Big Ten Party Store
Ratings: 22 | Reviews: 20 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by CortexBomb:
4/5 rDev -1.7%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
aka: East Lansing's craft brew emporium.
The outside of the building is nondescript, but inside Big Ten offers a fine array of craft brews, both foreign and local, and all of them available as singles.
The stock seems to be relatively fresh, or at least dusted. I didn't notice anything particularly out of season. The newest locals were available, and the selection seemed to be across the board good with a large array of beers from most of the major micro breweries in the US. The foreign selection pales a bit in comparison, but it is still decent. If you're interested in single malts and other liquor, they also have a decently large selection of those as well. I also have to say, it's hard to go to a smaller place like this after living in GR, Kazoo and Ann Arbor; while Oade's have a fairly solid selection, there are little things that they absolutely never get in that would otherwise be in my regular rotation (i.e.: Kuhnhenn brews, special Unibroue offerings, random stuff like North Coast's Old Stock and the JW Lee Harvest beers) that were regularly stocked at the big beer stores in my other homes. Make no mistake, for Lansing they're amazing, but...
Friendly, seemingly knowledgeable staff, easy to talk to.
Prices were a skosh high, but I'm willing to pay a bit extra for mixed sixers from a store like this, because though many stores are willing to do it, few have the kind of selection that Big Ten does.
Overall: pretty much the place to get beer in this city. A pretty wide variety of brews and a huge array of singles. Minor niggles aside, this is a quality place, thumbs up.
09-10-2007 18:31:40 | More by CortexBomb
More User Reviews:
4.25/5 rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Stopped in here about 5 minutes before closing after the Boise State/Michigan State game.... I called thinking that I wasn't going to make it because of a traffic jam, but a nice man said he would stay open a few minutes late if I could make it in time. He also hooked me up with a Short's Peaches and Creme, that wasn't on shelves.
Pretty organized.... Allow single 12oz purchases which is sweet. Picked up a bunch of stuff that I have been wanting to try.
Good selection of Michigan stuff.... Disappointed that there was no Kunhenn.
Negative: A LOT of stuff on warm shelves that should be refrigerated. I got back to my hotel room and noticed I paid $3.50 for Bell's Third Coast pale ale... NOT the Old Ale.... Had to be mispriced.
Overall... I wish I had more time to really go through things and buy more brews that I had never heard of... A bit on the expensive side.... but the service was impeccable.
09-03-2012 01:17:58 | More by JohnGalt1
4.36/5 rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I go to Oades all the time to try beers. This place has the most amazing selection of singles I've ever seen thus far from any store. About 15 different refrigerators fill with them, along with may shelves with room temp stuff. Most of the people who stock beer there have good beer knowledge and are super helpful whether its finding beer or hooking you up with the stuff they just got. They have everything here from really cheap beer/liquor to super expensive specialty beer.
There prices are a bit pricey but not absurd especially considering their selection.
11-10-2011 18:10:30 | More by minterro
4.28/5 rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Best beer store in the mid-Michigan area. Very large selection of most beer styles. You can buy just 1 bottle of everything that comes in 6-packs. All of the singles are in the cooler. They normallly have most limited release Michigan beers here. The staff are very familar with beer geeks and can answer most questions. They will place your name on a list for up coming releases. The staff call you as soon as the beers you request have come in. They cater very well to the beer crowd, and I have never been unhappy anytime I stop here.
09-04-2011 19:02:16 | More by jale
3.01/5 rDev -26%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
This is the second stop for me into this place. Both times I have not been impressed and noticed that the prices are higher than what I can find in the Chicago area.
The place is a little dingy looking but if the prices were better, I wouldn't care about that. Its part beer/wine/liquor store part convenience store. It was a little difficult to move around the store, as the aisles were skinny and there were boxes in the middle of the aisles.
There was no service at the store but I had no questions either. Service at beer stores is not a bid deal for me unless I have questions or want to know if there are special beers in the back.
The selection was alright. I like that you can do singles, although the singles were fairly pricey ($2.25 for Centennial and Reds Rye). They had about six different Jolly Pumpkin beers. I also saw Founders, Bells, Shorts, New Holland, Heavy Seas and others.
As mentioned the prices here are quite high. The new versions of the Mad Hatter beers were either $8 or $9. I can get these in Chicago for $4 or $5.
I would go back here unless I found a better place. I think I will venture out and find another place.
08-14-2011 15:25:09 | More by kenm2118
4.78/5 rDev +17.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
I been a Big Ten regular for many years now and haven't found any better store in the Lansing area to feed my craftbrew habit. The store looks well worn but more than makes up for it with their selection of over 300 beers. Everything they sell you can buy as singles OR in 6 packs at a discount (not just six singles added together as some others have said). They also alow you to make your own 6 pack and give you 10% off. I was told they up that discount to 15% at certain times but the days escape me. Overall this is a great place to grab some great beer.
02-24-2011 21:11:11 | More by coders11
4.45/5 rDev +9.3%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Great selection of single bottles. Lots of MI breweries, many out of state names like Stone, DFH, North Coast, Great Divide, and a fair bit of Belgians too. One of the best selections in town. The place has no windows; I haven't had a skunky beer from here.
Unfortunately, as mentioned by other reviewers, all beer is sold singly, so a six-pack of X beer is rung up as six singles of X beer. Therefore a six pack of Sierra Nevada is $12-13. That appears to be the lower range for a six pack.
The service is friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. They will run to the back and get a cold six-pack of anything you want (If you're not mixing a six).
I can't afford to go here all the time, but for rarities I'll stop in once every month or two.
04-18-2010 20:50:48 | More by dfillius
3.2/5 rDev -21.4%
quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$$
This place's prices are outrageous, especially lately. I bought (what they called) a "six pack" of Bell's Two Hearted Ale. It was not a six pack; it was six *single priced* 12 oz. bottles, placed in a Two Hearted Ale box (they don't have regular six packs available--you have to "request" a six pack of Two Hearted). The single prices are expensive, and their "six pack" is nothing but some guy going in the back a slinging together six already over-priced bottles in a box. Then the cashier has the gall to say "man, I remember when this stuff was around 10 bucks!" Hey genius: IT STILL IS!
04-14-2010 00:48:41 | More by srrecords
Big Ten Party Store in Lansing, MI
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