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3.88/5 rDev -5.4%
One of three Liquor Barns in Lexington. Some friends and I stopped at this one directly after getting fitted for groomsmen's tuxes at Fayette Mall.
Not much going on with atmosphere. The place sort of resembles a warehouse/grocery store on both the inside and outside. The setup is fairly nice, especially what I caught of the cigar room. Aisles are wide and spacious with items arranged neatly and closely.
This Liquor Barn has a VERY large assortment of some fine bourbons, whiskeys, wines, and other liquors. They also sell a lot of party accessories for those who are interested, as well as some food such as breads, cheeses, etc.
Anyway, about the beer... great selection, although I have some quibbles that I'll address shortly. The regional and local breweries (BBC and Lexington Brewing Co.) are both there, but there is a gigantic wealth of craft and import stuff to choose from. Here are some of the craft names I remember off the top of my head:
Dogfish Head, Stone, Brooklyn, Breckinridge, Great Divide, Goose Island, Sierra Nevada, Rogue, North Coast, Flying Dog, Samuel Adams, Schlafly, Bell's, Abita, Anchor, Boulder, Christian Moerlein, Magic Hat, Left Hand, Avery, Three Floyds, Thirsty Dog, New Holland, O'Fallons, Pyramid, Redhook, Widmer, Bison, Great Lakes, Southern Tier, and a ton of others I can't remember...
They also have a large selection of imported stuff, including, but not limited to:
Bass, Wychwood, Samuel Smith, Fuller's, Hofbrau, Spaten, Duvel, Chimay, Delerium Nocturnum, Paulaner, Hoegaarden, Franziskaner, Ayinger, Pilsner Urquell, Guinness, Warsteiner, and numerous others...
There are two separate parts of beer storage here: There are the room-temperature shelves in the main part of the store, which hold the majority of the craft stuff and liquors, and then there is the cooler which also holds some craft stuff as well as kegs and large packs. The room temperature portion also has an extensive shelf of singles to mix for a custom pack as well as having a number of rarities and bombers to choose from.
Now, my quibbles: You'll find quite a bit of outdated beer here, especially some of the more expensive craft beers. Just as an example, I found a 5L keg and six packs of Bell's Winter Ale... from last year. There are quite a few outdated products in the singles section as well; should you decide to go that route, check your dates, or buy singles from the cooler.
This Liquor Barn also offers beers on tap for growlers: Choices during my visit included Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous, Boulder Sweaty Betty, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, Bell's Oberon, Sheltowee Java Dawg, and several others.
Staff were largely uninvolved, but nice and laid-back in what contact we had with them. Prices were fairly reasonable: A bomber of Stone Double Bastard was $8, though I have no clue what vintage it is.
Not a bad place to stop. I would put several others above it, but if this is your only choice, it's worth stopping at.
Highlights of the visit: Sierra Nevada Ovila, Southern Tier Unearthly/Iniquity, Goose Island Demolition, Brooklyn Local 2, and a bunch of other bombers that were out of my reach...
09-17-2011 22:52:00 | More by Groomsy
3.6/5 rDev -12.2%
Think cheap ass grocery store or discount warehouse chain. That's the vibe. Not much going on here, not a place you want to hang around in. Get in, grab your beers, and get going. Not that I expect much from a place called Liquor Barn but they could have made it more inviting.
Decent quality of craft beers, some harder to find local gems mix their way in with the big boys. I certainly found plenty of solid options to quench my thirst.
Cashier rung me up in a fair manner. Aside from that, didn't have much interaction on a service level. Again...what do you expect from a place called Liquor Barn?
Plenty to choose from. Though I've certainly been in stores containing far more selection, they had ample brews to occupy my time during my short stay here in Lexington.
03-18-2011 19:06:37 | More by BrewerB
3.4/5 rDev -17.1%
Richmond Road Liquor barn. Ah...such an interesting place. There are 3 large stores here in lexington. This is the first and now the baby of the 3. They get beer last and often miss out of specials, but they also hold onto beers long after the others run out.
They have a huge supply of craft and an equally large supply of imports. They won't have the rare releases often but they will hold onto many beers long after others. This results in many aged gems on their shelves.
I have met many wine guys at this store but truth be told they don't seem to have enough beer guys on staff.
10-02-2010 16:36:39 | More by bobhits
Liquor Barn in Lexington, KY
91 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.