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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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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 TX-Badger
4.75/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of greenspointexas
4.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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 jaydoc
4.75/5  rDev -0.2%

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 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 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 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 morimech
4.3/5  rDev -9.7%

My first stop in Wichita. A nice comfortable store with a large beer selection. If the beer is available in Kansas, I believe Rob's World of Beer will have it. A large single bottle selection is very welcomed. I did not look over the import selection very closely but it looked very diverse. There was always someone available to help and talk about beer. My gripes is that they have a whole lot of beer on the shelves that is well past its prime with little to no discount and also there is not much of a refrigerated selection of craft 6-packs.

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 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 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 AlpacaAlpaca
4.75/5  rDev -0.2%

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 iceball585
4.45/5  rDev -6.5%

I'm in the Wichita area a few times each year to visit family. I was there for a wedding at the beginning of the month and I saw this place on Beeradvocate so I decided to check it out.

When you first walk in it appears to be like most other liquor stores in the area. Once you start looking around you find that it is much more than that. They have a very nice selection of brews from all over the world. One nice thing I found about this place is that they carry a ton of brews from the Midwest that you can't buy on the East Coast. Not only do they have single beers that you can buy off the shelves but they have a few coolers that contain single beers that you can buy which are already cold (nice feature for any beer store).

The staff seemed very knowledgeable in the beer they carried. It turned out that the guy working at the time was apparently the owner's son. We chatted for a while about all kinds of brews from NY to Kansas. He even recommended some breweries from the Midwest that I didn't even know existed.

Over all if your in the Wichita area and looking for good beer... then check out this place. It's by far the best beer store I've come across in the Wichita area.

Photo of hopstradamus
4.5/5  rDev -5.5%

Goebel Liquor is the best beer store in the state of Kansas. Every major city would be lucky to have a place like this. What Rob (the owner) does for beer in the state can not be overstated. I know of no other liquor store owners that travel the country recruiting breweries to expand their distribution into a particular state.

The quality at this store is top notch. They maintain their own in-store dating system to ensure product freshness.

The selection is second to no other store in the state and as mentioned above they actually seek out new brands.

The staff is what really sets this store apart. They will not only recommend a beer they will tell you the brewer's name and all about the guided tour he gave them. You will not have to educate the staff here as Rob has done so already.

Be aware that this is a premium beer store and the products/ service you find here come at a premium price. If you can find a beer somewhere else it will almost always be cheaper.

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 Hohnbaum
5/5  rDev +5%

Photo of codyhaskell
4.75/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Riccymon
4.5/5  rDev -5.5%

I stopped at Goebel Liquor while making the drive up 35 from Texas to Iowa. A big sign along the street makes it pretty easy to find. Inside, the store is pretty dark, and the craft beer selection is easy to spot to the right of the store. Coolers hold dozens of six-packs in back, while in front, a huge selection of singles are refrigerated. In between are two full aisles of room-temp six-packs, 750s, and bombers.

Right after entering, the beer specialist, Matt, approached to ask if I needed help. I had a list assembled from the store's Web site, and he was very helpful in telling me what was available, what was out of season, what was out of stock, and what else I might like. When I mentioned wanting Goose Island BCS, which wasn't on the shelves, Matt called his boss to see if he could release any from the store's cellar. The boss wasn't available, so Matt gave me his business card and said to call if I came back through, and he'd get me some BCS from his personal cellar. Just all-around terrific service on a level I haven't experienced before. I even got a nice bottle opener out of the deal.

Selection is very good, between loads of Midwest regionals and lots of imports. There was a particularly nice representation of sours, and a ton of aged Avery bombers (all the way back to 2006 and 2007, I believe). I was a little disappointed that I couldn't find so many of the beers listed on the store's Web site, however-- beers that I think are in-season, but just out of stock at the time. Hoppin' Frog BORIS and Black and Tan, Jolly Pumpkin La Roja and Biere De Mars, and 1809 Berliner Weisse, for example. Nevertheless, I was satisfied to come away with Rochefort 10, Hanssen's Oude Gueuze, GI Sofie, JP Bam Noire, and a couple others.

Overall, I'll definitely make a stop at Goebel the next time I make this drive. The service was terrific, and the selection was very good.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.8/5  rDev +0.8%

Had the pleasure of visiting Rob's World of Beer this past weekend. I would say that this place is a must visit for any BA visiting Wichita, or even Kansas for that matter. I would not be surprised to find people making beer runs to Goebel from any of the surrounding states, I know I would.

Vintage beers available is a nice touch as is the equal attention paid to imports and American craft. One of the coolest features for out of towners wanting to sample as many different regional beers as possible is the huge selection of singles spanning 9 cooler doors. I left with plenty of GI BCS, Schlafly, Rodenbach, Cantillon, O'Dells and Boulevard.

Rob was there when I visited and he is every bit of a beer nut as the rest of us. I enjoyed chatting with him and he gave me a first-time visitor discount. Needless to say, car space was the only thing limiting me to under $300. Excellent beer store, one of the best I have been to.

Photo of Hellpop65
4.75/5  rDev -0.2%

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 Dizzy
4.5/5  rDev -5.5%

What happened? It appears the store has been rearranged since last year. This place still has a great selection of very difficult to find beers and reasonable prices. The employees are friendly and knowledgable but it seems to be declining, I hope that turns around...

The refridgerated singles covered almost an entire wall, they have a GREAT selection there and prices are reasonable for what you can get. In the unrefridgerated area with larget bottles, there were a few beers with multiple vintages, but not as many as I remember. There was almost another full wall of refridgerated six backs, which seemed almost duplicated in the unrefridgerated isle, except probably 30% of that shelf space was empty. I definately found some great beers here, but I'm not as impressed as I was a year ago. This is still one of the best beer stores I've been to, but its not trending the right direction. I hope things turn around.

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