Merchant's Fine Wine
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Reviews by david131:
4.65/5 rDev +4.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Since I was making a pickup at Metro Airport, I figured that it was time that I finally swing by Merchant's to see what all the fuss was about. I had called ahead and spoke with Annette, who was helpful and knowledgeable and allowed me to reserve beer. She knew the beer pricing right off the top of her head as well as how much they had in stock. Everything was really well organized by country and or region. There was a great selection of cases of beers (which I picked up a case of Bell's Batch 8000). Some of the beers off of the top of my head are Dogfish, Bell's, Founders, Jolly Pumpkin, King, Dark Horse, Rogue, Unibroue, St. Bernardus, Stone, Sierra Nevada, Thomas Hardy, Great Divide, Stoudt's, Anchor, Avery, North Coast, Flying Dog, Samuel Smith, Sam Adams, Southern Tier, Goose Island, Great Lakes, Chimay, Victory, Michigan Brewing, Dragonmead.... I could go on. Overall the selection was very well rounded, full, and organized. There was nothing there that really caught my eye except for a few left over (and pricey) Bell's Batch 7000's and a large quantity of World Wide Stouts and 120min IPA's. A large quantity of the beers were in refrigerators but the bulk was on organized shelfing. Something I found interesting was that some beers were actually on "sale." Like 6 packs of Lion Stout were only $7.99. The pricing was very fair for an establishment of this size. If I lived close this would definitely be my beer store of choice. Check it out.
08-18-2007 04:35:09 | More by david131
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5/5 rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
The best way for me to explain this place is to say it's the only place I could find that could get a 1/2 barrel of Spaten Premium Lager. I must have tried a dozen other retailers, or more, with no luck. The keg was for use outdoors on a hot summer day and the night before I picked it up they would put the keg in the freezer to lower the temperature as much as possible, but not to freeze it. Obviously the level of service is outstanding. By the way, this wasn't a one time thing, I probably bought 10 half barrels of Spaten like this, 1 a year over a ten year period.
If you love beer like I do, please do your self a favor and either stop by or give Annette a call. You won't be disappointed.
02-16-2014 06:19:20 | More by Ken_H
4.29/5 rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | $$
Stopped in shortly after crossing the border on a recent trip to see a Tigers game. (July, 2013)
This store came highly recommended, and so we made sure to budget lots of time to drive out and check out the store. The store is located on a major thoroughfare, and has a large pay parking lot (they do validations, though!).
Excellent selection of Michigan area crafts as soon as you walk in the door - loads of Founders, Bells, New Holland, Atwater, and a few others in mix packs. Large refrigerated section of single bombers, bottles and four or six packs of mostly Michigan and local brews, but with a decent selection of other major breweries as well (Dogfish, Sierra, Pyramid, New Glarus, Sam Adams). Michigan stuff is seasonally based, good variety.
Large rack of Michigan singles, and a good selection of American crafts as well in the non-refrigerated area. Two short aisles of Belgian, English and German brews.
Staff were quite helpful, checking in with us from time to time offering suggestions. I inquired about getting some Bells or Founders glasses, and she explained about Michigan's beer glass labelling laws for a bit as being why they had such a poor selection. She apologized profusely, despite having no reason whatsoever to do so!
Prices were fair - under 10 for a pack of Two Hearted, and most singles were under $2. Spent about 60 bucks and got a pretty solid haul.
Simply put, if you're in the Detroit area, this is a great place to stock up on local brews. Merchants does an excellent job in promoting its local craft beer industry, and well they should.
08-04-2013 18:12:22 | More by JohnnyBarman
4.8/5 rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | $$
As far as I know, this is the best place to go for beer in Wayne county (and they have more than just beer, although that is always my reason for visiting). Annette, the first female Cicerone in the United States, is in charge of the beer section and has, as expected, a vast knowledge of everything beer. She can be intimidating to talk to at first, but she is always willing to help and is a great resource for customers.
The place itself is very sizable, with a lot of square footage designated solely for beer. When you come in, you're greeted with a stack new/discounted offerings that leads to a wall of refrigerated beer. Adjacent to that is a 15-or-so foot long shelf of Michigan/USA bottles marked at an individual price, with more domestic beer on either side. There are 4-5 similar aisles stocked with imported beer, with a large German and Belgian selection. The prices are about what you would expect to find, nothing is too expensive but you won't find a ton of bargains either most of the time.
This place stands out from most of the other stores I've been to in the area for a few reasons. It's larger, the staff, including Annette, are always super helpful, and there are a great deal of beers marked for individual sale. I've noticed that most other stores have a lot of imported bombers, but Merchant's has a lot of 11.2/12 ouncers, as well as 4 packs of a lot of things that I only see in bomber form elsewhere. Also on several occasions an employee has happily let me buy individual bottles of things that were sitting on the shelf as a 6 pack, or given me a 4 (or 6) pack price for buying 4 (or 6) individual bottles of the same thing that weren't in stock in the 4/6 pack at the time. At times you can even get a deal on things just by merely inquiring.
I try to take a weekly trip up to this place, and always leave happy...although I inevitably end up buying far too much than I expected upon entering!
04-16-2013 20:36:40 | More by Rohkey
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