Brilbeck's Corner Market
Ratings: 27 | Reviews: 21 | Display Reviews Only:
4.44/5 rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in early in the morning to kick my Syracuse beer-day off right.
A - tiny little corner store on a back street in a decent neighborhood. Inside is cramped, but there is a nice small-place vibe here. I dig it.
Q - Beers (from what I inspected) were all reasonably up to date, and most were either in the cooler (cold) or on racks in a store that was fairly dimly lit (no light-struck bottles).
S - I asked the man working - maybe the owner - if there was anything new/exciting/rare. He led me around the store and pointed out a few things he didn't see ofter (Ten Fidy, Pearl Jam, Oak Yeti) and a few other things he thought I'd like based on my tastes (stouts/porters/barleywines).
S - Not a huge store, so what can you expect? Found stuff here I'd not seen before, and a bunch of other cool things.
I think they had subs/deli food, but I didn't get anything but beer.
Side note: I went here before heading to The other Syracuse beer store (that one) and was blown away by the superior selection and customer service here at Brilbeck's. CHEERS BRILBECK's
02-08-2012 21:59:33 | More by Edwaka01
4.41/5 rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
One of the better stores and a bit of a legend in the Syracuse area- definitely my personal favorite. The place actually has billboard space around the Syracuse University campus about three miles away- pretty unusual for a corner shop that's about the size of a two-car garage.
The larger Wegmans may have them beat for selection and sometimes price, but not by much, and it takes three times as long to navigate the megastores.
Located in the historic Tipperary (Tipp) Hill Irish neighborhood, there are at least six pubs within four blocks or so of this place if the selection isn't to your liking, though the atmosphere at a couple of them isn't terribly different. It's family owned and operated, and if you stop in more than once it's likely you'll get to know the staff. They can be a bit brusque at first, but they take care of their regulars and will order in just about anything you can think of if they can and take requests for the growler offerings. They also host beer sampling from local-ish brewers a couple dozen times a year, which is nice, though the poor guys are always at a pretty cramped-looking foldout table in the only corner available.
As for selection- They've got most of the local and regional brews available, and pull in offerings from most of New England in addition to the bigger national craft breweries. They also have an unusual number of large-bottle European imports, mostly from the UK or Belgium. There's a rotating tap/growler selection, and usually a couple oddball offerings sitting on the counter up front, usually surplus from a one-off order for a customer. At a bar I once overheard a warehouse guy for one of the local distributers complaining about how he hated filling orders for Brillbeck's thanks to the number of line items that had to be double-checked. I'd estimate that they have about 150-200 beers from 50 or so breweries available at any given time.
If I have to say something bad about the store, it's their "waste nothing" policy, you'll generally see last month's Saranac seasonal advertised by the front door getting cheaper every week. $10 for a case is terrific, but shandy in October? Similarly, a lot of the higher-end beers in the mixer rack are approaching (or sometimes past) their best-by dates.
01-02-2012 12:14:17 | More by Lawl3ss
2.6/5 rDev -34.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5 | $$
This is the highest rated beer store in Syracuse??? Serious?
Wow, talk about perspective... I must be so spoiled living in the greater Boston area. I am not trying to be dramatic, but this place's selection and atmosphere wouldn't hit the top 50% of craft stores in MA. I realize this may sound bombastic, but I don't really mean it this way. I am just trying to compare this location to the stores I shop at every week.
This is a tiny corner store in a residential area with a decent selection. Nothing special and a really cramped floor space. The guy working the counter really had no idea what I was asking about and didn't seem up to talking about their selection.
I grabbed a six of Flower Power and got out of Dodge. They did sell growlers and the three beers on tap were Harpoon IPA, Smuttynose IPA and Sierra Nevada Celebration. Decent choices. I can't fairly provide perspective vs. other stores in the Syracuse area, but this would be below average where I live. BTW, the Wegman's that I visited near my hotel had essentially the same selection.
12-20-2011 01:26:09 | More by Reagan1984
3.86/5 rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $
Stopped by after a trip to Syracuse for the NYS High School Football championship.
As the name suggests it is a corner store. It have an aisle or two of actual food; peanut butter, bread, cereal. Nothing special but they sell more than beer.
In the back of the tiny store they have a decent selection of beer. A bunch of local stuff, Ithaca, Southern Tier, Middle Ages etc.
Wide range of all the Sam Adams and Magic Hat beers, even the recent short batch series from SA. Good selection of DFH, even have some WWS for 7.99 and a variety of their 750mL.
There was a mix a six option, I didn't really investigate as the beers offered were ones I've already had (Smuttynose and Brooklyn regulars).
Price is the best part of this store, as I said the WWS was cheap, SN Northern Hemisphere was 3.99. All around good deals.
11-26-2011 17:31:16 | More by rlee1390
Brilbeck's Corner Market in Syracuse, NY
89 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.