D & Q Mini-Mart
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Ratings: 36 | Reviews: 24 | Show All Ratings:
3.54/5 rDev -20.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
So I was on a family trip to Galveston and had a chance to spend the day in Houston. I was eager to check this place out from the amazing reviews it has received.
Alas, I was somewhat disappointed in the fact that I was expecting sheer awesomeness. The vibe was like I walked into a head shop with loud stand up comedy on the big screen. No warm welcome or even an acknowledgment.
The selection was decent they had a few big beers but nothing too spectacular. The Belgian selection was sub par at best and besides a few Mikkeller's and Jester Kings there was nothing that I couldn't get back home in OK. Pricing was steep by a few bucks a bottle IMO. I paid $44 for two 750's and a 12oz single. Shockingly selling single 12oz run of the mill craft beer for $3.49. Outrageous!
They did have a great selection of glass wear but the layout was confusing and unless I just missed it I saw no warm six packs. Too many beers in the cooler I don't really want a beer from the cooler.
All in all a decent experience but nothing breathtaking but for a mini mart it scores big points. I can honestly say that this is no go to stop unless you want exclusives which you must have to ask for.
07-13-2012 03:53:14 | More by Hopswagger
3.71/5 rDev -16.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
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
3.71/5 rDev -16.8%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
This is a great place to find great beer. I always try to make a stop there whenever I am in the area. The prices are very reasonable and they have a decent selection. The owner is very knowledgeable and didn't bat an eye when I walked away with several cases.
The only downside is that the store looks like a gas station.
09-01-2013 08:01:23 | More by Greigh
4.15/5 rDev -7%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
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
4.15/5 rDev -7%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Though the Spec's warehouse easily has them beat on overall selection and prices, D&Q is well worth a stop if you're in the Midtown/Montrose area. They have by far the best selection of singles I've found in Houston (which is admittedly not saying that much) and will usually break a sixer if what you want to try isn't already split out.
They sometimes get new releases or different products in first and, as others have mentioned, have a surprising glassware selection. They often have one or two specials going where if you buy a beer you get the glass for free.
09-11-2009 18:06:20 | More by dfinney23
4.2/5 rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
First time down in Texas and thanks to other BAs this was the place to come for craft beer. The place was a little messy and unorganized but the service and atmosphere was great. The window shelves and around the store was filled with empty craft beer bottles from around the US. I don't know if its a Texas thing but a lot of the beer is kept refrigerated which in the same aspect was nice because their was a lot to choose from that I could drink right away! The buyer was there and he was very helpful and a lot of fun to talk with. I picked up a lot of Jester King, Ranger Creek and deschutes. Abyss was not available yet. Also a bonus was a lot of glassware.
A great stop to come to for some local craft beer!!
12-30-2012 02:05:14 | More by MIA4IPA
4.23/5 rDev -5.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
It is time I updated my old review from back in 09. When I first visited this was a much smaller spot selection wise. One that has continued to grow and built a great base in the shadows of a huge liquor company a few miles away.
OK, a few things that I am not crazy about first. Kind of a shady spot, basically a Kwik e Mart for beer that is a little dumpy. Lots of beer sitting on the floor in the open that I have had skunked, and the building temperature is a little to high for beers to be sitting outside of a cooler for to long IMO. The prices can be a bit expensive, though lately they have been beating Specs on certain items.
The owner is a great guy and knows his beer. Once you walk in, his genuine interest in his products and your satisfaction is very apparent. One conversation with him, and you are hooked on the place. I think I use to hold a small grudge because you have to be a little in the know to get some of the more rare offerings. Which, I am still not as in the know, as others are in this particular joint. Though, that is not a big deal for me, at least anymore.
Enough of that. On to the important stuff. It is very hard for anybody to compete with Specs for selection, and D&Q has somehow matched their selection in every respect. Often times they are the first to get stuff in Houston, or just beat Specs on certain things. Everything from local Houston and Texas beers, Imports, and micros from around the country. Not to mention most everything is in singles as well as six/twelve packs, and all the different glassware.
They always seem to get Jester King, and Smokestacks before anybody else. Now Prairie Artisan and Ola Dubh. I have always respected this spot, but it took me a while to fully come around to the place. An excellent spot to grab some beers.
07-05-2013 04:32:08 | More by champ103
4.28/5 rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
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
4.3/5 rDev -3.6%
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
D&Q is a great bottle shop with great service.
The place looks like a run down 7-11 but is wall to wall beer and wine in the back.
The owner is very helpful and the willingness to break any 6pack for singles is great. He knows his beer and is here on BA every now and again. He can work with distributors and get some things if you ask for them. He also finds ways to get out of area beers and shares them with fellow advocates.
The beer selection is good for local and he even has some here and there great stuff. Had Stone 14 last time I was in and a few other great 22ozers. The glassware selection is amazing and is great for downtown Houston.
Great place and great guy.
01-15-2011 20:15:57 | More by duff247
4.43/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
I have always been a Specs customer, but since I work by D&Q I decided to give it a try. They easily compete with Specs midtown. Brandon, the owner(?), is super helpful and when I asked him to recommend me some beers he picked out 6 that have been outstanding. He did this after asking me what I liked and talking about beer for a little while.
They have the best selection of Boulevard beers I have found in Houston. They also have a great selection of singles which is really great when branching out into new styles.
Lastly, as others have said, they have a great selection of glassware - I have bought a Unibroue tulip and a Young's Double Chocolate Stout tulip. So what if they are dusty - you are going to wash it before using it right?
09-14-2012 23:50:52 | More by 94Sip
D & Q Mini-Mart in Houston, TX
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