D & Q Mini-Mart
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Ratings: 34 | Reviews: 24 | Show All Ratings:
4.63/5 rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
From the street this place is just a mini-mart, inside it is a beer enthusiasts candy shop.
The beer selection is always changing and you never know what will be pulled out and put on the shelf. Prices can be a little higher than liquor stores, but are still reasonable.
If you like to build your own 6-er, this is the spot, he has hundreds of choices! You can also buy singles, don't even have to choose all six. His glassware selection is impressive and my daughter likes picking up a gourmet soda or brewer brand root beer when we come in.
Service is spot-on. This guy knows and loves his beer as much as we do, and is awesome to talk beer with! Much more personable than any Specs retailer I have ever met. Worth the trip every time as I live about 40 miles north of this store.
08-26-2011 13:10:51 | More by LadyOfMuchBeer
5/5 rDev +12.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
I love this place always has whats new and there are so many beers to select from. They are also so many different styles of glassware, the glassware is cheap and the beers are exceptionally price great place to go to when you want that late night great beer and the grocery store trash just ain't going to cut it!!!! I love the build your on six-pack and i've also heard that they are putting in a new growler station. Which is a really a great idea. cant wait to see what they are going to offer!
08-16-2011 23:23:32 | More by RexlySnipes
4.28/5 rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
Holy crap an awesome beer store! So good in fact, Ive been often enough to take the Foursquare mayorship. Originally went because a friend told me they had Unibroue Chamby Noire, I wasted no time getting there to find the last bottle. I asked the owner if they happened to have any more and he gladly went into the cooler and grabbed the rest for me. Also found several rare Saint Arnold Divine Reserves just sitting on a shelf. Im always surprised at something when i stop in there. And if nothing else i can always talk beer with the owner. He always keeps stock of stuff that even Spec's Smith st doesnt. We always hit both in one trip cause its so far for us. They charge a little more than most liquor stores but they also have more. The sheer brewer glass selection is impressive, and any beer enthusiast worth his bottle opener would not skip those 2 aisles. Love this place, will keep going there as long as they are in business.
08-08-2011 20:35:30 | More by shoky01
4.6/5 rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
I have only been to D&Q a couple of times, but each time I have found great beers that are tough to find elsewhere and the service is always good. Solid glassware as well.
The owner does a good job of advocating beer, posting new beers on this site as well as taking the time to talk to his interested customers. Spec's probably has a better overall selection, but this place has a few things that Spec's sometimes doesn't, and has TONS of singles - maybe even everything can be bought as a single?
In either event, great little shop, and one that I'll be visiting more in the future.
06-10-2011 15:39:48 | More by drummermattie02
4.86/5 rDev +9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
My new favorite bottle shop in Houston. After the recommendation of a fellow BA, took the short trip just outside of downtown to this hidden gem. First trip was a bit overwhelming, especially given the amount of singles available. I was able to cobble together a variety of singles I've either never seen before or have been too hesitant to pull the trigger on in full 4 or 6 pack form. Also nice to talk to the store owner who you can quickly tell is every bit as enthusiastic about good beer as you are. I've been able to score some hard to find items here and most recently a keg of Weedwacker. Will definitely make D&Q a regular haunt; would like to see the entire store expanded to just beer!
06-09-2011 14:48:54 | More by Crack2000
4.58/5 rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped here on a recent business trip, hoping to hunt down some Jester King. Walking in, I didn't know what to think. Store was definitely a mini-mart, but the first thing that struck me was how warm it was. Thankfully, almost all the beer is in coolers along the back wall. I poked around a little bit while an employee was working to restock shelves. Turns out, Brandon is the man. It's his shop and he is super passionate about beer in general and especially good Texas beer. He asked me a few probing questions about my preferences and made excellent recommendations. He even went into the back to snag a rare four-pack from Southern Star for me. I asked about Jester King, he said he was expecting some and took my card, saying he'd hold a bottle if it came in while I was still in town. Are you kidding me? This is seriously above and beyond type of service. No wonder everyone who came in knew him by name.
It may well be that the slightly higher prices dictate that the bottles will hang around this shop a bit longer. Or maybe it's the seemingly out-of-the-way location. But by my estimation, this was actually a better selection than Spec's, albeit smaller in volume.
I can't say enough about the service; this is the type of shop that I would love to have locally.
04-21-2011 02:51:51 | More by myspoonistoobig
4.44/5 rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Was informed by a fellow beer advocate user to check out the D&Q Mini Mart in Houston. I wasn't dissapointed. A little pricy, but didn't mind because there were some hard to find brews. Picked up Stones 14th Anniversary IPA and a Burton Baton single(I've been trying to find this forever). The gentleman at the store was very knowledgable and is willing to try to get anything for you. They also have a ton of Pint glasses for only 3.00 each. I picked up a Victory and Great Divide Glass. Definitely will be back next time in Houston.
EDIT: Brandon, the owner, is a great guy. Talked for 20 minutes today. Knows his beer and wants to share the wealth. Now we just need D&Q version 2.0 in Beaumont.
03-08-2011 20:49:19 | More by SWMeyer4141
4.51/5 rDev +1.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I just went to browse their selection and noticed they had some Palo Santo which I havent seen on Houston shelves since I discovered it at a bar awhile ago. I was worried about it getting hot in the car since i had to go back to work so the guy working there packed it carefully on ice for me.
Like others have said it looks like your standard convenience store on the outside but they have a large selection some of which specs doesnt have, or what i think happens is specs runs out of everything but since D&Q is off the beaten path they dont sell out as fast.
You will pay a premium, maybe $0.50 more for a hard to find bottle of craft beer but that is to be expected in an independant place like this.
03-08-2011 18:18:01 | More by adam320
4.45/5 rDev -0.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
It is a run down looking Kwicky Mart from the outside but very different inside. They have the best selection of singles I have ever seen probably. Every beer they have is available as a single. Nice. Prices are on par with Specs and Specs has a little more selection but D&Q has things that Specs doesn't. They have a nice selection of glassware like others have said.
The guy at the counter was awesome. He talked to me about each beer I was getting and how they would age. A very welcome addition to the Houston beer scene.
03-01-2011 19:24:48 | More by poonamibaxter
3.71/5 rDev -16.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I stopped here just to see what might be available, as it's just a little south of a great Specs location. That proximity might both help and hurt beer geek sales, I guess I'd shop the 2 against each other if I lived here.
Specs is king at this point, best selection every time I'm in Houston and decent pricing. But this place is pretty good for selection too, less overall than Specs but there were a few things I didn't see anywhere else so worth a stop for that.
Small store, Kwik-E mart style, but lots of good beer in the coolers, plenty of singles too. Maybe the availability of the singles is the defining point, pretty decent.
03-01-2011 01:05:40 | More by TurdFurgison
D & Q Mini-Mart in Houston, TX
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