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Sam's Fine Wine, Spirits & Beer

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10 Ratings
Ratings: 10
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.28
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5050 Sunset Blvd
Lexington, South Carolina, 29072-9255
United States
phone: (803) 808-1835

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Ratings: 10 | Reviews: 8
Reviews by mattkoon:
Photo of mattkoon
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

i love going to sam's the staff is very helpful and you can tell they enjoy talking about beer. plus they have a a very respectable selection. i also like how you can buy single beers and customize a six pack. that way you can try many beers at once. they also have sampling on friday nights. the staff is always willing to give you good advice and recomendations. their prices are fairly good too. i always look forward to trip to sam's i feel like a kid in a candy store when im there. if you get a chance stop by they're wide open!

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Photo of spideyns
4.69/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I've only recently discovered this store and from the first time I went there, I was thoroughly impressed. They have a surprisingly good selection for the size of the store (at all three locations). The main store on sunset is the best one. Their staff is super friendly, and from the first time I set foot into their store, one of the vendors went out of his way to hook me up with a hard to find beer. Friendly, knowledgeable staff, better than average selection and competitive prices. Sam's is now my first stop when I go on my beer snobbery circuit. They can't compete with a certain other large store when it comes to volume and selection, but they win out in accessibility, friendliness and camaraderie.

Photo of ocmpoma
4/5  rDev -6.5%

visited on 27 Nov 09:

Located on route 378 between Lexington and Columbia, Sam's is a beer shop next to a co-owned and operated wine and liquor store. The selection was very good - plenty of craft brews from both coasts of the US (Allagash, Rogue, Stone, Breckenridge, Victory) and a fair share of European brews, too (Wiehanstephaner, Chimay, Franziskaner, Duvel).

While the selection was not outstanding, it was far better than any of the other shops we stopped out while in the area; my friend who I'm out here visiting tells me you have to go into downtown Columbia to find a better selection. As it was, we stocked up on some Stone and made a sixpack from the singles lining one wall.

The staff was helpful and knowledgable, commenting on the beers in the shop as well as others that they had in the past or were hoping to acquire. Definitely a great neighborhood beer store.

Photo of Gyle41386
3.7/5  rDev -13.6%

Lots of good beer at Sam's. They can't match Green's on Piney Grove, but they've got a lot of good stuff available. Love the wall of singles to mix a six pack. Beer Club is a nice bonus, as well. I feel bad giving the service a 3, but half of their staff deserves a 5, while the other half deserves a 1. A couple of the guys there are extremely knowledgeable and very helpful, but others are just clueless.

They have a pretty good selection of Rogue, Stone, Hoppin Frog, Southern Tier, Bear Republic, etc etc. I also like being able to buy the smaller bottles of Houblon Chouffe. They've got Black Albert, which, as far as I know, makes them one of only two stores in the area to have it.

Luckily, it's just off of I-20, so I can stop either on my way to Columbia or on my way back to Aiken.

Photo of hellomcfly
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%

Coming back into town this afternoon I drove right by my normal exit to downtown Columbia in order to visit Lexington to check this store out. I've seen several positive comments made about it in the forums and decided to swing by.

The best thing this store has going for it are the singles. The only other place that breaks down six packs in the area (that I know of) is Total Wine. Sure it is not that cost effective but a mixed six pack is somewhat of a luxury. Most of the interesting stuff is $2 a bottle with some coming in as low as $1.50. Others were as high as $3+. Their six pack and bomber selection was also top notch, matching anything in Columbia, including a few things I have not seen in Columbia.

There was a nice guy working the counter who seemed knowledgeable and was quick to help. He even commented that my bottle of Founder's Dirty Bastard was a nice choice and that anything produced by them was good stuff.

The attached liquor store was also well equipped. I will definitely go back.

Photo of khiasmus
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%

Just strolled in for the first time this morning, though I've been meaning to stop by for weeks.

Excellent store. I'm highly impressed. The selection for mixed sixers is astounding, as are several bombers that they have that are unavailable most everywhere else. Cellared selections (Unibroue 16), Seasonals that are way out of season (Night Tripper), Brand new beers that came out a couple weeks ago (Double dead guy, Sierra wet hop)... very impressive.

The staff was not super-knowledgeable about beer, but willing to help and make suggestions (he pointed out victory v-12 :-).

I will certainly be back, especially for those few hard-to-find selections, and to grab mixed sixers of things I've wanted to try but couldn't bring myself to swing a sixer.

Prices are reasonable... I was very surprised by a couple in particular, bombers that I've seen elsewhere for $8.99 selling for $6.49. Not a bad deal. Their 6 pack prices are rather comparable to other Columbia stores, a dollar higher here and there, perhaps.

Certainly worth the stop, and I'll wager I'll be back... soon.

Notably available: Stone, Smuttynose, Founders(full line, not just 3 beers), New holland(six different rare-ish beers), Weyerbacher, Rogue, Victory, Samichlaus, many more. Several beers seen that aren't available at other nearby stores.

Photo of jrmac2000
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%

I first came to this place a year ago, and it was good then. But now, thew selection is almost unbelieveable. A great selection of micros, imports, domestics, high gravs, and more. The staff has also learned a lot since that first time. I would recommend going in after 4:00 if you have questions about anything out of the ordinary. The crew that works the later shift certainly seems to know what they are doing.
Overall the best place to buy anything alcohol related in Lexington. I have also had a very easy time special ordering anything they did not have in stock.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Located on hwy 378 as one heads toward Lexington, this is a huge warehouse with beer, liquor and wine. As is standard in SC, there is a seperate entrance for the beer and wine section. The beer and wine are located in the far left entrance.

The guys working there greeted me promptly but really didnt know much about beer. Anything new is considered high gravity by everyone down here. Me: What is this Chimay? Them: Its a new high gravity. Me: What is imperial stout? Them: Its a new high gravity.

Prices were good and they encourage mising sixers, which is what I chose to do. Great Divide, Southampton, and Thomas Creek were my choices.

They have just about everything avaiable in SC: Southampton, Great Divide, Rogue, Terrapin. A nice, clean store with a good selection. If ever in this "suburb" of Columbia, you should stop by.

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Sam's Fine Wine, Spirits & Beer in Lexington, SC
93 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.