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Friendly Package Liquors

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BA SCORE
91
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14 Ratings
Ratings: 14
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 7.41%
[ Store ]

1622 W Jackson St
Muncie, Indiana, 47303-4962
United States
phone: (765) 282-2542

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Reviews by neckbracesub:
Photo of neckbracesub
3.52/5  rDev -13.1%

One of two places I stop into when in search for craft beer in Muncie, this particular Friendly Package location seems to be the "hub" of the area.

Their selection of cold craft mix-sixes and bombers is the absolute best in the surrounding area. If you're looking to pick something cold and ready to drink at a moment's notice - and you like good beer - then stop in here.

The atmosphere is cramped and way too tight of a space when the place is busy, so I recommend going during the week or earlier in the morning/afternoon if you're a browser like myself. Of course the majority of the clientele here is the typical college bruiser who just wants some bottom shelf liquor and Keystone to chase, so most like the atmosphere just fine.

The employees aren't very friendly, but they will consistently ask if you need help finding anything. There's no sense that they genuinely want to be talking with you, but they HAVE to.

Overall, this is a worthy place to stop into and check to see what's on the shelves. You might find something you can't pass up.

neckbracesub, Aug 12, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of indianabeerman
4/5  rDev -1.2%

great service along with the cant believe i found it here bottle

indianabeerman, Sep 23, 2014
Photo of zrab11
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%

This is the best place to get craft beer in Muncie hands down! They have 9 or 10 glass doors that open up to there stocked cooler of craft beer! Great selection of bombers and they also have the great mix and match variety pack! Where you grab any 6 craft beers and they take a dollar off! Great way to try alot of beers!
The staff is hit or miss... usally there is someone that's pretty knowledgeable about craft beer but sometimes there's not. Overall a great place to go if you in Muncie! Glad I found this place! They also update you on beers coming into the store on twitter which is nice!

Update Review 1-25-14

This is one of the 2 best stores in Muncie to visit. If you are in town and want great craft beer please put this as one of your stops. Just a great selection of 200+ craft beers Most in coolers! And their prices are very reasonable if not some of the lowest in town.

Also ask to be signed up for the beer club. it gives you 15% off all craft beer purchases!

zrab11, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of jjwisenheimer
4/5  rDev -1.2%

jjwisenheimer, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of HosP
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%

Great place to pick up your craft beer. The selection seems to grow and grow. Large selection of bombers and 12oz bottles. Great pick six selection from all 12ozers. Full range of beer from all over. Always shocked at what I find here, always have some FFF bombers which is great. The harder to find beers pop up here to once in a while, blushing monk and KBS being the last 2. Talked to a couple guys there that really knew their stuff. Easily rivals a lot of the Indy bottle shops. Gladly drive the 30 min to offer my support and money!

HosP, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of jsgreen16
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%

The Friendly Package on Jackson really is the only place in Muncie to get good craft beers. They usually have multiple FFF bombers (Last couple times I went they had Artctic Panzer Wolf, Rabbid Rabbit, Gorch Fock, Fantabulous Resplendence XII, although Dreadnaught hasn't been there) along with Alpha King, Pride and Joy, and Gumballhead although Gumballhead usually goes pretty quick when they have it. Havn't been able to get it the last two times I went. They also have a great selection of Bells, Founders, and Stone. With the Mix Six Pack for a dollar off you really can't go wrong with this place by far the best liquor store in Muncie.

jsgreen16, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of mpcrump
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%

This is the best place to buy craft beer in Muncie.

To date I have not had any issues with buying anything that it out of date. All the crafts are kept cold.

I find the staff to be very helpful. Sometimes their knowledge is a bit limited but I think a lot of that is due to being involved with a decent number of craft breweries and beers. It's hard to keep track of a lot of things and what each brewery is doing. I always seem to be helped by employees who are fans of IPA's and sometimes have limited knowledge of other styles. I can live with that. Normally, I am going in there with a specific beer style or brewery.

The selection is relatively broad. It seems to center on midwest breweries so if you are looking for something a bit farther away it might be hard to find. Lately, my interest has been in 'local' brews so I'm ok with that. They usually have good selections from places like DFH, Stone, etc. so it isn't only local.

The pricing is fair enough. It won't be the cheapest place to buy but they have some nice pricing approaches - singles, mixing sixes. I was just in recently and they were giving a $1 off of any Chimay.

mpcrump, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of Skye1024
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Update(11/27/10)This store has been making some improvements since I posted my original review.

The selection has widened a bit. They now carry several of the DFH 750s, several Bruery beers, and a consistent FFF bomber selection. I was also surprised to find Upland's Teddy Bear Kisses here.

One of the new staff members also seems fairly knowledgeable in terms of craft.

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This is the best place in/around Muncie to purchase craft beer. They have the best selection in town. They carry nearly the full lineup from Bells, Founders, Stone and FFF. They carry most of the DFH lineup, sans any of the big bottles. Same with Goose Island. A few each from Victory, Left Hand, Upland, Great Divide, Lost Coast, Rogue,Tyranena, and a handful of others.

This store has two great things going for it. All the craft beer is kept cold and you can get a single of any beer they have.

The staff is courteous but doesn't appear to be extremely knowledgeable. In early January I went in to ask when they would be getting Hopslam. The employee(who I think is the manager) told me that Bells had stopped brewing Hopslam and it wouldnt be available that year. I knew this was inaccurate but didnt bother to correct him. They ended up getting Hopslam in stock about a month later.

One big knock on this place is the freshness. You really have to pay attention to the dates to ensure what youre getting is fresh. I recently saw some Prima Pils there that was bottled in 2008. The Stone stuff is usually past the "best by" date.

Prices are standard in the area. You get a dollar off if you mix a six pack, though since there is a small markup on individual bottles it really cancels out.

All in all, I recommend visiting this store. You wont find any gems here and you have to be diligent in making sure what youre buying is fresh, but Friendly Package has by far the best selection in the Muncie area.

Skye1024, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of dmfrench
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Offers a decent selection... Bell's, Founders, Three Floyds, Sierra Nevada, Rogue, New Belgium, Brooklyn, Goose Island, Unibroue, Samuel Smith, and the standard crap imports. There are a few special things I have to go to my favorite but more expensive Muncie Liquors for (Ommegang), but Friendly Package has a good 85%.

Best craft beer prices in town. Of course look to a grocery store for Sam Adams, Guinness, and the like.

On the minus side, during school time, on weekend nights, hell, on any night, there are a lot of ignorant college fucks hovering about. Go early!

dmfrench, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of jtothamo
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%

The Friendly Package has had a special place in my heart for the last 15 years, as it is the only place in Muncie that I purchase beer. You just can't trust the quality and freshness of the beers on the shelves at the local grocery stores (mainly because the majority of our local shoppers by poor quality beers). It's best to hit the location nearest campus (as they tend to move that most products). The wine selection is also pretty decent.

They always have a great selection of beers available. My favorite feature is the ability to piece together a six-pack. One never has to buy six of this, six of that, unless that's your desire.

My only disappointment is that the staff isn't as knowledgeable as I'd like. While they know where every thing is located in the store, they don't exactly have the greatest knowledge of the products.

jtothamo, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of lastnightintown2
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%

This is the best place in Muncie to buy beer I would have to say. The selection of microbrews and fine beers is great, and they occaisonally have deals on their "pick six" six packs, which I am a big fan of. There is like 8-10 seperate refridgerator doors filled with all sorts of beer. This was the first place I ever saw the Heineken Dark lager, and being a fairly large Heineken fan I was stoked. I will always do my good beer shopping at ye ole Friendly Package on Jackson St.
Cheers.

lastnightintown2, Mar 08, 2007
Photo of BlindPig
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%

For me this place was great. It had most of the brews I wanted to get. Glad they didn't have all or my bag would of weighed even more coming back to Vegas. They had some Three Floyds (dreadnaught, Gumball head, Alpha Klaus) thoes were the ones I picked up. I also believe they had 6 packs of Pride and Joy, and Alpha King. They had DFH which I REALLY wanted. (60,90,120 minute IPA, WWS, some raison one and a apricote one?) You could also make your own 6-pack and for me this was great since I could get a bit of different things and not have to buy the whole pack or just not get it. It was farley expensive but I think that is just because the beers I got were pretty expensive in general also. There was also a guy there asking if I needed help finding anything and rang me up as soon as I was done even though there was a decent amount of people in there. I really liked this place and thought they had a really good selection.

BlindPig, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of doctorjoeyboey
4/5  rDev -1.2%

I am new to the friendly package and can't yet claim to be a beer connoisseur yet but this is the nicest store I have visited for beer tasting without taking cost into serious consideration. The store boasts having over 400 different beers, although you definitely won't see all of them so it is important to ask the employees.

The mix and match deal is great in the sense that it allows you to buy singles but poor in the sense that it saves you money. You can break any 6 pack in the store for a surcharge of only 15 cents and make your own 6 pack. I am not sure whether or not you can break a 6 pack to buy a single beer but I do know that they knock $1 off the price of a mix and match 6 pack... which is negligably considering that they charge 15 cents extra per beer taken from a 6 pack (6 * .15 = .90... you only save 10 cents on a 6 pack after the surcharge). The bottom line is that I walked out with a $17 6 pack of 6 different beers I had never tried. This wasn't a steal compared to establishments that offer flat rate mix and match 6 packs on a specified variety of beers but it did allow me to escape buying a 6 of each beer I wanted to try. In other words I left happy but if I continued to do this I might run out of money.

I didn't closely browse the liquor selection, but I did converse with the friendly employee a little and he got me a Stone's Double Bastard (for a friend) from the back since it didn't grace the Stone's selection in the fridges. That brings to mind another issue. Unlike most liquor stores in Indiana that have a surcharge for cold beer, the Friendly Package keeps almost all of it's beer cold and offers a discount (I believe 15%) for beers that weren't refridgerated.

Overall this is the best liquor store I have access to in the Chicago suburb I grew up in (solely because of the mix and match 6 packs) and in central Indiana where I am currently living. I would definitely recommend it, although a recent agreement in the town has removed kegs from all of its liquor stores.

Give this place a chance and see if you don't walk out the door with some beers you haven't tried at a decent price.

doctorjoeyboey, Dec 23, 2005
Photo of GreenWBush
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

This is one of the only good beer vendors in the area. The selection is pretty darned good considering its location, but you won't be surprised by anything. They've got a nice line of Stone and Rogue bombers but be prepared to pay for them.

Unfortunately, this liquor store has moved away from tried-and-true craft beers like Anderson Valley, North Coast, and Mendocino. It appears that most of the micro selection leans towards Bell's, Arcadia, Shipyard, and Sprecher. This is majorly unfortunate. Also, they only carry two varieties of Three Floyds (and not the Dreadnaught!) Sacrelege! They've just started a decent selection of Dogfish Head, but no bombers and really only the 90 min IPA and WWS.

There are a few decent Belgians to be had, but nothing shockingly good. Also, you'll find random cases at good prices laying all about.

The best part about the store is that you can break any sixer in the store, and you are even rewarded with a $1 off a mixed 6-pack. They've also got a decent selection of macros and liquor, the latter being only mediocre in selection and overpriced.

The staff is relatively helpful, and there is at least one person who really knows what to suggest in terms of beer. With that said, no one is really too knowledgable, and you will be mischarged if you aren't careful. Make sure to check prices of everything and make sure they run up correctly - often something good will be on sale, like a 12-pack for $7.99 but if you aren't vigilant they'll happily charge you $16.99 since it wasn't entered into the register properly.

Decent for a small to medium sized college town (and GREAT hours, 7am-3am M-Sat) but i'll take my business to Kahn's in Indy for bulk and specialty purchases, thanks.

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Edit: FFF's now include dreadnaught, gumballhead, and the xmas porter.

GreenWBush, Jan 21, 2004
Friendly Package Liquors in Muncie, IN
91 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.