Joe Canal's Discount Liquor Outlet

Joe Canal's Discount Liquor OutletJoe Canal's Discount Liquor Outlet
10 Ratings
Joe Canal's Discount Liquor OutletJoe Canal's Discount Liquor Outlet

Type: Store

1613 Route 47
Rio Grande, New Jersey, 08242-1411
United States

(609) 886-9786 | map

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Added by Kadonny on 06-29-2008

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by Kadonny:
Photo of Kadonny
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%

I run to the Jersey shore during the summer, and 2 years ago Joe Canals, which is pretty much statewide, opened a brand new store in Rio Grande NJ right outside Wildwood. If anyone is vacationing in that area and wants a great craft beer store, this is the one.

Q: Very nicely laid out store, very clean, bright and cheery. The quality of things they stock is excellent.

S: Good service, if you ask a clerk or a bagger they will help you with your needs. They even have a beer guru or two if you ask, but beware not all the cashiers are beer savy, so if you need help make sure you ask for someone who knows beer.

S: This is where they shine. Their selection of crafts is awesome, plus they have all the usual BMC stuff. Great craft selections include: Stone, Rogue, Troegs, Dogfish Head, Bear Republic, Allagash, Rochefort, Chimay, Duvel, Great Divide, Bells, and much, much more. So many I can't even remember them all. They have cases, six packs and even cold singles.

V: Good value, prices are very reasonalbe especially on the Stone and Rogue offerings, almost downright a steal. Everything else is very reasonable priced and it's nice for us PA guys to be able to buy stuff in six packs rather than cases if we want to try new things.

Overall Joe Canals is a solid chain store that has a great selection. They are missing a few offerings like Southern Tier and Smuttynose to name a few, but overall their selection is great.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This store, conveniently located in a strip mall on Route 47, features a very good selection of craft beer, including lots of South Jersey and Penna. crafts. It has the best selection of Cape May Brewing offerings around (the brewery is nearby). It's large but well-lighted and the staff is helpful. It's probably the best place to purchase beer in the area.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Bar none, the best beer selection in the greater Cape May / Wildwood / Lower Township area (from Cape May city north to Rio Grande). Wildwood is 10 min east down 47.

At least someone is trying here. They have a display of DiBruno cheeses, meats, and delicacies and other party-type supplies, in addition to a large wine and spirits selection. The spirits tend to run a little expensive, but the beer is priced competitively.

I've been shopping at this store sporadically over the years, more frequently over the past 3-4 months since I've been staying down this way with family. Yes, it is the off-season for the shore right now and, as such, the craft beer section isn't always restocked to full capacity. But that's a good thing, as they seem to sell out of certain seasonal/popular items with some regularity.

I have run into one guy a few times (I should've learned his name by now - my bad - I will learn it and update this review) who seems to be the "beer guy", if not simply a helpful, very beer-enthusiastic employee. If you happen to have questions, etc, while he is around, he will take good care of you. Other than him, not so sure about the knowledge and

What's good? All the big local breweries are represented, including Neshaminy Creek (which I'm quite fond of). Many of the other craft standards generally found in the better South Jersey stores - North Coast, Founders, FW, Great Lakes, Lagunitas, etc. Standard Belgian classics are in house. Good amount of canned craft. Fair amount of 12 oz singles and bombers. You oughta be satisfied enough with the display.

Not a significant number of British, German, or other Euro imports, and nothing really out there or rare, but one must understand that it's pretty amazing that a local shop around here would carry what I've already mentioned (plus many more breweries I've failed to recall - I'll add to this soon). They've always been a bit behind with things down here...

You basically got this for carry out and Goodnight Irene's in Wildwood for a decent tap selection. These are the best in the area.

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Photo of captainkrad
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of cheah
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of orangesol
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Stopped in here earlier today while visiting some family close by. Larger than I expected it to be from outside appearances. Lots of people milling about all over the store buying all kinds of booze. Service was good, I was approached multiple times to ask if I needed assistance, and they seemed to know their beer. Quality was pretty high. They had a wide array of booze and lots of beers from all over the country. Selection was as expected, quite good. I was able to pick up some B. Nektar mead's that I hadn't seen anywhere else and a Lost Abbey Red Poppy for about $10 less than anywhere else I had been recently. Now that my mom has moved into the area I see this place becoming my go to bottle shop when I visit her. The selection is good and the prices are better than what I am used to. I look forward to visiting this place in the future and seeing what I can find.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

Went here recently.

Once you walk in, it's just like every other Joe Canal's in Jersey, stocked to the gillz with BOOZE. The isles are clean and there is more wine and liquor than beer. This Canal's location is a bit small in comparison to West Deptfords selection. Mostly American craft with some big name Imports poking up here and there. The prices were just like Jersey, cheap, but they were asking $12.99 for a bottle of Pumpking which is ridiculous. The imports could be ramped up and well, the whole selection in general is lacking. If I was in Wildwood I would go here for some old standby's like Sierra Nevada and the like. Maybe I just came on an off time which is after Summer, so maybe the tourists cleared this place out a long time ago.

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Photo of HandOfOmmegang
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%

Stopped by while spending the weekend at the Jersey shore.

Quality: A nice clean store with less than 1/4 devoted to beer. Beer shelves had some open spaces. Parking spaces are tight.

Service: Greeted upon entry by stocker and life-size Captain Morgan (life-size Captain Morgan awarded 0 points). Cashier was friendly and knowledgeable with my selections.

Selection: One aisle devoted to beer (1/2 cold macro and micro singles to cases, 1/2 room temperature micro). NJ is represented (Boaks, Cricket Hill) including a few growlers. The usual domestics were available with a few imports mixed in. If you're looking for Ithaca they're in the next aisle with the smirnoff ice.

Worth the stop if you're on the Cape May Peninsula.

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Photo of ciderguy
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%

If you find yourself on the shores of South Jersey for a family vacation and your longing for a nice craft or import ale, this place seems to be about your only option. I went there in desparate search for a belgian dubbel and luckily Joe Canal's did have a small handful worth checking out. I picked up a 750ml Floreffe Prima Melier and a 750ml Corsendonk Abbey Brown. Actually were selling appropriate stemware for Belgian beers as well which was a plus. Several domestic craft ales from local brewers as well as from afar. Rogues, Stones, Weyerbacher, Victory, and so on.

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Joe Canal's Discount Liquor Outlet in Rio Grande, NJ
Place rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 10 ratings
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