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Bottle King

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BA SCORE
87
very good

11 Ratings
Ratings: 11
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.11%
[ Store ]

710 Bloomfield Ave
Glen Ridge, New Jersey, 07028-2332
United States
phone: (973) 748-5033

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(Place added by: 99bottles)
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Ratings: 11 | Reviews: 8 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of muskiesman
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

muskiesman, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of reebtaerG
4/5  rDev +8.4%

reebtaerG, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of Toasty
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Toasty, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of NJBeer265
4.14/5  rDev +12.2%

Recently this Bottle King has grown their craft beer offering, even making a section for it. You can find all the top craft beers along with local varieties from NJ and PA. While its not huge, the section is growing especially as they add more 22s to their selection.

NJBeer265, May 21, 2013
Photo of hmk22
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%

I really like this place. It blows doors off anywhere near where I live (Westchester County, NY) in terms of price for sure but also selection, and they usually have good deals on decent Euros if you join (for free) their discount club. Yes they move a lot of crap 30-packs but they also have a good selecton of better stuff at reasonable prices (e.g., they sell Saranac -- a good NY State beer -- for less than I can ever find it in NY). And no deposit! It's always tidy, well-stocked, and easy to shop (but the parking lot's a little dicey).

hmk22, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of BirdFlu
2.9/5  rDev -21.4%

All bottle kings seem to be pretty homogenous to me.. they have some "basic" craft offerings, but nothing to get excited about. When you consider the location of this one you certainly wouldn't ever go out of your way to come here.. If the presence of any craft beer, AT ALL, is a measure of quality, then yeah, sure, they don't jsut have macro garbage. But as far as macro selections are concerned (and there are several stores not too far from this location with great selections) you aren't going to find anything rare or special here. Not to mention it isn't the safest area on earth at night time.

BirdFlu, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of dsa7783
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%

They got a Bottle King in my town that I really like, so this is the next closest one to me, so I decided to give it a try to see what they got.. wasn't dissapointed, but I like the one in my town better, and not just because its closer... Not to say the place is dirty, but there was an odd smell lingering when I walked in for the first time that wasn't too appealing, nonetheless the quality is good and I didn't notice any expired products... the service was just about average, as I didn't have anyone asking if I needed help, although the cashiers were friendly... The selection is pretty good but not over the top... They got a big selection of Wychwood singles and some Rogue bombers... I actually noticed a sixer of Victory Festbier that I didn't notice in other places as well as a $4.99 Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin 22 oz bomber which I thought was a bit expensive, but otherwise their prices were reasonable and I'd probably go back again just to see if I could find anything else interesting...

dsa7783, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of HimerMan
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%

This is located directly on Bloomfield Ave, which is the same road that leads directly to the parkway. Very easy to get to.

Beer selection – very limited, nothing there is a special/rare find. However, they have a decent selection of what can be available – and since not too many people go there, you don’t have to rush a trip. Nice selection of Stoudts, very few Stone (Arrogant Bastard and Smoked Porter in the bombers and the IPA in the 6-pack). They have everything else you’d expect from a typical beerstore.

However, they do have a nice selection of wines, and membership for the club is free and saves you money each time. Join – it takes 30 seconds. They have some great deals, not sure if they are always intentional, but I got Johnny Green Label for about 30% mark down.

Wines prices are pretty good – and they do have it broken out so it is very easy to find what you are looking for. They also have a nice selection of cheeses and spreads towards the front.

The people are friendly inside, but no one goes out of their way if you have questions about things that aren’t out yet. Not sure if they special order. I don’t mean to sound negative on the place – its not bad, its just nothing worth driving to from more than 15 miles away. (Chances are, if you are 15 miles from here – you can also get to other stores that are closer that are the same).

Don’t make it a point to check this store out if beer is your only intention, but at the same time, if you are in the area – it’s worth a small visit.

Cheers.

HimerMan, Sep 07, 2006
Photo of jrancan
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%

Of all the Bottle Kings I've been to, this one has the smallest beer selection. This is a good thing, considering most of the others are overstocked with dusty, old, warm beer. Unlike the others, this Bottle King keeps most of it's good beer stocked in the cooler, and doesn't seem to keep a whole lot of it around which obviously helps with turnover. Decent selection of usual domestic crafts, as well as a few good imports. Nothing crazy, but you have a pretty good chance of getting a fresh beer, not last year's seasonals.
Never really asked for help, but the service seems friendly and quick. On Bloomfield Ave, 5 minutes off the Pkwy, not a destination stop, but good for the area.

jrancan, Sep 16, 2005
Photo of shark262
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Along with the swill many Americans call beer, Bottle King offers a decent selection of local and imported micros. There is a good selection of belgians, imperials from various east-coast breweries, some lambics, and a lot of Sammy Smith varieties.

The store offers something for everyone, as there is a great wine selection and also hard liquor. Next to the beer section, there is a cooler with patés, cheeses, and other alcohol-friendly snacks. Nice for trying out different pairings.

The staff seem to be friendly, but don't claim to know a lot about beer. At least they keep a decent stock of drinkable ales on hand.

shark262, Jul 16, 2005
Photo of 99bottles
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

This is just one store in a chain of Bottle Kings across NJ. I'd guess that the inventory is 1/2 wine, 1/4 liquor and 1/4 beer. The beer section is on the left as you walk in, with an entire wall of coolers. They have a lot of regional micros in six packs (and a lot of macros and other trash). I can usually find Victory, DFH, Troeg's, Allagash, ABC, sometimes obscure micros slip in from other parts of the country. In the back corner, there is cooler that houses some imports like La Chouffe, McChouffe, Aventinus, Paulaner, quite a few Sam Smiths, all the Lindeman's (even the Gueze), McEwan's, Hoegaarden, the list goes on. It's not tailored to beer lovers, but it does have a decent selection and very reasonable prices. It's probably better than the other little liquor stores in the area. The staff is inept (but hey, I'll take a 750mL LaChouffe for $3.99 - No problems here). So-so in every regard.

99bottles, Jul 30, 2004
Bottle King in Glen Ridge, NJ
87 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.