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Crown Liquors #19

Not Rated.
Crown Liquors #19Crown Liquors #19
BA SCORE
99
world-class

28 Ratings
Ratings: 28
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 6.06%
[ Store ]

12480 N Meridian St
Carmel, Indiana, 46032-4576
United States
phone: (317) 706-0850

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(Place added by: sprinkle on 06-29-2008)
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Reviews by thirdeye11:
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

I found this store when I asked in the Great Lakes forum where to buy beer in/around Indianapolis. I already had a list going of what I wanted. I got several various recommendations, but one recommendation that kept appearing was Crown in Carmel. Then both the General Manager and Bobby (who is perhaps an assistant GM) chimed in on the thread, re-posted the listing of beers I wanted, checked the shelves to make sure they had them all, and then brought over some others I had listed and stuck them in back for me. Talk about service, wow! I decided then I wasn't going anywhere else. Why would I need to?

When I arrived I was amazed how clean the store was. This place is spotless. Bobby greeted me, helped me find everything I was looking for, cracked open a Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueuze to share, and loaded everything up into a basket and helped me shop. They also offered to package everything for me so it could be shipped back to Texas. I wasn't going to risk taking this on an airplane.

Needless to say I was impressed all the way around. The best possible service I could have gotten.

Selections ranged from Upland (even some rare lambic stuff), Founders, Bell's, Mikeller, Drie Fonteinen, Cantillon, Peche Mortel, Rochefort, Goose Island, Three Floyd's, Jolly Pumpkin, and so many others I can't even recall. They literally had everything a beer geek could want and more. It's been mentioned before but I'll mention it again, they had Lost Abbey and the extremely rare Russian River sours. While priced high due to the way they were purchased, it's the only way they could legally sell them at retail so I applaud them. How else would you get them in Indiana anyway?

Discount given for BA members as well made the price reasonable as far as I'm concerned. I was quite happy with everything here and can't complain a bit.

thirdeye11, May 12, 2009
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4.87/5  rDev +5.4%

The only bad thing I can say is that I don't live closer! I had the opportunity to visit this store while staying in Carmel for a soccer tournament. Zack and Rachel were amazing! Not only did Zack spend about 30 minutes with me just talking about the various local beers with me, Rachel even called their other Carmel store to see if they had more 3 Floyd's. Service was impeccable. I happened to bring a bunch of beers with me so I brought a couple back later that day they didn't carry, Nugget Necter, White Rajah, and Flower Power. I was so happy to see their faces light up when a fellow beer geek brought those in to share. You truly are missing out if you don't take the time to stop here when in Indy. Only about 3 minutes off 465. Best beer buying experience EVER!

ryhayes, May 06, 2013
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4.46/5  rDev -3.5%

Not bad. Lots of stuff I couldn't find at home in Illinois. Not
only Upland, Three Floyds, and Sun King. I even saw some Jester King! Found some nice Brew Dog, Mikkeller, Bruery, Goose Island, and Schlafly.

The guys there were nice and helpful. They seemed shocked that I was spending so much.

guytyping, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of IronCitySteve
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

A: This store is a big, wide open beer, wine and liquors store. There are tons of beer and wine to choose from in this big, spacious and clean store. There is plenty of space betwen the aisles, so you do not have to worry about knocking stuff off the shelves.

Q: Tough to guage the quality of the brews on the shelves, but the brews I purchased and the wine I purchased were definitely stored correctly. Both tasted as they should.

Ser: Friendly service indeed. Nobody pushing you to buy anything or something you did not want. The staff knew their stuff and were really helpful in picking out items in a certain price range based on a person's taste.

Sel: They have a nice selection of warm and chilled brews. It is also a varying sort of brews from Belgium, USA, Canada, England, Germany, Russia...etc. Found some nice amounts of Three Floyds, Bells, DFH, Bruery, Lagunitas Heavy Seas, Founders, Hoppin Frog, Boulevard, Dark Horse and Sierra Nevada. Really nice selections of varying styles and countries. I like stopping here when in town as it has plenty of offerings not available in PA.

O: This is, for me, the best place in the Indy area to stop for beer/wine. Lots of options. They also have plenty of tastings at this location and others as well. If you are in the area, it would be a must stop for brews.

IronCitySteve, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of mdvatab
4.16/5  rDev -10%

Heard that this was one of the prime bottle shops in town (rated one of the top in the WORLD on the "other" beer site...). I'd visited Crown Liquors in Downtown Indy previously, so I wanted to visit #19 to compare.

Clean, spacious feel to the store upon entering. A long L-shaped stretch of beer coolers runs along the back wall straight ahead from the entrance. The warm beer shelves run parallel to this back wall.

Just opposite the long wall of beer coolers is a single bottle shelf, which includes craft bombers and singles from the middle to the right end. From the middle to the left are import singles. I spent a good 30 minutes soaking it all in. Some harder-to-find recently-released brews, and also some older ones (like Goose Island Christmas Ale), lined the craft shelves. The import single bottle selection was about as good as any I've seen in town.

Upon checking the coolers, I noticed some holes. When I checked w/ the store clerk regarding the absence of FFF Gumballhead, she stated that they couldn't get their hands on any; that there was a state-wide shortage. (I'd seen plenty of it, though, at my favorite haunt recently.) On a positive note, though, I found some Bruery Autumn Maple, and also Three French Hens among others.

While this store is not my new favorite, I was pleasantly surprised. I'll definitely be heading back from time to time.

mdvatab, Sep 08, 2011
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4.16/5  rDev -10%

I stopped in this store the other day after noticing it on the way to a wedding reception close by the week before. It's kind of hard to spot from Meridian. This store has a very nice selection of craft and high quality imports on shelves in the back part of the store. Their cooler door selection wasn't the greatest but the room temp shelves were pretty phenomenal. It must've been just under 750 or so different items total. They didn't have everything available in the area but they had a nice selection of sours, including Drie Fonteinen Kriek and La Choulette Framboise (which I'd been looking for for awhile for the girlfriend). I don't think they get the most traffic in the world because they had a few items that have been sold out for awhile in highly concentrated areas. I spent about twenty minutes browsing. The service was ok, the only guy working let me browse for awhile before asking if I needed anything but didn't really go out of his way to let me know if they had any monthly sales or interesting bottles. He seemed a little distracted, but I'm kind of hard to please. Overall this is a fantastic store and well worth a stop. I'll have to stop back in soon.

aasher, Aug 22, 2011
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4.3/5  rDev -6.9%

Liquor and Wine store with a great selection of craft beers before imports and domestic. The real strength of this place is their singles selection. A TON of single bottle beers as well as six packs. The downside of this place is their prices - a little too over priced in my opinion. I was also a little bummed by the service. I bought a BORIS Stout that was marked down on sale. It turned out that the sale tag was old and no one removed it. Unfortunately, they still made me pay full price despite their mistake.

kjc51478, May 20, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

Q: The store itself is clean and in a nice part of town. Dedicated to Wine, Beer, Spirits and Cigars with no real bias in any direction from what I can see.

Svc: EDITED - I've been in there a few times (all since 2009) and never really been approached by anyone. The times that I've interacted with the guys at the register indicated their lack of knowledge about beers. No one was rude, though, which is a plus. I was recently in there and was helped out with great service. The Employee also seemed to know a lot about beer and we engaged in a good, lengthy conversation about different beers, distributions, trades, etc. I have bumped the score up to a 4.5 from a 3.0 based upon this an a couple other things that make me believe that appreciate their beer geeks.

S: The selection is interesting. They have the usual national stuff (Stone, Rogue, etc) as well as the Indiana beers. There are a few things that I found here, such as some of the Allagash special brews, or some tough to find Rogues, that are impressive. I also found some Unibroue 15 here in early 2010, and I bought all 3 bottles. The selection will satisfy a beer geek, as every time I've been there I've bought something. I think that the good thing about this place is that the regular shoppers don't exactly know that they may be looking at a really hard to find beer, or a beer that was bottled 3 years ago and is a vintage.

P: I've been to a lot of beer stores in Indiana, N. Kentucky and South & West Ohio. I would have to say that this is one of the most expensive store's I've visited. I can only really speak for the single bottles, from broken down 6ers to the 750ml Belgians. For instance, the Allagash above and the Unibroue above were all above what I've seen them for when I've found them at other stores. The broken down Bell's singles are even more expensive than at other stores. I have also found some issues with the pricing, where it is incorrectly labeled. I am not a big fan of getting to the cash register and being charged an extra dollar per bottle. Maybe the 6-packs or cases are reasonable, but I steer clear of this store for regular purchases due to pricing.

If I am really looking for something specific around town and am having a tough time finding it, this store makes the list of stops (especially since it is close to home). For a bottle of St. Bernardus, Delerium or even some Stone, I've got other places in the immediate area for a better price. But, like I said, if you are looking for a vintage or hard to find and don't mind paying extra $, I'd look here. It's at least worth the stop.

claaark13, Oct 18, 2010
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4.2/5  rDev -9.1%

Mike definitely knows what he's doing with this place. Some of the rare stuff that he brings in is amazing. They've dwindled down a bit but he had a bunch of LA and RR brews in. Lots of rarer beers and Belgians are here, too. You'll find the best of the area in here, too. The selection is pretty damn big, especially with all the wine pressing in. Mike has a great staff employeed here and they all know what they're talking about and even offer a 5% discount to BA and RB members. They are pretty expensive here, and maybe a bit more than the normal in Indy. Still a fantastic establishment.

pwoods, May 11, 2010
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4.65/5  rDev +0.6%

A great store that prides itself on knowing its beer, wine, and liquor. Good helpful staff that are interested in getting to know you and your tastes. Great selection of what's available in Indiana, including most special releases and specialties in craft beer. Sometimes limited on special releases more than other stores, but my staple go-to for virtually any and every beer related interest or inquiry.

Head here to find great locals (including some you won't find elsewhere), and good advice on new releases or some harder to find regionals. Good selection of locals, american craft, and belgian/worldwide beer.

lightindarkness, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of brundo4
4.3/5  rDev -6.9%

This is a great store. Tawney, the manager, is cool and knowledgeable. A very chill lady. The selection is great. One long row on bombers and singles and a big L row of coolers. Tons of belgians, interesting imports like baladin, American craft and everything in between. Some hard to find treats like Birra del Borgo, De Molen and things like that are there. Rare to find vintage goodies though. The staff always knows what's in and the store stays well-stocked. There's also a wealth of wine and spirits, of course.

brundo4, Mar 11, 2010
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4.85/5  rDev +5%

This is not exactly on my way home from work but it was definitely worth the trip.

I wondered where the warm beer was when I first walked in. There was a huge selection of wine, which is good. I walked to the back where the coolers were. There is a long isle of nothing but craft and import beers. There were tons of singles to choose from. The people were very helpfull. I was able to sample a few of the brews.

I got a mixer six pack of new to me beers. Cannot wait to try them and rate them. I will have to stop by next time I am in the area.

Brettster, Nov 09, 2009
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

It is an absolute blessing to have this store in the community. Crown#19 is a big reason for a growing craft beer following in the area.

If there is a craft beer that can make it to and be sold in Indiana, you won't have any issues finding it here. There is a long back wall that is completely cold storage. Facing the coolers is an amazing shelf selection of domestic and import craft beer. Case stacks of new releases are at the ends of the long row or anywhere there is space, and there are plenty of singles to try. There is not a single item out of place or covered in dust. This shop is clean and tight!

The service is a big reason why I and many BAs love stopping by. Mike (BA: Sprinkle) always responds quickly to beermail and gives you all the time in world to talk beer, events, releases, etc. You meet him once and it's as though you've know him for years. Mike has pulled bombers for me from new cases as the delivery guy was still bringing them in. I can't say enough about the quality of service here.

Beer moves through this store and off the shelves quickly. I am always pleased with the quality of my purchases.

The service, quality, and selection at this shop is why people near and far flock to it. Don't miss an opportunity to visit!

WhiteRiverSuds, Sep 18, 2009
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4.65/5  rDev +0.6%

Stopped by this Crown location out in Caramel specifically to pick up something for my brother who tells me Mike & Bobby out here are simply great and very helpful. Neither were in when I got there, but BA Sephiroth was working and was extremely helpful. He took time to talk to me about what I liked, made recommendations and was all around very knowledgeable and friendly. For a smaller store, they had a pretty good selection of domestic and imported craft beers in bombers, packs of bottles and singles. They had individual pricing for single 12 oz. bottles, as well as some bottles eligible for creating mixed sixers. This is definitely a place for me considering I like to try as many different beers for my buck as possible. I ended up walking out with a case full of a good variety, and I will definitely come back to this location again. It's probably my preferred Indy beer store overall.

kels, Jun 24, 2009
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

I don't even know how to begin to describe the experience of shopping at this place, words cannot convey how great a stop this place is.

First off, the store itself is large, well organized, and spotlessly clean. Walking in and seeing cooler after cooler of beer along the back wall, I immediately had a smile on my face. And I hadn't even discovered the room temperature items. If they have a beer, it is most likely available cold, room temp, and as a single.

And do they ever have beer. I used to live in Indiana, so was anxious to grab some of the stuff that makes it here, but not to Ohio. In fact, I had a shopping list for myself and several friends. This place carried everything I expected to find in Indiana, and many things I didn't. Talk about feeling like a kid in a candy store.

By far the best feature of this store is the service. On the advice of some forum posts, I had e-mailed BA Sprinkle prior to coming here, just to touch base before I came out and get an idea of what they had available. He beermailed me back right away, excited to meet a fellow BA. When I showed up, it was like seeing an old friend. He helped me shop, helped me pack stuff up, helped me pick beers out, and even cracked open a beer for us to sample. His enthusiasm and friendliness made me feel less like I was shopping at a big liquor store and more like I was hanging out with a buddy.

This is not only the best beer store I have been to in Indiana, but the best one I have ever been to anywhere. A must see if you are passing anywhere near Indianapolis. My friends and I are already talking about a 3 hour road trip, just to go here.

beveritt, May 18, 2009
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4.7/5  rDev +1.7%

I think I may have found a new home to stock my cellar. I had heard about this place for quite some time, but never seemed to get out to that part of Carmel, but I am glad that I did!

I had intended to go there just to pick up a bottle of Upland Blackberry Lambic that they had saved for me, but after noticing the excellent selection of singles, I decided it would be best to paruse for a bit and see if anything caught my eye.

They had some rarities in there that floored me, a little high on the prices for them, but with good reason. This is definitely my new home away from home!

BitterPachyderm, Apr 27, 2009
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4.3/5  rDev -6.9%

I've been waiting to get over to the Carmel Crown for some time as I'd been to just about every other Crown in Indy. I went in with high expectations after hearing all the stories about Mike Sprinkle and the wonderful collection of beer that he had here. I went and was immediately greeted by the guy at the register (bobby), he asked if I needed help and pointed me towards the craft brews. He asked what I was looking for and I just said that I was looking. He left me alone to my looking. I had originally gone in just to look and get a bottle Rogue Dead Guy, but I soon became enthralled by the large selection. They have a rather large (for indianapolis) singles collection. As I looked, I remembered the section in the new BA about Altbiers, so I asked Bobby if they had any and he immediately pointed me to a bottle of Uerige Sticke. After checking out, we stood around and talked about new releases and some of the sweet stuff that he had traded for. Great experience over all. I like the level of service, can't beat it. Great selection for Indianapolis. Comparable to the Hop Shop for me. I'll be going back for sure.

youngblood, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of JoeST
5/5  rDev +8.2%

Myself along with a couple of my friends stopped in here today after hearing about them here on BA. All I can really say is Wow, what a place. By far one of the best beer selections I have came across yet. Selections from things that I haven't been able to find, things that I've been trying to find & old favorites that I can no longer find.
The place is very clean & well organized. It looks like they have quite the wine & liquor selection as well, but my interest was too set on beer to pay much attention to that. My first sight was zeroed in on my favorite. They had several Stone Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stouts setting on the shelf of which I thought was no longer available other than through trades. They Had several selections from Jolly Pumpkin that we haven't seen to often, as well as several others that I've wanted to find.
We met a couple other fellow BA members & got to try a couple different beers, one of which I can't recall the name of but the other was a Brooklyn Black Ops. I could have hung out in the place for hours going over all the different beers offered. And I could easily spend a weeks worth of pay in one trip if I could get away with it.
Simply put these guys are well worth the stop if your anywhere close to them. Hell even if your not so close it's worth the trip. I have to drive almost an hour one way & would go farther if I had to... Top Notch Store.

JoeST, Feb 28, 2009
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4.7/5  rDev +1.7%

Just returned to my hotel after draining my wallet of $503.00 at this wonderfully stocked and a bit pricey beer mecca.

They do offer a Rate Beer/BA 10% discount which helped out a bit. Many of the beers are priced a dollar or two above what I've seen and paid at other beer stores in Indy.

You may try to stop by during the day when Mike (Sprinkle) is working. They guy helping me out wasn't on top of the special stuff they were holding in the back room. He did get Mike on the phone with me to see if there was anything special I was looking for.

They had Russian River sours (~$40 each) and Lost Abbey stuff which was very pricey and could probably be acquired via trade if you wanted. Mike told me he picked up the Russian River and Lost Abbey through the purchase of a private collection and thus the high price tag. Mike told me they just ran out of Dark Lord which sold for around $20 a bottle.

I'll be adding Crown #19 to my Indy rotation.

Yetiman420, Feb 11, 2009
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Crown Liquors #19 in Carmel, IN
99 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.