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 mactrail:
Photo of mactrail
4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Great selection of Michigan beers, the best I have seen in the western part of the state. Most everything is available as a single. Prices were $1.99 to $2.49 for typical 12 oz singles, but great to be able to taste more of the variety when you're just traveling through.

Good selection of regional and well-known breweries from all over the country. Surprising variety of Colorado bombers and Southern Tier, for instance. Belgians and many others. While most of the less-ordinary beers are not cold, they seem to be cool enough. The popularity of the place may keep the turnover going and the beers fresh.

Service is about as good as it gets. Friendly inquiry if you need any help. Leave you along to browse. Immediate help with any questions. Suggestions based on beers you've brought up to the counter. Jolly and seemingly delighted that you've shared their afternoon. Carry the stuff out to your car. Thanks, great to go to a place where the customer seems to be an important part of the business model!

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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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Photo of Shaskins80
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

Photo of Readysethgo989
4.8/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of EricTKole
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%

Photo of michiganbeerdrinker
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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