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very good

14 Ratings
Ratings: 14
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 9.02%
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Store ]

300 Bergen Town Center
Paramus, New Jersey, 07652
United States
phone: (201) 226-1244

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(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-14-2009)
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Reviews by r0nyn:
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r0nyn

New York

3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$

Drove over here after visiting the IKEA in the area just to see what they had to offer. The store itself is massive, with possibly everything you could need from a grocery. It took me a bit of searching to find the beer aisle, which was nestled towards the back, near their rather robust cheese and deli section. There's a cooler full of sixers and the like. Nestled right next to that is a row of freezers holding some more sixers as well as some of the bigger bottles.

Everything was relatively fresh among everything that I got to check. It's a very brightly lit store, and there are quite a few bottles sitting on the craft beer rack, so be sure to try and find something from either the back of the cooler of the back of the rack where it's shady. Selection is fairly good, with the usual suspects from Chimay, Unibroue, Smuttynose, Southern Tier, Troegs, Lindemans and more. I was surprised to find a good selection of Brassiere Du Ciel brews as well, including the famed Péché Mortel. You really could do worse, especially from a grocery store.

Service was decent, for the most part. The couple of associates I stopped to ask about beer were courteous in telling me they didn't really know anything about the beer section. The cashier was equally cordial when ringing me up. Nothing terrible, but nothing exciting either.

Prices were a bit up there, an average of $1-2 more than I'm used to seeing from beer stores. It's not a criminal offense, but if I lived in the area I certainly wouldn't want to pay this much every time I wanted some craft.

Overall, a pretty good, pretty pricey store. Wouldn't go out of my way to go there for beer, but maybe the next time I'm at IKEA, I'll swing by after, see if they have anything else.

10-11-2009 22:32:37 | More by r0nyn
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SkiBum22

New York

4/5  rDev +3.1%

06-27-2014 15:18:18 | More by SkiBum22
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markgugs

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -22.7%

06-10-2014 02:13:50 | More by markgugs
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MakeMineADoubleJack

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

This is probably my number 1 spot to grab beer in my area, mainly due to the convenience of being able to food shop and beer shop all at once. It seems like they get some pretty good/rare finds. I also like that you can mix and match your own six pack. Sure that gets to be a bit expensive, but it was nice way for me to break myself in.

04-17-2014 16:49:32 | More by MakeMineADoubleJack
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mbeerdino21

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.1%

02-12-2014 00:30:10 | More by mbeerdino21
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kennylopez

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$

When this place opened I was happy. But after a a couple of years of being a regular, I have come to love this place. The guy in charge of ordering and stocking the beer is on top of the ball and sets stuff aside for me when he got something special which I love. It is a big store and a supermarket at that. the selection is pretty good considering this fact. some stuff will sit on the shelves and others will not stay. Its worth the time to stop in, you are sure to find something you will not be disappointed in buying.

10-11-2011 22:55:56 | More by kennylopez
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sweatervest

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | $$$

This was my second visit since they opened, and I was pleasantly surprised by how many good beers they have added. They carry a good selection of NJ beer (Ramstein, Flying Fish, etc) and a ton of bombers that I didn't remember from my first visit.

I was surprised to see Old Stock Cellar Reserve and some other rarities that had sold out in other stores. I ended up getting more help from another customer (who found me the last Firestone Walker DIPA) then anyone working there, but it's a big supermarket so I'll cut them some slack on that.

I wasn't a huge fan of the layout, especially when compared to the precise order of the wine section, but it is definitely worth the time mill around.

02-12-2011 14:08:57 | More by sweatervest
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +7%
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | $$

Stopped at the Whole Foods on my way over to NYC for work. This place looks brand new and its huge inside.

I'll start with the service as it was the best part. The beer manager, I want to say Michael, was awesome. We talked about beer for quite a bit and the state of things in NJ when it comes to craft beers and the market...etc..very knowledgeable guy, super friendly and very devoted to his job and his love of great beers.

Selection was definitely solid with plenty of PA/NY/NJ locals as well as some Terrapin, Left Hand, Rock Art bombers as well. Substantial cooler space as well as plenty of warm stuff. They have a good amount of home brew kits which I thought was pretty cool too. What better way to get people even more into beer but to have them brew their own. I know it got me even more hooked...

Anyways, definitely worth stopping in if you're in the area. They also do some tastings there and are doing a class with the guys from Ale Street News in the coming weeks.

02-07-2011 23:55:11 | More by indiapaleale
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Bergenboy1981

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +16%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$

This whole foods moving in was one of the best things to happen to overall beer availability in the area. Yes, its whole foods, and a bit pricey...but their selection is GREAT, so all the local businesses that sell beer have had to step up their game and provide reasonable low-balling of prices. Gotta love the free market and one company's desire to under price the other. lol

This whole foods is huge, one of the biggest in the corporation I believe. Their general selection is pretty much the best of all the stores in the area, plus its only 500 feet from my door! yay. lol

The selection of beer, wine, and now even some liquor here is VERY good...I'm not one for wine or booze, but as for the beer I really like the selection...they have a lot of the good local brews, a lot of crafts, euros, Trappists....some organics, a LOT of cold micros in the fridge and a more impressive lose bottle selection then ANY NJ grocery store I've seen.

The Service in the Beer department is usually VERY good, and the dudes usually know their stuff....a little on the hipster side and might try to pass PBR as a craft beer to the ignorant, but good dudes overall that really know their stuff if u ask a valid beer geek question.

Aside from just selling beer, this store also offers small 1-2gallon kits and grain/malt packages for home brew. Its nothing like corrados....but it would make a cool gift for a beer newb or college dude.

I'll def keep coming here for brew when I can. Love the place...besides, I dunno anywhere else nearby that has cold River Horse Oat Milk Stout!

12-07-2010 22:12:25 | More by Bergenboy1981
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NYManc

New York

3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$

Thought to randomly visit this as I hear Whole Foods Marketplace usually has some craft beer. Walked around and found random spots of the usual Sam Adams seasonals and regulars. Though a venture to the back reveals all the craft brew. Open cooler with a great selection of various beers (including BMC). To the right of this beer cooler is a doored cooler. These include the bombers, some half gallon growlers and mini-kegs. That day (9/28/10), they had two silver racks of assorted bombers and singles. Saw some Founders Curmudgeon, Chimay Gift Set and to my surprise a couple of bottles of Old Rasputin XI which is retired for well over a year now. I was presently surprised with this store and there's plenty of great things besides beer. Although no one approached me to help me, I still found what i was looking for. Oh and they had their own brew kits to sell with different hops to add as well, so that was a pleasant surprise as well.

09-29-2010 05:12:30 | More by NYManc
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