Oak Tree Discount Wines & Spirits
Ratings: 163 | Reviews: 160 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by aerozeppl:
4.8/5 rDev +2.6%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Hit this place up after a beer vacation down to Philly. What else can I really add. The idea of putting all the top 100 beers for both BA and RA was a genius idea. The new arrivals were separate which I love when bevies do. Picked up quite a few treats that are now in the cellar.
The place I am forced to compare this to is Half Time. Both are world class but I would have to give the edge to Half Time by a nose. As mentioned before they do not have growler fills and only a section of the store is devoted to beer. The selection is impressive. I saw things that I had never seen in Half Time. I still kick myself for not picking up the super Baladin sour edition. The singles selection was nice and I grabbed a mixed six pack or two and some other things that I was not able to get in New York. The thing I must say is how helpful the staff was. I was in here for about an hour drooling. They kept coming up and making sure I was okay. I mentioned I was buying for a blind tasting. Upon checking out I was presented 2 Samuel Smith tasting glasses. Thats knowing your customer. Clearly a must stop. I actually did not stop at Half Time on the way back up.
08-24-2008 14:09:31 | More by aerozeppl
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2.28/5 rDev -51.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | $$
The once mighty Oak Tree is dead!!! This store was once my craft beer Disneyland! I don't get to get here often because its out of my way and about an hour from my house, and my visits here would routinely leave me several hundred dollars poorer. I had the opportunity to visit Oak Tree tonight and was incredibly saddened and disappointed. Shelves once filled with imported craft beers are now filled with boxed wine!!!! The selection of craft beer was no better than any other beer store carrying craft beer. I don't know what happened, but don't waste your time visiting here thinking it was the Oak Tree of the past!
Vibe: Oversized store for the inventory they carry
Selection: A reasonable selection of craft beer, but nothing special any more. No reason for me to go out of my way to go here anymore
Service: The service was fine...the clerk couldn't stop apologizing
Overall, just suffering total disappointment at what happened to Oak Tree. What a difference a year makes...
Visited on Saturday 1/11/2014
01-12-2014 05:06:26 | More by JustHarmless
3.81/5 rDev -18.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Vibe: This place has the looks of a typical warehouse-type liquor store. It is well lit and has wide aisles that are easy to navigate with shopping carts.
Quality: All beers are stored out of direct sunlight. There wasn't a huge inventory so I would expect the turnover to be pretty good.
Service: At least five people came up to me asking if I needed help, so the service seemed top-notch.
Selection: The store only has one aisle and part of the back wall allotted to beer and the rest of the store was devoted to liquor and wine. They did have a few beer that I haven't seen before and had nearly the entire lineup of Chapeau lambics, including the faro. It seems like this store no longer has the selection that it once had that would have justified the high ratings.
Value: Prices seemed reasonable compared to other stores in the area.
09-29-2013 13:24:21 | More by metter98
2.93/5 rDev -37.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 2.5 | $$$
Finally got down to Oak Tree as I've read it's NJ's best store. As it's rated 100...I expect to be wowed.
HA. Funny joke guys. The review a couple down is right.
Walked in, typical warehouse store...maybe a bit small. Beer is to the far right. The mix a six selection (which is probably their best feature) is mediocre at best. Average selection. Then everything they had in the rather long (60 foot or so) aisle for craft beer is spread apart single cases of bombers. 6-8 bottles wide for each beer. 2-3 6 packs wide. Typical selection you'd find at just about any beer store in NJ. Appears they still have really good pull with Hunterdon cause there was Rubaeus and Angel's Share sitting on the shelf...but other than that it was really a mediocre place to buy beer.
In a new store, I can spend 30-40 minute easy mulling over the bomber selection. Going back to see if I missed something. This was an easy 10 minute trip. One walk down the aisle, knew I didn't miss anything...buy the couple things and left. Go 10 minutes down the road to Super Buy Rite in North Plainfield for a much better selection.
07-28-2013 23:48:19 | More by CassinoNorth
United Kingdom (England)
4.31/5 rDev -7.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | $$
Your average warehouse looking package store. Bare bones, but the beer is great as far as selection and quality are concerned. wide variety of what is available to the area and a very good international section. Service has been fantastic. I live in London and call them up to get advice and put things away for my mother in law to pick up. They are always helpful nice and talkative. value seems to be on the money as well.
05-25-2013 22:37:36 | More by thepeter
3/5 rDev -35.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$
Been going here for years, since it is really close to home, and always bragged about being able to frequently visit. I have seen a huge drop off in availability of the good stuff here. Shelves that used to be brimming are now only stocked towards the front, floor piles that were everywhere are just sparsely kept. What a difference a year makes. Still a solid store, but just a shell of what was once a great store.
05-11-2013 19:14:19 | More by MAN615
2.86/5 rDev -38.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2 | $$
This used to be the best craft beer store in NJ and I often came here. I hadnt been here in a few years and went a few weeks back (1/13). Wow, a new owner must have taken over or the beer buyer must have left. Shelves were empty and literally 2/3 of the craft beers they used to have are gone. What they do have is very very basic craft beers. A real shame. I was greatly saddened by this visit.
02-14-2013 17:46:05 | More by vange
Oak Tree Discount Wines & Spirits in South Plainfield, NJ
100 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.