Big Red Liquors
Ratings: 38 | Reviews: 26 | Display Reviews Only:
4.3/5 rDev +2.4%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This Big Red has always had what I was looking for in stock (that is, if they carry it). Freshness seems to not really be much of an issue as the location of this place keeps it busy. Has a great selection of 6ers and 12 packs, a lot of which are cold too. Pretty big grocery isle row filled with singles too! The service has been good, always offering to help me find something.
Although, if you're not 40...make sure to bring two ID's and answer questions, gets annoying. Especially when the students are in town, dammit.
Worth a look if you're in town!
01-03-2009 22:11:04 | More by adamhdv
4.65/5 rDev +10.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
I'm mainly writing this review to point out to Bloomington drinker's how lucky they are that they have two (including Sahara mart) beer venders which carry an impressive selection of imports and crafts. Big Red has the cold beer and also a better selection of micro brews of the two. The prices are a bit higher here as well but not on everything. I was reading reviews of a liquor store in Fayetteville Arkansas (my wife's home town) and was shocked at how their biggest liquor store had the same rating as Big Red. Big Red carries an order of magnitude more selection of beer than the comparable store in Fayetteville. I also don't know of a comparably good liqour store in Knoxville, Tennesse (my home town).
Big Red carries all the trappists available in the states including the full run of Rochefort and Chimay. They have a good selection of UK ales, German lagers and wheats, Czech pilsners and lagers, and the previously mentioned seasonally rotating and excellent coverage of micros. Basically they have a wide enough selection of beer here that you could come in regularly for 6 years picking out bottles that are new to you and not run out of options.
Sure you have to provide two forms of ID on weekends, fight past hordes of douche bags, and walk through the shadows cast by monuments built out of keystone cases but if you love beer you are lucky that you can come to a store with such a good selection. The staff is also helpful, knowledgeable and friendly.
11-22-2008 06:08:45 | More by mightyjoemoon
4.15/5 rDev -1.2%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I enjoy going to Big Red Liquors when I have something besides the standard fare (Bud Light, etc) in mind. When knowledgeable is on shift (which isn't all the time), they're extremely helpful. Their wine selection is impressive, and they carry a good selection of beers. The spirits they have in stock are pretty run of the mill for a store of this size.
BRL also has some great sales, and I've picked up more than one gem on a good bargain here. The prices are definitely reasonable and on a par with the other liquors stores in town; the only annoying thing about shopping at Big Red is frat guys on weekends yelling how f*** hammered they're going to get off Keystone and Heaven Hill vodka. Other than that, a pleasant shopping experience.
11-13-2008 04:58:43 | More by maskaggs
4/5 rDev -4.8%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in here while in Bloomington recently for a trip to Upland. My main reason for stopping was my buddy altering me to the fact that they had Boon Oude Kriek here! Upon entering I was carded quite hard, must be a college town thing, but they wanted two forms of ID!
The beer selection was a good mix of locals and micros with plenty of imports as well. I picked up some Mad River brews I can't get in IL along with some others. Grabbed my Boon Oude Kriek and noticed that they had glassware next to bottles on the shelves which was a nice touch. Just before I left I saw some Barley Island barrel aged bombers in the cooler! Score!
Overall, a good beer store with good variety if you're in the area. The clerk on the floor even took the time to tell me about an upcoming beer fest. I'll stop in here again if I'm in the area.
10-26-2008 00:29:16 | More by orbitalr0x
3.3/5 rDev -21.4%
quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
Big Red is THE liquor store for much of the area surrounding Bloomington. Their main purpose is to supply massive quantities of cheap, fizzy yellow to football and racing fans alike. However, their craft and high-quality import selection has become more impressive over the past two years.
A ton of mix-your-own six pack selections and a well-stocked fridge of mid-west craft brew is a huge bonus, not to mention the glassware retail and the fact that you can buy a bottle of great bourbon while pondering your beer selection (or vice verse). They will sometimes get a case or so of really allocated product, and stock enough esoteric stuff year round to constitute regular visitation, but stopping in for beer only is usually an after-thought.
Expect to be asked a dozen obnoxious questions regarding your two forms of ID (even though you may go there once or twice a week), as per the Hoosier law.
Prices are about $1.50 more expensive than their main competition, Sahara Mart, but in a jam, cold beer is golden.
10-21-2008 20:31:21 | More by jerelwhall
4.15/5 rDev -1.2%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Clean and well organized store. I came in here looking for Indiana beer, and left with quite a bit of it. Staff was friendly and helpful. Beer is pretty easy to find here, 1st aisle on the left, and in the left side coolers. Found stuff from Upland, Oaken Barrel, Mad Anthony, 3 Floyds, Mishawaka, also Thirsty Dog, Stone, & Mad River, which I hadn't seen before. Everything wasn't available as singles, but i'd say at least 2/3 were. Good selection of Lambics, snagged a Boon Oude Kriek here, there were also several Hanssens and Cantillon selections. Lots of German, UK, and Belgian beer to be found. One cool thing about this place was that they had branded glassware (even Chimay mini-chalices) on the shelf next to the appropriate beer.
The rare find for me was the Barley Island Bourbon Barrel stout, in bombers for around $6. Overall a great shop for all your beer needs. Check this location out if you're in town.
06-23-2008 17:35:52 | More by emerge077
4.7/5 rDev +11.9%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I frequented this store while living in Bloomington for 3.5 years. Please note that there are ten(?) other satellite stores in Bloomington, but this is the largest, with the best beer selection, and a walk-in beer cooler.
Also keep in mind that Bloomington is home to Indiana University, and as such, there are loads of Bud, Miller, and other cheaper beers that mean you get more buzz for less money.
Aside from those beers, Big Red has a great selection of microbrews and craft brews. I used to order beer for a restaurant there so I know the distributors they go through and what they have at their disposal.
The walk-in cooler that I spoke of has six packs of just about everything they sell warm. One wall is microbrews, the other are more commercial brews for college kids. In between are kegs and 30-pack cases.
There are several reach-in coolers that have single bottles of about everything they offer. And bombers (22oz) bottles too. Then of course the 40oz bottles. There are also warm singles.
Big Red does a great representation of Stone, Bell's, Upland, Two Brothers, many Colorado brews (not New Belgium), and many other Indiana brews.
They typically have one person working who is in charge of the beer stocking and is very knowledgeable about what you are looking for.
Big Red offers beer tastings here and there. And they also have a great selection of liquor and wine.
For the money I spent I got great bargains. I only wish there were a place here in Michigan that was that cheap. Of course Michigan tax laws are huge.
03-01-2008 05:53:43 | More by toolbrew
2.45/5 rDev -41.7%
quality: 2 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2 | $$
I had to double-check the address when I got back in the car to make sure I was at the same address as the others who've reviewed this Big Red Liquors (there is more than one store by that name in Bloomington), as I was extremely unimpressed with their selection of crafts and imports. This small-ish liquor store offered two cooler doors of import and craft multipacks with Sam Adams, Heineken, and Corona taking up most of that space. There was an additional cooler door of large single bottles, but most of that space was the same run-of-the-mill brands in multipacks. Highlights of the multipacks were some Upland beers (brewed in Bloomington) and two six-packs from Brooklyn Brewery. In singles, there was Sam Smith, but not much else interesting.
I believe the other Big Red on College (418 N. College) is bigger and I will head over there next. In fact, it would not surprise me if some of the positive reviews for this store on the site were intended for the other store.
The staff asked me if I needed anything, but it was plain to see from the get-go that their selection was interesting so I declined an offer for assistance and headed for the door empty-handed.
11-29-2007 20:28:47 | More by BeerBelcher
4.3/5 rDev +2.4%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
Came in to pick up supplies for a buddy's bachelor party and ended up spending quite a bit more for my own beer selection. They have a wonderful selection of beers from all over the world in a variety of sizes. Singles and six-packs, cold and non-refridgerated, you can find the best of begian ales and scottish ales to a wonderful selection of US beers, including many Indiana brewed. The employees were also excellent with their help, even if they did not have intimate knowledge of all of their hundreds of beers.
10-09-2007 13:34:15 | More by JamesS
4.5/5 rDev +7.1%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
Visited here on several occasions during the holidays and other such in-law events. I think this one is actually 418, or atleast that is what I am reviewing. Located near or on the campus of IU, this is a beer lovers heaven; especially for those out of state where one can find beers not available in ones home state. I always go for the Founders and Bells until recently, and the Stone and DFH WWS and 120min. They have just about everything. Prices are reasonable and cheaper than some places I have seen. They dont allow mixed sixers or breaking up sixers but they have some beers for sale as singles but not necessarily the same ones that are in full sixers. Service is hit or miss. The last time I was in, nobody helped me. The two previous times, someone was there at my beck and call basically. I always make a visit here while in IN, and you should too.
12-21-2006 20:01:45 | More by SaCkErZ9
Big Red Liquors in Bloomington, IN
93 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.