Ye Olde Spirit Shop
Ratings: 34 | Reviews: 33 | Show All Ratings:
3.79/5 rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | $$
I found this gem through my gf and mom. Random shopping trips can be beneficial! I'm from Pennsylvania and the only place I can find new and rare beers is in Maryland... so far. This shop in Frederick is easy to get to and conveniently right down the road from DT.
Booze everywhere. Much like that of a typical liquor store. The beer side is rather chaotic with cases strewn across the store. It's a true bottle shop, in that you can rip open a case and mix six or buy it single. That said, bottles and sixers are placed willy nilly making for a treasure hunt style shopping experience. The bottle area is more organized and proves to offer a decent selection. However, there isn't much of a rare beer pick, especially from southern breweries and west coast companies.
The service was great! One guy in particular walked me around the store and pointed out noteworthy stouts and porters that I can attest were great recommendations. The quality of the store was bolstered by the friendly service and decent selection. Only recommendation I have is for them to find rarer beers, of course.
01-05-2014 17:00:11 | More by jaltland
4.3/5 rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Discovered this place almost by accident after getting off US 15 to check another, more visible, place on the other side of the highway. Just happened to see the "Spirits Shoppe" sign on the front of the place. Glad I did.
This is not the biggest selection I have ever encountered, but it is very nice and full of very good choices. I like to collect bombers to cellar and they have a very good selection of both domestic craft beers and imported offerings.
They also offer mix-and-match sixes and cases, which is always nice.
I happened to stop there a second time a week after discovering it, thanks to a scheduling quirk that had me traveling to DC two weeks in a row. I was impressed that the selection was not stagnant. There were a good number of new beers that had not been in stock the week before.
Service is good. The guys behind the counter, at least the ones I dealt with, are knowledgeable and helpful. Prices seemed right in line with other places more the most part though I did pay $1 more for a bottle of Southern Tier Choklat than what I saw it for today at the local Wegmans ... but then again, I was picking a bottle up there because the last time I had checked Wegmans they had not had it in stock.
This will be a must stop from now on whenever I travel through Frederick.
01-15-2012 22:52:49 | More by HoopTime
4.74/5 rDev +14.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Stopped in on my way from PA to VA last week. The place is full of wine, but has a few rows of some of the best selection the NE has to offer. I didn't ask for help, but I'm sure the guy behind the counter could have helped me out. In terms of selection, they had all of the Ola Dubhs, Rodenbach, Southern Tier, Jolly Pumpkin, Hannssens, Brewdog, Sink the Bismark, and a ton else. Very happy to find this place in rural MD.
The thing about MD is that they don't accept "vertical" driver's licenses, which is a load of crap, because of some MD law where you get a horizontal one when you turn 21. Now I'm 23 and from PA, which certainly isn't old, but I don't get a new license until I turn 25. I've been turned away at the counter TWICE about to spend >$50 at bottle shops. This place hooked me up, and I never had an issue. They see that I have a Government issued ID saying I was born in 1988, and ask no more. This will be the only place I stop at in MD for the time being.
11-01-2011 20:19:18 | More by russwbeck
4.21/5 rDev +1.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is a small little place, tucked away. You will pass right by it if your not careful. Trust me, I have before! Nicely stocked with craft beer. Good MD distribution. Have got good bottles for stillwater, jolly pumkin, and goose island to say a few. They have even had bottles of Sink the Bismark and Tactical Nuclear Penguin before. Good prices on everything, no heavy mark up. Everyone in the store is super friendly, and very helpful. The liqour selection is pretty cool too, first place I've seen Bakon vodka, and only place I have seen the Dogfish Head spirits. Always a good stop, always leave with something good!
09-04-2011 19:43:00 | More by shwillivanilli
4.03/5 rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The go to beer store in Frederick, half the store is wine, 1/4 is liquor and 1/4 is beer. They have a couple shelves facing each other with 22's and 750's of domestics (on one shelf) and internationals on the other. There is also another shelf with Belgians as well. There are around 8 deli fridge doors with access to a number of local 6-packs and others (Flying dog, DFH, Starr Hill, SA, Old Dominion, Brooklyn, Troegs, ect.). Along the far wall are cases of different beers and there are a number of stray 6 packs on the shelves and on top of more cases of beer. Nice selection of domestic 750s, The Bruery, some Goose Island, some Allagash, Stillwater, Southern Tier, Weyerbacher, ect.
Great selection overall, probably the best selection of internationals in the area by far. They also do a discounted mix 6 packs which is always really cool. They go through beer pretty quickly so you won't see last years celebration ale still in the fridge.
Don't bother talking to the people working, they are generally older and won't be of much help. There are a couple that know their beers, but most of the employees stay at the counter. Prices are pretty reasonable, cheaper than near the DC area.
05-03-2011 18:55:54 | More by bum732
4.28/5 rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
I stopped here and found a great selection of beer, although not be best I had seen as in Virginia out of state distribution seemed to be better. The service was very good and the workers definitely knew their beer, even giving this poster recommendations in other areas of the country. I would definitely check into this place if I was in the area, and it would be a good starting point or alternative to the District. It is also very well located and easy to find, has ample parking and is generally easy to navigate while in the store.
01-06-2011 22:37:37 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
4.15/5 rDev +0.2%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped here an a trip down to visit friends and relatives in Virginia and picked up a mixed six of some beers that are not easy to find in the bottle shops in PA.
The beer selection was very good and with a wide range of options from refrigerated craft six packs to things like the J.W. Lees English style Barley Wine and Thomas Hardy's Ale from the last bottling.
The folks in the store were helpful and able to answer questions about the stock.
When we met up with the folks we were visiting in VA the beers I had picked were well received, and the next time we go south using 15 I expect to stop off here and pick some more hard to find beers to drink with my friends in VA.
11-20-2010 20:39:35 | More by drtth
4.15/5 rDev +0.2%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Living in Frederick, I go to Ye Olde Spirits Shoppe anytime I am looking for something that you won't find at the liquor store down the block. They carry a good selection of beer, and regularly cycle in new product. They also offer mix packs, which allows you to create you own custom sick pack of beer at discount. The service is usually good with the occasional exception. If they don't carry what you are looking for, they are always more than willing to order it if they can. The store is always kept clean and well staffed. They used to have the occasional issue in the quality of some of the harder to find beers...but I don't recall it happening recently. This is the best retail option for buying quality beer if you live in or around Frederick.
10-29-2010 02:41:09 | More by tehawful
4.35/5 rDev +5.1%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Q- never had a bad beer from this place, the store is bigger than it looks, always clean
S- very friendly staff, easy goin frederick
S- overall a pretty decent selection, they have a lot of certain beers, a good place to go if you know they carry a certain beer
V- good prices, about average, nothing over the top
Overall, this is my go-to store if im home in Germantown and not up at school at Towson, 30 minutes for good beer? i think so! the place feels homey, last time i was in there the redskins game was on, lots of interaction between the people working and the patrons who seemed to be there a lot
10-10-2010 21:11:54 | More by Pballa4lyfe
5/5 rDev +20.8%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
This is where I go to get beers that are not widely available. The selection is great. They have an entire section of Belgian bombers that are reasonably priced. They also have a solid selection of Samuel Smith's and other imports. The selection from Germany is fairly robust as well, expanding beyond the traditional offerings in America. If that wasn't good enough already, they have a large selection of craft at fair prices. I found Stone here about 5 dollars cheaper than I have anywhere else. The staff is very helpful and knowledgeable of their product. I had a question about Witbiers and was more than satisfied with the direction I got. Five's all around.
10-09-2010 14:31:47 | More by yankiac
Ye Olde Spirit Shop in Frederick, MD
92 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.