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Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 14
3.54/5 rDev -9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
An outsider's view, based on a 4-day business trip to Sacramento.
There is no BevMo equivalent in Minnesota so it's hard to know what to make of it. On one hand, they are quality stores that are plentiful and easy to find. And ordering online? There is no such animal in Minnesota. Awesome. On the flip side, BevMo really is the big box retailer's answer to liquor. It has all the charm of an Office Max. And like so many big boxes, it seems each time you go in, BevMo has most of what you are probably looking for, but somehow, it lets you down.
And that's a fair assessment of my visit. In addition to my own beer shopping, I was beer mule-ing for a friend, who had a list of 32 beers on his wish list, some hard to find, some rare, but not ridiculously esoteric. I wound up finding 7 of them, with only 2 being found at 2 different BevMos. Grateful to find Firestone Walker 15 on hand, but generally, much better luck at Total Wine.
Still, BevMo's selection is well beyond satisfactory. Most of the major CA breweries were well represented. Two complaints: First, BevMo gives a lot of shelf space to imprints like Hermitage and Irondale, which (I hear) are re-badged marginal house brands. Second, while six-pack selection is stellar and bomber selection is stellar, single bottle selection sucks. When traveling, that is my preferred method of purchasing - lets me try as many indigenous brews as possible - so I did feel compelled to knock the selection score down.
Wish Minnesota had an equivalent, but I am still mulling over whether BevMo will be on my stop list next time.
11-22-2011 17:50:19 | More by lurpy1
3.88/5 rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $
Good selection, friendly staff and generally a good place.
While the main thrust of the place is wine and liquor, the beer selection is much broader than it looks at first brush. The relatively small-looking beer section turns out to have a terrific selection of 22 oz beers from regional and local producers, though a few of the standouts are missing or relatively sparse - no Russian River I could see, a surprisingly thin selection of DeSchutes, for example. The nationals are terribly thin - a little scattering of Avery, Victory, and Dogfish Head, for example, but pretty much a West Coast-centered stock. But that's not a bad thing, after all.
And best of all, the prices are nice - where a bomber might cost $7-10 in other stores in the region, here the size of the BevMo chain means you can look for lots of $4-8 bottles, with six-pack and liquor prices likewise discounted from other non-chain stores.
Well worth a trip if you're in the north-of-downtown area.
04-23-2011 00:49:18 | More by Seanibus
4.14/5 rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is the best Bevmo store that I had visited so far. It had almost everything that I was looking for. The store was very large, airy, bright, organized, and a pleasure to shop at. It was busy on Sunday but the crowd seemed to flow in out smoothly. The selection in the store was great. I walked away with a Firestone 14 and many other hard to get brews. This location had great prices and was too easy to shop at. I would have easily spent a couple hundred if I had the space in my car. The cashiers were friendly, knoweledgable, and was not snippy about a DL. I wish my other Bevmo experiences were this pleasant. I think San Francisco needs to take a lesson.
02-24-2011 02:03:46 | More by colts9016
4.5/5 rDev +15.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I work in a regional capacity and cover the greater Bay Area on a regular basis. As a beer geek who's always looking for good selection @ reasonable prices, I've shopped at most of the BevMos in the area. This one is BY FAR the best that I have found. Visited yesterday & came away with the following: DFH Burton Baton, Ballast Sculpin, SN Hoptimum, DFH Midas Touch, and Stone Double Bastard. This was also the 1st time I'd seen Russian River beers available at a BevMo. All brews were priced at or below what I see them for in the speciality bottle shops. Would recommend this location to anyone in or passing through the area.
01-22-2011 17:10:29 | More by jarrenda
3.35/5 rDev -13.9%
quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I drove to this BevMo location to pick up some 21A brews that I can't find in Davis. It was very refreshing to see one aisle for BMC and two and half others dedicated to craft and imports. Other than that small moment of happiness, there wasn't a whole lot to be excited about. No one asked if I needed assistance when I walked in and the cashier barely said two words to me as I was checking out. Most bottles were dusty, and there weren't a whole lot of limited releases available. I noticed year round offerings of Deschutes, Anderson Valley, Moylan's, and even Allagash...but it was mostly West Coast stuff.
I'm not a fan of this congested area of Sac, and since there wasn't anything really out of the ordinary, I probably won't be making the trek back. But I can see how this place is a beer haven on that side of town!
05-11-2009 17:26:08 | More by washburnkid
4.15/5 rDev +6.7%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited this CA BevMo from Indiana. I was looking for a good variety of regional beers and found several (Lagunitas Brown Suga, Drake's Imp. Stout, Anderson Valley, Sacramento Brew Co., Bear Republic, etc.); didn't find the massive selection I was hoping for, though. Many of the offerings were in six-packs - which was okay, but they didn't have a mix and match section. Would've liked to have seen more singles, small batch stuff, and a slightly more esoteric collection in general. Decent import selection, some great standard Belgians.
Staff were pleasant and super helpful. Also, pretty damn good bourbon set.
Overall experience very positive, would go back again for sure.
03-03-2009 13:04:26 | More by jerelwhall
3.15/5 rDev -19%
quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $
My second BevMo trip since moving to CA. Both times i've been pretty underwhelmed. Its like this big heartless alcohol store with wine, liquor and beer at cheap prices. Lots of craft beer, mostly CA but also some other west coast and imports. Several aisles of beer make it an impressive sight. But when you actually start going through the aisles, you realize 1) that there's not much that's particularly interesting and 2) that what is interesting you've seen elsewhere so what's the point of going to a BEvMo? I guess the prices are a little better than those at a specialty beer store, but that's not really a huge concern for me anyway...i just care about getting some interesting beer. They did have some SA Triple Bock at this location, which i actually regret not buying, as well as a bottle of ReaperAle double IPA, but not too much that caught my eye besides those.
01-19-2009 22:46:48 | More by aforbes10
4.45/5 rDev +14.4%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Beer, Wine, Spirits, and Food. In terms of beer, they broke it down into Domestics, Hard Cider, Craft Brews, Imported Beer, and Cold Stuff. They also offered Cigars, Snacks, and Cheeses. I saw both Wild Turkey Rye and Rittenhouse Rye on the shelves with Rye Whiskey being my new-found love. Simply put, it was a huge place with a huge selection. Why, oh why, can't we have places like this in Pennsylvania? It just gives me another reason to cry. The personable staff at the checkout counter convinced me to sign up for their Club Bev! card.
08-24-2008 17:59:26 | More by woodychandler
3.3/5 rDev -15.2%
quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
I'm forced to buy beer here because it's basically the only place in town. They get a weird selection of beer; something really obscure is always on the shelves, but ordering a not-so-rare beer, forget about it. The sun directly hits some of the beer shelves on the S side of the store for a few hours every day, so beware. Every question I've asked, I've baffled the staff; they need some real beer people working there. I've made peace with BevMo, but I wish they had alot more selection and kept it cold.
10-26-2006 18:49:40 | More by rayjay
3.5/5 rDev -10%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
The Arden BevMo is a decent store. Probably the best in the Sacramento area. Like most other Bevmos, the majority of the store is devoted to wine, but they do have a nice selection of West Coast brews and typically have pretty good specials on new/seasonal release beers. Their cooler stocks about 40% of what you can find on the shelves. A major drawback is the lack of selection of Southern California beers. Stone is the only major brewery in the area that they stock.
I've only found one employee that knew his stuff when it came to beer, so I wouldn't advise looking for recomendations from the staff. Also, beware of off brands and bottles that have been sitting for a long time. In trips back, I've found quite a few very dusty bottles.
05-22-2006 00:47:08 | More by SethB2
Beverages & more! in Sacramento, CA
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