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4.5/5 rDev +9.8%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Oh my God. A huge selection of imported and micros. You know I don't think I saw a macro swill beer there. Maybe I was just over come by the selection of imported beers. A great selection of beers from B. United International and the Shelton Brothers. Rick, who orders the beers, was great he ordered me beer and saved me beer. The cool thing was that I was a first time shopper. He even saved me his last bottle of Westvleteren. Even though it is about 1 1/2 hours away I will definitely be visiting this store again and again.
11-20-2007 09:16:02 | More by Reverand
3.85/5 rDev -6.1%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
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 -17.1%
quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$
Circle Liquors- Pennington, NJ.
Located on the Rte 31 circle in Pennington, NJ. Exit 4 off of Rte 95.
Circle Liquors is my local liqour store and a pretty good 1 at that.
A throw back retro 60's looking store with plenty off wine when you first walk in. Make a left and you'll go into the beer section.
Along your left side are several fridge's of single's. They have broken down into Polish/ Russian fridge, Belgium fridge, and even a local NorthEast fridge.
They also have several other fridges filled with the sixer's, variety 12 packs, and mixed 6er's.
I tend to purchase most if not all my beer from this place and have only been skunked a few times.
Their selection ranges from Young's/ Fullers, to Tripal Karmeliet/ Grotten/ St. Feullion, to Baltika, to Troeg's, Allagash, Smuttynose, Anderson Valley, Stone, and on and on.
Although the service isn't helpful, I never need help anyway, 1 women tends to always greet me and show off the newest arrivals.
Pricing is a little high. Stone bombers are around $6 I don't complain.
Overall Circle is the best liquor store in the region!
***update as of 1/1/08***
Circle Liquors is now called Super Saver and they are totally dedicated to "good" beer. When there ask for Carl, he know's too much about beer.
07-04-2006 18:10:38 | More by NJpadreFan
4.35/5 rDev +6.1%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
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
4.35/5 rDev +6.1%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Wow! This place is great! I used to work 15 minutes away for about a year and it was my favorite place to blow a good chunk of my paycheck!
Stroll straight to the left and eye ball the cold boxes that are six feet tall and 30 feet long of good beer. All singles! Belgians, German, Euro, domestic, and neatly categorized! A tad bit pricey with some average 12 oz. bottles going for $2 a bottle but I dig the huge selection. Circle Liquors deserves some props and I might be the one to give it. Never have I been bummed about hitting this joint. Standouts included Duchesse 750mL bottles, all St. Bernardus big and small, Allagash big bottles like Curieux and quad, tons of variety, even some Russian bottles. Other noteworthy bottles include odd ball Belgians in big and small sizes. and plenty of local offerings.
Worth the actual drive to the place. Plus if you dig booze, this joint does the trick too. Grab a cart and go shopping! Just try not to spend too much!
01-24-2006 04:19:14 | More by blitheringidiot
4.2/5 rDev +2.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
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
3.7/5 rDev -9.8%
quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | $$$
They have an excellent selection of Belgians, German, English and tons of American micro's all available in single bottles. The prices are a little high, but I think it's worth it for the selection.
The staff is the biggest downfall of the place. They are smug and unfriendly and all they do is lean at the registers and smoke. There is one guy there who is helpful and he know's his stuff. His name is Rich.
It's a dangerous parking lot to try and pull in and out of because it's right on a circle(hence the name). So my advice is to drive carefully, ignore the staff and just enjoy the incredible selection of beers from around the world.
11-28-2005 16:25:17 | More by BillyB
4/5 rDev -2.4%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$
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
3.85/5 rDev -6.1%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I hit this place on the way home from a rain-soaked camping trip at the Delaware Water Gap.
Tucked in right before the traffic circle on Rt. 31 South in Pennington, it comes up fast from the north, and the lot is just a single strip of angled spots. The outside looks rather dated and Brady-esque, but respectable and well kept.
Once inside, through the registers (the wrong way) the coolers containing the singles run along the left and display a truly impressive collection of unfettered bottles. The last time I saw anything approaching this many singes was at The Foodery. From locals to Belgians and British and Germans and many in between and beyond, the gamut is pretty much run here. After making a right at the BMC coolers and then another right to avoid more of the same, I came up to a large room of fine sixpacks and cases, both imported and local, with the same general spread of countries and states represented, thought not quite as extensively. Overall, the selection is obviously a matter of pride to thses folks.
Prices are solid, nothing to rave about but I didn't feel financially raped either, which is generally a good thing.
The service was certainly not offensive, but neither did it seem especially interested either. And just a word of advice, guys...in the fall, on a windy day, it might make some sense to close those front doors before the leaves blow against the fronts of the registers in large piles. Either that, or make rakes available to clear a path to get out of the store.
10-17-2005 20:32:53 | More by Foxman
3.3/5 rDev -19.5%
quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | $$$
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
Super BuyRite in Pennington, NJ
91 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.