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The Perfect Pour

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95
world-class

64 Reviews
The Perfect PourThe Perfect Pour
PLACE INFO

Type: Store

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

(443) 285-0702 | map
www.perfectpourcolumbia.com

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Added by claytri on 06-29-2008

PLACE STATS
Place Score:
95
Reviews:
64
Ratings:
98
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
10.26%
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Reviews: 64 | Ratings: 98
Reviews by qchic:
Photo of qchic
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%

What else to say about this place that hasn't already been said. Super selection, worth a trip from either the Baltimore area or DC. From beyond, an easy stop off of I-95, though I was surprised there isn't better signing in the strip mall it's located in (I never would have known the name of the place if I had stumbled upon it...even some people who shop there don't know the name), With the high prices, they certainly could afford a sign. Even seasonals from last fall are barely discounted, but it is Howard Co. so I guess they get away with it. At least most prices are visible, and I always appreciate that. If you're looking for something specific or you enjoy ogling beer eyecandy like I do go to Perfect Pour. Service has been friendly upon entering and at the register, but I haven't been approached otherwise--no biggie, I do fine on my own. If you plan of going, sign up for emails with occasional coupons. They'll also let you know about tastings.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of NickyHouHou
4.71/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of BeanWolf
3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.29/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of oldn00b
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of bmorebeer888
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of JOldewurtel
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of illpass78
5/5  rDev +16.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Terrific store with excellent selection, really helpful staff and awesome tasting/growler selection. Go here.

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Photo of Big_V
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of ConradKenney
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of wanderingman
4.73/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Marraybay
4.01/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of DrBier
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Bodomnjk
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of greg4579
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of DCgolfpro
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

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Photo of needMIbeerinMD
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of lindsay0
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of naklar
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of bubseymour
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of BigRizz62
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of reebtaerG
5/5  rDev +16.6%

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The Perfect Pour in Elkridge, MD
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