Friendly Mini Mart

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Type: Store

16708 Detroit Ave.
Lakewood, Ohio, 44107
United States

(216) 221-8885 | map

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Added by AltBock on 03-06-2007

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Reviews by sitarist:
Photo of sitarist
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This just became one of my favorite beer stores. Half the store is dedicated to beer. They have a great selection of craft, import, and macro beers here. This is the place to come for single beers, they have a few coolers dedicated to just singles and bombers. They even had all the latest new releases including the hard to find stuff like KBS, DORIS, SM 30th, etc.... I could have easily spent over an hour going through their selections but I was pressed for time. I left happy and with the beer I came there for plus a few other great beers.

The staff was friendly and helped me find what I was looking for. At least one of the two kids working knew about their products.

Lakewood is the beer Mecca!

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Photo of RyanMcFly1985
4.85/5  rDev +17.1%

Another one of my go-to stores. This place has an outstanding selection of single bottles, which is the perfect way to try new beers without breaking the bank. If you stop in on a weeknight, you can talk to John. He really knows his beers and is very helpful.

Quality: They have the best of the best of all styles. Whether it's bombers, single bottles, 4 packs, 6 packs, they definitely have the high-quality stuff. Founders, Bruery, Bell's, Dogfish Head, Great Lakes, Stone, Alesmith, Jolly Pumpkin etc. can be found here. I also feel this place has one of the best selection of Belgian singles in the Cleveland area.

Service: There's always a friendly person working, but on weeknights, John is the best. He knows his stuff and is always willing to help out customers. It's enjoyable to discuss beer with him because he also tries many of the new beers and is willing to offer his take on them. Great guy.

Selection: My favorite place to go for individual 12 oz bottles. I truly have this place to thank for all of the different types of beer I have been able to try. Being able to buy 12 oz bottles is just the perfect way to try new beer without overspending on something you do not end up liking. If you want the ultimate mix-a-six pack, check this place out (although you don't need to buy 6; you could buy 1 bottle if you wanted!). They also get all special-release bombers, as I was able to find Black Ops here before I saw it anywhere else.

Value: In Ohio, I've fortunately never found too many differences in prices. This place is on-par with all other beer stores I've been to. No gouging at all.

Along with Rozi's, this is my favorite beer store. I usually spread my business between those two places, as I like them both very much.

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Photo of AltBock
3.85/5  rDev -7%

Friendly Mini Mart is located in front of Edwards Park in between Edwards Ave and Ethel Ave. It's directly across the street from Hollywood Video and Dairy Queen. On the outside it looks like a run of the mill convenience store with big giant green letters above the door that says "Friendly Mini Mart." You can't miss it. They have a few free parking spaces in the front. There will usually be one open because people rush in and out like it's a convenience store. Well, on second thought, it is like a convenience store, but instead of having a deli and few grocery items, they have a great selection of beer and wine instead. The store is cut into 2 sections. Beer on the left and wine and other booze on the right. They keep their beer on room temp wood shelves and refrigerators that line the back wall. They keep their craft six packs in the refrigerators, 12 packs out on the floor in these big stacks, and most of the 750s and bombers on the wooden shelves. Sometimes you have an option if you want your craft beer bomber or 750 cold or at room temp. They do sell single 12 oz bottles, but that selection is very limited and they keep those in the refrigerator.

While I was wondering around the store aimlessly for about 10 minutes checking out their beer and wine selection, I wasn't even once greeted with a "hello" or a "who are you and what are you doing here?" They weren't busy at all and in fact I walked past them a couple of times without a greeting. They must have thought I knew what I was doing, but still, no greeting at all. They were happy when I checked out though. I know of one that works there that knows his beer, but he wasn't there when I went. His name is John and he knows his beer facts quite well. So they have at least one person there that know his beer. I'm not too sure of the other ones though. They are Friendly, but not talking Friendly.

When you first walk in, you're going to be greeted by a Belgian and Belgian style beer shelf on the left. That shelf was full of Rochefort 8 and 10, Duvel, Saison Dupont, a bottle of Unibroue, Meredsous 8, Sterkens White, Delirium, Grotten Brown, Corsendonk, a 3 liter bottle of Corsendonk Christmas, Nostradamus, and some St. Bernardus 12 60th special edition. Keep walking straight and you'll find a refrigerator that's filled with Ommegang, Bell's, La Chouffe, Val-Dieu, Abbaye Des Rocs, Hoppin' Frog, Allagash, Founders, Magic Hat, Flying Dog, DFH, St. Nick Bock, Lagunitas, Unibroue, and some Two Brother's big beer bomber bottles. Turn to your left and walk down the path and you'll encounter wooden shelves with high end craft beers like a 3 liter Stone 10th, Stone seasonals, Jolly Pumpkin 750s, DFH 750, 3 Floyd's, Two Brothers, Southern Tier bombers, and Avery. Past that and they have a DFH Aprihop display. Their refrigerators are filled with craft six packs and few imports like Ayinger, Tucher, Aventinus, Young's, Eggenberg, and Mönchshof.

They have a few expensive beers there, but they combined those with low to moderately priced craft beers. If you want to stop at a beer store to run in to get some craft beer and run out without any chitchat, then stop at Friendly Mini Mart.

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Friendly Mini Mart in Lakewood, OH
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