Goebel Liquor (Home Of Rob's World Of Beer)

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Goebel Liquor (Home Of Rob's World Of Beer)Goebel Liquor (Home Of Rob's World Of Beer)
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 4.76
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352 S West St
Ste 400
Wichita, Kansas, 67213-2117
United States
phone: (316) 943-2911

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Photo of Skepileptic
5/5  rDev +5%

Amazing selection. Amazing service. Amazing deals.

Purchased Left Hand Smoke Jumper bomber for $2.99

Purchased Left Hand Warrior IPA bomber for $4.99

Purchased Boutlder Obovoid Stou bomber for $2.99

Purchased 2 Avery 2008 Czar bombers for $3.99 a piece

Purchased Avery 2008 Kaiser Octoberfest bomber for $2.99

I left feeling like a chump for only spending 35 bucks, but I left with a sixer of IPAs I'd never had plus 6 dank bombers. The help was fantastic, pointing out some of his favorite deals. I have never been anywhere that had much of a deal on any beer, much less the delicious beers with which you could stock a cellar for 100 bucks. Try to find a place you can find imperial bombers for 3 bucks, aged two years at that. Thanks guys.
I rated the place inexpensive because of the incredible sales. The man who helped me explained they were simply overstocked on some fantastic beer and are selling them insanely cheap.

Photo of AGoodStout
5/5  rDev +5%

Photo of dza360
5/5  rDev +5%

Rob's World of Beers is hands down the best beer store in Kansas. Pretty much if its available in the state they have it, and even on one occasion I was gifted a great beer from one of the guys private stash that is not even available for distribution in the state. Now that is customer service.

The only thing holding them back is the lack of beer available in KS. I only wish that KS was not so lame and could get even more beers, which i would buy from Rob. From what I can tell they are constantly pushing the great breweries for distribution into the state.

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 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 DelMontiac
5/5  rDev +5%

I live about 85 miles from Goebel Liquor, home to Rob's World of Beer. I learned about Goebel about 4 years ago and now I don't go to Wichita without stopping there. Rob and all his employees are well schooled in the world of beer. I've learned a lot from these guys to say the least. My first trip there was overwhelming and Rob could tell. He said I had that "deer in the headlights" look, which I knew I did, hehe! I mean...there's a helluva lotta beer in there! It's like walking through the Playboy mansion during a house party.

All you have to do is take a look at the website to see that they offer a sick selection. And it's way the hell out here - amazing! More beers here than any other store from Denver to Chicago. I've been to the BA-recommended beer stores in Denver, Dallas, Ft. Worth, San Antonio, KS City, and St. Louis, but none of them have a bigger selection than Goebel. Check out the beer finder search engine on the website. You can see what his inventory is which is nice. You can also see all the breweries and brewpubs he's traveled to - impressive! We are so lucky to have this guy.

Rob's prices are fair considering the selection, location, and how hard he works to get that selection. His newletter keeps me on top of what's coming in. You'll find some aged brews there unlike anywhere else. Unless it's aged on purpose, it's guaranteed fresh. A nice refrigerated section of singles for when you just want only one.

If you're in Wichita, go there! It's not far from the airport either.

Photo of Hohnbaum
5/5  rDev +5%

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 tadowdaddy
5/5  rDev +5%

I don't even know what to say. Went home to Wichita for the Thanksgiving holiday. Saw the previous reviews on BA and knew this was where I must stop for beer. Well, I know I can get a lot of different beer here in Michigan, and feel like I am blessed. I'd never had much luck when going back to Wichita, but that was before I found BA and in turn, found Goebel.

I walked in the door and mentioned that I had seen the site on BA. I was promptly escorted to the beer section and was told, Rob will be over in a second. Rob came over and then proceeded to show me his stock of amazing beers. I was shocked by the number of singles and six packs that I can't get here in Michigan. Me being an IPA guy, he made quite the number of outstanding recommendations. He gave me his card, I promised a review on BA, and off I went to look through the fine beers Goebel had to offer.

The first night (15% off night) I grabbed a 6 pack of Odell's, Bomber of Stateside, bomber of I2PA, and a bomber of Double Wide. It all disappeared into my stomach within 2 days. I had to go back to try more! For the last two days of my trip, I got a bottle of Indica, a bottle of O'Fallon 5 day, 2 bottles of Big Eye, a bomber of Hop Rod, and a bomber of Ale to the Chief. Even though it wasn't 15% off day, the staff remembered me from two days earlier and gave me the 15% discount once again.

Rob and his staff are very knowledgable and extremely friendly. I wish I had a beer store like this in Michigan. The closest thing is Bello Vino in Ann Arbor, and it just doesn't compare. You can see from my list above all of the different pale ale's that Rob had at Goebels, and I'm sure you'd be just as impressed with the selection of other styles too.

Goebels is going to be my go to place from now on when I visit Wichita. You won't find a more diverse selection anywhere in the state.

Thanks Rob!

Photo of patsmearstout
5/5  rDev +5%

Rob, John, Doug and Matthew are very helpful. They have an amazing selection of beers and this is coming from someone that lives in Chicago. Every time I visit I find something I can't get in Chicago. You can go in and name any style and what you have a taste for and they definitely steer you in the right direction.

I travel to Wichita at least once a month for work and I make Goebel one of my first stops. If you're into beer you have to check this place out. Great selection, very reasonably priced, staff will literally bend over backwards to help you with your selection.

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 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.

Photo of ssm5032
5/5  rDev +5%

I was in the area for work and have to say this place is the BEST! If you read past reviews you will see but honestly they really know what they are talking about. The selection is OUTSTANDING. The service you get is beyond exceptional...Great people. The prices are resonable...I mean your paying for good beer. I would recommend anyone in the area stop by and check them out. The amount of knowledge they know makes the experience so much more delightful. I highly suggest to anyone go in and check this place out. Who would have thought WICHITA, KS would have such a great place.

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 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 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 objectivemonkey
5/5  rDev +5%

Came here while visiting my friends in town, he was rather more adamant that I buy some beer while in town than I was. Good thing too, cause this was a top notch beer store.

So, I walk in the door, 'the guy' takes one look at me and says "Oh no, you can't walk in here wearing a Surly shirt and not bring some." Good start, for sure. Walk into their beer section and not a full row of sixers from all over. Walk to the next row, and note a full row of singles. Good Belgian selection, good micro selection. The other half of this row being coolers of singles, I start to notice that a lot of them are from the other row. Turns out, they pretty much have every beer in their inventory in stock in singles in the coolers, with a discount for six packs of singles. By now, I'm pretty impressed with this place. Start to stock up on stuff I can't get at home (ie the odd NB grew, Odell, Hale's, Weston...).

So about that time, 'the guy' comes over and starts up a good conversation about all things beer. Over some talk of festivals, BA itself, etc, he brings up that they sell vintages, flights, that they carry every single beer thats possible to buy in Kansas, and that they're going to get a whole shit ton more labels in the coming year. Like Oskar Blues. Being from MN, I usually think I'm pretty well off with beer, and now I'm feeling a bit jealous of my buddies living in Kansas? And when I check out, its well under what I'd been figured it be, and then he throws in one of their own bottles openers, that doesn't bend the cap so I can collect perfect bottle cap specimens. And then on top of that, he starts telling me about the beer bar we went to the other night (Anchor) and how he's basically designing their beer list for them. Over all, my best impression of any beer store I've ever been to. The folks here are doing everything they can to bring great beer to Wichita. Awesome.

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 jt1978
5/5  rDev +5%

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 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 jalez
4.93/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Very friendly knowledgeable staff. Great selection.

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 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 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".

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Goebel Liquor (Home Of Rob's World Of Beer) in Wichita, KS
100 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.