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Goebel Liquor

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Goebel LiquorGoebel Liquor
BA SCORE
100
world-class

49 Ratings
Ratings: 49
Reviews: 39
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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Photo of raverjames
5/5  rDev +5%

This is the best beer store in Kansas. I started visiting Goebel about 2 years ago, since I work out of Wichita frequently. It was a great store when I first visited, and now it is even better. Rob constantly brings in new beers that I cannot even get in Chicago. They love beer as much as I do, so I know anything they recommend will be good. The prices are decent on single bottles and amazing on 6 and 4 packs. You can almost always find someone working there that knows about beer. Also, they have a sweet selection of brewery shirts and glass wear. If you can't find something you like in Goebel, then you don't really love beer. If you are anywhere near Wichita in Kansas, you must visit Goebel.

raverjames, Apr 21, 2008
Photo of blackjack000
4.8/5  rDev +0.8%

Quality: Pretty good. They seem to be seriously attentive to the needs and requirements of carrying good beers.

Service: This place excels in service. Every time I've gone, someone has helped me immensely. I don't think I know a lot about beer, but I don't feel embarrassed about that fact here. I usually get really good help in selecting a new beer to try out in accordance with my tastes. I really appreciate the fact that employees remember me here.

Selection: Great, considering that it is in Wichita, KS. I don't think any place remotely nearby can compete.

blackjack000, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of jpwalz
5/5  rDev +5%

Best beer store ever. Shocked and bitter I have to journey to Kansas to find the combination of selection, care and knowledge. Will schedule a longer visit just to take advantage of the remarkable inventory.The care for the beer in this store is insane. From the self-dating of beer to the super-cool UV protected lighting in the coolers shows an unyielding passion to ensuring fresh beer. I would drive 4 hours or more to visit a store like this. But I am damned to be in beer hell, AKA SoCal.Cannot stress enough - if you are a true fan and are a half-day drive away you must go. MUST SEE TO BELIEVE.

Anyone that saw this review with a B- next to it now it was my silly BlackBerry that wouldn't let me adjust the selection and value properly. This place rules.

jpwalz, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of jtrockchalk
4.85/5  rDev +1.9%

Not much to say that hasn't already been said, but I wanted to let everyone know that Rob and company are still there and better than ever.

I've been going to Wichita once a week for a while now and was not only blown away by the selection, but even more so by Rob and his family. I was lucky enough to chat with Rob, his dad and son for quite awhile and it was a real treat.

The selection is comparable to Lukas in KC, but the fact that Goebel's lets you buy a single of anything in the store, (inventory hell for the sake of the customer) and the fact that they bring in every beer they can under the law is something no other store I know of can say. Add to that the fact that they are always actively talking to new beweries in an attempt to bring in even more. Thanks guys!

I picked up a couple Rogue 10,000 Brews because you just don't see them in the midwest. I also picked up a couple of Chocolate Indulgences because I haven't seen them anywhere in KC either.

They work so hard bringing in new brews that I'm afraid I'll find something I "must" have each time I go in...I've already spent a couple of bucks in my two visits, but I also got a cool bottle opener that Rob designed after something he saw in Belgium...on the house.

Thanks Rob!

jtrockchalk, Dec 07, 2007
Photo of udubdawg
4.85/5  rDev +1.9%

There isn't much that hasn't already been said - rest assured that Rob has not slipped. He continues to get beers added to his impressive collection. Once my thoughts towards this place ran to "Not bad - for Kansas!"...but now it is officially a great selection of beer for any store in any state. As a bonus, the beer is treated quite nicely, away from the windows and not under flourescent lighting.

Although I sometimes see some of Rob's beers cheaper elsewhere, I find that I can't remember buying a single skunked beer from this place - more than makes up for the price. The 10% off the mix-your-six every day and the 15% off on micros and imports on Wednesday's are the clincher.

I rejoice when I see that they hope to receive Deschutes in 2008, and their web site lists Victory and North Coast among those breweries whose products are "coming soon"...won't be long and I'll have to consider this great selection a "5".

udubdawg, Feb 20, 2007
Photo of jbmorch
4.7/5  rDev -1.3%

This is a place to quench your thirst for premium American ales, or begin your education and exploration of the maturing microbrew movement in this country.

The owner, Rob, with inspiration and influence from his dad, Bob, are seasoned beer connoisseurs and Rob has built a stock that reflects his taste. There are Rogues, Averys, La Chouffe, and so many other brands it was hard to decide what to blow my budget on. I settled on a La Rulles, a 421 and a couple others that caught my eye. Lots of Belgian-style ales. Lots of verticals - the same brand of brew from each year. You could build a 6-pack of strong ales from consecutive years in a dozen different combinations.

Sadly there is no Stone and no Deschuttes, but that is a function of the breweries and distributors and not Rob's desire to include their wares on his shelves.

This is a full-service liquor store with a strong tilt toward craft ales. You'll find cigars, brewery gear, BMC beer, scotch, and (Rob's latest passion) a large sample of bourbon. The two staff members on site when I last visited were knowledgeable and friendly.

jbmorch, Nov 25, 2006
Photo of amatuerbeerguy
4.15/5  rDev -12.8%

Excellent, excellent. Very helpful and knowledgeable staff, and owner. Very polite, forth coming about what is going on, and what they hope will be. Informative also, answered all questions thoroughly, also gave information relating to similar subjects to go on in the future (releases and such). Selection is also very excellent exspecially for Kansas. Service, exceptional, asked about a keg, no prior notice, they were happy to do what they could. Most places I have gotten kegs from require at least 3-day notice. Although I am sure they would like notice before going and asking, but they also did help me get what I needed. Highly recommend if in Wichita or the surrounding area. Cheers

amatuerbeerguy, Dec 08, 2005
Photo of Quaffer
5/5  rDev +5%

UPDATE 07/10/05

While there have been slips in the selections of other beer establishments in Wichita, Goebel Liquor has taken a couple of huge steps forward. First, they moved into a big, new store across the street. Much more room with a new, cleaner feel to it. There are even a couple of flat screens up on the walls showing things like brewery tours and "American Beer." No fewer than two huges aisles dedicated to craft beer and a whole wall of door coolers. All macro beer has been separated and moved into the "beer cave" and can easily be avoided. And the selection continues to grow with the addition of B. United Distributors in Kansas.

One new thing for Goebel is the addition of a room that sells both cigars and breweriana. Lots of branded glassware, brewery clothing, etc. A very cool addition to a liquor store that focuses on beer.

The absolute must-stop establishment in Wichita for beer lovers.

ORIGINAL

This is a great little place for beer lovers. And for those of us in Wichita who find it hard to find great brew, it is one of our only links to the outside beer world.

Don't be fooled by outward appearances. This store might look small on the outside, but there is a lot more in it than one might think. I drove by it for years, just thinking that it was a typical corner store. I was kicking myself after my first visit for all my missed oppurtunities.

While you can pick up sixers and twelve packs, their specialty is the build-your-own-sixpack. The coolers in the back are full floor-to-ceiling with rows of brews, plus there are at least two full aisles of shelving dedicated to beer. And they are always bringing in new stock. The appropriate seasonals and newest beers are usually displayed on a rack by the register. I am almost guaranteed to see something new on each visit. No other store in Wichita compares with their selection. Period. This place is the benchmark that are other stores in the area should be compared to.

Everyone who works at Goebel is extremely helpful and many are very beer savvy. They have gone out of their way to help me with special requests and have always seemed happy to do so. These people really love beer and it shows. Almost every time that I am there I end up hanging around and talking about beer, especially with the owner, Rob. A great guy and a great store.

Quaffer, Jul 10, 2005
Photo of Bruiser81
4.8/5  rDev +0.8%

I just took my first trip to Goebel liquor and I was extremely impressed. The sales clerk was very friendly and definately knew her beer. She explained how the whole build your own six pack works and recommended a few of her favorites. She said they sell every beer that is possible to get in Kansas, and that is easy to believe. The selection was tremendous. I will definately return to this establishment.

Bruiser81, Feb 07, 2003
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Goebel Liquor in Wichita, KS
100 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.