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Premier Wine & Spirits

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Type: Store

1535 Dresden Row
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 3T1
Canada

(902) 435-6945

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Added by Mandrake on 03-16-2006

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Reviews:
16
Ratings:
19
pDev:
7.14%
 
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Photo of nighthawk
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%

I finally visited this place after passing it many a time. I'm smacking myself for not shopping here sooner. It's a very open-concept store, shelves against the walls with a few displays in between. Gives you the feeling that you can browse freely, without the constraining, utilitarian feeling of many other liquor stores.
The staff were polite and helpful, but never overbearing. Apologized profusely when the cashier found she had run out of six-pack boxes to put my selection in. Double-bagged my purchase just in case. A nice touch many other places I've been would not bother with.
The selection is not as big as some stores I have heard or read of, but for Halifax it's exceptional. The actual bottle count may be lower than the larger NSLC stores, but the range and quality is exponentially larger. Many Quebec breweries were represented, with a great selection of Unibroue and Brasserie Dieu du Ciel. Local micros were also well represented, as were a few US breweries. Lots of selection for me to go back and try. I'll certainly be returning.
The only caveat is that the single bottle prices are a little on the high side. But given the quality of selection, I don't begrudge the prices at all.

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Photo of sholland119
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

The only beer store I visited in Halifax. No reason to go anywhere else that I can see. Premier Wine & Spirits is a good sized liquor store with about 25-30% of its floor space dedicated to beer.

Since I was just visiting, my main interest was to find Canadian beers that I can not get at home. On this score, I did very well. A few offerings from the local Garrison Brewery, some excellent beers from Microbrasserie Charlevoix (which I had never heard of previously) and some Propeller beers were on hand. I picked up a representative selection to pack in my luggage.

Beyond Canadian beers, there was a fine slection of Belgian and German imports and some US imports as well. North Coast and Lagunitas travel a long way to get here.

Service could not have been nicer on both of my visits. I would happily shop here anytime.

HV

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Photo of bobsy
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Premier Wines is a really neat little bottle shop, and I'd recommend it to folks visiting the city. The selection is not huge by American standards, but makes up for this in the quality of the offerings. Both the local Halifax breweries are represented in great strength, with large and small size formats available for practically everything. I picked up a mixed six of Garrison beers, as well as their award-winning Imperial Pale Ale, and the award-winning Propleller IPA and pilsner. A number of Sam Smith's beers are carried, and I selected the India Ale and Taddy Porter. You'll also find a good selection of Rogue (including Shakespeare Stout, Mocha Porter, Hazelnut Nectar), and Flying Dog (Road Dog and Horn Dog). An assortment of Belgians rounds everything off. The service was very helpful and friendly, and we had a nice chat and I got some good wine recs off them. For a wine store, their knowledge of beer should be applauded, and they were familiar with all the products and were able to help me select some fantastic brews.

I'll definitely revisit when I'm next in town.

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Photo of Long813
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Don't know why I haven't reviewed this place yet. It's the single most important place to visit when in Halifax on a beer trip. It's under a government specialty program to import different beers - bypassing the NSLC.

The service is great, employees know their information on beer and wine and they have a vast interest in the subject while also being kind and catering.

Selection is outstanding in relation to the NSLC. The staff constinatly searches for new breweries to add to the list of selection and distributes all the locals beers from Garrison and Propeller.

Since they order small quantities, the prices are higher than what you normally expect, but it's the price you pay for selection.

If you are in Halifax, you need to go here.

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Photo of ludachris
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

After posting a message about where the best place to find beer in Halifax, several BA's quickly recommended this place and boy am I glad I listened.

Located in the heart of dowmtown Halifax, it's quite easy to make a day trip out of a visit, especially with citadel hill only a 5 minute trek away. The place was decently sized and quite open, making it very easy to view their full beer selection (unlike many LCBO's in my area). Based on the few questions I asked, the staff seemed very friendly and knowledgable.

Based on the places I've been to in Hamilton, Ontario to purchase beer (which doesn't say a lot) the selection here seemed more than excpetional. Almost a dozen Rogue's, including their double dead guy ale, half a dozen unibroue's and DDC's, including their Corne du Diable and Peche Mortel, Belgians and RIS's, including Old Rasputin as well as several other American microbreweries (ACME, Red Seal, Flying Dog etc.) littered the shelves. Two of Nova Scotia's larger microbreweries; Propeller and Garrison, are also very well represented. Seemed to be the only place that carried Garrison's Ol' Fog Burner and Propeller's Pilsner.

An excellent place to stop by anyone visiting or living around the area. From the NSLC's I've been to thus far, this place is unparalleled. Can't wait to make another trip.

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Photo of Nightwing
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

It does not get better than this in Halifax for bottled beer. They have beer from pretty much all the Nova Scotia breweries that sell bottles. Also some from Quebec, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island.

As far as international beers go there is a good amount from the USA, and the only place in Nova Scotia to find this many Belgian beers. They also have a few from the UK and Germany. However some of the prices for the imported stuff seem rather high.

Oh and they have some wine too.

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Photo of PEIBeerGuy
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%

This place is now my Mecca and my weakness when in Halifax. I have made two trips there now and have spent $100 both times... just in the last two months!

The selection is great, better than the liquor stores in NS or especially here in PEI. They carry some things the LC does, but mostly things they don't. A few beers must be token international variety, as they aren't very good (Birra Morena, Efes, etc.), but most of what they have in is really quality stuff. If you're looking for local beers (Garrison, Propellor), get them at the breweries themselves - they're cheaper there.

On my first visit, I had a shopping list of sorts, and was wavering on one purchase. The helpful bearded fellow (who's been there both times) suggested Hop Stoopid, and it was an instant favourite.

It's a bit pricey, but I love the place. I hope they keep rotating their inventory!

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Photo of lgmol
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

I am a Halifax local and a frequent visitor to Premier Wine & Spirits. Apart from at the local breweries, this is where I buy almost all of my beer. There is an NSLC much closer to my house that I only visit if I am pressed for time.

The beer is organized by style, with separate shelves for hoppy beer, dark beer, Belgian beer, etc. There is also a four-door fridge with cold beer.

The staff is friendly and helpful. I mainly ask for recommendations when purchasing wine because I know much less about it than beer, and they have always guided me well. I've talked to many different staff members about beers and breweries that I like, and they all seem to have tried and enjoyed the products that they carry.

Simply the best selection in Halifax. Almost all of the Nova Scotia breweries are represented, and those that aren't are either very new or are growler only. They also have many beers from the hottest breweries in Quebec (e.g. Dieu du Ciel, Charlevoix, Unibroue). The pricing on all of the local stuff and most of the Quebec stuff is great. For the local breweries it is the same you would pay at the brewery. I'm sure the Quebec beer would be cheaper in Quebec, but that is true for pretty much all beer.

From further West in Canada the pickings get slimmer, but not negligible. There are some Ontario beers but very few from further West. The selection of American beers is certainly the best I've seen in the Maritimes (which isn't necessarily saying much...). Sure, there are many breweries that I wish were represented, but I am happy to have access to some Rogue, North Coast, Anderson Valley, Moylan's, Brooklyn, etc. The Belgian selection is very good. There are also some other international beers. The beers from outside of Quebec and Nova Scotia are understandably higher. If you are just visiting Nova Scotia this probably won't matter to you because you'll be interested in the local stuff, and if you are from Nova Scotia you will probably be willing to pay a little bit more to try something from elsewhere every once in a while!

Overall, this is the only beer store you need to visit in Halifax, NS.

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Photo of kyledandrus
4.79/5  rDev +14%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Pretty great selection of bottles from both local breweries, and breweries around the world. The renovations have given even more space for beer, and the selection has expanded accordingly. Always something I haven't had, or heard of, which is nice.

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Premier Wine & Spirits in Halifax, NS, Canada
Place rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 19 ratings
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