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Gary's Wine & Marketplace

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Gary's Wine & MarketplaceGary's Wine & Marketplace
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

23 Reviews
Reviews: 23
Visits: 33
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: n/a
[ Store ]

121 Main St
Madison, New Jersey, 07940-2115
United States
phone: (973) 822-0200

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @garyswine

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Reviews: 23 | Visits: 33
Reviews by Nutleybeer:
Photo of Nutleybeer
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

I happened to have stumbled upon this place the other day...wow, pretty impressive.

First things first, a vast wine and alcohol selection...it is a true market, where they sell food, cheese, etc...offer wine tastings and sell glasses, etc...fresh coffee too

From a beer perspective...it may not be the largest beer selection I have ever seen, but it is a quality selection....many Belgian, German, English, etc, brands I have never seen before...

One of the only places I have ever seen Climax beer available...

They carry all the NJ micro stuff, Flying Fish, Cricket Hill, Climax, Ramstein, etc...

Good choice of countrywide microbrews too...unique stuff I have never seen in other stores...many upstate NY and New England brand names

A good selection of single bottles available as well....which allows you to sample a style before investing in the six pack...

Great place...I hope to be in the area more often and if so, I found my new beer store. (971 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of WaterFurnace
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of mjk1979
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of ArkyVaughan
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of muskiesman
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Jemes21
1/5  rDev -75.1%

Photo of awires
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of CHickman
3.44/5  rDev -14.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Good beer place considering its a wine shop. If you know your beer and check for freshness then there are some good brews to be had with some prices on the cheaper side. Getting someone to help you or answer questions can be an issue, but the selection is very good and there are never really long lines. A good place to shop while I'm in the area. (348 characters)

Photo of Resuin
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Mineo
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Selection is pretty vast -- they have a very long aisle devoted to craft, with about 5 or 6 fridges in the back devoted to it as well. Service is fine, but this seems more like a wine-focused store. They always seem to have local NJ stuff though, from the good (Carton) to the bad (Cricket Hill).

Too many IPAs that are 4-5 months old, though. Definitely gotta check the dates.

There are also lots of IPAs sitting at room temperature, while some less sensitive beers - like stouts and such - are taking up room in the fridges. They should start prioritizing IPAs to be stored cold, as to retain the hop profiles. I have to skip over an entire aisle when looking for IPAs in fear of getting old or not-stored-correctly product. Apart from that it's worth a visit though. Nice cheese and wine selection too.

May 2015 update: Carton seems to be gone from this store? Not sure why. A bit underwhelmed recently... for some reason new releases don't seem to appear on the floor until a few weeks later. Not sure what's up with that. (1,029 characters)

Photo of JG-90
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Vylo
3.89/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Good selection here with a nice online site. Ordered some beer online, and did part pick-up, part delivery.

My biggest gripe is that they seemed to be very snotty and almost looked down upon people for buying beer instead of wine, which I found very offensive. You would think they would treat customers buying several hundred dollars worth of items better.

I never recieved my full order. I wasn't charged for things I didn;t get, but they never even told me that they couldn't find certain items. Face one fact: If you aren't buying wine, they don't care. Won't buy from them again, as I found a better place.

Prices weren't unreasonable. (644 characters)

Photo of 9InchNails
3.15/5  rDev -21.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5

This is a interesting place, the way it's laid out. You walk in from the parking lot and the check out is off to the left. I feel as if I entered directly into the center of the store. As you walk a little further, going right, they have a huge selection of different cheeses that you can pair with your wine or beer. They also have a huge selection of hard liquor but that doesn't interest me since I'm here for the beer. While you keep walking, you think you have an idea of where the beer is located but you come across a huge selection of wine. (Wish it was beer). Off to the side are another set of registers. Finally, a glimpse of hope, I see a beer sign! I never thought I'd be so happy to see a macro fluorescent beer sign!

I walked down a isle and the beer shelf is discovered. They have a decent selection of Belgian beer, bombers, some beer I haven't seen in other stores, six packs, cases of beer on the next shelf. They also have a little section of craft beer cans at the end of the isle, on the right side. Then the fridge of beers, thay have a decent selection of cold beers.

This place is nice, nice atmosphere and a interesting layout. The beer shelf is a little unorganized. Some beers have no prices next to them and are in random order; some prices are completely confusing with two prices next them.

I had no one ask if I needed help. They had plenty of people working there, not even a peep towards me. I heard two workers chatting while they were working, which I don't have a problem with. As I walked away from their chatter, I overheard another conversation of workers who were bickering over a register that was going to be short. A few F words were overhead, no big deal but when you are treated as if you're a ghost; that does not fair too well.

When I was walking around, I heard a guy who was setting up for a Samuel Adams tasting mention my Samuel Adams shirt. We chatted and I was kind of shocked he worked there, since he was very pleasant. We were talking and then a Samuel Adams representative showed up. We all conversed for a little bit and I had some Adams to try. This place would have a failing grade, for customer service, from me, if they didn't have this setup.

Overall, nice selection; not the best. A few things I can't get from my normal shop. Mainly due to the customer neglect, I told the checkout cashier no thanks for their discount card, as I don't see myself going out of my way, to come back. (2,456 characters)

Photo of papat444
3.53/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Came here on May 21. This store is a sprawling place and is packed mostly with wine. The beer selection is all the way in the back. A big peeve was that they don't break six-packs which always bothers me. They were nice but i'm not sure how much the employees knew about their beer.

There was some Tilted Smile, Fort Collins, Terrapin, Climax growlers and various NE breweries. No Founders to be seen. They had BA shelf tags which was cool. Selection seemed pretty decent. Prices seemed reasonable but don't come here for singles. (532 characters)

Photo of nyrangerfan
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%

Very good selection for my neighborhood place (1 town over). Lots of Stone, Rogue, Southern Tier, Avery, Green Flash, Great Divide, tons of Belgian beers, some Stoudts, Hoppin' Frog, Chimay, He'Brew, Founders, Victory, plus many others. Large refrigerator section and a long isle of warm. Previous beer guy (Sebastien) was very helpful putting stuff aside. New guy is Vlad and he seems helpful over email/phone so far. Definitely the best place around in a several town radius and worth a trip if you're not too far. (516 characters)

Photo of beerbully
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%

I went to gary's today since I saw it reviewed on BA. Good selection but a bit pricey. Six packs were $1 or 2 more than my usual place in Boonton. Cases were a little more than some other places that I have been to as well. Good place but I won't be making the trip down there too often as I can get most of the same brews in Boonton at a better price. I saw DFH 90 for $60 and Clipper City Loose Cannon for $9.00+ a sixer. I have seen both of these in other places for less. I pick up a bomber of Yeti Oak aged since I haven't seen this anywhere else. It was about 8.60 and a case of DFH 60 for $36 plus tax which I think is a little high. (640 characters)

Photo of Yetiman420
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

I've been driving around New Jersey to better BA bottle shops for the past couple of weeks and this second visit to a Gary's is among the better places I've visited.

I'm after the rare and unusual (capt. lawrence in NJ) and while I didn't find anything incredibly unusual, I was able to pick up a couple of bottles of the new Victory Wild Devil.

The guy stocking beers on the shelf as I was browsing didn't offer any help and I give them low marks on the service.

The selection is nice and if you're passing through the state and want to pick up some Climax and other regional beers, this is a good bet. I was also able to find Smuttynose 2008 Big A IPA on the shelf which I didn't see at other NJ bottle shops. (717 characters)

Photo of Kittenlynx
2.1/5  rDev -47.6%

Despite the plethora of positive reviews I have to disagree. As a regular patron of Oak Tree Buyrite in Edison and the Shoprite Liquors in Westfield I was disappointed at the selection. Also, I called specifically about a particular beer (KBS) and after being told it was there, drove 30 minutes out of my way only to find out that it had sold out 2 days ago and the staff member had gotten confused between the regular Breakfast Stout and the Kentucky, despite my SPECIFIC requests for the Kentucky version.

I did end up buying a growler of the Climax Heffe, however the Shoprite Liquors in Westfield carries Climax as well. In my opinion the trip to Westfield or Edison would better serve someone looking for knowledge and selection. (737 characters)

Photo of phantomwyse
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%

Have made the half hour pilgrimage to Madison a few times now--

The aisle that compromises the craft beer section is truly impressive. A great selection of craft American brews from the regionally active east coast to a strong pull from the west coast. Great Belgian selection and has a good variety of imports from other locals. It will take me a while to mine through all Gary's has to offer. Certainly the best selection in the area from what I've seen.

All the people that work there seem to have a chip on there shoulder though, they're helpfully but act as if you're lucky they deign to notice you. That's the only complaint, and it's minor, who really needs they're help anyway.

Have a gander, it's worth a trip. (722 characters)

Photo of BirdFlu
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%

This is one of my top spots in northern NJ.. They have an aisle with a sign that reads "craft/imported beers" and its a spot i've spent an abusrd amount of time trying to decide what to bring home.. I often find thigns there which the other great places in my area (wine and bev depot in totowa, Gary's in Wayne, etc) do not have.. Its also very nice to drive through Madison.. Ive found several rarities from Dogfish (pangaea and black & blue which I'd never found other places), smuttynose (big beer series), and most others.. Also, and quite possibily most importantly, they have cheese samples!!! (600 characters)

Photo of Augustiner719
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%

Visited this place many times but never took a look down the room temperature isle. They always had a nice selection in the coolers and they have a reasonably knoweledgable staff. They also have a great selection of singles.. a good amount of german beers and belgian beers with a wide variety of NJ microbrews as well as american micro brews. Some that stood out were trappist, rogue, green light, and stone. Great selection of german, belgian, and british beers aswell. They also sell growlers from a loacal brew pub which is an interesting touch. I highly reccommend this place! (581 characters)

Photo of caddybuyer
5/5  rDev +24.7%

I have not been to Gary's in some time, but happened by there lately and it certainly is worth checking out. If you are in the Suburban NJ area West of Newark, it probably has the best selection around. Huge selection of Belgians, English, Domestics, Seasonals, you name it, in their huge isle dedicated soley to beer, with singles on the one side, and cases on the other. They also have a large selection in their refrigerated area, including some hard to find domestics (at least around here) like Gritty's. It is hit or miss, however, and if they have something one week, it doesn't mean they carry it regularly, as I went back there a week after my first visit to stock up and some of the stock changed. They also seem to have a lot of turnover, which is good, as you need to check dates with some of the other beer stores in the area (838 characters)

Photo of Hoppington
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%

Gary's is primarily a wine store - in fact, most of the aisles of the store are devoted to wine. That being said, there is an entire aisle devoted to beer and Gary's comes through in the craft beer department! The selection is extensive - today I saw Mad Elf, Green Flash IPA, Troeg's Nugget Nectar and many others. Lots to choose from and you can do a mixed six if you want. In addition to the beer aisle, the coolers are stocked full of quality brews, so there is really something for everyone.

A great place to get beer in NNJ. If you happen to be coming through Madison NJ, this is the place. (597 characters)

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