Village Bottle Shoppe # 1
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Reviews by jamescain:
4.08/5 rDev -4.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I used to live two blocks from this place. This is the store that helped me get into craft beer. They cater to two different clientele at this location. One: the college student who is buying multiple cases of BMC swill for beer pong of whatever else, for which they have a large walk-in cooler to keep their kegs and cases cool. Two: the small but growing craft crowd. Across from their small wall of coolers, which stock some craft 6 packs, they have a small but pretty impressive shelf of craft beers. You could break up six packs from this shelf if you felt like it. This is how I was able to expand my pallet. Don't be deceived by the facade or the size of the store, they bring in good stuff. It is mostly other college students that work there, but they seem for the most part to know what they are talking about and put up with the drunk crowed that comes in often. If you happen to be staying at the Purdue hotel, it is very short walk to this shop and you probably wont be disappointed by its selection.
07-25-2011 17:06:46 | More by jamescain
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4.46/5 rDev +4.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I live a block or two away from here, but if I didn't, I'd do some traveling to get there. Pricing is reasonable, location is within walking distance to off-campus houses and apartments, selection includes local favorites and shelves of hard-to-find singles. What really sets this store apart, though, is the service. Long story short: Ro, the manager, is the man. A beer geek himself, he's always looking to get new stuff in (I've seen some imports at VBS #1 that I've never seen anywhere else in the state), and if there's ever anything you're looking for, chances are he's looked into it already. And if he hasn't asked his reps about it, you can be sure he will after you mention it. One of the most knowledgeable guys I've met on the craft beer scene.
Limited releases are handled in a first-come-first-serve manner, or if demand is high enough, a list and lottery. Still, if you are a loyal customer, you're likely to get your allotment. Relationship-building and respect to your regulars is what you should expect in a hometown bottle shop, and Ro's all about that. Wouldn't go anywhere else in town (unless it's VBS #2 for wine).
05-01-2014 01:45:19 | More by BarryMFBurton
4.39/5 rDev +3.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | $$
I live in Lafayette and this location of VBS has become my go-to store.
VBS Vine is a smaller store, so you can feel a little cramped and the vast majority of the space is taken up by mountains of cheap beer for college students. The store is right on Purdue's campus.
The craft beer selection is very good, however somewhat small. Fortunately, I have been able to form a relationship with the manager there and I am able to get most everything I am looking for, but I cannot promise that would be the case for a walk-in. They still have a lot of great craft brews from across the US, not much going on import wise.
The service at the location is absolutely top-notch. Everyone there is very knowledgeable about craft beer and willing to help you find what you are looking for. They often times, but not always, have great gems in the back that they will sell to those willing to ask ('09 BCBS one time).
Very happy with this store and I buy from them when I have the choice.
03-20-2012 18:37:36 | More by atoulouk
4.2/5 rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I live 1.5 blocks from here.
Terrific place for what it should be, and what it actually does. It should be the stop for cheap swill for campus. And that it is. Massive mountains of Keystone and Busch. Walk-in cooler with almost everything they have ready to drink. And if you don't see it, ask.
Also has a great craft selection. It varies with season, but a good variety of Founders as well as local brews from Lafayette Brew Company and People's Brewing. I even got a bottle of Dogfish Head Raison D'Extra after I asked for DFH. Aged 5 years!
Talk to the guys in there if you're looking for something, odds are they know where you can get it. Great store.
12-09-2011 17:14:55 | More by boilermakerbrew
4.38/5 rDev +2.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
From outward appearances, the Village Bottle Shoppe on Vine doesn't seem like a store that would be worth looking into for craft beer. It's a relatively small store that is mostly frequented by students of nearby Purdue University. As a result, the store is understandably dominated by stacks of BMC beers and hard liquor. In spite of this fact, the store manages to maintain a very nice, though undersized, craft beer section at the back entrance.
This section has several coolers full of 4-/6-packs as well as a cooler full of individual 12oz and 22oz bottles. There are also a couple of ambient shelves filled (mostly) with individual 22oz/750mL bottles of beer from a very wide range of breweries. These shelving units are framed by racks filled by even more beer from individual craft breweries (New Belgium, Goose Island, Southern Tier). For the space allotted, the selection is quite impressive, and the prices are on par with any other store in the area.
Even though the store's selection and pricing stand alone as being very respectable, the service is its best feature. Every employee I've spoken with has been more than willing to answer any questions I have or just to talk about beer in general. They're all very knowledgeable and genuinely seem interested in talking with anyone who wants to know more about the brews in the craft section. Also, if you don't see a beer you're searching for, be sure to ask about its availability. Because the craft beer section is so modest, there isn't always enough space to put every beer on display. They won't always have what you need, but there have been a few occasions where the staff has gone to the back and brought me a beer I was searching for. Everyone working at this VBS location is very willing to help however they can, and I've never had anything but fantastic experiences with any of them.
All in all, I recommend stopping by this location if you're in the Lafayette/West Lafayette area. You'll find a very good selection of brews, and you'll be more than satisfied with the service!
07-08-2011 03:54:37 | More by HandsomeBrew
4.5/5 rDev +5.6%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Decent amount of beers. In sixers, 12oz singles and 22s. Market prices I'd say for high quality beers. VBS used to constantly have commercials bragging about their beer selection when I was younger. They helped me get into craft beer with their variety. If you like craft beer and need a place to go and find one, this place can get your fix. Impossible to leave here without a couple of great beers. Love the place, and will always be a customer, however, I only go here when I'm close by or have a certain beer in mind that I know they have on hand. My 'go to' store is a different Village Bottle Shop.
08-14-2010 04:52:47 | More by newrbrewr
Village Bottle Shoppe # 1 in West Lafayette, IN
93 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.