Bruno's Supermarkets

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Bruno's SupermarketsBruno's Supermarkets

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2001 McFarland Blvd E
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35404-5801
United States

(205) 349-3000

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Added by Poser on 08-04-2007

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Photo of Akfindlay
2.03/5  rDev -34.1%
vibe: 1 | quality: 2.25 | service: 1.25 | selection: 3

I was excited about the growler station replacing the pharmacy, but the experience of getting there and getting the beer was not very good. The drive from campus took me nearly 20 minutes because of the traffic on McFarland, and that is only where the headaches began. The station had about 40 taps working during my visit, which I thought was cool, but the grocery store associates working the taps had little to no experience with the beer they were selling. Also, you are not allowed to taste the beer before hand, which was a big thumbs down. The associates lack of information on the beer and not being able to taste the brew before I buy it was really aggravating.. Although, I did purchase the growler which was $4.99 for the growler and an extra $1.29 just for the cap. The beer was fantastic, for about 24 hours and after that it went flat.

My overall experience was not very good. I know Bruno's is trying something new here but hire people who know what they are doing, and figure out the traffic situation. Also, keep the store open past 10 pm! College students stay up late and 10:00 pm is way too early to be closing. Until these problems are fixed, I will continue buying bottles instead of filling a jug, and continue to take my buisness to friendly neighborhood craft beer stores.

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Photo of number58
2.86/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5

The main advantage of Bruno's is that it's open 24 hours. As far as supermarkets go, their selection is amazing. But compared to any real craft beer store, it's nothing serious. They often have Good People Beer in stock, which is a good thing. Not much high gravity stuff, but this place is a great source for a 6 pack of good beer that isn't bud light. The service is nothing to write home about, it's a grocery store after all. They employees don't know anything about beer, but are nice. Their prices are fair as well.

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Photo of mklinger
3.4/5  rDev +10.4%

This is a nice grocery store for purchasing beer. In fact, for a grocery store, it has the best selection of beer in Tuscaloosa. However, they don't seem to be carrying the new "high gravity" beers that are now available in Alabama, so while others have improved over the last six months, Brunos has stayed about the same, making them seem poorer in comparison.

Service, like at any grocery store is pretty unimpressive. No one there to help out, ask questions of. If you found someone, it would likely just be a minimum wage worker who wouldn't know anything about beer.

Prices are reasonable, on par with Publix or other higher end grocery or non-discount liquor places.

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Photo of Ell
3.4/5  rDev +10.4%

This is probably the second-best selection in Tuscaloosa. Spirits in Northport is better, but it's a hike out Rice Mine Road.

It is a grocery store. There's nobody here who knows anything about beer except where it's located in the store. They have a decent selection of beers for Alabama - it's tough to do better. You're going to (of course) find all the macros, but there are some micros here too - Sweetwater, Abita and Terrapin are usually well stocked (although they were totally tapped out of the 420 last time I was in there, but they did have the IPA which is hard to find around Tuscaloosa).

The prices are on par with what you'd expect, and they get nearly everything they can. Tough to fault them for that.

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Photo of gixxerman
3.7/5  rDev +20.1%

I gave the selection a 4, but that is an 'Alabama 4'. If this place were in the northeast, it wouldn't even be listed under beer stores.

With that being said I scored some Sweetwater 420 - good pale ale, and an Abita selection here. They have SA, Sierra Nevade, Abita, Terrapin, Rogue, Weihenstephaner, and a few otheres.

It was enough to get me through my stay in Tuscaloosa without having to resort to macro-ing it. Don't expect a beer mecca here, it is more like an oasis with enough to see you through.

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Photo of AmishT
3/5  rDev -2.6%

I stopped by Bruno's yesterday to check out their selection. In addition to their solid Terrapin, Sierra Nevada, and Sam Adams stuff, they had some other noteworthy selections: some stuff from Samuel Smith's (India Ale, Pale Ale, and maybe some others), Rogue (Mocha Porter and Dead Guy Ale), Spaten (Franzikaner Hefe-Weiss and some others), Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier (I grabbed the last 6 of this though), Harpoon (IPA and Raspberry Heff), Anchor Liberty Ale, and, as Poser mentioned, Tucher.

For a supermarket in Alabama, Bruno's has a pretty good selection. If you're only shopping for beer, the service isn't anything to write home about. It'd be pretty awesome if you could make your own six-pack. At any rate, its worth stopping by Bruno's every once in awhile to see if there's anything worth picking up.

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Photo of Poser
3.15/5  rDev +2.3%

I hate to say it, but Bruno's is almost the only place to buy beer in Tuscaloosa. The grocery store has three main sections for the beer. The coolers and the shelves near the coolers have all your BMC brands as well as some stuff like Terrapin, Sierra Nevada, etc. Take a left in the middle and you'll cross some warm beer on the end of an aisle -- usually a few imports and some seasonals. Keep walking toward the end and they try to have a good selection of Sam Adams beers and a few others hanging out with them.

They even have a couple singles of Tucher, but that's all. I have run into some outdated beer there, but they seem to keep up with it most of the time. Don't expect any help from the employees -- they can tell you about their sale on bread but not about the beer.

All in all, it's better than nothing.

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Bruno's Supermarkets in Tuscaloosa, AL
Place rating: 3.08 out of 5 with 7 ratings
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