Cottage Hill Package Store
Ratings: 20 | Reviews: 13 | Display Reviews Only:
5/5 rDev +16.8%
Went there today on my way to Florida from Dallas. Did my research to see where to get my Westbrook fix. Found tons of great things, even a few bottles of Mexican Cake! Chris (on BA, himself) took great care of me! He even steered me away from a few bottles that he thought had sat too long. A must-stop for anyone serious about beer!
06-14-2014 03:50:55 | More by JJFoodie
4.53/5 rDev +5.8%
Even though this is really the only viable option for beer selection in Mobile, AL it is still a great option. In a state that only changed laws to beers higher than %6 in 2008 and bombers in 2012, craft beer selection is miserable in my city. That is other than Cottage Hill Package. They currently offer over 800 beers, and all of the staff are excited because of upcoming expansion. Several of their guys have told me that they plan to expand to 3,000 beers as well as adding more taps and increasing the size of the humidor.
In my several visits I have yet to find a staff member that was not helpful. These guys are THE place for gourmet beer in our city and they know it. They wear the badge with pride and carry on the responsibilities that go along with it. If browsing the beer selection one is always greeted and chatted with. All the staff seem to have a fairly wide bit of knowledge on beers, (or if not at least a love for it,) and are always willing to give recommendations. You have a feeling that they all really enjoy what they do.
The only down sides of this place is that the beers aren't the best organized and the price is a little high. There seems to be a pattern in how they shelve it, but there's no signage to allude to what it might be. Stock seems to be constantly changing, and some beers have tags with review scores from BA on them, but often times the tags reference a beer that is either out of stock or shelved elsewhere. The upside to all of this is that the staff are always close at hand to help you if you ask, but it would be nice to browse the rows of bottles with a bit more enlightenment. I've also noticed a tendency for them not to pull beers that have gone past their dates.
As far as price is concerned I don't feel that anything is excessively priced, but they are a bit higher than elsewhere. However, I feel that the trade off isn't too bad because these guys really are pleasant to shop with. Selection in our city is scarce, and if my money is going to support a business I'd rather it be locally owned and fulfilling a niche rather than it be funding a chain that puts locals out of business. A plus is that they periodically advertise in a local free newspaper and include coupons for up to 10% off your purchase.
Another upside for this store is their hours. They're 9:00am-12:00am everyday and open their doors 365 days a year. I'm not 100% sure if their holidays business hours change, but I do know that they open.
Upsides: Selection, Staff, Open 365, Free Tastings
Downsides: Organization, Price
04-22-2014 11:09:08 | More by Coryb133
4.2/5 rDev -1.9%
From the outside, Cottage Hill Package Store doesn't look like much. It's on the corner of a shopping mall in a safe area of town. On the inside, the relatively small area is clean and well organized. CHPS has a great selection of high gravity bombers. They also offer a wide variety of other beers in a walk-in cooler. The beer prices are reasonable, and the friendly staff is full of suggestions to expand your horizons. I haven't explored the cigars, wines, or liquors available.
12-20-2013 15:43:05 | More by wtmcknight
Cottage Hill Package Store in Mobile, AL
94 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.