Village Bottle Shoppe #2
Ratings: 22 | Reviews: 21 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by jamescain:
4/5 rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Having no access to a car until my senior year I very rarely made trips out to this store. Honestly I think the VBS #1 has a better craft selection. This store is bigger and newer and fancier, but its beer selection is not as good in my opinion. They did have bottles that VBS #1 doesn't offer, such as smoke stack series, various FFF beers, etc. You will need a car to get to this store but if you can't find something at VBS #1 they will probably have it. I'm not sure what their service is like since I never really talked to any of the employees. They still had a good selection but not as good of a singles selection and they did not like you to break up 6 packs. Worth the trip if you're looking for something you can't find at the campus store.
07-25-2011 17:32:32 | More by jamescain
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4.64/5 rDev +13.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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 (300+ different singles) 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 +16.9%
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
4.71/5 rDev +15.2%
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
4.35/5 rDev +6.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Moved to Lafayette from Grand Rapids, MI and away from my beloved Siciliano's and found this excellent store after checking the BA reviews.
Awesome store, decent amount of cooler space for craft brews both Indiana local: People's, FFF. Midwest local: Founders, Bells, Goose Island, Hoppin Frog. National: HOTD, Brooklyn, Boulevard. Even international with some good Belgian and English beers.
Don't ask for too much service besides requesting speciality beers which they're happy to oblige me.
I also consider this a two-fer as my wife is a big wine fan and their selection is outstanding in that department as well.
02-13-2011 20:37:39 | More by Gunslinger711
4.3/5 rDev +5.1%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Let me start off by saying I've been to all of the beer stores in West Lafayette at one time or another while at Purdue and this one is the best. This place had the selection that allowed me to venture off into what has developed into my beer geek nature. The quality of this place is actually cleaner than most of the other liquor stores in the area, which doesn't say much in a college town. This place has some nice wines and some liquor to choose from. It's best for beer though. The selection is the best in the area you can get many selections from Stone and other craft brewers that you really are gonna be hard pressed to find anywhere else in the area. For example, it's the only place I know of in the area that carries different varieties of Sprecher beer. This place has the rare ones. The staff is knowledgeable about the beers it has and can tell you when they have the rare ones coming in. If you can't find it here you need to go to a different region of the state.
10-05-2010 05:39:59 | More by Vdubb86
4.85/5 rDev +18.6%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I have personally had a "bad", i.e. something was actually wrong with it, beer from here and had no trouble returning it. Maybe the other reviewer talked to new guy or something...
Selection is buy far the very best in the area and the staff is always trying to bring in new stuff and special orders. They have "geeks" there and guys that just drink good beer and will tell you what they thought - nice to have differing opinions. They rotate stock often. They will break apart six-packs without fuss so you can try something without diving in headfirst. They use Beeradvocate and Ratebeer tags to describe beers further and have special releases all the time.
Bottom line, there are bigger and nicer stores that I've been to but not in this area. Clean, well-stocked, and friendly, knowledgeable service. I really don't know what else i could need from a beer store.
08-21-2010 21:33:24 | More by Andyc5337
2.3/5 rDev -43.8%
quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | $$$
I found this store when I started taking my son to Purdue and I wanted a source for beers I couldn't get in Ohio. At first it seemed like a decent place, and I would spend a pile of money there a few times a year. I got things like Dogfish Head 120 there.
One time I bought an Indiana brew that was just bad - a batch of undrinkable, probably unhealthy, beer. I tried a couple out of the six but they were bad so I save them to return them to the store. The store had no interest in doing anything about the bad beer they sold me.
So now I don't go there and I have advised my son (now in grad school) and his friends (and you) to find their high quality beer elsewhere. This shop does not deserve our business.
08-15-2010 03:09:49 | More by schoolboy
4.65/5 rDev +13.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
The stop in the Lafyette/West Lafayette area for beer. Tons of micro/craft beers. Plenty of local beers in the joint as well. Sixers, singles and also a good selection of 22s to make a beer advocate a happy man or woman. Only problem I ever have had in this place is not having the time to look at each beer and read the labels on them all before choosing. This is the Liquor Store/Beer store that got me hooked on good beer years ago.(*great wine selection too) My personal 'go to' store in the area. A large segment of the store is dedicated to craft/micros. Probably not quite the selection big city folks may be used to, but very good indeed, even for for a college town.
08-14-2010 05:10:19 | More by newrbrewr
Village Bottle Shoppe #2 in West Lafayette, IN
91 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.