The Party Source
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Reviews by brewdlyhooked13:
4.35/5 rDev +0.5%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$
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...
04-20-2003 23:11:28 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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