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Spec's #61 - Brodie Lane

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Spec's #61 - Brodie LaneSpec's #61 - Brodie Lane
BA SCORE
4.16/5
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40 Ratings
Spec's #61 - Brodie LaneSpec's #61 - Brodie Lane
PLACE INFO

Type: Store

4970 W Highway 290
Austin, Texas, 78735-6748
United States

(512) 366-8260 | map
specsonline.com

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Added by LittleDon on 04-04-2009

PLACE STATS
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
40
pDev:
11.3%
 
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Awesome selection and super friendly staff. There is a deli section where you can eat, and there were multiple venders serving wine, food and liquor samples. Tons of beer from around the world to select from; seemed this Specs had more beer than others I have been in here in Texas.

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4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

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4.85/5  rDev +16.6%

At what point does a successful local establishment become a corporate pariah? Specs started in Houston in the early 60s and since has grown to over 50 stores in Central and East Texas. If the Brodie Lane store is an indication of their formula for success, they've done so by offering quality products: beer, spirits, cigars, and food. At this point in their development, they haven't gotten so big that operations haven been standardized to the point of generification (see McDonald's or Starbucks). It is obvious that store managers are given enough leeway that stores don't have to be like every other store. What else could explain Brodie Lane's Beer Guy showing up to work in lederhosen? In fact, the Beer Guy is one of the reasons I like to buy at the Brodie Lane Specs. While I don't always agree with his personal tastes, I can count on his opinions being honest, consistent with his personal preferences, and based on experience. This I can bank on. While my personal preferences may be far from his, I can use this understanding to find products that truly work for me.

Beyond the exceptional service the prices and selection of non beer items is excellent. Knowing that a large purchasing power may unduly effect smaller quality operations (such as Whip In), I am ambivalence as to where my alliance (and money) should lie. For now, Spec's is worthy.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Although one of the larger Spec's, it used to not be frequented too much. However, that has changed. They also lost their only quality beer guy awhile back, so service is hit or miss now.

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3/5  rDev -27.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Incredible store. It's a chain superstore and has tons of great food and wine. The beer selection was ok, but nothing special. There were quite a few options, but nothing too rare.

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4.35/5  rDev +4.6%

HUGE store with food, liquor, beer, and wine.

I saw pretty fresh stuff on the shelves. They still had some bigfoot and some winter releases, but those beers will age well, so it's not a big deal.

I saw very helpful customer service for other customers. I didn't require any customer service, but no one asked me if I needed help.

Huge selection. I don't think I had a beer in mind that I couldn't find. Austin gets certain beers that other parts of Texas can't get, and I took full advocantage of it.

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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

I wasn't really sure what to put for atmosphere seeing as how this is a liquor store. This location used to be an Academy Sporting goods store, but it was bought by Spec's and transformed into a 50,000 sq ft liquor store. They have a very impressive selection of beer and their staff in the beer selection is also knowledgeable about what they sell. It is kind of out of the way for me so I don't normally buy beers from them when I'm in town, but I do like go there when I can. They have a section of specialty foods and coffee but I don't normally stop to look because I'm there for other reasons. If you're looking for a specific beer in Texas, they will probably have it.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of northaustin
4.2/5  rDev +1%

i usually go to the specs at the arbor walk so it was kinda like bein in the same store in a different universe.

before i start the full review i have to say this place has without a doubt the most poorly designed parking lot ive ever seen. that aside...

much more open and spread out than the other two specs. despite this i still found help very quickly and had a lengthy convo about beers (a must when visiting new stores). found a few that arent at arbor walk such as two jokers and old bawdy barleywine.

as i was not familiar with the people at the register they carded me and made me feel young again so that was nice.

a pleasant experience and definately the highlight of my trip to south austin.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of tjkinate
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Best Specs Warehouse in Austin. They have a solid, well solid for Austin, beer selection with some pretty fair prices.

They also carry the most local beers I have seen in any liquor around the city. I generally don't like supporting the big commercial stores like this, but Specs has been great for distributing Texas beers all over the state.

Staff is friendly and fairly knowledgeable, have to always tell myself not everyone is a beer fanatic like me.

The best part about Specs is that they truly are your one stop shop for alcohol. Great selection on all types and even have an enormous cigar collection.

If you haven't visited this location, I suggest you make a point to.

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Place rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 40 ratings
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