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Beer Depot

Beer DepotBeer Depot

33 Ratings
Ratings: 33
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.89%
$$$ - a bit pricey

[ Store, Homebrew Store ]

114 East William St.
Ann Arbor, Michigan, 48104
United States
phone: (734) 623-4430

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Their parking lot is small but they do offer parking immediately in front of the building

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Photo of TurdFurgison


3.81/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

Conveniently located just south of Downtown, across the street from a parking structure. I stopped here after leaving Jolly Pumpkin, about 1 block away.

REALLY iffy looking from the outside, run down appearance with the look of a serious liquor store in a part of town that does serious drinking. But that's judging a book by its cover, inside you'll find a wide selection of beers. I actually found some Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Barleywines, a little pricy at $8.99 each but this is the only place I've seen them outside of the brewery.

Cramped on the inside, the aisle is so narrow that 2 people can't occupy the aisle without touching.

Prices were reasonable overall (except the BBBW, which was a special case).

03-10-2011 13:47:40 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of buschbeer


4/5  rDev +12.4%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$

This was my second visit to the Beer Depot. It is convenient to park at the parking garage across the street and walk to Jolly Pumpkin or Arbor Brewing. It looks like a real hole from the outside. I wasn't going to go in the first time but the sign on the outside said "600 beers."

The isles are pretty tight. Every time I lean down to look at the lower shelves I'm afraid my rear end is going to knock bottles off the shelf behind me. They have a nice selection of Michigan beers and imports. I was specifically looking for some Kuhnhenn's and Short's but they were out of Kuhnhenn's and didn't have the Short's that I sought. I did manage to find some good beers. I thought the prices were a little high. A bottle of The Beast was over ten bucks for a 12oz. I just bought some Mephestopheles and Samaels for under ten in Kentucky.

All in all, it is my go to place in Ann Arbor.

09-05-2010 04:43:02 | More by buschbeer
Photo of MbpBugeye


3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

The first shop we hit up in the downtown area. Its pretty shady looking on the outside. Plenty of drunkards loitering.

Inside is surprisingly nicer than the outside. The beer is in two tall, pretty long shelves. Its very very cramped inside. I felt like I was about to break something. It was hard to see things on the bottom shelves because you have to stand too close to the shelf. Its impossible if someone is passing you in that little isle.

Despite this it is all nicely organized by country. I was pleased with the selection. Mostly everything was in singles but 6 packs were available as well.

Around the corner is all the homebrew stuff. I was surprised to see this here.

07-26-2010 01:25:30 | More by MbpBugeye
Photo of jrallen34


4/5  rDev +12.4%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $

Stopped by here to get some supplies for brewing and came away pretty impressed for Ann Arbor. The beer selection was pretty big, good selection of international and locals. However, surprisingly they did not have Orval or Westmalle Triple which we were looking for as we were going to brew a clone of one of them, so as a staple surprised Orval wasn't there. A really nice selection of Michigan locals from all the major breweries, and I really liked how they broke down the six packs and allowed you to buy singles of pretty much anything.

The ownere was there and said we could order from him anything that we wanted. It was hilarious though becuase I'm pretty sure he was wasted as he tried to tell me Cantillon was Italian and he couldn't understand why no one had yet to purchase the Iris that had been sitting there for 4 years.

Overall, a good place to get beer supplies and decent brews.

07-22-2010 22:03:12 | More by jrallen34
Photo of akorsak


3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Another Ann Arbor dive. She really gets around.

Quality: Nothin' to look at from the outside with minimal parking. Inside, the beer is to the right immediately. I didn't explore much beyond that, so I'll add nothing more.

Service: Nonexistent, no greeting on entrance or exit. That's a 3.0.

Selection: This is where things got good. A wide selection of domestics and imports, almost too much to choose from. Belgians and Germans are well-represented, as are domestic offerings. Off-the-beaten path Michigan beers were my target and I was a little disappointed on that front, nothing too rare. I did see some Leelanau bottles but at $20 per, I passed. Plenty of offerings for the casual to upscale drinker.

06-11-2010 21:24:25 | More by akorsak
Photo of mgbickel


3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$

This was an accidental find...and a pleasant surprise! I was searching for a parking spot for my predetermined destination (Jolly Pumpkin) and passed this place a few times. It looked kind of rough from the outside, but I thought I might as well stop in since I have to pass it by anyway.

They have a great selection of local, domestic craft and brewing supplies. They also seem to have more imports than the average "good beer" store. The tightly packed shelves (and tightly packed isles) line the center of the store and there are coolers containing some beers along the rear wall.

Like many other reviewers posted, the staff hung behind the counter, but that is fine with me...

Seems like this is a hit or miss type place...worth checking out every now and then just to see what they have...

05-18-2010 20:14:58 | More by mgbickel
Photo of liquidcraft


2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$$

The selection is among the best around and it's nice that they are open until 2 am if you're looking for late night variety. I find that I can always count on them to have a beer I know nothing about. The staff is there to run the register. Their prices are pretty much average, marked up a few bucks more than somewhere like Whole Foods.

Check the dates on the beers, its all stored warm as hell. I've found a few older bombers here and they've been skunked every time, I wouldn't bother with anything more than a few months old.

05-12-2010 12:45:51 | More by liquidcraft
Photo of emerge077


3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$$

Stopped in here after visiting the JP café around the corner on Main. Nice retro arrow sign out front, impossible to miss. "Drive thru" had faded out, and there clearly wasn't one in use at this seemingly tiny, concrete bunker of a store.

Inside there was a bottle/can deposit machine thing, a novelty to this Illinois foreigner. There was a display of seasonal Octoberfest beers on sale, next to some energy drink cans. Past all this... ahh ok, here's the towering aisle of beer. Dusty imports galore, even some Lou Pepe Kriek, although it was $28. KRE bottles for $25... had to laugh at that. Managed to find a single of Kuhnhenn Mayhem here, but it was almost $1 more than at Main St. Party Store. The import selection was deep, and there were lots of micros, and local stuff. Who knows what was fresh though, there was alot of dust, so check dates. Nice assortment of import glassware here.

The staff didn't venture out from behind the counter, but it was a weekend, and they were busy. The lady mentioned Main St. for Shorts, since they were completely out of them. Liquor prices were ridiculously marked-up on some of the higher end things behind the counter, but fun to look at I guess.

Selection was better at Main St., cheaper/cleaner at Plum Market, and i've heard Super Liquor IV ain't shabby either. Go here only if in a pinch...

01-18-2010 16:54:55 | More by emerge077
Photo of Shumista


3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$$

Now that the great Bello Vino has left us, The Beer Depot has about the widest selection of beers in Ann Arbor. Excellent selection of Michigan micros as well as some others that you might not find everywhere at many other stores in Michigan. For example while Rogue is common in Michigan, I don't think I've seen Double Dead Guy Ale anywhere but here. Nice selections of Belgian and other imports as well. They do a pretty good job of keeping stuff cold too, a lot of their bombers can be found in the cooler in the back as well as at room temperature on the racks.

As has been mentioned before the staff is friendly enough but not particularly helpful. They are good at standing behind the counter and politely checking you out, but besides that don't expect much else.

My biggest complaint with The Beer Depot are the prices. 6 packs are consistently 2-4$ more expensive here than anywhere else. Bombers follow this trend.

Because of their wide selection, there are certainly some beers you can only get at The Beer Depot if you want to stay in Ann Arbor. But, a lot of their more mainstream stuff can be found elsewhere for cheaper. Generally I come here only for the stuff I can't get anywhere else, and do the majority of my beer shopping elsewhere.

10-30-2009 03:22:09 | More by Shumista
Photo of ClevoPiwo


3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$

i came across the beer depot during a trip to ann arbor for research. although the outward appearance is less than appealing, the selection of beer (and wine and liquor for that matter) is quite impressive.

there is one shelf of single 12 oz bottles, the entire back wall is a cooler containing bombers, assorted 6s and 12s, and there is an additional isle of unchilled bombers and larger bottles - the rest of the store is devoted to wines and liquors. they've got most bases covered, offering an array of styles from around the world and even a few rarities (i was surprised to see some polish beer and even great lakes imperial dortmunder). in addition to an impressive selection, they have some cheap glassware available for purchase; i was able to pick up a nice hefeweizen glass for about 4 dollars.

in short, the beer depot's looks are deceiving. its definitely worth a visit if you're in ann arbor, as the local grocers definitely don't offer nearly as wide of a selection. however, i did not get the impression that the staff were very helpful- so do your homework before you visit!

06-30-2009 13:46:13 | More by ClevoPiwo
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Beer Depot in Ann Arbor, MI
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