Ye Olde Spirit Shop
Ratings: 38 | Reviews: 34 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by russwbeck:
4.74/5 rDev +13.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Stopped in on my way from PA to VA last week. The place is full of wine, but has a few rows of some of the best selection the NE has to offer. I didn't ask for help, but I'm sure the guy behind the counter could have helped me out. In terms of selection, they had all of the Ola Dubhs, Rodenbach, Southern Tier, Jolly Pumpkin, Hannssens, Brewdog, Sink the Bismark, and a ton else. Very happy to find this place in rural MD.
The thing about MD is that they don't accept "vertical" driver's licenses, which is a load of crap, because of some MD law where you get a horizontal one when you turn 21. Now I'm 23 and from PA, which certainly isn't old, but I don't get a new license until I turn 25. I've been turned away at the counter TWICE about to spend >$50 at bottle shops. This place hooked me up, and I never had an issue. They see that I have a Government issued ID saying I was born in 1988, and ask no more. This will be the only place I stop at in MD for the time being.
11-01-2011 20:19:18 | More by russwbeck
More User Reviews:
3.75/5 rDev -10.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | $$
One of the better options in the area. Atmosphere is slightly like Total Wine, but not as big and without as much searching.
Selection is fairly decent, with some of the Uk items and Belgian imports segregated in a few areas by themselves. However, there's quite a few dusty bottles and some minor disorganization with the domestic items sort of scattered.
Service is ok, slightly green a bit but willing to help out without any issues. Prices here are fairly reasonable somewhat also. If you happen to be in the area it is worth stopping in for a look.
04-28-2014 18:43:06 | More by smakawhat
3.79/5 rDev -9.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | $$
I found this gem through my gf and mom. Random shopping trips can be beneficial! I'm from Pennsylvania and the only place I can find new and rare beers is in Maryland... so far. This shop in Frederick is easy to get to and conveniently right down the road from DT.
Booze everywhere. Much like that of a typical liquor store. The beer side is rather chaotic with cases strewn across the store. It's a true bottle shop, in that you can rip open a case and mix six or buy it single. That said, bottles and sixers are placed willy nilly making for a treasure hunt style shopping experience. The bottle area is more organized and proves to offer a decent selection. However, there isn't much of a rare beer pick, especially from southern breweries and west coast companies.
The service was great! One guy in particular walked me around the store and pointed out noteworthy stouts and porters that I can attest were great recommendations. The quality of the store was bolstered by the friendly service and decent selection. Only recommendation I have is for them to find rarer beers, of course.
01-05-2014 17:00:11 | More by jaltland
4.3/5 rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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
4.21/5 rDev +0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is a small little place, tucked away. You will pass right by it if your not careful. Trust me, I have before! Nicely stocked with craft beer. Good MD distribution. Have got good bottles for stillwater, jolly pumkin, and goose island to say a few. They have even had bottles of Sink the Bismark and Tactical Nuclear Penguin before. Good prices on everything, no heavy mark up. Everyone in the store is super friendly, and very helpful. The liqour selection is pretty cool too, first place I've seen Bakon vodka, and only place I have seen the Dogfish Head spirits. Always a good stop, always leave with something good!
09-04-2011 19:43:00 | More by shwillivanilli
4.03/5 rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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
Ye Olde Spirit Shop in Frederick, MD
93 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.