Sun Devil Liquors
Ratings: 41 | Reviews: 37 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by mhaugan:
4.6/5 rDev +5.5%
The outward appearance of this location is a bit dicey. It looked no different than the dozen liquor stores I passed getting there. Upon entering it reminded me immediately of my college trips to Topps (makes sense as they share an owner). There is booze everywhere. Their clear goal is to provide the best variety and selection in town, and they succeed. The layout was a little confusing and it took a bit to decipher the logic they were going for, but with so many beers, it was worth the time just to slowly peruse the isles. The staff was quite eager to help, although I am the type to gut it out on my own. I found quite a few things I had been desiring for quite some time including a wonderful Dupont Sasion. The staff peeked at what I was grabbing and started a conversation about the greatness of Belgian beers and their underapprecation in US beer drinking culture. I knew I had found the perfect place. The prices were comparable to BevMo on the items that they shared, although BevMo does require the use of their club card to take full advantage of their pricing. I did not check out the bar on this trip, so I will write a follow up review of just that portion of the store later.
07-26-2007 14:23:53 | More by mhaugan
More User Reviews:
4.03/5 rDev -7.6%
Stopped in here on the way home since it was on the way. Upon entering the sore it is striking just how much beer they have. Some people walking around browsing the aisles of beer and liquor. Service was solid. I was approached twice asking if I needed help finding anything but I was just browsing. Quality was ok. Nearly all of the bottles were covered in dust and some were out of date, while the rest were fine. Selection can best be described as immense and diverse. Beers of all different styles from all over the world. Nothing overly rare or anything but plenty of solid options. Prices were fairly similar to all of the other bottle shops I have visited in the area. Overall a huge selection is this places selling point, which is both a gift and a curse.
02-07-2014 05:45:03 | More by orangesol
4.28/5 rDev -1.8%
Visited Sun Devil Liquors a couple times while on a trip to the Mesa area last fall. Originally, I was recommended this place because they carried Odell and I was looking to get my Myrcenary fix. Great store. Doesn't look like much from the outside but huge craft beer selection. Tons of bombers. They had so much that it was kinda hard to walk the ailes because they had cases of stuff not on the shelves and extra stock all over the place. They have a ton of west coast, local stuff, and some nice midwest stuff. Luckily I was visiting during The Abyss release. They had a shelf full of The Abyss and no bottle limit from what I recall. Like some one else mentioned in their review, I too noticed this place had a large selection Bell's. Anyways.. I ended up shipping home a pretty nice sized box of goodies. The staff was friendly. Prices were reasonable. I noticed they had a pub area to the place but didn't get a chance to check it out since I was spending so much time looking at selection. I would recommend this place to anyone who visits the PhoenixMesa area and is looking for some heady brews .
07-22-2013 00:38:14 | More by xdtfx
3.76/5 rDev -13.8%
From the outside this place looks a bit rundown. First of all, the neighborhood is a bit sketchy, especially if you do not speak Spanish. But once you get inside you know why you are there; the selection. These guys have everything you are looking for and also stuff you never heard of. The problem is the employees are very unhelpful and do not care much. The majority of the bottles are dusty and Ive even encountered several bottles past their expiration date. The place is severely cluttered and dingy, but you're here for the selection. There is a cellar where you can taste HopSlam on tap and once I even got some Bigfoot Stout. So if you're in Arizona and you're seeking selection and service is not a concern, this is the place to go! Or you can drive on over to Total Wine at san Tan.
10-23-2011 02:29:28 | More by ronniebruner
3.16/5 rDev -27.5%
Sun Devil's selection cannot be argued against. They get every sought-after beer, and every other beer besides. With entire sections of the store devoted to Belgian and Eastern European brews, there's always something new to find.
What can be argued against is the place's service and business practices. A story: around the time Parabola was first released in Arizona, I went on a search that brought me to Sun Devil. I had already bought a pair of bottles at their sister store, Tops, for $14 each. The single case of Parabola at Sun Devil was kept behind the counter -- I had to point it out before they would acknowledge they had it -- and cost $18 per bottle. I begrudgingly forked over the money for a bottle, knowing they were the last ones in town who had it in stock. I return a week later and they have one bottle left. I ask the clerk to ring it up, and he says the price is $22. I tell him I paid less than that just a few days earlier. He just shrugs and says, "It's a popular beer."
Sun Devil has good stuff in stock, but their price-gouging practices have kept me from going back since that day. If you want a sought-after brew, use this bottle shop as a last resort.
05-12-2011 21:55:40 | More by Phelps
4/5 rDev -8.3%
Roll up, this place is a dive on the outside. Inside, its a little clustered, but you gotta appreciate trying to carry as much product as possible. Downstairs there's a serving room w/ tons of wine. Hopslam on tap, and available in bottle for purchase. Sweet.
A weird collection of stuff. All kinds of different Bell's beers. In Arizona. Nice. Even the major stuff like Pyramid, they had a variety I've never seen. Tons of Rock Art stuff from Vermont. . . just mind scratching the geographic reach this place has. A little worried about freshness here, lots of dust and damaged labels. Good variety of six pack stuff and stuff in the coolers. What is in the cooler may not be on the shelf.
Employees ask real quick if you need help and then leave you alone. Take care of your stuff when you're downstairs. Prices are decent.
03-30-2011 21:16:20 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ
96 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.