Feldman's Market Center

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100 N 10th St. Ste. B
McAllen, Texas, 78501
United States

(956) 687-8497 | map

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Added by diamondc on 06-29-2008

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Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA
3.16/5  rDev -19.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.75 | food: 2.75

This is a chain liquor store that has a good sized selection of beers and beer related products. It has nice atmosphere, but terrible customer service, and sometimes the prices our way to high. The only reason it beats the smaller liquor stores in the area is because of its stock. You would think being closer to Mexico this store would have a great selection of rare Mexican beers, but it lacks in the category.

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Photo of Atlas1
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Okay, I recently moved to the Valley and in the places I lived before I always had access to great, or at least good, beer stores with nice selections. Needless to say I was a bit apprehensive about the availability of good beers when I moved to McAllen. Fortunately, I stumbled upon Feldman's. That said, it has been a discovery filled with mixed emotions.

Let me start this review by being brutally honest. While Feldman's Market has an excellent selection of beers, the staff there really doesn't know much about beer. Simple as that. They may be helpful, and they seem to be relatively nice, but they are not beer geeks. So it goes. But still, I would expect the beer staff to have a better understanding of their product, or at least have the desire to become more knowledgeable of the beers they sell. I have yet to see that.

The selection is vast for this part of Texas. Really nice craft beer labels from all over the country, and some decent imports too. The main problem, however, is that the staff at Feldman's doesn't rotate the stock worth a shit. I have found year-old Oskar Blues sitting on the shelf, as well as 2-year old Full Sail Amber!!! It was very disturbing to say the least. If I thought the staff cared about such things, I would bring it to their attention, but honestly I don't think they have a clue. My biggest advice to anyone shopping for beer at Feldman's would be to check the born-on or best-by dates on the bottles you're buying. Thank goodness for freshness dating on beer bottles. I know many breweries still don't do this, but it's helpful in a place like this when they do.

I own a kegerator as well and spent the first three months of my time here in town trying to get Feldman's beer guy, whose name I will withhold as a courtesy to him, to provide me with a list of sixtels and pony kegs that I can order through the store. He dragged his feet on the matter for way too long and I finally had to call and have a good talking-to with him to impress upon him the fact that I was going to be a repeat customer if he wanted me to, but that I would gladly take my business elsewhere if he didn't care. That finally got his attention, and he's been very nice and attentive ever since. I don't think they sell many kegs (to individuals like me who order mostly craft beers) but that still should not have resulted in the lack of attentive service I received in the beginning.

Feldman's also sells liquor and wine, and I've purchased a few bottles of rye whiskey and bourbon there that I thought were just fine. They sell speciality foods in the store as well, so there are other reasons to shop there besides booze.

I recommend Feldman's for no other reason that it's the only game in town if you want a decent selection of craft beers. But be warned that it's not as great as the other reviews would have you believe.

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Photo of beergambit
4.85/5  rDev +23.4%

Here in the valley where we live where you find a place like this, its like getting to the end of a rainbow and finding the pot of gold. I love the way you can choose your own little 6 pack creation prices are okay, but like any other places the better the beer the pricier its gonna get but I dont mind what so ever. Liqour selection is pretty nice, cigar hmidor is exceptional and there wine classes are really helpful when choosing one your first time. The employees are helpful and actually know wat they are talking about when it comes to what your needs are. One last thing you need to try their snadwitches from their deli section they have inside. The best thing is once a month they have a beer tasting.

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Photo of luisfrancisco
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%

This is a must stop for me when in search for beer in the valley area. I have not found any place that comes close in selection. They have some belgians like chimay, orval..., some english stuff, and many american craft such as avery, real ale, allagash, victory, samuel smits, sam adams, dogfish head, stone, great divide, among others.

They let you pick and choose singles, but that will be a bit more expensive than just getting sixers.

The store is also good for wine and gourmet food stuff, and it also has a nice little restaurant in place.

I have never tried their beer tastings, since I mostly go there in passing and have to drive away, but I believe the have these in a little room they have in the back, every Friday at 8:00pm.

If there is anything with a bigger beer selection in the area, please let me know.

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Photo of gixxerman
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%

This is a BAs oasis in the RGV. They sell individual bottles, sixes, and bombers. The selection was very impressive. They also have a huge wine selection, as well as an nice cigar selection in their humidor.

I snagged up a Real Ale Brewing Company sampler 6 pack for my short stay in the area. It took care of my beer needs quite nicely.

Basically, if you will be staying in the RGV you need to make this a pit stop and stock up on some good beer. The staff is very friendly, but their beer knowledge seems a little bit limited, but they can tell you what is where.

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Photo of spithrash
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%

Most likely the best beer selection in the entire Rio Grande Valley with great service to boot. Friendly staff who are always willing to help. It is rare that I don't get asked if I need help in finding anything.

Prices are either equal to or less than HEB. For instance Chimay Grande Reserve 750ml goes for $8.99 here and last time I was in HEB it was $10.99. (as of 12-5-08) Needless to say this is where I buy my beer 90% of the time when in McAllen.

Selection is good, but still not on par with establishments you can find in larger cities in Texas. This is not to say they can't get more variety in with support and some suggestions.

Feldmans also hosts beer tastings once a month on Fridays which is also a nice touch that no one in the area is doing as far as I know.

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Photo of diamondc
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Pretty good selection of imports (heavy on the Belgian style) and microbrews. The only place in the RGV to get Ommegang, Allagash, and Avery for example. Decent prices too, on the same level as the HEB @ Trenton.

Occasionally, they'll have a new beer ... it seems like they are the mercy of the local distributors cause not that many beers make it down here, even from Corpus Christi & San Antonio. I guess you take what you can.

Update 11/12 - They got their shit together now, new beers every week. The only downside are the people that work at this Feldmans (aside from one guy..) know very little about beer. The ones that care about beer have moved to other stores or work different positions now.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4/5  rDev +1.8%

I walked in this place and was a little confused.

To the left is a big wine cellar. Straight ahead there is a deli. To the right is liquor and for some reason more wine. In the back is a beer cooler full of some decent brews.

When rating this place, I remember it is the Rio Grande Valley. I was impressed that there was 120 minute IPA in here. I know of some stores that don't mess with it because it is very expensive.

Anyways, I found some unibroue, several english brews, some dogfish head, most of the belgium regular offerings, and some Saint Arnold. They ran out some stuff, but the selection was still pretty decent.

It was nice that I was asked if I needed help and that help was availale if needed.

It beats out HEB on trenton and 10th as the best beer selection in town. However, if I lived here instead of Corpus Christi, I'd be sad.

I'm surprised that the RGV doesn't have better selection. Lubbock had 10 beer stores with decent selection and had some good brews to try. I wonder what the distributor offers here, because the selection leaves a lot to be desired in comparison to other texas cities.

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Feldman's Market Center in McAllen, TX
Place rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 8 ratings