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Big Red Liquors

Not Rated.
Big Red LiquorsBig Red Liquors
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

26 Reviews
Reviews: 26
Visits: 44
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: n/a
[ Store ]

418 N College Ave
Bloomington, Indiana, 47404-3829
United States
phone: (812) 332-0653

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Reviews: 26 | Visits: 44
Reviews by erz316:
Photo of erz316
4.5/5  rDev +10%

This is the standard joint I go to to purchase beer and other liquor. Having frequented here once a week for many weeks, the staff has come to recognize me and have ceased with the nagging questions when I present two ID's (except on weekends of course). The selection of cold beer does not really interest me, as it is mostly huge blocks of Keystone, PBR, or other such party assets. They always have someone staffed in there for your convenience to help you find your beer quickly and get out of the cold. While browsing the warm beer someone always will eventually ask you if you are finding everything alright. Though not always as knowledgeable on the certain type of beers you are perusing at the time, they do, however, have one man who seems to know damn near everything about Belgians. One thing I really like about Big Red is the selection of glassware they have. though not big enough to deserve a whole section unto itself, they do stock many nice glasses for popular and good brands of beer that need particular types of glassware. They have a good selection of Belgian Trappist ales, a decent variety of weiss beer, and they stock some important standard UK brewers like S. Smith, Harviestoun, and Fuller's. Aside from A good selection of imports, the American beers (craft) are enough to satisfy most; having many of the top California breweries (Rogue, Stone...ktl). I have yet to run out of good, quality beer (or exciting glasses) from this establishment. (1,473 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of heysuz
4/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of chrismattlin
4.17/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of TargaFlorio
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Rado
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Photo of JasonEdelson
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of hoosier222002
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of ToddGingerich
5/5  rDev +22.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of homerman9
5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of mattknueven
5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of fredmugs
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of mrjmann
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of delyea
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of DAdams
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of MikeFox
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of zrab11
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of target88
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of emwild12
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of JISurfer
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (521 characters)

Photo of mgeraci
4.86/5  rDev +18.8%
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! (501 characters)

Photo of thomcatr3t
3.13/5  rDev -23.5%
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. (675 characters)

Photo of eyeenjoybeer
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (810 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

The biggest Big Red in town has the best selection. There is a giant beer cave walk in cooler where you can get a large variety of cold sixers, cases and variety packs.

There's a row of single bottles/bombers as well as a refrigerator that has a small selection cold that are pretty good. Nothing too ultra rare, but other than Sahara Mart, it's the best selection in town.

Everytime I've inquired about a particular beer or new release, they've been able to answer my questions or lead me to another on-duty employee to do so. (530 characters)

Photo of bamadog
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%

I got to go visit a friend in Bloomington recently and she was kind enough to take me here so I could check out the beer selection available in the area. Pretty solid place overall, and the best find was definitely some Adam from Hair of the Dog. Woot.

Quality: Nice, a good size store with a decent beer selection -- nice regionals (plenty of Upland, 3F, some stuff from Michigan, some stuff from Missouri like Boulevard), stuff from across the country (Rogue, Stone, etc.) as well as some imports (Rocheforts et. al.).

Service: Didn't really get any help from anybody because I pretty much feel that in a store like this, what you see is what you get. But I feel that if I asked where something may be or about a specific style, they could have referred me just fine or may have a "beer guy/girl" that does the ordering and is more aware that they could have directed me to.

Selection: As mentioned under quality, a nice selection from all over. Not much more to add here.

Value: Like most decent stores with decent selections, you get what you pay for and I feel that it was pretty reasonable. I walked out with a couple of Adams and a 1554 for a buddy and paid like 12 bones for it, which I can live with since HOTD isn't available any closer to me. Definitely worth a stop if you're in the area. (1,306 characters)

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Big Red Liquors in Bloomington, IN
91 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.