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Ratings: 3
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 3.79
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1002 E 6th St
Tucson, Arizona, 85719-5029
United States
phone: (520) 623-1132

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Reviews by mzwolinski:
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3.7/5  rDev n/a

Surprisingly enough, this place actually has a fair selection of beer. Worth skipping the "drive-through" option, getting out of your car and taking a look. A decent selection of bombers from Stone, and some six-packs from Nimbus, Mogollon, and other Arizona breweries, as well as selections from a few of the bigger imports (Chimay, Sam Smith's etc). 1 block South of the UofA.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.88/5  rDev n/a
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Not really a go-to place when searching for vast selections of craft beer, but U of A liquors has a decent selection. The place itself if a bit of a hole in the wall, with a drive up window no less- in case you really can't be bothered to get out of your car. They do offer some decent bombers like Unibroue, Dogfish Head, and Stone (even their special releases now and then). They have a lot of mainly west coast 4 and 6 packs in the coolers as well: Uinta, Green Flash, Deschutes, etc. Overall not somewhere you might frequent, but if you need a quick craft fix you can find something here to make do, and once in awhile they might have something special that you missed elsewhere.

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3.8/5  rDev n/a

I hadn't expected much of this place. From the outside it looks like every other run down liquor store in town that makes a killing on college students (it is located directly across the street from the University of Arizona, after all) who want cases of Miller Light.

Well, they do have those cases for sale here, but there is much more to it.

Walking through the squeaky front door I found myself in a thin but long room with a cashiers counter in the middle. Right in front was a shelf of wines, behind that a row of stand-alone coolers full of craft beer, to my far left coolers of soda, to my right the store extends towards the back. Behind the cashier, who happily let me walk past the counter, there is a row of cooler on the back wall with six packs of both craft and macro beers as well as cases of macro and a few decent craft beers. On the opposite wall there are ceiling high shelves of liquor.

The craft beer selection was quite nice. Mostly refrigerated, they had things like Stone, Sam Smith's, Rogue, Unibroue and some less common beers like Piraat and Gulden Draak. Turnover might be a bit slow on some, as the bottle of Rogue Shakespear Stout I picked up was a bit dusty and dirty (I wish they dated those things), but most of the popular craft beers were well before their "best by" dates.

Prices were good, too. The bombers of Rogue I bought were $4.04 which is a steal compared to some stores. And they had the cheapst Gulden Draak I have ever seen, at $3.87.

The young man working was polite and helpful and we talked about Stone for a while after he saw my Arrogant Bastard shirt. He said they were out of the IRS but had the rest in stock. Otherwise I didn't need much help so I can't do a in depth comment on service but I can't imagine it would be that bad.

My only ding on quality is more on the store itself...it's a bit annoying when the old well-used coolers they have there are difficult to open (off track and sticky) and when your feet stick to the floor from time to time. Not that big of a deal when compared to the beer selection and service itself, but it was worth noting, in my opinion.

So to me it would be hard to decide wether to go here or Time Market for a good beer store in walking distance of the U of A. Good store with a deceptive outer shell...don't rate a book by it's cover (cliche, yay).

U of A Liquors in Tucson, AZ
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