Consumer's Beverage Center
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Reviews by JohnnyBarman:
4.44/5 rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Recently got back from a short sojourn in the Buffalo area, and this place was right up the road from my hotel. As an Ontarian who so often has to go without variety of craft brews in his provincial liquor store, any opportunity to snap up some American greats is going to me a priority. Glad I stopped here, this place did the trick admirably.
A huge store, lots of refrigerated six packs, mixed 12s, single bombers to be had, as well as the excellent growler station (I didn't have time/opportunity to consume much while there; my purpose was to bring brews back home with me, but the selection of growlers was terrific). A bit of homebrewing supplies as well.
The selection was as good as it gets. Great mix of local New York fare (Ithaca, Flying Bison, Saranac, Southern Tier, a few Brooklyns, Ommegang), and fantastic American craft breweries (Stone, Flying Dog, Magic Hat, Smuttynose, Oskar Blues, Great Lakes, Great Divide, etc., etc.) A stray Mikkeler as well. A few notable absences, but still a terrific selection, especially for one whose liquor stores have barely any American brews. Nice import selection, lots of Belgian (some Trappist), German and other fun stuff, a few mixed packs as well. I picked up some Hennepin, Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti, Bear Republic, a couple Sierra Nevadas and a boat load of Dale's Pale Ale. Most bombers range around $4.99 to $7.99 (Oak Aged Yeti was 9).
Staff are as friendly as they need to be, considering most looked to be twentysomethings hanging around the cash, but the store was dead both times I swung by, so I didn't mind. Some seemed to really know their stuff: the cashier recommended a couple of different brews to me at the cash, and suggested other locations to help me get some other homebrewing malts and hops they did not have.
A great beer store if you're in the Buffalo area, especially for Canucks in need of American craft brews!
07-27-2011 23:29:34 | More by JohnnyBarman
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3.16/5 rDev -27.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Not all that impressed with Consumers. The place was dirty and a bit disorganized. The selection was alright, but I guess this one of the more frequented locations of the chain, so the shelves were pretty picked over. All of the usual suspects you'd expect to find. Service was non-existent and the cashiers didn't seem to care much about their jobs.
01-28-2014 17:32:58 | More by GreesyFizeek
3.11/5 rDev -28.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | $$
As much as I love consumers, this is the WORST consumers I've ever been to when it comes to service, such that I try to avoid it as much as possible. There's been times I've sat and waited for someone to come to the register for over 5 minutes, which is beyond unacceptable for me considering I feel my time is worth more than anything. And keep in mind, I start to walk around looking for people after waiting about a minute or two. Too many people at this location are just dickheads to me too, again in my previous reviews of consumers, for buying "too much beer". Selection is pretty damn good here though, hence why I chance subjecting myself to the annoyance of their abuse and missing prescence. I think everyone here needs to be fired and hire a completely new staff that is just a bit more enthusiastic about thier jobs and this place will get ranked a hell of a lot higher from me.
12-12-2011 18:08:50 | More by Beejis60
4.3/5 rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This place is probably the best beverage store in WNY! This is my first stop every time I get into town and rightfully so because they have the most helpful staff and best selection. Sure some of the less frequented Consumer's might have some older unique stuff on the shelf, but this one is top notch and has the most to offer. If they don't have what your looking for they will check the data base and find out which store does have it or they will do whatever they can to order it for you. Let's not forget about the growler fills they do at these stores too! Awesome rotating selection and great prices!
09-05-2011 22:56:58 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
4.44/5 rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
This was one of two Consumer's I visited while in Buffalo (the other being in Lockport). Selection is not gigantic like at Premier in Buffalo or Beers of the World in Rochester, but it is very good nonetheless.
They've got a large section of refrigerated beers and a bunch of shelves with craft beer. Stone, Dogfish, Victory, Great Divide are all here. Lost Coast, Breckenridge and some other harder-to-find breweries. Also the local Flying Bison and some regional names.
I didn't find anything spectacular I couldn't live without, except perhaps for a bomber of Great Divide Espresso Yeti.
The attraction here is, of course, the growler station, with 12 taps. I got a growler of Green Flash West Coast IPA, and they had Southern Tier Mokah, Widmer Deadlift IPA, Flying Bison, Lagunitas, Sierra Harvest...
Service was good, I was approached by an employee offering help. Nice folks, but of course it helps that the store was completely empty due to a ginormous blizzard falling over Buffalo.
I'm rating quality with a 4.5 because I am impressed with their growler quality. Perfectly filled and sealed, great carbonation and head.
Prices are superb. I've found many of the beer stores around here to be overpriced, even more expensive than in New York City, but Consumer's has got it right. A great choice!
(Right across from Consumer's is Wegman's, a gourmet food market at 8270 Transit Road, Williamsville, not listed on BA; the beer options there are more limited, but still worth a stop. The food is unbelievable, I got some scallops that were outrageous fresh and raw)
12-15-2010 02:47:10 | More by DoubleSimcoe
4.85/5 rDev +11.8%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I was out on tour in this part of New York during the summer ('09) and visited three different Consumer's Beverage Center stores: Sheridan Drive, Transit Road in Lockport, and this location in Williamsville, also on Transit Road (the official address is Amherst - but whatever). For comparison purposes, I'm going to say a few words about the other two.
I was naive to think that all Consumer's Beverage Centers were created equal. Not so. Each seems to have a vibe of its own. While I was generally pleased with the Sheridan Drive location, their staff didn't set the world on fire. Although, I will say they were "somewhat" helpful, if not a tad snarky.
The mediocre selection and dust-covered bottles of chunk-filled beer at the Lockport store left much to be desired. It was the [expletive] icing on a [expletive]-cake day. Only a visit to the Pizza Plant moments later (see review) would bring the desired calm and happiness needed to forge ahead with the itinerary, which included finding a good beer store. So naturally there was some apprehension before entering the Consumer's Beverage in Williamsville due to it being the same day as the Lockport visit (with subsequent letdown and hasty exit).
However, that apprehension soon turned to joy, as the Williamsville location was cleaner, friendlier, and much more in tune with their beer that the other two. The helpful clerk seemed to sense that my belly already contained at least a pint of Flower Power IPA (Ithaca), and pointed me directly to fresh, gleaming 6-packs of the nectar. He went on to explain a little about the beer and made recommendations on a few others. If I wore a hat, it would be off to Consumer's Beverage Center in Williamsville for going above and beyond the call of duty. I will seek out this store if time allows it the next time I'm in the area.
09-19-2009 19:09:09 | More by Fezfreak
4.85/5 rDev +11.8%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Went up to Buffalo for the Pats game this weekend and was pleasantly suprised to find this gem! They have a huge selling floor, that offers a wide selection of beer. All brews are catagorized by the area which they are from. They offer a great selection of domestic craft and local beers. Several imports are also available, including small(but worthy) selections of Belgians, Germans, UK, and some beer from the tropic islands. They also offer 12 taps of growler fillable beer. On tap for our stop was: Dales Pale Ale, SA Chocolate Bock, SN Double De Bock El, Southern Tier Oat and Old Man Winter, Harpoon Cider, Clipper City Cat 5, Lagunitas Pils, CB's Christmas Ale, Wagner Valley IPA and a few others that are escaping my memory at the moment. They have the standard 64 oz. jugs with screw tops as well as the German style swingtops for purchase. Large variety of glasses for reasonable prices.
The staff was helpful in answering any questions to the best of thier knowledge, and were courteous in general. The prices were decent.
Overall, this is a must stop for any one visiting this area. I know I'll be back!
12-29-2008 16:24:56 | More by eLMsITYbUM
4.05/5 rDev -6.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
We stopped at this Consumer Beverage stores based on the BA reviews during a recent swing through the Buffalo area. The store is very bright, large, and spacious and the look reminds me quite a bit of some of the better beer distributors here in PA. The craft beer and imports are located closest to the check out registers and take up a quarter or so of the store. Very nice presentation with six packs, bombers, Belgians, other imports, and chilled product all neatly organized into their respective areas.
They have a very nice selection of American craft here that plays like a "Who's Who" of East Coast (and even some Midwest) goodness. Seeing such a wide variety as Suttynose, Great Lakes, Southern Tier, Ithaca, and Sly Fox all sitting on the shelves in perfect harmony was a thing of beauty. There is also a smaller (but still quality) selection of Belgian and import beers as well. My only small gripe is that they did have a single selection but it just wasn't that extensive at all.
They also had a good number of taps (around 12 or so) of quality stuff for growler fills, which I was very impressed by (and seemed to very popular as we were visiting on Memorial Day). They sell both the German style flip tops growlers as well as the screw top variety and have a decent selection of pint glasses available. Price on everything seemed fairly reasonable and even though we didn't need any help during our visit the guy who checked us out was talkative and friendly (I think he was excited that we were buying some decent stuff and not Miller Chill like a bunch of others were). All in all, this was a great stop and provided us with exactly what we were looking for in this Buffalo area beer stocking up stop.
06-13-2008 11:59:07 | More by Kegatron
4.8/5 rDev +10.6%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
There are 16 Consumers Beverage Center locations in the Buffalo NY area. This is one of the larger locations. It is also one of 7 locations that have taps to fill growlers. The store is a bit utilitarian, but who cares I'm looking at all the beautiful beer!
Their staff is very happy to answer any questions about beer and the products they carry. They are also on hand to help with growler fills or refills, bottle returns, and carrying large products to your car. A automatic door would be helpfull and a customer bathroom would be a nice addition.
The selection at this location is outstanding. They have a large selection of American micro brews as well as well as a large selection of Belgian and German beers. Canada, England, Ireland, Scotland, Mexico, Poland, Japan, and Australia are all represented. [Forgive me if I left someone out] All the major macros are here as well as a small selection of glassware, bottle openers, beer cozies, etc. You can find most beers in 4, 6, 12, 18, 24, and 30 packs. They also carry kegs, mini kegs, and some singles as well as a constantly rotating line up of draft beer on 12 taps for growers.
Of all the beer stores in the Buffalo area to buy beer, Consumer's Beverage center tends to be the most reasonable.
05-06-2008 14:57:46 | More by generallee
Consumer's Beverage Center in East Amherst, NY
94 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.