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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

38 Ratings
Ratings: 38
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.27%
$$ - reasonable


[ Store ]

222 Route 31 S
Pennington, New Jersey, 08534-3509
United States
phone: (609) 737-0358

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Notes:
Formerly Circle Liquors.

(Place added by: RonfromJersey)
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$

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!

01-24-2006 04:19:14 | More by blitheringidiot
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crwills

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$

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.

01-21-2006 20:52:37 | More by crwills
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BillyB

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | $$$

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.

11-28-2005 16:25:17 | More by BillyB
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jmc44

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$

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.

11-01-2005 00:38:27 | More by jmc44
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Foxman

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$

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.

10-17-2005 20:32:53 | More by Foxman
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evh883

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -19.1%
quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | $$$

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.

09-25-2005 01:46:16 | More by evh883
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NiceGuyMike

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$

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.

08-20-2005 00:45:00 | More by NiceGuyMike
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board45

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

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.

06-17-2005 23:44:12 | More by board45
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pezoids

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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.

01-08-2005 07:27:43 | More by pezoids
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GeoffFromSJ

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

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.

09-26-2004 01:11:14 | More by GeoffFromSJ
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