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Sam The Beer Man


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Sam The Beer ManSam The Beer Man

Type: Store

1164 Upper Front St
Binghamton, New York, 13905-1119
United States

(607) 724-5225 | map

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Reviews by klewis:
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

I went here while visiting family in town. Try to restrain the fright of seeing piled cases of Milwaukee's Best and Busch laying everywhere. Venture to the heart of the store and you will be rewarded with cases of Victory, Anchor, and DFH at excellent prices. There is also a very good selection of bottles, including some that I have never seen before, but the bottle selection is not quite as impressive as some other stores that I frequent. Despite being busy and occupied, the service was helpful and prompt. Visiting here will definitely become a ritual of my future visits to Binghamton.

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Photo of marcfromphilly
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

I come from PA up to Binghamton roughly once or twice a month. Across the whole Southern Tier, this (to my knowledge) is the best beer spot around. Lots of heavy hitter breweries (Prairie, Perennial, Grimm, Singlecut, Almanac) among many others. Truly a great and vast selection that anyone with even the most discriminating palate will find a good beer here. Go here if you can.

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Photo of dangriff
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 2.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Martelljw2
4.45/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Singlecut, Grimm & other half. This place is a winner!

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4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

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4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

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3.61/5  rDev -13.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25

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4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of logicalparadox
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Cool. A place in the triple cities with a decent beer selection that actually sells singles! But not that many. Singles are limited to a few dozen choices.

But a nice selection. Not huge, but they make it count.

Doesn't fill growlers. Sad.

Compare this to the Binghamton Beer Depot, which has a bigger selection, but doesn't do singles at ALL and which has a lot more fluff. Between the two, I could get by in the triple cities. But... thank God I'm from Ithaca.

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Photo of thampel09
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Pretty good stop right off the highway. Friendly staff and have a bunch of goodies from evil twin, jack's abby, westbrook, cigar city, nebco, horse heads, against the grain, crooked stave, dark horse, etc.. Also had a good selection of limit releases like the 12.7oz allagash ones and such. Their prices were solid as well. Definitely worth a stop if your passing through.

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Photo of beerdedking
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

They carry a wide range of brewers, however, you won't find everything from those brewers.
That said, it was well worth my time to ride up from Scranton. Lagunitis, Great Divide, Westbrook,
MBC, Jacks Abby, Firestone Walker are all near impossible to find in my neck of the woods, and
Sam's has 'em all. I'll definitely return...

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of nh2032
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5

Updated: They do now offer a mixed six/singles section in the back of the store. Also have had some interesting growler options lately too. 4 taps are listed on a board in the back.

Not sure how I haven't reviewed StBM yet.

Good selection for the Binghamton area, but not even close to what you can find in Ithaca. It also seems this area gets releases about a week later than Ithaca too.

A lot of space devoted to macros, but the standard selection of Belgian and craft bombers and 6 packs. Some of the harder to find options I noticed on my last visit included Founders, Horseheads, Hoppin Frog, and Ballast Point.

The two things that really stand out are the service and the prices. The guys working the register really know their stuff, make good recommendations, and are knowledgeable about upcoming releases. Prices are low - typically the same or even lower than Wegmans.

Worth a stop if you are limited to Binghamton. Best option I have found in the area.

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of JamesShoemaker
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

If you live in Binghamton or the surrounding area and don't feel like driving all the way up to Ithaca, there are three decent beer stores you can patronize: Sam's, Court St. Beer Depot, and Wegman's. Sam's is the best for a number of reasons.

The atmosphere, honestly, is not great. It's a little ways out of town and it's always pretty busy with people who are picking up bulk macrobrews. If you want to look at the domestic micros, you're kind of sandwiched between a wall of six/four packs and a rack of bombers. Import singles (which I don't really buy, so I don't know how good the selection is) are against the opposite wall. Between those two walls and in the back of the store are the macros.

Sam's is almost like what you'd expect a small distributor's shop to look like. There's a lot going on and a lot of obstacles to avoid, but it's never an unpleasant experience.

I give their service a 4 because one of the employees, a younger guy (Shawn or Sean, I think) is really amicable. He loves to talk about new micros he gets in and he lets you know what he's got coming. He's recommended some really good beers to me, including BORIS and Frangelic Mountain Brown. The other guy who works there is a little curt. He never really wants to chat and generally gives one word answers.

Sam's selection is really good for the area. They have a steady supply of Founders (including their Backstage releases, thanks to Shawn [or Sean]), a lot of Hoppin' Frog, Oskar Blues, Victory, TONS of Great Divide bombers, lots of Brooklyn, Brew Dog, and just about every DFH beer I can think of. I'm giving their selection a 4.5 instead of a 4 because they're really cheap too. I can't think of anywhere else where I can get a four pack of Ten Fidy for only $15, or Brooklyn BCS for only $8. They undercut every other store I've been to in New York.

One of the things that's great about Sam's that doesn't really translate into a rating is that people don't really buy up their micros too much. They've had FBS on the shelf for the last two months and I don't think they'll be running out of Backwoods Bastard anytime soon. Most of what I've bought from there is already 6+ months old, which is really great if you like to cellar beers.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.66/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Last visited on 9/22/2011

This is a nice little spot in Binghamton. They have a nice mix of mainstream beer along with a nice craft selection. They carry domestic craft from such breweries as Ithaca, Smuttynose, Lagunitas, Sierra Nevada, Dogfishhead, Saranac, Stone, as well as Belgian & German imports. Everything is priced reasonably for what they carry (found some DFH Punkin for $8.99 - cheapest around). The store is not really well organized, but then again the place isn't all that big so it isn't a chore to find what you want. As for customer service it was non existant until I engaged the dude working the register and then he was able to help me out. Gotta be mindful it seems a lot of their beers are out of date. Overall, not a bad place to search for craft beer in the binghamton area.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

The place seems to be mainly geared to BMC products but they do have the best selection of craft beer in the Binghamton Area.

The beers are not organized very well, just big bottles are separate from six packs. Recently added a selection of singles.

The selection is standard fare for craft; DFH, SN, SA, FD. They do have good local selection in Southern Tier, Ommegang, Ithaca, Cooperstown among the NY beers.

Do be careful of out of date beers, although you can find older beers that are great for aging.

Finally they are a great on prices, four packs of DFH are under 14 bucks, where I normally will see them for 14-16.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%

I like to stop by Sam's when passing through coming home from Syracuse to PA. Sam doesn't have an overly "huge" selection, however, what they do have is high quality. They have a nice mix of craft brew and the "regular stuff" with the hat being tipped towards the craft brew side. They know what they're talking about and I've found some gems in here that I would have otherwise passed up anywhere else. Pricing is reasonable based on what particular brew you may be purchasing, but otherwise, there's a reason I stop by there EVERY business trip to the area.

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