Bottle King Of Hillsdale

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Type: Store

381 Washington Ave
Hillsdale, New Jersey, 07675
United States

(201) 722-9400 | map

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Added by EPseja on 09-14-2006

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by r0nyn:
Photo of r0nyn
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Located just past the train tracks in Hillsdale, Bottle King is not a hard place to find and is definitely worth a stop if you're in the area.

The majority of the store is dominated by wine and spirits, which isn't surprising. The craft beer section is to the right and towards the back, taking up a few shelves and about three of the tall coolers. The stuff they have is good quality, and they regularly rotate stock so everything is fresh. The selection is actually really good for the area, as you can find a lot of hidden gems not normally seen in the NY/NJ area like The Lost Abbey and Terrapin, along with the usual suspects like Stone and Rogue. Plenty of local breweries are represented as well, with a plethora of offerings from Sixpoint, Southern Tier and Brooklyn.

The associates are friendly and genial, as every time I've stopped in I'm asked if I need help finding anything. Pricing is where this place really shines, though. Bombers are generally a few dollars cheaper than other places, which really helps when you're buying a lot. Some of the more expensive stuff also has a few dollars knocked off, making them a lot more palatable to the wallet. If you have a member's card, certain beers can be up to 50% off, which can be a real boon, especially when they get the good stuff in.

For a chain store, this place actually has the goods! Quite impressed with this Bottle King and will continue to revisit it going forward.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of stomioka
2.22/5  rDev -42.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.25 | service: 2.25 | selection: 2.25

Photo of tikk
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of koopa
3.85/5  rDev 0%

Hillsdale Bottle King is one of the better BK locations in Northern NJ. The staff is helpful, friendly, and seem to enjoy the line of work that they are in. They are willing to special order beers for you and stock a good mix of Belgian / German imports, US micros, and US macros. The store itself can be very hard to find if you are unfamiliar with the area.

GPS WARNING: My Garmin GPS unit will not take me in the proper direction when driving to this place from Rt. 17
It gets me to the correct street, but tells me to make a right onto it when the bottle king is actually to the left.

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Photo of Chucklz
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%

A convenient place to grab some craft brews if you are in the area. Has a fairly nice selection of the more common craft brews, and a few of the more common Belgian ales. There are occasionally some really nice finds, and sometimes even a sale on craft beer. Occasionally, you will find much rarer beers here, but it is definitely hit or miss. Most of the craft beer is in the back, in coolers, with some warm cases in the very front of the store.

I would not say that this store would be worth a special trip, however, if you are in the area, you could do a lot worse.

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Photo of DZAMBA
5/5  rDev +29.9%

When you walk in it looks like your average wine/liquor store in NJ. Lots of wine and liquor and beer selection limited to BMC.

When you walk to the back by the cooler however the selection of Belgium, German and American Micros is quite exciting. It's one of those stores where you should go alone, because you might be there for a while deciding what to imbibe.

Staff is friendly and knolegable. Manager Ed is always looking to include local breweries in the store. You will now see Defiant beers from Neil Acer in Pear River there.

Two thumbs up!

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Photo of Kopp
3.85/5  rDev 0%

It's a good store. While I'm at home, I go here if I can't make it up to Ramsey. They have a pretty decent selection of beer in the front as well as in the fridge, and it's always changing which is nice. People who work there are nice and are pretty helpful. Struck up a conversation with a few of them and they all seemed pretty knowledgeable and were nice, even a few other customers joined in the conversation which was nice, but I have had times where it seemed no one was willing to help out, so I guess it just depends on the time you go. It's also reasonably priced which is nice.

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Photo of BergenZero
4/5  rDev +3.9%

I have been coming here for some years. The service is really good to me, they know who i am when i walk in the door. The only people to ask are three guys, Will, this guy mark and this guy Chris. They know what they are doing. They all wear redish shirts and will always ask you what you need. Will is the really loud guy who hates canadians for some reason, tell him WASSUp and he will take care of you.

There selection of beers is not extensive but certainly good. They Have alot of microbrew that changes frequently with the seasons. A lot of lagunitas, smuttynose, anchor, republic, and stone. There are plenty more but i was doing some tasting tonite and cant recall them.

Anyway at least give them a chance they are not the biggest store but if you live in the area its certainly better than going to a&p liquors or a lot of the mom and pops. I know i get a good price.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%

I've been shopping here for years. Lately, in the morning, I'll drop by for a quick visit and pick up something new to try after the work day's done.

The selection is ok... Plenty of Rogue bombers, Smuttynose, Troegs, and a hell of a lot of Stone, Bear Repubic, and Lagunitas... California represents. Seasonal beers greet you right at the front door to the right, as they have for years. Prices are reasonable.

The service (which really doesn't exist here) is nowhere on the floor, and just horrible at the cash register. These people do *not* smile, and eye contact is avoided completely! Not just once, but *every* time I come in.

This happens to be on my way home from work, but there are two other, larger Bottle Kings (one in Wayne, the other Ramsey) that dazzle with service and selection not far from here. I can't recommend this establishment with a clear concience.

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Photo of EPseja
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%

Lots of beer, wine and spirits, presented in a clean, well-organized and well-lit store - as with any Bottle King. Let's concentrate on the beer...

As you walk in, their craft beer warm stock is located directly at the front door, tucked away in a corner on the right, and about 1/4 of the way up the right wall from that point. A decent rotating 6-pack and case selection of (mostly seasonal) local east coast micros from the likes of Weyerbacher, Victory, Saranac, Dogfish Head, Brookyln, along with neighboring towers of the usual macro staples.

To get to the "rest" of the beers, you need to head to the back of the store, but it's worth the trip! In the cold cases, you'll find a nice assortment of Belgians, imports, and craft beers from across the country including Chimay, Anchor, Stone, Clipper City, North Coast, Unibroue and more. As with the warm stuff up front, this stock seems to rotate fairly regularly with the seasons.

The staff on the floor is helpful and knowledgeable - at least as far as what they have in stock is concerned. I didn't get a chance to engage any of the staff in a serious beer conversation, though. On the most recent night I went in, I found a bottle of Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin in the fridge, but wanted a warm one. I asked the cashier if there were any warm ones and she instantly said, "no." Luckily, one of the guys on the floor overheard my request and trumped her with a "Sure we do. How many do you need?" That was very cool, and outweighted the lackluster performance of the cashier.

The prices are all very satisfactory on everything they sell. The Imperial Pumpkin was $4.50 a bomber, and I also picked up a cold bomber of Stone Smoked Porter for $3.99. You won't get gouged here!

All in all, this is a very good place to pick up some "stock" type craft beers. It dominates the A&P Warehouse Liquors in Westwood in terms of price, and every craft beer drinker will be able to find something to take home.

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Bottle King Of Hillsdale in Hillsdale, NJ
Place rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 10 ratings
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