Brilbeck's Corner Market
Ratings: 23 | Reviews: 21 | Show All Ratings:
4.44/5 rDev +13.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in early in the morning to kick my Syracuse beer-day off right.
A - tiny little corner store on a back street in a decent neighborhood. Inside is cramped, but there is a nice small-place vibe here. I dig it.
Q - Beers (from what I inspected) were all reasonably up to date, and most were either in the cooler (cold) or on racks in a store that was fairly dimly lit (no light-struck bottles).
S - I asked the man working - maybe the owner - if there was anything new/exciting/rare. He led me around the store and pointed out a few things he didn't see ofter (Ten Fidy, Pearl Jam, Oak Yeti) and a few other things he thought I'd like based on my tastes (stouts/porters/barleywines).
S - Not a huge store, so what can you expect? Found stuff here I'd not seen before, and a bunch of other cool things.
I think they had subs/deli food, but I didn't get anything but beer.
Side note: I went here before heading to The other Syracuse beer store (that one) and was blown away by the superior selection and customer service here at Brilbeck's. CHEERS BRILBECK's
02-08-2012 21:59:33 | More by Edwaka01
4.41/5 rDev +12.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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 -33.7%
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 -1.5%
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
3.33/5 rDev -15.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Brilbeck's - visited this place last week on a trip to the SYR.
This is a little corner store and they have a pretty good selection of american craft and some imports. The import portfolio isn't as strong, as they have Chimay/Belhaven/Unibroue/Duvel. The domestic craft was pretty good, they had a lot of regional brews such as 3HB, SYracuse Brewing, Ithaca, Cooperstown and Dundee. They also carried stuff like Lagaunitas, Avery, Stone and Great Divide. The prices were fair for what they were selling, most 6 packs didnt exceed 9.99. Service here was non existant, as they had some girl who looked like she was cbout 20 years old working the register. I asked if they had mix a six pack option, but they only allow certain bottles to be mixed and what they had in th emix a six section was unappealing. Overall, this is a decent place to search for craft if you are in the Syracuse area.
11-07-2011 18:43:21 | More by keithmurray
4.44/5 rDev +13.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
There is nothing more to add than what has already been said by fellow reviewers about this place. Probably one of the best places in Syracuse for craft beer. Only one word can describe the selection of beer they have at this little grocery shop; HUGE.
Also, you can tell them to order beers that you are interested in, and they will try their best to get it.
Have got my hands on rare beers in this neck of the woods, like Avery's Mephistopheles, Beast Grand Cru and Samael's, DFH 120 minute amongst others. Definitely worth visiting if you are in the area.
The only negative I could think of is their make your own 6-pack section, which had some bottles past their expiration date. However, the cost of the 'make your own 6-pack' is cheaper than other stores (Wegmans for example). Some of the 22 oz bombers are also past expiration date (however, most of them are high ABV).
10-16-2011 01:47:26 | More by CaptDavyJones
4/5 rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Places like this are a gem to find; not big, not fancy, located in a quiet neighborhood, and is a small town "mom and pop" sort of vibe to the store. The store is tiny and for a tiny store, the selection is vast. Compared to a much larger store, it can't compete, however, the beers they do offer are a solid representation of good mainstream craft brew. Some of the brewers represented (but not all): Southern Tier, Stone, Heavy Seas, Breckenridge, Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada, Avery, BrewDog, Smuttynose, Weyerbacher, Middle Ages, Ithaca, Duvel, Chimay, Three Heads, and a myriad of others I can't recall right now! For a tiny store, the selection was stellar, but, I was a little concerned because there's alot of bottles being stored on the shelf in a store that didn't appear to have AC, I was there at 9:30 PM and it was very warm inside, thus warm bottles on the shelf. Needless to say, the beers I purchased came from the coolers because I didn't trust the heat. I also want to say, one of the bartenders at the Dinosaur recommended this place.
09-13-2011 03:01:31 | More by jzeilinger
3.6/5 rDev -8.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Brilbeck's is a nice little find in Syracuse. They have a good and interesting selection, with a large cooler. It's amazing how much and how many beers they somehow cram into that little space, but I'm glad they do.
There really is no atmosphere or service to speak of, since it's a corner store. Prices are fine, generally about what you'd expect to find anywhere else. Nothing is discounted, unfortunately, seeing as some of the beers there are definitely out of date. They also have three taps, though I've never filled there.
Expect to find most of the widely-available craft breweries there (in both six-/ four-pack form, and bombers), like Stone, Full Sail, Lagunitas, Rogue, DFH, Great Divide, Boulder, etc. Also, expect to find some of the less-distributed Northeastern breweries, like Clown Shoes, Middle Ages, Southern Tier, Sly Fox, Weyerbacher, Smuttynose, and Ommegang. In addition, they have an interesting selection of Belgian and Belgian-style cork & cage bottles, like Unibroue and Maredsous -- definitely unexpected for a corner store.
Overall, a nice find, and covers my beer needs in Syracuse when I want something beyond the purview of Wegmans.
04-18-2011 02:12:47 | More by fmccormi
3.55/5 rDev -9.4%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
This place is so small most would probably pass right by it. However, after just a few minutes inside you can find some great stuff. Lots of Stone and random bombers from different brewers. Cooler has a decent selection of cold stuff ready to drink. The six pack section is decent, some stuff I have not seen before. Boxes of loose bombers on the floor are cool to open up, sometimes holding something rare or odd. Seems like the inventory turns over enough to not worry about dates, however, so much of it is bottle conditioned so no worries. They always have a few beers on tap for refills, 3 I think. Staff is nice if you ask a question, otherwise they manage the rest of the store. Definitely a friendly place to go with good prices and a nice selection.
11-17-2010 15:26:09 | More by mbusster88
3.95/5 rDev +0.8%
quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I love these sorts of places, the beer stores that look like they couldn't possibly stock more than Bud Light and your usual sort of stuff. This is just your typical, nothin'-special neighborhood corner market from the looks of it, but a few steps in and you realize that they've got a serious selection of beer.
There are lots of local NY/PA/Northeast breweries represented, and I picked up some bottles by Pretty Things, Long Trail and others that I don't have access to in Virginia. Lots of Belgians too, and the usual German and English imports. Very much American craft-centric, though. The girl working the counter was pleasant enough, although she was busy texting or something behind the counter. No big deal, as we didn't need any help anyway.
The aisles are real tight, especially in the very back where you're basically doing all you can to fit between the shelves and have a look. And DO look, as I found some cool stuff hanging out on the usually-overlooked bottom shelves. My only caveat is that some of this stuff has been her awhile: they have Pretty Thing's Jack D'or that was bottled in Nov. 2009, and there were a few Great Lakes selections that have a best-buy date either already passed or coming up very soon. This is why I've given the "quality" rating a bump down the scale...but you can help with their turnover by visiting this off-the-beaten-path store. It's definitely a must-visit for any beer lover in the Syracuse area...
08-16-2010 14:19:35 | More by Metalmonk
Brilbeck's Corner Market in Syracuse, NY
89 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.