Highland Package Store
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Taps: 72 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 23 | Reviews: 18 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Bonhoeffer:
4.85/5 rDev +12.8%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Go here. On pace to have the single largest selection of beer in Alabama. Another review mentioned having a problem with the service, which is surprising. The proprietors are very friendly and strive to understand what they are selling, and they are usually very talkative and helpful. Yes, their prices may run a tad higher than some other places, but most other places only have a fraction of the selection. And some stuff here is very competitively priced, so it's a mixed bag on pricing.
And of course the draft beer selection sold via growlers is huge.
12-14-2010 02:24:07 | More by Bonhoeffer
More User Reviews:
4.11/5 rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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
Highland Package Store in Birmingham, AL
94 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.