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3904 Maple Rd
Buffalo, New York, 14226-1044
United States

(716) 877-3574 | map
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pDev:
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Photo of ZimZamZoom
4/5  rDev -10.7%

After several visits to Consumer's Beverage during recent trips to Buffalo, I decided to try a different place simply for a change of pace. This place pretty much has all that Consumer's has plus some. The prices varied a bit, some were the same and others were a bit more than the other place.

A nice kid helped me find everything, as I was a bit overwhelmed and in a hurry due to some tag-alongs. I had a list, and the guy who helped me was able to direct me to everything, and had great knowledge of what was on their shelves.

I bought a ton of stuff, spent $280. The cashier was friendly enough though not talkative.

Personally I do not like the fact that this is a gourmet food store. Too many people in there and the aisles are too tight. Carts are too small as well. I was not comfortable pushing around a full cart of beer and actually drew some curious looks from the other customers.

I am glad I checked this place out, but in the future I will probably stick with Consumer's, it's closer to my parents, and it's a beer store after all.

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Photo of togasports
3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

I stopped in here while visiting my brother over Christmas, Excellent Selection of beer, I found things I have rarely been able to find such as Ridgeway Stout, and some really nice craft brews from the pacific coast, and one of the last places that I was able to find Anchor's Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year. The selection of Belgians was great, as well. They had a very nice selection of beers chilling too. My biggest gripe was that the prices were much more expensive than that of a lot of other places in the area. Also, the people that checked me out were quite incompetent, and not friendly at all.

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Photo of Mindsquall
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Visited here on the weekend and being from the land of socialized liquor I was quite impressed with the selection. I find imports here a bit expensive (eg: 26oz Chimay bottles are $4 cheaper here, Aventinus is about $2 cheaper) but the LCBO could not even as much as come halfway near their selection (that goes for liquor and wine too). US beer is very reasonably priced. Picked up about 2 dozen individual bottles to try almost everything out. Decent selection, store is nice and clean and staff is friendly. Definitely hitting this place up again next time I cross the border, maybe not only for beer but possibly for some of their gourmet foods as well.

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Photo of DrinkinBuddy
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%

I've been here a few times, and I think they have a very respectable selection. My first visit, I wasn't impressed, because they didn't have any alesmith, russian river, troegs, minn town hall,3 floyds, founders or bells. They do have Southern Tier, Stone, Greatlakes, Great Divide, Ommengang, Stoudts,Bear Rep, Avery, DFH, ETC... Belgian selection is pretty stacked as well as other countries. One of my recent visits, I asked the guy that orders their brews if he could get any of the above mentioned. Those companies don't have licenses to do business, so he said he couldn't get ahold of their brews. So overall, I think they have pretty much what they can get.

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Photo of Ross3648
4.15/5  rDev -7.4%

I found myself takiing a trip up to the Buffalo area this past weekend, so I jumped on the Beeradvocate beerfly and found this place.

Most of the past reviews claimed a excellent selection of both Imports and Craft Brews. The store had three isles of beer. Imports by Country and Craft Brews by state. I thought they had a nice collection of MidAtlantic Breweries, but most of these I have access to in Pittsburgh. The Import sections I found to be much better. A very nice collection of Belgains, I picked up a couple of large bottles of Westmalle Triple, Konings Hoeven Quad. The best surprise was a four pack of Karmeliet Tripel. The last time I had this beer was in Burge Belguim.

I found the quailty of the products to be good. The store looked clean and an employee was near by to answer any questions.

Resonable prices compared to PA.
If I ever come through the Buffalo area again, I will stop and shop.

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Photo of BrewSomerville
3.95/5  rDev -11.8%

I was told about this place by a fellow homebrewer as well as a co-worker of mine on separate occasions, so I decided to finally check it out. I have returned a number of times since then.

The selection truly is exceptional. They have a good representation from both craft brewers and quality imports alike. Lots of singles to choose from.

My only issue with this place is that they store the majority of thier Beer at room temp. I think that they're doing well enough that they could afford to keep the Beers cool. Someone should donate a few big fridges or something to them.

The service is good.
On one occasion I needed to find some Bock's for a tasting that I was planning and one of the employees spent a good 1/2 hour with me searching for different Bock's that I didn't already have. He even looked up stuff in some books for me to see what they could order in time for the tasting.

Overall impression was a good one. I will return for more Beers in the future...and if I have enough time I might check out what else they have to sell me. I understand that they have a good selection of wines too.

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Photo of daburtman
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%

this place is amazing, i didnt learn about this store until i signed up for beer advocate. the selection is amazing, sorted by brewery and locale. and the ability to have single bottle purchases are amazing. i never would have tried half the beers that i have. the seasonal selections are amazing, i have found rogue, smuttynose, and a bunch more i never thought id enjoy.

i have never really asked for help from the staff, altho im sure the 1-2 guys i always see there know there stuff. another cool thing i havent done or used is they have growlers from flying bison, which give a good showing considering u can only get avaiator red or buffalo lager in bottles.

if you have a change go here first, i love consumers but with the selection of single bottles they dont compare in the least to premier.

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Photo of Nipitato
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%

When I used to live in Buffalo Premier Gourmet was my go to place for good beer and I credit its selection to really opening my eyes to all that is good about beer. I was driving through Upstate NY the other week and made a special detour to visit.

As far as quality goes Premier has a great looking and well organized beer selection. It is not as physically large as some other places I have been but it is cozy and well organized. Domestics are shelved by US state, Imports by country. All the beers I looked at were fresh - no dust on any bottles.

There was at least one employee around the beer section of the store the entire time I was there to answer questions.

Selection here is very good. They have a great representation of New York breweries. I would have liked to see more from PA and other points west (Ohio in particular). Imports section was good - on par with all the good beer stores I have frequented. They have a kick ass Japan section.

Like everything in Buffalo the prices at premier are a good value.

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Photo of aaronh
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%

I was utterly amazed with this place. The selection of imports is better than I've seen anywhere else, and the selection of USA micros is very solid as well. Service was friendly but unobtrusive. Prices are well marked, and pretty much everything is available as a single or a 4 or 6-pack unless it's a bomber or 750 size beers. Some prices were less than or similar to Consumer’s while others where a bit higher, but I think the prices are commensurate for the selection. I had spent a week's worth of budget earlier in the day at consumer's to make sure I didn't spend much here, but it didn’t work. I walked out with 13 beers - for $46. And some of these are beers I've never found or couldn’t bring myself to buy in PA due to the high prices. Not a single beer was over $10, and only 2 were over $5 (and 9 of these are Belgian/good import beers). The only reason I mark the value as reasonable is I know I can get many of the beers $1 or $2 less elsewhere. But everything else is worth the price. And they also have great chesses, chocolates, and cooking ingredients. This might be nearly a weekly trip for a while.

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Photo of Viggo
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Finally got down to Premier, thanks for driving biegaman. Beer in the far back corner, quite a large store too, lots of neat food items, but thats not what I went for. 4-5 aisles stacked with beer, tons of US micro's, lots of Belgians, few coolers full as well, including a large selection of fillers growlers, awesome. Didn't really need any help finding anything, but staff asked quite a few times if I needed anything, cashier was helpful and had a guy grab us some boxes to put our beer in. Surprised I didn't spend lots of money there, considering the quality and selection. Found the prices to be pretty good as well, and my favourite part was the availability of single bottles. Great place to hit.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.3/5  rDev -4%

I finally made my way down to this Gourmet supermarket and liquor store. All I can say is... wow!

The store is in a suburb of buffalo and is very easy to get to from the Niagara Falls border. Its essentially two store under one roof. I gigantic liquor store (which doesnt sell any beer, at first when I heard this I was scared that they discontinued beer or something) and Premier Gourmet, the food, food accesories and beer store.

When I saw the selection (3 full aisles and a 8 coolers) my jaw dropped. Great breweries like Drie Fonteinen, Weyerbacher, Stone, Cantillon, Great Lakes, and Smuttynose are all very well repeasented with several beers from their lines on the shelf. I think pretty much every New York Micro is there and tonnes of English, German and Belgians as well. I spent over 200 dollars and I could easily have spent many times that.

The staff was friendly and gave good recommendations for beers to try. The only problem was that the place (well the beer section at least) was understaffed. Nothing I looked at was even close to its expiry date though some bottles were dusty (what do you expect with this much selection. Every six pack I looked at was also available in singles (very cool!). Prices were cheaper than I have seen in Boston and Florida, probably average for the states (15 bucks for Cantillon, 7.99 for double simcoe, 1.79 for Celebration).

Oh I also finally got a Cantillon Tumbler, only 6 bucks!

All in all I highly recommend this place and I kick myself for not going earlier. It really is worth the trip to Buffalo! (no disrespect to Buffalo, its just far away). Ill be back for sure.

I dont think I can every set foot into an LCBO again.

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Photo of riversider76
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%

Class all the way with this place. Be it food, beverage, or houseware, they are top quality. The beer is located in the right rear corner of the store. They have a well orginized department, with a good selection of all sorts of beers. The staff there is top notch. They are real beer guys, who know there stock very well.I must says they have recommended some good brews over the years!! The store is very clean and it is a pleasure to shop there. This is a neighborhood place for me, but well worth a drive if your in the area.

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Photo of johnyeast
4/5  rDev -10.7%

Every time I walk into Premier I end up spending more time than I planned. They have a great selection but unfortunately, this past weekend they seemed to be out of stuff. I imagine because of the Super Bowl and the tasting on Saturday (unfortunately I did not have knowledge of) from 12-3.

I enjoy the fine selection of Belgiums and US brews. Didn't get a chance to talk to the clerks but they are usually very informative and friendly. All in all a good experience, but I usually end up wandering around like a kid in a candy store with too much money in his pocket and not enough decision making capability.

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Photo of ccs
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%

After leaving Pearl Street Grill and Brewery, we were directed to Premier Gourmet to find some other local brews. Accidentally walked into the wine and liquor store next door, also called Premier.
Nice selection, but someone else commented that there were quite a few gaps in the shelves and coolers. We noticed that, too, but thought it might be partially attributed to being there the day before Christmas--and it seems like everyone was stocking up. Prices were average for other places in New York that we went to. We did not have any interaction with the employees besides being told that we shouldn't break up 6-pks and should get the singles from the shelves. We did not notice any problems with the quality of the beer and it looked like nothing on the shelf was old.

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Photo of Derek
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%

Awesome selection (for this Ontario boy).

I came back with 30 different bottles of brew, including quite a few highly rated ones. Cost of 160 USD was reasonable, considering 6 were corked 750's, 3 were 650 bombers, and 3 were 500 (or so) mL Brits.

There were few empty spots on the shelves, and apparantly quite a few cases in stock that needed to be shelved. Strangely, the refridgerated shelves had a lot of empty space.

There was ALMOST enough other stuff (Food & kitchen supply) to keep my wife occupied, while a scavenged the beer.

Karl & Greg (the beer guys) were keen & helpful.

I didn't even set foot in the wine & spirits store next-door!

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Photo of orfeu
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

I moved to Buffalo in August and was directed to Premier almost immediately by BeerFly. The first visit was an eye-opening experience for sure. I had never seen such a selection before. I will always credit this place with nurturing my early experiences with quality craft beer -- I acquired my first DIPAs, Barleywines, and Belgian beers from Premier. I became a frequent customer. However, about a month and a half ago, I noticed that they were beginning to have several problems restocking certain domestic craft beers which should be easily found in this region, at least for a place that sells "specialty" beers. This was around the time all those hurricanes were smacking into the Gulf Coast, and it seemed reasonable when I was told that gas price spikes and other transport-related issues were to blame for most of the empty shelf space. A week or so went by, and I was told that certain beers were now (still) unavailable because of fickle distributors and the like. I decided to give this place a rest, let them figure their shit out, and make a few big runs to Beers of the World in Rochester in order to satisfy my esoteric beer needs. Unfortunately, my last visit to Premier, a few days ago, after a three or four week hiatus, was the most disappointing yet. The shelves were emptier than I've ever seen. All the beers they have spaces for that remain unfilled are available at a couple other places in town (Consumer's and/or Frontier) at lower prices to boot. They may have some Belgians that BOTW doesn't stock, but otherwise, I'm starting to feel like this place is not worth the trip. The beer staff are EXTREMELY friendly and helpful, and like I mentioned before, Premier does have a special place in my heart. I just thought I should put it out there that this place is not what it once was, even a few months ago. I really hope they figure out their stock problems.

***As an aside, Frontier Beverages, which I mentioned above, can't be reviewed on its own in BeerFly since crafts/imports make up less than 50% of their stock, but I highly recommend checking it out since they carry Unibroue, Stone, Bear Republic, Middle Ages, Ommegang, Weyerbacher, and several other goodies -- all unrefrigerated, though. Good prices, too.***

EDIT 11/21/2005: The selection/stocking issues seem to be resolving themselves, and I now understand that distribution is the key issue -- often both breweries and retailers are helpless as to where much product ends up being sold. And the beer guys remain some of the coolest folks around, always willing to chat about industry stuff and give recommendations. Really amazing folks.

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Photo of soup35
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%

I have been to Premier twice in the last 6 months. It would be more if I actually lived in Buffalo. It seems like each time I make a trip out to this place, I spend more money on my beer supply. They have a great selection of "hard to get" beer that you can't really seem to find anywhere else (maybe Beers of the World in Rochester). The beer staff that I dealt with was VERY KNOWLEGDABLE and definitely helped me with my choices. I picked up a lot of top shelf beer there that I am still "iffy" on drinking because I will have to make another trip!

Great beer selection, great staff, and the prices are not bad as well. Go check it out when you can.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.2/5  rDev -6.3%

Located on Delaware Ave, but leave it to Buffalo to put Delaware Road one block from Delaware Ave. so be careful not to get mixed up. This i easy to find with a basic rental car map. This is next to a liquor store so if you also like hooch, you're in luck. Premier Gourmet is the best beer store in Buffalo, Hands Down! Loads of Belgian Beers, German, French, American, and regional to boot. Heads up! The back cold box has some chilled beauties that are not on the shelves. They also have pre-filled local growlers. Bonus points for a chilled open cheese display that is filled with local beers.

Even for the food and culinary delights, this store is a must stop in Buffalo. I bought a big bottle of authentic Anchor Bar Buffalo Wing Hot Sauce for my brother for $2.99.

Dont mind the kids earning a buck working here. They stayed out of my way and I got what I wanted, as a "friend" from CT once said. I snaggletoothed Ithaca's IPA 6pak for $8, Middle Ages Druid Fluid 4pak for $12, Middle Ages Wailing Wench bomber for $4.49. Killer cheap!

The only heaper stop in town is Consumers about 5 miles due East. You can hit both in 20 minutes, but Premier Gourmet is the best bottle shop in Buffalo. Even in Philadelphia, this place would rock! Bonus round: Tons of singles to choose from.

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Photo of DrJay
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Easily one of the best beer stores I've had the pleasure of visiting. We made the trip down from Toronto just to check it out. For someone from Ontario, they have a wonderful selection of US micros, including seasonals from distant breweries like Stone. The ability to buy individual bottles rather than 4 or 6 packs makes sampling many beers and styles easy and affordable. Plenty of quality European imports as well, as described in some of the other reviews. Nice selection of baltic porters and Belgians. The staff were great, suggesting beers in the styles that we were purchasing. We were also informed of beers that aren't on display out front, so make sure to talk to someone if you're looking for something a little out of the ordinary. Great selection of quality beers + good service = repeat business. We're already planning our next border run to Buffalo.

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Photo of HogHill
5/5  rDev +11.6%

In Buffalo for a wedding this weekend, so I checked out what the local BAs had to say about good beer places... Premier Gourmet was at the top of the list -- great beer, cheese and other gourmet treats, I'm there!

Premier Gourmet essentially has 3 parts to it, the liquour & wine store, the beer,cheese, food and kitchen tools store, and a small eatery. The back-end of the beer and cheese store is where the bottled beer dominates. About four solid aisles of craft brew greatness. They were divided by country and state, with a very healthy Belgian section and also an impressive French section (one doesn't see too often). Furthermore they had a section dedicated to Lambics (Cantillion, Liefmans, Lindemans), and lots of Saisons (full Fantome and Dupont lines) too. Most of the top breweries were available from Belgium and Germany and the Czec Republic. I liked how they had both a 750 and a 330 available for many of the same beers.

Some of the ones I picked up were Brasserie des Rocs Grand Cru, Liefmans Framboisen, Jenlain Biere de Garde, Dupont Foret, La Choulette Amber, and St. Bernardus Wit.

As far as domestic there is Rogue, Bear Republic, Allagash, and a bunch of others from Colorado, New York, Mass, and Pennsylvania. If there was any dissapointment it was that there were not any Michigan beers available, but this might be just a distribution thing.

They also have a well stocked cheese section and there are some recommended pairings with beer which is great to see. I bought a couple of different Goudas and some Belgian chocolate too. I had a great lunch there too, very affordable and very fresh! Oh yeah, there's lots of cold beer available too.

Service was great too, the beer guy was attentive without being "in ya face" and said that they had been wiped out from Memorial day, which was surprising as the selection was phenomenal in my opinion.

Overall, a true beer mecca, where it is really difficult to curb the spending. Prices were reasonable, though it would be nice if there was a bit of a bulk discount like some other top notch beer stores have. For me this place rates right up there with Massachusetts standouts like Colonial in Acton, Harrington's in Chelmsford, Julio's and Downtown Liquours.

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Photo of twelvsies
5/5  rDev +11.6%

Wow. This is really a top notch place. I really don't have any complaints. Premier is actually a bigger store, featuring a ton of "gourmet" food items, glassware, etc., and a seperate store for wines and liqours. However, there is a huge beer section, which if it wanted to be, could be its own store. Everything was layed out very nicely on big racks, as well as a pretty big cooler with sixers and bombers of some more recognizable stuff. The selection I might even say is the best I've ever seen. I was able to find some stuff here that I haven't seen anywhere, such as almost a full line of Fantome and a lot of Cantillon selections, including Lou Pepe and the rare St. Lamvinus. In addition, there were tons of beers I hadn't heard of, and many old favorites. Service was hands down the best I've come across in any beer situation. My friend I was with had just a simple question for him about whether or not they could get Allagash Oddysey (answer was an honest "probably not") yet he stayed and chatted with us for the better part of a half hour while picked out beer. We weren't even grilling him about anything, but he obviously just loved talking about beer. I'm definately going back, as it really was a great experience in general, and I've been to many a good beer store in my day. Fun times. Now I'll go drink some of what I got... perhaps a Fantome Printemps or a Duchesse... yum. Cheers.

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Photo of biscodoll
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%

Premier Gourmet IS a Super Bierkraft! As someone who visits Bierkraft very often, I found myself in Buffalo for the day and decided to pay a visit. I wandered around the gourmet food part for a while, til I came across the 4 aisles of beer, plus fridges.

If anything, it was nice to see a few breweries that don't sell in lower NY, and purchased a Southern Tier Porter and one of 3 or 4 different Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbiers. I was very impressed with the Belgian/German/English sections, with a few surprise aged beers thrown around (the 2002 Stille Nacht woulda come home with me had I not found the '96 Elizabethans).

The service was wonderful and unpretentious. Once I proved I could hold my own in the beer talk, the cellar-dudes were excited to show me their favorites and tip me off to a few secrets. I walked out with a 6pack of mixed sizes, and look forward to returning!

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Photo of hobbes2112
3.85/5  rDev -14.1%

I found this store using the BeerDir and it was great! This store has a really great selection of beers, both import and american micros. Way more stouts/porters than I am used to in Texas. Somewhat pricey, but that is ok when it means drinking better beers.

The store also has a great deli where you can stock up on cheeses and meats for matching. Decent bakery, and my favorite feature: free espresso.

The store next door is the Premier liquor store where they have a tremendous selection of wine. This is one stop shopping.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.85/5  rDev +8.3%

An awesome beer store, supermarket in Buffalo that is basically a huge Bierkraft! The quality of everything here is top notch, from the gourmet cheeses, to the artisianal mustards! The service is friendly and very knowledgable as well. The selection of awesome food items and beers is amazing! 5 or 6 Fantomes, the full Cantillon line! 1996 gueuzes! $30 St. Lams. This place gives halftime a run for their money. The most ridiculous beer store i've encountered in my travels. I spent $50, but if I was in a better place I could have EASILY spent $500!

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Photo of oberon
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%

Make a visit to Premier every time in the Buffalo area (once or twice a year)looking for hard to find beer and my wife looking for different gourmet foods.Anyways the selecton of Belgians is top notch along with northeastern micros and a good selection of growlers from locals like Flying Bison,I will say there UK selection is not as good as it used to be but they still have Lees Harvest ale dating back to 1996.My mother in law just brought me a stash from there that included Aventinus Weizenbock 1999,and some Wailing Wench to name a few.Pretty friendly service and usually quite attentive,a few more months and another trip will be in order.

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Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, NY
Place rating: 4.48 out of 5 with 106 ratings
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