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4.8/5 rDev +17.6%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
I can't say enough about this place. The selection is outstanding, with a broad variety of belgian, german, etc. and enough single bottles to fill two full cold cases. There is a multi-sided display case in the middle of the beer section with zillions of big bottle rarities. The staff is always very engaging and there are some real geeks that work there that can tell you a tremendous amount about the products that they carry. This is undoubtedly among the top 3 or 4 beer stores in Jersey.
One little beef though...they always had the Ale Street News on display. I'd keep up with reading everytime I shopped there. What happened?
11-08-2009 00:44:10 | More by Drinkalot
3.05/5 rDev -25.2%
quality: 3.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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 -9.3%
quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
A solid selection of foreign entries such as Russian, Polish, English, Czech, and German with well over 30 different countries represented here. Most importantly a good selection of Belgians (40+) including a steady stocking of Fantome and 6 of the 7 trappist ales. Over 700 beers (80% singles, 20% bombers) with as much as 800-850 yearly including seasonal and limited releases. What I like most is the ample selection of loosies (12oz), where as most retail liquor stores and chains sell only bombers. They seem to get a few new beers a week while they have a few selection of aged beers as well (old vintage JW Lees).
Not much here since Carl left. He definitely knew his beer and took care of fellow BA'ers with special releases and always getting in new and rare stuff traveling the tri-state area on his own time to bring in good stuff. Could always tell you about any new beer they got in and treated everyone equally, whether you were a macro drinker or a micro-light drinker looking to try something new. Loved his job and talking about beer. For now you are pretty much on your own and do your own DD before entering or just do what I do, ignore the hype and just try something new and avoid reviews beforehand to limit being biased.
While things may get expensive quickly from the wide selection, price per bottle is reasonable and within range of surrounding competition. You may pay a premium on certain bottles but you also get the opportunity to buy single's (12oz) and may save you money from making a mistake on buying a six-pack of something you may not like, something the local competition really can't account for.
05-01-2008 23:23:08 | More by beerthulhu
3.85/5 rDev -5.6%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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 -21.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$
A: This place has SERIOUSLY gone down hill ovr the years since it has changed owners. It is slowly, but surly, turning into a crap hole.
Q: Very very big inside. A huge assortment of brandy's and wine's. And the beer; EVREYTHING is cold...WOW! Decent parking. Becareful pulling in, dangerous circle traffic.
Ser: ***PLEASE HIRE, AND KEEP, someone who cares about craft brew!!!*** No one came up to me, and when I asked to use their restroom, they told they didn't have one. (At least tell me I am not allowed to use it; don't tell me you don't have one.)
Sel: They had such a vast selection (picked up a bottle of Brooklyn Local 1). Their selection is pretty split between 12oz and bombers...and again everything is in coolers.
V: Same as most Jersey liquor stores, pretty competitive.
01-12-2008 05:01:19 | More by gkatsoris
4/5 rDev -2%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$
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
4.5/5 rDev +10.3%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Oh my God. A huge selection of imported and micros. You know I don't think I saw a macro swill beer there. Maybe I was just over come by the selection of imported beers. A great selection of beers from B. United International and the Shelton Brothers. Rick, who orders the beers, was great he ordered me beer and saved me beer. The cool thing was that I was a first time shopper. He even saved me his last bottle of Westvleteren. Even though it is about 1 1/2 hours away I will definitely be visiting this store again and again.
11-20-2007 09:16:02 | More by Reverand
3.85/5 rDev -5.6%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I usually head to Joe Canal's in Lawrenceville or Wegman's in Princeton but I've read good things about Circle, so I gave them a shot.
The selection is really quite good. There were numerous breweries available that I can't get at the locations mentioned earlier (Left Hand, Cricket Hill amongst them) and quite a few that were carried in greater quantity here (Avery, Lagunitas). Virtually everything is available as a single, so it is a mixed sixer haven.
There was only one employee at the time that I went, and he was fixed to the register, so I don't really know what to make of the service.
Prices are notably high for the area, a lot of the more mundane singles (Dogfish Head 60 Min, Sam Adams) could be purchased at Joe Canal's for 60-80 cents less per bottle.
Good selection, bad prices. I don't know if it is going to be a must hit for me.
04-29-2007 20:43:18 | More by RutgersBeerGuy
3.4/5 rDev -16.7%
quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$
Circle Liquors- Pennington, NJ.
Located on the Rte 31 circle in Pennington, NJ. Exit 4 off of Rte 95.
Circle Liquors is my local liqour store and a pretty good 1 at that.
A throw back retro 60's looking store with plenty off wine when you first walk in. Make a left and you'll go into the beer section.
Along your left side are several fridge's of single's. They have broken down into Polish/ Russian fridge, Belgium fridge, and even a local NorthEast fridge.
They also have several other fridges filled with the sixer's, variety 12 packs, and mixed 6er's.
I tend to purchase most if not all my beer from this place and have only been skunked a few times.
Their selection ranges from Young's/ Fullers, to Tripal Karmeliet/ Grotten/ St. Feullion, to Baltika, to Troeg's, Allagash, Smuttynose, Anderson Valley, Stone, and on and on.
Although the service isn't helpful, I never need help anyway, 1 women tends to always greet me and show off the newest arrivals.
Pricing is a little high. Stone bombers are around $6 I don't complain.
Overall Circle is the best liquor store in the region!
***update as of 1/1/08***
Circle Liquors is now called Super Saver and they are totally dedicated to "good" beer. When there ask for Carl, he know's too much about beer.
07-04-2006 18:10:38 | More by NJpadreFan
4.35/5 rDev +6.6%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I was long overdue for a visit, so I took my wife's new wheels for it's first beerrun. Found things pretty much unchanged from prior visits: good selection, everything cold, everything available as singles. Did notice that the prices do seem just a little higher than most stores I frequent. Fine store if it's closer than the Supersaver.
Original review 11-11-2002:
The most striking thing about this store, is that all, or almost all, of the beer is in coolers. Except for a few made-up Octoberfest samplers and some sampler cases from Pete's. Troegs, and a couple of other breweries, everything is kept cold. The odd thing, this leaves a tremendous amout of vacant floor space. It's like walking around a museum. Selection is quite good, and everything is available as singles. I've been there twice, most recently picked up Troegs sampler 12 pack, Troegs Oatmeal Stout, Dock St Amber, all of which I've haven't found in my usual haunts. Staff has been helpful both times. If you're traveling on Route 195 to/from PA, its a short detour up Rt. 31 North (I think it's 195, it's one of the 95s).
02-07-2006 01:55:46 | More by RonfromJersey
Super BuyRite in Pennington, NJ
91 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.