Consumer's Beverage Center

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Consumer's Beverage CenterConsumer's Beverage Center
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Consumer's Beverage CenterConsumer's Beverage Center

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8580 Transit Rd
East Amherst, New York, 14051-2607
United States

(716) 688-7033 | map

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Reviews by wailingwench:
Photo of wailingwench
4.85/5  rDev +12%

What was I did this gem escape the keyboard of this questionably esteemed reviewer. Alas, a review about the best brew emporium located in the Niagara Buffalo Corridor (or whatever the Buffalo Visitors Bureau is calling the region these days).

Cheers: Totally worth the trip out to the rapidly disappearing charm of rural Clarence. Transit Road Pizza Plant located within a Stones throw (haha). The long drive back to the compound permits multiple road sodas, although I would advise to wait until Amherst is in your rear view mirror. Comprehensive display of rehydration elixirs conveniently located near the entrance. Way giganto selection of bombers to assist you in racking up those frequent flyer miles. 12ish taps for filling growlers with always a magical Middle Ages grog on tap. Huge coolers stocked to the gills with almost every magical potion imaginable plus some. The evil empire of Labatt Blue is regulated to the rear of the store in solitary isolation, exactly where it belongs. Staff is quick to help you and engages in enlightening conversation regarding the merits of your intended purchases. Provide handy boxes to carry your loot out to the hoopty.

Jeers: No bathroom in sight necessitating an unpleasant squirming shuffle to use the dumpster located in behind the store. Lights could use a dimming down or two to hide your unwashed appearance and save your ethanol soaked retinas from fluorescent blasting. Conveyer belt would be appreciated to facilitate movement of your portable pleasures. Recommend instituting Wegmans hiring standards.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Iamjeff6
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of spark3148857
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.16/5  rDev -27%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5

Not all that impressed with Consumers. The place was dirty and a bit disorganized. The selection was alright, but I guess this one of the more frequented locations of the chain, so the shelves were pretty picked over. All of the usual suspects you'd expect to find. Service was non-existent and the cashiers didn't seem to care much about their jobs.

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Photo of sliverX
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of Beejis60
3.11/5  rDev -28.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4

As much as I love consumers, this is the WORST consumers I've ever been to when it comes to service, such that I try to avoid it as much as possible. There's been times I've sat and waited for someone to come to the register for over 5 minutes, which is beyond unacceptable for me considering I feel my time is worth more than anything. And keep in mind, I start to walk around looking for people after waiting about a minute or two. Too many people at this location are just dickheads to me too, again in my previous reviews of consumers, for buying "too much beer". Selection is pretty damn good here though, hence why I chance subjecting myself to the annoyance of their abuse and missing prescence. I think everyone here needs to be fired and hire a completely new staff that is just a bit more enthusiastic about thier jobs and this place will get ranked a hell of a lot higher from me.

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This place is probably the best beverage store in WNY! This is my first stop every time I get into town and rightfully so because they have the most helpful staff and best selection. Sure some of the less frequented Consumer's might have some older unique stuff on the shelf, but this one is top notch and has the most to offer. If they don't have what your looking for they will check the data base and find out which store does have it or they will do whatever they can to order it for you. Let's not forget about the growler fills they do at these stores too! Awesome rotating selection and great prices!

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Recently got back from a short sojourn in the Buffalo area, and this place was right up the road from my hotel. As an Ontarian who so often has to go without variety of craft brews in his provincial liquor store, any opportunity to snap up some American greats is going to me a priority. Glad I stopped here, this place did the trick admirably.

A huge store, lots of refrigerated six packs, mixed 12s, single bombers to be had, as well as the excellent growler station (I didn't have time/opportunity to consume much while there; my purpose was to bring brews back home with me, but the selection of growlers was terrific). A bit of homebrewing supplies as well.

The selection was as good as it gets. Great mix of local New York fare (Ithaca, Flying Bison, Saranac, Southern Tier, a few Brooklyns, Ommegang), and fantastic American craft breweries (Stone, Flying Dog, Magic Hat, Smuttynose, Oskar Blues, Great Lakes, Great Divide, etc., etc.) A stray Mikkeler as well. A few notable absences, but still a terrific selection, especially for one whose liquor stores have barely any American brews. Nice import selection, lots of Belgian (some Trappist), German and other fun stuff, a few mixed packs as well. I picked up some Hennepin, Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti, Bear Republic, a couple Sierra Nevadas and a boat load of Dale's Pale Ale. Most bombers range around $4.99 to $7.99 (Oak Aged Yeti was 9).

Staff are as friendly as they need to be, considering most looked to be twentysomethings hanging around the cash, but the store was dead both times I swung by, so I didn't mind. Some seemed to really know their stuff: the cashier recommended a couple of different brews to me at the cash, and suggested other locations to help me get some other homebrewing malts and hops they did not have.

A great beer store if you're in the Buffalo area, especially for Canucks in need of American craft brews!

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This was one of two Consumer's I visited while in Buffalo (the other being in Lockport). Selection is not gigantic like at Premier in Buffalo or Beers of the World in Rochester, but it is very good nonetheless.

They've got a large section of refrigerated beers and a bunch of shelves with craft beer. Stone, Dogfish, Victory, Great Divide are all here. Lost Coast, Breckenridge and some other harder-to-find breweries. Also the local Flying Bison and some regional names.

I didn't find anything spectacular I couldn't live without, except perhaps for a bomber of Great Divide Espresso Yeti.

The attraction here is, of course, the growler station, with 12 taps. I got a growler of Green Flash West Coast IPA, and they had Southern Tier Mokah, Widmer Deadlift IPA, Flying Bison, Lagunitas, Sierra Harvest...

Service was good, I was approached by an employee offering help. Nice folks, but of course it helps that the store was completely empty due to a ginormous blizzard falling over Buffalo.

I'm rating quality with a 4.5 because I am impressed with their growler quality. Perfectly filled and sealed, great carbonation and head.

Prices are superb. I've found many of the beer stores around here to be overpriced, even more expensive than in New York City, but Consumer's has got it right. A great choice!

(Right across from Consumer's is Wegman's, a gourmet food market at 8270 Transit Road, Williamsville, not listed on BA; the beer options there are more limited, but still worth a stop. The food is unbelievable, I got some scallops that were outrageous fresh and raw)

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Photo of Fezfreak
4.85/5  rDev +12%

I was out on tour in this part of New York during the summer ('09) and visited three different Consumer's Beverage Center stores: Sheridan Drive, Transit Road in Lockport, and this location in Williamsville, also on Transit Road (the official address is Amherst - but whatever). For comparison purposes, I'm going to say a few words about the other two.

I was naive to think that all Consumer's Beverage Centers were created equal. Not so. Each seems to have a vibe of its own. While I was generally pleased with the Sheridan Drive location, their staff didn't set the world on fire. Although, I will say they were "somewhat" helpful, if not a tad snarky.

The mediocre selection and dust-covered bottles of chunk-filled beer at the Lockport store left much to be desired. It was the [expletive] icing on a [expletive]-cake day. Only a visit to the Pizza Plant moments later (see review) would bring the desired calm and happiness needed to forge ahead with the itinerary, which included finding a good beer store. So naturally there was some apprehension before entering the Consumer's Beverage in Williamsville due to it being the same day as the Lockport visit (with subsequent letdown and hasty exit).

However, that apprehension soon turned to joy, as the Williamsville location was cleaner, friendlier, and much more in tune with their beer that the other two. The helpful clerk seemed to sense that my belly already contained at least a pint of Flower Power IPA (Ithaca), and pointed me directly to fresh, gleaming 6-packs of the nectar. He went on to explain a little about the beer and made recommendations on a few others. If I wore a hat, it would be off to Consumer's Beverage Center in Williamsville for going above and beyond the call of duty. I will seek out this store if time allows it the next time I'm in the area.

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Photo of eLMsITYbUM
4.85/5  rDev +12%

Went up to Buffalo for the Pats game this weekend and was pleasantly suprised to find this gem! They have a huge selling floor, that offers a wide selection of beer. All brews are catagorized by the area which they are from. They offer a great selection of domestic craft and local beers. Several imports are also available, including small(but worthy) selections of Belgians, Germans, UK, and some beer from the tropic islands. They also offer 12 taps of growler fillable beer. On tap for our stop was: Dales Pale Ale, SA Chocolate Bock, SN Double De Bock El, Southern Tier Oat and Old Man Winter, Harpoon Cider, Clipper City Cat 5, Lagunitas Pils, CB's Christmas Ale, Wagner Valley IPA and a few others that are escaping my memory at the moment. They have the standard 64 oz. jugs with screw tops as well as the German style swingtops for purchase. Large variety of glasses for reasonable prices.

The staff was helpful in answering any questions to the best of thier knowledge, and were courteous in general. The prices were decent.

Overall, this is a must stop for any one visiting this area. I know I'll be back!

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Photo of Kegatron
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%

We stopped at this Consumer Beverage stores based on the BA reviews during a recent swing through the Buffalo area. The store is very bright, large, and spacious and the look reminds me quite a bit of some of the better beer distributors here in PA. The craft beer and imports are located closest to the check out registers and take up a quarter or so of the store. Very nice presentation with six packs, bombers, Belgians, other imports, and chilled product all neatly organized into their respective areas.

They have a very nice selection of American craft here that plays like a "Who's Who" of East Coast (and even some Midwest) goodness. Seeing such a wide variety as Suttynose, Great Lakes, Southern Tier, Ithaca, and Sly Fox all sitting on the shelves in perfect harmony was a thing of beauty. There is also a smaller (but still quality) selection of Belgian and import beers as well. My only small gripe is that they did have a single selection but it just wasn't that extensive at all.

They also had a good number of taps (around 12 or so) of quality stuff for growler fills, which I was very impressed by (and seemed to very popular as we were visiting on Memorial Day). They sell both the German style flip tops growlers as well as the screw top variety and have a decent selection of pint glasses available. Price on everything seemed fairly reasonable and even though we didn't need any help during our visit the guy who checked us out was talkative and friendly (I think he was excited that we were buying some decent stuff and not Miller Chill like a bunch of others were). All in all, this was a great stop and provided us with exactly what we were looking for in this Buffalo area beer stocking up stop.

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Photo of generallee
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%

There are 16 Consumers Beverage Center locations in the Buffalo NY area. This is one of the larger locations. It is also one of 7 locations that have taps to fill growlers. The store is a bit utilitarian, but who cares I'm looking at all the beautiful beer!

Their staff is very happy to answer any questions about beer and the products they carry. They are also on hand to help with growler fills or refills, bottle returns, and carrying large products to your car. A automatic door would be helpfull and a customer bathroom would be a nice addition.

The selection at this location is outstanding. They have a large selection of American micro brews as well as well as a large selection of Belgian and German beers. Canada, England, Ireland, Scotland, Mexico, Poland, Japan, and Australia are all represented. [Forgive me if I left someone out] All the major macros are here as well as a small selection of glassware, bottle openers, beer cozies, etc. You can find most beers in 4, 6, 12, 18, 24, and 30 packs. They also carry kegs, mini kegs, and some singles as well as a constantly rotating line up of draft beer on 12 taps for growers.

Of all the beer stores in the Buffalo area to buy beer, Consumer's Beverage center tends to be the most reasonable.

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Photo of allergictomacros
4.85/5  rDev +12%

... the caveat being that being from Ontario, my standards are quite low. Hopefully comparisons to LCBO is useful for Canadians..

A bit of a utilitarian shop, but more than decent for beer. In terms of actual beer selection it rivals Premier Gourmet, but the knock on this shop is that many brews are not available as singles. Talked to the store guy, he was going on about trying to get the inventory system to handle singles better. Hopefully this will get recitified in the future.

Anyway, they stock the usual range of macros, as well as lots of US craft, and imports. Super premiums like magnums of funky belgians and whatnot are also available.

Prices are the same, or slightly better in most cases, than PG.

Staff seemed very knowledgeable about the beer they were selling, and the industry in general, and seemed genuinely interested in helping me get what I wanted, to the point of suggesting I drop in at PG.

When beer shopping in buffalo, this is my first stop to get what I can (based on stock, singles availability etc.) before heading to other stores.

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Photo of aaronh
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Can't get too much better than this. Great selection of beers in sixers, singles, and bombers. Some that are somewhat unique, like magnums of Anchor OSA (I gotta go back for one of those!). Too many choices, not enough money left in this week's beer budget though. I walked out with a Dragonslayer Bomber, a Le Coq Imperial Stout, A JW Lee’s 2005, an Anchor OSA 2006, and a 17-stick pack of gum for under 18 bucks. Try that in Pennsylvania. Probably not likely in many other places other than Kentucky (sans the Dragonslayer...). On top of that, they have seasonal's showcased, a staff that knows beer, a clean store, and 12-15 beers on tap that you can buy growlers of. And oh yeah, they have a huge selection of chilled beers in sixers, cases, and singles. Maybe there should be a 5 or so in there, but 4.5's pretty solid.

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Photo of kennyo
4.2/5  rDev -3%

was up in the area, 7 hours from house, so I decided to hunt this place down. I was happy that it was only a few blocks from the Pizza plant (thats another review) so after a pod and a few beers I went beer hunting.

Pretty good size beer store but you don't need to go past the first third for the good beer. A lot of NY beers; Bkln Black Chocolate Stout for 7.99, as cmpared to $10.99 at New Beer, Brooklyn Monster, Buffalo Brewing and the like. Also picked up a bunch of Great Divides which we can't get n lower NY; their variety pack, Yetis, Ruffian, Hibernation, Great Lakes variety pack. They had a small but decent selection of Belgians ans a great US selection. $113 later I was putting stuff back that I really wanted to try.

They also have growler fills, about 10 taps

My recollection of premiere was from two years ago but I remeber they they were a little on the high $ side and their selection not as great. The plan was to hit both stores but after Consumers, I didn't need anymore

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%

This is now a must stop on every trip I make to Buffalo. If you live in the area it should really be your one-stop beverage store. I was happy with the import/craft selection at their old location, but the new store was literally built around it! The center of the store is all imports and micros. Two huge shelves of Belgian selections, and about the same for the German and UK imports. The American micro selections are basically everything you would expect from the local micros and then anything you'd care to get from anywhere else in the Country. On my first visit to the new store I got Southern Tier, Stoudt's, SN Bigfoot, Northcoast Old Stock (2005), and a few more. Understand I am from the barren beer wasteland that is West Virginia, but I was like a kid in a candy store.

Service is friendly and knowledgeable, and they even help carry your haul out to the car. Prices are more than competitive based on what I've seen in other areas. I have not visited any other local stores to compare them to though.

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Photo of oberon
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%

Great to have a great place to get craft beer right around the corner from where I work,Iam gonna spend alot of money here I think.In a new location about a half a mile from the old one this looks like a much bigger one.As you walk in take a turn right into the micro and foreign beer aisle also a big cooler taking up the left wall,tons of stuff going on alot of Belgians (I dont care about that really) and German beers,and a nice amount of micros ranging from Bear Republic,to Cisco,to all the NY local stuff like Southern Tier,Cooperstown,Ithaca,Blue Point,andSouthhampton although I wish they had more of their stuff.There are many other micros to choose from,the best of all is there 10 tap growler filling station wich is rotating often I picked up a growler of Brooklyn Blonde Bock wich was amazing but that a different story.At the time I was in there they had the before mentioned Brooklyn offering,Lagutinas IPA,Flying Bison Oatmeal Stout,Blue Point Winter Ale,Rogue Old Crustie,Shcmucker Dark,and a couple others I cant recall.As I went to pay I noticed a few Goose Island offering in six packs on the floor Iam glad to see that as well,friendly service and a good selection without big prices.

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Photo of orfeu
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

I recently stopped by the newly-opened and relocated Consumer's on Transit (they moved a few blocks north to 8580 Transit Rd. in Williamsville). I must say, I really think it's going to be the new "destination" beer store in Erie County.

The Craft and Import selection is the first thing you run into in the store (macros -- of which there are plenty, mind you -- are relegated to the back and periphery), and I swear it damn near if not already rivals the shelves at Premier Gourmet. Haven't been to Premier in a few weeks, so I don't know if they are carrying anything new, but Consumer's (Eggert location, too) now has Oskar Blues beers (Dale's Pale Ale and Old Chub); ten or so beers from Avery including Maharaja, Hog Heaven, The Reverend, and Salvation, plus six-packs of their "smaller" beers; a healthy selection of Dogfish Head (60 and 90 minute IPAs, Indian Brown, Chicory Stout, etc.); Allagash brews I've not seen out here before; a few different bombers from Lagunitas; and a ton of Germans, U.K. beers, and Belgians (including 750s of Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Trippel). Of course, they've got a nice selection of local beers, too: Southern Tier, Saranac, Ommegang, Brooklyn, Flying Bison, Lake Placid, Blue Point and Southamption Publick House (just the bombers), to name a few.

To top it all off, they've got 10 taps for Growler fills, including DFH 60 minute, Spaten Mai Bock, Rogue Old Crustacean, a few Blue Point beers and more! Check the website here under "What's on Tap?" for updates -- they're very quick to keep the tap information accurate.

The growler fill prices are significantly lower than the only other place in town I know of to fill up (Pizza Plant). I spoke with a really friendly guy about the taps, I think he was a manager, and he was very helpful and excited about the new place -- as was the younger guy who rung me up -- all leading me to believe that this location is only going to get better.

Oh yeah, they've got a pretty nice glassware selection, too!

Overall, this place has better prices than Pizza Plant or Premier Gourmet, and their selection is definitely worth a stop if you're in the Northeast part of the Buffalo metro area.

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Consumer's Beverage Center in East Amherst, NY
Place rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 19 ratings
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