Ratings: 32 | Reviews: 29 | Display Reviews Only:
4.28/5 rDev +15.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The best place to get beer in Gainesville. Regularly stocks new interesting beers. The service is great. They deal with college kids regularly it would be understandable if they seem not to care about you. The more you frequent the place the better the experience. The beer selection is top notch. They keep the store stocked with rare beers from not only America but the world; especially Japan and Belgium. Keep the sours coming.
02-03-2014 06:51:59 | More by p0l4r21
4.13/5 rDev +11.3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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
3.91/5 rDev +5.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | $$
A go-to for Craft Beer in Gainesville. The outside facade and frequent panhandlers aren't quite inviting, but don't let that deter you from venturing inside to check out the selection. Wall to wall beer (mostly due to the place being way too small). Great selection, but as a previous reviewer stated, check the dates on stuff that doesn't age well.
The staff can be hit or miss on service. One day you can get someone who is very interested in helping you and makes good suggestions, and on other days you can get someone who has no interest in you or your beer choices and experiences. I think I read a previous post that described the staff as "surly" which may apply sometimes, but is a bit of an unfair assessment. They deal with people from all walks of life, including college bros looking for a keg for their party, craft beer know it alls, and plain ol' drunks. Should probably cut them some slack if they're not overly friendly all the time.
09-10-2013 21:02:30 | More by TomB
3.68/5 rDev -0.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | $$
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
4.16/5 rDev +12.1%
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
3.64/5 rDev -1.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
I've been going to Gator Beverage for more than 5 years now. From the outside the building is pretty run-down and they get some shady customers coming in, especially late at night. The beer selection is very impressive though, and prices are in line with the best in Gainesville. They also have a good selection of refrigerated beer, including some refrigerated 750s and bombers which can be hard to find. Service can be hit-or-miss, a couple members of the staff are extremely knowledgeable with beer while others are apathetic. Still, it's one of the best places for craft beer in north Florida.
05-31-2011 19:25:40 | More by cirtap
3.19/5 rDev -14%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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
Gator Beverage in Gainesville, FL
85 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.