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Spec's #61 - Brodie Lane

Not Rated.
Spec's #61 - Brodie LaneSpec's #61 - Brodie Lane
BA SCORE
95
world-class

20 Ratings
Ratings: 20
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 5.5%
[ Store ]

4970 W Highway 290
Austin, Texas, 78735-6748
United States
phone: (512) 366-8260

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @specs1962

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(Place added by: LittleDon on 04-04-2009)
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TX-Badger

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

06-09-2014 23:06:13 | More by TX-Badger
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LittleDon

Texas

4.85/5  rDev +11.2%

At what point does a successful local establishment become a corporate pariah? Specs started in Houston in the early 60s and since has grown to over 50 stores in Central and East Texas. If the Brodie Lane store is an indication of their formula for success, they've done so by offering quality products: beer, spirits, cigars, and food. At this point in their development, they haven't gotten so big that operations haven been standardized to the point of generification (see McDonald's or Starbucks). It is obvious that store managers are given enough leeway that stores don't have to be like every other store. What else could explain Brodie Lane's Beer Guy showing up to work in lederhosen? In fact, the Beer Guy is one of the reasons I like to buy at the Brodie Lane Specs. While I don't always agree with his personal tastes, I can count on his opinions being honest, consistent with his personal preferences, and based on experience. This I can bank on. While my personal preferences may be far from his, I can use this understanding to find products that truly work for me.

Beyond the exceptional service the prices and selection of non beer items is excellent. Knowing that a large purchasing power may unduly effect smaller quality operations (such as Whip In), I am ambivalence as to where my alliance (and money) should lie. For now, Spec's is worthy.

04-19-2009 23:04:50 | More by LittleDon
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Dicers

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

05-28-2014 16:10:42 | More by Dicers
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev -8.3%

07-20-2014 01:10:49 | More by Texasfan549
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

08-15-2014 17:48:21 | More by kjkinsey
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Yeti1979

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

06-24-2014 18:36:49 | More by Yeti1979
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charleslueg

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

05-01-2014 06:54:18 | More by charleslueg
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BeerHunter76

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

02-04-2014 21:32:03 | More by BeerHunter76
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jasonjlewis

Texas

4.35/5  rDev -0.2%

HUGE store with food, liquor, beer, and wine.

I saw pretty fresh stuff on the shelves. They still had some bigfoot and some winter releases, but those beers will age well, so it's not a big deal.

I saw very helpful customer service for other customers. I didn't require any customer service, but no one asked me if I needed help.

Huge selection. I don't think I had a beer in mind that I couldn't find. Austin gets certain beers that other parts of Texas can't get, and I took full advocantage of it.

08-15-2009 19:05:05 | More by jasonjlewis
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jamescain

Texas

4.33/5  rDev -0.7%

I wasn't really sure what to put for atmosphere seeing as how this is a liquor store. This location used to be an Academy Sporting goods store, but it was bought by Spec's and transformed into a 50,000 sq ft liquor store. They have a very impressive selection of beer and their staff in the beer selection is also knowledgeable about what they sell. It is kind of out of the way for me so I don't normally buy beers from them when I'm in town, but I do like go there when I can. They have a section of specialty foods and coffee but I don't normally stop to look because I'm there for other reasons. If you're looking for a specific beer in Texas, they will probably have it.

07-22-2011 16:24:14 | More by jamescain
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Spec's #61 - Brodie Lane in Austin, TX
95 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.