The Davis Beer Shoppe

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17 Reviews
Reviews: 17
Visits: 32
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: n/a
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211 G St
Davis, California, 95616-4516
United States
phone: (530) 756-5212

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Place added by: shortysdude285 on 07-07-2011

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Reviews by lurpy1:
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4.64/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Much has already been said about this place. As an out-of-towner, in my opinion, the Davis Beer Shoppe is by far the best place to go in the Greater Sacramento area. The selection isn't order-of-magnitude better than the regional BevMos and Total Wines - in fact might be behind in imports - but seemed slightly more likely to have regional curiosities and at least on the day I stopped in, had a better selection of Russian River. Service is great in that the staff is helpful and enthusiastic. The tap room in front is a concept which doesn't exist in Minnesota. Good selection, and while I missed the Happy Hour "tastes" it looks like a very fun, themed concept. Food is sorely missed but it's still a great store and my opinion is if you are within 90 minutes of Davis, you should find an excuse to reach the Beer Shoppe. (825 characters)

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Photo of DrunkinYogi
4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of justinguerrero08
5/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of BabaBeer
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of jfh
5/5  rDev +10.9%

This is the kind of place you want to go. You get know the bartenders and they get to know you. They suggest things for you to try, they tell you when stuff you'll like comes in and it's not so uncommomn to share stuff with the familiar faces at the counter. Plus, generally speaking, the prices are cheaper than other places in town. No doubt about, best place in town to have a beer, or to look for a new or rare beer. they're happy to have you bring in food to go with your beer.

One thing that sounds simple but requires dedication: posting what's on tap every single day. TDBS uses Facebook, and about noon every single day they post what's on tap and what the days flight will be. This simple action brings in people.

I gave it a 5 because the only way it would be better was if fewer people knew about it and I could get a seat every time I visited. Last, if an unbelieveable taster flight is announced (Cantillon, anyone?), get in line early, it will sell out. (978 characters)

Photo of _morandi_
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Mumbles720
5/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of atpca
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of CMack71968
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of Rubalaca
3.73/5  rDev -17.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

This is my spot! While they don't have a large tap list its always rotating and they have different tastings daily. The bottle selection is one of the best in this area of N. California. Staff is very helpful and most staff there know about beer. The drinking area is small and is busy on weekends but its worth it. (315 characters)

Photo of david131
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of cdean801
5/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of jakecattleco
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Marco_Gtz
4/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of DATAfiend
4.07/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I've only been here once, but if you're in the area you need to check it out. There are soooo many beers in the can/bottle section that it makes you feel like you've missed an entire universe of beers. The sampler is perfect b/c you get a nice amount of beer and you get to try 5 different ones.
All in all, a must see if you're in Davis. (339 characters)

Photo of Beersnake1
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -16.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

This place would normally have gotten a 4.25 to 4.5 from me under the old number valuations when a 4 was "good." This place is better than good. However,, now with a 4 being "outstanding," I have to give it overall 3.75 scores.

This is a very good place with a decent tap list, even if relatively limited in number, and an excellent bottle selection. However, it's excellent, not outstanding. So, for those of you who go by the numbers, this one get "an old 4.35-4.5" or "a new 3.75."

The bottle selection is well displayed and extensive. There are a number of very local Northern California items but not nearly as many as I would expect. All in all, the California and domestic selection is good.

The import selection is also good and varied. Clearly one of the best bottle shops in NoCal but with a bit fewer selections than the "outstanding" shops. Also, my concern is for older bottles on the shelves. I saw some IPAs and double IPAs that are very desireable, if not down right collectible in most of the state and country. However, I know that these bottles that I saw on the shelves were several months old, most shops having sold out of a few of these long ago. So, once I questioned the freshness/age of one bottle, I found myself viewing all of the bottles with a jauniced eye.

However, this is not a place to miss if you're in the area and "into" good bottle shops. (1,380 characters)

Photo of dertyd
5/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Wow!!! I can't belive I been to davis many times and never seen this little piece of heaven. When you first walk in it looks like a little pub with big burbon. Barrels as tables and big chalk boards with diffrent styles of beers on them and about 12 diff taps that they change out!!! Again once you walk from the tasteing room to the back they have so much beer and any kind you can think of over 600 beers and you can pick a beer out of any six pack or four pack u don't have to buy the whole pack wich is realy cool and if you pay the$1 corking fee they put it in a glass for you and you can drink it there this is one of the coolest places I've ever been to can't wait to go back (692 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.14/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Was headed down from Sacramento. I heard good things. Had to stop on the work trip.

Atm- Located along a busy college street with some other food and drinking places. Nice hanging sign outside the door. Big windows to let a lot of light in. Some tables near the 4 seater bar.

Quality- A lot of beer in this store as well as glassware. Had some glasses Ive never seen before. The beers ranged from good imports to locals from the Nor. Cal region. Had 3F on the shelf as well.

Service- I browsed for a bit. Was asked if I needed help. I found a 21st Amendmnent I wanted and took the sixer up to the counter, I only wanted one and asked if he had more. Ripped the box open, charged 1.99 and I was out the door. Cool guy.

Selection- A lot of bottles to choose from. Most besides the locals & 21st Amendment I get in So. Cal. So wasnt really blown away. Did have a large selection of Mikkeller to drop a name.

Food- N/A

Value- All the bottles were on par for what I knew they should be. Didnt see a whole lot of gouging going on. (1,030 characters)

Photo of jbakajust1
4.1/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Nice atmosphere, music is playing, kinda loud though, tables are made from old barrels which is a nice touch.

They have a great line up of glass ware, far better than I've seen at most craft beer joints, and almost all of them are for sale as well. Great draft selection, 8 to choose from, IPAs, hard to score saisons and sours, big malty beers, special releases, light and crisp. Draft is fairly pricey though, on the higher end. They also have a large bottled selection in the back with tons of rarities, lots of sours, and belgians, tons of glassware and gift sets. Prices are fairly comparable to elsewhere. No growler fills is a bummer, as well as the lame, no draft in the bottle area rule, so you can't enjoy your pour while you look for bottles to drink next or to take home. They also do free tastings or flights of different styles, breweries, etc.

The staff was fairly helpful, they know how to pour, had good info, and friendly. Glassware is still a huge plus in my book.

No food except a few snacks on the shelf, but you can bring in your own which is fairly cool.

If you're in the area, I would def hit this place up, I know I am going back every time I go home to visit the parentals. (1,203 characters)

Photo of littlespeaker
4.84/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is by far my favorite place to be in Davis. They always have something for everyone on tap (i came in with a bunch of strangers with different preferences and found something all of them really enjoyed), and their bottle selections are impressive. I always find 1 or 2 or 4 bottles of whatever I'm in the mood for to take home. Their flights are similarly varied and i always see a "can't miss" category per week. The staff are friendly and get to know you by name pretty quickly if you come in semi-regularly. Serving food is definitely in the cards (the owner let me try some imported sausages they're thinking of selling), but i think they're trying to "get it right" first. For now you can bring in your own food with no problem. The ambiance is wonderful... the music is always good, the place doesnt attract drunken bros, and the crowd is varied between those who come in to appreciate quality beer and those who will use one of the tables for a scrabble game!

This has become the go-to meeting place for my friends and I, and even my girlfriend who doesnt drink enjoys coming here. I suspect it's that way for many people in Davis by now, because seating is very limited at all times! Still, a table usually opens up somewhere within 10 minutes or so. (1,264 characters)

Photo of flexabull
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in here after stopping at the Vacaville Oulets. The wife got to shop there, I got to shop here.

Cool looking little place in downtown Davis. Found parking only a couple of blocks away. Dark inside, with a seating area, bar/register area, and beers for sale in the back.

Quality was very good. I was very impressed with what i saw here, great US breweries like, Russian River, Alesmith, Midnight Sun, 50/50, etc... Also a ton of great Belgian, German, and other beers as well.

Service was good, I was greeted when I walked in, the guy behind the counter was pleasant to chat with as he checked out my purchases.

Selection was varied and good, they packed quite a bit in the small space they have.

Prices on bottles seemed very fair, and I noticed that tap prices were around $4-6, also fair.

I am pretty sure they don't have food.

All in all, this is a great place, and one of the best beer stores I have ever visited. I usually never have a reason to go to Davis, not anymore, I'll definitely be going back. (1,022 characters)

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The Davis Beer Shoppe in Davis, CA
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