Highland Package Store
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Taps: 72 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 23 | Reviews: 18 | Show All Ratings:
4.11/5 rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Dropped in with CVM4 before we went to Slice. It's almost in the center of a strip mall/grocery store center. Very crowded with beer and liquor but very organized. Unlike Hop City, you can't buy singles. Lots of taps available for growler fills. And a big refrigerated area that you could get lost in. The guy behind the counter is very knowledgeable and eager to help. I think the only drawback to Highland is the cramped quarters. But if you're not gonna be shopping with a cart, like at Hop City, and you're in and out, Highland has a huge selection for quick pickup. Well worth the visit.
02-19-2014 16:41:25 | More by brewskifan55
3.39/5 rDev -21.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | $$
My main objection to this store is the tiny cramped aisles so narrow that it is difficult to maneuver a shopping cart through them. Add to that the boxes of beer sitting everywhere and it is enough to make the claustrophobic go screaming in terror. Selection is massive and the prices are fair enough. I did see lots of beer that I knew to have been retired by Terrapin over a year ago. They have a nice growler fill station. The service was non-existent. The only employee who spoke to me was the janitor and then to tell me to watch my step where he had mopped. The guy behind the counter was about as lively as a dead fish. Selection and price make it a worth-while store, but just the creepy vibe was enough to make me rate them down. Also I couldn't find any singles, not that I asked either.
10-18-2013 21:41:09 | More by Mojo
4.09/5 rDev -4.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | $$
If you're looking for a particular beer in the Birmingham area this place more than likely has it. They have 72 beers on tap and a wide selection of 6 packs and singles/bombers of other beer.
They seem to know where just about everything they have is in the store which makes the service great and the guy behind the counter is always friendly.
I'd be a bit weary of some of the things I buy and really check the labels for bottled on dates, etc. I picked up a beer on 7/31/13 that was bottled on 3/2012 so pay attention.
I haven't had any problems with the taste of anything I've bought yet though so it hasn't been an issue for me, yet.
08-04-2013 17:17:56 | More by dowen17
4.31/5 rDev +0.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I first visited this place a year or two ago. When you walk in it's like there should be gas pumps outside because of the convenient store atmosphere inside. It's very cluttered and disheveled with really no rhyme or reason to the place. But, compared to a year or so again, the new shelving arrangement is a huge step up.
The selection and quality is the best there is in Birmingham. To me, Hopcity is really this place's only competition when it comes to the selection of beer. If you can't find a beer you want at one, then take a short ride to the other and it might be there. Service has always been good and the guy behind the counter has always been friendly. It's not a "sell, sell, sell" mentality and they let you browse around really without hassle.
Value/price is good and to me seemed on par with their competition. The 10% tax threw me off guard but they really have no control over that.
Fair warning, do not buy liquor here. I was randomly pricing bourbon/scotch and it was easily 25% - 50% higher than at my shops in MS. I'm not sure if that's his pricing strategy or some kind of Alabama deal.
06-13-2013 12:37:51 | More by cvm4
4.03/5 rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | $$
Although this place is a pretty good haul from my home, when I'm on that side of Birmingham, I always make it a point to stop at Highland Package Store and just take it all in. The selection is excellent, and if you can't find at least SOMETHING to drink, you're either just too picky or you're looking for the Fountain of Youth.
The employees are friendly, although I agree with some of the other reviews that they might put the TV programs one notch in front of the customers. Not really a problem for me, though, because I enjoy looking around on my own and don't need a lot of assistance. I actually like places that DON'T have some over-eager, in-your-face "salesperson" with an agenda trailing you like a puppy dog.
As for the prices, I think they are reasonable. After all, take a few things into account : they are definitely marketing themselves as a high-end craft brew seller, not as a Stop-N-Shop to buy a 6-pack of PBR and a couple of Slim Jims. Also, because of their target market, they are located in a historic downtown area with pretty high real estate prices, so they have to make a little cash to cover their overhead. I've been to many high-end package stores with good selections, and overall, Highland is really no more or less expensive than the others. With craft beers, as well as with anything else, you generally get what you pay for, and the prices are first set by the brewers and distributors anyway.
If you're ever in the area check them out. Cheers !
02-07-2013 19:29:31 | More by Hopportunistic
4.36/5 rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
I have promoted this place many times in the forums section of BA. They have become the go-to destination for quality brew in the region (with the only exceptions being Green's in Atlanta, and Central Market in TX). You simply must stop and check their selection out. In the last year they have added additional cooler space and shelving to carry their ever expanding assortment of micro-brew. These guys know an opportunity when they see one!
They are good people, and their pricing is par for Alabama (remember that tax is an easy 10% on top of your purchase in AL). Their selection cannot be beat in the area!
10-29-2012 01:58:54 | More by GoblueMS
4.51/5 rDev +4.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Best place for brews in the Ham. Have one of the best varieties of choice. Have around twenty beers on tap that choose from. Service is friendly and helpful. When I told the guy I was disappointed that they didn't have any Hopslam he went in the back and got me some of his private stash! I always check them out when I'm in the area!!! They were the first in town (that I found) that had Green Flash available from San Diego. They are always easy to talk to and helpful in making suggestions depending on your favorite style of brew.
04-23-2012 22:43:47 | More by maleman
4.46/5 rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Highland Package was recommended to me by my server at a local bar in the five points area. I was looking for a specific German beer and this place did not disappoint. They have a really good selection and I left with so much great stuff I probably damaged the suspension on our mini-van.
The staff were very friendly and helpful. There was a interesting cast of characters that are obviously regulars at this place. I enjoyed listening to them talk with the staff and I learned a lot.
There is a hodge-podge of singles in the middle of the beer section, so you really have to look carefully.
Probably a little pricey but a very cool place!
11-25-2011 18:14:07 | More by TrappistJohnMD
4.94/5 rDev +14.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
The owners, Jimmy & David, are two brothers from Eastern Europe. They are very customer oriented and remember the name of the regulars who come in. They will order kegs for you and are pretty good at carrying a big selection of kegs. They even remember the types of beer that I like when they are telling me what kegs they have in stock. Jimmy is really the beer guy of the two brothers. Their variety of bottled beer is great and usually you can find the same ones in the cooler. If its a beer that can be obtained in Alabama they either have it or will get it for you. Much better atmosphere than at Vulcan.
10-09-2011 03:43:30 | More by meigs3
3.84/5 rDev -10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
If you are looking for a beer store in Birmingham that is most likely to carry X beer that you are looking for, you should start with Highland's Package store. Not much more can be said, except that they fill plastic 1/2 gallon "ghetto growlers" and have singles of some more rare beers individually priced. In the center aisle, there are singles from broken six-packs that can be purchased.
The owners have made it clear that they want to please the customers by having a wide selection, and while they are friendly, I've not had the customer service I would like to see in the beer store in Birmingham with the widest selection in town. For example, there is always a TV going, and whoever is working will stare at it first, then assist the customer second. One time I wanted to get a single of a beer that was not already in the center aisle, and they would not let me. Instead, they "helped" me by going through all the singles in the center aisle to look for the single I wanted. When it could not be found, a "special price" for my single was rung up--at a higher price than if it were in the singles aisle. The owner acted like he was doing me a favor by selling me the beer. Also, when I bought 4 singles of a Terrapin release that is normally in 4-packs, I had to pay a premium instead of the original 4-pack price because it was no longer on the shelf in 4-packs, but was in the singles cooler. Things like that make me knock the value and service marks.
As for quality, the beer has a fast turnover, so freshness is not usually a problem. One qualm I have is that they put the older beer out in the singles aisle. For most beer that doesn't matter, but I saw some older Sweetwater IPA mixed in there.
07-20-2011 19:16:31 | More by dnrobert24
Highland Package Store in Birmingham, AL
94 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.