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Dorn's

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BA SCORE
89
very good

21 Ratings
Ratings: 21
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 15.56%
$$ - reasonable


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4140 NW 16th Blvd
Gainesville, Florida, 32605-3506
United States
phone: (352) 378-0229

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TomB

Florida

3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | $$

I go here once in a while hoping they might have something that the other beer/liqour/wine stores in town don't have. Up until recently, I didn't usually have very good luck here, however they've expanded their Bomber selection and I've been able to find some good stuff.

Service is good, though they have certain employees who specialize in their knowledge of beer, wine, or liquor. The beer guy is always friendly and knows his stuff, but if he's not there the other guys are just employees who while friendly and helpful aren't always able to answer questions about if or when they might have a certain brew you're looking for.

Dorn's is definitely geared more towards the Wine and Cheese crowd rather than the Craft Beer crowd. They have added some new variety to their beer selection(s), but the shelves throughout the store (beer and liquor section alike) always have gaping bare spots that look as if they simply don't order enough to fill the shelves or they're going out of business and starting to liquidate.

Not a bad place, but if you're looking for a larger variety of Craft Beer to choose from, I'd check Gator Beverage or Tipples before heading to Dorns.

09-10-2013 20:50:55 | More by TomB
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cirtap

Florida

3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | $$

I went on a weekday and was the only person in the store. First of all the service was excellent, the person at the desk was very friendly and told me about their weekly beer tastings. I asked what they had lined up this week and he went over all the beers they were opening. The list was pretty simple but it's a good concept for people just getting into craft beer.

As for the store itself, the selection left something to be desired. They had a few coolers of craft beer but mostly average stuff, and a shelf to the side had tallboys and 750's but mostly your usual stuff like Chimay. The prices were reasonable, but the selection wasn't good enough to make me a regular customer. I would definitely attend their beer tastings though because they are cheap and serve food as well.

05-31-2011 20:35:54 | More by cirtap
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aepb1

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | $$$

A nice selection of bombers. Mostly belgians and they are just starting to get more local bombers too (local being tampa in this case).

They are a little more attentive to their wine shoppers or even cheese shoppers... they will engage in beer conversation if you start it but don't expect to be more than just greeted if you walk in and head back to the beer.

The price can be a little more than others but it's made up for by their bomber selection.

Overall, if you're in the neighborhood, I recommend you stop by if only to see some local beers.

09-18-2010 15:10:53 | More by aepb1
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bigguns68

Florida

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$

I have been going to Dorns for years. They have decreased their beer selection, disappointing, but they do have a great wine selection, and the staff have always been courteous and knowledgeable. I will stop in time to time when I'm on that side of town but I don't go out of my way to find out its all the same beer selections. If you've never been then I would recommend going to at least get first hand experience of what they offer. Who knows, they may have something you can't live without.

I would say depending on what you buy, certain items may be pricier than others.

08-17-2010 15:06:30 | More by bigguns68
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cb2rn

Florida

2.3/5  rDev -41.3%
quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | $$

Was in Gainesville today for another reason and I figured I would swing by to pick up a few Belgians. I found it to have a poor selection, not much better than the grocery store next door. A Chimay, a Westmalle, and a few assorted craft beers. Like another reviewer stated, this is primarily a wine shop (although I wasn't impressed with their selection of that either). If you are interested in generically available craft beers from Bell's, Dogfish Head, Shocktop, etc, then this is your place. If not, don't go out of your way.

07-06-2010 23:59:54 | More by cb2rn
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PorterLambic

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

Considering this is foremost a wine shop, the selection was quite good. The build-you-own six-pack is nice,too.
Managed to pick up a few new things and that gets harder every day. :^{) The gourmet sodas from Sprecher and others was unexpected and quite cool as the wife doesn't share my fondness for the brewers art.
Very nicely laid out store, beer in the back but visible from the front door. The two guys working were friendly and helpful. The store was clean throughout.
Selection was good, not just a place full of megas and regionals and some token craft brews.
I put them in my GPS as a favorite for my next trip to the area.

01-17-2010 20:42:54 | More by PorterLambic
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Dorn's is a liquor, beer, and wine store with a cheese counter attached. They have a huge selection of wine and a decent selection of beer with several dozen different varieties. They sell beer both individually and in six packs (mostly cooled) along a wall of coolers. You can easily find several Belgians and craft American brewery selections such as Abita and Dogfish head. This place is a staple of mine in Gainesville. The last time I was there I picked up a 4 pack of Samichlaus bier for about 15$, pretty cheap for that beer.
I have never asked any of the staff for advice on beer but they are very helpful when it comes to wine and cheese. On the weekends there is usually a free wine tasting and a cheese tasting. It is a very chill atmosphere and there is no pressure. You are allowed to assemble your own six pack of beer. A very cool place.

08-28-2009 17:51:50 | More by drabmuh
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azorie

Florida

3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$$

Well me and wife made the decision to visit Gainesville for the afternoon, so we hit beerfly and printed out the maps and this was 2nd place we hit. Its In a shopping center about half way.

It's a wine store mainlyand beer is back in left hand corner. They have a small selection of Belgians, but its a decent selection. I also seen some Dale's stuff you not get in Jacksonville. The main thing here is wine of course and cheese. Now I would go here just for the cheese, not sure how they do it, but they got real cheese in here. Well at least the labels seem to be the real deal. Anyway there were a few gems but nothing all that great. service was not really an issue as we were just looking mainly. we did buy some great cheese and a few bottles of Gueuze. If your ever nearby check it out, but come for the cheese and wine selection not the beer so much.

07-15-2009 11:48:16 | More by azorie
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wspscott

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +2%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$

My wife and I loved Dorn's in grad school for the wine prices, 3 years ago the beer selection was not that great.

We stopped in on a trip to FL a couple weeks ago to stock up on wine. The wine selection was still great, but more to the point, the beer selection has improved immensely. This is still not a place with a huge selection, but I picked up some Oskar Blues, Smuttynose, Weyerbacher, and a couple of random singles (they have no problem with selling singles). Prices were reasonable.

I talked a bit with the guy doing the beer tastings (a manager?), he is a definite advocate for beer. I wish Dorn's was doing the beer tastings when I live in town, sounds like a good time.

If you are passing through Gainesville on I-75 Dorn's may be worth the stop depending on where in FL you are heading, the state can be a very difficult place for a BA.

03-31-2009 01:28:02 | More by wspscott
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mitchellc

Florida

4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $

Dorn's is kind of my go-to place whenever I am putting together a nice meal. In addition to the beer, they have a great cheese selection, a great wine selection, and are one of the few places in town to get locally-roasted Sweetwater Coffee. It's kind of a cornucopia of all of my guilty pleasures. It doesn't hurt that Fresh Market and Uppercrust Bakery are in the same shopping center, either.

Now, to the beer selection. As others have mentioned, they have a very nice selection of 750 mL bottles. However, I usually prefer 12 oz. to 500 mL bottles, and this is where my favorite part comes in: everything can be purchased for a reasonable price as a single. When I wanted to try the Okocim Palone that they had in the fridge (which comes as a shrink wrapped four-pack), they told me to just open it up and take one out. I don't remember the exact price, but I'm pretty sure it was less than $3. That's a lot easier for me to swallow than $11 or $12 for four.

They are not a beer megastore, and do not claim to be, either. They keep a good selection on-hand, though, which seems to rotate out quite frequently. Even if they don't have what you came in for, it should be noted that you will still leave with something that you're satisfied with.

I have yet to try it, but they offer themed beer tastings the first Tuesday of every month. I believe the cost is $15 and includes a take-home glass.

Update 28 March 2010:

Something that must be noted is that if they do not carry something, ask them about it. They will request it from their suppliers and get it in for you if all possible. It seems like they operate on the principle that if one person wants it, then a dozen others probably do, too.

03-26-2009 04:13:28 | More by mitchellc
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Dorn's in Gainesville, FL
89 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.