D & Q Mini-Mart
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Ratings: 44 | Reviews: 25 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by champ103:
4.23/5 rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
It is time I updated my old review from back in 09. When I first visited this was a much smaller spot selection wise. One that has continued to grow and built a great base in the shadows of a huge liquor company a few miles away.
OK, a few things that I am not crazy about first. Kind of a shady spot, basically a Kwik e Mart for beer that is a little dumpy. Lots of beer sitting on the floor in the open that I have had skunked, and the building temperature is a little to high for beers to be sitting outside of a cooler for to long IMO. The prices can be a bit expensive, though lately they have been beating Specs on certain items.
The owner is a great guy and knows his beer. Once you walk in, his genuine interest in his products and your satisfaction is very apparent. One conversation with him, and you are hooked on the place. I think I use to hold a small grudge because you have to be a little in the know to get some of the more rare offerings. Which, I am still not as in the know, as others are in this particular joint. Though, that is not a big deal for me, at least anymore.
Enough of that. On to the important stuff. It is very hard for anybody to compete with Specs for selection, and D&Q has somehow matched their selection in every respect. Often times they are the first to get stuff in Houston, or just beat Specs on certain things. Everything from local Houston and Texas beers, Imports, and micros from around the country. Not to mention most everything is in singles as well as six/twelve packs, and all the different glassware.
They always seem to get Jester King, and Smokestacks before anybody else. Now Prairie Artisan and Ola Dubh. I have always respected this spot, but it took me a while to fully come around to the place. An excellent spot to grab some beers.
07-05-2013 04:32:08 | More by champ103
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4.8/5 rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Nice place, really unsuspecting craft beer place. Selection is nice, they stock some beer that Spec's and other places in town do not.
Owner of the store seems really nice and friendly too.
Its like a Spec's minus the wine/liquor/food selection and people with samples of cheap wine.
If you are looking for craft beer, this is a great place to check out.
06-10-2014 21:04:38 | More by bens0n
D & Q Mini-Mart in Houston, TX
98 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.