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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: n/a
[ Store ]

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

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Photo of zeff80
4.8/5  rDev +0.8%

I stopped by last week on my 10 day trip back through my homestate. First of all, Goebel's is very easy to find off of Kellog (U.S. 54) and West. Also, it is close enough to Towne West Square that my wife and daughter could just drop me off to beer shop.

Quality is amazing. Every beer I've had so far has be fresh or well taken care of. The service is even better. The head guy (I assume it was Rob), came out to correct a pricing error. Then when hearing how far I had come to shop at their store, he gave me the 15% discount even though it wasn't Wednesday (the beer discount day).

Selection was amazing. All the great craft brews that are available in the Kansas market plus stuff I've never seen anywhere. A couple of Utopias, rare Rogue brews, Anchor Anniversary ales, etc. Nice collection of Belgains and other imports that I had never seen before. Pricing is fairly standard for the Midwest.

This is simply the greatest beer store I've ever been to. I spent over $100 and could've spent well more on great beers to cellar.

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.

Photo of russpowell
4.34/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Cutting my rating for service it has been above average at best the last couple of visits & they
Still a great place but check for freshness. 8 month old fresh hop beers sitting on the shelf... 11-30-14

are getting a bit pricey on some their brews $35 for a bottle of woodcut#2, really??

Drove a 100 miles outta my way, but worth it!

I found a few tired beers in my purchase, but overall quality was high. You will get a few when you carry this big an inventory!

Selection: Mind blowing, 100s of beers to build your own sixer, vertical sixers of big beers & much more. Bottom line, if they can get it, they sell it. Great to pick up goose island brews, loads of imports I haven't seen. World class

Awesome service & they loved talking beer!

Good value on the beer, spent $179, could've easily spent more.

If not the best the best store I've been in, damn close!

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.

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.

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.

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!

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".

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.

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

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.

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.

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