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East End Liquor & Wine

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3.72/5
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8 Ratings
PLACE INFO

Type: Store

5406 Asheville Hwy
Knoxville, Tennessee, 37914-3857
United States

(865) 637-6656 | map
eastendliquor.com

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Added by vishneda on 07-01-2010

PLACE STATS
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
8
pDev:
11.56%
 
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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of AlexFields
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of chaski101
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

great selection.
not many people frequent this spot, so it is easy to find rare stuff that may be taken up quickly at other locations in Knoxville. I like that there is usually a no bottle limit!

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Photo of Smoky54
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.61/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.25

East End Liquor is located on the outskirts of what appeared to be a less than desirable part of town, but the store itself is well maintained. It's not huge and kind of bland on the interior, but it's pretty clean and reasonably organized.

They had one shelf and a line of window coolers dedicated to craft beer. It's not a lot, per se, but again, the store isn't huge so it's decent enough. And as with all liquor/package stores in Tennessee, you're only going to find high gravity stuff here (over 6% ABV). Under 6% stuff will be at grocery stores and the like.

They had a pretty decent selection of New Belgium, Stone, J.W. Lees, SweetWater, Terrapin, Lagunitas, some obscure Belgians and Germans, reasonably well rounded. They even had a 3 liter gerbil of Moa Brewing Co. (or it might have been bigger, I can't remember). Nothing to write home about, but decent if you're from out of state and don't get all of their distribution.

Two things were noteworthy: All the guys there were in their upper twenties, laid back and loved talking about beer which was really cool. And secondly, I asked if they had anything special behind the counter and they really beat around the bush, admitting they usually reserve some of their special stuff for request only, after telling me they were "pretty sure it was all on display." I understood this as, "Well, I really don't know you that well yet." I assume they have regulars they hold harder to get stuff for, but at least they get hard to get stuff and ration it. If I pressed, I'm sure they would have opened up since they were all super accommodating and even walked me through the aisle to point out some stuff I might like, but it's entirely possible they didn't have anything special. Sometimes all you have to do is ask.

This place has a comparable selection to some of the better package stores I checked out in the area and though the prices aren't the cheapest, even if they are completely reasonable, if you're a beer guy, it's one of the few package stores you can go to where they actually care about beer.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

I honestly dont know how to rate this place. Tennessee has some fucked up laws regarding beer. Some store can carry 6% abv and above, others cant. Some can carry both, others cant. Whatever is going on in this southern state is beyond me. So, I am not sure what to say. They have a great selection of "high gravity" beers, which means everything is high(er) in alcohol. I asked if they had any local stuff and the guy working said, to paraphrase, "None of the local breweries make high gravity stuff so we cant get it." He was nice enough to recommend a place that does (Bearden Beer Garden, another story altogether, if you ask me), so that was nice. They do have a great selection of HG stuff with some imports I have never seen and some other USA stuff unavailable in NC. The total selection was rather limited, maybe 50 total different beers, but it wasnt bad. I am at a loss of how to rate this place but it seems like a nice joint.

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Photo of swooshjtb
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I frequent this place quite because, as far as Knoxville goes, it's the best selection of high gravity stuff in town for the best prices. Tennessee is not the greatest state for finding rare beers, but this place has the best of what Tennessee has to offer.

There is a good mix of Belgians and Germans along with American craft beer. I can usually find Rochefort, Stone, and other quality, common beers. If you are in Knoxville, I would definitely check this place out before any others. You will find everything here that most other places carry, and you save a bunch of gas because this will be your only stop.

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Photo of vishneda
4.45/5  rDev +19.6%

I stopped in here on the way out of town from the Smokies... I wish I had stopped on the way in! If you know Tennessee, then you know finding quality craft beer outside of Nashville is tough due to the 6% ABV law. Most liquor stores don't bother selling beer because they aren't allowed to sell what most people want (BMC). East End Liquor is one of a few places in the area trying to break the mold and cater to a beer crowd.

This shop specializes in Belgian styles. They carried all the common ones and some harder to find brands. They also had a good selection of North American brewed beers including Unibroue, Dogfish, Stone, Rogue and Mendocino. There were a few Japanese and high ABV German options as well. Overall, the selection was very good. It's the only place I had a chance to stop at in Knoxville that even came close to having a beer I wanted. Best of all, the website has a section where the brands they carried were listed ( http://eastendliquor.com/beer ).

The location is very good for travelers, just off of the I-40 as you near town from the east. It was easy to get in and out and the store was clean. Beers were well marked and the best ones had shelf hangers which I find helpful. The man inside offered to help me with anything, highlighted the sales of the week, and was otherwise friendly. I was happy to get several great beers on the way out of town and I was pleased with the price.

Overall, I was pretty impressed with this place. Whether you live in the area or are just passing through, give this place a look if you are into high quality beers that are also high in ABV.

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East End Liquor & Wine in Knoxville, TN
Place rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 8 ratings
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