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3.88/5 rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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Now, my quibbles: You'll find quite a bit of outdated beer here, especially some of the more expensive craft beers.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 There are quite a few outdated products in the singles section as well; should you decide to go that route, check your dates, or buy singles from the cooler.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%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
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 -16.9%
quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$
Richmond Road Liquor barn. Ah...such an interesting place. There are 3 large stores here in lexington. This is the first and now the baby of the 3. They get beer last and often miss out of specials, but they also hold onto beers long after the others run out.
They have a huge supply of craft and an equally large supply of imports. They won't have the rare releases often but they will hold onto many beers long after others. This results in many aged gems on their shelves.
I have met many wine guys at this store but truth be told they don't seem to have enough beer guys on staff.
10-02-2010 16:36:39 | More by bobhits
3.85/5 rDev -5.9%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This was my first stop when I got into Louisville. I was actually stopping in Kentucky for Bourbon and Whiskey, but obviously I had beer on the brain too.
I proceeded to grab a cart (c'mon, I'm not naive to think I could carry it all) and proceeded to troll the aisles. Nice selection of Goose Island, New Holland, Avery, Rogue, Stone (found bottles of their Cali-Belgique), Sclafly, and some local Kentucky brews. I picked up bottles of Kentucky Ale, and also Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, which I thought was pretty cool. I steered clear of the Bluegrass beers, but they were there as well.
And if you're into Bourbon and Whiskey, they had an awesome selection. I picked up some single barrel Bourbons, and a bottle of Rye Whiskey.
I would love if this store was local, but sadly only for the liquors. Most of the beer is available closer to home, but I still found some nice finds like Sclafly's Barrel Aged offerings and Cali-Belgique.
05-05-2009 01:17:46 | More by leftmindedrighty
3.7/5 rDev -9.5%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $
I made back to back stops at the Liquor Barns at 3040 Richmond Road and 1846 Plaudit Place. Plaudit Place seems brand spanking new and gets my nod for having a larger and comprehensive selection of beers available in Kentucky.
Richmond Road was in older, more established neighborhood and did not appear to cater to the same wine and cheese customer base as Plaudit Road. This is ok in my book as you can sometimes find better beers still on the shelves in "lesser" neighborhoods.
They had a lot of the same very good beers as Plaudit Place, but the selection and some of the upper echelon beers for the state (Stone, DFH, etc) did not seem as apparent.
04-28-2009 02:26:25 | More by Yetiman420
4.2/5 rDev +2.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Here's what I picked up on my last visit (April 27, 2010):
Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti
Great Divide Old Ruffian
Great Divide Fresh Hop Ale
Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary (Ken & Fritz Ale)
Three Floyds Dreadnaught, Robert the Bruce, Black Sun Stout
Located on Richmond Road, inside Man 'O War Boulevard, this is the oldest of the three Liquor Barns in Lexington. Despite their mis-represented namesake, the Liquor Barn chain is the premier retailer of craft beers in Central Kentucky. Although this, as well as the Hamburg location, have the more unhelpful staff, the Beaumont location has the most helpful and eager staff.
This location is the smallest of the three local retailers and resembles an old Wal-mart store from the exterior. But once inside, it's a warehouse that boasts everthing that an alcohol loving adult could want. You can find an assortment of liquers, wines, whiskys, and beer along with gormet cheeses, breads, olives, cigars, coffee, party supplies, bar supplies, glassware, hot sauces...the list goes on.
But enough of that, you are obviously interested in the beers. The selection ranges from the yellow stuff to truely collector beers including: Bluegrass Brewing, Alltech (Lexington Brewing), Abita, Anchor, Anderson Valley, Arcadia, Atwater Block, Avery, Bar Harbor, Bard's Tale, Barley Island, Bell's, Berghoff, Bison Organic, Boulder, Breckenridge, Brooklyn, Cave Creek Chili, Christian Moerlein, Dixie, Dogfish Head, Flying Dog, Founders, Harpoon, He'Brew, Goose Island, Great Lakes, Great Divide, Clipper City, Jolly Pumpkin, Left Hand, Shiner, Schlafly, Steelhead, Stone, Thirsty Dog, Three Floyds, Tommyknocker, Mactarnahan's, Mad River, Magic Hat, Mississippi Mud, New Holland, North Coast, O'Fallon's, Ommegang, Pete's, Point, Pyramid, Red Hook, Rhinelander, Rockie's, Rogue, Sierra Nevada, St. Ambroise, Stegmaier, Widmer, Wild Goose, Blue Moon, Sam Adams, Leinenkugels, Anheuser-Busch, Coors, and Miller, and more...
European Imports include: Baltika, Fuller's, O'Hanlon, J.W. Lees, Chimay, Rochefort, Maredous, Rodenbach, Carolous, Aventinus, Lindemann, Chouffe, Delerium, Harvistoun, St. Peters, Spaten, Ayinger, Schneider, Franziskaner, Hoegaarden, Stella, Leffe, Duvel, Lindemans, Maredsous, Sleeman, Molson, Urquell, Carlsberg, Mooreland, Daleside, Samuel Smith, Young's, Aecht, Augustiner, Becks, Bitburger, Einbecker, EKU, Erdinger, Hacker-Pschorr, Hofbrau, echter, Paulaner, Pinkus, Schneider, Tucher, Warsteiner, Weihenstephaner, Grolsch, Heineken, Beamish, guiness, Murphy's Smithwick's, Moretti, San Miguel, Okocim, Baltika, Belhaven, Froach, Lion, Carib, and more (what? ... I'm not typing all of them in for you.) of the common imports that are found elsewhere.
Despite being located on an access road that runs along Richmond Road, this is the most centralized Liquor Barn location to downtown, but not far from the I-64/75. The lighting is all fluorescent so I'd recommend grabing the beers that are not located on the edge of the shelves, rather reaching behind for the second six-pack of beers in line.
Although the list of offerings is long, the staff does a good job of keeping old beers off of the shelves, ensuring that the beers are usually fresh and in-date. Don't forget to check out the large walk-in cooler that will sometimes have vintage or aged beers that may not be avaialble on the shelves.
This Liquor Barn does not have growler fill options as the other two locations do.
Parking is a breeze. There's a dedicated parking lot on site as with most big-box retailers.
To get a better variety of beers, you will have to make the 1-hour trek to Cincinnati OH, or Clarksville IN.
07-14-2005 16:12:12 | More by BEERchitect
4.2/5 rDev +2.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4
Walking in you can see this is a place to go if you need some party products. The beer selection is great. DFH, Stone, bells, bear republic, rogue (including the imperial pilsner). Tons of bombers, including Vertical Epic. The staff was friendly and I was shown some new things they had gotten in. The biggest plus about this place is that you are allowed to break up six packs. This alone made this one of the best places I stopped in on the way to Chicago. I would recommend anyone passing through stop in.
08-22-2004 17:59:53 | More by Southernbrew
3.9/5 rDev -4.6%
quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5
One of primary sources for imports and microbrews, this mega store offers meats, cheeses, and a wide assortment of gourmet food items, and, of course, liquors. The beer selection is always outstanding, with hundreds of different microbrews(arranged by brewery) and imports(arranged by country). They also have a large, walk-in cooler with dozens of imports and micros chilled to the bone. Excellent Belgian selection, with most of the familiar names. Dozens of micros, but some breweries from neighboring states always seem to be missing(Three Floyd's). Stone, Rogue, Avery, Bell's, Great Divide, Spanish Peaks, Bear Republic, and many others, are always in stock. One gripe I have, is that the selection doesn't seem to roatate very often, and new additions and new breweries are not seen that often. Service is practically nonexistent, especially if the store is busy. That's actually part of the store's appeal, and helps keep down prices. You bag and box what you buy here, on your own, which I prefer to do anyway. Overall, this store has the largest selection in central Kentucky, and many quality imports and micros always on the shelves. Kegs and macros are also available. This place is always an adventure, and has dozens of bottles that I've not yet tried. Definitely, the place to find micros and imports in Lexington.
08-09-2004 22:47:55 | More by merlin48
4.35/5 rDev +6.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
This joint was cool! Quality meats and cheeses greet you upon entering. Pastas, pickled foods and spice pull you in. Beer makes you stay.
I never expected to find this type of choice and selection in Kentucky. I purchased a gueuze and a tripel and various foodstuffs happily. One stop shopping when in the Bluegrass State.
Give the Basque sheep's milk cheese a try. Pair it with any tripel within sight or add some fig jelly across it and try to resist. From an olive station to dry biscuits to an entire wharehouse shelf full of craft brews. If you're in KY and want some good beer and food, check this place out!
07-31-2004 07:01:20 | More by inebrius
4.65/5 rDev +13.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5
What can a beer lover ask for that Liquor Barn can't deliver. This is the smaller of the two stores in town, but the beer section occupies more space than the one across town. There are always beers here that aren't at the other store and vice versa. Since moving down to Lexington 3 years ago, I have been able to increase my beer totals very nicely with the help of this store. I found that if there are beers you want that are not on their shelves, they will order it for you if it is available in Kentucky, which makes this a great store. Not only do they have a great beer section, but their cheese and specialty foods selection (especially good chocolate) is wonderful. If you are coming through Lexington, stop by the Richmond Road store and you will not be sorry you did.
07-25-2004 17:28:30 | More by kmpitz2
Liquor Barn in Lexington, KY
91 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.