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Village Pump Liquors

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Village Pump LiquorsVillage Pump Liquors
BA SCORE
88
very good

29 Ratings
Ratings: 29
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 17.62%
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4901 Greenbelt Road
College Park, Maryland, 20740
United States
phone: (301) 474-8922

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Reviews by Bierguy5:
Photo of Bierguy5
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%

Small place, probably easy to pass by. Crowded inside, but don't worry, there is a good selection. I noticed a decent section of English, Belgian and American beers, all in a cooler. Some bombers, and six packs. I didn't ask much for help, so I can't really say. Prices seem to be reasonable. I found DFH Festina Peach, not long after the release, so they seem to be current. Probably as good, or better than anything else in the immediate area. I was a bit disappointed that there were not many local beers.

Bierguy5, Jul 07, 2007
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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1/5  rDev -74.1%

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DrBass, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of dauss
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%

This is the best liquor store in College Park, hands down. You have to come here if you are in the College Park area. Compared to the dozens of other liquor stores I've been to, this place is ok, hence the rating.

It is an assuming little place on Greenbelt. A tiny lot with around a dozen spaces. You walk in and this place is crammed full. The aisles can't even accommodate two people standing side by side.

Their selection is the best in College Park. You'll find a lot of stuff that you don't find elsewhere, perhaps there are very few customers that purchase the rare and more sought after beers, with most of their business selling things that come in 30 packs. What is terribly disappointing is finding hoppy beers on warm shelving. I understand that coolers take up room and are expensive, but it is essential to selling the freshest beer.

Service is usually nonexistent, but once in a while a employee will ask if I need help, but decline. The prices vary. Some items are very reasonable and some items are excessive. Other than that, a majority of items are on par or very slightly lower than normal prices in MD.

I live in Montgomery county(but spend most of my waking hours in CP), which means I am SOL for picking up reasonably priced beer. Worth stopping by if you are close, but not specifically just for this if you have no reason to come to the College Park area. If this were a rating for liquor stores in College Park only, this is a 5.0/5.0.

dauss, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of TRICKYD1CK
4.8/5  rDev +24.4%

By far my favorite place to buy alcohol in the states. To find a better beer selection, you have to trek out to Corridor Wine & Spirits in Laurel and, honestly, who wants to do that?

Great selection of domestics and imports. Huge selection of Rogue single bottles. All the Flying Dog and Sam Adams brews. Tons of Ommegang, DFH, and Unibroue. Belgian beers galore. Sixers of lots of German Hefes. Franziskaner Weiss and Dunkel for $2/50cl bottle! What?! TNP, STB, Rochefort, Chimay, La Trappe.

Lots of local beers too! Flying Dog, Stillwater, DuClaw, Heavy Seas, and more.

The staff, by the way, is super friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. They're the kinds of guys who get excited when talking about beers and who, you know, are gonna crack open a bottle of some killer brew when they get off work. I've seen more than one of the employees here at parties and they're just as friendly outside of the workplace as in.

And the prices! Sixers of craft micros are a solid $1-2 cheaper than anywhere else in College Park.

Great wine and liquor selection too, by the way. Their Bulleit Bourbon is particularly inexpensive.

This review has been proudly made with the bias of a beer-loving UMD student.

TRICKYD1CK, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%

Nestled in College Park surrounded by the history of the old Route 1 highway appears to be a very unassuming liquor store. From outside it appears like it has been there for decades, and certainly not one that will offer much.

However, upon entering it's a tightly nit bunch of shelves, with about half of the store dedicated to craft beer. This is also one of the only places in nearby DC in Maryland where I've seen 12oz singles available for sale, but they're not many.

The neighborhood is filled with a college crowd, and it seemed that behind the counter was staffed with college students. Fine when you got to the counter, goofing off when you weren't doing anything. If you probably asked for help they would genuinely do so, but nobody was going to come out and ask if I needed a hand or something. Another old lady walked around without saying a word stacking cans of Miller on the shelves not looking like she wanted to be bothered.

Still though the most impressive thing I noticed was the selection in here. Right away my eyes focuses on a Doppelstick Altbier, one brew I've been trying to get for AGES and have never found anywhere. I started seeing many of the craft beers I had regular bought, and even ones I anticipated on getting. There were numerous I mean SEVERAL six packs in this place, and there is a very good foreign beer selection here. I've been to many great stores in the DC/MD/VA area and the selection here floored me.

Overall I was really impressed by this place, and the prices here are actually reasonable (must be because it's not part of Montgomery County). I will be back here again often if I can! One very unassuming store and a hidden gem!

smakawhat, Aug 12, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev +8.8%

Stopped by here for the first time on the way to an in-person trade and I'm glad I did. Wow, talk about a hole in the wall. Under normal circumstances I would NEVER have stopped in there unless I was looking for some cheap booze. The only hint of what's inside is a sign outside that says "craft beer."

Once inside you'll find your standard liquor store fare but against the back wall there are a bunch of coolers and some shelves of craft beer. Much to my surprise, I found some Fantome and Cantillon stuff and a good variety of the imports along with all the normal craft stuff available at most places in Maryland. The organization isn't the worst I've ever seen, but it's not great. The upside is that there aren't a whole lot of bottles to go through to find what you want. I would estimate they have about 250 different varieties total. There's also a small singles shelf, nice.

I didn't get asked if I needed help, but the lady at the register was friendly. Prices were about as good as anywhere in the state of Maryland and some things were surprisingly low. Brooklyn BCS was $7.99 and the Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus was only $16.99.

I probably won't go back in there unless I hear they have something interesting or I am passing through the area, but if you're nearby it's definitely worth a look.

321jeff, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

This is my new beer store. Not only is it close to me, which is important, but there is a decent selection of six packs and bombers from different breweries around the world. The beer is roughly organized by region and the prices are not unreasonable. About 1/3 to 1/4 of the store is dedicated to beer. They have the standard fair, domestic light lagers, but there is a good sized case with several beers that I was unfamiliar with. I picked up a Russian beer I had never heard of, a couple of pumpkin beers for my wife and some Celebrator for myself. I will definitely be returning to this store frequently.

drabmuh, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of sarahspat
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%

Yes, it looks like a ghetto liquor store from the outside... and on the inside too. It's kind of dingy and cramped. The beer selection occupies about 40-50% of the shelf space in the store. The rest is wine and hard liquor.

But the selection is awesome. As an example, they stocked nearly every Rogue bomber I've ever seen and some I've never seen or even heard of. They also had a lot of weird brews like Kelpie Seaweed Ale. I wish I had more money to spend, because I could have really gone crazy there. I bought a bomber of Hop Rod Rye which I have been wanting to try and have never seen in a store (but then again, I'm not from this area). But I was more excited about a Russian beer I bought. I majored in Russian Studies and am really interested in all things Russian. All of the writing on the can was in Russian, not like it was labeled for export, which I thought was very interesting. It'll probably be nasty, but the novelty alone is worth the $1.99.

In general, the prices were very reasonable. Every beer I looked at was priced what it was worth or was a deal! 6 packs of Longshot were $10, 4 packs of Boddington's were $7, Bear Republic bombers were $4. Ommegeddon was $11.

One major drawback for me is that they don't sell singles or mixed sixers. Lame. The lady who I asked about it said something about how it would be too difficult to price them, but I don't buy that. Pretty much every other beer store with this kind of selection allows mixed sixers, in my experience. I'm in a stage in my beer life where really not interested in drinking anything I've had before, so I'd prefer this option.

Even though the feel of the store was a little creepy, the old man who I think was the owner did ask me if I needed help, and I would be willing to bet that he knows his stuff. It almost seemed like there were too many workers there (at least three and the store wasn't that big). It was a little cramped and awkward to navigate the store, especially with all of the workers stocking everywhere I turned.

All in all, the selection is reason enough to return. I would just stick to bombers, but there are enough of those to make it worth while.

sarahspat, May 13, 2009
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Village Pump Liquors in College Park, MD
88 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.