Big Red Liquors
Ratings: 38 | Reviews: 26 | Display Reviews Only:
4.86/5 rDev +15.7%
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
4.7/5 rDev +11.9%
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
4.65/5 rDev +10.7%
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
4.5/5 rDev +7.1%
been wanting to go to this beer emporium for quite some time now. when i visited bloomington, i would ask people where a good place to buy brews could be found (as i often do), and big red was always mentioned. i had gone to big reds smaller locations but never got around to going to this one. wow. beverage depot. i was greeted right away and asked if i could be helped finding something. i kinda went blank and thought about asking for something ridiculous like apocalypse cow from FFF, but i just asked to see what new beers they had. excellent selection, especially warm. new holland (which is a rare one to find in Indiana) was there. founders, FFF, bells, victory, sierra nevada, boulder, dark horse, and a variety of indiana beers. great place. cheers!
01-07-2010 07:13:31 | More by backfat
Big Red Liquors in Bloomington, IN
93 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.