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Corks and Tops

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22 Ratings
Ratings: 22
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 21.05%
$$ - reasonable
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701 Paul W Bryant Dr
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35401-1214
United States
phone: (205) 391-0315

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Notes:
24 taps for draft beer to go.

(Place added by: STKPICR0720 on 11-20-2011)
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ohtheguilt

Georgia

4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | $$

Just passing through Tuscaloosa on my way to rural Alabama for work and had to stop for "supplies"...

I was very pleased to see such a great selection...all the standbys (founders, bells, unibroue, cigar city, etc.) plus some stuff that we don't have in Georgia (boulevard, anderson valley, tallgrass, and good people). It is a bummer, though, that Alabama can't sell bombers, as I would have likely picked up more (different) non-Georgia beer...

Service was outstanding..i chatted with the owner (i think) for a bit about what the local bars had on tap, new beer releases, and what to expect from the beers I was purchasing. He was certainly a very nice guy and very friendly.

Overall, a great experience in a small town...I will likely be stopping by again on my way back home.

01-24-2012 19:45:43 | More by ohtheguilt
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bozwellj

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

06-15-2014 15:44:54 | More by bozwellj
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brbrown3

Alabama

1/5  rDev -77.1%

05-03-2014 04:01:43 | More by brbrown3
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Akfindlay

Alabama

4.9/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$

Corks and Tops has always had a great craft beer selection. But it has gotten even better recently. If the beer you want is available in Alabama, the owner will get it for you. They are really good about carrying the rare brews like KBS and Hopslam when they come around. Also, they are the only store in Tuscaloosa that carries St. Bernardus! The staff is very personable and knowledgeable. They will turn you on to beers you would never think of. I stop by weekly to build my own six pack out of their HUGE singles selection. By far the best craft beer store in Tuscaloosa.

04-23-2014 01:28:13 | More by Akfindlay
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elkinbrown

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

10-24-2013 17:00:01 | More by elkinbrown
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hcroberts


4.59/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$

This place has so many amazing craft beers from all over the world. Even with all the diverse craft beers, local brewers are also well represented. They have twenty-four taps and most of those are Alabama breweries but include other southern states with a wide variety that reflects their own taste of the region. Its nice to see local people carry such a wide selection in West Alabama. The owners really care and are passionate about the items and products they carry. It's definitely a place to check out for great deals on great beer and wine.

09-19-2012 19:57:31 | More by hcroberts
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mitchell


2.73/5  rDev -37.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | $$$

Corks and Tops has easily the best beer selection in Tuscaloosa. As a student at the University and consistent customer, I can honestly say I don't know why I would go anywhere else for beer. The only other place that even touches their variety is a bar called Alcove which is, as I said, a bar.

They have draft beer to go, which is awesome because most of what they have on tap is impossible or very, very hard to find in bottles or cans, and many of the beers available are from Alabama.

Michael, the owner, loves to chat and really knows his beer. He makes for great conversation and awesome recommendations for purchase. He listens to requests for new beers and does his best to please people who ask for him to order something specific.

The atmosphere is incredibly laid back and the store unassuming, but once you enter, it's hard to miss the awesome selection of beer and wine they have. I highly recommend anyone to stop by and check the place out, whether they are in Tuscaloosa permanently or just stopping through.

EDIT: the store is no longer under the management of the previous owner, and when I went back in to get draft beer, the gentlemen that are working the store now seemed to have no idea what they were doing and it took ages to get one half gallon of beer! I probably won't be going back unless they get their acts together. Disappointment reigns, to say the least.

09-11-2012 23:42:05 | More by mitchell
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eaglefreak

Mississippi

4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

After reading the reviews, I thought I might stop by on the way to Bham for Magic City Brewfest on June 2, 2012 (which was awesome) to beat some of the Bham crowd. Glad I did, got everything I needed before Bham. Michael, the owner, was very helpful. Very good selection. Founders, Bell's, Green Flash, good assortment of Belgians, and many locals. Clean store. Organized. Fair prices. Several beers on tap, many of which were local. Great service. Five cold coolers. He even threw in a lunch recommendation that was spot on. I will be back. Cheers

06-05-2012 01:09:18 | More by eaglefreak
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number58

Alabama

4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$

Corks and Tops is great. Michael, the owner, is a great guy who definitely knows his stuff. They get in new beers all the time, and Michael is eager to make recommendations. The prices are fair, nothing spectacular but there isn't exactly much competition.

Recently they got beer on tap. It's unfortunate that they have to pour it into plastic jugs instead of legit growlers, but that's what we have to deal with in this backwards ass state. Michael keeps local beers on tap, which is great.

The place is on campus in a good location. Overall it's my favorite beer store in town. The only other place that comes close is Spirits, but why would I drive there when Corks and Tops is so much closer?

03-24-2012 02:59:33 | More by number58
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UaPhysicsTheory


5/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

Great Beer Selection; Great atmosphere; Good beer overturn rate- i.e. the Beer is restocked frequently so it is always fresh stuff. Check in on thursdays and fridays each week to see what Mike has gotten in. Each week there are always nice gems and surprises. Corks and tops also has a nice cigar selection to go along with their beer selection in addition to the boiled peanut selection - which is pretty dank.

Best of all there is always a good domestic beer special waiting in the cave. Oh Please no one drink the wake and bake because its dank and its all mine!!!

02-25-2012 10:10:21 | More by UaPhysicsTheory
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Corks and Tops in Tuscaloosa, AL
95 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.