Ratings: 13 | Reviews: 13
4.74/5 rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Just recently moved to outside the Des Moines area and was told Beer Crazy was the place to go for beer and homebrew supplies.
The shop is a little off the beaten path and is a little small and light on the decor but serves its purpose.
The selection and price were very good. In my two trips (May and July of 2012) thus far I've picked up some GI Juliet, Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown and Devil Dancer, Boulevard Love Child #2 and a few other things that I hadn't found in other parts of Iowa (including Iowa City). All the prices were on par or many times lower than other stores. And all bottles can be purchased as singles which is a plus in my opinion.
The service was very good, I was asked a couple of times if I needed help looking for something or if I had any questions on products. The cashier was also very chatty about my selections when I checked out. From what I saw with a couple other customers in the store they seemed very knowledge about their homebrewing supplies as well (with a good selection of that as well but I didn't check that in too much detail).
There were only two things that the store had going against it. 1. I thought they were a little lacking in imports (that may be that I'm used to John's Grocery's selection) but I think their American craft selection is the best in the state.
2. I thought the organization was a little strange. Most of the beer was placed by style which made it a little difficult to look through. It also seemed as several beers were just placed where there was extra space. It was a little overwhelming.
All in all though, Beer Crazy will definitely be my store of choice from now on.
07-07-2012 16:16:07 | More by RPS
4.8/5 rDev +13.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Beer Crazy has an amazing selection and has the advantage of being the only real homebrew shop in central Iowa. They seem to carry just about every beer available in the state with a few intended exceptions.
The staff is extremely knowledgeable about both the beers they carry and the brewing side of the store. They are a little more homebrew focused, but still a great place to pick up a brew. They are also a little off the beaten track, so you do have to hunt them out, but it is worth the adventure.
03-28-2012 17:40:19 | More by PhilosopherRicky
3.45/5 rDev -18.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
“Go Crazy Folks! Go Crazy!”
Finally made it to Beer Crazy in Urbandale and my final impression of the place was simple: if this is the best beer store in Des Moines that’s lame. I’m not knocking Beer Crazy but there is no reason why the selection can’t be better.
Pro: Everything is available as a single.
Con: Beers were stocked by style. I am never a fan of this. I feel like I must have overlooked beers and if I didn’t the beers Beer Crazy has chosen to carry is random.
Pro: Prices seemed fair.
Con: No help was available when I arrived. Not a ‘hi’ not a ‘can I help you.’ Totally ignored and there was little chatter when I checked out.
If you are a homebrewer that is an added bonus for this place but since I don’t home brew it matters little to me.
If I was in the area I might stop again but it is not a destination store, IMO. Obviously if I lived in Des Moines I would shop here constantly.
01-28-2012 22:15:59 | More by bditty187
4.44/5 rDev +5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
I recently became aware of Beer Crazy as I was looking to get into Beer and Wine Making. I wasn't sure if they had all the wine making stuff I would need, but I was pleasantly surprised. They are not lacking in that area at all. They had everything I needed. The wine making kit was even cheaper than midwest and no shipping to boot!
I also like the beer selection there. It's nice to buy a few to try. I bought some smoke beer which is very good. I decided to marinate some pork chops with it, and it made a very good marinade. It is a bit spendy for a marinade at $4.50 a bottle, but it wont be the last time I use it as one.
I will say on my initial visit that the guy that helped me didn't seem to be the friendliest, but he did help me get what I needed.
My next venture is All Grain brewing and I'm sure they'll have what I need. If not, Northern Brewer or Midwest is only a click away.
06-26-2011 14:50:35 | More by ozzy1038
4.24/5 rDev +0.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in here after discovering its only a few blocks from my company's main warehouse/office and helps make trips down there way more worth while.
The single greatest thing about Beer Crazy is that every bottle in the place, and there are many, comes in singles. This makes it so much easier to try things and get a variety of beers without ruining the bank account. The selection varies widely from cheap macros to fine Belgians and everything in between. It looks like things are bought on a whim or on deal only because there aren't whole lineups of breweries or anything like that.
The homebrew shop looked impressive, they had what I needed, so that's all I cared about. The staff were all beer geeks, and while they could have been a little friendlier, it was overall a pretty great experience and a must for anyone in the NW suburbs.
03-11-2011 13:29:31 | More by mdwalsh
4.3/5 rDev +1.7%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This place is awesome. In town for the weekend looking for some homebrew ingredients and unique beer. This place has both! First I filled 7 six pack carriers with mix & match beer. All the cans and bottles are individually priced. They have a good variety of different beer from a few Iowa breweries to a lot of Belgium breweries that are all sorted out on the shelves by beer styles. After I picked out beer, I pulled out my homebrew ingredients list and he helped me locate everything I needed. The prices were very good, about the same or cheaper then Midwest Supplies. Very good experience and recommend this place to all. Will return next time I'm in Des Moines.
06-08-2010 00:04:10 | More by ballz50401
4.65/5 rDev +9.9%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
If you're looking for a beer you cann't find at a grocery store, chances are you'll find it here. Great beer slection! And the different beers are also individually prices, so a person can buy a 6-pack and all 6 bottles be a different beer. I also do 99% of my homebrewing shopping at Beer Crazy (with the occasional on-line purchase). Good selection on ingridients and equipment and reasonably priced. Always had some one ask if I needed help every time I shopped there. The employees are very knowledgeable about homebrewing and always have advice or answers to a homebrewers questions. Beer Crazy also has the equipment for homemade wine making as well.
05-11-2010 03:24:05 | More by brewmandan
3.7/5 rDev -12.5%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
This joint has a decent selection of craft beers and regional brews individually priced, which i like. There is really not a lot of microbrews outside of midwest selections, although they hav belgians and european brews. No real west coast representation or any great east coast brews. I do like the fact that you can buy a decent selection of midwest brews, however, i went and bought every IPA and pale ale he had stocked, and almost half of them were out of date. my mistake. it really ticked me off...the homebrew supplies were good, and it was nice to see equipment as well. overall it is a good place to stop by if you are in town; plus you can get some homebrew supplies with your brews...
02-09-2010 03:34:42 | More by JeremyinUtah
4.15/5 rDev -1.9%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Beer Crazy is located on the west side of Urbandale Dr. just before it splits into NW 100th. The shopping center is pretty barren it would seem. Not sure when they opened, but I haven't been in Des Moines since December '08 and I feel like it's been since then.
The selection of bottles and kegs is just about right for bigger markets - not blowing the rest of the city away but definitely improving on it. All the bottles are available as singles, which is nice. More selection in the cooler, although I didn't find much to like in there. Some interesting shit on the shelves for the area.
Clean. Organized by style. Homebrewing needs taken care of. Looks pretty great. The tagline is "All the beers the law will allow" which seems true enough. Not quite the selection of Cyclone/Dirty John's but I could see that happening soon. Way to step up, Des Moines.
06-19-2009 05:35:30 | More by BretSikkink
4/5 rDev -5.4%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Beer Crazy is the newest beer store in Des Moines and is already one of the best, if not *the* best. There are several stores that are more convenient to my house and place of work, but this is the one that I go back to again and again.
The selection is pretty good (and is slowly improving), the beer is fresh and, perhaps most importantly, everything is available in singles. Sometimes a mixed sixer is the only way to go. Besides, it's always good to be able to get a few local brews for trading extras.
I'm also impressed at the higher ABV beers that appear on the shelves, which are often hard to find at other local stores. Goose Island Bourbon County Stout seems to be available year-round. I'm sure it isn't, but it does last quite a while.
Since the surrounding businesses don't appear to do much... uh... business, parking is plentiful out front. The store is always clean and is laid out in a way that makes sense. It looks like the homebrewers are well taken care of, and there's almost always someone in that part of the store when I'm there.
A truly killer beer store in this area will have to wait until the idiotic, archaic Iowa alcohol laws are changed. Until then, Beer Crazy is my favorite in the Des Moines area. Hands down.
05-12-2009 18:21:55 | More by BuckeyeNation
Beer Crazy in Urbandale, IA
93 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.