1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Ryan's Party Store

Not Rated.
Ryan's Party StoreRyan's Party Store
BA SCORE
95
world-class

25 Ratings
Ratings: 25
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 7.76%
[ Store ]

1837 Pine Grove Ave
Port Huron, Michigan, 48060-3120
United States
phone: (810) 982-5051

view map and get directionsMap 

Notes:
None, yet.

(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-07-2006)
Place: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 25 | Reviews: 23 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Liverocks
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Liverocks, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of thehyperduck
4.19/5  rDev -4.3%

An unassuming little store with an impressively wide range of beers available - an entire wall of coolers filled with great craft beer from MI, NY and beyond. The staff were quite helpful - they seem to have let the 'no breaking up six-packs' rule slide recently, although I didn't take them up on the offer. The location is also quite convenient for anyone passing over the bridges, as it is literally a minute away from the border.

Be sure to check the packaging/expiry dates, particularly if you're getting a mixed sixer (there is a small fridge at the back for these). I didn't, and wound up with a few very old pale ales - and a few very tasty, aged Belgian ones. Still, it's a great store that I'm sure I'll return to.

thehyperduck, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of mebummer
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

mebummer, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of korguy123
4.16/5  rDev -5%

Excellent store, friendly staff, great selection in both coolers and on shelves. Tons of Michigan locals to make any Canadian happy (Shorts, Bells, Founders, Dark Horse) Grabbed a sixer of Shorts ControversiALE. Prices seem dead on to what you would expect. Unfortunately by the looks of the shelves they don't break six packs, although with the store being rather tight I can understand why.

The parking lot is a little small but when we got there there was only two or three cars so we found a spot no problem. Will return before heading back to Canada.

korguy123, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of jdround
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%

Ryan’s is simply a great store to visit for craft beer enthusiast. They stock many local, regional, and international choices. They also have great prices and knowledgeable staff who are more then willing to talk beer with you. I find myself visiting this shop more and more when I cross into the US for shopping.

They carry a great selection of Michigan and American craft beer, and many other of the words best options available. Also recognize repeat customers and reward loyalty and treat their neighbours to the North very well. Solid store and great employees!

jdround, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of warbird07
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%

Ryan's is a bit of a sleeper..looks like your average neighborhood liquor store..but it is not..at least 8 cooler doors of beer, and a full aisle of it warm..plus a singles/mix a six cooler..very cool..selection is great..Bombers, sixers and singles..imports, and domestics...all pretty well organized and clean..the service is great. it is a busy place.. but the owner/manager makes an effort to answer questions and down right talk beer with you for a while..I love that..and they also seem to be very willing to order or track down any beer you are looking for,available in MI of course..which can be a tough job..prices are more than fair...they also have some beer glasses for sale to all for a fair price..if you find yourself in Port Huron, know that you have a source for good beer here...

warbird07, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of Jephstahl
5/5  rDev +14.2%

I've been stopping at Ryan's Party store about 3 times a year for the past few years, on my way from Canada to friends in East Lansing. Even though its not that often, the owner remembers me and starts a conversation about beer right away.

The selection is great. Belgiums, Michigan, East/West Coast. Lots of one offs and special big bottles.

We often each fill a case for the weekend and the owner adds in a tulip glass or goblet or other glassware. That is awesome as it makes the weekend's beer taste that much sweeter.

The location is great, as we can cross the Canadian border with an empty cooler and fill it right around the corner with beer and ice.

On the way back we stop to get our quota for duty free for the trip home. The owner always gives us his contact info in case we want to call ahead for something special. A nice touch.

One of the benefits of not having much beer selection in Ontario is getting so excited at these well stocked US stores.

Jephstahl, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of Roke87
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%

From reading past reviews this place seems to be the go to for Canadians crossing the border in the search of great American craft beers. Upon my recent visit I was pleasently surprised. Ryan's has probably the best selection in town and even better selection than some stores searched in a trip to Detroit. Pretty much the whole back side of the store is devoted to beer, Personally I found the selection to be better than that of the close by wolverine market, but not as much singles choice. Every beer I got from there was pretty fresh, none of which being expired like past reviews have stated. Also the service was bar none, A simple question and I was then in a good 10 minute conversation about which beers I liked and suggestions on which ones to get. All in all a solid place to shop for reasonable priced american craft beers, and for us Canadians, it's about 5-10 past the border, now you just gotta get it back over without being taxed to death...

Roke87, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of joemanafo
5/5  rDev +14.2%

As a Canadian living in nearby Sarnia, Ryan's Party Store has become the go-to place for my friends and I when in search of hard to find world class beers, without the extra weight of Ontario liquor taxes.

Not only is the selection unmatched in our area, but the staff are both helpful and knowledgeable.

Also, in challenge to a few of the previous posts, perhaps an ounce of elementary beer knowledge before typing out a review is necessary. Many beers blossom when cellared. Unlike run of the mill brews that have a 3-6 month self life, beer made with natural ingredients and usually an abv of 9% or higher taste better if they're are enjoyed years after their bottling date.

For example, in 2010, I purchased 2 bottles of Dogfishhead Fort from Ryan's Party Store. One was bottled in 2007, one was bottled in 2010. The verdict? The 2007 was far more complex in taste. Same Beer! 3 years older! Tasted better!

Thanks to Ryan's for making great beer available and for coaching customers and fellow enthusiasts in the art of beer tasting and collecting!

joemanafo, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of cratez
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%

I stopped in here with my girlfriend while doing a cross-border beer run in Port Huron. Quay Street brewpub, Wolverine Market, and Ryan's Party Store are all within a few minutes of each other, so we made a day trip of it and visited all three places.

Ryan's has roughly four times the selection of Wolverine but you have to watch for beers that are out of code and the prices are slightly higher. As examples, the sixers of Stone Pale Ale were best before last month, several Rogue bottles were produced in 2008 and had layers of dust on them, and various bombers were in the double digits price wise. Hence I focused on the fresh and reasonably priced stuff.

Ended up grabbing Sierra Nevada Celebration, Tumbler & Northern Hemisphere, Moylan's IPA, DIPA & Impy Stout, Southern Tier Iniquity, Heavy Weizen & Mokah Stout, a 750 of Saison Dupont, Victory Hop Devil & Storm King Stout, New Holland The Poet, Avery Collaboration & Czar, Lagunitas Maximus & Little Sumpin' Ale, North Coast Old Stock Ale & Old Rasputin, and others that I can't remember. A case and a half of these bottles, several of them bombers, ran me $150 - pretty expensive though not bad considering the caliber of beers.

The staff weren't nearly as friendly as the Wolverine folks but they did give us some empty six packs and a couple 2-4 boxes to carry the beers with. The owner explained to me that they don't break apart six packs because nobody would want the leftover brews. As a result I wasn't able to buy a few bottles that I snagged from sixers but I still managed to get a good haul of decently fresh, world class beer.

Overall, this store has the largest variety in town and it's a very convenient border stop for beer-deprived Ontarians. I will be back for many more beer hauls in the future.

cratez, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of heebes
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%

Ryan`s Party Store is a must visit beer run stop for Ontario BAs. Just over the border in Port Huron, easy to find. Its essentially a convenience store with an amazing beer selection. At the back of the store is the coolers stocked full and across the isle is a shelf with more bombers and 6 packs. Great selection, plenty of Michigan locals like Bell`s, Founders & Shorts. Some attention is needed for dating, but if you know your beer releases you`ll be good. I find they have some different stock from the other store in town and thus are an essential stop. One of the highlights worth mentioning is the service; absolutely helpful and accommodating staff.
Downside is not being able to buy singles, they do have a very small mix a 6 fridge that doesn't have many appealing beers. Often find limit of 1 special releases here which is nice as it allows us Canadians a chance to come across limited run beers.
A great destination for American craft beer runs in Port Huron.

heebes, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of BBP
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%

Ryan's is a place with a solid selection, and some beers that you can't get anywhere else. It's one of the best places in town for that reason. Sadly the prices were a bit higher than I liked.

I do Port Huron beer runs every now and then, and I find going to Wolverine's just down the road first is nice, as it has fairly similar selection at cheaper prices, and then I pick up what ever else at Ryan's.

IMO these are the best stores in town that I'm aware of, and they're both about a 3 minute drive apart. Check em both out.

Sadly I had to bump down the quality a couple notches as a few things we got there had some bad dates on them. If it was one 6pk I wouldn't have, but 4 is another issue.

BBP, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of bigcitydoc
5/5  rDev +14.2%

place is kinda unassuming in appearance from the street but walk inside and you'll see that this is the hands down best place to find craft beer in port huron. Brian's a nice guy who knows his beers. i haven't been in town that long but it's nice to have a place this nice around. thanks guys!
they've got all the local michigan beers that you'd want: bells, founders, shorts, dark horse, arbor, dragonhead, and a ton more.
i bought a few bombers of the sierra nevada 30th anniversary barleywine the other day. i'll keep comin back.

bigcitydoc, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%

Made the drive down to Port Huron from (just west of) Toronto to get my hands on some of the good Michigan craft beers that aren't availabe in NY (Bell's, Founders, Dark Horse, etc.).

I went to 4 different places, some of which appeared to have potenial from reading on line reviews and if not for Ryan's, the entire trip would have been a waste. The other places had very little selection. None of them had a single Founder's Beer and most of the Bell's stouts were nowhere to be found either.

Then I walked in to Ryan's as my last stop, already disappointed and feeling like I had just wasted a whole day, but Ryan's changed my mind right away. They had Hopsalm, Founders Breakfast Stout, Foudners Double Trouble, a wide variety of Dark Horse stouts and some other very interesting Michigan beer that I hadn't seen anywehre else. They also had a great selection of Great Divide, Avery, Victory, and other US micros along with a lot of great Belgian and other European beer.

The customer service was amazing too. Sammy (hope I spelled that right) was one of the most friendly and helpful store owners I have ever come across. He even offered us a free snifter each after we had purchased about 4 mixed cases of beer from him.

I would definitely go back to Port Huron just for Ryan's Party Store. And that is saying a lot because there isn't another store there that I would go back in to, even if I was already in town to visit Ryan's.

Definitely the class of the town.

TheSevenDuffs, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of demoncobra
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%

Never having been to Port Huron before, I pulled out my iphone and found Ryan's Party Store on a beer advocate search. Being a musician I've had the opportunity to travel a lot, and Ryan's was one of the best experiences I've had with a liquor store on the road, and definitely a place I'll return to next time I'm in the area. When we pulled up to this rather unassuming place I was hoping the reviews about the good variety were correct, and I found them to be very much so. The selection was very good for a place of it's size. Even though I have seen stores with more labels, they had a very carefully chosen assortment, with a impressive amount of high end beers. The gentleman we spoke with was knowledgeable, and very helpful. He took the time to talk with us, and make some recommendations of some beers that do not distribute to Missouri. Overall the prices were a slightly higher than I'm used to paying in Kansas City, but they were not unreasonable. They had some great beers on sale also. We ended up with a bottle of Bells Oracle, a 6 pack of Shorts Mystery Stout, and a Avery Samaels, which made for a great night.

demoncobra, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of WeedKing4
4/5  rDev -8.7%

This was the last stop on our way back to Canada from visiting Michigan for a beer haul. A decent selection for the beer they do have, but I found the prices be at least three dollars more on a lot of bombers then I had found at some other places in the state just down the highway. Even the 4 pk's and 6 pk's were a couple dollars more. They did have The Oracle, so I grabbed one bottle of that and a 4 pk of Founders Breakfast Stout. A good selection for Michigan beers and even some California stuff with some other states too. Not a bad place and good selection, just wasn't too impressed with the prices.

WeedKing4, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of Obenour
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%

Definitely the best place to go within the area (which otherwise is pretty lacking).

Huge selection of the ever growing number of Michigan micros - with most all of their offerings - Short's, Dark Horse, Dragon's Mead, Ann Arbor Brewing Co., Atwater, etc. In addition to that, there are all of your usual national micro characters, ie. Great Lakes, Dogfish Head, etc. Finally there's a good amount of imports too if that's your thing. Blanking on the selection as I usually check out the Michigan offerings.

Beyond that, Ryan's has a knowledgeable and friendly staff that are more then willing to knock out a few recommendations. Definitely worth checking out!

Obenour, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of GodOfBeer
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%

Possibly the best place in Port Huron to get beer, it doesn't look like much until you get to the back aisle. Lots of singles and six packs, DFH, Stone, lots of Belgian beer, Founders, Southern Tier, Rogue, Bells...too many beers to choose from.

The service is decent, they seem to know what they're doing and they know enough about beer.

They also have some glassware, mostly Unibroue which is pretty cheap, like 2.99 for a nice glass.

Some of the beer is a little pricey, most of the bombers are around $8 on average, but still I would take a store like this over the LCBO any day!

GodOfBeer, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of EatsTacos
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%

This seems to be the best place to get craft beer in Port Huron, and is very close to the bridge from Canada.

It's your basic American liquor store I'd say, with the entire back row stocked with craft beers. Very good selection of bombers, 4 packs, and 6 packs. Mostly american craft beer but a decent selection of Belgians as well. Some of the beers are refrigerated.

As a Canadian the prices seemed high to me, but I really am not that familiar with how much beer normally costs in the US. For 4 bombers, a 4 pack of KBS and a 6 pack of Founders IPA the bill was just over $60

EatsTacos, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of Bluznbeerz
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

I stumbled on to Ryan's through my girlfriend, I live in Johannesburg Michigan and she lives in Port Huron. She knows how much of a Hop head I am and she was picking up some water for work and noticed their beer selection so she picked me up a six of Hop Slam for my visit. I had to see this place she was talking about. Wow what a great little store, they are a party store that sells everything from Cigars to tuna fish and everything in between. Their beer selection is one of the best in the area and for it being a small establishment it boasts about 50 or 60 different beers and one of the best selection of IPA's I have seen. Their selection of Belgium beers is also one of the best in the area and if you can't find what your looking for ask and they will find it for you. If they don't have it they will try to order it for you. The service is superb,their prices are reasonable and they are super friendly and very helpful. I would recommend Ryan's to everyone who is in the area looking for a great selection of good brews.

Bluznbeerz, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of uno99
4/5  rDev -8.7%

I live across the river from Port Huron in Canada, and our beer selection is ABYSMAL. I decided to try this place out after reading the reviews here.

Not an enormous selection like i'd hoped, but 1000x better than what I can get at home. I was suprised to see a nice Belgian selection, but most of the micro stuff focused on Michigan and other US brewers ( which is fine with me)

I expected the prices to be much lower however, so i didnt get the haul that I hoped. I only ended up getting a bottle of St bernardus Abt12 (9.99) and a Stone Double Bastard (7.99)

I'll definitely be back to get some Michigan stuff in the future, since its the only way I can get non-canadian craft brews

uno99, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of Dalem
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Though I've been a loyal customer for a couple of years now I just realized that I've never got around to giving the store a "review".

The best and most well rounded selection of beers in the area. They go above and beyond what other stores around here that deal in craft beers when it comes to selection, service a knowledge. Great guys to shoot the bull with when it comes to beer. This area is sort of isolated from metro area so a lot of specialty/craft beers that would be found in the closer to "the big city" (and are distributed to Michigan) are hard to find but they go that extra mile in getting in stock in their store.

Prices are pretty much in check with everyone else in the area and a lot of the times even better.

In a town like this we're very lucky to have them here.

Dalem, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of tyee
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%

Stopped by this place for the first time in March, 2008. I was very surprised by the quaity and selection of beer at this store. I had a long talk with the owner of the store and he seemed very interested in the Craft Beer Scene and he carried a good selction of local Michigan beers as well as some hard to find imports.

Since Port Huron is on the Canadian border and Ryan's is close to the bridge, I believe the good selection of beer is generated by the infulx of Canadian beergeeks rather than consumption by the locals.

If you are in town, give this place a look. The owner's are friendly and are making an effort to offer good beer in a small town.

tyee, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of jeremytroy
3.7/5  rDev -15.5%

This is the best place to buy beer in Port Huron. It has many of the markings of a regular party store-- it's dominated by snack foods, and has several coolers dedicated to pop and cheap beer. However, there is also a selection of quality beer in the back including many Belgian ales. Rochefort 8 and 10 were available, as well as Chimay, Corsendonk, Delirium and others. There was a small selection of Unibroue, as well as tons of Bells and a good selection of German and Austrian wheat ales. In addition to this, a small but good selection of branded glassware including snifters, pilsner glasses, weizen glasses and tulip glasses were available. As a point of secondary interest, this store also sells quality cigars, wine and has a good selection of Armenian brandy.

jeremytroy, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of Lexx
3.85/5  rDev -12.1%

I went to Ryan's party store on the way home from Toronto, and was pretty impressed. This place really looks like nothing at all on the outside. On the inside, they have tons of bells, rogue, the goose island stuff is actually cheaper than it is in Chicago, it's a much better selection than I expected. It's still not huge, but I wasn't really expecting to find celebrator and stuff along those lines at a place like this.
I'll definately be stopping here the next time I cross the border at Port Huron.

Lexx, Jun 20, 2007
Ryan's Party Store in Port Huron, MI
95 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.