Canal's Discount Liquors
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Reviews by bonbright7:
4.5/5 rDev +5.1%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I found this while on my way to visit a friend for New Year's Eve 2008 and was knocked out by this venerable warehouse packed with customers and a tremendous selection. While the place stocked a huge assortment of wine and spirits, the beer section was on the far side, both cold and not. As I made my way through the volumes of domestics and imports, my first thought was to grab a shopping cart to help myself with. It reminded me of my local beverage place, Shoreline, but with twice the selection and about 30% less on the price. I also was taken by the variety from Fantome, which I had not seen before and I made a point a capturing one for the New Year's party I was going to. In addition to the beer selection, I also enjoyed walking through the Whiskey selection.
My hat is off to this great place, which was about 4 miles West of the NJ Turnpike exit 5, on the edge of Burlington, NJ.
01-02-2008 21:35:46 | More by bonbright7
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3.45/5 rDev -19.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.25 | $$
I made a special trip to visit Canal"s based on the reviews, hoping to find some unique beers that I couldn't find in my local beer store (Halftime). I wasn't expecting to find Pliny the Elder or Parabola, but I did expect to find a great selection of NJ/PA beers. Walked out with one bottle, and even that one wasn't great. This is a large liquor store on a main road, with an aisle dedicated to beer. There was nobody even close to the beer aisle to help on a Saturday afternoon. Prices were in line with Oak Tree, which I still consider the best beer store in NJ. Yes, for the neophyte beer geek, this store is a great place to stock up, or to gab a few bottles of quality beers, but it left me disappointed and bummed that I wasted the gas. I then went to the Foodery in Philly and walked out with a mixed case of beer.
05-05-2013 14:04:22 | More by potownbill
3.79/5 rDev -11.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I Stumbled upon this place a few years ago while trying to track down some limited release. super dingy and dirty, employees are most likely on crack and weird but the beer guy does know his shit and they have an incredible selection of dusty old gems, I can't think of a time where I haven't gone in looking for something particular and left with several bottles. Im not local to this place but its worth the drive, Be sure to check it out. also CHECK YOUR RECEIPT before you leave, I been there plenty of times and haven't been rung up correctly yet.
11-13-2012 17:41:32 | More by JustinMatthew
3.28/5 rDev -23.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
They have brews that are hard to find or not available near me. Lots of DFH, Urthel, Oscar Blues, Souther Tier, Mikkeller. They offer a 5% discount if you buy 6 or more beers.
A lot of their older stuff is noticeably dusty and dirty but I have found some great stuff in there.
2 out of the 3 times I've been there I was waited on by crackheads. When I say crackheads I don't mean strange people with quirky personalities. I mean people who I actually thought were on drugs. Both of those times I was rung up incorrectly but didn't look at my receipt until I got home. While they are annoying it doesn't stop me from shopping there.
Ok so lets make it 3 out of the 4 times I've been there I was wrong up incorrectly.
06-29-2011 22:33:07 | More by IdrinkGas
4.64/5 rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Being my local bottle shop, it should be no surprise that I love this place. For a shop in New Jersey, that has limitations left and right as to what can and cannot come into our state, this place has an incredible selection.
Mike, the beer manager, is one of the most knowledgeable "Beer Geeks" in the state. I always look to him to see what just came in, what to look for, and where to find something new. I can name any singular type of beer style, and he will rattle off at least 5 different examples he has in stock, and can recommend his favorite, as well as what he thinks might suit my tastes best. And he's never wrong.
I will continue to be a loyal patron to Burlington Canals, and if stop anywhere on my way home, it's usually here, chatting beer with Mike.
04-27-2011 15:38:12 | More by YaKnowBrady
5/5 rDev +16.8%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Very nice place. My wife is learning about lambics and she had a few questions. She actually asked the employee man at the lottery counter standing near the lambics and he went into a half an hour discussion on her likes and dislikes to find exactly what he thought she'd like. We took home 5 kinds of lambics she's never heard of (shes not quite a beer girl yet... Lindeman's framboise started all this at the bar one night.) He actually pledged his life mission to find her higher quality and to find something better than the Lindeman's for her.
10-10-2010 01:54:49 | More by TheSupremeAJ
4.15/5 rDev -3%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Quality: Generous sized back room dedicated to craft beer. Beer quality is very good, Achel ( a rare trappist find), rochefort, the Bruery, Mikkeller, and Haandbryggeriet along with your usual suspects familiar to the local area.
Service: Got to utilize service here and have to say its pretty darn good. Helped look for a 6pack that they didn't carry at that time but helped with suggestions for alternatives and pointed me towards newer releases. Offered to help several customers find what they needed and answered questions while being busy tending to customers upfront with keg and case orders. Have to say they are very knowledgable, dedicated to craft beer, and earn their keep in a busy atmosphere where they always seemed hustling and bustling.
Selection: As stated Achel, a pretty rare trappist find even in places where the others are amply stocked (rochefort, orval etc) and their were several different varieties as well. Mikkeller, the Bruery, & Haandbryggeriet were stocked along with some Midwest favorites such as Great Divide and Founders. Their stock is 60-40 split bombers vs 12oz singles providing for a good mixture and opportunity to try before spurging on that six-pack. Estimated about 350-400 different varieties maybe a bit more, lining 3 sections of shelves. Their six pack selection was probably their only disappointment here, small offering 40 offerings or so and mostly of local and favorites (Stone, Victory, Yards, Slyfox etc). Nectar and Ed hardy beers which I haven't seen elsewhere were present along with a small handful of more obscure Belgian offerings top things off. Some seasonals, things seem to move just be sure to check on exp. Date. All in all their quality equals that of Hainsport, but they may be a bit more limited quantity wise in both six pack and singles.
Value: All and all have to say a decent value. Bought 2 sixers of slyfox, and about 12 loosies for about $55. 5% off coupons are available most of the time in local papers. A six pack of stone ruination was going for $17 which did seem a bit high but never seen or bought this before in sixpack form, only bombers. Definitly worth a trip.
08-12-2010 01:13:03 | More by beerthulhu
4.65/5 rDev +8.6%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
I found this place by accident. I entered to buy a bottle of vodka for a party nearby and was about to check out when the beer area opened before my eyes. I recently went for my second visit, and was again amazed at the selection. I consider myself one that has had quite nearly every beer I have wanted to try, but this store was filled with brands I have not ever come across before. The owner is very knowledgeable and will tell you about each beer.
Great place & great value for some rarer beers I haven't found before.
07-08-2010 20:44:52 | More by cMonkey
Canal's Discount Liquors in Burlington, NJ
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