Village Bottle Shoppe #2
Ratings: 27 | Reviews: 21 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by schoolboy:
2.3/5 rDev -44.6%
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
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4.64/5 rDev +11.8%
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%
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%
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
Village Bottle Shoppe #2 in West Lafayette, IN
92 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.