Buy-Rite Discout Liquors

Buy-Rite Discout LiquorsBuy-Rite Discout Liquors
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Buy-Rite Discout LiquorsBuy-Rite Discout Liquors

Type: Store

2678 Route 130
Cranbury, New Jersey, 08512-3200
United States

(609) 655-0600 | map

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Added by halfP1NT on 08-25-2009

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 20
Reviews by sfsean28:
Photo of sfsean28
4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

An awesome selection of brews. Founders,Troegs,Flying Fish,Brooklyn,etc. Cases of Sierra Nevada, Sam Adams stacked on the floors. It had the feel of a discount store but without the flood of BMC. They were there too along with Heine & Corona, but they didn't dominate the store. The staff is friendly and are willing to find or ordering something for you. I walked in one side of the store and spent an hour just looking at beer bottles. They also have plenty of refridgerated beers. They have mix-a-six, plenty of bombers and canned micros. If you are in the area you must stop in and check it out. They are also in the process of expanding and getting more shelf space.
They got growler fills now!

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Photo of BeerOps
3.79/5  rDev -15.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of DrStiffington
4/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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4.56/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -11.1%

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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3/5  rDev -33.3%

Photo of scottd13
2.89/5  rDev -35.8%
vibe: 1 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

wish I had noticed the reviews were nearly 2 years old before I went 30 minutes out of my way to stop at this place. First it's a dump but that doesn't normally prevent me from checking it out. As much as I wanted to like this place as it had some interesting beers, I can't. It's only saving grace was the abundance of good singles they sell. As I've stated elsewhere the past reviewers of this shop must have had limited experience in craft beer as there was nothing here I couldn't get elsewhere.

If you're looking for something other then Stone, Troges, Sierra Nevada, Flying Dog, Flying Fish, Epic or other everywhere beers don't bother.

I will admit I was pleasantly surprised they carried some Stillwater.

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Photo of eb1993nj
5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of bigaizsosexy
4.94/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

My first trip to Buy-Rite of Cranbury was AWESOME! I've never seen so much craft beer devoted to one store. They have hundreds of beers to choose from and if they don't have it they will order it for you.

I've founds some pretty good classic Belgian Ale's, Dubbels and Tripels at this location. I also spoke with the manager and he is willing to order any beer of your choosing. They have very helpful staff and even a draft craft beer bar where you can purchase growlers (32oz and 64oz).

This place has one of the best selections I've ever come across.

P.S. Since last year they have increased their import crafts substantially.

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Photo of tarasgrin
4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Oasis of craft beer in the middle of nowhere!!! Probably the best selection of craft beer I have ever seen on this planet. But what I didn't like was that Ive found out that many beers were expired or dying. After half an hour of looking around and checking the dates on random bottles, I've got a feeling that I'm on the huge graveyard of old beers. That was a cemetery of dead ales and Lager beers. So if you are trying to try something new you better check the expiration date.
I also think the prices for singles is not reasonable. My list was:
Dogfish Head Theobroma 750ml
Dogfish Head Santo Palo Marron 12 oz. x1
Left Hand volume 3 Pepper Porter 12oz. x2
Stone Oaked Arrogant Bastard 12oz. x1
Stone Self Righteous Ale x1 bomber.

Six items cost me $47. Either they charge 5-6 dollars per single or the girl at the register made a mistake.

I would still HIGHLY recommend this store to any craft beer drinker living/working in the area. Just make sure you check the expiration date if available or ask associate when this bottle was stored on shelved. I will definately come back for DFH rare brews. Follow the store on Facebook if you beer hunt.

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Photo of alohaspicoli
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I stopped in here after a friend recommended.

Great store! Once again, one of those places that's not much to look at (the sign is small and you could drive right by it w/o realizing it was a liquor store) but they have an awesome selection of craft brews. One of the best I've seen in central NJ.

The building is like a ranch style house with two main rooms connected by an entrance foyer. The entire left room is beer.

Friendly, helpful staff and an excellent selection. Mostly domestic with a small but solid shelf of imports. Stone, Founders, DFH, Bruery and just about everything in between. Was psyched to find a bunch of the recent collaboration brews that Stone has been doing, like their chocolate cherry stout.

They also allow you to make your own 6 pack, which is always a plus in a store that offers this much of a selection. Will definitely be going back, asap!

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Odd place! A huge supermarket of booze seemingly in the middle of nowhere. Overall it looks a bit worn-out and old, but wow, is it exciting to browse the aisles here!

So much beer here it is overwhelming. My wife was doing business a mile north of this joint and I was only happy to come to NJ and visit Buy-Rite.

Inside, the store is a little disorganized, with macro and micro beer all over and no apparent order.

One thing I like about this place is that they have a large section of singles, and good ones at that! I got Oskar Ten Fidy, Otter Creek 20th Anniv., Weyerbacher Heresy and Insanity, Samichlaus... pricy, though- $4.99 for Ten Fidy.

Among the six-pack brands I saw were Yards, Abita, Stoudts, Dogfish, Bar Harbor, Avery, Weyerbacher, Bear Republic...

The bomber selection is staggering too- vintage Christmas Ales, Voodoo, Mission out of San Diego, Fegley's, Epic from Utah, Schafly, New Holland, Terrapin... even one bottle of Rasputin XII!

Great selection of Euro imports, including Pannepot Reserva '08, Pannepot '10 and '11, Bon-Chien Grand Cru, De Dolle Oerbier '09... Czech, British, Mikkeller and else.

Service was not exactly stellar. Only at the end of my shopping trip did I stumble upon an employee who said hi and asked if we needed any help. Prices were fair overall but confusing- they weren't clearly marked (particularly in the singles) so I went to the register not knowing how much would I spend.

This is a great shop, and I can't get over how surprising it was to find this "out there".

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Excellent selection and great prices. I love that half of the entire store is devoted to craft beer and hard to find imports. The room is packed full of so many different beers that it took me almost 30 mins to try and decide what to pick out. Great selection of sours and hard to find Belgians. I saw Black Albert, Pannepot, Cantillion, Scaldis Prestige, Hansens Lambics, tons of American craft from Saint Somewhere, Green Flash, it definetly seems like the guy ordering the beer hands picks a lot of the selection. Also if you are trying to have a theme tasting you can find many rare import lagers from German, Czech, and even some great South American craft beers. I also love the Growler station where you can find even more rare stuff to try and sometimes things that don't even make it into a bottle. I will definetly be making regular trips when my budget allows.

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Photo of krisjag
5/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Great selection, friendly and knowledgeable staff, innovative.

The manager, Matt, is passionate and eager to offer recommendations to those new to craft beer as well as those who brew their own. He brought the store from a disorganized jumble of old, dusty beer to a well-organized, easily categorized, and up-to-date selection of brews from all across the country and world.

The beer festival event that was held last month was an excellent way to engage the community, promote their store, and benefit charity. It also allowed patrons to try a variety of different beers outside of their comfort zone.

Prices are reasonable - cases range between $2 and $5 above wholesale, kegs range between $8 and $15 above wholesale. Liquor and wine selection is excellent as well.

Also - Matt will get his hands on whatever you want to order - just stop by and ask!

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Photo of mcguirmn
4.86/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Amazing liquor store.

As other reviewers noted, half the store is devoted to wines and liquors while the other half is exclusively devoted to beers.

No other store in the area has the same craft beer selection. Every time I go in there I am overwhelmed by the selection, and it usually takes me a half an hour just to decide on what I want.

Not only do they offer six packs, they also are known for their Make-a-Six deal. Every single beer they sell in 6 packs is also available as a single bottle. So if you are itching to try a certain beer, but are reluctant to commit to a full six-pack, this is for you! I find this especially useful in trying new brews from Dogfish Head. While a lot of their brews are very good, I am reluctant to commit to a 11$ four-pack.

Recently they put in a kegerator near the cashier so customers can try microbrews on tap for FREE. And if you like the beers on tap, you can bring home a growler full for a reasonable rate.

Overall this is a great shop with exceptional service and unparalleled selection.

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Photo of OddNotion
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Atmosphere: Beer section is its own room, very large and there are shelves upon shelves of beer. Kept clean.

Quality: Great quality. Always see that the stock is well rotated.

Service: The staff is knowledgable about beer, they know what is in stock and what is coming in. They are talkative and nice. Very helpful and will always ask if you need any assistance.

Selection: As said above, shelves upone shelves of beer. Some nice rarities there as well as the latest hyped beers. Also have a nice growler fill station.

Great place, go there if you are around, you really wont be disappointed.

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Photo of TimHitchings
5/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

6/2015: New ownership. In the middle of amazing make over. One new wall is completely craft beer in fridge from end to end. Plans in the works to expand 8 tap growler station. Ivan the manager knows his craft.

The management is enthusiastic about craft beer and drives the store facebook site ( with daily updates. Management 'gets' how social sites can be valuable. Whenever a growler tap is replaced a notice is made to inform customers.

Anchor Christmas Ale, Troegs Mad Elf, Allagash Hugh Malone, Victory Yakima Glory, Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout, Flying Fish HopFish, Stone Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale, River Horse Double Wit, NJ Beer Co Wee Heavy Ale, SixPoint Brooklyn Brown Ale, Ridgeway Seriously Bad Elf, Fegleys Rude Elf Reserve

These are a few of the recent on taps available at the Cranbury Buy-Rite growler station. Growlers are available in 1 and 2 lt stopper containers.

The store is split into 2 sections with beer to the left and wine and liquor to the right with registers and growler station.
On initial entry you eyes are immediately drawn to the left where stacks of beer specials are on display. As you move deeper into the left beer section you are assaulted with the shear variety of choices in all shapes and sizes. A bank of refrigerators on the right contains cool beer. On the back wall and on shelves everywhere are singles, bombers, six packs, four packs, etc.

Shelving and signage has vastly improved over the 6 months since my inital review. Shelves have pricing and review tags. Selection continues to increase and Facebook is used to announce new bottles every Tuesday.

The music playing over the pa system sounds like a local college based radio which is a perfect blend of eclectic with the classics. Much like the beer available at Cranbury BuyRite.

On any given night there maybe a couple of customers gathered around the growler station talking beer with Matt.
While I've only been visiting for about a month I can't think of any other place that is working harder to cater to the craft beer explosion.

With an announced Beer Fest June 18, 2011 this is becoming the place in central New Jersey for beer.

Can't wait till my next visit.

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Photo of calz4m
4.74/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

The Buy Rite in Cranbury is very near to my work and I tend to stop by here on Fridays after work to stock up on beer. Great craft beer selection with all of the big guns well represented (Stone, DFH, Rogue, Victory, etc.) as well as good to excellent attention to the smaller producers. The "beer room" is huge and the back wall is full of singles for making mixed six packs. Gotta love that! Recently they expanded the growler station which has just been fantastic. I think there are 8 taps now and generally at least three are IPAs which is right in my wheelhouse. Friendly and knowledgeable service from Josh especially with regard to the beer and growler station. I highly recommend this as a stop for any semi-local or local beer fanatics. You will not be disappointed. They also have a wide German and Belgian section if that's your thing.

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Photo of marcpal
4.85/5  rDev +7.8%

Oak Tree, you have a challenger.

This place I have heard about and when I visited was nothing short of phenomenal. Had a beer tasting late on a Friday and the selection was off the hook.

The people were passionate about the beer, the selections were up to date, lined up well, and priced relatively well. This is much closer for me than Oak Tree so will be the one that I hit up for quick trips but designate Oak Tree as my destination spot.

I am only basing this on two quick trips but a way of judging on is how much time you spent vs the time you intended. On both occassions, I caught myself wandering around and ended up grabbing a gems off the shelves that were not in the plans. Sign of a good spot.

Great great new find here in central NJ.

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Photo of Augustiner719
4.45/5  rDev -1.1%

Stopped in today during my lunch break after reading reviews of this place. Definately worth stopping in there especially if your in the area and well worth the drive. Lots of good stuff that has sold out everywhere else (Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, founders nemesis, Sorachi Ace etc..) Great singles selection as well. The store is separated into two parts, to the left is the beer section. Nice wall of refrigerators with cold beer, and the beer isles are sorted by brand and country for the most part. Decent german/belgian section but not to much english stuff which is ok by me. Great place to get the latest beers that are available in NJ. They pretty much carry everything and even some stuff that went out of season (Troegs Mad Elf) Overall, a great place and the beer manager is very knowledgable and always ready to give a suggestion. Prices were competitive as well.

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Buy-Rite Discout Liquors in Cranbury, NJ
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