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Super BuyRite

Not Rated.
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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

41 Ratings
Ratings: 41
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.41%
[ 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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Photo of Foxman
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%

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 -19.9%

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 +4.4%

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 +9.2%

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 +5.6%

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 -6.6%

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 +0.7%

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 +5.6%

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 +14.1%

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.

Photo of jerseyemt
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Great store for beer, wine, and liquor. It has the best selection in the area...however prices are high. If it's just normal stuff you're looking for, buy it elsewhere. But their beer selection is amazing!! If you can't find it elsewhere in the area, it's probably here.

It's off of I-95 (exit 4, to Rt. 31 North. About a mile ahead it's on the far side of the circle).

Photo of jrancan
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%

Maybe I'm missing something, but I have a better selection of beer in my closet than this place does. Stella Artois, a couple of Sam's, Sierra and a whole ass-load of macros. Not ONE Belgian! (Stella doesn't count IMO). Could be there is a back room that I missed? Otherwise, don't come anywhere near this place.

I am an idiot. I reviewed Shoprite liquors which is next door to Circle Liquors, and let me tell you, what a huge difference. Awesome selection of singles pretty much sums it up. They must have a dozen different beers from Russia alone. Not that Russia is the beer making capital of the world, but just the fact that they carry something like that is very impressive. They didn't have anything from America that I hadn't seen before, but they did have plenty of brews from countries that I've never even heard of! Looks like a huge selection of wine also, if you're into that sort of thing. Highly recommended.
Update: after many trips here I've decided that the service is arrogant and cranky and the prices are high, but if you're looking for something you just can't find, this place might have it.

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Super BuyRite in Pennington, NJ
92 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.