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D & Q Mini-Mart

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

51 Ratings
Ratings: 51
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 7.56%
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806 Richmond Ave
Houston, Texas, 77006-5514
United States
phone: (713) 526-4451

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(Place added by: soultrain19 on 05-19-2009)
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5/5  rDev +11.1%

Jon4than, Aug 12, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.1%

IvanJ126, Aug 21, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.1%

emergency_beef, Nov 06, 2013
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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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!

RexlySnipes, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of greenspointexas
5/5  rDev +11.1%

Selection is the 2nd best in Houston, hands down. This place has more beer than any other place within 150 miles except Specs Midtown. However, the great thing about this place is that the owner, Brandon, always has stuff the big boys dont. Because of Texas' crazy distribution laws, he either gets stuff Specs doesnt have or gets it before anyone else does, so you can always count on finding some "suprises" each time you go.

Ive been a customer for almost 3 years now and visit this place once a week or so. Best service in Texas and very friendly place. Amazing that more people dont know about this place, but hey, more for me right? A++

greenspointexas, Oct 12, 2011
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5/5  rDev +11.1%

CDCNAM, Mar 19, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.1%

cultclassic89, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of Dajtai007
4.94/5  rDev +9.8%

Walking in to the place you are bombarded with beers and fish. Yes, fish. Fish tanks all around, its quite pleasing to see little fishies mingling with bottle after bottles of beer. Bottle decorate the walls, some of them really sought after. The selection is pretty expansive, with lots of obscure beers and hard to gets. A massive selction of "build your own" six packs and glassware. The prices may be a tad bit higher than the large liquor store, but you get a better selection of beers and great customer service. The guy knows his beer. I highly recommend this place for craft beers, as do others.

Dajtai007, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of Crack2000
4.86/5  rDev +8%

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!

Crack2000, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of bens0n
4.8/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

bens0n, Jun 10, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

IrishGermanAmerican, May 10, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Jvrdz24, Feb 18, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

BlackNotesIII, Sunday at 09:41 PM
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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

StArnoldFan, Jun 07, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

hoppy91, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of LadyOfMuchBeer
4.63/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

LadyOfMuchBeer, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of drummermattie02
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

drummermattie02, Jun 10, 2011
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4.58/5  rDev +1.8%

This is a very average looking little mart, and that's what it is...in appearance only. It's a substantial place to get beer. There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to where the beer is located, and you'll come across a few different locations with the same beer. It can be a little disorienting and requires a little bit more attention to detail, but you'll eye some cool stuff in the process. Despite how seemingly random the shelfs/coolers/end caps were, I was picking up IPAs that I knew were dated and I couldn't find anything that wasn't fresh. So despite the disorganized feel, it's apparent that everything really has its place and its well overseen. I've heard the owner is great to talk to, and was from the small chat we had, but I intentionally didn't get to involved as I had a hungry wife waiting back at the hotel and I value my life. I'll probably go back when I have time to chat and just do so while looking over glassware. Yep, there's shit tons of glass. I picked up a GI nonic real quick just to have something, but next time I'll really take In the Breweriana. Prices were reasonable. Some things may have been slightly more than at Specs, but some were cheaper, others comparable. I was fine with the prices.

Great shop. If you're visiting from out of town, and need some place to stay down town, consider the Robins Nest Bed and Breakfast...it's 3 blocks from D & Q. Worth it.

EgadBananas, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of myspoonistoobig
4.58/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

myspoonistoobig, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of adam320
4.51/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

adam320, Mar 08, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev 0%

GumDropButtons, Mar 06, 2014
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Dogleg, Aug 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev 0%

Texasfan549, Dec 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev 0%

jenray, Oct 30, 2013
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D & Q Mini-Mart in Houston, TX
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