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Sam's Quik Shop

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Sam's Quik ShopSam's Quik Shop
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145 Ratings
Ratings: 145
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: n/a
[ Store ]

1605 Erwin Rd
Durham, North Carolina, 27705-4619
United States
phone: (919) 286-4110

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Place added by: BeerAdvocate

Formerly The Blue Light Restaurant.
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Reviews by AngusOg:
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4.44/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I was staying with family in Southern Va, and after doing some research this seem like the only store within reasonable driving distance worth going to(plus a brewery on the same trip). It did not disappoint. I was like a kid in a candy store trying to grab everything i could not available in my area. Plus, it is one of those places that allows you to break up pretty much any four or six pack you want, so it is great for trying stuff and making your own sampler six packs. I could have spent at least another half an hour in there looking through the tremendous selection, but unfortunately the mother-in-law and my two young kids were waiting in the car, so i had to fly through there. Still it was a blast. Next time i'm in the area, i'm going back for sure, hopefully without the family and a huge beer budget!

More User Reviews:
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4.76/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

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4.76/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

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4/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.66/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Martyrob
5/5  rDev +9.2%

It's Sam's and they are definitely one of the best beer spots in NC and possibly the US.

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -18.1%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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Photo of raleigh_blue
3.48/5  rDev -24%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2 | selection: 4.75

Atmosphere: If you like run down establishments this place is for you. It doesn't smell good in here and there is virtually no place to stand during events. Sam's is a Durham landmark and John Boy's a pioneer, but lets not kid ourselves, the place has hipster grit and real life grit. It never looks clean and the bathrooms are just filthy.

Quality: I've had beers on tap here more than once that were infected or out of date and decaying (Lake Erie Monster last November) and after discussing with the staff and having them agree with me I find it still on a few days later. I really don't think the staff cares about much, certainly not quality.

Service: This is kind of the Ed Debevic's of the beer world, except the rudeness isn't schtick, it's just bad customer service.

Selection: Great selection. The only place in the Triangle that matches their ability to hold events with awesome hard to find beers is the Busy Bee.

Overall: The emperor wears no clothes. There are plenty of other places in RTP to spend your money, including the new Sam's bottle shop, which is head and shoulders above old Sam's, including a slightly friendlier staff.

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Sam's Quik Shop in Durham, NC
100 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.