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4.15/5 rDev +1.2%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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.
07-12-2004 02:31:45 | More by Billolick
4.35/5 rDev +6.1%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5
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.
11-12-2003 13:37:44 | More by Gavage
3.05/5 rDev -25.6%
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
4.35/5 rDev +6.1%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Wow! This place is great! I used to work 15 minutes away for about a year and it was my favorite place to blow a good chunk of my paycheck!
Stroll straight to the left and eye ball the cold boxes that are six feet tall and 30 feet long of good beer. All singles! Belgians, German, Euro, domestic, and neatly categorized! A tad bit pricey with some average 12 oz. bottles going for $2 a bottle but I dig the huge selection. Circle Liquors deserves some props and I might be the one to give it. Never have I been bummed about hitting this joint. Standouts included Duchesse 750mL bottles, all St. Bernardus big and small, Allagash big bottles like Curieux and quad, tons of variety, even some Russian bottles. Other noteworthy bottles include odd ball Belgians in big and small sizes. and plenty of local offerings.
Worth the actual drive to the place. Plus if you dig booze, this joint does the trick too. Grab a cart and go shopping! Just try not to spend too much!
01-24-2006 04:19:14 | More by blitheringidiot
3.4/5 rDev -17.1%
quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$
Staff isnt very helpful or knowledgeable regarding any of the products they have at the store. Originally when I first found this place after it was taken over by Super Saver, it seemed like it was on the up and up but my recent visit was a dissapointment. Some/a lot of the inventory is quite dusty and old, which can be great for special finds, but not all the time, especially for your lower ABV/non-cellaring beers. Despite the above, it is still a good hidden gem on the Pennington Circle in NJ. Good spot to hit up on the way to the NJ Shore. Found some pretty exciting bottle like Weyerbacher Prophecy, Sam Adams Millenium, etc.
08-11-2010 19:54:03 | More by claspada
3.44/5 rDev -16.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
This BuyRite location is an easy detour of this section of 95 that sits about halfway between Philly and Newark.
It is located in a nondescript building with beat up old carpeting and fixtures. After entering, turn left to make your way towards the beer. Stacked on the floor are various bombers, some from small New Jersey breweries, others from the US and abroad. The fridge has a pretty good selection of 6 packs, with more bombers, and a fairly expansive collection of chilled single 12 oz bottles. Some brands I recall are Terrapin, New Holland, Flying Fish, Brooklyn, Epic, Victory, Unibroue, Mikkeller and others.
The prices are reasonable and the staff did not come by to lend any suggestions during my leisurely shopping. But, I did walk away with some beer that I don`t get in CT, so it was a worthwile stop.
12-08-2011 02:07:12 | More by mltobin
4/5 rDev -2.4%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$
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
3.85/5 rDev -6.1%
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
3.9/5 rDev -4.9%
quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 5
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.
12-27-2002 21:18:28 | More by jrancan
Super BuyRite in Pennington, NJ
91 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.