Skibbo's Discount Beer & Soda

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23 Ratings
Ratings: 23
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.38
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3156 E Tremont Ave
Bronx, New York, 10461-5706
United States
phone: (718) 829-0956

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(Place added by: hyland24 on 04-27-2008)
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Photo of osant37
3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

Good selection, A little pricey tho. If Your buying anything other than the popular BMC and euro pale lager. check freshness dates. the stock seems to stick around a for a while. other than that he gets some hard to find stuff and will special order. great place in the bronx for craft beer.

Photo of REY_CORTEZ
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of KornWallace
4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.5

I'm going to start with the one complaint I had about this place. The craft section was actually pretty limited. They had a few shelves and a few fridges stocked with craft but there was a lot of empty space in the place.

With that being said, I loved everything else about this place. Tommy is possibly the hardest working guy in the industry. He is there seven days a week and when I went he was more then happy to talk about nearly every beer he had in the store. The tap list was no joke and he was willing to let me sample every single one.

Skibbo's is also possibly the most affordable place I've found in the city. If you don't want to leave the Bronx for beer this is the place you have to go.

I walked out with a sixer of Captain Lawrence Frost Monster and a four of Backwoods Bastard.

Photo of hopjuicer
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped here while visiting family in the Bronx. Tommy was very helpful, great customer service. Great selection of craft beers (much better than I thought I'd find in the area) with a lot that I can't get at home. Had Hair of the Dog, Cigar City, Pretty Things, Oskar Blues, Ithica, AleSmith to name a few. Most beers are stored cold. He recommended the double IPA from Captain Lawrence (local brewery I hadn't heard of). Really enjoyed that one. I'll be looking for it in the future. Picked up a growler of Jack D'Or from the the draft selections. Will definitely visit again next time I'm in the area.

Photo of Tripside
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5

This place is your best bet for craft beer in the Bronx. The owner, Tommy, has always been a pleasure to deal with and makes sure you are aware that he will do anything he can to get a specific beer in that you want. Has 5 constantly rotating taps for growler fills and a great overall selection. Sometimes items are slightly more expensive than other shops in the city but the service more than makes up for it. Additionally, be sure to check the expiration dates as some beers go untouched and the representatives do not always pull them on time.

Photo of beenitty
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I work in the Bronx and heard some good things about this place, didnt decide to check it out until I heard they got some Goose Island King Henry.

Cool place, kinda small selection of craft beer IMO compared to the major store(s) in Westchester, I'm speaking about both Decicco's specifically.

The quality of the selection was definitely nice. I shop alot and hadn't seen alot of HOTD variations in the NYC area, they had several.
Decent 6pk selections and stuff on tap for growlers as well.

Owner is super nice and chatted it up with me about beer and such.

Definitely a bit (1-2$) cheaper than Deciccos though.

Even though the beer "isle" is smaller than other stores, this place has earned a spot in my rotation after seeing some nice gems that other stores dont carry.

Im always happy to be able to pick up stuff I haven't seen anywhere else. If you make a stop you definitely won't be dissapointed.

Photo of Joetheduck
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%

Thank God for this place. Skibbo's is the only retailer I've found in the southeast Bronx to get a delicious hoppy 22 oz or sixpack. Most bars in this area stick to major domestics, plain jane imports, and default Boston Lager as their "craft beer."

So Skibbo's sure is a very welcome change from the area norm.
The owner is always very friendly whenever I go in, I always find something new to try, and there always seems to be a bunch of dudes just hanging out in there.

I look forward to trying more local New York beers next time I'm in.

Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%

Visited to pick up a couple of growlers and bombers. Its a big, open-front store with the owner (can't recall his name) sitting in the entrance with a slice of pizza and a pint. The workers were very attentive, each asking if I needed any help.

The selection was decent, but the price was exceptional (for NYC at least) 22oz bombers of ST Creme Brulee for $7 was remarkably low and $12 growlers were nice to see as well. The owner offered me and my friend samples of the taps and talked beer with us for a few minutes.

Overall, a small and limited shop, but well kept, reasonable and run by people why genuinely care about beer.

Photo of mugs2395
3.35/5  rDev -23.5%

Skibbo's lives up to it's reputation as an outlet owned by a guy full of charm who has an obvious desire to do well in the craft beer market and a better selection of craft beer than much of the Bronx, but there are problems and concerns.

As one previous patron mentioned, the "best before" date on the beer seems to be ignored. Problem is...even I couldn't find such a thing as a "best before" date on a couple of the beer I bought. So we can't completely fault Sammy!

I don't pretend to be an expert of any kind, except that I can say that I have become, over 48 years, a pretty expert beer drinker. I am Canadian, and started drinking "Upper Canada Brewing Company" craft beers when most Canadians were swilling Bud and Labatt and Molson's. Upper Canada brews were on the forefront of the craft beer market in Canada.

At Skibbo's, I purchased two bottles of Lagunita's Hop Stoopid. I know this beer, and I like this beer very much. It is one of the IPA's on the market that is reasonably priced, yet provides all the qualities you expect from a high-end IPA--it is well hopped, complex, and a joy to drink from start to finish, with a delicious grapefruit head.

The Hop Stoopid I purchased from Skibbo's was clearly past it's "best before" date. It had lost all the high end "hop notes" common to this beer. It clearly hadn't been sitting in the sun, but it just wasn't the same fresh tasting IPA I had purchased before. I guess a"bad" Lagunita just gets "different", unlike a bad Heineken or Labatt , which tastes like the stuff you go to the can to relieve yourself of after your third beer.

I had the same experience with the Arcadia Hop Mouth Double IPA. It was nothing like the beer my wife discovered at Jake's Steak House in the Bronx. The difference was, again, pretty starling. The High Hop note was completely gone.

I also purchased the Green Flash IPA, which I have thoroughly enjoyed previously--hops missing in THAT IPA would have been a tragedy! Relief--it was fresh and delicious.

Another pleasant surprise was the Flying Dog, Raging Bitch (I kid you not!) "Belgian Style IPA". They deserve an Oscar for imagination at least! Sounds like a gimmick, right? How many IPA's have you purchased before which bear as much resemblance to an IPA as apples to oranges? Well, it's not a gimmick. It is an interesting take on an IPA-- lots of hops , but with that "Belgian" taste as an undertone. As I said, I am not an expert---is it the malts, or the hops, which give it that particular Belgian "spiced-wine" taste??

When all is said and done, Sammy is trying to introduce good beer to the Bronx. But he needs to watch the dates on the beer. Also, the Dogfish Head 60 Minute and 90 Minute are approximately three dollars cheaper at Flair Beverage, which is closer to my home. (And for all those willing to make the drive to DFH in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, you can pick up a four pack of 90 Minute for eight bucks. I highly recommend the place--great food, good service, and...the "Immort Ale"? Out of this world good! I am not the first to say that DFH has really redefined brewing in the USA.)

But back to Sammy and Skibbo's-- his selection is superior to Flair Beverage, but he just needs to get all his ducks in a row. If he does, every true beer drinker in the Bronx will be storming the place, and marveling at how much better his selection is, and, let's hope, how much cheaper than anywhere else.

And , hey, on top of that you don't get any New York (ie. Gristedes every day of the week) attitude!!! !

That in itself is worth the trip.

Photo of Noelito76
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%

Being that I live close to Skibbo's and the fact that the Bronx has few options for craft beer make Skibbo's a gem for me.

Great service and a pretty good selection. Whenever I want to try something new I get it here. By far the best beer store in the Bronx, and mind you there is one closer to me but it doesn't compare.

And, like the other reviewers I've gotten my free Skibbo's pint glass. The tap selection is always pretty good too and the prices are pretty standard as long as you know what craft beer costs all around.

Photo of woosterbill
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Looked this place up on BeerFly and stopped in on my way to a rugby game on Randall's Island - extremely convenient location on the way from CT into the city. I couldn't find anything online about the hours, though, so my fingers were crossed as I pulled up at 9:30 on Sunday - sure enough, though, the open sign was on. Needless to say I had the place pretty much to myself, and Tommy was most helpful answering my questions about their growler set-up and giving me samples of a couple of the draft beers (they had SN Celebration, SA Cherry Wheat, 21st Amendment Black IPA, Leffe Brown, and Bud Light Golden Wheat). I wound up getting bottles instead, and found the refrigerated selection to be very solid indeed, with an even better variety of craft singles in the center display area. I didn't take the time to check out their imports. The prices were quite reasonable across the board (including the best price I'd seen anywhere on the Brooklyn Locals), which really impressed me for being in NYC (I got raped just the day before at a small grocery store in Manhattan - ~$15 for a sixer of SN Celebration). Taking the solid selection, growler availability, long hours, good prices, and impeccable service into account, this is one of my favorite beer stores, and one that I'll be sure to patronize again whenever I'm passing through the Bronx.

Cheers!

Edit: I stopped in here a second time, and found the selection to be less thrilling than before; according to the clerk they were having troubles getting all they wanted from their distributors. They had Breakfast Stout on for growler fills (which was cool), but no Founders bottles at all (which was disappointing).

Photo of Brianmerrilyn
5/5  rDev +14.2%

A true gem in the rough of beer availability in the east Bronx. A full selection of all American craft brewers from Long Trail, Sam, Ithaca, Wehyerbacher, Victory, Rogue, Sierra Nevada, Troegs, Wolavers, Wachussets. Then the Belgian shelves in the middle of the very roomy store located close to the highway. Unibroque, St. Bernadus, Saison Dupont etc. Then there are the growlers!!! Yes, growlers in the Bronx and with 5-6 rotating taps. Tommy Alteri the owner sells growlers at a reasonable price along with good glassware, ice and the usual suspects of other beer and beverages. Check out the wine store next door on your way home.

Photo of jxhill
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%

The owner Tommy was very friendly and extremely helpful on my first visit and sent me away with a nice pair of Skibbo's pint glasses on the house. On later visits he has been just as accommodating and encouraged me to call in any special order requests as well as keep him posted on new beers. This level of service is exceptional.

The selection is ample and well-chosen but not extensive, with a mix of craft and big-brand brews, and runs heavy on IPAs and Belgian beers. Skibbo's also rotates 4 taps to fill growlers, though I've never tried them.

Though the selection isn't mind-blowing, it's certainly helped by the simple fact that the owner is willing to order whatever you like -- a nice touch. Skibbo's is worth a visit.

Photo of pitstain
5/5  rDev +14.2%

Based on the reviews here I ventured over to the holy grail of beer that is Skibbo's, I own a kegerator and have been driving from the bronx into NJ to buy kegs from Bottle King, the prices there even after the toll and gas were still substantially cheaper than any prices given to me from local places in the Bronx.

I went over there with my girlfriend a couple weeks ago and was cheerfully greeted by Tommy Sr., he was happy to give me some great samples from the taps, and wrote down a list of my favorite kegs to get me pricing. My last keg of Sam white ale popped on monday and I promptly called Tommy to order a quarter of yuengling. I showed up tonight to pick it up and was VERY pleased with the price I paid, suffice it to say it was cheaper than going to NJ and paying for gas and a toll, so I am very happy.

I was lucky enough to meet Tommy Jr. and one of their friends at the store tonight, lucky in that their friend whipped me up a nice sample size black and tan with some goosehead IPA and bare knuckle stout that Tommy had on tap....yummm!

Tommy has a customer for as long as I live in NYC, I will go nowhere else, EVER!

To top it all off they cary Manhattan Special espresso soda at a great price, so I picked up a sixer for my little lady, which certainly made Tommy her new hero!

Thank you Tommy Sr. and Jr., oh and JD for makin me that sweet B&T !! :)

Photo of LennyV
4.85/5  rDev +10.7%

I grew up in the area of the Bronx were Skibbo's is located. On a recent trip back to see the parents I stopped in. I was impressed to find a clean well lit establishment with a great selection of craft brew.

I was shocked to find 6 taps of micro's! Let me say that I love tap beer and have vistied several stores/brew pubs/brewerys that fill growlers. I have six growlers from all of these fine places and now I have a seventh.

It is cool growler. It has Skibbos beer written on it as well as "Da Bronx". As I said I grew up in the area and now I have a growler that shows a little home town pride!

Tommy the owner is great. He was a pleasure to speak with and knows how to take care of his customers. He gave me a Skibbo's pint glass for free!

I know when I am visiting mom and dad, i will also be visiting Skibbo's too.

Photo of ScottBaron
4.85/5  rDev +10.7%

Living in the Bronx, it's not always easy to find good beer. A few years back, however, we came upon a local distributor named Skibbo's and its owner Tommy, who has transformed our beer drinking in a very positive way.

Tommy isn't afraid to experiment and find some good local beers (meaning the northeast). It's not uncommon to walk in and have him say, 'Scott! Got something for you to try!' and then have him walk me over to the kegs where he'll pull a sample of Captain Lawrence Liquid Gold, for example.

He'll also bend over backwards looking for beer you ask him to get -- case in point, Keegan's Mother's Milk, which I asked about back in the spring, only to have it show up in the past month.

I can't recommend this place enough -- if you're in the Bronx or Westchester, make it a point to swing by. And tell him Scott sent you via Beer Advocate. :)

Photo of MrManager3156
4.85/5  rDev +10.7%

Skibbo's is the best place in the Bronx to find Real Beer. With a wide selection of Cold 6's and 22's, this place is a must visit. Not to forget the 3 growler taps, with 5 more on the way before the Summer gets kickin. Great, well-informed and polite staff also add to the experience. Go in and say Hi to Tommy and Tommy Jr. and they'll be sure to take care of all your beer needs. If there's something that you don't see, the guys usually have it available within a week. Troegs, Southern Tier, Ommegang, Slyfox, Allagash, Blue Point, Captain Lawrence, Saranac, Stone, Rogue, Heavyweight, Arcadia, Piraat, Gulden Draak, Flying Dog, just to name a few.

Photo of pjcummings
5/5  rDev +14.2%

I stopped by Skibbo's the other day and was very impressed by the great selection and even better service. Couldn't believe how wide-ranging and complete it was. They carry everything from rouge, arcadia, southern tier, stone, and much more. Great atmosphere too. A craft beer-lover's heaven...in the Bronx. Hands-down best selection in the Bronx...I have never seen anything close in this borough. Will definitely return soon but instead of biking with a backpack there, i'll bring a car to stock up!

Photo of thatguy314
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%

The best beer store I've been to in the Bronx. The stock shifts, but they've got a lot of good beers at any given time. If I look around, I could probably find a better price on Sierra Nevada or one of the other beers I find everywhere, but I can't match the selection so it's worth the extra dollar for the six pack. Plus they have a good growler program to fill growlers relatively cheaply.

The owner, Tommy, is a great guy. He's very receptive, works to get a lot of good beers at good prices. You come in a few times and he knows you and tries to take care of you. He also told me he's upgrading his growler program from 3 taps to 8, which is fantastic.

If you live in the area shop here.

Photo of nasty15108
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%

I was introduced to this place by my partner in crime Hyland24 and I have to say that Skibbos is quite simply the best beer distributor in the Bronx. They have a good selection of products, a constantly rotating stock and (3) tap lines to fill up your growlers. If you don't see something you want there, just ask and they will most likely be able to get it for you. Friendly service and good prices make this place a winner.
This store is a definite up and comer and is as good or better than most of the stores in lower Westchester. Check it out, it worth the trip and won't dissappoint.

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%

I was glad to see this Bronx, NY place listed as I can really use a place to stop and shop in on my way home from work. With Led Zepellin on the radio, coolers and racks of the good stuff in evidence and a very friendly owner, Tommy (AKA "Skibbo") greeting me, I felt warm and fuzzy right away. Tommy is looking for recommendations, so he can grow the good stuff selections. Three growler pour lines (Capt. Lawrence, Blue Moon and something else not too exciting) add to the total package. A respectable line up of worthy products, mostly domestic regulars and a smattering Belgian bombers. Certainly not extensive or awe inspiring selection wise, but I'm equally certain you will be able to find plenty of quite drinkable suds. Stone, Avery, DFH, Bklyn, Omme., and their ilk come to mind. Fairly easy on/off of 95, Bruckner,Hutch,287 and a very nice addition to the typical Bronx slim pickings'. Prices seemed quite reasonable, with Stone 070707 & Arr. Bast. at under $5, and DFH sixers @ $9.99. Go and support this new and very BA friendly new place.

Photo of kplynch
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%

Stopped in today to explore another NY beer store. Staff, and owner, were extremely friendly and helpful. While the selection is less than other Manhattan/Brooklyn beer stores, it is because this store is just getting into the craft beer market and is building it's inventory by what people who stop in request. Also, for the area, the store has fairly long hours - open until 9:00pm on Friday and Saturday, and open at 8:00am during the week.

Great staff, growing selection, and draft samples (3 drafts for Growler fills, and 3 more planned). I'll definitely make the trek from midtown to stop in now and again.

They also own the wine/liquor store in the same building if you need to pick up something for your non-beer drinking friends.

Photo of hyland24
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%

Skibbos is the only beer distributor in the Bronx that caters to the craft beer fan. Great selection of bomber and sixers as well as reasonable prices. Chimay, Stone, Arrogant, Captain Lawrence, Smutty Nose, Brooklyn, Defiant, Blue Point, Butternuts, Keegan, Saranac, Southhampton, Weyerbacher, Otter Creek, Sierra Nevada, Samuel Smiths Just to name a few. Nice cold bomber selection as well as a separate section of shelves with room temp bombers. Great service, just mention a beer and they will due their best to get it for you. Asked the owner to get Otter Creek Stovepipe Porter and it was there in less than a week. Just recently added three taps for growler service, a nice addition. Skibbos is the only place in the Bronx to meet your craft beer needs. The prices are reasonable and once in a while he will throw in a free glass.

Skibbo's Discount Beer & Soda in Bronx, NY
95 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.