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The Perfect Pour

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The Perfect PourThe Perfect Pour
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88 Ratings
Ratings: 88
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 4.35
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6630 Marie Curie Dr
Ste E
Elkridge, Maryland, 21075-6402
United States
phone: (443) 285-0702

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Ratings: 88 | Reviews: 61
Reviews by JohnnyS17:
Photo of JohnnyS17
4.85/5  rDev +11.5%

This place has become my go to for unique craft brews. It is like a grocery store for beer and wine...awesome! They have a great selection with a knowledgeable crew. Also, I have heard that you can put in requests if they do not have a beer or wine you would like to try.

The only problem with this place is that it has become so popular that parking has become an issue and it is usually relatively crowded inside. I would be surprised if they did not try to franchise and make more stores in the area.

Anyway, if you live in Howard County and you need unique beers this is the place to go.

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Photo of Marraybay
4.01/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Lots and lots of choices here and you can pull a bottle standalone from essentially any packaging, if the single isn't already on the the shelf, in order to build your own 6-pack: (Big thumbs up here.) There are also a number of bomber/standalone bottles available, including a very hefty number of imports:

However, lot's of stockage on low shelves, which is compounded by a lack of light and the many customers trying to get by you, as you stoop down onto the floor in many situations. (thumbs down here.)

A fair number of employees roaming free-range, asking if you need help.

Photo of Bodomnjk
4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5

Needs beers from breweries in Minnesota and Michigan.

Bell's (MI)
Surly (MN)
Summit (MN)

Bell's Two-Hearted Ale is one of the most popular craft beers in the Mid-west and Summit is one of the most well known breweries in MN, WI, IA, ND, and SD. Surly is also becoming extremely popluar in MN and growing exponentially. Some of the best IPA I have ever had; comparable to west coast IPA's such as Sierra Nevada Torpedo, Green Flash West Coast, and Stone IPA's.

Photo of DCgolfpro
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

This place has recently given State line a run for their money for best bottle shop in MD. Under new ownership their pricing has become reasonable. Their selection is unreal and the customer service is exceptional for a store of it's size.

Photo of bubseymour
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

I thought this place was amazing. The European beer offerings especially I found to be a wider selection than anywhere else I've been. Some complain about prices, but I found them reasonably priced and comparable to most bottle shops that sell singles over in Frederick, MD.

Photo of Jack_Frost79
4.79/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

The selection here is beyond compare (at least in Maryland). Everyone who works there is extremely knowledgeable and eager to help. Maybe a little too eager. You won't get out of there without being asked if you need anything about 10 times. That can be kind of annoying, but they do know their stuff and are everywhere. The Growler station has 12 beers on tap at all times. The only reason this place doesn't get a 5 is that their prices are higher than other places. Cindy's, also in Elkridge, has a good selection (but not as good) with better prices.

Photo of wrightst
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of SUP3RDAV3
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

when it comes tothe best selection in MD where else you gonna go ? PP always has the latest new releases as well as the staples that you need. While i often find fresher IPA's elsewhere, noone can touch their overall selection. The staff is very knowledgeable and friendly although the prices are very high. New growler section is second to none from Baltimore to philly and they will exchange any old growler for a new PP one.

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

The Perfect Pour is a love/hate bottle shop if there ever was one. The selection is unmatched for the area. They have nearly any beer you can think of that is distributed to the area. Craft, imports, limited beers, they have it all. The staff is also pretty knowledgable and usually pretty prominent. I was looking for about 10 minutes and was asked several times if I needed any help. The only drawback for me (and others) is the high price points. The majority of beers are at least 20% more expensive than other shops in the area. There have been some mentions of new ownership, but I didn't see much of a price change. Again, if you are looking for a specific beer and don't care about the cost, this place is a good bet to carry it. The guy I was with bought a case of Yards Brawler and was given a free Yards glass, which I thought was a nice gesture. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come.

Photo of magnumpoppy
3.88/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

They have an exellent selection but the prices are insanely high. 6-pack are 1-2bucks above average. bombers are 30 to 100% above normal prices. They will most likely have what you are lookin for but you will PAY for it. I do not know if I will ever go back but for now I will avoid this place till they have more fair prices

Photo of gillagorilla
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I originally came here for the cider (they do have the best cider selection in MD). Once, I got into beer it was convenient that they have one of the best selections in all of MD, but they were also close to UMBC.

It is very well-lit and the layout is well-planned, but it can get pretty cramped after a delivery day and they rearranged stuff the first few times I went, but now it seems very stable.

They have specific people for wine, spirits, and beer, but there is usually at least one for each on duty. Some are nicer with customers than others. Two of the beer guys are really nice and make great recommendations.

PP has probably the best selection in the area, but this must be taken with a grain of salt. They are notorious in MD for their price gouging, and I have recently come to realize this. I was going to get my first mix six there and it came to about $35, to which I declined (these were just average beers). So, I found out about Honeygo and got an arguably better/more expensive mix six plus a DFH 750ml for the same price. They are also pretty good with freshness, but their Mikkeller's are pretty old. Also, their singles/bombers pricing is horrible. They do sell jeroboams and the incredibly rare stuff though.

Also, they have a member's card but it is only for the very rare specials, but they are usually only a dollar and after something has gone old, but sometimes it is steal. They also only refrigerate packs of stuff and usually only stuff that sells quickly (BMC).

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
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!

Photo of CrazyEasyBartender
4.51/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

My go to beer store in Columbia. Have pretty much everything I am looking for and the occasional rarity which is nice. My go to staff member is Ken and he always has recommendations and advice for me which is helpful since I'm a budding craft beer enthusiast. Prices may be a little bit higher but I really don't mind. With so much selection it's at times hard to go in and just buy one or two things. I usually walk out with more beer than I anticipated but its because I'm curious to try things not because the staff pushes you to buy it. Bothers me a little that their distributor for dogfish head likes to play games because I want my new beers on time! Excited for the American Beauty release later this year and Ken said it may take a while to get it in the store because of the distributor. Not a deal breaker and really only pertains to DFH and Stone. Overall if you live close to Columbia you should check out The Perfect Pour. Nice staff and good selection.

Photo of TychoNDC
4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75

This is my go-to bottle shop when I am in the Columbia area. They carry pretty much every beer available in MD, including limited releases (in limited quantities of course). The shop is packed with beer, but remains navigable so long as there aren't too many people there. The service tends to be very good, unfortunately as the shop carries wine, liquor, and beer (with an excellent selection of each, particularly scotch), their staff tend to be specialized as well. As a result, when things are busy, it can be hard to track down a beer guy to ask about a particular brew.

As has been mentioned in other reviews, they do tend to be a bit pricey for the area, but I don't find them outrageous for most items. The rare bombers do seem to be more expensive, but I usually avoid them out of concern for my budget anyways!

All in all, I have enjoyed every visit to The Perfect Pour, and continue to look forward to coming in. I can easily spend 30 minutes+ browsing the shelves and always come away with a beer I wasn't expecting.

Photo of stollio
2.73/5  rDev -37.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3

The selection has always been one of the best in the state, that is not the problem. The staff try hard but dont seem to be very well informed. But the main problem is the pricing. It used to be ok as there were very few places that carried a good selection, but now there are lots of options all with better prices. I nw only go when I cant find what i am looking for anywhere else which is rare.

Photo of CaptFrothy
3.8/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Excellent selection of beers especially American ones.

This place is 10 minutes from my house, after many visits I now only go when seeking something hard to find that I need for a special reason, I just can't stomach the price gouging.

Examples of the prices that pizz me off - Everybody else, Corsendonk Christmas 6 pack with glass - $17.99. Perfect Poor - $17.99 for a 4 pack, no glass.
Goose Island BCBS - everybody else, $5-6 a bottle. PP... $12 a bottle.
Chimay Speciale Cent Cinquante - everybody else $24.. Perfect Poor - $34.

State Line has a better selection and way better prices.

Photo of Jtc2811
3.9/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

The perfect pour has a great number of benefits and disadvantages. On the 1 hand, their staff is very knowledgeable, and very helpful. They have a truly amazing selection of beer wine and liquor. Damn near everything that you can buy in maryland you can find at the perfect pour. They have a specially dazzling array of belgian beers, including most beers by mikkeller. The even have rare things that you would not normally find in maryland , including special release 1 offs. They are often the first store to get a new release.

All of that said, there are a number of negatives to the store. First, it is very crowded. When there are more than 5 er 6 people in the store for beer, it is nearly impossible to move. Boxes 20 feet high clutter the hallway. Second, it can be very difficult to find what you want without looking through the entire stock. There seems to be very little rhyme or reason to the organization. Finally, and this is my biggest complaint, the store is guilty of insane price gouging. It seems that releases That the owners believe will sell well Can go for as much as 3 * the market price. If you want to buy rare beer here, you really need to do your research first.

Photo of djbow
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

If you can distribute it in Maryland, odds are you can find it at the Perfect Pour. The selection of beer offered at the Perfect Pour is second to none in the State. When my usual haunts are out of a particular beer this is my go to place.

The staff is attentive when hailed and they know beer. Unlike many other stores in MD, the Perfect Pour is more beer that wine or spirit focused. This becomes apparent when you become lost in row after row of beer.

The only down side to the Perfect Pour is their prices. On average, they are 20 - 60% higher than other merchants on more exotic or limited production beer choices. This said, their pricing is competitive and at time less expensive that other on the more "vanilla" craft beer and macro beer varieties.

In conclusion, if you live in MD and are searching for a hard to find ber, give the Perfect Pour a call. Odds are they will fill you order if it is sold in MD.

Photo of jimmy666
3.74/5  rDev -14%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5

I recently went back to this place to see if anything had changed. The selection is still top notch, service is still the same though. I asked for a certain beer and was told i did not want that and I should get something else.

The prices are a little higher on some everyday stuff and down right outlandish on hard to get stuff.If you absolutly have to have something and are in the area stop there but don't expect to get any deals.

I would also check the dates on some of the bottles because while finding a 3 or 4 year old Imperial stout is a good thing it is not good for an IPA or a pale Ale.

Photo of hogdishfed
3/5  rDev -31%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 5

This the the Mecca of craft beer. Whether you're looking for domestic or import, single or six, bomber or sixtel - they likely have what you're looking for. If you read all the reviews here, it's obvious Perfect Pour has got the goods.

But Caveat Emptor - they like to play silly little games with their pricing. When other retailers have a seasonal beer in stock at reasonable prices, you will often find that Perfect Pour is strangely "out of stock". Then, when those other retailers sell out, the beer magically appears on Perfect Pour shelves - at jacked-up prices. $21 for a six of FD Fear? A few weeks ago other stores were selling it for half that price - but Perfect Pour "hadn't received their shipment yet". Trust me, Perfect Pour is the FIRST retailer to get their shipment.

I used to love this place - now it appears they've let the beer go to their heads. I only go there if I'm desperate.

Photo of smakawhat
4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Situated in Howard County Maryland is the Perfect Pour.

Of all the things that I heard, it sounded like another version of Total Wine in NOVA. And in many ways it is like that. Large warehouse store, strip mall location with a giant parking lot, really not exciting. The beer takes up half the store surrounded by cases that give the impression of claustrophobia.

Inside though it is a crammed mess of cases and shelved beers with probably one of the largest foreign and somewhat craft domestic selections in the area. The German selection is particularly impressive, along with the rest of Europe. I was even shocked to see many obscure Drie Fontinen, de Molen and Tilquin show up here, looking like they have hardly even been glanced at.

Service is fine, but once shaded on the side of arrogance. Tell you what, I am looking for this, don't tell me what you think I should have... OK??? good.. glad we're on the same page now... However, they will answer any questions without any problem, and the main manager is a real nice guy.

Selection though here is even a step up above the large warehouse stores (Total Wine) in Northern Virginia. It only lacks based on distribution, (you will not find any Founders here, and of course Terrapin is only around these parts in Northern Virginia).

Prices are surprisingly reasonable considering that Montgomery county is really jacking up stuff lately. Items here were respectable even in the comparison of DC when I put them both side by side, but it does add up to start getting up there.

Fantastic selection, even if the store is a little crammed and chaotic to find things. There are some obscure gems here based on the fact that it doesn't seem like it's a destination for more beer fiends. (De Molen, Drie Fontinen, Dieu De Ciel etc..).

There's a lot to choose from around here, and they have the equivalent of a discount frequent buyer program membership also. Sounds like an excuse to come back and visit.

Photo of shwillivanilli
4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Perfect Pour was always an exciting trip when I would go. Its a fair sized place, but it is stocked out! Tons of everything, but still organized and easy to shop. They have a ton of beers from a lot of good breweries. Anything Mikkeller you can think of, a lot of Goose Island, including a Rare on the shelf, Bruery Coton, Maron Acidifie, and Cuir! Great selection from anyone that's distrubuted in MD. They even had Evolution Migration Series, Winter and Spring still. I love coming here, I always find good things. My bank account hates it though!

Photo of wdeck9
3.73/5  rDev -14.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 5

I have been going to this beer store for several years now since it is close to family when I come to visit. Some positives of the place are that there is an incredible selection of Maryland beers, US crafts, and imports. They have a ton of German, Scandanavian, and Belgian beers. Their Mikkeller selection is huge. All in all if you are looking for a specific beer this place probably has the biggest selection in the area without any competition. Now for the negatives, as previous posts have already mentioned - the people working there could care less about real beer advocacy....they get their hands on some real limited beers and instead of first-come-first-serve they jack up the price 2-fold to 4-fold what it should be. Ridiculous. Besides that practice, their beers tend to be more expensive than anywhere else in the area but is usually fine if it is the only place you can get it. It's worth a stop if you are looking to find something good but expect to not find a bargain.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.59/5  rDev -17.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

The place is a bit crowded, but seeing as the shelves are teeming with beer and wine, I guess I can't complain.

The Perfect pour carries a variety of American craft brews, including some nice limited releases, like Brooklyn Black Ops and Goose Island Bourbon County Rare Stout. I'll refer back to this later.

I was asked several times by a few different employees if I needed any help. I appreciate the willingness to offer assistance. That being said, I overheard an employee giving a customer false information about beers and breweries on two occasions during my brief visit. I know you're trying to help, but check yo self before you wreck yo self.

$40 Black Ops (used to be $50, maybe they felt awkward after all the negative press) and Bourbon County Rare for nearly $100. I believe Fou' Foune was $65. Life and Limb was $30. How 'bout no. I don't think so. Homey don't play dat. This falls into the customer service category, in my opinion. That is NOT beer advocacy, NOT cool.

Worth a stop if you're in the area, though State Line Liquors is a much better choice.

Photo of akorsak
4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Lunch at Victoria Gastro Pub. My trusty companion, TomTom, tells me that The Perfect Pour is only 2 miles away. A minor detour on the way to the Greenbelt metro station.

Atmosphere: In a strip mall, I wasn't expecting this. A large store, stacked with wooden shelves showcasing wine, liquor, and beer. The beer is on the far wall and surrounding aisles. And there is plenty of it. I don't think that I've seen that much beer in one place in a long, long time.

Quality: Large and nicely laid out. I was surprised that, despite the people working the floor, I was only greeted by the cashier.

Service: I did ask a question and got a quick response. I also noted the staff helping someone else out with German biers.

Selection: American, Belgian, German, English, Canadian, Russian, Japanese - all well represented. The American and Belgian walls are particularly impressive. Goose Island, Stillwater, Great Divide, Mikeller. I'd go on and on but there isn't a need to. If you've never been, get over there.

Food: N/A

I've heard people complain about the prices but I didn't feel that they were out of line (a caveat, I'm used to buying singles in PA).

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The Perfect Pour in Elkridge, MD
96 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.