Big Red Liquors
Ratings: 38 | Reviews: 26 | Display Reviews Only:
4.15/5 rDev -1.2%
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
4.5/5 rDev +7.1%
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
2.45/5 rDev -41.7%
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
4/5 rDev -4.8%
Shopped at this Friday at ~11. I had just incorrectly stopped into the other Big Red Store, which also happens to be on College Avenue, just about four blocks up. Though the help was super friendly and helpful at that location, they really didnt have that wide of a selection (I was walked around the store with highlights on the best offerings. After asking about other shops in town, they directed me to the correct Big Red, and were cool enough to return the sixer I had just purchased).
This one is more shopping store-like, with carts and multiple aisles. Gigantic parking lot for those who care about those things; school was out and it was early, not sure if it matters in a town like this. There was an entire aisle of six-packs to choose from (including one of those mini-kegs of Oberon that I contemplated stuffing in my carry-on), an entire aisle of build your own singles, and a couple of cold boxes in the back. I got a 06 Vertical Epic to include with a load of Bells and Founders brews to take back home. Had some Belgians, Brits, and other internationals to complement the regional mix of micros.
Not sure what to really put down for service. Unlike the other Red that I scoped out, this ones service was pretty much non-existent. There was a guy milling about the liquor aisle and a heavily tattooed girl on the counter, but otherwise no one around. In their defense, it was early. Everything was bagged and charged properly. I had grabbed a couple of things from the six-pack aisle that werent in the singles for my build-your-own and it wasnt a problem (the entire selection is properly named and stored in their inventory).
Quality seemed spot on and the rotation in the selection seemed apparent.
Overall: Great selection in a centrally located store. It was definitely the perfect place to stock up for the trip home.
07-17-2006 19:58:32 | More by Dithyramb
4.3/5 rDev +2.4%
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%
Stopped in here on a recent visit to U of I. There are a few Big Red stores in Bloomington. The best one is at 418 College. I read some reviews on here so I knew of a good store to stop in. This place was exactly what I was looking for. One LONG isle of American 6-packs with a lot of harder to find seasonals. Across from this isle was long isle of singles, bombers and pints American and English. 5 or 6 cooler doors with a few Belgians, American singles and bombers. Didn't search around the store much. I was in a hurry and on the prowl for some micros that I can't get here in Illinois.
The prices are a little higher than they are around the southern suburbs of Chicago but there was an excellent selection. They also had some closeouts that had my jaw dropping. I bought a couple Rabbid Rabbits for $5.99 a bomber and a couple Morimoto Imp. Pilsner for $5.99. Brian Boru and many others were on closeout too. They were stacked in Bells and Dogfish Head. Case upon case of WWS and 120Min. Not to mention many of the others. Bell's had all the seasonals and a boatload of Hopslam. They carried a ton of Rogue including Old Crusty, Imp. IPA, and Imp. Stout. Many of the local Indiana brewers as well. The day I got there they even got in a shipment of Oaked Bastard.
The staff was helpful and talkative. Knew a good deal about beer and a few others things I asked about. Very professional but friendly at the same time. This place is loaded. I was very impressed.
12-09-2006 03:42:54 | More by joe1510
3.96/5 rDev -5.7%
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
4/5 rDev -4.8%
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
3.95/5 rDev -6%
This store is patriotically gaudy: you'll see its blazing red, white, and blue from blocks away. In fact, you might think that this place is a supermarket if you didn't know you were in a college town.
I happened upon the store on a Saturday night, and to my shock and surprise they were looking and questioning IDs at the doors. Hadn't had that happen in awhile.
This store's layout is beautifully simple: a good 1/3 of the store is dedicated to various wines, and a small sliver is dedicated to expensive scotches, cognacs, and the like.
There is an entire isle of warm singles. Here you'll find many Dogfish Head offerings, Rogue bombers, local brews, and Belgians. You'll find a nice selection here of local and regional brews, and enough Stone products to whet the appetite. The cold cooler even has a varied selection and there is a cold case that contains many high-quality singles. I guess I must mention the huge corner of macros and cheap liquor.
I love this store. They don't have the amazing selection that Kahn's in Indianapolis does, but their specialty and craft brews are much more competitive in price. The salespeople are knowledgable and helpful - almost a little too much so!
No complaints here - I would be a regular if it were in my town.
Edit: They've still got the amazing selection, but now its upgraded: upscale interior apperance & blue paint make everything more eye-friendly.
01-21-2004 20:48:36 | More by GreenWBush
3.7/5 rDev -11.9%
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.
03-28-2010 05:35:25 | More by bamadog
Big Red Liquors in Bloomington, IN
93 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.