Ladd's & Co.

13 Ratings

Type: Store

4230 Henry St
Norton Shores, Michigan, 49441-4924
United States

(231) 799-2130 | map

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-12-2005

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Reviews by BierFan:
Photo of BierFan
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

I just went there earlier this week for the first time and I love it.

The place was very friendly and inviting, from the store owner's large lazy dog dozing on the floor to the cute cashier inquiring if I need assistance when she saw me looking over the beer case.

The store had a selection of liquor, wine, and cigars, but I don't care for that stuff, I was all about the beer. There were, I believe, 14 cooler doors of beer. I can't recall everything that was there but there were numerous micros and imports and macros as well. Their selection was mostly in the form of six-packs (and a few import 4-packs) but they also had a cooler door of singles featuring bombers from New Holland Brewery and Stone. Also there were mini kegs of beer.

I will definitely be going back to this store soon. Very soon.

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Photo of boatmich
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of T_J
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of danolson312
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

My family was in town for a vacation from Chicago. Stayed in a rental house on Mona Lake. Wanted to drink some beers that we can't get in Illinois so we didn't bring any along. First thing we did when we arrived was google "Where to buy beer in muskegon" and Ladd's & Co. came up in a forum post on BA. It turn's out, they were five minutes away from where we were staying. Stopped in and were pleasantly surprised by there selection. Stocked up with a few six packs of Short's, some New Holland releases, a couple of bomber's from Right Brain and some Founder's All Day IPA. Talked with the owner a little bit. Very friendly and knowledgeable.

While we were browsing, we were asked multiple times by a few different store employees if we needed any help finding anything.

This is a great store with a great selection, friendly knowledgeable staff and great prices.

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Photo of ScottyG
3.86/5  rDev -15.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

This store is a gem!! They have a great cooler selection of fours and sixers but wish they had more selections for singles. Prices were good but buying by the six pack can add up fast!! What I did like is that if they didn't have it, they will try to find it for you. They also have a good wine selection area as well.

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Photo of EricCioe
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Ladd's grew up with me. I lived half a mile from it until I went to college and walked there for candy all the time when I was a kid. Now it's the best beer store in Muskegon.

It gets extra points from me for being so close to Mona Lake. It feels extra good in the summertime.

Almost all the beer is in coolers except for some large format bottles. There are two coolers of singles. Sometimes there is good selection there, sometimes not. But there are always half a dozen coolers filled with Michigan craft stuff, from Bell's and Founders to really obscure stuff like Schmohz. Out of state breweries are less well represented, but that's surely a conscious tradeoff.

Prices are reasonable. Service is good. There is a dog, which I count as a bonus.

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Photo of GRBrew
4.36/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

It's kind of funny going into this store now because it was a pharmacy when I was a kid we used to get candy at. It is now a bone fide beer store with a great selection. If you are in Muskegon this really is the only place to get good craft beer. My parents still live in Muskegon so this is the place I go to get beer. I was even able to snag a CBS so you know it is doing something right.

This place rivals some of the best beer stores I've been to. Prices are pretty reasonable and in line with most other places in the area.

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Photo of weizenbob
4.7/5  rDev +2.8%

I stopped by Ladd's & Co. on 2/12/11 on the way through Muskegon. It is a beer/wine/liquor /convenience store with approximately 25% of the space devoted to beer. The atmosphere was pleasant. The room was fairly large, well lit, well laid out and very clean looking. All of the beer was on the north end of the room so that is where I went. Immediately a friendly employee came and asked if there was anything she could help with. She checked on me a couple of more times while I was looking just to make sure I was finding everything okay.

Their refrigeration was impressive. The entire north wall was lined with refrigerator cases. They had a large singles case where you could purchase individual bottles or mix a six pack. There was a small beer cave loaded with cases of macro brews. There was even a refrigerator case reserved for gluten free and non-alcoholic beers. Their import selection read like a who's who of imports on the BA Top 100. Their craft selection was heavily stocked with Michigan micro brews, including a lot of harder to find limited releases. The rest of their microbrew selection was an excellent mix of the best and most well known American craft-brews that are distributed in Michigan. From what I could see, all of their six packs, four packs and 12 ounce singles were under refrigeration. Only bombers and 12-packs were on shelves at room temperature. Of the beers I looked at, none were past their freshness dates, and all "seasonals" were in season.

The prices were a little higher than I'm used to seeing, even on macros and widely distributed micros. If I lived near-by I would go here for the service and selection, but if I just wanted something I could easily get elsewhere, I might shop around. Regardless, Ladds & Co. was worth the few mile jaunt off the freeway. I'll probably pop in again whenever I'm near Muskegon.

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Photo of HankFinkel
4.85/5  rDev +6.1%

This is a great establishment featuring a very impressive selection of beers and stellar service. Slightly off the beaten path it might be missed if you were not looking for it. I starting coming here several years ago when I was in town visiting relatives. Muskegon is a great destination for a beach vacation being located on Lake Michigan and this place has plenty of beers to go with any occassion. The owner, Bob, is friendly and knowledgeable. He will make recommednations and stand by them. I returned 5 bottles from a six pack of an Imperial IPA (not to be named)that Bob had recommended. I apologized but let the clerk know (Bob wasn't in) that it simply wasn't up to the standard a beer labeled to be an Imperial IPA should meet. I asked for nothing in return. I am not a believer in alcohol abuse (i.e. throwing away unconsumed alcohol) and was sure the owner Bob or somebody he knew would drink it. On my next visit a couple of weeks later Bob, who had been told of the return, picked another selection out of the cooler for me to try on him. The beer was a local IPA that was excellent. I felt this to be an outstanding gesture of good business to someone who at best is an occassional patron. Great selection, great service, and reasonable prices make this a must stop for anyone traveling through or vacationing in this area. Local beer connoisseurs are lucky!

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Photo of wingman14
4.65/5  rDev +1.8%

Upon entering the store we were promptly greeted and asked if there were any beers or wines we were looking for. After discussing some of the new fall beers they recently received, we looked at the selection. The salesperson told us there were over 400 different beers in stock. There were plenty of beers from Michigan, which is what we were looking for. The prices for their local beers were good, their out of state beers were somewhat pricey. I was asked by a different sales person what my favorite style was so she could recommend some beers, after discussing a few different local favorites we made our own six pack of local beers, bought plenty of Founders, and a few other bombers. You have to check this place out if you are in the area or on your way through. Anytime I am in the area I will make it a point to stop in to Ladd's, a great store with an awesome selection, and great service!

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Photo of Blitzen15
4.65/5  rDev +1.8%

This is a truly friendly environment. I have been out of town on for a long time and I came to find out that Ladd's is now selling by the bottle / make your own six packs. These six packs are pricey when purchased by the bottle but they have saved me a fortune. If I were to buy a six pack of every beer I try, I would be broke in a hurry, and it is a great convenience because I don't have to suffer through 5 more beers of any, rare, less than desirable brews. The people who work here are genuinely inviting people who really know their selection and want to help as much as they can.

The man who helped me was in the air-force years ago and welcomed me home from a tour of duty even though I never mentioned I served. This is quality in sales if I have ever seen, it tells me he is observant and is trying to learn me as a customer.

This store is clean and organized with the entire back wall full of refrigerators set up for beer and only beer. There are liquors, wines, snacks, and cigars as well but when adults shop Ladd's they come for the beer.

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Photo of BogMonster
4.7/5  rDev +2.8%

This is the best place to go for beer in Muskegon. Ladd's may not be on par with Siciliano's or B & B in Grand Rapids, but considering the fact that Muskegon is a much smaller market, their selection is very impressive. They always have an outstanding selection of Michigan Micros (Bell's, Founders, Dark Horse, Arcadia, Michigan Brewing). They also carry Great Divide, Sierra Nevada, Victory, Stoudt's, etc. and a respectable amount of imports. If it's available, Bob will try to get it. When I first started to buy beer there, I asked Bob if he could get Trois Pistoles for me. A couple days later he had a case of it and now they carry both Trois Pistoles and La Fin Du Monde. My only complaint about Ladd's is that they don't sell singles and there bomber selection is not what it could be. Otherwise, Ladd's has the best selection in Muskegon with very reasonable prices, and if you need help making a selection or if you want them to order something for you, Bob and company will do everything they can do to get you what you want.

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Photo of SupaCelt
4.85/5  rDev +6.1%

Ladd's & Co. is a great place to score beer if you ever find yourself in the armpit of the universe. It is completely unrivaled by any other store in town in terms of selection and service.

Bob is the gentleman that runs the place and he is a very nice guy. His dog is very mellow too. He will order anything you ask him for if he can get it his hands on it. If you are spotted lingering in front of the coolers for any length of time you will be approached and serviced appropriately by Bob or another clerk. Three cheers Ladd's!

The selection is fairly impressive. He carries Victory, all of the Founders stuff, many Bell's, some Great Divide, a couple Unibroue selections, a couple Great Lakes, a couple Arcadias, etc. That list is not all inclusive, I just can't think of any other ones off hand. Oh yeah, Atwater Block, Stoudts, a few Dark Horses, ummm...He has a door full of imports too. Maybe even two doors. I can't remember because I usually steer clear of imports. Anyway, he has about eight times more space devoted to craft beers than he does to standard fare shwills like every BA's favorite "BMC." You gotta respect that. He is proud of his number of beer varieties and we are glad he has the hook up for us. One drawback, no singles. No biggy. He has the occasional bomber that is worthy of a purchase such as Stone's Arrogant Bastard or some of the Rogues. Overall, a very nice selection that does craft beer drinkers a true service.

Prices are on par with most of the other places around. I could care less as about price as long as I can get some beer on a whim without having to drive for 45 minutes to Grand Rapids. I usually don't pay too close attention to pricings anyway. If I want it, I am generally going to buy it. Ladd's is very reasonable. I cannot think of anything I have purchased there that was grossly out of line with another establishment's prices. Spot on.

Overall, I really like Ladd's. Hell, I think love would apply. For the beer geek that is me, this place is truly special. I know my buddy BogMonster would agree. As I said it is the only place to go around here and it beats out many from the surrounding areas as well. Just walking in and smelling the place throws me into euphoric recall about delicious beer. He has everything the two other places around here have and much more. Nevermind those places. Go to Ladd's! I am grateful to have it around! Three cheers for Ladd's!

Edit August 4, 2008: Ladd's now has a selection of singles or "build your own sixpack." This is still the place to go if you are in the Muskegon area.

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