Village Pump Liquors
Ratings: 27 | Reviews: 26 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by dauss:
3.3/5 rDev -15.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
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.
02-16-2012 03:50:51 | More by dauss
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4.8/5 rDev +22.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $
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.
09-28-2011 00:45:17 | More by TRICKYD1CK
3.94/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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!
08-12-2011 02:04:34 | More by smakawhat
4.2/5 rDev +7.1%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $
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.
02-12-2011 20:42:50 | More by 321jeff
4.5/5 rDev +14.8%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
This is my new beer store. Not only is it close to me, which is important, but there is a decent selection of six packs and bombers from different breweries around the world. The beer is roughly organized by region and the prices are not unreasonable. About 1/3 to 1/4 of the store is dedicated to beer. They have the standard fair, domestic light lagers, but there is a good sized case with several beers that I was unfamiliar with. I picked up a Russian beer I had never heard of, a couple of pumpkin beers for my wife and some Celebrator for myself. I will definitely be returning to this store frequently.
08-19-2009 04:23:15 | More by drabmuh
4.15/5 rDev +5.9%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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.
05-13-2009 15:34:43 | More by sarahspat
3.7/5 rDev -5.6%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Thanks to Dyan for the recommendation of the Village Pump. The funny thing is that I was here three years ago while staying at the same hotel. Then it was a search for DFH 60 as I was just learning about craft beers. Today I threw up a thread asking where to buy beer and was told this was the local spot.
Selection was pretty good. Solid line up of the craft basics and a nice selection of basic Belgians. Man was this place cramped... Almost to the point that it was annoying.
A decent store if you are in the neighborhood, but not one to seek out. Stick with Stateline in Elkton...
03-26-2009 00:54:02 | More by Reagan1984
4.35/5 rDev +11%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $
Village Pump Liquors looks like a typical liquor store, but has an exceptional selection of beers.
They have the majority of beers that are distributed in the east coast including Stone, DFH, Clipper City, Flying Dog, Brooklyn Brewery, Ommegang, Troegs, ect. They have a decent selection of imports as well (Belgian, German, etc.). Furthermore, the almost all the beers are priced lower than other stores. For example, I've seen price differences of up to 5-6$ (4-pack of Young's Double Cream Stout can go for up to $15 at some places, here its $8.99).
The place is pretty organized, although a bit cramped. They packed the store to maximum capacity. The beers are mostly kept away from sunlight and most are refrigerated (some places I've been to have had skunked beer, none from this place thus far).
This is my favorite place to go to now after checking out most places in the D.C. area. It's pretty close to UMD College Park as well. Large selection, organized, properly stored beer, and low prices; check this place out if you are near.
02-01-2009 06:00:12 | More by jamesdantes13
4.2/5 rDev +7.1%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
As a craft beer fan moored in a town catered to college students, I usually had to drive to DC to get some good brews. I would've never thought a place as dingy looking as Village Pump would carry great beer but they have quite the selection of good domestics (Troegs, Dogfish, Southern Tier, Stone, etc.), some good import packs and a very excellent selection of single bottles of all varieties. My friend and I picked up a Rochefort 8 and a World Wide Stout the other day just as an example. The staff are friendly but are not beer experts by any means. Aside from selection, the best thing about this place are the prices. The usual suspects can get expensive (Dogfish and Stone come to mind) but for the most part, they are extremely fair. A good store for those looking for good beer in an unlikely area.
01-24-2009 01:10:16 | More by THEOPTIMATOR88
Village Pump Liquors in College Park, MD
89 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.