What is the best 'beer shop' in Texas? and then america?

Discussion in 'Southwest' started by kaidasz, Dec 28, 2012.

  1. LittleDon

    LittleDon Advocate (535) Texas Feb 16, 2009

    Central Market Westgate and Specs Brodie are my favorite local places. Neither can be considered a bottle shop. Whip-In is a great place for a draft, but unlike the other two places, there's no one on the shop floor dedicated to helping with beer purchases.

    The best beer shops I've been to in Portland and Seattle also serve beer: Belmont Station (via the Biercafe), BeerMongers, and Bottleworks.

    The Best Damn Beer Shop in San Diego is another great shop. They're part of a convenience store.
  2. DanzBorin

    DanzBorin Initiate (0) Texas Apr 11, 2012

    I love going to Binny's in Lincoln Park across the street from GI is a beer wonderland. I'm sure there are better bottle shops in the US, but I've never found it.

    Vintage Estate Wine and Beer in Boardman, OH was pretty good too.
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  3. jwall

    jwall Aficionado (170) Texas Oct 21, 2008

    I prefer The Beer Junction in West Seattle to Bottleworks. Same, if not better, selection. Bigger space with more light - you can actually see the beer in the coolers. Nicer staff that is much more helpful. More beers on tap. Check it out next time, if you haven't before.
  4. rainerschuhsler

    rainerschuhsler Savant (405) Texas May 17, 2012 Verified

    If you want a beer-focused shop, I think D&Q wins hands down, at least in Houston. Yeah, Brandon's prices are a little higher than Spec's, but you gotta support the independent guy and you're going to have a better relationship with him than the people at Spec's. Plus, a lot of times he gets things in before anyone else in Houston.

    Premium Draught is good too but they don't have the space to stock everything D&Q has.
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  5. galvetraz

    galvetraz Aficionado (125) Texas Sep 7, 2009

    Finally made it over to Premium Draught the other day, certainly not the selection size of D&Q but a good variety and everything is available as singles. The focus is on the taps, about a dozen or so it seemed with good selection of local and regional. They also have a good selection of glassware and random beer themed gifts. Definitely worth the trip to the Heights.
  6. Daemose

    Daemose Advocate (505) Texas Oct 3, 2011 Verified

    Nobi public house.
  7. icetrauma

    icetrauma Savant (495) Texas Sep 7, 2004

    I wouldn't classify it as a beer shop. It's a restaurant/pub that does growler fills.
  8. air

    air Savant (370) Texas Mar 28, 2007

    Best bottle shop I've been to is a tough choice... City Beer Store in San Francisco (amazing US craft focus) and West Lakeview in Chicago (they have nearly everything), also Appalachian Vintner in Asheville and Best Damn Beer Shop in SD.

    As far as Texas? D&Q- which only gets a slight edge over Hall's or Lone Star in DFW because of growlers.

    E: unless they don't anymore... then in that case, Hall's is a no brainer.
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  9. lbour

    lbour Savant (270) Texas Jul 17, 2011 Verified

    Austin's been well covered but for various regions: West Lakeview Liquors and Binny's Lincoln Park in Chicago, Stein's Deli in New Orleans, Holiday Wine Cellar in San Marcos, CA, and John's Market in Portland are all exceptional.