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The Village Beer Merchant

The Village Beer MerchantThe Village Beer Merchant
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

21 Ratings
Ratings: 21
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.31%
$$$ - a bit pricey


[ Store ]

547 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, New York, 14222-1815
United States
phone: (716) 881-1080

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @buffalovbm

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(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-12-2008)
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GreesyFizeek

New York

3.64/5  rDev -15.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$

A bit disappointed. Nothing here that I couldn't find elsewhere. The selection would be good for somebody who hadn't tried as much beer. Still a good selection nonetheless, just nothing crazy when I went.

They have a good looking growler area that I didn't patronize. Glassware available for purchase as well.

01-24-2014 21:08:48 | More by GreesyFizeek
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Michael_D

New York

4/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | $$$

2 Village Beer Merchants around here. They have a pretty good selection at both stores, especially compared to other stores in the city. The only issue is they are a few dollars more expensive on average. Sometimes it's worth it for the close drive. Employees are cool, but they aren't always around to shoot the stuff with.

01-31-2013 03:05:10 | More by Michael_D
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soze47

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Stopped by here on my way through town. Some great finds that I was glad to find. I walked out with some Cantillion (on the shelf no less), Great Lakes Blackout Stout four-pack, and a growler of St. James Stout from Ellticotville.

Nice atmosphere, like a gourmet shop vibe. Great looking selection of NY locals on one shelf, US on other, Foreign offerings on another. Nice glassware and other gourmet item inventory too, but I didn't look too closely at that stuff. Service was friendly, but I found that I knew a lot more about their inventory than the guy that was helping me.

A nice shop with a few finds I was hoping to come across on my trip.

01-09-2012 23:22:24 | More by soze47
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Beejis60

New York

4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$

Usually a damn good selection. A bit too pricey though; usually Consumers is QUITE a bit cheaper if they have the same beer... but that's a huge if. Village Beer Merchant always has a handful of beers I've never had and the tap selection is nice too from time to time. Just picked up a growler of Mikkeller Coffee Bean IPA so that was a HUGE freaking score for me. Never expected anyone around here to ever have any Mikkellers on tap.
All in all, the atmosphere is good, seems kinda like a more crafty, more quaint Premier. Great selection, but not excellent... some beers I just don't feel like they need there, honestly. Service is superb. The dude at the counter always has a good recommendation or five for me when I'm in the mood to spend cash.

12-12-2011 17:54:47 | More by Beejis60
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trxxpaxxs

New York

4/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$

The Village Beer Merchant is located in the middle of Buffalo's Elmwood Village, right down the street from two of Buffalo's best bars (Cole's and The Blue Monk). So if you're on a mission for beer, make sure you hit all three places.

VBM usually has a really solid selection of beers. They carry imports and domestic, and usually have a few rare beers behind the counter. They also feature 20+ rotating taps for growler fills, and the tap variety is wonderful (local, one-time-only, and standard favorites).

The only knock I have on the Village Beer Merchant is that their prices are a bit higher than other stores in Buffalo, and on numerous occasions I have seen tons of empty shelf space.

But the staff is very friendly and helpful, so don't hesitate to ask an employee if there is something specific you are looking for. If you're in Buffalo, the Village Beer Merchant is a must.

09-16-2011 21:26:16 | More by trxxpaxxs
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cratez

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$

Second best beer store in Buffalo with a beautiful, clean, and open layout and countless speciality items like gourmet meats and cheeses.

Hundreds of bottles to choose from with 20 taps for growler fills. Expansive selection of American and Belgian micros with some impressive UK (Samuel Smith) and German (Ayinger) offerings as well.

I grabbed a case of beer that included Fantôme Hiver, Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye and Red Rocket, Great Divide 17th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA, Victory Hop Wallop, Mikkeller IBeatU, and Ithaca Flower Power IPA, among others.

The service on my visit was excellent as the clerk chatted to me the entire time I was shopping. He suggested a handful of noteworthy beers (particularly the new arrivals) and gave me a Bell’s HopSlam as I was checking out. Unbelievable!

Overall, this is a must-visit when shopping for beer in Buffalo, although Premier has a slightly larger, cheaper, and in some cases fresher selection than Village. Still, I will undoubtedly be returning here when I find myself back in the city. An outstanding beer store.

05-24-2011 19:40:30 | More by cratez
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dam0ne4

New York

4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$

Great location, great selection, great staff, it's definitely my go to place for beer. As already mentioned, it's smaller than Premier Gourmet, but the intimate setting and the neighborhood make you feel more at home. They have a great deli and other gourmet food offerings and also have about 6-8 beers on tap. They are always having beer tasting events so definitely look them up on facebook to find out what's going on. The staff is very helpful and knowledgeable if you're undecided or looking to try something new.

03-16-2011 02:02:06 | More by dam0ne4
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psycle

New York

3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$

Lots of beer for a small gourmet shop. Not quite the vast selection of Premier but you can still find some brews not found anywhere else. Very friendly staff with most being knowledgeable of the beer they sell. Not all the beers are available as singles but if you ask nicely, they have broken up a six-pack for me. Medium size cooler along the back wall. Also a growler filling station with a nice selection.
This store also has a deli and gourmet food.
Not too far down the road from Premier, this is a good place to either start or end up at.

11-29-2010 05:13:26 | More by psycle
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -7.6%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$

This place is a must-visit for anyone dong a Buffalo beer run. Overall, the selection is not as good as Premier Gourmet but you will find a number of beers here that aren't at Premier, including a number if Die du Ciel beers. I actually went here after a huge purchase at Premier and still managed to find a couple of interesting beers that weren't at Premier (or Consumers).

Staff is also very helpful and the atmosphere is must more intimate than Premier - in case you need a little help picking out a few bottles.

06-07-2010 02:34:24 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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WeedKing4

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -7.6%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$

A nice little shop. Pretty solid selection overall, but not as good as Premier Gourmet. Its a little more expensive too. Everything on my shopping list was a dollar or two more here, then at PG. Solid selection of american craft beer, and from other countries too. Good selection of bombers, and some 12 oz singles, and the rest is mostly in 6 or 4 pks. Some bottles look like they have been sitting there for awhile though. But still, a very solid store, with good selection. Not used to this kind of selection from where I am. Just wish Buffalo was closer.

11-08-2009 12:03:11 | More by WeedKing4
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The Village Beer Merchant in Buffalo, NY
94 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.