Finger Lakes Beverage Center
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Reviews by Durge:
4.5/5 rDev -1.1%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Yes, the reviews don't lie. This is a little jewel for beer lovers. While it isn't exactly tiny in size, it is true that they pack a mightly load of great beer (and soda) into those 4 walls. The staff does not hound you but they were attentive enough to be sure you weren't frustrated or lost at all, and they were very accommodating when engaged. They had a nice line up of growler taps, about 9 or 10 in all as I recall, and the bottled stuff was several solid rows of stuff from all over the country and a decent import selection as well. They have a glassware section and sell some beer shirts, and they seemed to have some specials on new and older items. There were lots of beers that I had not seen in my home state of Connecticut, even though they were brands that we carry. Although one curious thing was that many of the unusual ones I found were not highly rated brews on BA so I was able to manage my escape without dipping to heavily into funds. Brands like Erie and Dundee and specialties like Abita Christmas Ale, and many others that caught my attention and readied my wallet but ultimately researched out to taking a pass for the moment. Not to say I didn't leave some goodies behind, for sure, but apparently nothing that I could have told my grandchildren about. My favorite find for the day, though it remains to be seen if it will be worth the wait, was a bomber of Boulder's Killer Penguin from 2009! Been looking for that since 2009! Great selection of Great Lakes and many, many breweries that I frankly wasn't sure i'd ever heard of. They certainly don't have everything, but I'd match them against most anybody else for domestics and their import stock was more than solid as well. Most of the stock appears to be available as singles at a fair premium and they provide six-pack holders for the luxury. This is a friendly stop on the beer trail that is sure to provide some fun surprises to most BA enthusiasts. A must stop along with the Ithaca Brewing Company tasting room and the Chapter House.
02-19-2011 15:28:01 | More by Durge
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4.02/5 rDev -11.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Great beer store, stopped in on my trip to Ithaca.
Bit of an industrial warehouse look to it. 5-6 aisles of all craft beers. Packs can be broken up into singles, no problem. Every typical craft beer you can think of is here, along with a few more choice selections scattered throughout. No service to speak of- not bad or good, just none. No help in selecting my brews, even though I didn't really need it. Cashier seemed friendly enough, though. Prices were ok, not great, not bad.
01-27-2014 21:14:32 | More by GreesyFizeek
2.4/5 rDev -47.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 2.75 | selection: 2.25 | $$$$
This is not that great a place and I do not understand the high reviews. First of all the store is dark, deliberately, so you cannot see the hand written tags some of which are missing and you have to ask "how much is this?": The fact that there is no price at all on some of the major displays should be a red flag warning. They have a no refund policy on a sign up front and that tells me that they have old beer. They have very old beer. The brew dog was dated best by 1/2013. I bought from their imports section and everything was stale and awful. The stuff they have up front from the bruery is clearly labelled with a date of march 2013, and according to http://freshbeeronly.com/The_Fresh_Beer_List.html that is the best buy date and they try to hawk it anyway through intimidation at the cash register. Many of their items are almost a third more than at wegmans, specifically the brooklyn large bottles . Some of their singles are $4 and mysteriously blurred dates on uinta and sixpoint , oskar blues, nrragansett and other cans. Not a good experience. Wegman's takes all refunds no questions asked.
07-13-2013 14:22:44 | More by utopiajane
4.3/5 rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | $$
Lots of beers in a very small space. You might have to squeeze by someone or even wait until they're finished before you can look at the beers. Not super well organized but not bad.
Many top quality beers here. Lagunitas, Stone, AleSmith, Founders, Dogfish Head. I'm fairly certain that you can get everything as a single if you choose to. They have a small refrigerated section and a cheap section.
Employees weren't that friendly unless they know you already but they were very knowledgeable and knew where everything was.
They have a growler bar with some interesting things on tap. Dogfish Head Bitches Brew was up last time I checked. The bar guy was very willing to talk about each one and let you sample them.
Prices are pretty normal to a bit high for some beers but the prices were mostly reasonable overall.
03-03-2013 02:16:40 | More by VaporDome
4.04/5 rDev -11.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$$
Agree with others who have spoken of the selection: it's fantastic, even if not clearly organized. You have to browse the various narrow isles to find out what they have.
The quality of the beer in house is way high: lots of top-shelf beer. But also a wall, and I think an entire room, of college get drunk fast and taste nothing beer. Fine, sell to your local demographic, but a lot of gross shit there.
The service, well, was... fine. Nobody approached me. A couple people sort of looked my way, but then ignored me.
No food that I saw.
A very interesting looking growler bar, and I wish I'd had a growler handy.
The value, well... the usual upstate beers that are solidly priced, were solidly priced: Middle Ages, Ithaca, etc. The out of towners were somewhat to quite expensive. This is not a value buy place.
My biggest complaint was the VERY limited selections that are refrigerated: if you want me to pay $18 for a bomber or $22 for a corker and caged 750ml, can you at least have some of it refrigerated?
I accept that it might very well be the best place in Ithaca. But a 100, World Class? Nope.
12-09-2012 20:40:53 | More by warmstorage
4.71/5 rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Can't believe I've never reviewed this place. Been there multiple times while travelling through Ithaca.
The service is great, within a minute or two of browsing a worker asks me if I need help. At first I thought it was because I'm a twenty-something young looking lad. However one time my grandparents were going to Ithaca (who could pass up a free hour long ride to get beer) and I stopped in with them. Workers asked both my grandparents if they needed help. Great service.
Selection is amazing. Singles are offered, they seem to get the more sought after releases; Nugget Nectar, 120 Min (not that rare but nice to see them getting good amounts).
There is also a glassware shelf that sells all sorts of glassware.
They have a growler system, I can not speak to what they have/rotation. All I know is that one time they did a a Southern Tier Draft Only beer, so one could guess they get a decent selection.
06-13-2012 15:18:58 | More by rlee1390
Finger Lakes Beverage Center in Ithaca, NY
99 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.