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The Village Beer Merchant

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The Village Beer MerchantThe Village Beer Merchant

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

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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 38
Reviews by cratez:
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Second best beer store in Buffalo with a beautiful, clean, and open layout and countless speciality items like gourmet meats and cheeses.

Hundreds of bottles to choose from with 20 taps for growler fills. Expansive selection of American and Belgian micros with some impressive UK (Samuel Smith) and German (Ayinger) offerings as well.

I grabbed a case of beer that included Fantôme Hiver, Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye and Red Rocket, Great Divide 17th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA, Victory Hop Wallop, Mikkeller IBeatU, and Ithaca Flower Power IPA, among others.

The service on my visit was excellent as the clerk chatted to me the entire time I was shopping. He suggested a handful of noteworthy beers (particularly the new arrivals) and gave me a Bell’s HopSlam as I was checking out. Unbelievable!

Overall, this is a must-visit when shopping for beer in Buffalo, although Premier has a slightly larger, cheaper, and in some cases fresher selection than Village. Still, I will undoubtedly be returning here when I find myself back in the city. An outstanding beer store.

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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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3/5  rDev -30.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of bgeisel
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Tiberianray
5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of hailgob
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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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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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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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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Photo of Beejis60
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Usually a damn good selection. A bit too pricey though; usually Consumers is QUITE a bit cheaper if they have the same beer... but that's a huge if. Village Beer Merchant always has a handful of beers I've never had and the tap selection is nice too from time to time. Just picked up a growler of Mikkeller Coffee Bean IPA so that was a HUGE freaking score for me. Never expected anyone around here to ever have any Mikkellers on tap.
All in all, the atmosphere is good, seems kinda like a more crafty, more quaint Premier. Great selection, but not excellent... some beers I just don't feel like they need there, honestly. Service is superb. The dude at the counter always has a good recommendation or five for me when I'm in the mood to spend cash.

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The Village Beer Merchant in Buffalo, NY
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