The Village Beer Merchant

BA SCORE
94
outstanding

40 Ratings
The Village Beer MerchantThe Village Beer Merchant
PLACE INFO

Type: Store

547 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, New York, 14222-1815
United States

(716) 881-1080 | map

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-12-2008

PLACE STATS
Score:
94
Ratings:
40
Reviews:
23
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
6.5%
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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of Sherman250624
4.82/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Passing through Buffalo on my way back to NE Ohio. Walked in and overheard Brian talking with another customer and noticed this guy was extremely into beer. Passionate. I was stoked this place had tons of beer that isn't in Ohio (yet). Brian turned his attention to me and immediately started guiding me through the choices I wasn't familiar with. Not a Belgian fan, but he convinced me to pick up the Allagash Table Beer, plus some other brews from the Northeast (along with some Firestone Walker). He was even kind enough to spare a Firestone Parabola. He receives new shipments everyday so you never know what you're gonna find, which is part of the fun. It's all about the chase, isn't it? In the end, I found a new gem during my travels and will make it a point to swing by VBM whenever in WNY. Cheers.

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Photo of Rodosman
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75

Great little bottle shop in Buffalo. The service was great. I mentioned to the cashier I was from out of town and he took his time to guide me through the store and explain the layout of the store. Was very knowledgeable of the products and could lent wait to do more to help me. Would definitely recommend to anyone passing through on their way to Niagara Falls.

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Photo of nater919
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of jpd026
5/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of 52ndVictory
4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in while I was in Buffalo. Super nifty open floor lay out. Had a crazy nice selection of fresh stuff, lots of Belgians and Germans, even found a Brewfist Italian. Had some snakcs, picked up a jar of the best mustard I've had from Sierra. Didn't get anything from the taps, but recognized their large, varied list. Cashier was a good chat and knew the store well. It was a little on the pricier side, but worth it. All in all, wish I had a place like this at my end of the state.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of keydiddy
4.9/5  rDev +13.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Iamjeff6
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Misterphinister
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Best place in town. You never have to look at dates, always fresh.

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Photo of Wingalls
5/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of greg4579
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of KATCanada
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Easy to find and very close to border for fellow Canadians. Cool small place their philisophy seems to be don't stock much and let it turn fast. I am good with that. I went on a Tuesday around noon and there was not a ton of stuff. Had some nice sours and a few unique bottles. I grabbed a Prairie Ale. It sounded like Wed was a better day to get more unique stuff. Girl there new her stuff and once we started talking was good. I would recommend if in a hurry but Premier is only about 10-15 minutes away and has a way bigger selection and Consumers in Niagara falls is just as close to the border with also more selection although neither had as good a vibe.
Updated March 2016: Tuesday again but much more stock, Grimm, Founder Mosaic and great taps. Much better than when I was last here. Brian is a great guy, loves to talk beer. I have updated my rating accordingly.

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Photo of Alforcat
3/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of Bnjmnlws
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of bgeisel
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of truthcontortion
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Tiberianray
5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of lotofsnow
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Sammy
3.84/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

A very classy shop, near Cole's bar and therefore right off the Peace Bridge. This allows a new option for Canadians to shop for bottles if they can't get far enough to Premiere. The comparisons start. Premiere has more selection, particularly with their very liberal singles policy, much spottier service,more food and soda with your beers, more parking, and closer to the main though more expensive Buffalo shopping haunts. Village is more navigatable aisles, slightly better pricing, and of course a different part of town.

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Photo of HoppyBastard1
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.64/5  rDev -15.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

A bit disappointed. Nothing here that I couldn't find elsewhere. The selection would be good for somebody who hadn't tried as much beer. Still a good selection nonetheless, just nothing crazy when I went.

They have a good looking growler area that I didn't patronize. Glassware available for purchase as well.

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Photo of Wompus
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of deviousdannyg
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Michael_D
4/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

2 Village Beer Merchants around here. They have a pretty good selection at both stores, especially compared to other stores in the city. The only issue is they are a few dollars more expensive on average. Sometimes it's worth it for the close drive. Employees are cool, but they aren't always around to shoot the stuff with.

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Photo of soze47
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Stopped by here on my way through town. Some great finds that I was glad to find. I walked out with some Cantillion (on the shelf no less), Great Lakes Blackout Stout four-pack, and a growler of St. James Stout from Ellticotville.

Nice atmosphere, like a gourmet shop vibe. Great looking selection of NY locals on one shelf, US on other, Foreign offerings on another. Nice glassware and other gourmet item inventory too, but I didn't look too closely at that stuff. Service was friendly, but I found that I knew a lot more about their inventory than the guy that was helping me.

A nice shop with a few finds I was hoping to come across on my trip.

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The Village Beer Merchant in Buffalo, NY
4.31 out of 5 based on 40 ratings.
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