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Finger Lakes Beverage Center

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Finger Lakes Beverage CenterFinger Lakes Beverage Center
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world-class

64 Reviews
Reviews: 64
Visits: 85
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: n/a
[ Store ]

605 W State St
Ithaca, New York, 14850-3343
United States
phone: (607) 277-2337

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Reviews: 64 | Visits: 85
Reviews by atr2605:
Photo of atr2605
5/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Best place to purchase craft beer. This is my regular stop whenever I am looking to pick up some new craft beers. Even though some of our local grocery stores have started to carry larger craft beer brewers, the beverage center has plenty more to choose from. The staff is always helpful and pleasant, and their prices are right on par with everyone else. Oh, and they also have quite a few beers to choose from on tap which they rotate on a regular basis. They also have coolers of macro brews, so if you are having people over you can still pick up a mix of generic and craft brews. If you love beer and are in the Ithaca area, you have to stop by the beverage center. (670 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of indianabeerman
4.39/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.51/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Lots to choose from. Great local NY selection and some stuff from the West coast assuming the breweries distribute. They drive to NYC to get some more obscure selections. (170 characters)

Photo of seanchai
4.4/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
4.35/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
4.14/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of Ken05
4.24/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

The remodel is about complete and Wow! This store rocks. It is laid out very nicely with over a 1000 different beers. Everything is new, clean and the lighting is much improved. They added tons of coolers and doubled or tripled the square footage. The World class rating can now apply for sure. (295 characters)

Photo of chefduff2
4.07/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of dandp88
5/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of dwoolley1
4.29/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of logicalparadox
5/5  rDev +9.9%

So. You like beer, eh? Imagine you lived a perfect life. You did good deeds, practiced self-sacrifice and gave charity, you once gave the shoes you were wearing to that homeless guy on the Commons. Then, you're hit by a bus (TCAT, of course... those damn wide turns). What is your reward for the sacrosanct life you've led? 42 virgins awaiting you in paradise? Assuming a just God, I'd have to think that heaven would actually resemble... Finger Lakes Beverage Center.

I defy you to find a place with a bigger selection, wider variety, and more amazing shopping experience for buying beer. Over a thousand beers to choose from. No, really. A thousand DIFFERENT beers. Pretty much all of those are sold as SINGLES! Now, if you want to see a grown-ass man prance down the isles of a store like a 5 year old in Toys 'R Us, this is the place. Pull up your Beer Advocate wish list. Pick one of those, one of that, and that, and omg TWO of THOSE.

Sure, you can build a six pack at Wegmans, but you have to buy in multiples of six and the selection is not even a 10th as good. Yes, that cool gas station on Green St. sells singles with no minimum, and yes it's craft beer, but their selection is what... like 20 choices? This is the only place I know of in Upstate NY where you can shop on a pint-by-pint basis for beer and choose from the entire universe of beer. No, you won't find Heady Topper or Pliney the Elder, but you're not going to find that anywhere else around here, either, and if you would, it would be here. Yes, Ithaca Coffee Company has a great selection and they also sell singles, but as awesome as that is it doesn't come close to FLBC.

The store has recently been expanded and now has a vast refrigerated section. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly and openly condones practices that I used to try and hide, like secretly replacing a bottle from a chilled six pack with a warm single (they are totally fine with you taking a chilled single and don't even require you to replace it with a warm one, but you should replace it anyway... it's just good beer etiquette.

They not only fill growlers with a tap selection of around 8-10 offerings that rotate regularly, but they also allow samples. Have a sample of what's on tape while you ponder what to buy. They aren't a bar, so you can't get a pint, but a little taste is just good for stimulating the taste buds.

Ithaca is extremely lucky to have a place like this and it speaks to the thriving nature of craft beer culture in the Finger Lakes and in Ithaca that this place exists and is itself thriving. (2,578 characters)

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of bigred89
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Jaybirdbrew
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of tviz33
4/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of sam-d66
5/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Mapples
4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of irishpride
5/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of Dmmflys
4.28/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 2.5

This place had a great selection. The owner was very helpful and nice. They had good selection of local stuff I can't get in chicago. I'd go back in a heartbeat.
I only gave it a 3 for atmosphere because they where doing construction but from the looks of it the store should be great after they are done. (305 characters)

Photo of butters_mcgee
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of thatisgrossman
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
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. (483 characters)

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Finger Lakes Beverage Center in Ithaca, NY
99 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.