Big Ten East

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9 Ratings

Type: Store

1108 East Grand River Ave.
East Lansing, Michigan, 48823
United States

(517) 351-5621 | map

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2007

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of Gemini6
3.62/5  rDev +14.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4

Photo of justinp444
3.66/5  rDev +15.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

A cramped shop with a alright selection for a college liquor store. Don't bother trying to ask if they have anything in the back or new, they don't know, care, or want to tell you, so be specific. The service is good or bad depending on who you talk to, most of the guys know their stuff, just are not very good with customer service or service in general. They do tend to tell you when they are getting shipments of specific things in, so if you ever need to have a guaranteed bottle of this or that, they can normally tell you when they will have it. The pricing is more expensive then most other stores by a bit but normally not ridiculous. Overall not a bad shop, just not the best.

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Photo of Cotton_27
3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Spiekerbox
4.15/5  rDev +31.3%

Nice place with one of the best selections of micros close to the MSU campus. Prices are high due to it being at such a close location to campus, there are better places within a few miles but its selection is still very nice with a good selection for make your own 6 packs, just the prices are elevated as would be expected. Staff is always helpful and for the most part pretty knowledgeable about what they sell. For being a student this is one of the better places to buy beer and booze close to campus. Though if you want a slightly better selection of six packs of micro brews with slightly better prices I would suggest going about a half mile down the road to Tom's, but I still visit both regularly, always better then QD across the street, less busy too.

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Photo of MasonBeerMan
2.85/5  rDev -9.8%

This is a decent place to stop in a crunch in East Lansing. But if you can, head a few miles east, west, or southwest and you can find much better selections and even prices at Dusty's cellar, Oades Big Ten or Goodrich's Shop Rite. They have the standard selection of beer, macros, imports some michigan micros and national micros. Pricing is ok, the one good thing about this place is that you can find gems that are gone at the other places mentioned above. But for the most part it average at best. Don't really know about the service, as I didn't need any.

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Photo of drxandy
2.85/5  rDev -9.8%

A far cry from oades, big ten east has a decent amount of singles and is right smack on grand river by subway.. however this has its drawbacks, like employees who could care less about craft beer and are your typical frat kids. Shrug. Anyways they do happen to have some things here and there that sell out elsewhere, because people that would patronize other places might not find their way over- i picked up a 4 pack of kentucky breakfast and was tempted to buy the last one as well. KBS went quick in lansing, i only saw it twice and only for sale in singles.

anyways, ten east is alright, but not a killer bottle shop

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Photo of Atlas1
3.3/5  rDev +4.4%

I find myself in East Lansing for a work-related conference, and BeerFly led me to Big Ten East, seeing as it was about a mile and a half walk from the Kellogg hotel on MSU's campus where I'm staying.

So I made the trek, through the snow and wind, across campus, to BTE. Walked in and... eh. Nothing fancy. Sort of a shack of a place, in between a McDonald's and a gas station. Kind of dumpy.

Three college-age guys were at work stocking the liquor shelves. I browsed the beer selection: Not bad, but certainly not great. Standard American craft selection, with some Michigan local brews that I can't find in DC. I went to BTE to pick up some Founders, which I love but is not available in DC, and also walked out with some New Holland. But most of the beers available there are fairly ubiquitous and can be found most places. Fairly decent liquor selection, and some wines for sale too.

Service was efficient, if not overly helpful. In fairness, the guys there were working on a project and I don't really like being bugged too much when I shop for beer. But I had no way of guaging their beer knowledge.

I rated the value as "reasonable" despite the fact that the prices were fairly high. $3 Founders 12oz. $8 for a bomber of New Holland. I chalk it all up to the current national rise in pricing. Not a big deal.

I don't know about the other beer stores in East Lansing, so I can't compare BTE to anything else. But, in a vaccuum, this is an a middle-of-the-road beer store with an okay selection. Like I said before, not bad, but certainly not great.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
1.95/5  rDev -38.3%

After watching the Badgers walk away with a victory over Michigan State our party was in low supply of beer so some kind DD gave me a ride over here to resupply. I was happy to find six packs of Harpoon Oktoberfest, an under priced bottle of Krait Prestige, and a small selection of regional craft singles. The selection wasn’t great but in a crunch situation, like the one I was in, it did just fine. Some Stone and a lot of Bell’s was notably available and the staff seemed interested, if not knowledgeable about craft beer.

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Photo of nortmand
3.1/5  rDev -1.9%

This is a little party store, the closest to where all the infamous MSU riots originate from, so they sell alot of kegs and 30 packs of shitty beer. But they also have slightly better than average micro selection. They have like 1 or 2 offerings from most MI breweries and some out of state. They also have a small selection of singles and offer 10% off of mixed sixes, but considering that they charge 15-20% more for everything than most of the other places, you really aren't getting much out of it.
Service is ok, I guess. If you aren't 21-24 years old, you'll feel a bit out of place.
This place isn't worth visiting, unless you absolutely can't get to Oades Big Ten, Goodrich's or Tom's, or you drive by it on your way home from work.

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Big Ten East in East Lansing, MI
Place rating: 3.16 out of 5 with 9 ratings
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