The Red Wagon Shoppe
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Ratings: 21 | Reviews: 20 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by SirWalkAbout:
3.96/5 rDev -5.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
As far as beer stores in the Rochester area go, it's probably the best out there. They have a pretty wide selection of beer, and if you're into fancy/expensive liquors they have that too. However, I don't think there is anything about this place that stands out besides having more of a selection than the grocery/liquor stores. They have most of the common beers that you can get in any specialty beer store in Michigan, nothing out of the ordinary that stood out as a rare find (maybe some of the liquors are are, but this review is for beer).
If you're in the area, it's worth stopping in, but I wouldn't make a trip just to visit this place, at least not for beer.
01-05-2012 17:18:52 | More by SirWalkAbout
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3.33/5 rDev -20.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$
I'm torn on the Red Wagon Shoppe's around the area. They have a great selection of beer, and seem to turn their product frequently, but the service and price are almost unbearable.
I'll start with the service. Recently, I had been inquiring about a rare beer they had coming in for about a week. I was told that there would be a two beer limit per person, and to call the next day to see when the shipment would be coming in. When I called, they had just unloaded the shipment and told me it has just become available. I went in and asked to get the beer, and this is when they inform me that there is a holding list. The employees made me wait around 30 minutes until the beer guy got there. He then informed me that the list had accounted for all but one. I had talked to him face to face about the beer as well as over the phone and this was the first I had heard of the list.
This is where the price comes into play. For the single beer, I paid $3 more then the other locations I found the beer (12. oz bottle). Everything is this way too. You are going to be spending AT LEAST $2 more on everything. Their location in Troy is even cheaper then they are.
Overall, they have a good selection with awful service and scalped prices. I would (and have) recommended looking around other shops in the area first, then going here last, only if you have to.
01-26-2013 00:48:23 | More by hamsterhero515
3.59/5 rDev -14.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
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.
05-11-2011 16:21:29 | More by Kgristoff
3.85/5 rDev -8.6%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Two walls of beer, almost everything in the coolers. All the Michigan goodies, tons of bombers from Stone, Avery etc and lots of imports as well. Really a tremendous selection.
They always have very good stuff in, and often times much longer than other places around town. Stuff like Shorts limited releases, Kuhnhenn, Old Raspy XII etc. The biggest issue by far though is price. 6 packs and bombers are always 2-4 bucks cheaper elsewhere.
Still highly recommended as a place to stop by on occasion, or if you are in the neighborhood as they will ALWAYS have at least something you want.
06-29-2010 14:54:01 | More by md655321
3.7/5 rDev -12.1%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$$
The store itself is in nice shape, very clean and organized. Has more of a grocery store vibe than a bottle shop due to the tile floors and bright lighting. Selection is also pretty good. Had plenty of different brews. This store probably has the best selection in Michigan next to Siciliano's that I've been to. I could find a lot of stuff here that I can't find elsewhere. The only negative to this place is the service. I've only been in this place once but I just get an elitist vibe from this place. They only sold my buddy one bottle of Batch 9000, then he went down the road to another store and they sold him a case. This is a relatively large store, so I would think they would get plenty of 9000 in stock, and none of the other stores I've been in had bottle limits on 9000. I think they're more worried about wine than beer, but oh well. If a place has a good selection I will go back anyways, it's not like I have to live with the employees. They are expensive though, some of their 6 pacls were a god $2-$3 higher than other stores.
04-10-2010 22:16:43 | More by kbeals
4.45/5 rDev +5.7%
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
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.
03-01-2010 21:07:37 | More by teovaldi
4.2/5 rDev -0.2%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
On the strength of the reviews from here I decided to bite the bullet and make the 45 trip down to the Red Wagon. I was definitely not disappointed and I walked out a happy camper.
The Red Wagon certainly doesn't have the most extensive collection of beer I've seen in one place, but it makes up for it because it seems to be well focused. They have a solid variety of domestic, import and local craft brews. Like I said they seemed to have whittled away at any inferior beers. Almost everything I saw there I've wanted to try at some point or another.
Can't say much about the service. I came in on a Sunday and there seemed to be only one person working. Said person was mostly stuck up front cashiering. She was very polite and apologized for being on the phone when I came up to the counter. I'm sure I would have been asked I'm I needed help if there was more staff around.
Quality is great, like I said they seem to have a nice concentrated selection and with that comes good turnover. They were running specials on some older Avery brews to get rid of them and bring in new stock.
I went with reasonable for the price because I was able to pick up a couple bottles of the aforementioned discounted Avery beers. $5.49 for a bomber of the Czar? Yes, please! Despite the long drive I will definitely be revisiting the Red Wagon.
01-07-2010 20:27:07 | More by DrDoitchbig
4.35/5 rDev +3.3%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
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.
07-20-2009 05:09:20 | More by association330
4.5/5 rDev +6.9%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
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.
03-31-2009 01:46:14 | More by sjclay00
The Red Wagon Shoppe in Rochester Hills, MI
93 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.