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3.25/5 rDev -14.7%
quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Went down here on the reccomendation of a few helpful BAs. Just a jaunt down 476 and 95, this store is just over the DE/PA border.
The store is absolutely massive, but about 95% of the store is wine, which is great, if that's what you're there for. I looked around and saw some good deals and some nice vintages, but I wasn't there to get wine.
The beer section is one aisle of the store, about 30 feet long, a few "featured" short shelves, and a big walk in fridge. I the mix of beers was mostly either local or Belgian, or pseudo-Belgian. Locals were Victory, Dogfish Head, Flying Fish, and a few others. Magic Hat was also in house. Besides those, almost all of the trappists were represented, with decent variety, and a good number of pseudo-Belgians, such as Unibroue, Allagash, and Ommegang, all a little higher priced than I'm used to, but not bad. I would have liked the Lambic selection to go past Lindemans to more authentic brewers. However, in a positive note, a few obscure Biere de Gardes and Saisons were represented here.
Singles of everything were available.
This was also the first time this year I've seen Sam Adams Octoberfest, which, while not the best of the style (or best spelled, even), was being sold for 10 dollars a 12, which isn't a bad deal.
Two critiques --
1.) More than a few beers that I was looking forward to snapping up (Bernardus, several Rogue varieties) were out of stock. They have to keep better tabs on inventory, methinks.
2.) When I was at the checkout, the woman at the register picked each of the bottles by the neck, and dropped them a good foot into the box she had. I seriously thought that one or more of them was going to break. I had the feeling that she wouldn't have done this with an expensive bottle of wine, and I was right -- the one bottle of wine I purchased was handled in a much more careful manner.
All in all, I'm glad I made the trip, although I can't see this being a regular journey for me.
08-18-2004 18:45:38 | More by ithacabaron
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