The Village Beer Merchant
Ratings: 24 | Reviews: 19 | Display Reviews Only:
3.84/5 rDev -11.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | $$$
A very classy shop, near Cole's bar and therefore right off the Peace Bridge. This allows a new option for Canadians to shop for bottles if they can't get far enough to Premiere. The comparisons start. Premiere has more selection, particularly with their very liberal singles policy, much spottier service,more food and soda with your beers, more parking, and closer to the main though more expensive Buffalo shopping haunts. Village is more navigatable aisles, slightly better pricing, and of course a different part of town.
06-09-2014 13:18:02 | More by Sammy
3.64/5 rDev -16.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
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
4/5 rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | $$$
2 Village Beer Merchants around here. They have a pretty good selection at both stores, especially compared to other stores in the city. The only issue is they are a few dollars more expensive on average. Sometimes it's worth it for the close drive. Employees are cool, but they aren't always around to shoot the stuff with.
01-31-2013 03:05:10 | More by Michael_D
4.43/5 rDev +2.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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
4.41/5 rDev +1.6%
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
The Village Beer Merchant in Buffalo, NY
95 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.