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Rishi's International Beverage

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Rishi's International BeverageRishi'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
Reviews:
51
Ratings:
78
pDev:
8.93%
 
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Photo of SupaCelt
3.35/5  rDev -25.2%

This place was representing hardcore with huge Founders posters adorning the windows. Inside you can find a decent chunk of brews. Full cases of Founders were stacked on the floors. I think they had most of the Dark Horse family ( notably Thirsty Trout that I had not run into prior to stopping in ). A semi rectangle of warm sixers representing a fair selection lies across from the cooler. Nothing to get all excited about really. They have a little import section which I passed up in favor of checking out the American areas. The cooler didn't have much going on inside. Most of the stock was on the warm shelf. No friggin singles except for some foreign stock immediately inside the door. This is disappointing. I did not see anything there that I wanted a quantity of, so I made no purchase. An alright place to go if you want commonly found sixpacks. Nothing to call mom about.

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Photo of granger10
3.5/5  rDev -21.9%

As kleing said this is part party store/part beer store. Only one worker working behind the counter. He will help if asked a question but he doesn't usually volunteer his services. And he always says that the beer is excellent, i dont know if he's even tried it, because he's never descriptive on why it's supposedly so good. They have a really good micro selection and a solid Belgian selection. Their stuff doesn't really move too well, i got a 2002 Bell's Rye Stout just last week! But I go sometimes to see what new Belgian's they have, some I don't see anywhere else in GR.

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Photo of TheBeerDad
3.66/5  rDev -18.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Overall the selection was quite nice and the staff behind the counter seemed knowledgeable about their products. My major complaint with this store is the outrageous mark-up on nearly most of their products. I completely understand why retail centers mark-up, but to pay $15 for a six pack of Short's in G.R. is a little out of control. To add to this complaint it seemed that the only craft beer that was priced with a label were 22oz and up selections. All of the 12oz selections were not priced, to find it you have to ask or be shocked when they scan it at the counter.

Living in G.R. I don't thing I will return to this establishment being that there are many other great bottle shops in the city that run their businesses with a bit more integrity. A 50% mark-up seems unethical to me personally.

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Photo of jessewilliamson
3.66/5  rDev -18.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5

Photo of jkrich
3.74/5  rDev -16.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

I visited this establishment while visiting my niece over the fourth of July weekend. The store, located in a strip-mall, is small but every inch of the establishment is utilized well. As someone has already pointed out, you are greeted by single bottles of imports as soon as you enter. The craft/micro selection is in the back of the store and is a bit haphazard and overwhelming. The cooler section is packed and includes about four doors of offerings. The warm selections are on shelfs and large carts and not in any order. However, it is enjoyable to take some time and discover what is available: all of the standard Michigan offerings as well as Anchor brewing and Bear Republic. I was surprised to see Victory brewing company and Stoudts represented. I also have to echo an earlier reviewer's caveat, there are some selections that are clearly past their prime. While I was there no employee asked me if I needed help and I did not go out of my way to seek assistance. The only other place I visted was the Meijer store down the road, and it was also very impressive.

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Photo of BEERschlitz
3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of michiganbeerdrinker
3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of fredmugs
3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of Avagadro
3.85/5  rDev -14.1%

International Beverage has a decent selection with single service and reasonable prices. The man behind the counter seems to be enthusiastic about brews, and plays jazz in the store, which is always a plus. One major flaw with this place is that they break apart gift packs to sell the glassware... Despicable. I get all of my bar supplies through these gift packs, and they are Cheating us out of the deal. That said, they have a decent selection of Belgian and English ales, and a great variety of Michigan brews. the German selection is a bit scarce though. Overall, worth a trip.

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Photo of bassfishingguy
3.97/5  rDev -11.4%
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 Beerasaurus
4/5  rDev -10.7%

Read the reviews and stopped by on the way from the airport to the beach. As with many of the good beer stores, it is located in a plain vanilla strip center, the exterior offering no clue as to what lies within.

A nice selection of Belgians and other single bombers right upon entering. A good offering of Michigan brews as well.

Decently organized with friendly service on a Saturday morning. Left with 3 bombers and a 4 pack of Devil Dancer.

Siciliano's seems to have a larger selection but IBS did not feel as cramped. Siciliano's is also on the west side of town while IBS is over by the airport on the east.

Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.

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Photo of MSEGUIN
4.06/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of beerwolf77
4.14/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

One of the few stores we stopped in during our trip to GR.

Pretty much looks and feels like any other liquor store. However the service and beer selection tell me otherwise. Now Michigan doesn't get that much different stuff than Milwaukee so I wasn't floored but the selection was very nice. Tons of Short's stuff which was awesome. The fact that you can break any sixer in the place was completely foreign to me. I had never seen anything like it. I made several mixed sixers for myself and grabbed a few bombers too.

The guys working there are super friendly and knowledgeable about beer. They knew sweem so they were probably a bit more friendly to us but they seemed genuine. I would have no problem going back here next time I'm in town.

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Photo of mgbickel
4.15/5  rDev -7.4%

This was on the list of planned stops while in Grand Rapids. For the record...I cannot believe how many good beer stores this area has...even little, unassuming places have a great selection!

The first thing you notice is the beer lining the half wall along the entryway. All imports...one of the best selections around (from what I've seen). The back wall houses coolers that contain random singles and sixers. They do have a lot of Macro stuff cold, but I am sure it sells...

There are shelves lined with domestic craft and locals along the rear of the store. You can mix and match six packs or buy a full six...your choice. For me, as a Pittsburgher, the highlight was seeing a six pack of Iron City sitting between the DFH and Victory...got the pic to prove it!

The guy behind the counter was friendly and pretty much left me alone once he asked if I needed anything.

Another store that I would frequent if I was a local. A good one to keep an eye on...

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Photo of Roeters
4.15/5  rDev -7.4%

Made it here for the first time a few weeks ago while looking for more Short's brews. It was the first place that I was able to find many of the beers that I was looking for, i.e. Short's smoked apple, golden rule, liberator and Dark Horse Plead the Fifth. They have good prices and selection of stuff.

The only real issue that I have is the cooler space being wasted with macro beer, but I understand that not everyone that comes in is looking the same great beers that I am.

Great stop along 28th street

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Photo of CraftAle
4.15/5  rDev -7.4%

Probably the largest selection of brews in Grand Rapids. More cooler space than other local stores as well. They know beer, and carry just about all available craft beers.

Prices are a bit higher that other area stores, except Founders which is always "on sale" for $7.99/six pack. They support the local guy and I like that.

They seem to stock a lot of out-of-date seasonals like 2005 Oktoberfest in August 2006. I'll bet that the quality is still fine however.

They also have a huge wine selection, if you're so warped. :-)

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Photo of otto251068
4.21/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Atmosphere: It doesn't matter who is behind the counter, I always feel more than welcome when I walk in. I like spending time here although it can get crowded very quickly.

Quality: Every bottle in the store looked fresh, no overly dusty stuff. No hidden corners in here that it looks like a beer could be forgotten for a long period of time. The cooler is filled with a lot of BMC stuff, but half of it is micros.

Service: The help here is great. Greeted with a handshake and a smile after the first couple visits. I always browse a little and ask for some recommendations and the employees seem to know every beer (and wine) in and out. They always ask how I enjoyed my last purchase.

Selection: IBS always has lots of locals, mainly Bells, Founders, and Shorts. They also have plenty of the harder to find stuff, but they always go fast. I can always count on this place to have a few bottles that I can't find anywhere else. They store is fairly small, but what they do have is great.

Value: Good, not great. A little on the higher end when compared to some of the other stores that I visit.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
4.21/5  rDev -6%
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 ubenumber2
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Duff27
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Shaskins80
4.28/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Phoodcritic
4.3/5  rDev -4%
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 BeerFMAndy
4.3/5  rDev -4%

I had high expectations going in after hearing the good things that Sweemzander had to say on our way there from Martha's.
They were met.
There was beer all over the place inside this seemingly standard liquor store. This place is one of the reasons I try to go into every little dumpy looking liquor store I see; a total diamond in the rough. From memory, beer took up close to half the store and was, for the most part, stored in the back. The only complaint that I can really give to this place is the storage of imports and Belgian beer right near the front windows. Yeouch.

Besides that, there were coolers lining the back walls but most of the stock was on shelves. Another great surprise was that you could take any bottle from any six pack and make your own mix pack. They charged a small premium for that, but it's a price I was willing to pay for some of the stuff I snagged there.

From the quick notes I jotted down there was DFH Burton Baton, Harpoon, Great Divide, Flying Dog, tons of Bell's (lots of Hopslam), Founders, and the like. Avery, and a few local breweries I had never heard of before.

Along the top of the fridges read a sign, "Home of the lowest prices allowed by law. *750 ml and above" I laughed at first, but the prices were pretty solid, competition-wise.

I already forget the gentleman's name who worked behind the counter, but he was pretty awesome to talk to. Helpful right away and talked about the store as well as some of his personal preferences on beers.

Again, it's another stop I'll probably have to make when I'm in Grand Rapids. If not to pick up beer, to at least say hi and chat for a bit. Highly recommended but be careful of the beer close to the front windows.

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Rishi's International Beverage in Grand Rapids, MI
Place rating: 4.48 out of 5 with 78 ratings
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