Big Red Liquors
Ratings: 31 | Reviews: 26 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Realale:
4.15/5 rDev +0.2%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
As noted by several below (and Big Red's own website . . .) the store to hit is the one at 418 College. The one actually listed in beerfly is a little dive. This one is just a couple of blocks down the road, and well worth the extra effort.
Small supermarket sized store, with a nice big parking lot. About a third to a half of the store is dedicated to beer. The organization is a complete nightmare, so be prepared for some aimless wandering and checking of all aisles to make sure you've covered the selection. For example, I found six packs of Stone IPA in one aisle, a somewhat disappointing selection of Stone Bombers in the coolers, and then a better selection of Stone Bombers in another aisle. Same thing with FFF. Don't know what their thought is, but I found it extremely confusing.
Excellent selection of both domestic and imported beers. Tons of Three Floyds (including bombers of old seasonals being closed out - Brian Boru for $2.99, Rabbid Rabbit for $5.99 anyone? I thought so.), Stone, Bell's, Jolly Pumpkin, Bluegrass Brewing, Dogfish Head, and several local breweries were the highlights for me. Imports were extensive as well, with lots of representation from the Shelton Brothers portfolio, though I didn't spot any Fantôme on this visit.
I'm always a bit concerned about freshness with a selection this big, but those items sampled so far have been top notch. In addition, there were two knowledgeable staffers roaming the beer section to answer stock and freshness questions. They seemed to really know their stock, and their presence was much appreciated. Older stock (see FFF seasonals, above) were being discounted and moved out, which gives some additional confidence. Four cashiers working on a Saturday night was a big plus as well, as they handled the post football game crush with aplomb. Overall, a fine stop when in the area.
11-13-2006 15:43:26 | More by Realale
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3.96/5 rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I'm spoiled with the Charleston Beer Exchange (look it up). With that said, I thought this was a decent place. They had a healthy local selection of 3Fs and Upland, as well as regional brews. Their selection of Goose Island was very nice, they had most of their "special" brews. Most of that stuff, we don't get down in the Charleston area. They also had a good selection Belgians, as well as beers from the UK and Germany. Store was clean and very well organized. They also had a large selection in the fridgerated area.
06-27-2012 05:45:39 | More by JISurfer
4.86/5 rDev +17.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
This Big Red is awesome. If your a Bloomingtonian you know Big Red is all over the place, but know that or not this is the one to go to regardless of the others. The layout is huge and well organized. The beer selection is great from the commoners to some very good rare brews. I have been working on a list of some of the must try best beers in the world and they had a nice selection of some of these rare brews. This store will have my regular patronage. Keep it up Big Red you do well for a chain!
02-16-2012 00:54:50 | More by mgeraci
3.13/5 rDev -24.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4.5 | $$
It seems to me that this store is most frequently used as a last second shop to pick up a 30 rack of keystone light or some cheap vodka, which is a shame because their beer selection is second to none in Bloomington. A great offering of craft beers that is rotated with some frequency.
The only knock I have with this store is that the employees are 1) not the quickest to help a patron that is looking for craft beer, or 2) when they offer help with craft beer they are often times uneducated.
Edited: They handled the release of CBS atrociously. The fact that their employees are not very helpful to craft beer enthusiasts became even more apparent during this debacle.
07-07-2011 03:04:57 | More by thomcatr3t
4.08/5 rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This review is for the mothership store, downtown on College Ave.
I remember this store in 1998, when they had bins full of fun Belgian and other imports. Those days are gone. However, in the meantime, the store has been renovated and the selection is likely more catered to the college drinkers (duh) and a few of us beer geeks.
They always have a good selection of Midwest beers: FFF, Founders, Bell's, Two Brothers, etc. as well as fine beers from the West Coast. The workers could stand to be a little better trained about beer styles and availability. Their internet/FB customer service has always been great. Also, they get some special release beers due their high volume of turnover. This makes it worthwhile to look for fun stuff. This is also the place to pick up a cold sixer due to Indiana laws.
07-06-2011 20:11:53 | More by eyeenjoybeer
Big Red Liquors in Bloomington, IN
92 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.