D & Q Mini-Mart
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Ratings: 49 | Reviews: 25 | Display Reviews Only:
4.58/5 rDev +1.6%
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 -1.6%
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 0%
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 -1.3%
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 -17.7%
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
4.3/5 rDev -4.7%
D&Q is a great bottle shop with great service.
The place looks like a run down 7-11 but is wall to wall beer and wine in the back.
The owner is very helpful and the willingness to break any 6pack for singles is great. He knows his beer and is here on BA every now and again. He can work with distributors and get some things if you ask for them. He also finds ways to get out of area beers and shares them with fellow advocates.
The beer selection is good for local and he even has some here and there great stuff. Had Stone 14 last time I was in and a few other great 22ozers. The glassware selection is amazing and is great for downtown Houston.
Great place and great guy.
01-15-2011 20:15:57 | More by duff247
4.15/5 rDev -8%
Though the Spec's warehouse easily has them beat on overall selection and prices, D&Q is well worth a stop if you're in the Midtown/Montrose area. They have by far the best selection of singles I've found in Houston (which is admittedly not saying that much) and will usually break a sixer if what you want to try isn't already split out.
They sometimes get new releases or different products in first and, as others have mentioned, have a surprising glassware selection. They often have one or two specials going where if you buy a beer you get the glass for free.
09-11-2009 18:06:20 | More by dfinney23
4.5/5 rDev -0.2%
Ok, so this place looks like a dump. I pulled up with my wife in the car and she asked if I was planning on a drug deal. I laughed.
I kept my expectations low even though I had heard good things. Upon entry, D&Q appears as a mild-mannered corner store. Lining the long back wall are coolers like any other store. As you approach the coolers, you realize that this is no ordinary corner store. You look to you right down the last aisle and you notice the veritable cornucopia of glassware. After talking to the clerk I learned that they try to stock a glass for every beer that they carry when possible.
After you collect yourself from ogling the glassware, you inhale and approach the coolers. At this point, I still half-way expected a few micro-brews and then a cooler full of Bud Light. Not the case. Not even close. They have damn near everything there from Sours to Stouts.
The service was impeccable. I asked about special ordering. The response was encouraging. I shall return...possibly today.
08-12-2009 12:24:56 | More by DeathbySexyBT
4.15/5 rDev -8%
Stopped by this place while helping my girlfriend move to an apartment no less than 2 blocks away.
No complaints about the service; granted, no one is going to come up and help you unless you ask for it, but the cashier was very friendly and knew her beer. Great selection, with a huge variety of singles and bombers at reasonable prices. Sixers available too. Has pretty much everything you can find at a Spec's or Central Market, but the one distinction that sets apart D&Q (and helped me adjust my "selection" rating) is the glassware. At least 50 different glasses from various breweries, multiples of each, and the best part? They're all $3 apiece. I happily gobbled up a Houblon Chouffe tulip, a Duchesse de Bourgogne goblet, and a Great Divide tulip, and will return to buy some more soon.
Beer prices are a bit more expensive than CM or Spec's, but that's to be expected given D&Q's small market status. Besides, the cheap glassware more than makes up for it. Great little neighborhood beer shop, and one I'll be sure to frequent again...
08-03-2009 02:10:32 | More by wagenvolks
D & Q Mini-Mart in Houston, TX
98 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.