Village Bottle Shoppe #2
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Reviews by Boilermaker88:
3.35/5 rDev -19.3%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5
Situated just north of the campus of Purdue University, the Village Bottle Shoppe at first looks a lot like most regular college town liquor stores, kinda like a generic chain-store a la 7-11 or Circle K. Once you get inside, walk toward the back past the standard piles and stacks of macro brews, you realize there are some good beers to be found.
As I was in a sampling mindset, I wanted to get singles vice 6-packs. Two refrigerated shelves and some room temp shelves are devoted to regional micro brewers. The store also offers a nice range of six-packs from local brewers, including the full range of Back Road Brewing Co. I walked out with a decent selection of brews: DFH Punkin Ale, Sam Adams IPA, Bell's Beer, Summit Maibock, Goose Island Pils, Bluegrass Brewing's Hell For Certain, and Three Floyd's Xtra Pale Ale and Pride & Joy.
Service was what you might expect from a college town liqour store: a college-age guy at the register with not much beer knowledge. No problem: I had my list.
Overall, a store that's pretty much middle of the road. It's got the wine and spirits and lots of cheap beer befitting the budgets of most college students. But, for the beer enthusiast, there are items at the Village Bottle Shoppe that would make it worth stopping at if you find yourself in West Lafayette.
11-11-2003 17:30:52 | More by Boilermaker88
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4.64/5 rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Given that it's location is next to a college campus, it has quite a few locations and competitors but this is my favorite place to go for anything other than a 30-pack
Instead of kicking their craft beers off the shelves to make room for the new Smirnoff Ice/Jack Daniels Pre-Mixed Drinks/Random repetitive crap they added some additional shelving. They have a refrigerator section for all of their singles (100+ different singles cold plus more warm) and then both multi-packs of the singles and different brews at room temp.
Not to mention they have a huge variety of hard alcohols and a very knowledgeable staff for all of their products. It has everything you need, but there can always be more variety
02-16-2012 01:54:56 | More by BTFU
4.78/5 rDev +15.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
My beer geekdom really started while I was in Lafayette; so, in a desperate attempt to find the all-around best bottle shop in town, I went as far as 30 miles outside of campus and visited dozens of stores. And this, my friends, is the absolute best.
The main thing I'll mention is the staff - friendly, knowledgeable (especially when it comes to beer), and just pleasant all around. I honestly attribute Dave, someone I almost always see working, with fostering a lot of my craft beer love. Great guy; but the best part is, he's not alone! I can't tell you how many times I've asked to break out a couple singles from a six-pack or inquired about an upcoming release, only to be greeted with honest friendliness. Everyone has a wonderful craft-enthusiast attitude, especially with limited releases. The last big one I was lucky enough to be a part of was the CBS release; a day before they got it in, they collected names, then had a drawing. It was fair, but they still weren't satisfied. Next year, they plan on hosting a tasting with a few bottles, then raffling off the rest. They realized that a lot of people didn't even get to try CBS with the lottery system, even though, once again, it was perfectly fair. Now THAT is craft beer love.
Selection is great; in the area, it can't be matched. Lots of choices of singles, sixers, and bombers, and even with little BeerAdvocate blurbs taped to the doors of their fridges to let people know what some of the more highly-rated beers are like.
Though this shop is usually slightly more expensive than the other stores in town, it's worth every penny for the great experience. And plus, it really is only slightly more expensive: like 5 cents more an ounce. Not bad at all.
This is the only shop in Lafayette worth going to, trust me - I've been to all the others! And from what I've seen so far, I can honestly say it's one of the best shops in all of Indiana.
10-13-2011 01:33:02 | More by BarryMFBurton
4/5 rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Having no access to a car until my senior year I very rarely made trips out to this store. Honestly I think the VBS #1 has a better craft selection. This store is bigger and newer and fancier, but its beer selection is not as good in my opinion. They did have bottles that VBS #1 doesn't offer, such as smoke stack series, various FFF beers, etc. You will need a car to get to this store but if you can't find something at VBS #1 they will probably have it. I'm not sure what their service is like since I never really talked to any of the employees. They still had a good selection but not as good of a singles selection and they did not like you to break up 6 packs. Worth the trip if you're looking for something you can't find at the campus store.
07-25-2011 17:32:32 | More by jamescain
4.71/5 rDev +13.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
This is the largest of the Village Bottle Shoppes and located off of 52, about seven minutes off of Purdue's campus. It is generally regarded as the "Wine store", featuring masses of wine from all over the country and the world. It's been said they have over $650,000 worth of wine at all times. So, half of the store is dedicated to such inventory. The other half is dedicated to liquor and craft beer. Recently they've added several large metal racks to display their craft lineup in its entirety. It was the first location in the area that I saw have The Bruery's Coton. They also get all of Three Floyd's offerings and they sell well, so when they have them they are fresh. They are also one of the few places to have Back Road Brewery. They also carry Goose Island at prices better than most. They have a pretty good selection of singles in their cooler and have about fifteen windows devoted to bombers, singles, and six packs. If you can find the beer in Indiana, they'll most likely have it.
02-22-2011 19:03:07 | More by aasher
Village Bottle Shoppe #2 in West Lafayette, IN
92 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.