Grunst Brothers Party Store

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624 N State St
Big Rapids, Michigan, 49307-1453
United States

(231) 796-7253 | map

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Added by adammills on 10-09-2006

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Reviews by MDekker:
Photo of MDekker
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%

Although I live near Grand Rapids, I work at Ferris St U, so I occasionally stop by Grunst Brothers to pick up some decent beer. They do have a substantial craft brew selection, although some of it can be very old. There's lots of dust from the old building, but I found Great Lakes BC beer that expired in 2003 while shopping there in 2005. I always check freshness dates when I'm there and avoid ales that don't have any, if I can. The prices are very reasonable, though, like $1.20 for Sam Adams singles (although they want $7.49 for a sixer of SA, so I ask for six singles instead - you can't fool the math professor!). It is depressing to watch all the people head straight for the cooler and the cases of Bud and Miller right across from the good beer shelf. Overall, though, it's a decent place, the price is right, and if you live in Big Rapids you don't have a choice anyway!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Billydoughnuts
4.65/5  rDev +23%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

As others have noted, Grunst Bros has the best selection in the area and their options are increasing every month. Also as others have noted, you need to check dates on those brews that freshness matters. Meijer has recently began increasing their craft selection but it's still no where near what Grunst offers. Getting to know the guys who work there definitely helps, they hook me up with limited releases and I've reciprocated with some out of distro stuff so this a definite plus. I'll usually get my everyday brews at Meijer because of the huge price discrepancy but meijer can't match the selection offered here. I stop in here at least once every two weeks, generally every week. TL,DR: any craft geek can easily find something here, just check the dates if freshness counts!

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5

To coin a phrase from Oldsmobile "This is not your father's Oldsmobile" replace 'father's Oldsmobile' with 'Grunst Brothers' to read: This is not your GRUNST BROTHERS was my reaction when I recently visited. It has been many, many...years since I last was in Grunst Brothers and has it changed! The once dingy party store has been remodeled and boy it is an improvement.

Grunst also has considerably increased their offerings. They have a selection of Michigan and other U.S. brewers, German, Belgian brewers, etc.

Being from the Metro Detroit area I am a bit spoiled with a large number of stores and a good selection. However, as far as I am concerned Grunst Brothers offers the best selection of craft beer in Big Rapids.

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Photo of Zuidman
2.59/5  rDev -31.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

We spend a week in Big Rapids every year on vacation. I have stopped going here
because most of the IPAs with bottle dates were several months old and that is what I usually
like to try when I am checking out new beers. Some bottles on the shelf have a good layer of dust.
This year I stopped for some reason and bought a bunch of singles. I've opened 4
so far and all were super old based on taste. Malt bomb IPAs...

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Photo of algriff
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Best selection for craft beer in my opinion in Big Rapids. I've had much help from some employees and some just don't care, but I like it. I like the option to take any single from a pack they have.

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Photo of Brandonparrent
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Dj_Xyster
4.6/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of kbeals
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%

Stopped in here about a week ago after my math professor and fellow BA'er told me about it. The store's appearance leaves something to be desired, a bit dingy and old. Regardless, the beer selection was pretty good. A lot of different breweries are represented, and the prices are surprisingly reasonable for this area. I expected the prices to be much higher. Some of the bottles looked a little old with a layer of dust on them, so check the dates if possible. The thing that really hurts this store was the service. When I walked up to check out, one cashier was talking about how she kept getting thrown in jail(!?), and then the guy ringing up my beer overcharged me a ridiculous amount. Luckily, I was able to straighten it out. The store also has a good selection of wine if you're into that. I will probably be returning to this store seeing as how it's the only place around here.

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Photo of adammills
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%

I have lived in Big Rapids for five years and just found out the Grunst Brothers has real beer. I stopped by when I saw the sign out front advertising Oktoberfest beers. Inside is a bit dingy but they do have a decent selection. Price wise they are a bit more than you will pay in Grand Rapids but it is just around the corner for me. They have a pretty wide variety of beers, both foreign and domestic microbrews. The good beer there is housed on the shelf rather than in the cooler, and the help there doesnÂ’t seem to know much about the product, so it is not a situation where you can go and get a recommendation. However, as far as I can tell this is the only place to buy quality beer in the Big Rapids area. If you are in town and need real beer, you can find it at Grunst Brothers.


I stopped in there today and have changed my mind a bit. The beer there has not just been sitting on the shelf, and it is pretty cheap. 1.20 for a Sam Adams Cream Stout single, and the big bottle or Chimay Red is two dollars cheaper than it is at other beer shops!

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Grunst Brothers Party Store in Big Rapids, MI
Place rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 9 ratings