Stafford Convenience Store

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372 Stafford Ave
Syracuse, New York, 13206-3313
United States

(315) 433-0124 | map

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Added by williamherbert on 12-16-2008

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of SeanPlace
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Place is small but they just expanded. Really great staff that are willing to hold beers for a reasonable time.

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Photo of BvilleBrewGuy
4/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Martelljw2
4.73/5  rDev +16.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

These guys are awesome. Big selection found in a small corner store. They offer hundreds of options along with growler fills. The owner Vic just gets it and he's knowledgable. Jimmy, who works there is a great guy too!

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Photo of Cooker_stp
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Brenden
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

This is certainly an interesting place to make a beer run. It looks small from outside but still respectable, lots of craft advertised in the windows. Inside it looks more like a convenience store (which, of course, it is). I have to respect these guys; I think this place could make just as much money if it was a crappy dive store. It's a tight space, shelves very close together. Some of those shelves are dedicated to craft beer, though, as is a small amount of cooler space. You kind of have to squeeze through the space between the side of the counter going in to head toward the back, but there are rewards. Some of it's local (Middle Ages, Three Heads, etc.) and some is the nationwide (Stone, DFH, etc.). There are three taps behind the counter; what I've seen is 2 locals and a national (at one point G.I. 312, something else I forgot earlier). The guys working there are cool, very laid back but not put off at all. There's no reason not to just check this place out and see what's there.

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Photo of Andragos
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of Chubrock
3.45/5  rDev -15%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

I remember this corner store as a kid and it has come a long, long way. Good pricing, three taps for growler re-fills that rotate regularly, and a good selection of beer. The staff are eager to help you find what you need. The owner knows enough about beer to order and stock worthwhile product. They have a wide array of 22 oz specialty products along with 6 packs. The seasonal beer seems to be in the correct season - so no lingering "old beer". Worth keeping on the list when you need a close place for good beer.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This store is similar to Brilbecks, and is on the east side of town.
They caught my attention when I heard they had Sam Adams Utopia's in store. I guess it was my bad luck, that the owner had sold the last of the two bottles he had earlier in the morning. Also, the price at which he sold it did not sound too unreasonable. They also had three beers for growler fills which is always nice. A decent selection of craft beer as opposed to the bulk brews. The staff seemed pretty friendly and the owner was also willing to take special orders and was willing to try his best to get beers I inquired about. Always good to see someone who wants to get what the customer wants. Worth a visit if you are in the east part of town.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

This stop is tucked away in a quiet residential neighborhood area, the first reviewer was bang on with the description. When I drove up, the small parking area in fron of and to the side of the store was completely full. Walking in, the establishment is a tiny place, about half the size of a 7-Eleven, actually, it was pretty big deal. The beer selection is one small aisle in the far corner from the entrance, not a huge selection, but some really good beers. There were three taps for growler fills: Loose Cannon, #9, and the third tap I can't recall right now. A few of the beers available: Southern Tier Pumking/IPA/2XIPA, Green Flash West Coast IPA, Great Lakes, Skullsplitter, Ommegang, Sierra Nevada, Stone, Butternuts, a selection of German wheat beers, Middle Ages, Heavy Seas, Victory, and Full Sail. Overall, I'd say the craft beer out numbered the macro stuff which is a nice change of pace for "convenience stores". In my conversation with the people there, the number of beers they're capable of stocking is over 500, obviously none all at the same time. The really cool thing is they said they can special order things that aren't in the store and if they have access to it. The selection isn't huge, but a small and very concentrated collection of craft beer

This was definitely a good find and I'll definitely stop by here again on my next trip to the area.

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Photo of fmccormi
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Stafford is another Syracuse corner store that improbably has an interesting selection of craft beer. It's not a huge selection that they have to offer, but it does span an interesting range of craft beers.

There's the usual assortment of macros, of course, but they also have the usual selection of Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada, Stone, Dogfish Head, Lagunitas, etc. -- though they don't have many of the more limited-release or hard to find offerings from any of those. You can also find some Ommegang, North Coast, Tröegs, Sly Fox, Oskar Blues, Smuttynose, Victory, Southern Tier, and some more limited-distribution regionals like Middle Ages and Clown Shoes. Also, they do stock a few imports: Aventinus, Westmalle, Unibroue (which technically counts as an import), and of course Stella and Heineken, but not too many options in this regard. For the most part, all of these beers are priced about as low as you can find them in upstate CNY.

They also have a few taps there, which is not what you'd expect from such a small place -- just like Brilbeck's. Tonight it was North Coast (Brother Thelonius), Smuttynose (Finestkind) and Sam Adams (Rustic Saison). While the selection isn't nearly as good as Brilbeck's, the prices are competitive, and the staff seems friendly enough. If you live nearby or didn't find what you're looking for somewhere else, it's definitely worth stopping by. Check it out, it may very well be worth your time!

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Stafford Convenience Store in Syracuse, NY
Place rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 10 ratings