Oak Tree Discount Wines & Spirits
Ratings: 165 | Reviews: 160 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by ummswimmin:
5/5 rDev +8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
I've wanted to visit this store for a year... ever since I heard of it.
I finally was able to visit last Tuesday.
The store is amazing.
In the front there is a set of owner recommended beers. Having had about a third of the beers, these were good picks (and not a dumping ground).
Along one wall there was a large selection of chilled beer. Across from that there is a pretty good amount of domestic craft beer. At the end I noticed that the entire back wall of international beers.
I ended up picking up about 15 bottles at this point. I ran into the owner and he was really nice.
The owner found three more rare beers for me (including KBS!).
The beers were reasonably priced overall. I spent about $200 on 18 bottles, BUT one beer was $25 (very worth it).
I recommend stopping by to pick up some beer, but give yourself a lot of time to see the entire selection.
05-19-2011 01:52:06 | More by ummswimmin
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3.49/5 rDev -24.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Seven years have passed, and the store is no longer what it once was. It looks like they are struggling to fill their shelves, they don't seem to have as much as they used to. Also, I think the rest of the stores caught up to them so this just doesn't seem very remarkable anymore.
I go to Joe's Canal instead (off Rt 1), they seem to have a much wider selection nowadays.
This is one of my favorite places to go, liquor store or otherwise. The selection is awesome, and it's growing. They have a ton of singles and they even maintain a shelf for the BA top 100. I get many things here I haven't seen anywhere else.
The quality is great, they have beers both in and out of refrigeration. There are beer lovers there all the time, so I'm assuming the turnover is fast, because I've never had an issue. The value is always good, they don't mark up vintage beers if they didn't pay more for them. I always feel like the prices are fair.
The service...I can't even describe. The friendliest store I've ever been in, no doubt. Always willing to help, chat beer, and offer suggestions. The owner will beer mail you with the latest offerings if you want. There is more to be said, but you'll have to experience it for yourself.
Overall it's a place run by beer lovers, for beer lovers...I couldn't be happier with it. The only downside is that I spend too much money when I go there...but I wouldn't want to spend it anywhere else.
05-21-2014 03:16:01 | More by 51mmz0rz
2.28/5 rDev -50.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | $$
The once mighty Oak Tree is dead!!! This store was once my craft beer Disneyland! I don't get to get here often because its out of my way and about an hour from my house, and my visits here would routinely leave me several hundred dollars poorer. I had the opportunity to visit Oak Tree tonight and was incredibly saddened and disappointed. Shelves once filled with imported craft beers are now filled with boxed wine!!!! The selection of craft beer was no better than any other beer store carrying craft beer. I don't know what happened, but don't waste your time visiting here thinking it was the Oak Tree of the past!
Vibe: Oversized store for the inventory they carry
Selection: A reasonable selection of craft beer, but nothing special any more. No reason for me to go out of my way to go here anymore
Service: The service was fine...the clerk couldn't stop apologizing
Overall, just suffering total disappointment at what happened to Oak Tree. What a difference a year makes...
Visited on Saturday 1/11/2014
01-12-2014 05:06:26 | More by JustHarmless
3.81/5 rDev -17.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
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 -36.7%
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
Oak Tree Discount Wines & Spirits in South Plainfield, NJ
100 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.