Spirits & Sprits Wine Cellar

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11 Reviews
Reviews: 11
Visits: 16
Avg: 4.22
pDev: n/a
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4851 Rice Mine Rd NE
Ste 110
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35406-3551
United States
phone: (205) 349-0903

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Place added by: BamaBeerBuff on 06-29-2008

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Reviews: 11 | Visits: 16
Photo of LBJones
4.74/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

The owner is a super nice guy. He always offers to help or special order something if they can get it. Prices are much better than anywhere else in town. Really nice selection for how small the store is. This is where I go to buy beer. Some other places in town really mark up their specialty/rare beers. That doesn't happen here. Keep an eye on their twitter account, they will let you know when they get new items in stock.

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Photo of wde83
1.55/5  rDev -63.3%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 3

I have always known that the owner of this place was a judgemental ass, but regardless in the past three years I've still spent hundreds if not thousands of dollars here because let's face it, options are limited. After today tho I will not set foot back here. On my regular beer pickups of late, I've asked about hop slam because I always have a soft spot for it. I've always just been told that it would here soon, including yesterday when I picked up a four pack of some shelf beer. Today I go back in and am informed that yes hop slam has arrived, but that it is all "spoken for" according to the list. I don't have a problem with rewarding loyal customers or having lists or whatever, but I think it is pretty crappy to not even tell me about the list. If I didn't meet some minimum purchase requirements or something then fine, but I've been what I consider a pretty loyal customer and not telling me about it just seems like a cheap ploy to get me to keep coming in the door. Will not shop here anymore.

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Photo of Akfindlay
1.72/5  rDev -59.2%
vibe: 1.75 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1 | selection: 1.5

Spirits is a very convenint location. They sell great liquor and cigars. Wish they had some local wines. Also, hate that they have suspect employees.. Bought a nice dog in the parking lot too. Smelled good, looked good, and tasted just right. Will I go back? Most likely. Just with a lit more money in my pocket.

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Photo of Tearik
2.45/5  rDev -41.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3

Been to Spirits quite a few times since I moved to Tuscaloosa in 2007; however, that won't happen anymore. I went into both stores on the 20th of January which is when Hopslam was supposed to ship to Alabama to inquire about it. I was told that they would have it near the end of the month. They took down my name and number and I was told that they would hold a couple back for me and give me a call when they came in.

Let's move forward to today when Hopslam actually hit Tuscaloosa. My first piece of information on the subject was a post on my facebook saying that they were sold out. I never received a call. So, I called up to the store to see if they had maybe actually done what they said they would and saved me a couple back.

Not only did they not save any bottle for me, they were also rude on the phone. I've gone there a good bit, and even more so since Corks & Tops changed owners and subsequently became a terrible store, but this will be my last interaction with this business.

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Photo of jackpot72
4.86/5  rDev +15.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Spirits is outstanding. It's long been Tuscaloosa's best wine store, and it's also been a terrific beer store for a few years now.

At Spirits, everything starts with outstanding customer service. All the employees are knowledgeable and eager to serve customers. The beer selection is strong, and I think they offer everything by the bottle at proportional prices. The prices are quite reasonable and among the best I've seen in Alabama.

Spirits is a comfortable place to shop. The store's layout is logical, and they refrigerate a fair amount of good beer.

This store will always have my business. They committed themselves to selling quality beer long before other stores, and they treat their customers well.

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Photo of number58
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I heard about this place from other reviews here, so I had to check it out. The atmosphere is nice, very clean. The store is well laid out. Half of it is devoted to wine, the other half to beer. I only browsed the beer side. Their selection of beer was excellent. Better than anywhere else I've been to in Tuscaloosa, and the prices were good as well. They had an impressive selection of single bottles (and some cans) for a mixed 6-pack. The employees were nice and knew what they were talking about. The only negative thing I can think of is that the location is a bit out of the way. But I'd say it's definitely worth the trip.

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Photo of yesferro
4.64/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Just made the hike from Tupelo MS up to Tuscaloosa in search of good beer (we are stuck at 5% ABW), what a pleasant surprise! very nice set up, singles, small kegs of Bells, lots of american brews, a good bit of Belgians and even a selection of root beers.
We usually go to Busters or Natalies in Memphis/Cordova but with DFH being cut out of the picture there we decided to venture 2h into 'the other direction'. The prices at Spirits were way lower then at Natalies. A 4pack of Gulden Draak was $5 cheaper, Kasteelbier is sold in 33cl bottles and my husband is still giddy about being able to buy a case of Leffe for $37.
The selection of Americans was great, Good Peoples canned beers, Bells, Terrapin, Left Hand, Cigar City, Naked Pig, etc etc. Spent a good penny there today but got so much in return.
Service was excellent, these guys know their stuff!

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Photo of mklinger
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%

Spirits has one of the largest selections of beer in Tuscaloosa. (The others is Letters.) Letters has a huge, really good selection of Belgians. Spirits seems to me to have a bit more American craft beer focus. Large selection of singles as well as 4 and 6 packs. They have a very nice helpful staff who seem to be reasonably knowledgeable about beer.

Finally, their prices are pretty good. I've had more good deals here than any place else that I've bought craft beer in Alabama.

Only downside is that they are kind of a long ways out of town, being located out by Lake Tuscaloosa on Rice Mine Road. This inconvenience keeps me from doing as much shopping there as I might otherwise do.

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Photo of lfd807
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%

Spirits has the best beer selection that I have found in Tuscaloosa. They have a very knowledgeable and friendly staff that like to help in any way that they can. I have been told that they normally receive there shipments on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. I know that they just recently started carrying Sam Adams Imperial Series as I have purchased their White and Stout...both of which are great beers! They also carry beers from Great Divide, Tommyknocker, and Durango. However, they currently are out of Great Divide Hercules Double IPA, which is one of my favorites. If you live near the Spillway, stop in and check them out. You will not be disappointed!!!

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Photo of Ell
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%

Spirits does a nice job. They've got as good a selection as is legal in Alabama now - hopefully that's changing soon. The staff is always friendly and knowledgeable, although they're a bit better with wine than beer. Pricing is what you'd expect - a bit higher than a grocery store, but certainly in line.

There are more than a couple of beers in Spirits that you won't find anywhere else in Tuscaloosa. They have a nice selection of the Samuel Smith and Abita beers. They also seem to have all the Sweetwaters that are sold in Alabama. The liquor here is a bit steep for my taste.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Spirits has a decent selection of craft brews and imports at a reasonable price. Additionally, ever beer they sell is available as a single without a substantial mark-up. The people manning the counter are quite helpful, as well. The first time I went to the store the manager behind the counter said she would order any beers I wanted or could recommend. The selection isn't the absolute best, but they still maintain a solid line-up of all the Samuel Smith's beers, most of the Sam Adams, Abita, Rogue, and many others. Also a nice wine selection on the other side of the store. Along with Bruno's, Spirits is probably the best beer store in Tuscaloosa. I would strongly recommend Spirits for anyone wanting to get into better beer--they sell everything as a single and don't charge too much.

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Spirits & Sprits Wine Cellar in Tuscaloosa, AL
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