D & Q The Beer Station

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

33 Reviews
PLACE INFO

Type: Store

806 Richmond Ave
Houston, Texas, 77006-5514
United States

(713) 526-4451 | map

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Added by soultrain19 on 05-19-2009

PLACE STATS
Score:
96
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
75
Avg:
4.41
pDev:
5.9%
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Reviews: 33 | Ratings: 75
Reviews by champ103:
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

It is time I updated my old review from back in 09. When I first visited this was a much smaller spot selection wise. One that has continued to grow and built a great base in the shadows of a huge liquor company a few miles away.

OK, a few things that I am not crazy about first. Kind of a shady spot, basically a Kwik e Mart for beer that is a little dumpy. Lots of beer sitting on the floor in the open that I have had skunked, and the building temperature is a little to high for beers to be sitting outside of a cooler for to long IMO. The prices can be a bit expensive, though lately they have been beating Specs on certain items.

The owner is a great guy and knows his beer. Once you walk in, his genuine interest in his products and your satisfaction is very apparent. One conversation with him, and you are hooked on the place. I think I use to hold a small grudge because you have to be a little in the know to get some of the more rare offerings. Which, I am still not as in the know, as others are in this particular joint. Though, that is not a big deal for me, at least anymore.

Enough of that. On to the important stuff. It is very hard for anybody to compete with Specs for selection, and D&Q has somehow matched their selection in every respect. Often times they are the first to get stuff in Houston, or just beat Specs on certain things. Everything from local Houston and Texas beers, Imports, and micros from around the country. Not to mention most everything is in singles as well as six/twelve packs, and all the different glassware.

They always seem to get Jester King, and Smokestacks before anybody else. Now Prairie Artisan and Ola Dubh. I have always respected this spot, but it took me a while to fully come around to the place. An excellent spot to grab some beers.

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More User Reviews:
5/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

4.07/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Out of the way place. Selection in terms of more likely to find something on the harder to get side, is superior to the big box. Selection in general is pretty great. Friendly on my experiences.

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4.14/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

4.85/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

I drove 25 miles to visit after seeing it on BA. Just as advertised, they had a great selection of craft beers. If Spec's has the same beer it will probably be cheaper but they have some hard to find beers. I was hoping to score some Yellow Rose but they didn't have any that day. Still made a nice little haul of singles and bombers. I didn't have a lot of interaction with the owner but I overheard him helping another customer and I could tell he was knowledgeable about craft beer. My wife and I were meeting up with family so I didn't have a lot of time to shop the peripherals...glassware, t-shirts etc. but I'll get back there fairly soon. Worth a trip, for sure. And disregard the poster who implied it was a dodgy area of Houston. It's just...fringe Montrose!

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4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

3.71/5  rDev -15.9%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

This is a tiny little bottle shop in the middle of a bad part of town with Asian owners that are a bit rude sometimes. Luckily all of these bad things are saved by their selection. The store is small but only has craft beer bottles and good variation including fresh Yellow Rose every week.

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4.88/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

D&Q is the best place for rare and limited release beers in Houston. My first time walking in there, FW Velvet Merkin was simply sitting on the shelf, next to Abyss and day-old Yellow Rose. On top of that, the owner that's always there is awesome and knows his stuff.

The outside of the building might look a little sketchy, but you forget all about that as soon as you walk inside and see hundreds of singles just waiting to be tasted.

Also, I recommend following them on twitter to see when they get something new.

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4.97/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

4.5/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Great place to find craft beer in Houston. Superb single bottle collection which is great for trying things. The owner is good people, especially if you make yourself a regular. He consistently posts what he receives each day on Twitter, which I've also come to appreciate. The only thing that i noticed is they don't have Founders. I keep meaning to ask the own why...

Also, someone mentioned that this store is in a rough part of town. Clearly, that person isn't from Houston.

Houston is a more diverse and eclectic city then most other places (Dallas, OKC, NOLA, & San Antonio). D&Q is in a perfectly safe part of town where you have absolutely nothing to worry about other then finding all the beer you want to take home. : )

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4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

4.94/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

4.81/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

4.79/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

This place was an amazing find! Best place in H-Town to buy craft singles and special releases. Walked in for the first time, not knowing what to expect and ended up spending over an hour there! Once I was looking totally confused, the owner there(Brandon?) spent at least 20 minutes pointing out things he thought stood out to him and had no problem with me app scanning his choices for confirmation. In the end I walked out with 20 highly rated Biers and a definite sh*t eating grin I couldn't shake. This will DEFINITELY be a regular stop for me from now on ;)

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

There's a very good selection of craft beer They receive most of the releases (limited and standards), and many limited releases from craft brewers from across the US.

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5/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

The owner is super cool and sold me one of his rare beers once because he sold out before I got there. Anytime I stop in for a rare beer, if he doesn't have it, I still buy something out of gratitude for this good service and selection.

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4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Great peoples, the guy behind the counter is very helpful and always willing to offer a beer suggestion. Highly recommended for your beer needs.

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4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

4.79/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Interesting arrangement but great selection of beer and knowledgable owner.

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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D & Q The Beer Station in Houston, TX
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