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36 Ratings
Ratings: 36
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: n/a
Taps: 72
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
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2228A Highland Ave S
Birmingham, Alabama, 35205-2902
United States
phone: (205) 558-4337

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Reviews by gamwich:
Photo of gamwich
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%

A convenient location easy to find in a strip right next to a Western Grocery. This package store has a very broad selection of beer, many of which are available as singles. Further, many of the selections could be purchased either from the cooler unchilled. The employees were friendly and happy to help, but did not seem to know a great deal about beer.

The best feature of the store is their draft selection. They have 25+ taps and sell draft beer to go by the quart, 1/2 gallon, or gallon. The draft beer comes in plastic (think milk jug) or one can buy a glass growler for $5. The draft selection was high quality and quite varied. One could get a "six pack" of draft beer - 6 quarts of different drafts for $35.

If looking for a place to buy beer in B'ham, one could do much worse than to visit Highland Package Store.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Justinbshelton
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Really cramped, but great selection.

Photo of Zachb4au
2.99/5  rDev -30%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 4.5

Great selection, but be careful, their hoppier bottled beers are often old from my experience. The employees know nothing about beer. Anytime you ask them about a specific brew they just say "it's good".

Photo of CIBoy10
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

Not as pretentious as Hop City, but not as cool either. Cramped, but excellent selection including draft. A place to check out for sure!

Photo of Jenebauer
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Beer21
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of thatoneguymike
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of BlackNotesIII
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of B33rcules
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Vestlake
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of justinm4bama
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of J_Dill
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of bongobeer
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of brewskifan55
4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of Crimsontider22
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of Eric15
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of ryan604
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of wshell1
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Mojo
3.39/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

Photo of dowen17
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of cvm4
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of Hopportunistic
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
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 !

Photo of GoblueMS
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
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!

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