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Reviews by kensuthe:
4.3/5 rDev -2.5%
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $
Tucked away next to the produce section in neighborhood grocery store in Covington, LA is a nice little surprise for quality-starved beer fans in south Louisiana and Mississippi. Acquistapace's is a slight drive along I-12 from Slidell or Hammond, a decent drive along I-12 from Baton Rouge or across the Causeway from Metairie and New Orleans, and a greater drive in from Hattiesburg, Jackson, or Biloxi, but in this grocery store you will find what is quite possibly the best beer selection of any bar, restaurant, brewpub, or beer shop in the entire region.
Right when you enter the grocery store, you will move to the right after getting a shopping cart, and the beer section is right in front of you and curving around the wall towards the produce section. There are four sets of shelves with between five and seven rows of beer on each shelf. The beer is broken up by region, brewery, and style. The variety includes English, Scottish, Italian, German, Belgian, Czech, Russian and other European beverages, as well as drinks from Japan, Vietnam, India, Brazil, Mexico, and the USA. There are also local offerings from Abita, Heiner Brau, and Zea available. The shelves are kept stocked, and the number of options shouldn't leave you wanting. I'm not sure what the exact available bottle count is, but it should currently be somewhere over 350 bottles and the people in charge intend to get as many different products as they can from the distributors.
Every beer that I have bought from this store so far has been fresh, and the product seems to be turning over in store nicely. The seasonal selection was updated between our last two visits, and some of the stock on the shelves was not all the way to the back of the shelf. If you see something that you want but there are not enough bottles on the shelf, the staff of the store can usually get you what you need out of the storerooms. There is also a section of refrigerated beers in the opposite corner of the grocery store, but it is currently largely macro domestic and import products.
The two people in charge of the beer, wine, and spirits section in the store are the owner's sons, and they are very friendly and seem happy to talk with the customers. We've spoken with one or the other on both of our trips to the store so far, and they don't mind checking to see if something you'd like will be coming in stock or is even available in the region. Their prices are very competitive, and if you buy several beers each time you come if you're driving in from a more remote location, you'll cover the gas money for the trip. They may not have every single thing that you want in the store just yet, but they're putting forth the effort to try and get it, which is commendable. These guys are appreciative of your business, and you will probably appreciate doing business with them yourself to the tune of multiple repeat visits. I actually look forward to taking the trip here along I-12 myself, and there's not many things in the world that could make me feel that way.
03-27-2008 22:16:15 | More by kensuthe
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4.74/5 rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Wow!! Read about this place on BA when my wife said she wanted to drive across the bridge over Lake Pontchatrain. Figured it sounded good and was worth a look-see. Pulled up in front of this unassuming grocery store, walked in looking around for the beer section when I got to the right hand side of the store and realized they had a whole room for beer/wine/alcohol. It's more like a little store attached to the grocery store.
Huge selection of beers. Most can be bought in singles which is terrific for those of us on vacation that want to try as many local beers as possible. A couple of rows of un-refrigerated beers and a whole wall of beer coolers. Most of the craft beers in the coolers was either bombers or imports.
Prices were very reasonable as far as I was concerned.
If you're in the New Orleans area and have a vehicle, this store is definitely worth the drive!
03-28-2014 02:13:42 | More by Noxious26
4.25/5 rDev -3.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
Atmosphere: It's a fairly unassuming supermarket, with a huge alcohol warehouse attached to it.
Quality: Good quality here, big names, as well as various other beer that I've never even heard of. (wine and liquor selection is equal to the task)
Service: Did not really encounter anyone until I got to the register. I prefer the hands off approach though, if I have a question I'll be more than happy to ask.
Selection: Good selection, and as good as any place I've seen in Louisiana.
Food: Didn't try any, but I've heard from people that they do have a pretty sweet deli as well.
Value: I think the value is pretty good, not too pricey, not dirt cheap, but very affordable.
Definitely recommended if you're in the area. It's worth a look.
01-29-2013 05:55:17 | More by HowlingTurkey
4.08/5 rDev -7.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped by this place during a work trip after seeing a few reviews here on BA. Its basically a supermarket with a pretty good beer selection. There are a lot of beers to choose from but most are rather ordinary; however there are a few gems in the mix. I got a Scotch Silly, a De Struisse Outblack, and a German Hefe (I forgot which). All for like $12. They have lots of Mikkeller single hops, a pretty good belgian selection, and the rest is just nice to see. There are "2" coolers. The macros are kept cold and the craft is kept at 55 degrees (according to the clerk). While I have seen way better stores in my day, this is by far the best store I found north of the Lake. Worth a stop if you are in the area (or worth visiting as often as possible if this is your only source) :)
10-16-2012 00:02:20 | More by DrinkSlurm
4.3/5 rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $
New Orleans can be a tough place to get an epic beer haul done. But if you've got wheels and a trunk, this is where it happens.
Stein's has some rarities you won't find here (La Trappe Oak Aged, a few Fantome varieties), but Acquistapace's had some too, like a 2010 vintage Pannepot and the Schlenkerla Dopplebock. Most Belgians are on shelves, un-chilled. Big selection. Then there's plenty of cooler space devoted to Germans and Americans, with pretty much everything that makes it to LA available. (I noted only the absence of Pretty Things, which Stein's has.)
On top of a vast selection and lots of room to roam, the prices significantly beat anywhere in New Orleans. Rochefort 10: $6. Green Flash 4-packs: $8.50. The famed Dead Guy growler for $10. Jolly Pumpkins for less than $14!!!
It really is good.
09-12-2012 22:21:00 | More by ZethOfTheNorth
4.86/5 rDev +10.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
So glad I stopped in at the terrific store last week!
Thank you beer advocate for the Heads Up!
This store is terrific.
Selection is top notch for the MS & LA area. Tons of Mikkeller ( I crave some of their stouts on occasion).
Selection is large. Big coolers full of various brews that are ready to drink. Both bombers and six packs.
Nice selection of hard to find beers on shelves at room temperature.
Clean and very organized!
Got two bottles of Chipolte Porter - one of my favorite Mikkeller brews!
08-05-2012 00:04:39 | More by Casedogg43
Acquistapace's Supermarket in Covington, LA
96 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.