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4.65/5 rDev +13.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Beer lovers should hang an immediate left upon entering and head right on back past the liqueurs. That is where the beers are. The wall on your left is the single bottle cooler. Go to the end of it and pick up a 6-pack carrier. Fill it and get 10% off each bottle. Warning, a lot of those carriers are 4-pack holders. You need to get 6 to get the discount. The other coolers hold six packs and more. Not everything in the single bottle cooler has a representative in 6-pack country and vice versa, so explore both. Definitely explore the displays in the middle of everything. Bombers from DFH, Rogue, Allagash, a variety of Belgian Breweries and more are displayed. I found a DFH Pangaea, which I had lost hope of finding until the next release.
There is always staff around asking if you need help and the ones there when I was there were pretty beer-knowledgeable.
The best part of this place is the single bottle cooler. Yes, they're all cold, but beer skunking due to cooling down and warming back up and cooling again is a complete myth...get over it. There are many beers I want to try, but don't want I don't want to spring for a full 6 or a bomber, so this is perfect for experimenting.
The bad: check dates on beers that don't have a major shelf life. This place is pretty out-of-the-way for most people and does not get as much traffic as Booton Liquor Outlet, Gary's Wines or Oak Tree in South Plainfield, NJ, but it's worth the trip.
05-30-2010 20:13:12 | More by Naugros
4.65/5 rDev +13.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $
I've been using Super Savers Wine in Pennington for a while now, used to be called Circle Liquors I believe. It's located right on a circle in Pennington NJ. My first couple visits to SSW wasn't that impressive...but pretty average. Then I realized, on a specific visit, that I wasn't taking the time to really look around. The line-up of refridgerators contians a pretty good craft beer selection, from most of the Trappist Belgian beers, to big name IPAs, stouts, and barleywines! Then, I started to realize that SSW does have a non-fridged selection, and there is where I proceeded to find some gems...aged beers, including some Cantillons and Fantomes. I was fortunate enough to have some long conversations with the staff, and the beer manager is VERY well knowledgable in the world of beer, which is nice to know. Pricing is also VERY reasonable...I would even have to say inexpensive when you compare some prices to other local stores. A very cool place for beer, liquor, and wine...and is now on my beer route!
03-14-2010 23:17:32 | More by ShadesOfGray
3.7/5 rDev -9.8%
quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
My receipt calls this place Circle Liquor Super Saver.
Stopped back after visiting a friend in Pennington, NJ for New Years Eve. This place had a big sign off of I-95 so I had planned on seeking it out if i had time just to compare with my usual stops. I knew the area pretty well as I worked in NJ for about 10 yrs over seven years ago. I used to go to the bank off the circle so I knew of the liquor store but it had been some time.
It was New years day and the two young guys working there didnt want to be there (even with the ability to watch the bowl games on the TV). But who can blame them, i mostly like to look around on my own. There is still plenty for sale that I havent tried.
I was suprised by the large selection of imports from Russia, Poland, etc., beyond the usual selection of English and German beers.I was thrilled to be able to buy singles of some PA beers i cant get in MD such as Yards and Newbold as well as certain varieties of certain brands.
Overall the prices were very reasonable. I was suprised to find some prices lower than the prices I find in MD.
01-05-2010 16:00:00 | More by lionking
4.15/5 rDev +1.2%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in here on the way back to Princeton from a wedding in PA. I had already crossed off some of my list of beers I can't get back home (see Cold Spring Beverages in Yardley PA) and wanted to see if there were any others to be had.
This is a good sized wine and beer store (maybe liquor as well). One side is filled with beer coolers (~30 doors) along with large format bottles in the middle. A very good selection, picked up a bunch of Victory, a 12 of Dale's, a 4 pack of 10 Fidy, a couple of others I can't remember and ~5 bombers. The cashier mentioned that it was too bad we weren't there on the last weekend because one of the bombers had been selling as a holiday pack (bomber and glass) for the same price. She went in back to see if they had any more left. No luck, but I thought it was nice she looked.
My wife paid, so I don't know why, but I got 10% off of everything, maybe a case discount.
The place is less than a mile off I-95 (it shows up on google maps), worth checking out.
12-11-2009 14:55:23 | More by wspscott
4.8/5 rDev +17.1%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
I can't say enough about this place. The selection is outstanding, with a broad variety of belgian, german, etc. and enough single bottles to fill two full cold cases. There is a multi-sided display case in the middle of the beer section with zillions of big bottle rarities. The staff is always very engaging and there are some real geeks that work there that can tell you a tremendous amount about the products that they carry. This is undoubtedly among the top 3 or 4 beer stores in Jersey.
One little beef though...they always had the Ale Street News on display. I'd keep up with reading everytime I shopped there. What happened?
11-08-2009 00:44:10 | More by Drinkalot
3.05/5 rDev -25.6%
quality: 3.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Lots and lots of beer but I had a difficult time finding anything unique or unusual. There was no service. One of the guys there was reading the newspaper and acting like he didn't want to wait on people at the checkout line.
Most of their beers are in coolers which might be considered a plus. I picked up a mixer sixer and struggled to put this together.
Flying Fish Hopfish: $2
Bahnhoof Berliner Weiss (2): $3.99
Legacy Midnight Wit: $2.25
Ipswich IPA: $2
Flying Fish Grand Gru: $2
$16.81 for a six pack? Yup.
The Legacy Wit was so bad I had to dump it out. It gets good ratings on BA so I suspect it was either a fluke or the result of improper storage (in the cooler?).
Overall, I think one could do better for unique domestic craft selection and service.
11-26-2008 16:10:11 | More by Yetiman420
3.7/5 rDev -9.8%
quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
A solid selection of foreign entries such as Russian, Polish, English, Czech, and German with well over 30 different countries represented here. Most importantly a good selection of Belgians (40+) including a steady stocking of Fantome and 6 of the 7 trappist ales. Over 700 beers (80% singles, 20% bombers) with as much as 800-850 yearly including seasonal and limited releases. What I like most is the ample selection of loosies (12oz), where as most retail liquor stores and chains sell only bombers. They seem to get a few new beers a week while they have a few selection of aged beers as well (old vintage JW Lees).
Not much here since Carl left. He definitely knew his beer and took care of fellow BA'ers with special releases and always getting in new and rare stuff traveling the tri-state area on his own time to bring in good stuff. Could always tell you about any new beer they got in and treated everyone equally, whether you were a macro drinker or a micro-light drinker looking to try something new. Loved his job and talking about beer. For now you are pretty much on your own and do your own DD before entering or just do what I do, ignore the hype and just try something new and avoid reviews beforehand to limit being biased.
While things may get expensive quickly from the wide selection, price per bottle is reasonable and within range of surrounding competition. You may pay a premium on certain bottles but you also get the opportunity to buy single's (12oz) and may save you money from making a mistake on buying a six-pack of something you may not like, something the local competition really can't account for.
05-01-2008 23:23:08 | More by beerthulhu
3.85/5 rDev -6.1%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I headed over here on a recent trip to Princeton after hearing about the expanded selection and vintage beer section. I wasn't disappointed. There was an impressive selection of singles all kept in the fridge. Lots of local PA/NJ craft, plus other US offerings from brewers like Stone. Impressive selection of UK and German singles, plus a lot of Belgians as well. I kept walking and ran into the vintage beer shelf located in the middle of the floorspace. They had Westy 8 on the shelf along with several vintages of Fullers Vintage ale, lots of interesting stuff actually. I thought that was it, but I kept walking toward the back and found another set of fridges full of craft 6-packs - way more selection than I expected, and much more than I could take advantage of on this trip, easily dozens of offerings. Service was pretty much non-existent, since there seemed to only be two people working and they were both at the registers. I'll definitely be back though, mainly to hit the singles and vintages rack.
02-09-2008 03:04:14 | More by DrJay
3.2/5 rDev -22%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$
A: This place has SERIOUSLY gone down hill ovr the years since it has changed owners. It is slowly, but surly, turning into a crap hole.
Q: Very very big inside. A huge assortment of brandy's and wine's. And the beer; EVREYTHING is cold...WOW! Decent parking. Becareful pulling in, dangerous circle traffic.
Ser: ***PLEASE HIRE, AND KEEP, someone who cares about craft brew!!!*** No one came up to me, and when I asked to use their restroom, they told they didn't have one. (At least tell me I am not allowed to use it; don't tell me you don't have one.)
Sel: They had such a vast selection (picked up a bottle of Brooklyn Local 1). Their selection is pretty split between 12oz and bombers...and again everything is in coolers.
V: Same as most Jersey liquor stores, pretty competitive.
01-12-2008 05:01:19 | More by gkatsoris
4/5 rDev -2.4%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$
I made the journey out here after reading the post about their augmented selection. Finding it wasn't too tough after I realized that the beer store with "super saver" right on the traffic circle was them. I'm not too sure where the name comes from, but I found it confusing.
The place is huge. It just seems to keep going, but the majority of it is wine. Off to the left, things change and the racks of wine turn to coolers of beer. There's a really nice spread of locals that really saturate the local selections with a tip of the hat to British and German brews too. At first I thought the selection was just "pretty good" until I saw the vintage shelves in the middle of the room. They had some VERY nice beers here to include Westy 8 and a 1988 J.W. Lees. I was blown away by the 12 oz. Rouge RIS, so I had to grab one. Really, the vintage selection sets this place above most others. Moving on, there were plenty of six-packs available but cases seemed to cater more to BMC than to locals.
Service? Not so much. Just two dudes at cash registers. They didn't seem all that outgoing and didn't say anything about the sweet load of beer we chose, so I can't really say too much.
What a place. Is it worth the 50 minute drive when Capone's in down the road? Maybe. Just maybe.
11-20-2007 16:38:15 | More by DarkerTheBetter
Super BuyRite in Pennington, NJ
91 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.