Liquor Barn - Hamburg Pavillion

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1837 Plaudit Pl
Lexington, Kentucky, 40509-2429
United States

(859) 294-5700 | map

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Added by BEERchitect on 11-09-2005

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Heavy_D
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Still new to the craft beer scene, so not really sure if experienced BA'ers would consider this a good selection, but for a newbie like me it's a whole new world of beer choices. The deli has samples of the 12 or so beers they have on tap. The clerk who was getting my samples was extremely friendly and seemed to have a real knowledge of the beers they have on tap. Overall a great beer buying experience. Will definitely stop in again next time I'm in Lexington.

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Photo of beakerboy
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

The newest Liquor Barn in Lexington and the closest to where I live. Although it seems slightly smaller than the Harrodsburg Ave location, the selection of everything does not suffer. This location has a great beer, wine, cigar, and liquor selection as well as cheese, olives, chocolate, and other gourmet food items. The staff are very knowledgable and eager to help. There are always employees on the floor who can answer questions. With daily wine tastings, frequent bourbon and other liquor tastings, a huge walk-in beer cooler and homebrew supplies you can't go wrong visiting Liquor Barn in Lexington.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Here's what I picked up on my last visit (April 22, 2010):

Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti
Great Divide Old Ruffian
Three Floyds Behemoth Barleywine, Dreadnaught
Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary (Ken & Fritz)
Rogue Chatoe (First Hop) Black Lager

Growler fill (at the deli):
Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale
Ketucky Ale
Sheltowee Hop-a-Lot IPA
Sheltowee Black Lager
Sheltowee Amber

Located on an access road, just outside Man 'O War Boulevard and near I-75/I-64 this is the newest and most interestingly desgined of the three Liquor Barns in Lexington. Although one of the premier beer retailers in Lexington, this store is situated at Lexington's suburban pergutory.

This store is the mid-sized store in the area; larger than the Richmond Road store but smaller than the Beaumont store. The building looks as if a roller coaster and a box of crayons had sex and produced this building nine months later. But once inside, this mid-sized warehouse boasts everthing that an alcohol loving adult could want. You can find an assortment of liquers, wines, whiskys, and beer along with gormet cheeses, breads, olives, cigars, coffee, party supplies, bar supplies, glassware, hot sauces...the list goes on. Homebrewers and wine makers will enjoy the nice variety of equipment, supplies, ingredients, and literature- their selection is almost as vast as that in the Beaumont store.

But enough of that, you are obviously interested in the beers. The selection ranges from the yellow stuff to truely collector beers including: Bluegrass Brewing, Alltech (Lexington Brewing), Abita, Anchor, Anderson Valley, Arcadia, Atwater Block, Avery, Bar Harbor, Bard's Tale, Barley Island, Bell's, Berghoff, Bison Organic, Boulder, Breckenridge, Brooklyn, Cave Creek Chili, Christian Moerlein, Dixie, Dogfish Head, Flying Dog, Founders, Harpoon, He'Brew, Goose Island, Great Lakes, Great Divide, Clipper City, Jolly Pumpkin, Left Hand, Shiner, Schlafly, Steelhead, Stone, Thirsty Dog, Tommyknocker, Mactarnahan's, Mad River, Magic Hat, Mississippi Mud, New Holland, North Coast, O'Fallon's, Ommegang, Pete's, Point, Pyramid, Red Hook, Rhinelander, Rockie's, Rogue, Sierra Nevada, Stegmaier, Widmer, Wild Goose, Blue Moon, Sam Adams, Leinenkugels, Anheuser-Busch, Coors, and Miller, and more...

European Imports include: Baltika, Brewdog, Fuller's, O'Hanlon, J.W. Lees, Chimay, Rochefort, Maredous, Rodenbach, Carolous, Aventinus, Lindemann, Chouffe, Delerium, Harvistoun, St. Peters, Spaten, Ayinger, Schneider, Franziskaner, Hoegaarden, Stella, Leffe, Duvel, Lindemans, Maredsous, Mikkeller, Sleeman, Molson, Urquell, Carlsberg, Mooreland, Daleside, Samuel Smith, Young's, Aecht, Augustiner, Becks, Bitburger, Einbecker, EKU, Erdinger, Hacker-Pschorr, Hofbrau, echter, Paulaner, Pinkus, Schneider, Tucher, Warsteiner, Weihenstephaner, Grolsch, Heineken, Beamish, guiness, Moosbacher, Murphy's Smithwick's, Moretti, San Miguel, Okocim, Baltika, Belhaven, Froach, Lion, Carib, and more of the common imports that are found elsewhere.

The selection totals about 800 different beers with 8 taps available at the growler fill station at the deli. Be sure to check out the very large walk-in coolers for the vintaged items that are sometimes not found on the shelves. Fortunately, Kentucky has no alcohol cap for beers so Dogfish 120 minute, Raison deExtra, Avery Beast, and many other 10+ abv. beers can be found here. Liquor Barn is always rotating in new beers every few weeks to keep the selection fresh.

Although the list of offerings is long, the staff does a good job of keeping old beers off of the shelves, ensuring that the beers are always fresh and in-date. They offer most of the best beers in town, but the Beaumont location generally has the better selection and staff.

All other area Liquor Barns that I visit allow singles to be pulled from the packs. This store seems to frown upon this practice so I generally take my busines to the other two stores. But you do get to take advantage of some of the lowest alcohol prices in the country, meaning the beer prices here are about as reasonable as anywhere in the States.

This is the most accessible of the three Liquor Barn stores from the interstates so passeing BeerAdvocates are only about 3 minutes out of their way to quality beers. Parking, as with most big-box retailers is never a problem.

The die-hard BeerAdvocates should avoid any contact with any of the beer staff; this store, along with the Richmond Road store has perhaps the least helpful staff.

The lighting throughout is the best of the three stores but the beers get beaten down by the overuse of fluorescent lighting so I'd recommend grabing the beers that are not located on the edge of the shelves, rather reaching behind for the second six-pack of beers in line.

To get a better variety of beers, you will have to make the 1-hour trek to Cincinnati OH, or Clarksville IN.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of MDekker
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Wow, what a humongous place! I stopped by while visiting my brothers. The lengthy beer aisles pretty much covered everything you could want - local, American, German, Belgian, etc. I grabbed a 12 pack sampler of both Great Lakes and Schlafly's, along with some Sierra Nevada and a bomber of Schlafly's as well. They extensively covered some breweries, like Sam Adams, Goose Island, and Schlafly's - I've never seen so many from single breweries in one place. Being from Michigan, I was glad to see Bell's down there, but I don't recall noticing anything from Founders. The prices were entirely reasonable, too. With huge selections of wine, brandy, and other snobby groceries, it was a fun place to visit.

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Photo of khargro2
4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of JCaweinstein
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

The Liquor Barn on Plaudit Rd was a very nice store and I enjoyed my hour there. It's a relatively new store or so it seems. The store is organized and seems to be upscale without being too pretensious.
I was in a bit of a hurry so I only shopped the beer ailses but I will have to say that they did indeed have a high quality selection of beer.
The service was fantastic. I was there shortly after they opened on a Wednesday so there weren't any other shoppers at the time. I had the full attention of a super nice lady who shared what she enjoyed, what the had and would be getting. She layed out quite a few suggestions as well. It was also nice that she seemed to know a thing or two about beer and had obviously had tasted a couple.
I was only after beers that are not distributed to OH. They had a very nice selection of beers that I can't get in OH i.e. FFF, Schlafly, and beer with a >12% ABV so I was very happy. They didn't have the largest or even second largest selection of beer I've ever seen but again I was very pleased to get many beers I cannot in my home state.
Pricing was not out of the ordinary. Some bottles I thought were a little expensive such ast the bottle of Sorachi Ace that was about 13.00$ but for the most part it seemed on par with what I'm used to.

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Photo of clvand0
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%

This is our third Liquor Barn in Lexington and it was supposed to be the biggest and best, so I was excited to see what they had. After visiting, I really don't think it's any larger than the other two - actully, it seems to have a smaller beer selection - still very adequate, but not quite as big as the others. They have a great selection and the location is great as it's just off the interstate. The price is pretty standard and the service is good. They have a homebrew area that is very well stocked as well and the homebrew people know their stuff. Check it out if you're in the area.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%

Stopped here a few weeks back the day after they opened. This is easily the most accessable location for folks just skirting past Lexington, as its just off the highway. The space devoted to beer is slightly less than at the other locations in town, but I didn't notice any lack in selection. As with the other stores, the micros get top billing with the macros relegated to stacks of cases in isles and on the far wall. The folks here really know their stuff. Ed (the beer guy for all of Lexington LB stores) is there occasionally and he is always willing to chat with folks about good beer or homebrewing. Joel, another beer guy and homebrew guy, is up to speed on his stuff and will drop anything to help you out. Price is same as all other Lex locations. Its really hard to miss this store, as it looks like the bow of a ship is protruding out the front of it. If you hit either of the other LB locations in town, no need to seek this out, but it is more accessable to those just on their way on 64/75.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%

Very nice, new location. Close proximity to the interstate. Knew it was off the exit, but when I stopped at Shell to get gas and ask the clerk on the whereabouts he pointed up the street. As soon as I walked out the door you can see it at the end of the street.
Brand new store, nice layout, very clean. Nothing I can't find in my neighborhood or surrounding stores, but still a nice visit. Glad I stopped here on my way home, because it saved me the trip to visit this place. Super-friendly help. The gentleman that does the beer purchasing was putting product out while I was there. He talked, looked for whatever I asked for and even went upstairs to storage and grabbed some stuff that they didn't have on the shelves.
Very nice wine and specialty food section. Overall it's a nice, clean well laid out store. If passing thru Lexington, it's very convenient to get to. It's worth the stop if the area has beers you can't get.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Brewfocker80
4.24/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of CarolinaKevin
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Visiited the Liquor Barn recently looking for what Lexington Ky had to offer in their Craft beer scene. I am really impressed with the selection that they have to offer. I live in NC and can't find Three Floyds and Goose Island, and that is what they have on a regular basis here. My last visit, I got lucky enough to run into one of the "beer geeks" that works here and was able to buy a Bourbon County Coffee which was in the back. I really enjoy going to this place when I'm in the Lexington area, and think that anyone passing trough should make a point to stop and check this place out.

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Photo of Buschyfor3
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Ruger
4.12/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of OtisCampbell007
4.08/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

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4.08/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of firdem
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Yetiman420
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%

I made back to back stops at the Liquor Barns at 3040 Richmond Road and 1846 Plaudit Place. Plaudit Place seems brand spanking new and gets my nod for having a larger and comprehensive selection of beers available in Kentucky.

This stop was in late April and they still had Founders KBS on the shelves (~$24 a four pack). I picked up a couple of 2007 120 Minutes and WW Stouts that I can't get in Ohio.

These stores continue the Northern Kentucky theme (Party Source) of one-stop shopping for all your party needs. They aren't quite as impressive as the Party Source, but are a great bet if you're looking for a variety of great craft beers available in Kentucky.

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Liquor Barn - Hamburg Pavillion in Lexington, KY
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