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Goebel Liquor

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Goebel LiquorGoebel Liquor
BA SCORE
100
world-class

52 Ratings
Ratings: 52
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 4.76
pDev: 5.88%
[ Store ]

352 S West St
Ste 400
Wichita, Kansas, 67213-2117
United States
phone: (316) 943-2911

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Reviews by coldmeat23:
Photo of coldmeat23
4.8/5  rDev +0.8%

Man, oh, man, What a store for beer!
Took the drive up here to Wichita from Tulsa (2 1/2 hours, one way) and man is it worth it. Can't wait until I can go again!

Quality of the store is great. The only reason that they didn't get a perfect score is because of the size. It's a little bit small. I do know that they have plans to expand though, so that will soon be remedied. Other than that, this place is heaven for beer lovers.

The service is some of the best I've ever had while shopping for beer(s). Rob, the co-owner, and his wife, are manning the store, along with their son, and a couple of employees.
Rob definitely does this beer selection out of his personal love for the stuff. He can talk to you and give you information on seemingly every beer on the shelf. He is a great conversationalist and great at interacting with people. When he talks to you about a beer, you can tell that he loves this product and wants to share that love with you and others. He tells you things to educate you and you never feel belittled or talked down to for asking about something. Very nice!

The selection is truly unprecedented for this part of the country. Granted, you can't get every beer in the world here, but what is here is above and beyond what is expected. Lots of good "well-known" craft brews, some things you probably haven't seen or tried, and some things that are just kind of hard-to-find items. Also, Rob seems to have great success at tracking down beer rarities. I'm pretty sure that they just recently passed the 1200 mark on available beers.
They have quite a few new beers slated to start being carried throughout the rest of the year and continue working on trying to bring more in, all the time.
They even sell verticals of certain items, which is way cool.

Prices are quite reasonable, about what you'd expect to pay anywhere else.

If you can plan a day trip (bring lots of money, you'll need it) or just happen to be passing through Wichita, by all means, stop here. Do yourself the favor. You won't regret it.

Oh, yeah. This is a liquor store, so they do carry wine and spirits, also, but for me, the beer was the star.

More User Reviews:
Photo of jalez
4.93/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Very friendly knowledgeable staff. Great selection.

Photo of BradBuchanan
4.75/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.5/5  rDev -5.5%

First off, this is definitely a 5 if you compare it to other options in the area but for the beer tourist I have to deduct a little. Distribution is tough in Kansas and worse in Oklahoma. Had an extensive singles selection which everyone should like immensely, and they had a risky beer I wanted to try on sale from Rogue. If I need beer in Wichita without a doubt this where you go.

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.75/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Ashinpaugh
4.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of codyhaskell
4.75/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Hohnbaum
5/5  rDev +5%

Photo of AGoodStout
5/5  rDev +5%

Photo of TX-Badger
4.75/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of greenspointexas
4.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Hellpop65
4.75/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of jt1978
5/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Sludgeman
3.87/5  rDev -18.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Visited on a Monday evening. Not busy.

A - Clean, bright, standard shelves, boxes, singles, sixes, bombers.

Q - From what I could tell, everything could be found cold. To what degree the beer was properly stored prior - no idea.

S - I don't like when folks hover as it can take me time to scan, contemplate and choose. There was no hovering. But everyone was friendly and ready to help when encountered.

S - A broad selection. It will take awhile to drink yourself through their bottle. I did find the Chimay Anniversay Cinq Cent, and there was a good selection of Schafly and Hoppin Frog, but I thought the selection was weak on Belgian and Germans. Also nothing super special on the Americans.

V - A place should price to the market so I never complain about price, but they were still a bit over what I might consider average.

Photo of jaydoc
4.75/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of sprucetip
4.93/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

What a find. The beer drinking citizens of Wichita are very fortunate to have this institution in their community. The selection claims to be, and I don't dispute, more than a 1000 different beers, but at one point had been as many as 1400. Many of them are available in singles, almost all were in coolers, and the light was low. The service was as excellent as I have ever experienced or witnessed. Way above and beyond the call of duty. Not just for me, but the other patrons as well. The attention to quality and details was apparent in all aspects of the operation. I'd score the service a 6 if I could. The staff apologized for the fact that some breweries and distributors not being available in Kansas, but of course that is not their fault. I could go on, but I don't feel like it. This is the highest score I have ever given a place or a beer. Oh, and there were mystery cases of 12oz bottles for $30...fun. This is absolutely one of the top retail stores I have been to. If they had better distribution in Kansas (no Shelton Bros, and many of the Michigan big guys like Bells and Founders) it would absolutely be the best I've visited. Belmont Station is the only one that is coming to mind that compares in all areas.

Be thankful, Wichita!

Photo of Geoffy
4.86/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Just moved to Wichita and this is definitely the place to go for beer. The staff is always very friendly and calls you by name. Also you get a discount off of certain products if you're from out of state. The only gripes I have about the selection are because certain breweries don't have distribution in Kansas yet. This unfortunately includes some of my very favorites from past lives (Dogfish head, Bells, etc), but I've also been able to try a lot of brews I haven't had in other places, especially the very fine craft brews from Boulevard. Check this place out!

Photo of diesel5000
5/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I visited this place after reading the glowing reviews. I'm from Texas so I wanted to see what local brews I could find that we don't have down there. Wow, what a selection. I didn't know where to begin so I asked a staff member what beers were from the midwest region and what were the best ones to try. He was very helpful and by the time I was done picking I had over 30 packs of beer. The rest of the staff was great as well. It was a really good experience. They also gave me 3 free bottle openers which was very cool of them. Plus Wednesday was beer night so I received 10% off my purchase. They call it Goebel Liquor/Robs World of Beers but to me its beer heaven. I will definitely return every time I'm back in town.

Photo of jsulko
5/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Went there the day before Father's Day while in town for a wedding. Store came highly recommended from the Midwest Forum. My daughter took me (7 1/2) as our Father's Day and I got a bit worried seeing the 21 only. Asked if she was OK at the counter and got a very friendly response. They told me about the singles in back and where I could find the beers that I was looking for that aren't back in Illinois / Wisconsin.

Selection was great and store was really neat and organized. Singles were easy to go through and the selection blew me away. Appreciated the date stickers on packs that do not bottle date.

Got a great slection of mostly local IPA's and the price was right. I had made myself a mental note earlier to get a bottle opener but had forgotten by the time I got to the counter. They offered me a free keychain bottle opener, knowing I was out of town and even had suckers for my daughter. An awesome place.

Photo of IctTrish
5/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Great service. I work in a service industry so I expect great service when I shop and the staff always delivers. I drive out of my way to purchase here because they have a great selection and the staff is always friendly and willing to answer questions and offer suggestions. I am a liquor drinker because I have not found a beer I enjoy until Woodchuck Amber The staff has taken e time to find out what I like and then offer suggestions based on my taste. Definitely friendlier that several other establishments in my town. I will continue to make the drive to purchase here and will definitely recommend them to everyone I know. Thank You!

Photo of BeerZack
4.86/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

This place rocks. I was surprised to find a store with this good of a selection for its size and for its location. I wasn't expecting Wichita to be such a beer city, but this place in itself makes the city a great beer city!
Small place, but 2/3 of the store is devoted to beer. AND all the BMC crap is seperated from the good stuff for easy browsing. Much nicer and slightly upscale feeling compared to the big box chain stores which youd normally have to go to to get this selection. Vintage selections and other hidden gems throughout. Its gotta be the best beer store within 300 miles or more.

Photo of KansasBeerLover
4.94/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I just realized I hadn't reviewed this store. It is the best I have found in the great plains.

Rob runs a great store. Best selection of beer that is available in the state, and he is always trying to get more variety into the state. If you are in the area, you have to visit this store. The selection not only contains most every beer available, but there are also some that have been in the cellar aging away.

Wednesday is discount day, 15% on most. Also, if you live in the area, get on the e-mail list. There you get notices of special offers and invites to special occasions, such as the annual visit to Rob's personal cellar, which puts most stores to shame.

If I didn't live so close to the second best store in the area (Global) I would be in Rob's every week.

Photo of jlancemiller
5/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Glad I checked BA before heading on my beer run.

Had a liquor store two blocks from my hotel that I used when I arrived because it was close and found the usual yellow fizzy stuff.

Determined to find some quality brews I checked BA and drove from one side of Wichita to the other (nearly 10 mins) to check this place out.

Was rewarded with a fantastic selection, knowledgeable staff and a couple of previously untried beers that as soon as I fire this off am going to curl up next to.

A+ for Goebel's and A++ for BA

Photo of mikennat
5/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

My wife went to Wichita for a scrapbooking weekend, so naturally I had to find the nearest craft beer store and send her. She has been on many beer shopping trips with me and knows what to expect. I am happy to say that she was very impressed with Goebel's. The owner was immediately helpful when she arrived. She handed him the list I had sent her with and he told her what was available or not and put what he could in her hands. He was unsure of something on the list and asked her to call me on her cell so he could clarify. I was very impressed! I spoke with him, and was very impressed with his knowledge and suggestions. My wife came home with some great finds. She was excited about the selection of beers she liked and what I have been looking for. The store was very clean and organized she said. She also liked the large amount of beers that were sold individually. My wife recommends this store to anyone in the area, and I am ready for her to go again!!!

Photo of JuicesFlowing
5/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Goebel Liquor is the quintessential place to buy craft beer in Wichita. This store has the widest selection of beer, period. There is at least one, if not two aisles dedicated to craft beer 6 packs. Craft 6 packs are available cold or warm. There is large cooler for single bottles to make mixed 6 packs. The selection is absolutely top notch with new seasonals coming in virtually each week. This is the only liquor store in town that I can go to to get what I need when I'm looking for something I cannot find anywhere else in town. The owner, Rob, has enormous experience about every beer he sells, and the entire staff is very friendly and knowledgable. The same staff members have been there as long as I can remember, so there's a good consistency there that is refreshing. The prices are actually quite fair, many stores are more expensive. Hands down, this is the best craft beer store in Wichita, period.

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Goebel Liquor in Wichita, KS
100 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.