Kingdom Liquor & Fine Wines
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Ratings: 28 | Reviews: 27 | Show All Ratings:
4.39/5 rDev -2.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | $$$
I agree with most of the comments of Kingdom Liquor and the owner. I am not on a first name basis with him but he is very knowledgeable and customer service friendly. The store does have a very good selection of beer, American Craft and fine imports. I do not get involved in Beer trading and am no expert on the subject of Craft Beer, but I am a big fan especially of the local brews like Rapp, Dunedin, Seventh Sun, and of course Cigar City. My only negative comment would be the pricing seems high especially on single bottles. Overall a good place to find the beer you are looking for.
I recently spotted a new store being built on route 60 near the Chili's (in front of Sam's Club) next to Ploy Thai restaurant. The store front sign was just put up last week or so, so I imagine it will be opening soon. The name is Craft Beer Cellar, which appears to be a small chain started in the Boston area, according to their web page: www.craftbeercellar.com. If this store is like the others they will have a great selection of craft beer as well. I'll be sure to check them out and submit a review when they open.
12-04-2013 04:02:48 | More by tj97z28
4.94/5 rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
I began patronizing "Kingdom" about 7 years ago and have never looked back. I have surely been in many a beer store over the years but this little hidden gem in Brandon is surely the overall best. You will not meet a more knowledgeable proprietor than Deepak. The guy has a memory like a steel trap when it comes to beer. He has detailed knowledge of his rather extensive selection and he somehow remembers all of your personal likes and dislikes. Whenever I go in, which is quite often, he manages to lead me to several high quality brews. He has my personal taste memorized and he is rarely off the mark. If your looking for personalized and friendly service, hard to find and rare beer, a wealth of knowledge and great conversation, visit Kingdom Liquors.
11-21-2013 05:06:52 | More by monketeeth
4.64/5 rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Sometimes, the owner makes the experience. This is one of those times. Every time I go in, I feel as if I'm visiting an old friend. I stopped in the first time, asked a couple questions, received great informative answers, and then stopped again maybe a month later. On that second visit, he not only remembered me with a greeting and smile, but he remembered exactly what I had purchased a month prior, and asked how my selections were by name! Great place, great selection, great location, and top-notch service. Service like this is like stepping back in time to the old barber days where you would never want to get your haircut anywhere else, because your barber has actually become a friend (if that makes sense to anyone). Great place, great selection, great owner!
10-26-2013 22:03:32 | More by Haze76
3.76/5 rDev -16.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I really like this place. The service and selection is OUTSTANDING. It has a small town feel yet a big city selection. My only gripe is a lot of the bottles were pretty beat up. I trade a lot and like the presentation to be a nice as the beer inside. All in all this is a great little place.
07-13-2013 18:22:02 | More by CajunMary13
4.78/5 rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
I visited Kingdom a couple of weeks ago while vacationing in the Tampa area. Deepak and his wife were two of the most friendly people I've ever encountered and I doubt there's a more knowledgeable beer guy in Florida if not the region. I picked up all kinds of crazy stuff we can't get in Oklahoma. Deepak is apparently well known by beer drinkers in the area as everyone I mentioned the store to went on and on about him and the store. I'm not sure how he fits such depth and breadth of selection is such a small space but he pulls it off. It really is an oasis for beer drinkers.
07-22-2011 21:00:17 | More by jtmiller03
4.58/5 rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I hit this store totally by chance while rolling through Florida on vacation. We had stopped for something, and it was the closest store on my gps. When I pulled up, I was worried as the store is fairly small, but they had a solid selection of beers. Needless to say, I stocked up. They had a great selection of singles, which is nice for an out of towner. The guy running the place couldn't have been nicer. He seemed to really know his beer. Picked up a lot of stuff that isn't available in my area (Cigar City of course!) Well worth seeking out.
06-07-2011 13:45:11 | More by homebrewhawk
5/5 rDev +11.1%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
You won't find better service at any location at Brandon. Depak gets in a ton of less common brews for the Brandon area, and remembers what kind of things you like for further suggestions. Huge selection of Belgians for the area, too bad they're not exactly my bag. Singles are abundant, and just about every new arrival gets separated into the singles section. The best selection in Brandon, as well. The prices are usually a bit higher than other stores in the region, especially for more widely available brews, but it's a great store with great, knowledgeable owners that's worth the cost.
02-09-2011 20:34:13 | More by shand
4.65/5 rDev +3.3%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Kingdom is very near the Brandon Town Center in a strip mall that just lost its anchor store (Old Chicago). There is exactly *1* parking space designated for the store; however, now that the anchor is gone, it's pretty easy to park.
As it is a very small store, Depak and his wife are very careful with what they offer. As a result, you will find a number of well-distributed (for FL) craft beers (e.g. Bell's, Great Divide, Southern Tier), as well as harder-to-find items (e.g. Nogne-O, Dieu Du Ciel ).
Perhaps odd for a retail experience, what you get out of a visit is what you put into it. Depak is truly a beer geek, and is happy to spend a great deal of time discussing beer with any and all. He is a proponent of sharing and enjoying beer with others; therefore, he often limits purchase quantity so that more people will have a chance to experience.
Yes -- his prices are often more expensive than high-volume chains. In return, you are supporting a local family that cares about beer as much or more than you do. Over time, you will find yourself with access to non-displayed items, items reserved for you, and even free things for you to try.
If you are in the Tampa Bay area, Kingdom is definitely worth a visit.
01-22-2011 22:42:44 | More by tchaos
4.65/5 rDev +3.3%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Look sharp for this most excellent beer oasis in what is usually a poor market (FLA) for craft beer. Located in a small strip of shops/eating establishments in Brandon, Florida, this is a place that will not disappoint.
Granted the space is somewhat limited when compared to beer stores in Cleveland, there was a very nice selection of local (Cigar City Brewing) and national breweries represented. Nice to see Bells (MI) and Hopping Frog (Akron) this far south. Plenty of Belgians represented.
The owner, Depak, is very knowledgeable and we chatted about various styles, breweries and his ability to procure a varied selection.
Prices are comparable to the Total Wine conglomerate, which is ubiquitous throughout FLA.
This is a nice sign that Florida may be warming up to craft beer and vacations will not be void of choice beer.
01-01-2011 21:30:54 | More by CaptCleveland
4.35/5 rDev -3.3%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Kingdom is a small store in an otherwise generic little strip mall not too far from Bandron's mall. It also isn't too far from my in-laws house, so it is my beer destination when we're visiting.
For being a small liquor store, the place is packed with beer and beer is the main product being sold here. There is some wine and liquor, but craft beer is definitely the focus. Given the space limitations, I don't even think Kingdom sells macro beers.
There are only three isles in the whole store. The middle isle is dedicated to beer as is the entire rear of the store. In the very back there are some refrigerators stuffed with craft beer. There are also some singles available as well.
The main focus for the beer appears to be American craft: Cigar City, Bell's, Schmaltz and some others. There is also a decent selection of Belgians available as well, but the choices are more limited. I was impressed by the selection available (it was the best selection of beers I've personally ever seen in Florida), though I was also reminded at the limited availability of some products in this market.
Service is great. The shopkeeper, Depak, is a great guy with a passion for sharing good beer. I think he knows he could do more business being a "regular" liquor store, but he has made the choice to dedicate himself to quality brews and I salute him for that decision.
Prices seemed fair for the quality of product available.
12-31-2010 21:12:45 | More by Florida9
Kingdom Liquor & Fine Wines in Brandon, FL
97 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.