Embassy Wine & Liquor Store
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Ratings: 8 | Reviews: 8
2.39/5 rDev -22.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 1.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$$$
On the plus side, they have lots and lots of beer here, you will probably stumble across some hard to find stuff too. But at the end of the day though the fact remains that the prices here are crazy high, the beer is probably out of date or hasn't been stored properly. Not to mention that its a crap shoot just to try to find anything, stuff is just piled all over the place haphazardly. The downsides of this store way, way outweigh anything it has going for it. I won't be back and I can't recommend it.
06-25-2011 14:56:41 | More by superjose
3.4/5 rDev +9.7%
quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$$
I have been in this place dozens of times over the years....lets start with the pluses
-Amazing variety..if can be had in MI, they got it or can get it..Import lovers mecca, rarities can be had.
-organized fairly well for the layout and the space they have,given thier inventory
-the hired staff are more than willing to help,answer questions...they are also willing to let us lingerers' do our thing as well....very nice
-if you need it cold, they have a wide variety..
at least 8 doors of just beer(I have never counted)
now to the negatives...
-price....not my opinion. I will be so bold, as to state it as fact....prices to way to high even to our standards..for example
-four packs..Founders seasonals,DFH-19.99
-sixers...save for Oberon..if it says Bell's
at least 12.99....Bell's Expedition-24.99
it would take way too long to even scratch the surface on thier prices....rediculous
-old inventory..while this has it advantages, for example, being able to find rarities...the conditiions are hardley cellar-grade for the ones that do keep over time....the store is decently lit and kept at average temp..because the prices are high there is not alot of movement in inventory...
-for example I bought a bottle of Victory Golden Monkey on 12/31/09..I later noticed that it was from 09/20/04..
-they were selling 1 and 2 year old Hopslam(trust me, I checked) as if it were new...to those of us that didn't know to look at the caps or the batch numbers....you would have been duped into thinking you were buying this years'...
-the owner is a hoarder...he knows what the real good stuff is and he does not keep it on the shelves..you have have to not only ask but pry..and even then he is dodgey....I just dont get it
not the perfect business model..that is for sure..the irony is, that, if he would lower the prices and keep the inventory up to date. he would increase his profit....oh well..if you Absolutely need it and dont care about cost..this is your store
01-28-2011 04:58:22 | More by warbird07
2.7/5 rDev -12.9%
quality: 1.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$
They have a terrific selection here, with many beers I hadn't seen before. However, as other reviews have stated, it as all old and very overpriced. Nearly everything is in six packs with huge price tags ($30 six packs for beers that are usually $2 a single). A bought something here a while back and after coming home noticed a freshness date in 2006.
I think this place is not known to most craft beer drinkers in the area, and those that do venture in are turned off by the outdated selection and high prices. I've gone back a few times but mostly because it is the closest to me. If you have the time it is generally better to go elsewhere.
04-26-2009 22:04:51 | More by webmanspidey
2.75/5 rDev -11.3%
quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$
Was on the east side of town, my old stompin' grounds, and decided to stop in here at Embassy. Used to buy cigars here every so often, and wanted to check out their beer selection. Well, that selection is MASSIVE, but as many have stated, it's ridiculously priced and horrifically outdated.
Organizationally the place is a mess- cases on top of cases, with sixers on top of them, too. Nothing is set up by style or brewer, either. Some serious hunt-and-find needed. Was asked once by a younger employee filling the pop coolers if I needed any assistance but I kindly declined.
The good- they actually had 4-packs of Founders Backwoods Bastard and Harvest Ale in stock.
The bad- $20 per 4-pack and the stock was from a year ago (at least).
Even "every day" micros you can find in many places are at least 25% higher here. Example, Avery's Collaboration not Litigation, which I saw for $6 on the same day a few miles away, was $9.99. Stone bombers, $4.99 elsewhere, $9.99 here.
They had sixers of Bell's Batch 6000 on the shelf- for $30 a sixer. Batch 8000 for $30 a sixer.
If they were a bit more fair in their pricing I'd make the cross-town trek to pick up some cool stuff that's hard to find. But I'm not going to get robbed and raped to do it. Maybe that's why they have so much rare stuff on the shelves- even though it's hard to find, beer folks aren't entirely stupid.
07-06-2008 23:03:43 | More by OHLRangers
3.05/5 rDev -1.6%
quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
i agree with previous reviews, expensive, huge selection, but very old stock, it appeared there were cases of beer on top of cases of beer on top of cases, the lower ones looked like they could have been there for a couple years...
i don't even remember what my first purchase was there but it was nasty and skunked, i just put it off to luck of the draw, grabbed a bad 6er
but then it happened two other times, one i remember being a german hefe that i took out on our boat to enjoy, was i sadly dissappointed in how bad it was...
i will never go back...
03-15-2008 03:16:47 | More by lakestclairgoose
2.35/5 rDev -24.2%
quality: 1 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$
After visiting many, and I mean MANY beer stores around the area, I can't rave about Embassy at all.
The beer selection is actually fantastic, with many brews that aren't easy to come by, but the quality is less than great... a lot of their stock is old, and they really don't care that it is. Just for an example, this is an edit, and it's April 7, 2008. They have at least 1 or 2 6 packs of Bell's Two Wheat, and Susies Sweet Stout. Both of these beers are retired, and forever old. Check the reviews. We're talking TWO YEARS. It's now Feb, 2009, and I will never go here again. So gross. Their beers are SO gross.
They sell glassware, and have a killer selection. Lots of Belgian glasses, even some harder to come by stuff... like Unibroue La Fin Du Monde glasses. The price tho, like everything, is a bit steep... usually $10 a glass.
Embassy sold me the most tainted beer I've ever experienced, and at a RIDICULOUS price. The competition down the road offers their beer at least a dollar a bottle cheaper. Sometimes, a bit more. This includes 6 packs and such... I saw a 4 pack of breakfast stout here for $20, and down the road it was $12. Backwoods Bastard is also $20 for 4. Cripes.
They're also less than friendly, with people watching over your shoulder constantly, and second-guessing of my ID and such.
Basically, Embassy is good if it's a last ditch effort. *EDIT* EMBASSY IS NOT GOOD, EVER. DON'T GO THERE. *EDIT* If you have the time to go someplace else, do yourself a favor and save some money... and drink fresh beer.
Just my two cents :)
02-20-2008 21:21:14 | More by SaucyA
4.15/5 rDev +33.9%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
This place is located right off I-94 and easy to find. From the outside it doesn't look like much, however inside it is a mecca of beer, wine, and liquor. There are cases of stuff everywhere, and each isle is quite narrow and jam packed, but for all of the stuff it is fairly well organized. Most of the beer is stored warm on shelves in about 2 1/2 aisles. There is also cold storage at the very back of the store. The selection is quite good with a nice MI representation and all sorts of other micros. There is also a good size selection of imports with Belgium and England selections the most represented. The store has a nice supply of vintage items, some vintage Bell's and some Bigfoot. The vintage items are definitely charged at a premium price however. I did see a couple beers that should have probably been drunk fresh, like a certain imperial pilsener, but are still on the shelf at full price. I didn't need any help, but was offered some while I was browsing and was offered help carrying things out as well. Prices seemed to be on the higher side for everyday type items, but I will definitely return in the future to pick up a more rare or aged treat.
07-23-2006 02:23:58 | More by hoppymeal
4/5 rDev +29%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4
Located conveniently off I-94 at the 12 mile Rd. exit, Embassy carries a large selection of choice brews. They may be a bit Euro-centric, but cost and selection are nearly as good as most other beer stores in the area. A decently stocked cooler and plenty of singles to choose from. Worth dropping by if you happen to be on the East side. Plenty of Wine and Cigars as well.
01-05-2003 22:03:55 | More by inebrius
Embassy Wine & Liquor Store in Roseville, MI
- out of 100 based on 8 ratings.