Gomer's Fine Wine and Spirits

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

12 Reviews
PLACE INFO

Type: Store

201 SE State Route 291
Lee's Summit, Missouri, 64063-2939
United States

(816) 525-9137 | map
gomerslsbeer.blogspot.com

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Added by mcsquint on 10-18-2008

PLACE STATS
Score:
94
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
12
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
9.47%
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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 12
Reviews by Reaper16:
Photo of Reaper16
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%

This is the rarest and deepest single bottle selection in the Kansas City area! I stopped in for the first time today (because I rarely get further south than downtown KC) and found a large and selection of Cantillon, Fantome, Haandbryggeriet, De Struise, De Dolle and Mikkeller staring at me. No other store in KC has as many Mikkeller or Cantillon beers.

I was always confused why St. Louis stores seemed to get rarer imports that I've never seen in KC shops like Lukas, Bubbles, Royal or even other Gomer's locations. The difference is Aaron, the beer manager at Gomer's Lee's Summit. He is very knowledgeable about beer, loves to talk with customers about beer and gets in beers that other KC stores don't. Fresh Mikkeller I Beat yoU? Got it. Mikkeller Barrel-Aged Black Hole series? Got it. Cantillon Lou Pepe Kreik? Got it. Fantome Saison d'Ereze'e - Printemps? Got it. De Struise Black Albert? Got it. The list goes on and on and on.

Friendly and knowledgeable service + a selection that is unparalleled in Kansas City = the best beer store in KC. Go. Now.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of THSdrummer
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Vibe: Cool vibe, I suppose. Nice and open. Usual beer signs and lights out front, but not over done.

Quality: Really good quality for bottle selection overall. A few good kegs on tap as well.

Service: Great. I've chatted with a few people there. They will talk beer and glassware if you so desire. Otherwise, provide a smile while you buy some delicious beer.

Selection: Great beer selection. Bomber wall is kept cold. Numerous fridges with 6 packs. The only downside here is their build your own six-pack selection is lacking. Not a great place to grab a few different 12 oz brews to try, otherwise, great selection. Especially if you want whole 6 packs, bombers, or various imported bottles.

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Photo of emerge077
3.81/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Stopped here based on the very high scores on BA, and it was a worthwhile stop, but the scores seemed artificially high, or representative of faded glory from years gone by.

Originally I had passed it and pulled into the next parking lot, which happened to be Hy-Vee. Checked it out, and honestly the selection there gave this place a run for it's money.

From the outside there were a few craft signs, which gave a promising first impression. Once inside, a guy came from the back and greeted us. The first thing I noticed was a bottle collection on top of some coolers, out of market empties like Darkness, New Glarus, Cigar City, etc. He said they were from customers who traveled, which I assume maybe they drank at the store? Didn't press the issue, he didn't seem to be the resident beer guy, but was friendly all the same.

Touring the beer selection, it was extensive, though I found several things elsewhere that weren't available here. The Santa Fe Happy Camper IPA sixer I picked up wasn't dated and was fairly faded when I tried one unfortunately. Took a gamble on those, but the Imperial Java Stout was fine. Seemed like some of the beers were collecting dust. Noticed a good array of traditional lambics, maybe six or so.

Left with a mixed case of good stuff, Prairie, Santa Fe, Jolly Pumpkin, and a few other things. Overall it was a solid stop but not really the best in the KC area if going by the ratings (current ratings rank it #3 in the state somehow).

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Photo of russpowell
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Went here about a year ago & never wrote review, went back a couple weeks ago, time to do this...

Lay out was organized & user friendly

All beers were pretty good shape, I did have one or two that might be old or it was just the beer itself

Customer service was friendly & enthusiastic both times

Selection seems to have slipped from a year ago ( I believe it was mostly more Shelton bros stuff, which is now gone ). Still pretty good, just not as good as few other places in the KC area

Prices were great, better than most places other than supermarkets...

Well worth a go if even close to near by, close to Waldo Pizza!

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Photo of ratedz
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%

HUGE selection of harder to find beers. Cantillon, Mikkeller, and De Struise are just a few of the beers you'll find here on a regular basis. I picked up a bottle of 2007 Great Divide Old Ruffian there a few months ago and noticed they still have some left when I was there today. As others have said, the beer manager Aaron knows his stuff and is always willing to chat about beer. Unfortunately, he wasn't there today, but the staff that was there was friendly. Sign up for their rewards card and save 5% on every beer except the contents of coolers 1-8, which is BMC crap that I skip past anyway. It's about a 30 minute drive from my house, but worth the trip every time!

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Photo of JeepCop
5/5  rDev +15.5%

I've made two trips here in the last couple of weeks. No, not a big deal, but it is a ~1.5 hour drive from where I live. The selection and quality of beer at this store is UNBELIEVABLE! The beer manager (Aaron) really knows his stuff and it shows in the quality of the store. The service here is great. They don't pressure you or watch over your shoulder as you peruse the vast selection (a big pet peeve of mine) but they are more than happy to help if called upon. Their prices were very good and they offer a 5% discount off of every purchase if you sign up for their club card. Having been to numerous stores in the KC area, I can honestly say the Lee's Summit Gomer's is solidly at the top of the list, with Lukas Liquor a distant 2nd. Keep up the great work Aaron and Gomer's. You have won my business for sure!

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Photo of jdklks
4.85/5  rDev +12%

This place was fantastic, and far exceeded my expectations. Being from Reno, I certainly wasn't coming to the midwest with hopes of discovering anything beyond what is available to me at home. And while this didn't beat my hometown selection, it was far beyond anything I'd expected coming in, and I did find numerous enviable selections on the shelves. The beer manager was very knowledgable, which is always a relief, and must be the reason why the infinitely larger Lukas Liquors had a sufficiently inferior selection in terms of quality. The prices were surprisingly reasonable, to the point of being surprisingly cheap, which was also a relief after having spent too much money at Lukas Liquors the day before. Overall, this is a great place (perhaps the best) to purchase your beer in the KC area.

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Photo of theminutemen
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%

Shhh . . . . don't tell anyone. This is the best beer store in the Kansas City area. I know, surprising, right? Who'd expect it to be in Lee's Summit?

All I know is that if it's distributed in Missouri and it's worth drinking, Aaron (the beer manager) is going to get it. Whether it's a Cantillon Lou Pepe Gueze, Founder's Nemisis, Bell's batch 9000, or the latest Boulevard Smokestack limited edition - if you can't find it somewhere else, there's always a chance that Aaron will be able to hook you up.

De Struise
Mikkeller
De Molen
Cantillon
Dieu Du Ciel

The list goes on.

Perhaps what I appreciate most is that I know if I ask Aaron a question about a beer that I haven't tried yet I'm going to get an honest answer - regardless of the hype.

A store with a great beer selection selected by someone who loves beer - that's really about as good as it gets.

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Photo of Repogenetic
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%

Moved up to Independence, MO recently and have spent the past week hitting the well known beer destination stores in the KC area. Today's (2/26/2010) stop was Gomer's in Lee's Summit, and I believe my quest for a go-to store is over. Well organized place, and there selection of domestic crafts beers was outstanding. They had more offerings to my eye than Lukas did (which was a stop earlier this week) for my preferred breweries. Very large range of offerings from Bell's, Great Divide, and very pleasing to me, Founder's, which I was on the hunt for this week. In addition to the standard Founder's brews I usually see, I was very pleased and excited to walk out with bottles of Backwoods Bastard, Imperial Stout, and even Devil Dancer.

Their beer guy, Aaron, was full of knowledge and gave me dates for upcoming releases he knew he was getting. The other employees were equally friendly. Prices were in line or better than I saw at other locations and they have a free club you can join to get 5 percent off, which Aaron got me squared away with as well. (Their build your own 6 had some winners in the selection, like Titan IPA, and what singles they had were pretty solid) All in all, I'm glad I won't have to drive all over KC anymore, as Gomer's earned a customer in me today. Highly recommended.

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Photo of amneziak
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%

I was able to make it out to the Lee's Summit location today over my lunch break. I rarely make it this far outside the Olathe/Overland Park area, but it was definitely worth the trip. I spoke in great detail with Aaron (the beer manager) about the selection of new brews he'd just received. Mikkeller Jackie Brown, Mikkeller Monk's Brew, Founders Devil Dancer, Dieu Du Ciel Aphrodite, Struise Pannepot, etc. He also has a very nice individual bottle selection like an 11.2oz bottle of Duchess de Bourgogne which I've not seen anywhere else locally.

So, I will tell you that the two times I have been here I have ALWAYS found beers that I haven't seen anywhere else in Kansas City (including the big-hitters like Lukas and Royal). If it is available in the state of Missouri, you will probably find it here or be able to ask for it to be ordered. And I think what also makes this place great is that Aaron seems to be more up to speed on what St. Louis is getting than Kansas City, which helps put this place just that much higher on my "Go To" list.

And don't even get me started on the spirits section. They have an amazing selection of Amaros, Absinthes, Bourbons, Bitters and Rums! This could be my new favorite spot in the KC area for booze... Cheers!

The Grand Ole Hopry
http://www.youtube.com/user/TheGrandOleHopry1

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Photo of ByTor2112
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%

I stopped in here on Wednesday evening 5-27-09.
I was on a specific mission for Boulevard and Schlafly. Found both!
Went staright to the nice rack that held the Boulevard Smokestack series, well-represented. They also had a display for Schlafly's brews. Some nice big bottles and a few special bourbon aged stouts were available. Great local representation. An attractive red-headed lady walked out, obviously going off duty, she had a SNPA shirt on and asked if I needed help. Just told her I was making up my mind. She recommended a few from each brewery. The cooler had a great selection of micros, local craft brews and imports including Mikkeller and Belgians. They also had shelf space dedicated to all as well. I visited the Gomer's on Holmes 3 years ago and this store does not disappoint either.

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Photo of Greerzilla
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%

Having not been "home" for a while, I can still remember the time when AB ruled Missouri. Walk into Gomer's and there is still a small AB presence, but Micros, Crafts, and Import rule.

The beer selection is the best I've ever seen in Missouri or the Kansas City area. Given, I haven't visited Gomer's other locations and having hit the other beerfly spots in KC or STl. Their Micro and Craft section is about twice the size of the MBC selection, and that's without counting the import beers. I was happy to find Bell's, Great Divide, Southern Tier, Bear Republic and more.

The guy in charge of the beer purchasing was there and was happy to help me find anything. He was even happier to discuss beer and craft breweries with someone else who even knew a little about the subject. We talked about stuff he still wasn't able to get in Missouri, but had traded for like Stone, DFH, Russian River (all stuff I am happy to be able to get at home or within a couple hours drive). Really, it's nice to have a beer store as excited about beer as I am, and probably a lot more knowledgeable than I am.

Prices were pretty decent. I'd say a little more than I'd expect for KC, but I haven't lived here for half a decade. I'd say the prices were more than reasonable compared to what I expect in the east coast.

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Gomer's Fine Wine and Spirits in Lee's Summit, MO
4.33 out of 5 based on 12 ratings.
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