Cottage Hill Package Store

BA SCORE
88
very good

35 Ratings
Cottage Hill Package StoreCottage Hill Package Store
PLACE INFO

Type: Store

6376 Cottage Hill Rd
Mobile, Alabama, 36609-3111
United States

(251) 660-0166 | map
cottagehillpackage.com

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Added by PALMEJ1 on 09-28-2009

PLACE STATS
Score:
88
Ratings:
35
Reviews:
18
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
11.11%
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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of jvgoor3786
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of Marklaker
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Ctb6582
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Karpdevil
4.79/5  rDev +21%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Found this place on BA. Then confirmed with what was being checked in on Untappd. Went around 5pm. Walked in to find great tap selection as well as a great bottle/can selection. They offer growler, crowler and pints. On tap they had some Heretic, Other Half and some choice local beers + even sours.

We found some Bell's Black Note just sitting on the shelf. I couldn't believe my eyes. We had a pint of a sour and chatted with Chris, the beer manager and a distributor that was in town. They were tasting some new beers and invited us to join in. Really great place. Might even stop in again before we leave mobile.

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Photo of Eddiehop
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Texasfan549
4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of puftdank
4.49/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of MeauxJoe
4.54/5  rDev +14.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

was on a trip from Baton Rouge to Destin, very nice beers and even better service.
had a nice tap selection also worth checking out

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Photo of Jmferrage
4.79/5  rDev +21%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Stopped by en route to the beach from NOLA. great selection of things we don't get in Louisiana. Great staff super helpful and great to talk to. Would recommend this place to any beer geek on the gulf coast.

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Photo of Beerds
4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

The go to spot in Mobile. Amazing selection of bottles cans and draft. Draft is always rotating and they try not to have draft and package at the same time, got to diversify! All knowledgable guys working that will lead you in the right direction if you're not sure what to try. Open late, later than some restaurants, and can serve pints on site! If you need craft beer (or liquor or cigars) look no further. This is the only place you need to know about.

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Photo of DarkHorse02GT
5/5  rDev +26.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Nothing even close in the area. Employees are very knowledgeable and they get limited release beers that nobody else in Mobile does. If it is distributed to Mobile and it's good they will likely have it.

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Photo of tone77
3.06/5  rDev -22.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 2.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75

Drove about an hour from Gulfport to get here. Christmas eve morning and very busy in here. Has a typical suburban liquor store feel to it. Selection is good, lots of craft and imports, growlers are available and I saw 18 different taps to choose from. A good selection of bombers. I wish more of their domestic beers were available as singles, or a mix a six section would have been nice. Prices, from what I could tell, were a little bit on the high side, but not unreasonably so. The only reason I made only a small purchase is because only about 20-25% of the inventory is priced. I don't like playing guessing games, and this greatly diminished my shopping experience. My only contact with staff was checking out, and they were very busy. Overall, if I lived in Mobile, I would probably shop here, but considering the effort made to get here, I was disappointed.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

best retail selection in mobile

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Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of BeerTwigs
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Stopped in when I got into town and wasn't disappointed. They have a large selection, both cold and room temperate. They appear to rotate their product and did a good job with the displays. My only problem was when I grabbed a bomber from the fridge I should have realized it was bottled almost 2 years ago. This wouldn't have been a problem expect it was an IPA and it was pretty terrible. Partially my fault for not checking before I bought it but they definitely should have product that old in the cooler. The cooler stock should be relatively fresh and paid attention to. Overall it was a nice place and friendly staff. I definitely recommend checking it out if you are in the area. Its probably the only good place to get craft beer as well.

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Photo of BeerRunner
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of CrimsonWombat
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of rspauldi
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Dicers
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of OldhouseRecs
3/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of JJFoodie
5/5  rDev +26.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Went there today on my way to Florida from Dallas. Did my research to see where to get my Westbrook fix. Found tons of great things, even a few bottles of Mexican Cake! Chris (on BA, himself) took great care of me! He even steered me away from a few bottles that he thought had sat too long. A must-stop for anyone serious about beer!

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Photo of sohearn
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Coryb133
4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Even though this is really the only viable option for beer selection in Mobile, AL it is still a great option. In a state that only changed laws to beers higher than %6 in 2008 and bombers in 2012, craft beer selection is miserable in my city. That is other than Cottage Hill Package. They currently offer over 800 beers, and all of the staff are excited because of upcoming expansion. Several of their guys have told me that they plan to expand to 3,000 beers as well as adding more taps and increasing the size of the humidor.

In my several visits I have yet to find a staff member that was not helpful. These guys are THE place for gourmet beer in our city and they know it. They wear the badge with pride and carry on the responsibilities that go along with it. If browsing the beer selection one is always greeted and chatted with. All the staff seem to have a fairly wide bit of knowledge on beers, (or if not at least a love for it,) and are always willing to give recommendations. You have a feeling that they all really enjoy what they do.

The only down sides of this place is that the beers aren't the best organized and the price is a little high. There seems to be a pattern in how they shelve it, but there's no signage to allude to what it might be. Stock seems to be constantly changing, and some beers have tags with review scores from BA on them, but often times the tags reference a beer that is either out of stock or shelved elsewhere. The upside to all of this is that the staff are always close at hand to help you if you ask, but it would be nice to browse the rows of bottles with a bit more enlightenment. I've also noticed a tendency for them not to pull beers that have gone past their dates.

As far as price is concerned I don't feel that anything is excessively priced, but they are a bit higher than elsewhere. However, I feel that the trade off isn't too bad because these guys really are pleasant to shop with. Selection in our city is scarce, and if my money is going to support a business I'd rather it be locally owned and fulfilling a niche rather than it be funding a chain that puts locals out of business. A plus is that they periodically advertise in a local free newspaper and include coupons for up to 10% off your purchase.

Another upside for this store is their hours. They're 9:00am-12:00am everyday and open their doors 365 days a year. I'm not 100% sure if their holidays business hours change, but I do know that they open.

Upsides: Selection, Staff, Open 365, Free Tastings
Downsides: Organization, Price

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of wtmcknight
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

From the outside, Cottage Hill Package Store doesn't look like much. It's on the corner of a shopping mall in a safe area of town. On the inside, the relatively small area is clean and well organized. CHPS has a great selection of high gravity bombers. They also offer a wide variety of other beers in a walk-in cooler. The beer prices are reasonable, and the friendly staff is full of suggestions to expand your horizons. I haven't explored the cigars, wines, or liquors available.

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Cottage Hill Package Store in Mobile, AL
3.96 out of 5 based on 35 ratings.
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