Homsi's Tobacco & Beer, Inc.
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Ratings: 5 | Reviews: 4 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by stumac:
3.6/5 rDev +23.7%
quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Apparently this is the best place to find beer in Lake Charles. I drove from Texas and came to this little joint. It looks like a run down gas station at first glance. Inside they are stocked up on:
Ola Dubh 12, 16, 30
Flying Dog Garde Dog
Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter
Unibroue 15 (two years old) and others
Rogue Dry Hopped Red, Uber Pils, Jazz and other bombers
Troegs Wheat, Doppelbock, Pils 6pks
Samichlaus and their Helles
St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout
Alba Scots Pine Ale
Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast
Mikkeller All Others Pale
Mikkeller Jackie Brown
etc etc etc...
The only problem there is that apparently nobody likes good beer around that area so all the beer just sits there. Most of the beer there was covered in dust and had black yeast in the bottles rendering them unwanted. The owner also wouldn't let you break 6pks! But out of all of the craziness, they did have this really hot cashier chick workin.
03-31-2009 04:26:40 | More by stumac
More User Reviews:
3.04/5 rDev +4.5%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I'm really torn on this place. On the one hand, they've got selections available at Homsi's that just don't seem to show up anywhere else within a reasonable driving distance inside or outside of town. On the other hand, it's a bit of a crap-shoot whether the selection's you're going for is even going to be worth buying, as the stock seems to never move. Were the "back wall" in this place where the craft beers are located in a better store (or generally known about at all), and the stock rotated through quickly enough, I'd rate this place higher. As it stands, it looks like the owner took a chance on some of the beer in there being more popular than it actually is, and stuff has a tendency to just sit...and sit...and sit. That's fine for some of the stuff he's got (I don't mind at all if the bottle of Thomas Hardy sitting on the shelf has been there for 2 years), but for more volatile/faster degrading picks it can be a pain. Unlike some of the reviewers, I haven't had any issues with the owner. I found him friendly and helpful, though I haven't tried to split any packs in there.
Ultimately, this place is just really weird. To see it from the outside and then walk into the store, you'd never expect to see some of the crafts they've got in stock. I mean, honestly, it looks like the kind of place where you expect the transactions to take place through bulletproof glass with a shotgun under the counter.
One nice thing I have noticed there--they seem to be the first place in the area to pick up any new offerings/seasonals from Abita, which, due to their local popularity, seem to sell out quickly enough to avoid sitting on the shelves until they're covered in thick layers of dust.
05-06-2011 14:19:51 | More by almundane
2.6/5 rDev -10.7%
quality: 2 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$
This place has a very large selection of craft and import beers. They have several Mikkeller beers, Thomas Hardy's Ale, Ola Dubh's, and probably the only place in LA or TX that I have seen care Jolly Pumpkin. A great selection, but very pricey as well.
The bad part, as already mentioned is the service and quality. Lots of dust and unwanted aging for some beers. No service at all, just an old guy that stares at you as you look through the selection and a clueless cashier.
Overall, one damn fine selection (maybe one of the best I have seen). So just for that alone it is worth a visit. Though this place needs to take better care of the beer and customer.
05-29-2009 17:06:11 | More by champ103
2.05/5 rDev -29.6%
quality: 2.5 | service: 1 | selection: 2.5 | $$$
Took a 3 hour car ride to get to this place, from Houston to Lake Charles; was it worth it....
Selection is kinda impressive, the guy could order a bunch more, had bits + pieces from Mikkeller, Troegs, 3 Fontein, Giradin, Oud Beersel, Zea, Harvieston, Rogue, Abita, crazy Lithuanian stuff, St-Ambroise, and Thomas Hardy..
impressed, i was until i got home...
This guy is in the wrong place, location and in his mind...
In the 30 minutes i was i the small aisle, probably 10 people came in and bought either a 32 ounce High Life, Schlitz Malt Liquor, or Bud Lite...Also, nearly all the bottles had some degree of dust, and some of the older bottles had lots of black sediment... over 50% i'd say were gone ...
and of the 12 bottles i bought, i have opened 8, 6 were bad...even after i checked and only took the better looking/date friendly bottles..
the guy running this place is a real prick, hovers at the endcap looking at me like i was going to steal, and no breaking six packs for someone willing to send hundreds .. but, the saving grace was the absolutely SmokiN hot chick working the counter..
you need good beer and are stuck in Lake Charles, try it out, but check every bottle for sediment and dust.. then throw it in the owners face.. just kidding Homsi.... then go gamble...
04-27-2009 13:10:34 | More by Onslow
Homsi's Tobacco & Beer, Inc. in Lake Charles, LA
- out of 100 based on 5 ratings.