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Gator Beverage

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30 Ratings
Ratings: 30
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.05%
$$ - reasonable

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1126 W University Ave
Gainesville, Florida, 32601-5110
United States
phone: (352) 336-6128

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Photo of p0l4r21


4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

The best place to get beer in Gainesville. Regularly stocks new interesting beers. The service is great. They deal with college kids regularly it would be understandable if they seem not to care about you. The more you frequent the place the better the experience. The beer selection is top notch. They keep the store stocked with rare beers from not only America but the world; especially Japan and Belgium. Keep the sours coming.

02-03-2014 06:51:59 | More by p0l4r21
Photo of BMMillsy


4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Walked in here expecting Bud Light central, and got a nice little surprise. Snatched up some Infinium and La Trappe Oak Aged Quadrupel (Batch #3). They had a Utopias sitting on the liquor shelf but I wasn't going for it at $180 (or any price, really). Have had nice finds like Moat Water, they'll get some Cantillon here and there, nice selection of Belgian brews. Sometimes able to find some gems hiding in the back like Swamp Head Roosevelt and BA Human Blockhead. Lots of selection here for a Gainesville place. Will return soon!

11-22-2013 02:57:28 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of TomB


3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | $$

A go-to for Craft Beer in Gainesville. The outside facade and frequent panhandlers aren't quite inviting, but don't let that deter you from venturing inside to check out the selection. Wall to wall (cramped is a way to put it) beer choices.

The staff is hit or miss depending on who's working. One day you can get someone who is very interested in helping you and makes good suggestions, and on other days you can get someone who has no interest in you or your beer choices and experiences. I think I read a previous post that described the staff as "surly" which may apply to some of the staff, but not all.

Only major complaint is that when they get limited releases in, they post it on facebook and in under an hour they post "sold out". It makes it very difficult for those of us with "9 to 5 jobs," to be able to get there in time to grab at least one bottle of a limited release. This seems to be a trend amongst the "go-to" beer places in town that won't be going away, and it's unfortunate (Damn the internet and it's social media madness)! That practice really takes the fun out of going and "finding" something cool.

Edit/Update (March 2014): Gator Beverage seems to have stepped back on their Facebook posting a bit recently, unlike the other "go-to" spot on the west side of town that posts every little thing that comes through their door making it virtually impossible to attain anything limited without having to be one of the first few people to get through on the phone.

09-10-2013 21:02:30 | More by TomB
Photo of GatorBeer


3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | $$

Sketchy looking from outside, but inside it is a crazy beer lovers heaven. Shelves and shelves of beer from most of the breweries that get distributed to Florida. They get in most one-offs, limited releases, etc. The workers there can answer most questions and are a little surly, but I think they mean well.

Be aware of bottle dating here! I don't buy many IPAs or beers I'm concerned about freshness with because they tend to sit on the shelves here.

Selection-wise, this is on par with TIpples as the best place to go in Gainesville, and like any bottle shop just be aware what you're buying and you'll get some gems.

06-13-2013 16:37:16 | More by GatorBeer
Photo of cubanbeerguy


4.16/5  rDev +14.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | $

Ok Gator beverage. So the staff is usually very knowledgable and will locate beers for you. They wrote down my info and called me when a beer came in. There is one guy that looks like a burnt out druggie and I dont care for him, very removed and antisocial and hates his job. But as you can see from the pic its a corner convenient store that gets homeless people buying fifths. But the selection is great. they always get all the rare stuff in and I frequnt this shop quite often as they have some of the best prices in town.

03-26-2013 15:49:21 | More by cubanbeerguy
Photo of cirtap


3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$

I've been going to Gator Beverage for more than 5 years now. From the outside the building is pretty run-down and they get some shady customers coming in, especially late at night. The beer selection is very impressive though, and prices are in line with the best in Gainesville. They also have a good selection of refrigerated beer, including some refrigerated 750s and bombers which can be hard to find. Service can be hit-or-miss, a couple members of the staff are extremely knowledgeable with beer while others are apathetic. Still, it's one of the best places for craft beer in north Florida.

05-31-2011 19:25:40 | More by cirtap
Photo of jgagne


3.19/5  rDev -12.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$

I first went to this place after hearing about the great selection. The selection itself was very impressive and surprising. When you look at it from the outside it looks like your typical college town convenience store with a bad beer selection. There is a large selection of almost anything you could ask for, from great American craft beer to high quality imports. They also have great weekly deals (ex:when i first went they had Sierra Nevada Glissade 6 packs for 5 bucks). On the other hand the inside of the building is low quality, the layout is small and unorganized. They are also not the most helpful. One time me and a buddy went down to pick up some beer for a party and the beer we picked up was skunk and tasted terrible. We called back that night and they completely unhelpful and didn't let us exchange our case. Overall i have a love hate relationship this place, great beer bad establishment.

05-09-2011 18:44:23 | More by jgagne
Photo of flahuskie


4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

I drive sixty one miles each way for their selection. It is Gator Beverage or a longer haul to Tampa St Pete. The clerk is always helpful (I am fairly new to craft beer) and the selection is great. Prices are comparable to other stores (who have poorer selections). They have Bells, Stone and Dogfish and more, so what else do I need. They also have singles which helps me find new favorites. Only problem is visiting Gainesville, as I hate the Florida Gators but for the next year I can fly my Seminole/Huskie car flags.

11-30-2010 19:27:31 | More by flahuskie
Photo of beeratlanta


4.85/5  rDev +33.6%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

I read the reviews on BA prior to going to Gator Beverage and expected a good beer selection but an apathetic staff with little to no craft beer knowledge. The beer selection was as described, better than you would expect for small package store, across the street from University of Florida. However, the guy working that afternoon not only had great knowledge of the beer that they had but knew his craft beer in general too. I'm only giving the selection a less than perfect score because they didn't have any Avery in stock.

11-28-2010 11:55:38 | More by beeratlanta
Photo of aepb1


3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | $$

I wish this store with it's great craft beer selection wasn't wasted on the frat boy crowd. The biggest detraction is the location and I think a reason for the apathy from the staff is their clientele.

That being said, this is really a great store. A cooler wall that is at least 50% craft beer and then a couple aisles of 6ers and bombers including some rarer stuff and local brews. A nice selection.

If you've not been, I would actually recommend heading there during the day to check it out it will be worth the trip!

09-18-2010 15:25:16 | More by aepb1
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Gator Beverage in Gainesville, FL
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