Super BuyRite

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44 Ratings
Ratings: 44
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4.14
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222 Route 31 S
Pennington, New Jersey, 08534-3509
United States
phone: (609) 737-0358

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Place added by: RonfromJersey

Formerly Circle Liquors.
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Photo of lionking
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%

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.

Photo of wspscott
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

Photo of Drinkalot
4.8/5  rDev +15.9%

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?

Photo of Yetiman420
3.05/5  rDev -26.3%

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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%

Quality/Quantity
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).

Service
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.

Value
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.

Photo of DrJay
3.85/5  rDev -7%

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.

Photo of gkatsoris
3.2/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

Photo of Reverand
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

Photo of RutgersBeerGuy
3.85/5  rDev -7%

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.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.4/5  rDev -17.9%

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.

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

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).

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

Wow! This place is great! I used to work 15 minutes away for about a year and it was my favorite place to blow a good chunk of my paycheck!

Stroll straight to the left and eye ball the cold boxes that are six feet tall and 30 feet long of good beer. All singles! Belgians, German, Euro, domestic, and neatly categorized! A tad bit pricey with some average 12 oz. bottles going for $2 a bottle but I dig the huge selection. Circle Liquors deserves some props and I might be the one to give it. Never have I been bummed about hitting this joint. Standouts included Duchesse 750mL bottles, all St. Bernardus big and small, Allagash big bottles like Curieux and quad, tons of variety, even some Russian bottles. Other noteworthy bottles include odd ball Belgians in big and small sizes. and plenty of local offerings.

Worth the actual drive to the place. Plus if you dig booze, this joint does the trick too. Grab a cart and go shopping! Just try not to spend too much!

Photo of crwills
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

Huge selection of beers, especially American microbrews. Nice collection of European bombers as well, and some rare sixpacks. And, everything is kept cold. I've been picking up a dozen or so from this place every week for the last couple of months while I work down in NJ. However, I did notice during my last trip there in early January that they were running low on a lot of things, with a lot of empty spaces in the coolers. Perhaps they're awaiting a winter shipment? Oh, and service is sort of non-existant as well.

Photo of BillyB
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%

They have an excellent selection of Belgians, German, English and tons of American micro's all available in single bottles. The prices are a little high, but I think it's worth it for the selection.
The staff is the biggest downfall of the place. They are smug and unfriendly and all they do is lean at the registers and smoke. There is one guy there who is helpful and he know's his stuff. His name is Rich.
It's a dangerous parking lot to try and pull in and out of because it's right on a circle(hence the name). So my advice is to drive carefully, ignore the staff and just enjoy the incredible selection of beers from around the world.

Photo of jmc44
4/5  rDev -3.4%

I usually hit this place on my way home from work, located right on route 31 on the way to I-95.

Sign outside says they have some 800 different beers. I haven't counted, but it seems about right. They have 2 whole walls and the better part of a third wall lined with coolers containing singles and six packs, which are more or less generally organized by country of origin. They also have quite a few local brews from NJ and throughout the northeast.

A few years ago I had some issues getting some skunked beer; however, for the last year or so, it seems they have been working harder at keeping inventory moving and up-to-date. Which with the amount of beer they have is quite a feat.

Service is nothing special - rarely do I see any employees other than those manning the registers. The register jockeys are not particulary friendly; nor are they unfriendly.

Prices are reasonable - anywhere from $1.50 for a single to $5.00 (some of the rarer Belgians), with six packs in the range of $7-10. They also carry some 4-packs from the UK and Belgium, as well as cases - but beware, there is no case discount except on imports.

Photo of Foxman
3.85/5  rDev -7%

I hit this place on the way home from a rain-soaked camping trip at the Delaware Water Gap.

Tucked in right before the traffic circle on Rt. 31 South in Pennington, it comes up fast from the north, and the lot is just a single strip of angled spots. The outside looks rather dated and Brady-esque, but respectable and well kept.

Once inside, through the registers (the wrong way) the coolers containing the singles run along the left and display a truly impressive collection of unfettered bottles. The last time I saw anything approaching this many singes was at The Foodery. From locals to Belgians and British and Germans and many in between and beyond, the gamut is pretty much run here. After making a right at the BMC coolers and then another right to avoid more of the same, I came up to a large room of fine sixpacks and cases, both imported and local, with the same general spread of countries and states represented, thought not quite as extensively. Overall, the selection is obviously a matter of pride to thses folks.

Prices are solid, nothing to rave about but I didn't feel financially raped either, which is generally a good thing.

The service was certainly not offensive, but neither did it seem especially interested either. And just a word of advice, guys...in the fall, on a windy day, it might make some sense to close those front doors before the leaves blow against the fronts of the registers in large piles. Either that, or make rakes available to clear a path to get out of the store.

Photo of evh883
3.3/5  rDev -20.3%

This place has it all. With an entire wall of about a dozen coolers conatining individual beers from around the world that total about 450 from 40 countries, it's a place where even an experienced beer traveler could probably something new. If you like wine, they have that too, a lot lot of it. The building looks like it was an old catereing hall at some point in it's history so they have a plenty of room to fill. The only dislikes I have with the place is the atomoshpere and the service. It feels like you're in a musty cave when inside and some very unfriendly and not that knowledgable people work there (at least in most of my trips there).

Overall, if you ever pass by the Pennington area and want to find something unique, or you just can't find that elusive one you've been searching for, there's a good chance this'll be the place where you can find it.

Photo of NiceGuyMike
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%

I remember this place in the mid 90s. It had a huge wine and beer selection. The first place I ever knew of that had individual bottles. Today I don't live near there, but sometimes I visit the area. They've expanded their once huge store. Now the wine section is even bigger, and even more room for individual and packed beers.

Basically this is a huge place. They claim to have over 700 beers in stock with a selection of 650 to be purchased by the bottle (not packed). This is definatly a place to visit if in the area.

This is the only place I've found Westmalle's Tripel. There are hundreds of beers I've yet to discover with all of the standards and then some.

Prices are a bit more than you might want, but hey, it costs a lot to have such a gigantic selection.

Photo of board45
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

This is one of the best beer stores I have been in. They have over 700 beers available to purchace with a pretty good wine selection. The Belgium, English, and American sections of single brews is huge. The rotation is great. I asked the owner who works there, if i could get a couple different beers that i couldnt find there and he said, "I bring in ever beer i can possibly get from my distributor." Now that says a lot for a liqour store. They have a lot of good stuff. Hard to find stuff too. I am going to be going here more and more. It is a little bit of a drive but worth it for me. A BA paradise.

Photo of pezoids
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

Funny Story (and sad). I was here before, actually I wasn't. I was in a rush and went into a no named (really!) liquor store next to the Shoprite supermarket right on the Pennington Circle. It's actually in the same bldg as Shoprite. I really thought this was CL. What a joke! This was the worst store I was ever in! nothing but 12 packs of Bud and Coors light, maybe some German beers. It wasn't until later that night that I realized I made a big mistake... That wasn't Circle Liquors! Doh!

Anyway, this time I was heading South on I-95 and noticed a sign for Pennington, NJ. I took the exit and after a 10 minute drive on Route 31, I was at this same infamous Pennington Circle once again... Well, this time I drove completely around the thing and easily saw the store. {{{slapping myself on the forhead}}}

Wow! Walking into this place reminds me of a movie. Full Metal Jacket. The scene where Private Gomer Pyle has gone insane and is methodically cleaning and talking to his rifle. That was me as I walked into Circle Liquors and slowly lurked by all those glass doors - perfect... everything clean... smooth... beautiful. Actually I was rather like a kid in a candy store, than a homicidal marine recrout.

The selection was excellent. Great range of imports, including some German and Polish beer that I haven't seen. The coolers just kept coming and coming (all of the beer is chilled). I grabbed a little of this and a little of that. Rounded the corner and grabbed some more. Prices were competitive. Better than the foodery IMO. They had a nice range of Bert Grants beers, including the fresh Hop Ale and a few different Ramsteins. Avery, A.Valley, MacTarnahans just to name a few. The store is setup perfectly, almost systematically. Very clean and well lit. It's a large store, but it really doesn't feel like it. Almost feels like your basement. (I wish).

Eventhough they don't have the rarest beers, their overall stock is impressive. I would recommend this store to any brew lovin' BA. Repeated trips are surely in the future for me.

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.85/5  rDev -7%

I've passed this liquor store on my way to North Jersey a number of times, and without beerfly I would have never had known this store actually has good beer. It has a good bit of it with an excellent selection. Most, if not all of it, in coolers. Not much service until checkout time, but I didn't ask for any service so I'm not complaining. They have some Ramstein, Saison Dupont, some ciders and perries I haven't seen before. Typical Belgians, some in smaller bottles in four packs. Definitely worth the visit.

Photo of Billolick
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

Close to Lambertville, Trenton area, this place is a BA paradise. The Huge selection is the highlight of a visit here. Its all kept cold in nice coolers all along the sides of the store. Tons of wine as well, if youre into that sort of stuff. It would be nice if they had some stock kept warm, they have pleanty of space. The staff was very friendly and offering to help. Tons of imports, domestics (locals and more far of fleight stuff) A bunch of Avery bombers, no Stone. This place is way worth visiting, with many brews I hadnt seen before and all the usual stuff.

Photo of Gavage
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

Haven't visited this establishment in about a year and I wanted some singles for sampling, so I made the trip 35 minute trip. There is a large wine section when you walk in the store, but there is a large beer section farther left in the building. Numerous refridgerators on 5 walls holding six packs, bombers, and 12 ounce singles.

The single selections were nice, as they were broken down by international and US beers. Great Belgian section, German, Czech and surrounding countries, and Russian sections. The remainder of internationals include Spain, India, Brazil, Portugal, etc. but these are mostly one or two brands at best.

The US section is dominated by east coast beers, with a lesser selection of the smaller micros of the rest of the country (still large selection of Sierra Nevada, Anchor, etc).

There is plenty of walking room, and the floor does have numerous styles of variety 12 packs, and with the holidays nearing, the winter varieties are there now. This store creates their own variety packs but were almost priced the same as 6 singles.

Service was nice but no overly helpful. Prices are all over the board, some single were relatively cheap ($1.75) while others were high ($7.99 for 12 oz Dogfish WW Stout).

Great place to pick up numerous singles you haven't tried, or don't want a six pack of. There was several BA.com logos on the refridgerators in front of some of the top 50 beers sixpack with a hand written "Ranked # X on BA.com". I was surprised to see this but it was a nice touch. You'll spend a little more here, but selection will make you happy.

Photo of sparkydoyle
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%

Go in the front door and make a left turn at the wine department, walk about 50 feet, and you're in the beer department. One of the best selections of import beers in the area, and nearly everything is refridgerated.

Appears that all of their beer selections are available as singles, priced in the $2.00 to $4.00 price range. Many beer prices were a little high, but there are more than a few deals. Picked up more than 24 single bottles (getting ready for a beer tasting, and needed to do some homework), and all the ones I've tasted so far are reasonably fresh.

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