The Perfect Pour

The Perfect PourThe Perfect Pour
The Perfect PourThe Perfect Pour
Store

6630 Marie Curie Dr
Ste E
Elkridge, Maryland, 21075-6402
United States

(443) 285-0702 | map
perfectpourcolumbia.com

Notes:
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.35
Reviews:
68
Ratings:
103
pDev:
10.8%
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BJB13 from Maryland

4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Great selection of local, craft and imports.
12 tap growler/crowler fill station that is continually updated on their website.
Friendly and helpful staff that have always offered help and given it when needed.
They have a good turnover rate, which means sometimes you miss out on new releases, which are usually posted on IG, but this keeps most of their craft selection fresh. In the approximately four years that I have frequented this shop I have had numerous "beer conversations" with employees as well as brewer's reps. The prices are a bit high but reasonable. Most of the craft selection is stored at room temperature but nowhere near any windows.

May 07, 2020
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Convenient location just off I-95 south of Baltimore. First thing you will notice is the extensive craft selection, from the case stacks in the center of the store, to the loaded aisles behind them. They also have a growler station with about 12-15 taps. Macros dominate the coolers. Probably the best place to find the latest releases and seasonals. If it's distributed in Maryland this may be the best place to find it. Service is knowledgeable and friendly. Drawback is the tight aisles; a trade-off I know for the large selection, but it can be difficult to maneuver when they are busy.

Mar 18, 2020
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VABA from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Plus-Big store with good selection of imported and Maryland craft beers. Minus-Prices seemed a slightly higher for some beers and the cooler area was filled with the regular suspects.

May 05, 2018
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BeanWolf from Maryland

3.96/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Perfect Pour is in the top three beers store in MD for size of selection. I love how much they use twitter, never have to guess what new arrivals are. Sadly, none of this really matters... easily the most expensive beer store in the surrounding area. Almost everything is at least ten percent more than their competitors. Because of this, I find myself shopping here less and less... even the glassware is expensive. Its not like everything is refrigerated... I might pay for that.

Apr 13, 2016
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oldn00b from Virginia

4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Typical wine/beer shop. Large selection, but a lot of very standard offerings taking up a lot of shelf space and seemingly sitting around for a while. Local D/IPAs bottled/canned 3 months before sitting on the shelves. National offerings 6+ months past the bottle date or at the expiration date on the shelf. Almost no fridge space and what space there is is taken up largely by the MBC offerings.

The gentleman working was very helpful - helped guide me to the local offerings and pointed out some other things new to the state. Was helpful with my wife and her cider questions. It was fine but nothing fantastic.

Sep 16, 2015
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JOldewurtel from Maryland

4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Rates right up there with State Line. I really think I am starting to like the selection here the best. The only thing that I could complain about is the prices seem a little high... Overall, possibly the best bottle shop in the state.

Jul 22, 2015
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Marraybay from District of Columbia

4.01/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Lots and lots of choices here and you can pull a bottle standalone from essentially any packaging, if the single isn't already on the the shelf, in order to build your own 6-pack: (Big thumbs up here.) There are also a number of bomber/standalone bottles available, including a very hefty number of imports:

However, lot's of stockage on low shelves, which is compounded by a lack of light and the many customers trying to get by you, as you stoop down onto the floor in many situations. (thumbs down here.)

A fair number of employees roaming free-range, asking if you need help.

Apr 23, 2015
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Bodomnjk from Maryland

4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5

Needs beers from breweries in Minnesota and Michigan.

Bell's (MI)
Surly (MN)
Summit (MN)

Bell's Two-Hearted Ale is one of the most popular craft beers in the Mid-west and Summit is one of the most well known breweries in MN, WI, IA, ND, and SD. Surly is also becoming extremely popluar in MN and growing exponentially. Some of the best IPA I have ever had; comparable to west coast IPA's such as Sierra Nevada Torpedo, Green Flash West Coast, and Stone IPA's.

Mar 13, 2015
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

4.35/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

A massive liquor and beer store with the appeal that comes with high shelves, lots of boxes and narrow isles. But an overwhelming selection. Friendly people and good service. Something on the shelves to make almost anyone happy.

Mar 04, 2015
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DCgolfpro from Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

This place has recently given State line a run for their money for best bottle shop in MD. Under new ownership their pricing has become reasonable. Their selection is unreal and the customer service is exceptional for a store of it's size.

Dec 01, 2014
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bubseymour from Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

I thought this place was amazing. The European beer offerings especially I found to be a wider selection than anywhere else I've been. Some complain about prices, but I found them reasonably priced and comparable to most bottle shops that sell singles over in Frederick, MD.

Oct 07, 2014
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Jack_Frost79 from Maryland

4.79/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

The selection here is beyond compare (at least in Maryland). Everyone who works there is extremely knowledgeable and eager to help. Maybe a little too eager. You won't get out of there without being asked if you need anything about 10 times. That can be kind of annoying, but they do know their stuff and are everywhere. The Growler station has 12 beers on tap at all times. The only reason this place doesn't get a 5 is that their prices are higher than other places. Cindy's, also in Elkridge, has a good selection (but not as good) with better prices.

Jul 31, 2014
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wrightst from Maryland

4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

The beer staff is knowledgeable and eager to help. Great group. Even the wine side will try to help, and are not completely lost on the beer side.

The selection of beers cannot be beat. I have yet to find a beer store, coast to coast, that compares, let alone beats this store. You pay for the selection, however. For commonly available beers, you can probably go around the corner and save a dollar or more per six-pack. In my opinion, this is totally worth it. I'll take selection over bargains any day of the week.

My only complaint is that the wine side seems to be growing as of early 2014, and encroaching on the beer side. It certainly hasn't hurt their selection, and the current American beer scene will keep new things constantly coming in.

Great place, and I'll keep coming back.

Apr 26, 2014
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SUP3RDAV3 from Maryland

4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

when it comes tothe best selection in MD where else you gonna go ? PP always has the latest new releases as well as the staples that you need. While i often find fresher IPA's elsewhere, noone can touch their overall selection. The staff is very knowledgeable and friendly although the prices are very high. New growler section is second to none from Baltimore to philly and they will exchange any old growler for a new PP one.

Nov 26, 2013
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stephenjmoore from Maryland

4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

The Perfect Pour is a love/hate bottle shop if there ever was one. The selection is unmatched for the area. They have nearly any beer you can think of that is distributed to the area. Craft, imports, limited beers, they have it all. The staff is also pretty knowledgable and usually pretty prominent. I was looking for about 10 minutes and was asked several times if I needed any help. The only drawback for me (and others) is the high price points. The majority of beers are at least 20% more expensive than other shops in the area. There have been some mentions of new ownership, but I didn't see much of a price change. Again, if you are looking for a specific beer and don't care about the cost, this place is a good bet to carry it. The guy I was with bought a case of Yards Brawler and was given a free Yards glass, which I thought was a nice gesture. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come.

Oct 27, 2013
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magnumpoppy from Michigan

3.88/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

They have an exellent selection but the prices are insanely high. 6-pack are 1-2bucks above average. bombers are 30 to 100% above normal prices. They will most likely have what you are lookin for but you will PAY for it. I do not know if I will ever go back but for now I will avoid this place till they have more fair prices

Jul 29, 2013
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gillagorilla from Maryland

4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I originally came here for the cider (they do have the best cider selection in MD). Once, I got into beer it was convenient that they have one of the best selections in all of MD, but they were also close to UMBC.

It is very well-lit and the layout is well-planned, but it can get pretty cramped after a delivery day and they rearranged stuff the first few times I went, but now it seems very stable.

They have specific people for wine, spirits, and beer, but there is usually at least one for each on duty. Some are nicer with customers than others. Two of the beer guys are really nice and make great recommendations.

PP has probably the best selection in the area, but this must be taken with a grain of salt. They are notorious in MD for their price gouging, and I have recently come to realize this. I was going to get my first mix six there and it came to about $35, to which I declined (these were just average beers). So, I found out about Honeygo and got an arguably better/more expensive mix six plus a DFH 750ml for the same price. They are also pretty good with freshness, but their Mikkeller's are pretty old. Also, their singles/bombers pricing is horrible. They do sell jeroboams and the incredibly rare stuff though.

Also, they have a member's card but it is only for the very rare specials, but they are usually only a dollar and after something has gone old, but sometimes it is steal. They also only refrigerate packs of stuff and usually only stuff that sells quickly (BMC).

May 18, 2013
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Jeffreysan from Maryland

4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

The Perfect Pour is an exceptional liquor store in Howard County, located in a strip mall anchored by a Costco just off of I-95 and MD-175.

It has quite an extensive selection of wine, a great selection of liquor, especially bourbon, vodka and scotch. But its beer selection is insane. The Perfect Pour has quite possibly the best selection of Belgian, English, German and American craft beers that I've seen in the Mid-Atlantic/Northern VA/DC/MD area. They even carry several bottles of mead, which I don't really see much elsewhere. Practically the entire back wall of the store is dedicated to American craft brews, displayed on shelving going about 10 to 12 feet high. European beer, arranged by county, are displayed on another shelving opposite the wall shelving.

In addition to six packs, and four packs, the Perfect Pour sells an extensive selection of 22 ounce and 750 ml bottles. Further, shoppers are permitted to make mixed six packs of 12 ounce bottles from virtually every beer they sell in 12 ounce bottles, an option that I’ve taken advantage of many times, in fact practically every time I’ve gone into the store.

The store’s staff is very helpful and knowledgeable, and unlike other reviewers, I’ve never had a problem with them “recommending” a beer that I didn’t want. Every staff member that I’ve interacted with have been very respectful and they even help carry your purchases out to your car if, like me, you’ve bought several cases worth of beer at one time.

The other negatives that other reviewers have mentioned, specifically, parking and how cramped the store are valid, but if you’re patient, it isn’t really that bad. Well, except for the parking. It sucks.

As for their prices. Many reviewers have complained about how expensive some of the prices are, especially for the rarer beers. Unfortunately, I cannot attest to this, as for the most part, I’ve not seen the rarer beers anywhere else in the area, at least not in the quantity that the Perfect Pour has.

Overall, I love this store!

Apr 17, 2013
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CrazyEasyBartender from Maryland

4.51/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

My go to beer store in Columbia. Have pretty much everything I am looking for and the occasional rarity which is nice. My go to staff member is Ken and he always has recommendations and advice for me which is helpful since I'm a budding craft beer enthusiast. Prices may be a little bit higher but I really don't mind. With so much selection it's at times hard to go in and just buy one or two things. I usually walk out with more beer than I anticipated but its because I'm curious to try things not because the staff pushes you to buy it. Bothers me a little that their distributor for dogfish head likes to play games because I want my new beers on time! Excited for the American Beauty release later this year and Ken said it may take a while to get it in the store because of the distributor. Not a deal breaker and really only pertains to DFH and Stone. Overall if you live close to Columbia you should check out The Perfect Pour. Nice staff and good selection.

Mar 19, 2013
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TychoNDC from Colorado

4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75

This is my go-to bottle shop when I am in the Columbia area. They carry pretty much every beer available in MD, including limited releases (in limited quantities of course). The shop is packed with beer, but remains navigable so long as there aren't too many people there. The service tends to be very good, unfortunately as the shop carries wine, liquor, and beer (with an excellent selection of each, particularly scotch), their staff tend to be specialized as well. As a result, when things are busy, it can be hard to track down a beer guy to ask about a particular brew.

As has been mentioned in other reviews, they do tend to be a bit pricey for the area, but I don't find them outrageous for most items. The rare bombers do seem to be more expensive, but I usually avoid them out of concern for my budget anyways!

All in all, I have enjoyed every visit to The Perfect Pour, and continue to look forward to coming in. I can easily spend 30 minutes+ browsing the shelves and always come away with a beer I wasn't expecting.

Feb 07, 2013
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stollio from Maryland

2.73/5  rDev -37.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3

The selection has always been one of the best in the state, that is not the problem. The staff try hard but dont seem to be very well informed. But the main problem is the pricing. It used to be ok as there were very few places that carried a good selection, but now there are lots of options all with better prices. I nw only go when I cant find what i am looking for anywhere else which is rare.

Jan 13, 2013
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CaptFrothy from Maryland

3.8/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Excellent selection of beers especially American ones.

This place is 10 minutes from my house, after many visits I now only go when seeking something hard to find that I need for a special reason, I just can't stomach the price gouging.

Examples of the prices that pizz me off - Everybody else, Corsendonk Christmas 6 pack with glass - $17.99. Perfect Poor - $17.99 for a 4 pack, no glass.
Goose Island BCBS - everybody else, $5-6 a bottle. PP... $12 a bottle.
Chimay Speciale Cent Cinquante - everybody else $24.. Perfect Poor - $34.

State Line has a better selection and way better prices.

Nov 30, 2012
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Jtc2811 from California

3.9/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

The perfect pour has a great number of benefits and disadvantages. On the 1 hand, their staff is very knowledgeable, and very helpful. They have a truly amazing selection of beer wine and liquor. Damn near everything that you can buy in maryland you can find at the perfect pour. They have a specially dazzling array of belgian beers, including most beers by mikkeller. The even have rare things that you would not normally find in maryland , including special release 1 offs. They are often the first store to get a new release.

All of that said, there are a number of negatives to the store. First, it is very crowded. When there are more than 5 er 6 people in the store for beer, it is nearly impossible to move. Boxes 20 feet high clutter the hallway. Second, it can be very difficult to find what you want without looking through the entire stock. There seems to be very little rhyme or reason to the organization. Finally, and this is my biggest complaint, the store is guilty of insane price gouging. It seems that releases That the owners believe will sell well Can go for as much as 3 * the market price. If you want to buy rare beer here, you really need to do your research first.

Mar 11, 2012
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djbow from Maryland

4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

If you can distribute it in Maryland, odds are you can find it at the Perfect Pour. The selection of beer offered at the Perfect Pour is second to none in the State. When my usual haunts are out of a particular beer this is my go to place.

The staff is attentive when hailed and they know beer. Unlike many other stores in MD, the Perfect Pour is more beer that wine or spirit focused. This becomes apparent when you become lost in row after row of beer.

The only down side to the Perfect Pour is their prices. On average, they are 20 - 60% higher than other merchants on more exotic or limited production beer choices. This said, their pricing is competitive and at time less expensive that other on the more "vanilla" craft beer and macro beer varieties.

In conclusion, if you live in MD and are searching for a hard to find ber, give the Perfect Pour a call. Odds are they will fill you order if it is sold in MD.

Feb 06, 2012
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jimmy666 from Maryland

3.74/5  rDev -14%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5

I recently went back to this place to see if anything had changed. The selection is still top notch, service is still the same though. I asked for a certain beer and was told i did not want that and I should get something else.

The prices are a little higher on some everyday stuff and down right outlandish on hard to get stuff.If you absolutly have to have something and are in the area stop there but don't expect to get any deals.

I would also check the dates on some of the bottles because while finding a 3 or 4 year old Imperial stout is a good thing it is not good for an IPA or a pale Ale.

Dec 20, 2011
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