The Rumrunner

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The RumrunnerThe Rumrunner

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

3131 E 1st St
Tucson, Arizona, 85716-4206
United States

(520) 326-0121 | map

Now has an in-store bistro: The Dish.

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3.4/5  rDev +1.5%

Decent establishment with a fair selection of local beers and some imports. More of a wine and liquor store, though, both in terms of their selection and their employee's knowledge about the stock. I list it here really only because it's one of the places you might be recommended by the locals.

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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

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2.64/5  rDev -21.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2

Okay, there hasn't been a review in almost four years.

I'm new to the area, and so I have been trying to check out places.

Realistically, this is a half wall of coolers with bier.
The place seems to specialize in wine, and probably just keeps bier to "keep the husband occupied," or that's what it feels like; a distraction or afterthought.

Staff was friendly.

They have a few singles, a few 6-packs. Mostly imports, a few crafts.
Not to mention the average going price of a 6-pack is about $10.
Nothing looked like it was ancient or really old, old stock...

Definitely not worth going out of your way here for bier.
You can honestly get a better selection at 25% less at either Fry's or the Sunflower Market guys.

Even worse, this place is just a ways off from Plaza...why you wouldn't go the extra distance (if you're coming from the south) would be unimaginable.

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3.05/5  rDev -9%

I had some time to kill in the neighborhood of Speedway and Alvernon yesterday so I took a short walk to RumRunner. This was my first visit and so I was excited to see what they offered. It is often mentioned as one of the better wine shops, with a good beer selection as well.

Walking through the small front door the store is rather dark, but has a nice light wood interior decor. The majority of the store is filled with free standing and wall shelves of wines and liquor, all of which looked nice, though a bit on the expensive side. To the rear of the store there were some specialty food items...olive oil, mustard and other condiments, spices. Smelled like flowery candles too, but I didn't see those. Hanging from the cieling are a variety of styles of wine gift bags.

I found, after a short walk around the smallish interior, that the beer is tucked away along the rightmost (from the door) wall, behind four or five full height cooler doors. When back there you feel a little bit cut off, like they're hiding you from the wine shoppers. Filling the cases is a decent selection of import, craft and local beers, as well as some macro offerings, mostly in the last cooler in the corner. The beer seems to be mostly seperated by country and region. Most of the 12oz bottles sit in six packs, but they do allow you to break them up into singles. They don't exactly encourage it...the only real hints are the ten or fifteen empty six packs hanging up above your head (took me a while to even notice them) and the "single - $X.XX" pricing next to the six pack prices on most of the labels.

So I put together a six pack of Red Tail Ale, Sierra Nevada Stout, Shiner Bock, Alaskan Amber, Miller 1885 and Black Butte Porter, all of which ran between $1.05 and $1.19 a piece. The six pack ended up being about $7.50, little more than you would pay for a pack of Corona at the grocery store. So the prices are good on domestic 12oz beers. They are a little less good on the larger bottles and the imports, but they aren't any more expensive than some of the other beer stores in town.

I have two complaints though...first, I found that many of the bottles in the coolers were quite dusty, meaning to me that they hadn't been touched in a while. And sure enough, when I got home, I found that the bottle of Shiner had expired in September of '05 (why bother even putting a "exp date" on the underside of the cap? By then it's too late to decide not to buy the beer! Oh...right...I see.). So there seems to be a bit of a quality and turnaround issue. But it tasted ok after all, the Miller was fine, and hopefully the rest of them are good too.

My real complaint, though, is the service. I walked into the store and made eye contact with one of the three 20 something guys working there. He said nothing and looked down. I made my way to the beer case, browsed it, then browsed the store some, and went back to the beer case...probably ten minutes worth of browsing...before finally one of the guys stuck his head around a shelf and asked "Can I help you?" I said "No thanks, I'm just going to pick out a six pack". He just walked off.

So I assembled my pack and went to pay. In a barely audible mumble another of the three guys behind the counter says "Hey, whats up" and takes my pack. He spends some time comparing the bottles to their price list (no tags on the bottles), takes my credit card, gives me the reciept to sign and walks off without a word. I sign it, ask across the store if the yellow one is mine, and he mumbles "Yeah, thanks" without even looking up from what he was doing.

So I left. And I probably won't rush back. Their selection is good but pales in comparison to stores like Plaza, 58 Degrees, and AJ's. Quality also might be an issue. And worst of all, they hire people who really, really don't want to be there, it seemed to me. The only thing that will draw me back is the proximity (only 58 degrees is closer) and the price of their domestics.

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