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Pauly's

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

16 Ratings
Ratings: 16
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 6.59%
[ Store, Homebrew Store ]

11250 Fulton St E
Lowell, Michigan, 49331-9697
United States
phone: (616) 897-2669

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(Place added by: jasonpeckins32 on 01-10-2006)
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Reviews by rixport:
Photo of rixport
4/5  rDev -9.1%

I visited after reading about the store on BA before I went on my annual vacation to Michigan for the Holidays. I made 2 trips, one looking for home brew stuff. I was a little disappointed in the selection in this department, but it's not their main line. I was impressed with the selection of both micros and imports. Service on both occasions was as helpful as I needed (I know my way around a beer store without a lot of help). On my 2nd trip in, I purchased a case of Michigan goodies to bring back to my friends in New Hampshire and Maine. Nice store.. I'll be back..

rixport, Jan 05, 2009
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Photo of wtkphoto
4.75/5  rDev +8%

wtkphoto, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of brianlindman
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%

Great Place with a good Craft Beer selection...of the beaten path. Great to find hard to find local. They were hold CBS in the back one per customer with decent pricing. Worth the ten minute drive off of the freeway. The place is small but still had a decent selection of beer. There is not much else around the area. Close to Grand Rapids so make a trip out of it.I will definitely make this place a regular stop for limited releases and local when I am well after the release date.

Hope you like it!!

brianlindman, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%

Found a small looking place out in the middle of nowhere, but inside a delight as many of the smaller breweries were available. This was pretty much the extent of my trip, considering I had just loaded up in Grand Rapids. Didn't seem to have any really highly sought releases, but they line up was solid through and through. Costs were pretty consistent with other places in Michigan and the service was good. If I'm in the area I will stop again, but who knows when that will be. Highly recommended for travelers in search of locals.

MilwaukeeCrusher, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of sm0key
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%

Very impressed with this store. It is way out in the middle of nowhere from my way of thinking, but well worth the trip if you anywhere near the area. The man behind the counter came out and talked to me about beer for a while. He says they carry +/- 600 varieties of beer depending on the season. I believe it! He really knew his business, but said that the real expert was not there just then, and she would be able to answer any question I might have about beer or brewing.

Did I mention the homebrew shop? It is small, but very well stocked. They have kits, malt extracts, whole grains, more varieties of yeast than I knew existed, books, and all the gadgets you would expect.

The owner was also there, and was very friendly, he seemed to genuinely love his job...

The also allow byo6 packs, give a 10% discount on them.

sm0key, May 11, 2010
Photo of TasteTester
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%

I've seen reviews but never made the trip, as its over an hour from where I live. I was out on a beer expedition today and made my way to Pauly's. From the outside of the building, you wouldn't know a treasure lies within.

The selection is great. 3 full walls of cold beers. Plenty of imports, macros, micros and locals. Too many to list.

I headed there because I was told by my regular shop that they had some 2009 KBS left and I wanted to get a hold of it. I asked "Mrs. Pauly" (I assume his wife) if they still had it. She said she didn't think so but she went in to the cooler to check for me. She came back and said no, but here's a 2008 Backwoods Bastard I just found and told me just to take it, no charge. Wow, that is customer service.

I'll stick with my mainstay store, but when limited releases make their way to MI shelves, I'll be heading to Pauly's. They had GI BCS 2008 and 2009, plenty of KBS, Nemesis and others that are long since gone from other stores.

TasteTester, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of drtth
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%

Some months back, while on a driving trip to visit relatives in the mid-west we stopped off here so I could pick up a few things to have as gifts and some others to chill at night for after dinner enjoyment while relaxing before the next day's drive. To say that the selection at Pauly's is good would be an understatement. Their web site does not exxagerate. However, I must confess that I didn't take particularly careful note of the full range of beers in stock as I wanted to sample the best that Michigan has to offer that were not avilable in PA. I had also done a bit of homework about what I thought I might want if it was available.

So as I got my cart and headed back to the cold cases one of the staff asked if he could help me. So I explained what I wanted and the next thing I know I'm into a half hour shopping session with a guy who knew his beer and stock, discussing the pros and cons of a number of Michigan beers and breweries. Needless to say I left with a very nice selection of some excellent Michigan beers that weren't available in PA and had no complaints at all during the rest of our trip about not being able to find a decent beer.

drtth, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of WakeandBake
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%

Notes October 12, 2008
I was here a week or so ago, WOW ! What an awesome place. I met Pauly himself,we talked a little,he showed me the cooler addition they are putting on,holy Sh!# ! Shelf after shelf of goodies to drink here folks, and a bunch of those cute little liquor bottles too. They had beers I had only read about,and wished I could get locally. I did not check out the liquor in detail (too busy drooling over all the beers eh) But it looked like quite a selection too.Very cool place to go I will be back !

WakeandBake, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of hdrider
5/5  rDev +13.6%

This place is great. The staff knows what they are talking about and will take the time with a smile to help you.
The selection is better than any place Ive seen even in the city. They now have 650 different beers!!. They also have a good home brewing section as well with bulk grains and extracts.
Paul is a wine expert, as well as pretty decent on the ber, super nice guy. Stacey is the beer lady as I put it. She has helped w/ homebrewing and seems to know almost every beer in the place by taste.

This is my go to store for beer... and its closer than Grand rapids!!
Great place!!!!

hdrider, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of strohme2
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%

Stopped in before this years Superbowl. Outstanding selection of beers. You can find beer from all over the world. Belgiums, Germans, etc. Great Michigan pickings too. I probably spent close to 30 minutes in there staring at the cooler doors and walking up the aisles.

I'm not a wine guy but it seemed like a huge selection of wine too.

I ended up walking out of there with 3 sixers but could've walked out with many more. I'll definitely be back. As a bonus Pauly's is also a homebrew shop.

I was approached by an employee asking if I needed help very politely. She seemed to understand that I was just another beer geek drooling at the selection.

Overall a great place even if it's in Lowell, definitely worth the trip!

strohme2, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of oldben
4.85/5  rDev +10.2%

Not a normal West Michigan beer store more like a Chicago liquor store. One entire wall of beer cooler full of beers from around the counrty and around the world. About 250 cold singles build your own 6 pk and get 10% off. Looks like as many warm singles as cold. Brew dept has bulk as well as bagged grains and 2 shelves full of small bottles. Wonderfull liquor selection not just 5 or 6 brands of any thing but say 40 burbons 80 vodkas etc as well as a fairlly large wine collection. They told me they have the largest selection of Michigan wines in Michigan. What a find.. Who would of thought Lowell Michigan.

oldben, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of brushpig
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Hard to believe that such a great find is in Lowell Michigan.
Great beer selection of American, Belgium, English and German beers, many of the beers you could one at a time, or build a six pack for a discount. One who collects beer glassware , like myself, this place is a find. Some hard to find glassware is there and I am told new glasses come in often. Helpful and knowlegable staff. Prices that are reasonable. Small store, but a great find . Check it out if you find yourself around Lowell, MI.

brushpig, May 30, 2007
Photo of DrainBamage
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%

I stopped by here after reading Sopor's review and because it's down the road from my work. The selection is quite impressive. There are stores in the area that have more, but this place has some beers I have never seen before. I found several russian beers too which was cool. I also found Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout, which is the first place in Metro Grand Rapids that I've seen it. They have a nice selection of wine a liquor too.

The the owner's wife Stacy was extremely nice and is probably the smartest person I've met when it comes to beer knowledge. The prices are a bit pricey, but when they have beers that no else has it's worth it.

Anyone in the area has to check this place out. What the heck, any not in the area needs to check this place out

DrainBamage, Apr 27, 2007
Photo of sopor
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%

Wow. That's all I can say. I never expected to see a place like this located in Lowell. Honestly, I never expected to see a place like this outside of the Detroit Metro Area!

It looks like nobody has been in to review this place since February of this year. Well (in all fairness to Granger10) I can tell ya this place has CERTAINLY expanded their selection! I had no opportunity for official counts, or notes on rare selections, but I can tell you for sure that Pauly's has more varieties and brands of beer than either of my favorite stores in Lansing or Grand Rapids. Many fine imports that I had not seen available, and more complete selections of the domestics micros and Michigan micros than most stores. Again I wish I had time to make notes and counts, but with my Christmas Bonus I will be making a return trip, and I'll have more notes to share then!

Stacey, Paul of Pauly's wife and co-owner of the shop. Stacey is the beer-guru, a member of both RB and BA. Stacey informed me that she makes trips to pick up beers that aren't carried by the local, and has often driven across the state to pick up a few special gems. Stacey's heart is in the right place, and she's willing to put in the effort! Now all they need is the client base... Paul is the wine-guy, and apparently knows his stuff like Stacey knows her beer. Shelf talkers from RB adorn select beers. A small selection of cigars is available, along with lots of liquor, wine on the shelf and in a walk-in cellar, and one of the better soda collections I've seen. Stacey was more than happy to help, and to offer her services for special orders!

Home brew supplies were not plentiful, but there was enough there to make a good assortment of ale. Stacey mentioned that she had a flat of HB supplies in back that she had not yet put out. Wine making supplies were also available.

Special note, Pauly's has lots of authentic English, German, and Belgian glassware!

Definitely worth a visit, in fact this will likely become my goto store!

sopor, Dec 18, 2006
Photo of granger10
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Stopped by this new store while I was in Lowell. It looks like everything is still being put together but the store is definitely headed in a good direction. Gourmet coffee, top end liquors and wines, cigars, a bit of food, etc. Beer selection was solid, they basically had almost everything you could get in GR but nothing extraordinary. 10% of six pack mix is a nice plus. The guy working seemed very enthustiastic and nice but is probably more of a wine guy me thinks. Everything here had a small yet carefully thought out selection of offerings. I hope this store makes it, surprise to see something like it in Lowell. Check it out if you're in the area.

granger10, Feb 06, 2006
Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.05/5  rDev -8%

The store just opened up about a week after New Years. I was thrilled to see a homebrew shop and craft beer store go up in my rural area.

I've been there twice since they've opened, the most recently was earlier today. They still have some work to do and are waiting on a lot of stock. They have a huge wall dedicated to micro-brews that is about 1/2 full, and should be completed within a week or two. Expect an awesome selection of local craft beers. Available by singles as well, which I always find convenient. Ample selection of wines and top-shelf liquors.

I've only met one worker (part-owner I believe), a lady who is an avid home-brewer. Very friendly, very helpful, and very accomodating.

The selection was average today, but will no doubt be much better in a couple of weeks when the store is complete. The prices seemed to be a bit on the high side, but again they did just open, so I'll give them some time.

I'm sure I'll be frequenting this place quite a bit in the future, so I'll report back again once they've really got everything up and rolling to edit this review.

jasonpeckins32, Jan 14, 2006
Pauly's in Lowell, MI
95 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.