Friendly Package Liquors
Ratings: 13 | Reviews: 12 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by neckbracesub:
3.52/5 rDev -13.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
One of two places I stop into when in search for craft beer in Muncie, this particular Friendly Package location seems to be the "hub" of the area.
Their selection of cold craft mix-sixes and bombers is the absolute best in the surrounding area. If you're looking to pick something cold and ready to drink at a moment's notice - and you like good beer - then stop in here.
The atmosphere is cramped and way too tight of a space when the place is busy, so I recommend going during the week or earlier in the morning/afternoon if you're a browser like myself. Of course the majority of the clientele here is the typical college bruiser who just wants some bottom shelf liquor and Keystone to chase, so most like the atmosphere just fine.
The employees aren't very friendly, but they will consistently ask if you need help finding anything. There's no sense that they genuinely want to be talking with you, but they HAVE to.
Overall, this is a worthy place to stop into and check to see what's on the shelves. You might find something you can't pass up.
08-12-2013 15:03:04 | More by neckbracesub
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4.42/5 rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | $$
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!
01-25-2014 16:17:55 | More by zrab11
4.1/5 rDev +1.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Great place to pick up your craft beer. The selection seems to grow and grow. Large selection of bombers and 12oz bottles. Great pick six selection from all 12ozers. Full range of beer from all over. Always shocked at what I find here, always have some FFF bombers which is great. The harder to find beers pop up here to once in a while, blushing monk and KBS being the last 2. Talked to a couple guys there that really knew their stuff. Easily rivals a lot of the Indy bottle shops. Gladly drive the 30 min to offer my support and money!
07-19-2011 03:02:25 | More by HosP
4.16/5 rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
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.
04-15-2011 13:14:57 | More by jsgreen16
4.35/5 rDev +7.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This is the best place to buy craft beer in Muncie.
To date I have not had any issues with buying anything that it out of date. All the crafts are kept cold.
I find the staff to be very helpful. Sometimes their knowledge is a bit limited but I think a lot of that is due to being involved with a decent number of craft breweries and beers. It's hard to keep track of a lot of things and what each brewery is doing. I always seem to be helped by employees who are fans of IPA's and sometimes have limited knowledge of other styles. I can live with that. Normally, I am going in there with a specific beer style or brewery.
The selection is relatively broad. It seems to center on midwest breweries so if you are looking for something a bit farther away it might be hard to find. Lately, my interest has been in 'local' brews so I'm ok with that. They usually have good selections from places like DFH, Stone, etc. so it isn't only local.
The pricing is fair enough. It won't be the cheapest place to buy but they have some nice pricing approaches - singles, mixing sixes. I was just in recently and they were giving a $1 off of any Chimay.
12-05-2010 02:05:48 | More by mpcrump
4/5 rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
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.
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.
06-09-2010 23:48:20 | More by Skye1024
4/5 rDev -1.2%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Offers a decent selection... Bell's, Founders, Three Floyds, Sierra Nevada, Rogue, New Belgium, Brooklyn, Goose Island, Unibroue, Samuel Smith, and the standard crap imports. There are a few special things I have to go to my favorite but more expensive Muncie Liquors for (Ommegang), but Friendly Package has a good 85%.
Best craft beer prices in town. Of course look to a grocery store for Sam Adams, Guinness, and the like.
On the minus side, during school time, on weekend nights, hell, on any night, there are a lot of ignorant college fucks hovering about. Go early!
08-28-2009 22:54:07 | More by dmfrench
4.15/5 rDev +2.5%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $
The Friendly Package has had a special place in my heart for the last 15 years, as it is the only place in Muncie that I purchase beer. You just can't trust the quality and freshness of the beers on the shelves at the local grocery stores (mainly because the majority of our local shoppers by poor quality beers). It's best to hit the location nearest campus (as they tend to move that most products). The wine selection is also pretty decent.
They always have a great selection of beers available. My favorite feature is the ability to piece together a six-pack. One never has to buy six of this, six of that, unless that's your desire.
My only disappointment is that the staff isn't as knowledgeable as I'd like. While they know where every thing is located in the store, they don't exactly have the greatest knowledge of the products.
10-01-2008 19:13:44 | More by jtothamo
3.85/5 rDev -4.9%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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.
03-08-2007 06:06:10 | More by lastnightintown2
Friendly Package Liquors in Muncie, IN
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