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8 Ratings
Ratings: 8
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.03%
[ Store ]

410 River St
Hackensack, New Jersey, 07601
United States
phone: (201) 487-9529

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Reviews by Ego:
Photo of Ego
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%

A relatively small store in an unassuming area not too far from major roads (kinderkmack road - route 80, route 46, turnpike, parkway all close). I happen to work within a mile of the store.

"nice" selection with some surprises here and there. Good representation of east coast micros (troegs, dogfishhead, yards, brooklyn, lancaster etc). One or 2 west coast selections usually (north coast: old rasputin, pranqster) and occassionally some other stuff like spanish peaks. A good selection of belgians (most of the delirium line tremens, noel, grand cru). Your basic belgians after that (duvel etc, no st bernardus). A couple of regular german selections, one type of meade and O'hannlon's Rye. 1 or 2 Young's come in dependent on season. This was the only place I have ever seen the Original Flag Porter in New Jersey (and they had a good 4 4-packs of it).

the staff is generally nice but doesnt know anything about beer, I bought the Artevelde Grand Cru and Original Flag Porter today and they had no idea, although they asked me about them with genuine intrigue at the counter. AND... usually the real obscure stuff they have is never in the computer which can be a pain in the ass on check out (twice the old rasputin was not in the computer). The cold selection is one fridge with your usual stuff. it is nice enough to find sierra nevada fest cold but if that is that best you can offer, well, it's nice but nothing spectacular. They did have a nice little array of bottled ciders as well. They of have Climax stuff in growlers which is a plus.

verdict:
not the greatest prices, not the greatest selection but some interesting stuff to be had if you are in the area or passing through. better than a local yokel store.. but not head over heels.

Ego, Dec 27, 2004
More User Reviews:
Photo of RichT73
4.65/5  rDev +31.7%

I just returned with a growler of Yeti Imperial Stout and a six pack of Stone IPA, which were picked among a very impressive selection of single bottles and six-packs. So far, this is the best store I've been in for a beer lover in North Jersey. The wide-open store has a great selection, competitive prices, and a very helpful employee in Harry, who went out of his way to answer every question I had. When I asked if they had Nugget Nectar he searched every section of the store. Turns out they didn't have it, but he said to check back next month when it should arrive. I definitely plan on returning very soon.

RichT73, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%

Like the other BA's, this place is a quick fix for me as I live about 10 minutes away.

The beer is in the back of the store on two long shelves.

I don't like how they mix some of the special beers (i.e. DFH 120 min, smuttnose imperial stout) with the Belgians. Makes it awkward and challenging to find what you are looking for.

Usual Belgian suspects+ Rochefort 8,9,10

Usual American micro six pack suspects. I warn you- this place will not WOW you, but you will always leave the store with something quality.

DavidSeanNJ, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of yelterdow
3.05/5  rDev -13.6%

In a pinch, I'll head over to Home Liquors for a quick fix... it's all of about ten minutes from my house. Certainly not the best of what's nearby, they do carry some of my must-haves regularly... namely Oude Kriek (dammit try this if you haven't already!!!), Tripel Karmeliet, Rochefort 6/8/10, and the Weyerbacher special editions. Just don't expect anything close to good service here, as you will be in for disappointment.

I love Rodenbach, it's no secret... when it made its return here in New Jersey I asked the guys "are you getting it soon?" and every time they told me "next Thursday" or "it should be on our next truck"... what bullshit. The staff is completely nonchalant about their beer department and it is no fun to visit...

...unless, like I said, I need an Oude Kriek fix.

yelterdow, Sep 29, 2005
Photo of TongoRad
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%

This is a good place to shop at for both bulk purchases and more specialized ones (and both sections seem to be priced accordingly). They carry a good number of American brewers, though the depth leaves something to be desired. The import section seems to be more thought out and I have found more obscure items on that side. It is a good all-around shop that I would probably make my regular haunt if it were closer to home. Unfortunately, the staff doesn't seem too knowledgable, though it hasn't impacted my shopping- but be warned.

TongoRad, Sep 07, 2005
Photo of slander
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Pretty much a standard liquor store with a good emphasis on wine but a surprising little beer section in the back left corner. On one side of the rack are the micros with a good representation of locals and regionals (Dogfish Head, Troegs, Weyerbacher, Yards, Stoudts, Riverhorse, Flying Fish, Brooklyn) and beers from the other coast (Sierra Nevada, Anchor, Grants, North Coast, Anderson Valley, Spanish Peaks). The other side of the rack houses a good collection of Belgians, from the usual suspects to beers that you don't see everywhere (Westie 8, Rochefort 8 & 10, Affligem Double & Triple, Delirium Noel, Abbaye Des Rocs Grand Cru) and they've even got a few meads.
Now, all of this is going on under the big flouro lights and oddly enough, the coolers in the back are fairly empty. There's no reason they can't get a lot more of the beer out of the sun, so to speak. Oh yeah, regarding them coolers, one of them had 3 different Climax growlers in them (Octoberfest, Nut Brown Ale & ESB). That's something you don't see everyday.

slander, Jan 05, 2004
Photo of jrancan
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%

Mostly, a wine store, but IMO has a very good selection of Belgian beer. Unfortunately, they don't seem to stock a whole heck of a lot of American micros outside of Rogue and the local Ramstein and Climax. Not that that's a bad thing, but I was hoping to see some more Heavyweight (only Stick-n-jab) and Philly based brews. Oh well. Prices were decent in my book, and so far, everything I've had from here has been fresh.
Nothing to go out of your way for, but a good one for Bergen County residents.

jrancan, Sep 01, 2003
Photo of RonfromJersey
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%

While still offering a nice selection of quality imports and well known micros, I feel this store has de-emphasized craft beer in the last two years. Less little known micros, less seasonals, even a smaller display of beeriodicals. Still decent, but no longer worth the pain of a lunch time excursion from Secaucus for me.

RonfromJersey, Dec 06, 2002
Home Liqours in Hackensack, NJ
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