Sunrise Mini Mart
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Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 5 | Show All Ratings:
4.18/5 rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I'm fairly new to the Austin area, and was mildly disappointed by Spec's despite the relatively good reviews. In my search for a local stop that was more to my taste, I decided to check this place out even though there was only the one review and the name was less than glamorous. I'm glad I did.
To be blunt, this place is a gas station, and not too unlike any other small gas station you are likely to come across in regards to decor. When I pulled up I actually sighed before I spotted the cases in the window and got interested. It turns out they reserve the window area for craft/microbrew soda, however, so no worries there. Inside, it's not too flashy, but they've got 40 or so feet of wall coolers stocked with mostly craft brews, along with another couple 20 foot aisles of sixers and bombers. It's not as crowded as some of these locally owned one-off stores get, but it's still a gas station. They've also got the obligatory corner store snacks and soda as well as a wine aisle.
Being new to the area, I'm not really sure what is rare around here, but they had most of the usual culprits (DFH, Ommegang, Lagunitas, etc.), as well as a large number of local beers and things from such exotic (to me)locales as Colorado, Wyoming, and Oregon, so I'm guessing they have most of their bases covered. Pretty good stock of large-format Belgians, imperials, and all-around intriguing brews. Several Avery and Jester King bottles caught my eye, but I settled on a Boulevard Tank 7 and a four-pack of DFH Paolo Santo. I felt that the selection was quite a bit better than Spec's Arbor Walk and I didn't have to wade through tons of macrolager to pick things out. Didn't see a mix-a-sixer area anywhere.
The guy at the counter was extremely friendly, complimented our choices, and offered some advice on other things to try if we enjoyed them. There was actually a bit of a mix-up with the price on one of the purchases, but he was exceptionally courteous and refunded the price difference after the transaction had been completed (and I had actually left the store) without any hassle whatsoever.
Prices are average, about what you would pay at Spec's or HEB before discounts. They do seem to carry quite a few more expensive beers, though, so I can definitely see myself unintentionally spending more than I would at either of those places.
In conclusion, I'm quite glad I stopped into this place, and I'll definitely be back, and often. Highly recommended.
01-31-2012 02:22:42 | More by Lawl3ss
4.28/5 rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I love going to Sunrise, when I'm in the area. From the outside it looks like your typical gas station. Don't let that fool you!
Inside it has one of the best selections in the city. I also really like that they are so good about posting new releases on Twitter. Unfortunately, anything even resembling a limited release seems to result in distribution truck chasing and hoarding. So, it's nice when some place gives you a heads up and you can swing by and pick up what you want.
They are a little pricier than your big stores like HEB, Central Market and Specs, but it is a convenience store and I don't mind paying a little more to support the local guy.
Sam is also great to talk beer with, he's quick to help, he's quick to let you know if anything new has come in that day. I haven't been going there long enough, but I have multiple friends he's saved beers for or brought some out of his own stash for them.
07-21-2013 21:46:47 | More by JamLand
4.39/5 rDev -3.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Sunrise Mini-mart is the hidden gem of the Austin beer store scene. The selection is always excellent, and they get new releases within a day of, if not sometimes before, anyone else in the ATX. Jester King, Adelbert's, Austin Beerworks, new Lips of Faith and Stone collaboration releases...that's just the tip of the iceberg of course.
Prices are reasonable--the mark-up is a little higher than Spec's and Central Market but a dollar or two cheaper than Whip-In or Hyde Park Market. Freshness has never been an issue, as they seem to rotate through their stock on a regular basis.
The reason I don't mind paying a little extra to shop here (besides the selection) is the staff. The main guy behind the bar (Sam) looks out for his regulars, is always willing to talk shop when they're not crowded, and does a killer job at keeping Sunrise's Facebook consistently updated.
02-04-2012 01:37:19 | More by wagenvolks
4.59/5 rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Great selection, great quality, nice little stop.
Everytime I'm here, someone is restocking the shelves. They do a good turnover and things don't sit around. They get pretty much all the special releases. They are very helpful, too. I like to ask them for recommendations on what's new. They always seem to give me an honest assessment of what they think.
I'm actually most excited about the prices. Some things that you can get at Specs with the cash discount are a little more expensive here, but a lot of the harder-to-find stuff that they could markup quite a bit seems reasonable.
This is my go-to place.
02-09-2013 23:55:13 | More by velcrowe
5/5 rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
I'm not much for writing long reviews, so I'll be short...
I love this place. Great selection, Good prices and awesome service (Sam is the man.)
In my opinion they have a better selection than Whip In and it's so much closer for those of us stranded up North. The only advantage whip in has IMO is the bar.
Either way I love this place.
If you want a testament to the quality of service you get here. I had talked to Sam about holding a bottle of a beer I really wanted to try when it came in. By the time he got there the bottles had already sold out, so rather than say Oh well, he brings in a vintage bottle out of his own cellar and sells it to me for the same price ^_^.
02-08-2012 05:30:32 | More by Amnesia87
Sunrise Mini Mart in Austin, TX
97 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.