why he did what he did. There were 2 bottles of Blushing Monk sitting there and he must have remembered telling me that he had never heard of it.

I bought both bottles and was very happy that I did not find what I was looking for this time.

Stopped in again today on my way back from OH 6/16/13 not sure why... Only to find the cashier chomping a sucker and being upset she had to stop long enough to engage and ask gruffly for my id. I think it made things worse when she saw that my wife was there too. She just snapped "you too." I told her her attitude was horseshit and chomping a sucker while working the register was unprofessional and she just bickered back at me.... I almost left the bottles there. She did not give me a receipt either. Probably because it would have her name on it.

Hopefully management cares about customer service here and reads this review... I hate that each time I go back my review gets worse and worse.

Won't be back, serious this time.

Photo of IMFletcher
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of ohiobeer29
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3 | service: 5 | selection: 3

was looking for Anderson. valley Bourbon barrel wild turkey stout and they had it.bought quite a few and one of the workers went in back even to get more for me.not so much a beer place they had the same stuff as the party soruce but they get stuff alot sooner than them so points for that.they have a massive liquor selection and Kentucky made products picked up some amazing apple pie they have growlers as well as a refrigerator section if you like party source your like this place too

Photo of eyeenjoybeer
3.74/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

This is a big box liquor store, so atmosphere is bound to be weak.

The service is typically good, but I have had trouble finding workers to ask about availability and freshness. Again, it is a big store. The selection includes lots of Midwest goods as well as selections from Colorado and the West Coast. The imports section is also full of the usual suspects. One thing that I don't see at this store is much hard to find beers. It may not be part of their business model. That is the only complaint that I would have.

Photo of MDekker
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Wow, what a humongous place! I stopped by while visiting my brothers. The lengthy beer aisles pretty much covered everything you could want - local, American, German, Belgian, etc. I grabbed a 12 pack sampler of both Great Lakes and Schlafly's, along with some Sierra Nevada and a bomber of Schlafly's as well. They extensively covered some breweries, like Sam Adams, Goose Island, and Schlafly's - I've never seen so many from single breweries in one place. Being from Michigan, I was glad to see Bell's down there, but I don't recall noticing anything from Founders. The prices were entirely reasonable, too. With huge selections of wine, brandy, and other snobby groceries, it was a fun place to visit.

Photo of gutbuster
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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Liquor Barn - Hamburg Pavillion in Lexington, KY
90 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.