Village Bottle Shoppe # 1
Ratings: 19 | Reviews: 14 | Display Reviews Only:
3.85/5 rDev -10.3%
I am a Purdue alumni and I get back to the Lafayette/W. Lafayette area a few times each year.
This store is located just off campus in the village area. Though the Village Bottle Shop out on Sagamore Parkway has a better selection, this place does pretty well considering its small size and what must be a huge demand for cheap college beer and liquor.
Not a destination per se, but if you are near this store its definitely worthy of a vist. If I still lived close by I would be a regular visitor.
04-29-2010 05:42:45 | More by spointon
4.21/5 rDev -1.9%
This location is the primary beer store on the outskirts of Purdue's campus. They feature an adequate craft beer selection. It includes both a five doored cooler as well as several beer racks devoted to craft varieties. They feature Bell's, Three Floyd's, Southern Tier, Dogfish Head, Goose Island, Great Divide, and Founders just to name a few. They also have additional Indiana breweries such as Barley Island, Back Road, Bee Creek, Upland, and Lafayette Brew Co. They also receive beers that are considered "rare" for the area such as Founders KBS and Goose Island's Bourbon County Coffee from time to time. Most beers are available at room temp or cold. They also feature a good amount of singles and bombers of quality craft brews. The day manager, Ro, is more than helpful when it comes to recommendations or help finding a quality beer. He travels the area so is very knowledgable of Northern Indiana's micro brews as well as others around the country. The night staff is also helpful with beer tips or opinions, as they seem to have tried alot of the beers they feature. If stopping by Purdue or just rolling through West Lafayette, I'd highly recommend stopping in to see what they've got.
06-03-2010 01:07:43 | More by aasher
4.08/5 rDev -4.9%
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
3.85/5 rDev -10.3%
When you first walk in to a liquor store on a college campus and see a towering stack of Keystone cases, you might want to turn right around. But, if you manage to make it past the stones you can find a great selection of unique craft brews. Sold both warm and cold, the manager Ro stocks a good variety and knows alot about beer so its easy to talk to him to find the right beer. Now if they could just replace the massive mountain of stones with some more craft! Overall, it is a nice little niche to stumble upon or make your regualar beer store.
03-09-2010 13:24:38 | More by manahansf
3.85/5 rDev -10.3%
This is a purdue campus store so you can expect that their primary business is probably cheap vodka and keystone. However, For the size, this is a good store for single and high quality beer like Founders Kentucky Breakfast stout, southern tier, Dogfish head, and a decent selection of rogue products. The manager Roland seems to know his beer. They are the only place to sell southern tier in indiana and for sure the area (that I know of). Service would be a 4.5 if you happen to go in during the day and talk with Ro. Good place to stop by student or not!
01-22-2010 03:47:05 | More by tippebrewcrew2
4.2/5 rDev -2.1%
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
4.15/5 rDev -3.3%
being the go to store for booze and beer in a college town, this store is not surprisingly focused on liquor and keystone light, but it's the first place in town to get specialty beer releases. they also have a great corner full of craft. you need to go during the day when Ro is working. the man knows his beer. great selection of singles and bombers, warm and cold. nice DFH selection and FFF. special rack just for southern tier. random sales on 12 packs like sierra nevada and honey brown. a must stop if you are west lafayette.
03-13-2010 19:36:00 | More by backfat
Village Bottle Shoppe # 1 in West Lafayette, IN
94 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.