The Party Source

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The Party SourceThe Party Source
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93 Ratings
Ratings: 93
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: n/a
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95 Riviera Dr
Bellevue, Kentucky, 41073-1337
United States
phone: (859) 291-4007

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Reviews by brewdlyhooked13:
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4.35/5  rDev -0.2%

Party Source absolutely ranks as one of the better suppliers of a wide variety of beers, wine, and liquors. You get to the un-refrigerated stuff before you reach the walk-in cooler. That seems like such a bad idea, paying top dollar for these imports like Chimay, lambics, abbey ales, etc, and then just storing it on the floor at room temperature for who knows how long. I usually cruise the warm stuff just to see what might be new, then venture into the walk-in fridge known as 'The Cave'. There are 2 primary aisles, the one on the left has the Millcoorweiser brands, the right aisle has the good stuff. One side of the right-hand aisle is dedicated to providing singles bottles for you to try or buy a few for a beer tasting, in sizes as small as the Old Foghorn up to the Stone Brewing 22-ounce bombers. If you have an itch that needs a 6-pack scratch, the other side has all 6-packs (or 4 packs as the case may be, for example, with Duvel). Every few months the scenery changes and I typically buy more than I should. This store has been instrumental in my education of beers outside the megalands of U.S. lagers.

I only give their service a 3.5. Their folks are adequate, but not necessarily outgoing, Hey these folks are *busy*, this place never slows down and the employees have things to do. That's cool, I tend to gather my data on new beers to try, if I don't see it, I presume they don't have it yet, so why bother them, right? The brands are organized alphabetically by brewing company so you can kind of figure out if something is out of stock or there is just no shelf space for what you are seeking. I will say this - they had a situation last year with the distributor for the Sam Adams Utopias. As a result, they got none, that's bad. The Sam Adams guy *gave* the Party Source guy his personal bottle as a measure of good faith and PR, which he in turn sold to the first dude on his list of requestees for a sum well above its list value, thank you very much. But as least he sold it to a customer, that was pretty cool.

If the guy remembers me and keeps his word, I am first on the list this year for Utopias. Oo-oo...We'll see what happens...

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3.86/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

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4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.77/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I'm fairly certain this place was recently considered the largest liquor / beer store in the continental United States. And it probably is. It's easily the size of most grocery stores, carrying nothing but beer, wine, liquor, mixers, glassware, and some party food items. I'll put it this way - there are multiple Wal-Mart sized aisles for just bourbon.

There's a distillery in the parking lot now, and a brewery and taproom in the back that has 40-plus taps and various events like Rare Barrel Mondays (including things like Prairie Christmas Bomb! and Bourbon County Brand Barleywine). When you're looking at a place that carries virtually every whiskey ever distilled and over 70 different types of gin, you're also looking at a mighty fine place to stop in and grab some beer - especially if you're used to Ohio, where if a beer is over 12% ABV, it can't legally be sold.

I would put the craft beer selection here up against any other location in the US, easily, except perhaps the grounds at GABF during said fest (and maybe even then, there's a serious array of imports as well). I have yet to hear of any beer distributed to Kentucky that this store has not gotten hold of and put on the shelf and/or on tap, and if they do not have it, they will do their level best to order it in upon request. I have seen multiple cases of Crooked Stave saisons and Evil Twin stouts stacked in displays in the middle of the floor, and there's entire shelves dedicated to Mikkeller, De Molen, and so forth. The keg selection in the walk-in (more like the size of a car dealership garage drive-in) is completely unreal - sixth, quarter, and even full kegs of all manner of craft beer.

The place is ridiculous. It's the size of a Target, and it's all alcohol and assorted alcohol supplies.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

U can't go wrong here...Great Selection Thanks For all yoour help Danny!!!

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

The Party Source is a fantastic store. Incredible beer department with a massive variety. They also have an onsite brewery and taproom (Ei8htBall Brewing). Huge liquor department and a walk-in cigar humidor as well. A must stop if you're in the area.

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4.85/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

They bill themselves as something like "the biggest beverage store in America". I wouldn't doubt it! This place is truly massive. Their bourbon selection (we're in Kentucky after all) is enough to keep me perusing the aisles for hours. They also have a tasting bar where you can get pours of unique spirits ranging from rare bourbons to expensive mezcal varietals.

The beer selection is quite outrageous as well. I saw 16 different types of De Molen brews. SIXTEEN! Plus dozens of Mikkeller bottles and a section called "creme de la creme" that has rare stuff like Mikkeller Black Hole, Barrel Aged Black Weasel, Mikkeller George Calvados, De Molen Barrel Aged Hel & Verdoemenis and more.

Besides these goodies, Party Source has bombers and six packs from pretty much every major brewery in America. The beer guy is nice and helpful, and just past the retail store you'll find Eight Ball Brewing! Too much boozy fun, I'm telling you.

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4.66/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

I used to drive past this place all the time, but never went in due to its exterior. It basically looks like a Walmart of party supply places, and their logo doesn't help. I figured it's all plastic leis and metallic streamers, right?

Wrong. It was recommended by a friend that I go inside, and man I'm glad I did. They have a bunch of sale wines and spirits at their entry door, which is a little overwhelming for hitting you the moment you enter. I usually pass right by them. The first few aisles are that Walmart party supply I mentioned, but walk past those and you're finally in alcohol heaven. There are rows upon rows of wines, ranging from a few bucks a bottle to hundreds of dollars a bottle. If they don't have it, they'll get it for you.

I'm a spirits girl, and their spirits selection is second to none. They of course have all the national brands, all the national brands' varieties (Laphroaig Quarter Cask, zomg!), and a hefty selection of craft brands. They employ several conoisseurs on staff, and the last time I was in they were doing an $8 bourbon flight tasting (which included Pappy van Winkle, mind you). The guy was extremely knowledgeable of all things bourbon, scotch, and oddly enough, mezcal (which we actually ended up buying, $60 a bottle for some fantastic stuff, and I'm not even a mezcal girl). They also have a great selection of mixers, syrups, and bitters.

Their beer section is equally formidable, covering an entire back wall (that's a Walmart sized wall), plus its own little section including ciders and so on. The selection is fantastic, randing from singles to six-packs (or four-packs) to bombers and kegs. There is also a huge cold storage section in addition to room temperature display. There is an onsite brewery (which is expanding) where they hold tastings and other events. I like to stop and just pick up a random new beer to try periodically, if I haven't already blown my budget on liquor before I even reach the beer section in the back.

As I mentioned before, if they don't have it in stock, they'll get it for you (or give you a really good reason why they can't, such as the distillery/brewery losing its distributor). They're also very active on their Facebook page and will answer a question the same day. Check the place out, and make sure you budget for it. You'll find a lot!

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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The Party Source in Bellevue, KY
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