Riverside Red X
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Ratings: 7 | Reviews: 7
3.18/5 rDev -12.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$
So I had no idea this place was like a discount liquor store, grocery store, fast food joint, craft beer spot, and discount cigarette store all rolled into one. I thought I had come into the wrong entrance when I first walked in and saw it. I smelled fried chicken, saw a bunch of people buying Exeter cigarettes, and there was a guy getting arrested in the parking lot...
With all that being said, there was actually a pretty good selection of craft beers there. I had a question and saw two employees who, when they saw me, acted like they were busy and basically ran off. Nevertheless, I did pick up some good beers here I have not seen in other stores.
I did not think the price was much better than Gomers just up the road a little ways, and for the atmosphere and not having to see some guy wearing the steel bracelets, I think I will go there when possible. Red X to me just seemed ghetto fabulous, and a little bit of a pain in the rear to get to. Not recommended, just drive to Gomers, Bubbles, or Berbiglia.
07-14-2012 03:48:35 | More by TheCondor
4.05/5 rDev +11%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
When I viewed the recommendation for a store with good beers in Riverside, I was somewhat skeptical mostly due to the location. When you arrive at the store, it is not impressive. However, all is good when you find your way over to the beer selection. I was on some web sites that stated they did not have the beer I was looking for in our state but they had the beer I was looking for! If you are a Belgium fan, they have one of the better selections I have come across. Prices are good, some better then others so look around. The glass ware is fun as they have many brands represented. The store is not impressive but the selection is!
01-31-2012 04:09:18 | More by Flatlands
4.19/5 rDev +14.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Award-winning wine selection and large liquor area hide a very impressive micro/craft beer collection. As described in earlier reviews, this old stand-alone building resembles a store in need of a facelift. It's on the way to a nice park area but nothing else in the immediate area is worth visiting. However, the beer selection is amazing. The get all the rare offerings and have a wide stock of all styles. Plenty of American bombers and sixers (Stone, Goose, FW, Founders, Bells, all the CO stuff), abundant local variety. Really nice Belgian row, with several sizes of all you'd expect. Glassware available here too. The beer department is mostly run by a woman and a younger guy. These two know beer, and are really friendly. No one else will be able to help you though. The chilled selections are really sparse, but if you are looking for something you can find it here.
07-17-2011 22:46:37 | More by bld81
4.15/5 rDev +13.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Upon arriving at this store I was pretty sure I was in the wrong place for craft beer. However, I had called, and they said they had what I was after and were happy to hold it for me while I made the hour drive to get there. Once there, they brought my held items to me plus another one that they had found and held for me too, so I got double of what I expected to get. I was very impressed with the service. Once I browsed around, I saw that there was a large selection of craft beer over three aisles, plus a large selection of bombers. They seem to get in the latest and greatest and have it in stock when I am looking. The store is not the prettiest, but the selection is great in my opinion.
05-04-2011 23:39:26 | More by mikennat
3.3/5 rDev -9.6%
quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Mostly caters to macros and liquor, but has a greater selection of craft beer than you would think from looking at it from the outside (or inside, for that matter). Decent amount of craft bombers, including plenty of Great Divide, Boulevard Smokestack, New Belgium Lips of Faith, and Avery, and craft 4/6 packs, along with some imports. The selection seems to be a little less than what you'd find at the nearby Gomer's, but the prices are generally slightly better (usually only around 50 cents though). Many of the bombers I was interested in weren't marked or were mismarked, but employees were generally rather helpful in looking it up. The one employee I found in the actual beer section seemed somewhat knowledgeable, not really sure about the rest of them though. Worth a stop if you are in the area.
12-27-2009 17:58:40 | More by MysticX
3.95/5 rDev +8.2%
quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $
Don't be intimidated by the exterior, the extensive bell collection, or the smell upon entry - that's just the fried chicken wafting from the deli.
Upon entry, you've got to make your way past the giant cigarette aisle that runs perpendicular to beer aisles - not sure if they're trying to hide the beer with tobacco, or just have a strange sense of display.
The cooler to the far left is stocked with traditional domestics, and a few locals like those from Boulevard.
Parallel to the cooler are the rows of stocked beer, starting with a variety of Belgians, Germans, Brits, and other imports. This includes Samuel Smith's, Delirium, Grimbergen, and many others.
The next two rows are filled with domestics - everything from the local Boulevard, Weston, Flying Monkey, semi-local Schlafly, O'Fallon, to those from across the country like Bell's, Arcadia, New Belgium, Mendocino, Left Hand, Anchor, Breckenridge, Rogue, O'Dell's, Sierra Nevada, Ommegang, Acme/North Coast, and Goose Island. Each of those that is a seasonal is marked as such, most recently with paper snowmen shelf-hangers that said "Seasonal Beer."
I met one of the beer buyers a few weeks ago, and they are definitely working to increase the selection and quality over what it has been in the past. And pretty good for Kansas City.
The newest addition to the beer section is that of large bottles of big beers - like those in the Boulevard Smokestack Series, and others from Avery, Bear Republic, and Great Divide. In fact, this where I found my bottle of Boulevard BBQ. Also in this section, they've added a section of mixed-six single selections for those who like to experiment without buying an entire six.
Nearby, they have also added a section of glassware, with steins, boots, goblets, and pints, branded with brewery monikers from around the world.
Don't let the place fool you - with a little bit of digging, you can find great beers for a good value.
01-01-2009 03:18:29 | More by mdcrouser
2.7/5 rDev -26%
quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | $$
Red X in Riverside, MO has a reputation in our area as having one of the best selections of craft beer in the area. At one time they had 3-4 16X4 ft shelving units of just bombers with various islands and shelves of packaged and refrigerated beer. Those days are over.
I popped into Red X on the way to work today since I had a little extra time, and was shocked to see their new display. From 3-4 shelves of bombers, they dropped down to one, with sixers scattered to fill in space. Their selection has been drasticly reduced as well. What has replaced it is LARGE quantities of macro swill. Given that the store is in a red-necky part of town, it was impressive that they used to givee 50/50 floorspace to craft and macro, now it's more like 20 craft, 80 macro. Now, it could be because of the part of town that they are in that sales don't warrant having as much craft beer on hand, which is a huge disappointment. They do get some points for having a few BA shelf talkers by the Unibrou beers, but I think they are taking their reputaion for granted. Their selection used to be very good, now it is just average
05-05-2006 14:20:47 | More by bort11
Riverside Red X in Riverside, MO
- out of 100 based on 7 ratings.