Liquor Outlet Wine Cellars
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Reviews by r0nyn:
4.65/5 rDev +7.9%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Decided to take a road trip out to this place based on BA Beerfly reviews, so I dragged fellow BA infi along with me. Boonton is kind of in the middle of nowhere, but it wasn't too hard to get to, right off of I-287. A little out of the way for me, but I couldn't let it go unvisited. And boy am I glad I didn't.
Floorspace is dominated by BMC stuff for the most part, with wines and spirits occupying the right half of the store. On the left-hand side of the store is where the treasure lies. Demarcated by a sign that says 'Gourmet Beers', a long row of craft brews stretches from the front of the store to the back. Domestic sixer and four-packs are up front, followed by a plethora of 750ml bottles more American stuff. The lineup was rather impressive, with offerings ranging from Rogue's to Weyerbacher, Troegs, Southern Tier, Founders and much more. After that came the foreign stuff, specifically German, English, Canadian and Belgian beers. Usual suspects included Weihenstephaner, Samuel Smith's, Unibroue and St Bernardus to name just a few. Suffice to say that the selection was absolutely out of this world. Definitely the most diverse lineup I've ever laid eyes on. They've got quite a few BA Top-100 offerings that have been hard to find around the NY/NJ area, so that was a major plus. There's also a row of coolers in the back that held some of the craft beers behind the first few doors, but as you moved along, it quickly turned into adjunct dross. Most things I checked the date on were within reasonable freshness, but there were a couple that were a bit older than I would have liked. Still, nothing to raise a huge stink over.
Prices were fair and reasonable, for the most part. A little cheaper than what I'm used to from my locals around here, but nothing super exciting. Everything is conveniently labeled, so there's no having to guess how much something is. There's also some handy information on the tags, such as the glassware recommended for the specific beer as well as the IBU rating, which was great for me, since I tend to stay away from the bitter stuff.
The staff was friendly and personable, which is always a good thing for a beer store. The cashier even gave me a 10% discount since we had such a big beer haul (14 bottles or something), which was more than welcome. Didn't get a chance to pick their brains on certain beers since I was in a hurry, but I know I'll be coming back, so I can just save that for next time.
Definitely one of the best beer retailers I've ever been to. Amazing selection, fair prices, friendly staff...honestly, what more could you want in a beer store?
09-18-2009 04:37:51 | More by r0nyn
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