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Tipple's Brews

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Tipple's BrewsTipple's Brews
BA SCORE
98
world-class

33 Reviews
Reviews: 33
Visits: 49
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: n/a
[ Store ]

2440 SW 76th St
Ste 110
Gainesville, Florida, 32608-0345
United States
phone: (352) 672-6303

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @tipplesbrews

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Reviews: 33 | Visits: 49
Photo of IckyT2012
4.37/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

They get all the good stuff, but its also the first place in town to sell out. If you're not watching facebook for the updates, you're probably not getting any of it. Also, everything in the store is $2 more expensive than anywhere else. Shopping here gets expensive fast. (272 characters)

Photo of floridadrift
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Top Notch, super friendly liquor store.
Sit outside and drink your beer.
Wooden shelves, racks, floors and counter tops.
Super classy and open to everyone.
Embedded in UF, hidden away in a brand-new suburban plaza ghost town, away from the college clutter. (256 characters)

Photo of TomB
4.36/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Definitely the "all-around" best place in Gainesville to get Craft Beer. It's on the far west side of town so for some people it's a bit of a trek to get to, but well worth it. Being that it is located on the far west side of town, you avoid the vagrants and panhandlers that you encounter at Gator Beverage.

Great selection of beer (and wine from what I hear - I don't drink the stuff). Staff is friendly and helpful most of the time, and I'm sure they deal with enough goobers that think they know something about beer (and want to tell everyone about it - Experienced this in my last visit), that when they aren't being totally friendly it's probably not because the employees are jerks. Dealing with, "know it all," types can get old. I'd venture to say that if I had to deal with that on a daily basis I probably wouldn't be super friendly all the time either.

Only complaint I have is their impulsive need to post every new arrival on their Facebook page. It's great to let your clientele know about new/limited offerings that have shown up, but making it known to anyone who looks at their Facebook page puts most of those selections out of reach for people with regular "9 to 5's". I was told by an employee that I could call and put one on hold by credit card, but when I attempted to do so the line rang busy, and when I finally got through they were "sold out." This was only 30 minutes after their original post.

Otherwise, Tipples is great. (1,458 characters)

Photo of cubanbeerguy
4.93/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Gainesville premeiere craft beer shop. Where do I begin. Lets start off with that its 5 minutes from my house therefore I pop by here all the time. They keep customers updated via facebook and I run over whenever something cool comes in. The shop is beutiful, a bit small, but the best looking shop ive ever been to to tell you the truth. They also have 4 taps and usually have some rare cigar city on tap along with unusual local swamphead brews. The staff is sooo helpful and friendly. They really know their beers. You ask them one question about a beer and they know everything and will make tons of great reccomendations. They also have no problem looking stuff up. Also they are knowledgable in wines as 1/3 of the store is devoted to fine wines and cigars. I just wish the shiop was a little bigger to vamp up the sleection.(this is the only reason its not gettting a perfect 5 rating) But they only carry top notch stuff. Im not into Belgians but damn their selection is crazy. If you stop into town this is hwere you want to go buy craft beer... PERIOD! (1,062 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

After moving from Ann Arbor to Gainesville, I was worried I would have trouble finding good brews. While I initially had to miss out on my favorite (Founders), Tipple's was a huge find for me. They have an excellent selection and even beers on draft.

My wife is a wine drinker, and they have plenty of that, too. The only place I have been where you can do a mix-6 with ANY beer in the place. They really know what trying the beers is all about.

Prices down here are very good, and now I get to bust into some new brews that I couldn't get in Michigan like Terrapin and Cigar CIty. Excellent staff, friendly, and they've gotten things like Cantillon in here at times. Did not expect to have such a great place to go to here in Gainesville. (741 characters)

Photo of JCaweinstein
3.73/5  rDev -17.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

I stopped at Tipples on my way home from vacation. The building looks new and is very nice. They've got some nice wine shelves on one side of the store, a bar where you check out that you can also sit and have a beer. Beer is on the other side of the store.
They have a nice selection of craft beers. One area for imports and another for domestics. I was looking for FL beers only and was a little disappointed with the selection. I wanted to load up on CCB but they only had 2 varieties of the year round beers and no Humidor or seasonals.
The service was decent but not great. Two guys working were talking to the two guys at the bar. Neither checked if I needed some help. When I asked some questions they were friendly enough.
I was very satisfied with the pricing. A 6 pack, a mixed 6 and a 750 for 27$ I thought that was fair. (832 characters)

Photo of Beer21
4.4/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

It was nice to find a place like Tipple's only 45 minutes from my house. However when I lived in Gainesville for 6 years we had nothing of the sort. I only wish they would have opened earlier. Anyway Tipple's has a great selection of beer, with more Belgian beers than others. The service was ok, but I guess I was expecting the guy working there to be more enthusiastic. I was pumped up to check the place out and he just seemed to be indifferent. I mean who wouldn't want that kind of job in college?

I will say that the selection is probably the best from Tampa to Jacksonville. The prices are reasonable and you can sample a few beers in the store while shopping. I will go back and recommend it highly. (708 characters)

Photo of werbeor
4.86/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

This place is awesome!! Not only can you find a HUGE selection of beers, a very large selection of wine, some cigars, glassware and a handful of unique foods, not to mention their own hot sauce line (which is pretty incredible). I am partial to the beer myself, but I have tried the sauces and a few of the other items as well.

Tipple's is one of those places where it is just great to hang out after work and look around and perhaps have a beer on tap while you shop for other beers in the store. That's right! a beer and wine store that has beer on tap while you shop for beer!! Most of the beers on tap are local but there is always something good.

Tipple's place is clean. I am not particularly picky about it but most of the beer stores I used to go to I could not bring the other half. On a side not, it is doubly nice because while I ogle the beer she can scout out the wine selection.

Tippel's will open what you purchase and let you enjoy it in the store. Not too many places will let you do this and it gives a person another chance to enjoy the selection. Enjoying while you browse can enhance the chance at one of the guys coming up with more stuff you may like. If you did not like a beer and only had a single they can point you in the way of a beer more along your tastes.

Tippels is always getting new stuff in. If I am looking for something different I can search around quite a bit but if I go to Tippel's I know that I will find SOMETHING there. They get seasonal in as well as a constant flow of local and small batch brews circulating thought the store. The guys who own this place are open to suggestions and always have helpful comments on what you might like.

Tippels also hold the occasional event. I think that any place that sponsors a beer run get some extra points, as does any place with a similar X factor.

In conclusion Tippel's is a perfect place to go and get a six pack or enjoy a beer or tap or even a single from a bottle after work. It is worth a visit just for the experience. (2,027 characters)

Photo of Brewsbtasty
5/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I just moved to Gainesville and needed to get some tasty brews to help make the unpacking go better so I turned to my trusty beer advocate to research the best place around. Just for kicks I read the other reviews and was glad that I didn't pay too much attention to the first review I read that gave them a B minus. Honestly, I can't imagine a better place for beer...not only does it carry to most variety, but they seem to be careful in selecting only the best stuff so that no matter what you try (yes, you can buy individual bottles and drink them in the store!!!), it's sure to be great brew. They also have 4 taps of some really unique beer that they pour you a pint of while you're looking around...way too cool. Go now...you won't regret it!

p.s. - try the PumKing ale from Souther Tier, it's fantastic! (813 characters)

Photo of biochembrewer
3.29/5  rDev -27.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5

I'm grew up in Gainesville and when I saw, upon coming back to visit family, that there was an A+ ranked beer store (at least right now, as I write this), I was very excited. After going I wasn't completely disappointed, but Tipple's is definitely NOT an A+ beer store. I think I'm a very fair person, so I'll be as objective as possible.

The facilities are very new which gives the store a very presentable, welcoming, and "fresh" perspective. The atmosphere inside is also very nice, with wood shelving and floors. Not a very large store, but a decent amount of space reserved for beer. Parking is somewhat limited, but additional parking was available in the back.

The only employee there didn't say a word to me the entire time I perused through their entire beer section (spent at least 10 minutes looking). I wasn't upset, as I probably know beer selection and styles better than most store employees; however, employees should always ask if you need any help, if you're looking for anything particular, or to let you know about a rare or seasonal beer they just got in.

One really cool thing I noticed was they had 3 or 4 faucets on the wall, and I noticed a few recently poured beers on the counter. Unfortunately, I was not offered one.

The pricing of most beers was about what the other beer stores in the area charge, so: average pricing.

I'm not sure if Gainesville just doesn't have a lot of beer stores, but the selection is average, to good. At first glance you see a lot of offerings, but each beer has anywhere between 4-8 bottle wide rows on the shelf so there are not as many different types of beers as you think. They had mostly what most other beer stores in the area have (Cigar City, Southern Tier, DogFish, Terrapin, Stone, Sierra Nevada, etc.) without anything really alluring.

Overall, definitely worth visiting to see what they have. Just don't expect to be blown away or expect a "World Class" beer store (as technically, that is what an A+ ranking is). I say it's about a C+/B- beer store. (2,027 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.36/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This is a very nice store; well lit, everything seems new and upscale. The beer is relatively well organized, about a third of it refrigerated. They have a few (four, if I recall correctly) taps on the wall by the cooler for growler fills and, better yet, so that you can have a pint while browsing their selection. I had a Swamp Head Blackwater while shopping and it definitely enhanced the experience.

I live only an hour away, but there was still a decent selection of things that I would not expect to find at home. Prices were reasonable, but not cheap. Overall, a very nice store, definitely worth checking out if you are in Gainesville. (645 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.66/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

A little out of the way but worth the drive. The selection is excellent and the prices even better. I was seeing most prices in line with most other stores with $2-3 off some higher end bottles, which I took advantage of. Being able to purchase a beer from there wide ranging genre (though only 4 choices) of beers on tap to enjoy as you shop the store was a lot of fun. The staff person was attentive and interacting with those at the front desk also enjoying a drink. The store itself was very nicely laid out and with nice decor. The breweries they carried were certainly top of the line from the big players to the smaller breweries. I will definitely be stopping in again next time I am in Gainesville. (707 characters)

Photo of isaacpopp
4.66/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This is my go to bottle shop right now. This place is really nice and always has someone friendly and knowledgeable behind the counter. The prices are not too bad either and they have 4 tap handles that they update from time to time so you can have a pint while you browse or just hang out. There are usually other beer lovers slowly walking around sipping delicious craft brews as well so plenty to talk about and plenty of beer recommendations.
Definitely a great store to get a bottle or two if you are in Gainesville. (522 characters)

Photo of itk1
4.53/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

This by far the best place to buy beer in Gainesville. The staff are very friendly and store itself has a very welcoming, pleasant atmosphere. I've on more than one occasion spent over thirty minutes walking around examining the beer and never felt like I was over staying my welcome. The selection of beer is the best Gainesville, but that isn't saying much. I'm not sure how distribution works in this area of Florida, but a couple of the store will frequently have beers that others don't. So if you don't find it here it may be at one of the other places in town. Overall it's definitely worthy of your time if you're near by. (630 characters)

Photo of cirtap
4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

In the past year Tipple's has really grown into a top-notch beer shop. Their inventory has grown including the addition of rarities such as De Dolle, Brasserie Des Rocs, Rochefort, Nogne, Baladin, and more. Cale is the beer guy and he is very knowledgeable, and can make suggestions for the beer novice or expert. Most of the beers have labels with descriptions and BA and RB ratings, which is helpful.

Pricing is in line with the better stores in the area including Ward's and Gator Beverage. Tipple's also has great beer tastings every couple months hosted by the living legend Dave Perez. Two rotating taps in the store provide refreshment for thirsty customers, and it's usually great beer on tap. Hopefully they continue to get great beers in stock, and maybe put some beer on sale for the poor college students! (818 characters)

Photo of NathanAnd
5/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I've been buying my beer and wine at Tipples Brews exclusively for some time now. I go back because they have a great selection of both beer and wine (as well as a smaller cheese/cigar/hotsauce/gourmet chocolate lines as well) in addition to their stellar customer service.

The coolers are pretty evenly split between American craft beer and European imports, though they have selections from other regions too (Africa, Canada, Australia, New Zealand & Japan come to mind). They have the mainstay craft beers on their shelves, but they're always on the lookout for new craft beer and go to great lengths to secure seasonal and rare releases. With something like 500+ beers to choose from, the 4 draft taps with local beer (Swamphead & Cigar City are most frequently poured), you have something to do while you shop. From time to time they offer a free pint on draft for customers while they shop.

As far as wine goes, I can't remember buying something here that my wife didn't enjoy. They rotate their selection to include wines with solid ratings, and usually have a bottle or two open for samples. They have wines from the big regions that you'd expect, but also some boutique wines as well.

Matt & Cale are both experts in the wine/beer worlds. They're happy to make recommendations and selections and they'll order exactly what you ask for. Beer might be more challenging due to the three tiered distribution system, but they'll do what they can.

Their prices are reasonable - you can get a great mixed 6 selection for under $10! Often their prices are more competitive than the local supermarkets (although they don;t stock much of the same selection in beer, and if a wine is sold in a supermarket, you can almost guarantee that you won't find it in Tipples unless you ask for it). Most of their beer is available for sale in singles as well as six packs. They have a vast selection of bombers at room temperature. They have other merchandise as well - glassware and some t-shirts. If they're given promotional material, they willingly and happily distribute!

I don't think I'll buy my beer or wine at any other store in Gainesville as long as I live here and as long as they remain open. I'm a huge advocate of supporting local small businesses and if you're looking for a place with a great atmosphere, then Tipples is the place for you. (2,355 characters)

Photo of jgagne
4.8/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I love tipples. It is my favorite place in Gainesville to buy beer. The selection is great, the workers are very helpful and knowledgeable. They also have a nice selection of wine, and you have got to love new beers on draft every week that you can enjoy in the store while you shop. I also enjoy all the glassware you can purchase at this store. Tipples was the first place i purchased a beer when i turned twenty one and i will keep coming back as long as i am in Gainesville. For me this place will always be apart of my college experience. Truly a great place for beer lovers (579 characters)

Photo of Holland
3.85/5  rDev -15%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Tipple's is a good liquor store overall, and a great liquor store for Gainesville. Atmosphere is nice, with an organized setup and incandescent lighting. The service is fine depending on when you're there. I was there during an event and just wanted to purchase beer, but it took a while. The selection is excellent for Gainesville, and they order beers that you can't get anywhere else around that area.

The only reason it's not rated better is because it doesn't have the large warehouse capability of places in Chicago (Binny's) and Denver (Tipsy's). I'm sure Tipples doesn't move enough stock to justify having more space or more selection, but it has improved even in the short time I've been there.

The best part is certainly the atmosphere and the fact that you can get some great beers on tap. (804 characters)

Photo of ryanadamss
4.18/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 2 | selection: 5

Best beer selection in Gainesville hands down. Only questionable thing I have on Tipple's is the service and people who work there. Very quiet staff and seems like most of the workers dont know about many of the beers.

I have found several great beers here and will continue to go back on a regular basis. They are always improving their selection and stock. I can find something new everytime go in. They even were serving food last time i went in. Venison wrapped in bacon was delicious. Tipple's is definitely the place to go if your looking for a great atmosphere and some of the best beer. (596 characters)

Photo of phishgator
4.7/5  rDev +3.8%

This shop is located on the west side of town off Tower Road. A nice quaint store that offers good wine and beer. There was only one person on staff, but didn't seem to matter. The layout is open and free. The selection was some of the best limited releases in the state. pricing was very reasonable with standard pricing of bombers from $3.99 to $12.99 for some of the high gravity brews. You can also have a beer while shopping, I had an Old Third Coast Ale and Dbl Simcoe IPA was also on tap. I would recommend this store to anyone looking for a good limited release. (570 characters)

Photo of Schizm
5/5  rDev +10.4%

A very welcoming and knowledgeable staff will help you navigate through the great beer and wine selections. They have quite a large selection in a small footprint of a store. Usually there are two beers on draft for you to choose from whilst you shop. If you have a special order for beer or wine they will do their best to get it for you. Also, their keg selection is second to none in Gainesville. Especially since they keep torpedoes of all Swamp Head Brewery's year-round brews on site. There are also gourmet and local cheeses available along with other chocolates.

Support your local owners and breweries by stopping in! (627 characters)

Photo of theboozecruise
4.65/5  rDev +2.6%

Came by here while I was in town visiting a friend... she highly recommended it as the right place to go to stock up on beers I can't get at home, and she was correct. The variety was outstanding, and I found 30 beers I couldn't get in BR easily. Their site says they support the local Swamp Head and Cigar City breweries, but I didn't see any... might have just missed them.

They had 6-pack holders available for creating your own 6-packs, and everything was sold individually if so desired. I wanted to grab some bombers as well and they were more than happy to give me a box to hold all of them.

The prices seemed reasonable, but since these were all new beers to me it's hard to really compare.

They even helped bring the second box of beer out to the car afterward. Great place, definitely check it out if you want to find some new brews. (847 characters)

Photo of vapodge
4.85/5  rDev +7.1%

Been coming here once a week or more for about a year. Why do I keep coming back even though it's much further from my home than other places?

Well, to start, there's the two rotating beers (usually local) on tap that I can drink as I shop. I've discovered a couple new brews that way.

There's the fact that about half the store is devoted to wine with some cheese and Vosges chocolate. The lady vapodge really likes this side of the store.

Most everything that gets distributed to the area you will find here. I have found a beer or two elsewhere in town at another store that wasn't carried at Tipple's, but this is not common. You're MUCH more likely to find stuff here that you can't get elsewhere.

The prices are comparable to other places in Gainesville. Sometimes they're a tad higher, sometimes lower. There's certainly no gouging going on here.

If you want something, they'll try to get it. If they get something they think you'll like, they'll let you know. In other words, they're nice. And helpful.

And so is the clientele. Beer conversations are often going on between strangers and friends alike here. Recommendations, homebrew tips, and brewery travel stories are always being shared. To me, that's what truly sets it apart from other stores in the area.

You know how Tom Waits is known as a musician's musician? Well, Tipple's is kind of like that for beer lovers. Once you discover it, you'll be a better, happier, savvier person. But this is not to say this place is for the elite.
Thing is, Tipple's is a whole lot more accessible to the novice -- they gladly help folks that don't know what they're looking for after asking a couple questions regarding their tastes.
The difference is there's no gruff voice to get past. (1,747 characters)

Photo of Jdmpolk
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Tipple's is my go to beer location in Gainesville. They constantly look for new beers, and keep their patrons in the loop as to what has come in. Their selection is sold by the six pack, but each options are available as well. They have two taps in store that constantly switch out with a new craft brewery.
The owners are very active in promoting beer in Gainesville. They will regularly have the local brewery, Swamp Head, on tap or an offering form Cigar City. They host a beer tasting almost every month, which aims to expose and educate their patrons in new styles of beer, as well as instruction on how to taste it.
On top of the great beer selection they also have offerings of wine cheese, and their own hot sauce. Overall it is a great place to go with knowledgeable and friendly staff with a great selection. (822 characters)

Photo of awsmith4
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Needed a beer store while heading to Ocala from Atlanta two weeks ago and saw this place listed here on BA. Stopped in looking for beer to bring to a cookout/herf and also to see if there was anything rare or not available in GA. The selection was not extremely vast but it did appear to be carefully thought out. The prices were reasonable but what really made me dig this place was the friendly atmosphere and helpful staff. These guys seemed to want to talk beer as much as I did and had someone else not needed assistance we would have probably talked all afternoon. I will be stopping there again anytime I am headed down to FL. (633 characters)

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Tipple's Brews in Gainesville, FL
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