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8 Ratings
Ratings: 8
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 17.39%
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2310 Orchard Lake Rd
Sylvan Lake, Michigan, 48320-1650
United States
phone: (248) 682-3150

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(Place added by: onsite416 on 01-08-2006)
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Reviews by DrDoitchbig:
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2.5/5  rDev -42.8%

It looks like I'm the first person to review this place that isn't drinking the Koolaid.

Let me start off with the high point. Yes the selection is incredible. Especially for a place that looks like your standard party store from the outside. I have no doubt they have reached 1,000 different bottles in their craft beer section. The selection of Michigan and domestic craft is very solid. To me it was the imports that were the most impressive. They have a slew of imports that I've never seen in person. Oodles of Belgians, Germans and English stuff. There are however very few single 12 oz. bottle available for purchase.

I've been here 3 or 4 times now and the service has always struck me as middle of the road. I've only been asked if I need any help once and no one every tried to strike up a conversation about beer with me or even mentioned they could order anything I didn't see. It just seemed like traditional party store customer service to me, not a beer store, or even a party store with an emphasis on craft beer.

I can understand the variances in customer service. But anyone who gives this store anything higher than say a 2.0 in the quality department is either a serious homer or they just don't pay attention. The turnover and quality control on the product is from what I've seen basically non-existent.

Let me key you in on my experience. I was browsing the store, looking through all the coolers and shelves when I spotted a bottle of Brooklyner-Schneider Hopfen-Weisse. I was hoping it was a bottle from their batch last fall, because I've been searching for a relatively fresh bottle as they aren't going to be brewing it anymore. I took the bottle out of the cooler to check the date when I noticed mold on the cork. This was not confined to one bottle, all of the corked Brooklyn beer in the cooler was growing mold from the corks. I informed the guy working the register and he just seemed to shrug it off. I went back a few weeks later and the coolers were gone, I assumed their was a moisture problem with them as there was also a few bottles that had rusted caps. At this point I thought perhaps they had taken note and disposed of the bottles. Wrong, they just threw them up on the shelf with the rest of the non-molded bottles that were never in the cooler.

There are also tons of bottles of Weihenstephaner that are far past their prime. We are talking bottled in 2008, as in they've been sitting around for practically 2 years. I wouldn't buy anything from this store if it didn't have a bottle date or if I didn't know specifically when it was released. The only reason I ever stop at this store is to pick up things that have already disappeared from the bigger, more popular shops. I understand people have turnover issues, but mold on corks is disgusting. The fact that they won't pull the bottles is inexcusable.

DrDoitchbig, Apr 05, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of dta94
5/5  rDev +14.4%

Sylvan Wine Shoppe, what can i say besides great things!! - I was passing by this store and thought it would be just a regular liquor store, until i walked in. The smell of clean floors, and organized shelves full of fine wine and varieties of liquor i have never even seen before was astounding. I was greeted by a wonderful young man as soon as i walked into the store, as i was browsing a young lady approached me and asked if i needed any assistance or suggestions. This to me was a true customer experience! I was overwhelmed by how many different wines this store had, the owner introduced himself and asked me what "i liked" instead of just giving me any kind of wine. I also seen the beer selection which was impeccable!! So many kinds from all over the world, the workers even guided me on new beers they had just received. I ended up buying $279 worth of beer and wine that the wonderful staff had suggested. Over the next week my husband and i tried everything i bought and were so surprised at the great suggestions the owner and his workers had provided. I recommend Sylvan Fine Wine Shoppe to any person looking for great service, amazing selection, and special allocations. This store is now my go-to place for everything!!!

dta94, May 08, 2014
Photo of Darshan
5/5  rDev +14.4%

What a great place. Absolutely fantastic service, selection and atmosphere. I am a craft beer, wine, and bourbon enthusiast and they have all three in spades. Prices are more than fair on everything and they have gone the extra mile on every one of my special requests. It's the type of place that's so friendly, you feel just important to them whether you stop in to buy a pack of gum or your spend your entire bonus there.

Darshan, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of JohnnieNepal
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

JohnnieNepal, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of superspak
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%

well I have no idea what the reviewer below me is talking about, but they have vastly improved since that date.

walked in and did not know what I was getting myself into really. Of course there is some aged bottles lying around, but you have to look out for the ones that dont age well. They had stone IPA Best by 2009 and 2 weeks from now sitting on the same shelf, so keep a keen eye out for those. All of the locals were fresh stuff, and most of the american craft stuff was dated pretty fresh as well. They also had some super fresh bells stuff in stock(new cherry stout and old ale, and I picked up some two hearted that was less than a month old)

There are quite a handful of gems sitting in that store. I found some 4 year old Avery Czar sitting around. They also have an absolutely massive amount of Belgians. All of the beer is arranged by location in 3 long stretched aisles in the back of the store. First row is all Michigan locals then it goes to American craft, to UK/Asia, and then finally to Belgium. They had some Fantome Hiver at 13 a bottle which surprised me, because I usually see it much higher in price. Newest batches of a lot of the Trappists from what I looked at as well.

The service is great here. I was offered help often in there. I talked to the owner afterward and he is the Wine guy, and his son is the beer guy. He sounded like he knew a good amount about the brews in the store. So next time I will be asking if they can order anything in. Overall, you should probably check this place out. I am going to be a regular shopper for certain.

superspak, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of onsite416
4.85/5  rDev +11%

Great fresh selection, what I mean is - if it's been on the shelf too long they send it back (on domestics, they would dare send back something cellarable) Prices are in line with other stores locally. Service is there for questions, and generally will lead people in the right direction. The New owners have put added over 500 labels since my last review.
I frequent this place pretty often.

10' Liquor shelves, 4 double sided 20' rows of choice and reasonably priced wines and, a brand new 15 door beer cooler mix your own sixers cold!.

The rosters are never-ending and they are complete.
Lots of other US Microbrews (mostly east coast), Germany, England, Russia and they now have the largest Belgian selection I have ever seen.

They have a great old motto:
"If we don't have it, we'll get it" they will even order 1/8 barrels for you

Sylvan is quickly becoming the best beer store in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne County.
You will not be disappointed

onsite416, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of GrueLurks
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%

Nemo and Mike Yaldoo used to own this place before they sold it, and had always talked about bringing it hundreds of beers. I had moved away from the area and hadn't been there in some time, so I was pleasantly surprised to stop in one day out of the blue and see they now had quite a few beers on hand now. The new owners seem to be really keen on keeping a large variety of stock on hand, and take interest in customers who are looking for hard to find beers.

All the larger Michigan breweries are well represented here, and they also carry a good deal of lesser known brewers too. They have a huge Belgian selection, in fact, I think almost a whole row is dedicated to Belgians. I find this place to be my local favorite for my area, and try to stop in there at least once a month if not more.

GrueLurks, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of soupyman10
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%

Wow. Checked this place out on my mom's recommendation, and man was I blown away. Claims at 500 beers on the door, although the owner said they were getting closer to 1000 (and that he was getting another 75 new distinct beers in the next month). It's basically a sea of alcohol, and tons of singles, sixers, and some mixed packs as well. You can also make your own six-pack for $10 from a couple fridges of pretty nice Michigan beers. Among others, Bells, Arcadia, Dark Horse, Arbor BC, Michigan BC...for other states you had Breckenridge, Stone, Dogfish Head (although lacking in the big bottles there), etc. A ton of worldwide flavors as well. Reasonable prices and really nice people working there.

soupyman10, Jun 01, 2008
Sylvan Market in Sylvan Lake, MI
- out of 100 based on 8 ratings.