Nathaniel Square Corner Store
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4.9/5 rDev +7.9%
My favorite place to buy beer in the Rochester area.
The people here know their stuff. I've only encountered one or two employees who don't know much about beer, but Bob, their main beer guy, and a lot of the other employees really know their stuff as well.
The selection is smaller, at least compated to BOTW or AJ's, but always interesting. They go through their inventory very quickly, so you could come in two days in a row and there's gonna be some new stuff laying around. They have a big cooler in the back with all sorts of good stuff, US and domestic (I just can't stop getting those single bottles of Aun Mas Cafe Jesus that always seem to be there, despite the price). There's a smaller cooler on the left wall with singles. Not everything is in singles, but if you ask nicely, they might break stuff up for you or let you know when they put certain beers in the singles cooler. On a shelf across from the cooler is a shelf that always has good stuff, and seems to be the shelf where bottles go before they go into the cooler, waiting for room. There's a "vintage" cooler to the right of the big cooler that has older Belgians and some other interesting rarities, always worth a look. The shelf by the coffee usually has some good stuff too.
They keep the best stuff behind the counter, but they never keep it under the counter. It's always visible, and anybody can buy them. They don't post the arrival of their biggest releases, or talk about them over the phone, in order to give everybody a better chance of buying it.
The growler station is small (4 taps) but very good. I've seen some incredible local stuff, as well as rare, high gravity growler pours. In the last few months I've seen BA Freudian Break, Apple Brandy Barrel Aged Imperial Smoke from the Oak, Double DBA, BCBS, and BCBW, amongst other great selection. The lines are cleaned every time a beer is kicked, so it is very clean.
One of the best parts about the place is their cellaring program. They are one of the only places in the area who does a program like this. Every so often they'll pull out some choice offerings from the cellar and put it at a decent price. I was able to snag a 2011 Victory Dark Intrigue and a 2010 Bigfoot for ok prices.
Haven't tried any of their various snacks laying around, but they seem good.
Definitely worth a stop. You won't regret it.
01-24-2014 19:57:47 | More by GreesyFizeek
3.73/5 rDev -17.8%
Nice little corner store, most of the beer is refrigerated. Some beers that Beers of the World didn't have but found the selection to be less than BOTW. All solid but there was no Southern Tier Warlock and there was missing a few Founders. The guy at the cash seemed somewhat knowledgeable but not too much. I like the vibe of the store though.
11-01-2013 16:33:57 | More by papat444
4.21/5 rDev -7.3%
This is located in the South Wedge neighborhood in Rochester.
Atmosphere - this is a convenience store with a big cooler full of beer on the back wall.
Quality and selection here were pretty good, they had a lot of NYS brewery's offerings on hand (Ommegang, 3HB, Capt. Lawrence, Brooklyn, Lake Placid) as well as domestic usual suspects (DFH, Stone, Founders). I was a bit let down by the sparcity of their Belgian/German export selection, but I did find some domestics that I haven't been able to find elsewhere. Service is where this place really shines. Got the opportunity to chat beer with Bob, who appears to be their beer conneiseur, very friendly and very knowledgeable about beer and the products that they carry. Prices are maybe $1-2 higher on some items than other places in the area, but not too exorbitant. You also have the option of breaking down 4/6 packs into singles, which is a plus. They also had 4 or 5 beers on tap available for growler fills. Overall, I was impressed with what NSCS had to offer and next time I am in the ROC, I will be sure to stop by. Recommended.
06-17-2013 17:46:07 | More by keithmurray
Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY
97 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.