Ocean Wine & Spirits
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Ratings: 6 | Reviews: 6 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by jwc215:
4.35/5 rDev +15.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is a large, clean, well-organized store. A large wine/liquor selection takes up most, and, as often the case, the beer is in the back. A very large wall holds a wide variety of craft beers and imports. There is a warm side just across from the refrigerator that includes some harder-to-find limited releases. There were even a few selections I've not seen in other places. The staff was knowledgeable, courteous and helpful. The prices were quite reasonable, with some of the limiteds having a bit lower prices than I've seen elsewhere. If you are in the area of Ocean, it's well worth the stop-in.
05-17-2007 13:33:09 | More by jwc215
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1/5 rDev -73.5%
quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1 | $
Sorry to say, this place is now closed. Will be under new Wegman ownership soon.
It was pretty decent when it was open, but alas it no more. They had a killer clearance before it closed. I used it as a chance to stock up on some ageables.
Feel free to skip this and find a new joint.
You could always check out Oak Tree up in South Plainfield. They always have new and exciting stuff. Court Liquors is good in a pinch. There's a Spirits not too far as well.
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08-22-2010 01:54:06 | More by fineexampl
4.5/5 rDev +19.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This place is about how other reviewers have described it. It is a large hooch, wine, and beer store. There is a pretty good selection of beer in coolers along the back wall of the store. Facing that are a few shelves of warm bottles (usually bigger 22oz. or 750ml) sold singly.
I bought a 6-pack to take back to my hotel as well as a big bottle of another beer. Everything I looked at closely was reasonably priced and some even were a bargain.
My only criticism of the beer selection was that there wasn't any order to how things were shelved. Left Hand brewing in the cooler next to the Coors products, micros from CA mixed in with others from PA or NY. Everything within a brand was together, but it just took longer to look through things. And I had to scar my eyes by continually scanning past macros.
This place is impossible to find by the street address. It is in a strip mall set back from teh road next to a ginormous Wegmans. Just look for the Wegmans sign on the west side of 35.
P.S. If you like wine they have an excellent and extensive wine selection.
08-12-2008 16:50:47 | More by jfindley
4.55/5 rDev +20.7%
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is a relatively new place to the area that is large, clean and offers a vast selection of beer, wine, port wine, scotch, bourbon, etc. It's one of two places that I actually enjoy buying beer at because of the wide selection and helpful staff. The beer selection spans many American breweries from West Coast (e.g., Stone, including the 3L Double Bastard) to Midwest (e.g., Arcadia, Hopmouth Double IPA), to East (picked up a Harpoon, Mixed 12 pack). In addition, it offers a reasonable selection of Belgians (Corsendonk, Chimay, Chouffe, etc.), German beers and English beers. It also carries most of Unibroue's offerings such as Don De Dieu, La Fin du Monde, Maudite, Ephermere, etc. Their prices are in line, or better, than most liquor stores in the area, and I always stop in after visiting Wegman's (next store) or when on my way to, or from, the Seaview Square Mall.
On my last trip I picked up a Great Chouffe Party gift set ($18.99) which came with a 750ml bottle of La Chouffe (Belgian Golden Ale), 750ml Mc Chouffe (Belgian Brown) and a nice 250ml La Chouffe stemmed tulip glass. They also offered a Chimay and other sampler gift sets that were a little more reasonably priced.
Also on this trip, I picked up a 750ml bottle of Johnny Walker Gold Label as a Xmas gift for my Dad. I was originally going to pick up a bottle of the 15y.o. Green Label (~$50) but splurged for the 18y.o. Gold Label when I saw it was only $59.99 (a great price for this scotch). Lastly, I bought a bottle of Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio ($18.99) which I'll bring to my sister's on Xmas day. In the past, I've also purchased port wines from this store and found that they had a very good selection and very competitive prices.
This is a great store with a great selection and very competitive prices for the area. It's right off Rt 35 South in the Wegman's shopping plaza in Ocean and always worth a visit.
12-09-2006 21:57:39 | More by 86sportster883
4/5 rDev +6.1%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I brought beer but somehow everybody else spaced doing so. We had some time before everything would be set up for bottling so we ventured out across the Wegman's parking lot to the beer store on the far side of it. Bellying up to the counter and proclaiming, "Baker sent us", we presented the invoice. No shakedown, no fingers broken, we're just here to buy Beer...
A big old pile of Heavyweight beers up front with a painful, "Get it while you can" sign. Grrr!!! Random singles, 22's and 750's cold over there at the foot of the aisle. In the way back over there, the beer lives. A large display of some 3 dozen micros here, local (across the parking lot Heavyweight), heavy regionals (Riverhorse, Flying Fish, Brooklyn, Southampton, Stoudts, Weyerbacher, Victory, Yards, Troegs, Sly Fox, DogFishHead, Heavy Seas, Wild Goose, Ommegang, Saranac, Dock Street, Magic Hat, Long Trail, Otter Creek, Wolavers, Smuttynose, Gearys, Shipyard, Atlantic, Sam Adams), and beyond (Jolly Pumpkin, Boulder, Flying Dog, Arcadia, Pete's, Spanish Peaks, Anderson Valley, Mendocino, Sierra Nevada, Stone, North Coast, Rogue, Anchor, Avery). A nice selection of 22's & 750's (Jolly Pumpkin, Sly Fox, Weyerbacher, Arcadia, Heavyweight, Rogue, Stone, Southampton, Smuttynose, Avery).
Solid imports, the usual Belgians (Chouffe, Westmalle, Dupont, Rodenbach, Chimay, Urthel, La Rulles, Duvel, Tripel Karmelit). Fantome, but no Cantillion. English & German of course. The beer guy came out, looking to be helpful. A good counterpoint to that other place in the town just north of here, similar, but different.
07-24-2006 01:03:44 | More by slander
4.2/5 rDev +11.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is a quality, new-ish store that is literally in the shopping center across the street from Heavyweight.
My first time at the store I thought I had made a mistake as there was only wine as far as the eye could see along with liquor to the right. I wasn't even sure they sold beer until I noticed a stack of Corona twelve packs staring me in the face....still thought I had made a mistake at this point, but I plowed on and moved to the back of the store.
What awaited me was a surprisingly nice selection: Heavyweight was obviously well represented here, along with Southampton, Sly Fox, Troegs, Stoudts, Oskar Blues, Rogue, Avery, Mendocino bombers (which I mavent seen anywhere else around here before), Stone, Otter Creek...the list goes on. Import selection seemed nice as well, but I didn't pay that much attention to it.
The best part here is that when you turn around and face the entrance to the store, there's a huge display of four or five shelves of rotating single beer offerings and bombers. Why can't more places do this? Take some six packs, break them up and sell the singles. I'd much rather have the option to pay a little more and try a bunch of single new beers then having to risk eight or nine bucks on a six pack of something new and have it be awful, but that's just me.
General service is non-existant...they ring you up and that's that. I do know that they have a knowledgeable beer guy on staff, I've just yet to need to ask him anything, so I split the difference and gave them a 3.5 for now.
I dig this store. While it doesn't have the overall selection that Spirits in Red Bank does, it's not that far off and in fact offers/has offered some stuff that I've never seen at Spirits. Plus it's closer to my house (not that Red Bank is that much further, but time saved is time saved). Is it the end-all beer store? No, but it's definitely got one of the better beer selections around and worth a stop if your in the area.
05-15-2006 19:54:14 | More by guinness33
Ocean Wine & Spirits in Ocean Township, NJ
- out of 100 based on 6 ratings.