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The Red Wagon Shoppe

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

23 Ratings
Ratings: 23
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.5%
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2940 S Rochester Rd
Rochester Hills, Michigan, 48307-4551
United States
phone: (248) 852-9307

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Reviews by DrDoitchbig:
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4.2/5  rDev -0.2%

On the strength of the reviews from here I decided to bite the bullet and make the 45 trip down to the Red Wagon. I was definitely not disappointed and I walked out a happy camper.

The Red Wagon certainly doesn't have the most extensive collection of beer I've seen in one place, but it makes up for it because it seems to be well focused. They have a solid variety of domestic, import and local craft brews. Like I said they seemed to have whittled away at any inferior beers. Almost everything I saw there I've wanted to try at some point or another.

Can't say much about the service. I came in on a Sunday and there seemed to be only one person working. Said person was mostly stuck up front cashiering. She was very polite and apologized for being on the phone when I came up to the counter. I'm sure I would have been asked I'm I needed help if there was more staff around.

Quality is great, like I said they seem to have a nice concentrated selection and with that comes good turnover. They were running specials on some older Avery brews to get rid of them and bring in new stock.

I went with reasonable for the price because I was able to pick up a couple bottles of the aforementioned discounted Avery beers. $5.49 for a bomber of the Czar? Yes, please! Despite the long drive I will definitely be revisiting the Red Wagon.

DrDoitchbig, Jan 07, 2010
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HardyA, Nov 09, 2013
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3.33/5  rDev -20.9%

I'm torn on the Red Wagon Shoppe's around the area. They have a great selection of beer, and seem to turn their product frequently, but the service and price are almost unbearable.

I'll start with the service. Recently, I had been inquiring about a rare beer they had coming in for about a week. I was told that there would be a two beer limit per person, and to call the next day to see when the shipment would be coming in. When I called, they had just unloaded the shipment and told me it has just become available. I went in and asked to get the beer, and this is when they inform me that there is a holding list. The employees made me wait around 30 minutes until the beer guy got there. He then informed me that the list had accounted for all but one. I had talked to him face to face about the beer as well as over the phone and this was the first I had heard of the list.

This is where the price comes into play. For the single beer, I paid $3 more then the other locations I found the beer (12. oz bottle). Everything is this way too. You are going to be spending AT LEAST $2 more on everything. Their location in Troy is even cheaper then they are.

Overall, they have a good selection with awful service and scalped prices. I would (and have) recommended looking around other shops in the area first, then going here last, only if you have to.

hamsterhero515, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of SirWalkAbout
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%

As far as beer stores in the Rochester area go, it's probably the best out there. They have a pretty wide selection of beer, and if you're into fancy/expensive liquors they have that too. However, I don't think there is anything about this place that stands out besides having more of a selection than the grocery/liquor stores. They have most of the common beers that you can get in any specialty beer store in Michigan, nothing out of the ordinary that stood out as a rare find (maybe some of the liquors are are, but this review is for beer).

If you're in the area, it's worth stopping in, but I wouldn't make a trip just to visit this place, at least not for beer.

SirWalkAbout, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of Kgristoff
3.59/5  rDev -14.7%

As soon as you walk in there's an entire aisle dedicated almost exclusively to Belgian beers. The prices on most of the Belgians are fair but some are ridiculously expensive (as in much higher than other places).

Right across from the Belgians you'll find a few coolers full of MI beer fairly priced for the most part. They also have a bunch of Victory, Lagunitas, Stone, Ommegang and Unibroue.

I'd say the selection is definitely great aside from the obvious Belgian bias but that really isn't such a bad thing.

Most of the employees that are working when I've been there know little to nothing and are generally pretty rude and less than willing to help. I wouldn't mind talking to someone more knowledgeable and someone who could maybe give me information on releases and maybe try to get some special beers in but oh well, you can't have it all.

Overall a great place for Belgian brews and the occasional limited release which they are strangely stingy and condescending about.

I was the first person to show up for the KBS release and I saw the cases out and asked for a bottle. The guy looked me up and down sizing me up as if he was trying to estimate if I was worthy enough to buy a bottle. A very off-putting experience.

If you want beer and don't have a care in the world about service, check this place out.

Kgristoff, May 11, 2011
Photo of md655321
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%

Two walls of beer, almost everything in the coolers. All the Michigan goodies, tons of bombers from Stone, Avery etc and lots of imports as well. Really a tremendous selection.

They always have very good stuff in, and often times much longer than other places around town. Stuff like Shorts limited releases, Kuhnhenn, Old Raspy XII etc. The biggest issue by far though is price. 6 packs and bombers are always 2-4 bucks cheaper elsewhere.

Still highly recommended as a place to stop by on occasion, or if you are in the neighborhood as they will ALWAYS have at least something you want.

md655321, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of kbeals
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%

The store itself is in nice shape, very clean and organized. Has more of a grocery store vibe than a bottle shop due to the tile floors and bright lighting. Selection is also pretty good. Had plenty of different brews. This store probably has the best selection in Michigan next to Siciliano's that I've been to. I could find a lot of stuff here that I can't find elsewhere. The only negative to this place is the service. I've only been in this place once but I just get an elitist vibe from this place. They only sold my buddy one bottle of Batch 9000, then he went down the road to another store and they sold him a case. This is a relatively large store, so I would think they would get plenty of 9000 in stock, and none of the other stores I've been in had bottle limits on 9000. I think they're more worried about wine than beer, but oh well. If a place has a good selection I will go back anyways, it's not like I have to live with the employees. They are expensive though, some of their 6 pacls were a god $2-$3 higher than other stores.

kbeals, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of teovaldi
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%

Great store with a great selection as well as service. Large selection of singles for a mix and match sixer (if you dont see one you want on the rack they usually will split up a six pack) as well as many bombers. All of the staff is very knowledgeable, helpful and always seem to strike up a conversation about whatever beer(s) I'm grabbing that day. Value wise some things are a few dollars cheaper than other places and some are a few dollars higher. They usually have a small selection of cheap but usually pretty nice beer glasses...scored a few various Unibroue glasses at $2.

This is my go-to beer store except for limited releases. They limit your purchase amount, usually 1-2 bottles, and always up-charge quite a bit. For example Bell's Batch 9000 was $5 a 12 oz and limited to 1 bottle per person...many stores in the area sold six packs with no limit for $15-$16. Founders Nemesis...$7 a 12 oz, limit 1.

teovaldi, Mar 01, 2010
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4.35/5  rDev +3.3%

This place is pretty easy to get to, just a couple of minutes from a major local freeway (M-59) and about ten minutes from I-75. The layout is straightforward, with the beers located in a couple of aisles right up front. Some are under refrigeration, others are on the shelf.

The selection is fairly extensive. There's a good mix of domestics and imports, and virtually all of the major Michigan breweries are represented (Bells, Founders, Dark Horse, New Holland, etc.). Other notable selections include Stone, Rogue, Flying Dog, Dogfish Head, Ommegang, Unibroue, Allagash, Avery, Goose Island, Southern Tier, and Great Lakes, among dozens of other lesser-knowns. I didn't even get around to browsing most of the imports, and that shelf looked pretty vast.

Everything seemed a little pricey to me, but I attribute this to two things:

1. Many of the available singles are bombers

2. I recently moved downstate after four years of college in the Upper Peninsula, where I was largely spoiled by liquor prices at both package stores and bars.

The cashier was friendly, and noticing the stouts in my hodgepodge six-pack, she even recommended a brew for me to try in the future.

Overall, if you're searching for something new, this is definitely a place to head if you live within a reasonable distance.

association330, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of sjclay00
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

This store is diffinitly at the top of my list. Very well organzied and close to half the beers have a note below briefly describing each beer which is not printed on the label. Another great idea is each note has a rating on it from none other than Beer Advocate. The selection is exceptional and the prices are fairly reasonable. Some people may think $10 is to much for a pint but should be expected when drinking quality beer. This store is about 50 minutes away from my house and I have returned time and time again, and I've just started. Diffinitly worth the trip.

sjclay00, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of scoppi
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%

Has the best selection in the area. Cloverfield is probably the only place that can compete. Prices are on the low end of the spectrum if you compare it to other beer stores, though their prices will be a couple dollars higher per six pack if you look to grocery stores. I cant speak highly enough about their staff. Theyre knowledgable, have a connection to BA and rate beer, seem to taste a lot of the stuff coming in, and really just provide good service and recommendations. There are a handful of brews that Cloverfield has that thy dont, so i guess i could gripe about that, but im really lucky this is 2 miles away from me. Great selection, good prices, and great service.

scoppi, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of halidomide
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Without a doubt the best beer selection in Southeast Michigan! The staff are exceptionally friendly and have great beer knowledge.
Good selection of hard to find and allocated beer.
The Michigan beer selection is without peer.
They are kind enough to point out all the new arrivals. The best feature of the beer section is that they utilize Beer Advocate shelf talkers!
The wine section is amazing too!
If you're into liquor, their selection is truly daunting.
Without a doubt it's worth the trip, just to talk to the beer guys and find out what's coming out in the weeks to come. They have their fingers on the pulse of what's hot in the beer geek universe!

halidomide, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of SaucyA
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%

Red Wagon seems to offer a lot of "hard to find" beers but needs to show a little more love to the locals.

While they offer plenty of Michigan micro's, some breweries really seem to be under-represented. However, they have a great imports section, a great refridgerated section, and quite a few otherwise unattainable offerings.

This is the only place I've seen beers such as Southern Tier, Great Divide, Old Rasputin, and Bourbon County Stout.

Overall, a great stop if you're looking for something a bit different, but the sheer amount of beer at other establishments will always draw me to them first. Sometimes quantity is better than quality... especially when most Michigan brews are quality anyways.

Prices are mostly on point... but some a little high.

EDIT - Just bumped the service up to 5, because yesterday they CALLED ME to tell me that Maharaja was in. They also held onto a pack of Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree. Great people.

SaucyA, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of DackAchan
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%

This is an excellent place. A good selection of singles. I was able to pick up a Stone Double Arrogant Bastard here. The prices are a little more than a grocery store by my house, but the selection more than makes up for it. A lot of locals. Arcadia Ales, Bell's, Founders. I was able to get a Bell's Expedition Stout here. They have Youngs Chocolate Stout and Double Chocolate Stout here for $2.50 which is about a dollar more than I've seen other places. This is a good place even though it was probably a buck high on most beers.

DackAchan, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of Monkeyknife
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%

Made sure to stop here at the end of my recent vacation to Michigan and I'm glad I did. My goal was to pick up some singles that I couldn't find at home in Saint Louis.

The store was cozy and jam-packed with plenty of beer to my liking. The selection was plentiful with plenty of Michigan favorites such as Bells, Founders, Dragonmead, and Jolly Pumpkin as well as many American craft beers, Belgians and many, many beers in Bombers. I loaded up with Stoudt's, Founders, Dragonmead, Victory, Jolly Pumpkin and many others. This visit almost makes the trip to see family in Michigan worth the while. ;)

Prices were fair with most of the singles in the $1.50 - $2.00 range. Now, to find the time to sample all of these fine beverages.

Service was pleasant and friendly.

Monkeyknife, Aug 22, 2007
Photo of onsite416
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%

I've known of the red wagon for many years and never had a chance to really check it out until today, running errands. Perfect timing on my part, walking in on a meeting with Kyle (TBG) and the rep from Rave (local dist. for bells, unibroue & the newly acquired stone brewery + many more) anyway, news from rave is that they are still trying to pick up alesmith, three floyds and pizzaport. If they do, I don't think I’ll ever leave Michigan.

Ok, on to the store. A very well kept, well stocked (on all levels beer, wine, liquor & cigars). Service was great. Unlike other "party stores" you will be asked if you need help and you'll get it, from everyone. There were a couple of labels missing, but it was between seasons, and they are trying to free up space for more beers.
Specials on bells cases and random Belgium singles, all in all prices are right there with most. Can't wait to get back there. TO ALL BA’s I know I am fairly new to ratings (beers and establishments alike.) I was just wondering, is it just me, or are most of our stores getting ratings from out of towners. I think its time we stepped up to the plate and rated our own stores. They can’t be selling 300+ labels to people out of state. My $0.02.

onsite416, Oct 03, 2006
Photo of Gnawcx
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%

I'm very new into craft beer and I was looking for a store that would take the time to help a newbie like me. The Red Wagon Wine Shoppe has done that for me.

The establishment itself is very clean and professional and is very unassuming sitting in it's little strip mall.

The service is excellent. I have dealt with Sean several times and he has made several excellent suggestions. The other stockist (who's name I forgot) has also been very helpful.

For me the selection is excellent. They have a very good selection of Michigan Brewers including Bells, Founders, Jolly Pumpkin and New Holland. They also have a wide variety of Belgian, German and English beers. But the main thing I like about their selection is the increasing amount of singles that they are carrying for a mix and match six pack. Not knowing what styles I like and/or dislike it has aided me immensely to "just get one" and see if I like it.

I hope that they keep expanding their singles because to me it makes them the only game in town.

Gnawcx, Dec 06, 2005
Photo of Kane
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Having frequented the Red Wagon for a few months now, it's about time I wrote a quick review of the place. Stopped in last night, was immediately greeted by Sean, the counter-help. Very friendly, very knowledgable, and very willing to assist with my purchases. Selection was, as always, good, and it was good to see them increasing their selection of singles (on the shelves and in the cooler). Many of the Belgian breweries were well-represented, large European selection, and a good selection of American craft beers and local Michigan beers. Prices are fairly standard for the area. I never have a difficult time finding something I want to try when I stop in. The service is top notch, and will keep me coming back.

Kane, Nov 08, 2005
Photo of mentor
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%

I remember this place from growing up in Rochester 15ish years ago and decided to visit when in the area in December 2004. This store is located in a strip mall at a VERY busy intersection. Be sure you approach to turn right into the parking lot, because if you have to turn left, you may spend a lo-oong time waiting for someone to let you through. The inside of the store has changed little over the years and is quiet with wood decor. Upon entry, a cashier island lies straight ahead and wines are located to the left. In the middle of the store is a decent selection of liquors and in the back of the store, behind the wine offerings, is a large offering of premium cigars. Behind the check-out island are the beer aisles and coolers of 6- and 12-packs (located far from windows that could allow sunlight to spoil the beer). The international beer selection is quite nice. No Westy, but they do have many other belgians as singles (plus Thomas Hardy and other doozies). The local/regional offerings were quite limited. Mostly 6-packs of Bell's and Arcadia with almost no singles available. Not a place to go if you want to pick up singles of regional craft beer. The assistant stocking the beer shelves was friendly and knowledgable.

mentor, Dec 23, 2004
Photo of jsolack
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%

Quality:
Very nice store... classy. Always clean and well stocked. Really nice humidor with fair prices. Beers are always stocked well. Overall the store is a favorite of visiting friends.

Service:
Staff are always friendly and helpful. I've asked advice for beer and liquor and they have always had good input to give.

Selection:
Selection is good... the only complaint I have is that they don't have a lot of more expensive beer stored cold. They are room temp across from the cooler but overall a good place.

jsolack, Mar 17, 2004
Photo of inebrius
4/5  rDev -5%

Located on the West side of Rochester Road just North of M-59 the Red Wagon Wine Shoppe is the perfect after work stop for me. The selection is not dazzling, but decent. All the usual quality imports and micros, lots of singles but not all beers are available to purchase as singles. Cost is pretty much on par with the rest of the Detroit Metro area. I'm looking forward to snagging the 5 liter mini-keg of Blanche de Chambly once the warm weather makes its way up into MI. Worth a stop if you're in the area.

inebrius, Feb 18, 2003
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