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Rambo's Longhorn Liquor Mart

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20 Reviews
Reviews: 20
Visits: 31
Avg: 4.48
pDev: n/a
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1640 Big Thompson Ave
Estes Park, Colorado, 80517-8938
United States
phone: (970) 586-8583

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Reviews: 20 | Visits: 31
Reviews by JamLand:
Photo of JamLand
4.41/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

I never really know what to say about atmosphere and quality for a bottle shop. Atmosphere I suppose can measure the set up of the store, maybe parking? However, the service and selection of this store were great! I spoke with John (that's right, his name is John Rambo) for quite awhile when I was browsing the store. He was very helpful with some of the local brews I hadn't tried yet and we shared stories of some great beers we'd both had recently. For selection, it wasn't the best bottle shop I'd ever been in, but considering it was in Estes Park, it was amazing. If you are in the area, I can't recommend this shop enough.

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Photo of dplinatx
5/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Matt Rambo and family have a ridiculously good selection, and he's always looking for ways to improve it. He asks customers from outside Colorado (of which he has many) to bring in lesser-known beers from their hometowns , so that he can sample them and put them on the shelves . Or maybe he just really loves beer. Either way, he's exactly the kind of guy you want curating your beer. He's also super- friendly and knowledgeable. If you're headed to the area, it's worth waiting to buy your beer from Rambo's.

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Photo of gman1602
5/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

One of the best beer stores in Colorado, with a fantastic owner (Matt is awesome, knows his stuff, and is personable as hell), a great beer selection, and helpful, honest staff. A must visit to buy beer in the Estes Park area (seriously, they will have stuff Denver might not easily get).

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Photo of bubseymour
4.94/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of ptb2
4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

After years of going to Estes Park on vacation and stopping in boulder to buy beer. I read a review on Rambo's and decided to give it a try. I was glad I did, went there twice in the week I was there and was treated like I was a regular who had been going there for years. It's just another reason why I should move to Estes Park. Great selection of craft beers and they helped me get Pliney off my bucket list. Thanks Matt and I'll see you next time with the NG

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Photo of hopley
4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

A lot of people say to bring your beer with you prior to getting to Estes Park. Not true.

Rambo's is THE beer store in Estes Park. I went in there twice and while the selection can't possibly beat Hazel's or the Boulder Liquor Mart, Rambo's has a fine selection of as much great quality craft beer you can drink during your stay. Even more so if you're from out of state and are not familiar with many of the local breweries. The first time I went in and asked for the best local IPA and they guy replied "Single, double or triple?" That answer is all I need to know that these guys know their beer. The second visit included a great conversation with Matt Rambo, who was not only a great guy, but highly knowledgeable and proud of his family store (as he should be). Not only was he willing and ready to sell me some sought after beers he had hidden away (I declined as I'd already had them and didn't want to deplete his stock), but I also discovered a relatively rare Crooked Stave beer that the Boulder stores had long sold out.

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Photo of DangerDawg
4.93/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

I stopped in yesterday on vacation from Ohio and as mentioned in reviews before, Matt was super helpful and kind. He obviously loves his beer and takes pride in his business. Selection was really good. I got a lot of stuff we don't get back home like Crooked Stave, Farm to Barrel from Almanac, and BOMB! (because of Ohio's stupid 12% law). If you're in the area I highly recommend checking it out and see if you think Matt has kind of a Sly thing going on too. If your last name is Rambo I think it would be hard not to! lol Thanks, Matt!

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Photo of SlightlyGrey
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Lobina
4.22/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of 06Rubicon
5/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Call and talk to Matt! Outstanding selection, knowledge and incredibly helpful. A friend of mine was visiting Estes Park, CO and asked if I wanted any beers from the area. I called Rambos and was given an hour of Matt's time to talk through his entire store selection. He cased up my choices and held it for a day until my friend could stop in and pick it up.

Outstanding selection of CO beers and choice selections from around the U.S. Additionally, monstrous collection of CO bourbons and whiskeys.

I can't wait to get back into Colorado with the Jeep, hit the trails and have a beer with Matt. Thank you!!!!

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Photo of Kevin67
5/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I don't know what store the reviewer below went to, but it wasn't the same store I just visited.

I'm on a month long road trip in this area, and was on the way to Cheyenne for the night. Unfortunately, I could only spend about 30 minutes in the store, but it felt like I had been a regular there for years. Matt was beyond outstanding! Before I had hardly started to pick out bottles, he was bringing me incredible beers from all over the store. I swear, it seemed like he had a portal in the back which led to beer nirvana.

I will definitely be headed back this way on my trip next year.

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Photo of Burscott
2.01/5  rDev -55.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 1.25 | service: 1 | selection: 3

Good selection for the area, prices are above average compared to Boulder/Denver. Would not sell me the beer I wanted until I "bought hundreds of dollars in other craft beers first". Then I'd get the "opportunity" to buy the beer I wanted.

So if you are going to Estes stock up elsewhere.

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Photo of Built4Comfort
5/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Wow! In town for the 4th from Missouri. Stopped in, met Matt and walked out with several beers we cannot get at home. Also had a great time talking craft beer. What a great surprise

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Photo of Psych
4.88/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Was in here today from Boston visiting the area and getting settled in. This place was fantastic. Matt Rambo recommended some great sour beers and helped me navigate their insane selections. He even hooked me up with a bottle of Pliny. Thank again! Matt. Stop in, for craft beer fans it doesn't get much better

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Photo of tmcelmurry
5/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This place was amazing. I was shocked by how large the selection was based on the size of the building. I really enjoyed how knowledgable the owners are and the great vibe they create. If theres anything special your looking for, make sure to talk with the owners because they do keep beers that they get limited quantities of in the back.

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Photo of breadman73
4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

I went there yesterday and was not disappointed at all. One of the owners Matt asked me what style of beer I liked and sent me home with a great selection. He even gave me a Pliny out of his personal stash! 5 star experience for me at this place!!!

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Photo of timzim
5/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Awesome, knowledgeable staff. Went in there looking for Pliny the Elder and got the first bottle from the case they just got. I've been looking for this beer for a couple years and I am enjoying the hell out of it right now. Besides Pliny, they've got all sorts of things I can't get back home at all. Wish more places like this existed!

If you're from around here or just passing through, make sure to stop at Rambo's. I'll definitely be going back again before I head home.

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Photo of JBaraban
5/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5


Vibe: Mom and Pop country shop from front to back. You're in the mountains man, what do you expect? I expect exactly that, anything else would have felt out of place.

Quality: Everything was fresh. You had your normal shelfies along with your "Oh my God, is that a mirage???" Beers.

Service: Personally greeted and shopped with Matt himself! Great knowledge, great stories and wonderful ability to connect to whatever type of beer drinker he has in front of him.

Selection: Look guys, I won't go into the details, let's just say I wasn't expecting to walk out with the huge haul of dogfish yellow caps and Avery hard to find that I did. As well, a few beers on the top 250 list (more like top 10!).

If you're in Estes Park, no if you're in Denver, hit this place up!!!!

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Photo of frinknasty
4.64/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of jmjwolfman
5/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Awesome. Went this summer and dude helped me pick out some awesome beer for my camping trip, not distributed in my state!

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Photo of JonathanMarino
5/5  rDev +11.6%

After driving around the Estes Park area looking for a decent beer selection, I almost gave up before walking into Rambo's. The selection is one of the best in Colorado! The Rambeau's are awesome people too, Mother and Son. Looking for an excuse to go back!

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Photo of bsiefken95
4.75/5  rDev +6%

Great store with a very good variety of beers available. The owner Mr. Rambo was very helpful, even suggesting and calling a local restaurant with Pliny on tap to confirm it was available.

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Photo of Eddiehop
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of UHCougar12
5/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of dareyes
5/5  rDev +11.6%

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Rambo's Longhorn Liquor Mart in Estes Park, CO
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