Rishi's International Beverage

Rishi's International BeverageRishi's International Beverage
BA SCORE
93.6%
Liked This Place
4.48 w/ 78 ratings
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
Liked:
73
Avg:
4.48/5
pDev:
8.93%
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Ratings: 78 |  Reviews: 51
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 strohme2
4.79/5  rDev +6.9%
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 BEERschlitz
3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

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 Jeffrey84
5/5  rDev +11.6%
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 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 AlMarzo
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of eMcBeerson
4.3/5  rDev -4%

Part of a well planned Grand Rapids beer expedition. Nice selection. Had some things I didn't find at Siciliano's. Probably need to hit up both to find everything you're looking for. Adam was very helpful, knew his beers very well. Picked up the stout series from Dark Horse that I hadn't seen elsewhere. Lots of Michigan beers, Belgians, Lagunitas. Prices seemed pretty reasonable. Picked up about two cases of Michigan beers and some other tasty offerings I hadn't found elsewhere. Overall definitely worth a stop to fill your trunk with beer.

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Photo of michiganbeerdrinker
3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of Another6Pack
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%

Went in with high expectations based on the other reviews, and those expectations were met.

Quality: good. Nothing too dusty or dirty to indicate they had been sitting for too long. I've had just a few of the dozen I bought there, but all have been fresh.

Service: Rishi really is top notch when it comes to friendly help in a beer store. Went in looking first for craft cans, and he reeled off a list off the top of his head that turned out to be complete (note to boaters and beachers who need their good beer available in cans: they don't carry any more canned brands than the norm for the area).

Selection: very good. Found and bought several brands that I haven't seen down here in Kzoo. Most BA'ers will love that Rishi encourages mixing up your own six packs from his wide selection.

Value: on par with the market.

Wish I lived closer...if I did I would be a regular.

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Photo of GoldenChild
4.86/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I spent 6 days in GR went to many bottle shops and was super happy when i found this one.

When i walked in the door there were 3 employs working who instantly greeted me with a "Hello how are you doing today sir"
then they gave me about 30 seconds to stand there in awe at there selection....Then the man from behind the counter who must of been the owner came out shock my hand introduced himself (i think and i might be wrong with the spelling and the name that it was Rasha) and asked me if this is my "first time in the store?" Then he took me through the store explaining how it was laid out.
Then he left me to look around.
As i wandered looking at Old stock ale, Blushing monk, Stone imperial stout, Devil dancer, Old stock reserve, Ect. The man came back out took bottles out of my full hands (taking them up to the counter for me) and made other great suggestions. Now thats customer service.

They have a HUGE selection of brews. Ended up finding and buying lots of great stuff.

What a great store if i lived in the area i would be a regular for sure.
If you are anywhere near this store make sure that you stop by I cant imagine coming out of there disappointed.

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Photo of ohtheguilt
4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

another late review...I visited the shop on Thanksgiving weekend 2011 while visiting family in Grand Rapids.

We rolled over to the shop mainly to pick out a selection of stouts for my sister-in-law to try out (she is new to bigger beers). We found a great selection of Michigan beers (coming from Georgia, it was nice to see Short's and New Holland) and many other good domestics (i didn't really get a chance to check out the Euro selection)...basically the perfect scenario for someone who wanted to try a bunch of new beers. We built a few six packs and grabbed a few bombers and then struck up a conversation with Rishi.

Needless to say, Rishi knows his beer! Above all, getting to chat with Rishi about availability and recommendations is what really made this trip worth while. I look forward to another visit the next time i am in Grand Rapids.

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Photo of chuckv
4.75/5  rDev +6%

Photo of atoulouk
4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped into this place on a getaway with the wife to Michigan. Its a small store and you can feel a little cramped when looking through all of the beer that they have because it feels like the aisles are smaller than normal.

Other than that, everything was great. Rishi knows a ton about good beer and as soon as I asked a question about beer he came out from behind the cashiers desk, shook my hand as well as my wifes, introduced himself and helped me look throughout the store.

Selection was very strong, very impressed with their collection of Southern tier brews, belgian imports, and other imports. Because the place is becoming well known I think all of the "whales" fly out of there quickly, so there was no chance to find a hidden gem or anything like that, but I was very pleased with his knowledge and the selection. Everything seemed very well priced as well.

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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 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 todisht
4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This is probably my favorite place in town. As soon as you walk in the door you're in the Belgian section. What's not to like about that :) They seem to have a great selection. Pretty much anything that's available in west michigan can be found there (if you're quick enough).

The staff is awesome. I recently went in to buy some "birthday beers." They were out of on in particular that I was looking for and the man behind the counter (Rishi - he's super cool) quickly jumped out front to suggest some alternatives.

Great shop, if you're in the area you have to check them out.

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Photo of J_Barrett
4.75/5  rDev +6%

Photo of Maxwell106
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%

Stopped in a few weeks ago for the first time. Great place! I was able to find some nice DFH bottles that I have not been able to find anywhere else in Grand Rapids. I also saw a great row of all big bottles with DFH, Stone, Rouge, New Holland, Brooklyn Local 1, SN Harvest series, and many more.

The owner was very helpful and great to talk to. I went to check out and we ended up walking through the entire store again talking about our favorite beers, breweries, and beers we want to try. I also watched him as he took a customer around and made a custom 6-pack of his personal favorite stouts.

Overall, great selection, awesome service, worth checking out if you're in the area.

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Photo of DuffManOhYeah
5/5  rDev +11.6%

I now exclusively go to Int'l Beverage. When I buy booze anywhere else, I feel like I'm cheating. Their selection is unmatched in Grand Rapids and their prices are far fairer than places that might come close. They are continuously getting new beers in, and notify you which ones through their weekly email. I'd guesstimate they get about 3 or so new types of beers each week. Their email also has a Beer Style of the Week feature, which is purely educational and interesting, offering a history of various types of beers and recommendations of brands of that style.
Since the first day I walked in there I've felt welcome and the employees have even become my friends. They have yet to let me down in recommending me a new beer. I suggest this place to everyone I know and to anyone who appreciates a good brew or is looking to start buying better beer

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Photo of dnh2
4.64/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

International Beverage is one of my regular stops anytime I'm out beer shopping. I have yet to find a store around Grand Rapids with a more knowledgeable and helpful staff. These guys love talking about beer and are happy to help you find what you're looking for or anything else you might like. They strike a great balance between good prices and good selection. Any six pack (or four pack) on the shelves can be broken up and sold as singles if you are interested in trying something but don't want to commit to the whole pack. Highly recommended.

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Photo of andrewengler
4.64/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

The customer service experience from the moment you walk in to the moment you walk out makes you want to come back. I love the guys here at the East Paris location. There is another over on Cascade a couple of miles away. More testament to their success as a beer/liqour store.

They have great knowledge of beers and wines. They also sell liqour and cigars of various kinds. Their biggest focus is on the beer and wine. For the most part, they have a great selection including some hard to find beers. If you name one that they don't have, they'll do their best to try and track it down for you.

Rishi and his crew are fit for the task of giving you great advice, recommendations and more. The only thing they could probably do more is to include home brewing information/start up materials.

Great store!

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Photo of cheezdawg
5/5  rDev +11.6%

This store is great. I just happened to stop in after the KBS party and I am mad at myself for never stopping in prior to this. The worker was helpful, the prices were fair, and the selection was great. Want a single bottle of anything? No problem they will do that for you. I only wish I lived closer as this would become my go to liquor store. I was thinking it was mainly a wine store, however this place can stand with the best stores as being a microbrew shop. This store wasn't cramped, smelly and dark like that other shop on the other side of town.

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Photo of jrags8
4.85/5  rDev +8.3%

I had been to this place years ago when I lived very close and just went again recently. It is convenient to 28th street so not sure why I haven't been in more often but will make it a point to do so.

Rishi is very welcoming and really knows his stuff. What I liked best was that he offered to help, and after I said I was going to look for a while, just let me be like some other places won't...after brining them up to the counter, he helped me find another I was looking for, but even better, rather than just complimenting the selection as most of us probably get, he talked about them, my likes, and then suggested a few other beers (two of which weren't even on the shelf yet.) Not pushy at all and very much appreciated.

This place has most of anything you will want and all in one place. IBS to me is much more convenient to where the wife shops than Siciliano's so after seeing the huge selection, I will likely be stopping in here much more often.

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Photo of Soods
5/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Was in Grand Rapids over the past weekend and had read good reviews of this place. Seeing it was quite close to my hotel, it was no problem stopping in.

What an amazing store for beer. A great collection of all kinds of Michigan brewers. Especially loved the Dark Horse and Short's collections. Like others have said, being able to break up the six packs into singles is great and gives you the chance to try before you commit to the whole six pack.

Store is laid out very well, with all brews from each brewer right beside each other. Very clean and well laid out.

To me, what really makes the store is Rishi, the owner. Boy he knows his stuff and is super friendly. He has a vast knowledge of the products and is more than willing to go out of his way to help you find what you want or even something that you need to have that you didn't know about.

Definitely worth checking out and I'll return when I'm back in the area.

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Rishi's International Beverage in Grand Rapids, MI
Place rating: 93.6% out of 100 with 78 ratings
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