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Merchant's Fine Wine

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Merchant's Fine WineMerchant's Fine Wine
BA SCORE
4.45/5
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60 Ratings
Merchant's Fine WineMerchant's Fine Wine
PLACE INFO

Type: Store

22250 Michigan Ave
Dearborn, Michigan, 48124-2225
United States

(313) 563-8700 | map
merchantsfinewine.com

Notes:
Monday - Thursday: 10am - 8pm
Friday - Saturday: 10am - 9pm
Sunday: 12pm - 5pm

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PLACE STATS
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
60
pDev:
9.89%
 
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Photo of myspoonistoobig
2.45/5  rDev -44.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3

Went out of my way to visit this shop on a recent business trip. Holy cow was I disappointed. First of all, you have to pay for parking (and the lot attendant was a complete dickhead). Then I get in and the place is huge, but I can tell it's mostly wine. I get a little hopeful when I see some beer features toward the entrance. Get to the beer section and it's pretty massive. But apart from that, not much else is impressive. Yes, there are the locals, but only the year-round beers from what I could tell. Nothing to indicate what's new or special. Very good selection of imports, organized alphabetically by country. Staff was non-existent. In fact, the store was pretty much vacant while I was there save a couple picking up some Corona. I ended up driving 20 minutes out of my way just to pay some dickish guy $0.50 for parking. Extremely underwhelming.

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Photo of sullenbee
3.4/5  rDev -23.6%

I found Merchant's to be sort of like my preferred local beer store, Martha's Vineyard in Grand Rapids. Great selection, but way overpriced. I guess you pay for having a larger variety to choose from.

Everytime I leave Merchant's, I end up with a pretty large haul, so no complaints there. For me, stafff interaction has been pretty minimal. I have as of yet to have the staff even approach me to see if I wanted help. Maybe my strange crew looks like we know what we are looking for, or they don't care to cater to "offbeat" looking folks. Either way, I don't really mind. I usually can find what I want without help, especially in a store as well organized as Merchant's. Beer is divided up by region/type, with special areas set up for new/rare releases and local brews.

I'll continue to purchase beer here whenever I'm in the Detroit area, but I really wish they would step up on the customer service. I don't know everything about beer, and it would be nice to have a friendly person to point out must have buys.

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Photo of claminat420
3.4/5  rDev -23.6%

this place has the best selection anywhere i've ever been. and a good note it's fresh not like places that let their beer sit cuz they can't sell it. the woman who works the beer department i think her name is annette (don't hold me to that) is michigan's first woman cicerone and she knows her stuff. i love how they have the beer laid out in the store. sixer's are by the company and singles are by the style. right now they have a rockin oktoberfest selection. the prices are reasonable. if you're living in the area you must check the place out at least once. simply they rock!!!

*UPDATE AS OF DEC 26 2010- this place fell apart. i bought a 6 of titan ipa which i know it's my fault but was bottled in july? well the stuff tasted terrible. not to mention i just got a mixed 4 pack for x-mas and my cuz who went there got me a victory prima pils that says best before sept. i mean if you want to be a known place you should know whats been sitting on your shelves for awhile. place is always a dollar or two more then my usual spot. this place is alright but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of mcallister
3.7/5  rDev -16.9%

Went here on advice from a few fellow BA's. They have a great selection of beers but I was hoping they would have some "rarer" beers. I went around the release of Kentucky Breakfast, and Double Crooked Tree of which neither they had. Granted supply is small I was just hoping I could find some.

Other than that the entire time I was shopping for beer I was approaced by no one asking if I needed any help. I normally don't like being approached but I did want to ask someone about the two beers previously mentioned.

You can find beers from many of the Michigan breweries. It would have been nice if they sold singles of all of these beers as I would have liked to try many of them but didn't want to have to buy an entire six pack.

A good place to go find some local brews but unless you're a regular and can make it there anytime I wouldn't recommend trying to find a rarity here as it's too well known for anything to be hanging around.

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.97/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Great local spot. Annette the beer manager and cicerone is always helpful and worth chatting with. They can order you a ton of craft keg options. Well organized, lots of great beers. Super knowledgeable staff. No longer have to pay to park.

Edit- Annette the Cicerone is no longer there, and it seems like the selection has fallen off a bit. There seems to be less selection in general, but still plenty to pick from. I don't really know who the specific beer person is anymore, but they still have good people and a good selection. Prices are slightly better than some other spots around

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Photo of DrJay
4/5  rDev -10.1%

I checked this place out based on the glowing beerfly reviews and I'm pleased to say that I wasn't disappointed. I was impressed with the selection of local Michigan beers (I picked up a sixer of Bell's Batch 7000 - what a find!, and there were plenty of Founders, Arcadia, Dark Horse, etc.) and there were plenty of European imports. The middle of the beer section was taken up with unrefrigerated micros. I ended up grabbing a few Abbaye des Rocs beers, some Jolly Pumpkin, English barleywines, and a grab bag of MI and US micros. Needless to say, I was pleased with my finds and the prices were about what I expected. The service was adequate - the girl at the checkout was quick, friendly, and accurate, but the fellow in the beer section seemed to try very hard to ignore me and my accomplice. Only some of the beer is refrigerated, with the bulk of the micros and imports stored at room temperature. Still, it looked like the stock moved fairly well and I didn't see anything that was past it's date. Definitely recommended, especially if you're looking for local MI brews and some choice imports.

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Photo of Slick50
4/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of cryptichead
4.08/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Frozensoul327
4.15/5  rDev -6.7%

I've been buying most of my beer at Merchant's for I don't know how long. Time for a review. The store is set up well, with a good selection of Wines, Liquors and most importantly, BEERS. Most are not kept cold, but the staff seems to keep tabs on what's been sitting, and acts accordingly (either putting it on sale when it's been there awhile, or sending it back to the distributor). I haven't had a whole lot of stale or old brews from this place.

The beer section is logically set up, with seasonals out on the opening aisle, and local, regional and state brews on the opposite side. Moving to the other parts of the country, many other states are well represented in their offerings of micros and unique beers. On a more global level, Nearly every country in the world that produces beer is represened in one form or another. From Belgium to Germany, England to (arhg... I just threw up in my mouth a little) France, they are all here. A respectable selection that would impress any BA.

The cooler has many selctions as well, along with a few choices to make a Mix-Six. Wish there were more of those that they offered, but I digress.

Overall, this is a very respectable and well maintained place to get beer. Whenever I am in, I look for Annette, who keeps me up to date on what is new, what is good, and what I haven't tried. She, along with many other staff members, make shopping here a real treat. If you're in the area, check it out, you won't be dissapointed.

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Photo of CBA
4.2/5  rDev -5.6%

First stop in my Detroit area beer search. Excellent selection of midwest micros, other regional brews as well as a good international showing. Pricing seemed reasonable, especially on the imports (De Ranke in particular). Great that you can split any of the US sixers. Didn't see anyone on the floor but the cashiers were very pleasant. Overall definitely worth the visit, and there's great Lebanese food down the block at La Shish.

Beer Haul:
Anderson Valley Oatmeal
Dupont Avec Les Bons Voeux
De Dolle Extra Export Stout
Thiriez XXtra
Theakston Old Peculier
Dark Horse One
Weihenstephaner Dunkel Weiss
JW Lees Harvest Ale 2005
Bell's Kalamazoo Stout

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Photo of 86sportster883
4.2/5  rDev -5.6%

I stopped in Merchant's with the intent of picking up a few bottles of local MI brews to bring back to NJ. Since I was limited to what I could fit in my luggage, I was drawn to the singles and the bombers. I liked that the beers were arranged by countries, and I wound up forgoing the MI beer for a bottle of Ommegang's 10th Anniversary Ale (no longer available by me), a single of the Mediterranean Lacto Milk Stout, and a vintage J.W. Lee's. The prices seemed a little higher than other places I've been to, but it's hard to judge with recent price changes. Merchant's of Dearborn is definitely worth a visit.

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Photo of CopperMtnPlowboy
4.22/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Found this place on BA. Visited during a hockey tournament in Detroit area. When I'm out of town, I like to buy singles of local beers to add to my "drank-it-myself" beer can collection. This place has a bit of a "warehouse" feel and the far back seems like a forgotten storage area. Picked up several mix-6's and saw a few others that were only in 6-packs. Asked the woman on the floor if she'd split them - no problem! Came home with a case and a half of new cans. Great selection of bottled beers, too. Though my wife long ago drew the line at cans only - so I obeyed the law. Will make this a regular stop when in Dearborn.

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Photo of DanGeo
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of tjohn2401
4.28/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This is definitely a store I like to check out if I'm in the area. Selection is great but the prices are a bit high.
Big, open, well organized beer section, with a good selection of singles.
I've always been treated very well by the staff. They are well informed and very helpful. Annette is wonderful, and the other dude is great, too.
I usually buy from Discount Drinks in Wyandotte or Vreeland Market in Woodhaven/Brownstown because they are a bit cheaper and closer, but Merchants is definitely one of the best in SE Michigan.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.29/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Stopped in shortly after crossing the border on a recent trip to see a Tigers game. (July, 2013)
This store came highly recommended, and so we made sure to budget lots of time to drive out and check out the store. The store is located on a major thoroughfare, and has a large pay parking lot (they do validations, though!).

Excellent selection of Michigan area crafts as soon as you walk in the door - loads of Founders, Bells, New Holland, Atwater, and a few others in mix packs. Large refrigerated section of single bombers, bottles and four or six packs of mostly Michigan and local brews, but with a decent selection of other major breweries as well (Dogfish, Sierra, Pyramid, New Glarus, Sam Adams). Michigan stuff is seasonally based, good variety.

Large rack of Michigan singles, and a good selection of American crafts as well in the non-refrigerated area. Two short aisles of Belgian, English and German brews.

Staff were quite helpful, checking in with us from time to time offering suggestions. I inquired about getting some Bells or Founders glasses, and she explained about Michigan's beer glass labelling laws for a bit as being why they had such a poor selection. She apologized profusely, despite having no reason whatsoever to do so!

Prices were fair - under 10 for a pack of Two Hearted, and most singles were under $2. Spent about 60 bucks and got a pretty solid haul.

Simply put, if you're in the Detroit area, this is a great place to stock up on local brews. Merchants does an excellent job in promoting its local craft beer industry, and well they should.

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Photo of GJ40
4.3/5  rDev -3.4%

I stopped into Merchant's Fine Wine while in MI on business based on the Beer Advocate reviews.

They've got beer from all over the world organized nicely by country / state. It included good selections from Stone, Dogfish Head, Bell's, Founder's, Anchor and Rogue. Unfortunately I was too early for Bell's Hopslam. They had a sign up that it wasn't coming out again until Jan 2009.

I came once at night then again a couple of days later. It was very quiet while I was there the first time and I didn't really come across any employees. But the second time I asked a woman in the beer area for some local recommendations and she was outstanding. She knew good beer first hand and was a pleasure to talk to.

The store has a lot more than just beer. It's got a good selection of wine, cheese, meats, candies and other high end foods. But I was there only for the beer.

Merchant's does a nice job. It's well worth a stop.

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Photo of Derek
4.3/5  rDev -3.4%

This place is relatively large, but they don't have much in the fridge.

There's a plethora of 6 packs, along with a few things available by the bottle. I managed to pick up the new Unibroue 15... which was awesome, as it doesn't look like it'll be available in Canada.

We had just come from the beer depot in Ann Arbor... so some of the stuff at this place seemed dirt cheap!

My paper bag broke on the way out, smashing a few bottles. The staff handled it well, and replaced the bottles free of charge. Thanks guys!

It's not far from the boarder... so I'm sure I'll visit them again!

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Photo of marburg
4.3/5  rDev -3.4%

I'd heard that the selection in Dearborn was pretty superior to the selection in Royal Oak -- and I'm not sure I agree with that assessment.

I think that the two establishments are a bit different in what they carry and/or how much of it they carry -- but that's about it.

That said, the selection in Royal Oak is huge -- and the same applies here. The other parts of the store are much more fleshed out than the Royal Oak store -- food, cheese, et cetera -- but the beer selection is the same massive size. A whole rack of German beers, a whole rack of English ales, and a whole rack of Belgian beers -- and then a lot of micros all over the place.

Most of the beer is open-shelf, not refrigerated. Kind of a bummer, but whatever. When you've got the oerbier reserve, westmalle tripel, and cases of Hacker-Pschorr Dark staring you in the face, you get over it -- a little anyhow.

A note, however: Prices are WAY too high. Cloverleaf sells some of these things for almost half the price.

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Photo of JasonR1975
4.31/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

One of the best selections in Wayne County, service has gone a little down hill but much friendlier recently. Fairly well organized selection of all craft beers.

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Photo of jrs3994243
4.31/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of kwalters
4.35/5  rDev -2.2%

After reading other reviews and checking out the Merchant's website, I was expecting this place to have a full "5" for the selection rating. My expectations were just a little too high. Don't get me wrong, Merchant's has by far the best selection I've seen in Michigan, but I was hoping for even more domestic micros. The selection really focuses on regional micros and a wide variety of brews from abroad, mostly European. There's an excellent variety of German and Belgian beers available.

I wasn't approached by any staff members so I can't comment on service other than to say the cashier correctly rang up my purchases.

A nice shop, indeed, but I probably won't make the 30-40 min. trek now that I've got Bello Vino and Whole Foods right here in Ann Arbor. I'd certainly stop if I were on my way to Detroit.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.35/5  rDev -2.2%

My wife and I stopped here before the Martian Marathon a week or so ago. I was looking for some Dragonmead and some Kuhenen (sp?) but was quickly overwhelmed at all the great stuff they had in stock. Very impressive Michigan haul, with dragonmead, Arbor, lots of hard to find dark horse, king, new holland, bells, etc. But then also a very impressive setup of other american brews and a huge international section, organized by country. some of the more exciting things i saw included JW Lees Harvest vintages (1998-present), Thomas Hardy's 2004-present, DeuS, Collaboration (not Litigation), Sprecher Barleywine and Imperial Stout, one of those ridiculously massive Double Bastard bottles, lots lots more. Literally 15 huge shelves of stuff. Lots of singles too, which i liked. Several staff members walking around but no-one asked us if we needed help or even looked like the wanted to help. Didn't find any Kuhenen (sp?), but got a few things i was interested in trying (mostly from the area...i like to buy from where i am). definitely would go back if i was in Dearborn again...maybe for next year's Martian marathon!

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Photo of BrewMaster
4.35/5  rDev -2.2%

I visited this store on Proc's recommendation. It's a great well-lit store with an outstanding local selection and great international and national selection. Beers are sorted by country or state. Some beers are available in singles in the refrigerator case or on the shelves. The best thing about Merchant's aside from their selection is that they are close to the Detroit airport (less than 15 minutes). Service was good with the cashier went out of her way to find me the right type of box to carry my bottles in since I had to carry them back on a plane to CA. Whenever I am in the Detroit area, I will make it a point to stop there and pick up some local gems.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
4.36/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75

Great customer service at Merchant's Fine Wine. I stumbled in and was quickly alerted by the staff that they were offering free samplings of Founders so I got to enjoy a nice swig or two of Breakfast Stout* while browsing. They have a nice create your own six pick selection for Michigan brews. Most of their options are local and in state. There out of state or bordering states selection was limited. If I lived in Dearborn, I'd be a frequent customer. Two thumbs up! *This delicious beer may or may not have influenced this review.

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Photo of Gemini6
4.36/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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