Big Ten Party Store
Ratings: 24 | Reviews: 20 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Mitchster:
3.25/5 rDev -20.1%
quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
These guys have probably around 500 singles available (all refrigerated), most of them also available in 6'ers. They have a wide range of brews available in different sizes, and their circulation is pretty good so you can be assured you are getting a fresh brew. Prices are higher than average...you get 10% off when making your own 6'er, which slightly offsets their rip-off tactic of jacking up prices on singles. Some of the staff are knowledgable when it comes to beer...the majority of them are not. One clerk in particular is an angry beer snob- re:imagine "Oberon used to be really good when it was Solsun, until Kalamazoo sold out." (said while the sales clerk rolls his eyes into his head and flutters his eyelids). Very pretentious. The best brew selection in Lansing that I've found.
Recently, I've had a few situations with less than friendly sales staff and they will be getting less of my business. I.E-A guy wouldn't sell me $80 worth of beer because the first time he swiped my card it didn't go through and he wouldn't swipe it again, knowing full well that the card was fine. AAMOF, I had to get cash from their in-store ATM where (surprise surprise) my card worked fine.
02-03-2003 16:32:30 | More by Mitchster
More User Reviews:
4.25/5 rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
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
Big Ten Party Store in Lansing, MI
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