Rishi's International Beverage

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Rishi's International BeverageRishi's International Beverage
PLACE INFO

Type: Store

3835 28th St SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49512-1876
United States

(616) 942-7240 | map
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PLACE STATS
Score:
96
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
77
Avg:
4.35
pDev:
8.05%
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Reviews: 50 | Ratings: 77
Reviews by cratez:
Photo of cratez
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Visited on a quiet Sunday afternoon in October 2011.

Atmosphere: attractive layout, wine and spirits at the front, beer in the back. We were the only ones in the store so I had plenty of room to move around and browse.

Service: at first the clerk seemed a bit indifferent; however, after we chatted for a while he dug out some fresh Centennial IPA for me and recommended a couple Michigan lagers for my girlfriend's dad (it was his birthday).

Selection: comparable to Siciliano's and larger than most stores that I've come across in the Great Lakes region. I grabbed bottles of Bell's Pale Ale, Oarsman, Lager Beer, and Octoberfest, Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter, Founders Curmudgeon and Pale Ale, Shiner Bock, North Coast Brother Thelonious, and Ommegang Three Philosophers, among many other beers. A half-case of singles and two 6-packs came to $48, which is reasonable in my books.

Overall: a great alternative to the competition with very fair prices. Picked up a few gems that I couldn't find elsewhere and left for Graydon's a happy camper. Check this place out.

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Photo of Irish1
5/5  rDev +14.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Tier one store so they get all the limited and new to market beers you are looking for with an already large and ever growing selection of year round and seasonal beers from around the world.

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Photo of Phoodcritic
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

One of the top two bottle shops in Grand Rapids. The owner is super friendly, and the store carries an excellent selection of local, national, and foreign beers. However, Rishi's prices are about a dollar higher per bomber or six-pack than the other stores. Until more discounts are offered, I'll continue to start my beer hunt in the other places.

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Photo of jessewilliamson
3.66/5  rDev -15.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5

Photo of SourAddict
4.71/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of JustLikeMyDad
4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

I went there today for the first time and I'd say it was a pleasant experience. Friendly atmosphere and nice employees who are helpful with any questions. They have a nice selection of a lot of things, i found a popular Japanese beer that I couldn't find anywhere else, among other beers I have never heard of.

Their pricing though, seemed a bit high. Like other reviews stated, and I was prepared for, paying a little extra than I could elsewhere if I could find some of the same things.

But overall, because of their large selection, and friendly and seemingly knowledgeable staff (only one visit so far and judging from my interactions today) this place is nice. Just be prepared to spend a little or a bit more than elsewhere.

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Photo of bassfishingguy
3.97/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I've been in to Rishi's more than a few times, being that I live about 20 minutes away. While the selection is great, the pricing is far from it. The markup here compared to other stores is typically 15%+.

Today was honestly the first time I've been in there and actually found what I came for (Short's Batch 5000). I actually called the store after another BA clued me in to them having the beer in stock, and was told "we don't have any yet, but we should shortly." Interesting, because said BA's Wife had just left with bottles of Batch 5000 prior to me calling Rishi's.

I was told $22 for that bottle (so I could only assume my other 2 bottles brought the total to $38). After returning home, I learned that the $22 bottle actually cost me $25. Mind you, Rishi is the one who told me this, not one of his employees.

The majority of the beer in here has no pricing on it, so be prepared for a shock at the register. The service is always friendly and helpful, but for the prices they charge, that should be expected.

I'd definitely stop in here more if they were more fair with their pricing, and also more upfront/honest about what they have.

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Photo of Duff27
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of strohme2
4.79/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

I'm don't even live on this side of the state where this store is although I do make visits often. This is the BEST store in the state in my opinion. Nevermind the amazing selection of beers from all of the US, the wall of liquor and the section of wines is top notch. Craft kegs are always in stock in the cooler too. Rishi's allows you to take a single 12 oz from anywhere in the store, not just the singles section. The service is top notch. Rishi and his staff are always greeting you as you walk in the door, are eager to make suggestions and thanks you for your business. Great selection of meads too. I'm always glad to make a visit to this store. You won't be disappointed.

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Photo of jmiah22
4.69/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Wasted83Youth
4.86/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Phenomenal selection. Great music playing in store. Very friendly and knowledgable staff. Downside is individual beers are not labeled with a price so it's a surprise when you check out. Overall great place to buy your beer and liquor. I wouldn't have found this gem without beer advocate app.... Just sayin

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Photo of aussiebeer
4.86/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Jeffrey84
5/5  rDev +14.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is my home store. The best beer selection I've ever come across.

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4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of MSEGUIN
4.06/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

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4.8/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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Rishi's International Beverage in Grand Rapids, MI
96 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.
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