The Perfect Pour
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Reviews by Jeffreysan:
4.34/5 rDev +0.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | $$$
The Perfect Pour is an exceptional liquor store in Howard County, located in a strip mall anchored by a Costco just off of I-95 and MD-175.
It has quite an extensive selection of wine, a great selection of liquor, especially bourbon, vodka and scotch. But its beer selection is insane. The Perfect Pour has quite possibly the best selection of Belgian, English, German and American craft beers that I've seen in the Mid-Atlantic/Northern VA/DC/MD area. They even carry several bottles of mead, which I don't really see much elsewhere. Practically the entire back wall of the store is dedicated to American craft brews, displayed on shelving going about 10 to 12 feet high. European beer, arranged by county, are displayed on another shelving opposite the wall shelving.
In addition to six packs, and four packs, the Perfect Pour sells an extensive selection of 22 ounce and 750 ml bottles. Further, shoppers are permitted to make mixed six packs of 12 ounce bottles from virtually every beer they sell in 12 ounce bottles, an option that I’ve taken advantage of many times, in fact practically every time I’ve gone into the store.
The store’s staff is very helpful and knowledgeable, and unlike other reviewers, I’ve never had a problem with them “recommending” a beer that I didn’t want. Every staff member that I’ve interacted with have been very respectful and they even help carry your purchases out to your car if, like me, you’ve bought several cases worth of beer at one time.
The other negatives that other reviewers have mentioned, specifically, parking and how cramped the store are valid, but if you’re patient, it isn’t really that bad. Well, except for the parking. It sucks.
As for their prices. Many reviewers have complained about how expensive some of the prices are, especially for the rarer beers. Unfortunately, I cannot attest to this, as for the most part, I’ve not seen the rarer beers anywhere else in the area, at least not in the quantity that the Perfect Pour has.
Overall, I love this store!
04-17-2013 02:11:51 | More by Jeffreysan
More User Reviews:
4.28/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
The beer staff is knowledgeable and eager to help. Great group. Even the wine side will try to help, and are not completely lost on the beer side.
The selection of beers cannot be beat. I have yet to find a beer store, coast to coast, that compares, let alone beats this store. You pay for the selection, however. For commonly available beers, you can probably go around the corner and save a dollar or more per six-pack. In my opinion, this is totally worth it. I'll take selection over bargains any day of the week.
My only complaint is that the wine side seems to be growing as of early 2014, and encroaching on the beer side. It certainly hasn't hurt their selection, and the current American beer scene will keep new things constantly coming in.
Great place, and I'll keep coming back.
04-26-2014 02:28:13 | More by wrightst
The Perfect Pour in Elkridge, MD
95 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.