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Merchant's Fine Wine

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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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Reviews:
48
Ratings:
60
pDev:
9.89%
 
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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 TurdFurgison
4.8/5  rDev +7.9%

Found this on BA, and stopped in while in town on business. Huge wine store, with very large beer section. The emphasis is on Belgians, German, and Michigan beers. The selection of each is very good.

There was a very helpful lady in the beer section, who answered my questions expertly. She helped me find some really good Michigan beers which I otherwise would have over-looked.

Note: It looks like it's hard to find parking from the front, but there's a huge parking lot in the rear. The lot is free, despite the "guard shacks" which look like parking attendent booths.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.58/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Stopped by here at the end of a quick stop in Detroit, to catch the Sox and Tigers for a couple of games... Not too hard to find... plenty of parking in the rear.

Fantastic selection at this place. Plenty of Midwest brews, as well as scores of top-shelf imports...Deutschland, Belgium, UK...etc. Helpful staff, too, who were willing to assist whenever I got around to stopping my drooling. I wish I had had more time (and $$$)!!

overall: 4.58
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$

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Photo of crossovert
4.64/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Parking is in the back and it will cost you 25 cents.

Inside the beer is to the right. There is an area with singles, and specifically a Michigan section. There are different displays of seasonal and glassware and a big row of coolers as well.

The guy in the beer area was super helpful and super nice. I cant say enough about the service at this place.

The prices are decent, I didn't have a whole lot of time to look at everything and I ended up just getting 2 mixed sixers but they were reasonably priced.

Overall a great stop in Detroit.

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

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 Monkeyknife
4.45/5  rDev 0%

Stopped in on my way out of town and was blown away by the place. Walked in, turned left, and made a bee line directly to the beer section.

The beers I looked at were all clean and up-to-date.

Service was polite, informed, and more than ready to help.

The beer selection was huge. I was excited to find Magic Hat, Dogfish, Bell's, Founders, Jolly Pumpkin, Dark Horse, Rogue, Unibroue, New Holland, Stone, Great Divide, Stoudt's, North Coast, Flying Dog, Southern Tier, Goose Island, Great Lakes, Victory, and Dragonmead. I wasn't looking to buy any European beers, but rest assured they have most of what is available.
The majority of the beer were on aisle shelves while others were kept in a cooler. Buying singles was limited to a selection of about 40-50 bottles. Mostly Michigan beers and IPAs.

Prices were on par with what I expected.

Merchant's is a definite must-stop from now on.

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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 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 Dukeofearl
4.65/5  rDev +4.5%

On a recent convention trip to Detroit, I made this my "local" for the time I was there. And what a local.

It is a store of wine, cheese, delicacies, chocolate, and beer. And what a selection.

It had an extremely wide selection of Michigan and surrounding regional beers, a decent California selection (not as good as in California, of course), a Belgian selection that is as good as if not better than the best in my neck of the woods, and decent selections from the UK, German, and other worldly beer spots.

The beer clerk was very knowledgeable, gave me an excellent recommendation on something I would never had chosen on my own (Founders Red's Rye), and let me split 6-packs so I could bring some smaller bottles home.

Most of the beer is out on the open shelves, with only a fraction in open coolers, but that is a minor quibble. Also, there was some dust on some bottles- I don't know enough about the place to know if there is an aging problem, but my selections were just fine.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of frazbri
4.85/5  rDev +9%

Wow! This is an outstanding beer store. Great selection of Michigan, other American, German, and Belgian beers. There are plenty of cold selections in the cooler. I picked up Mahr's, Uerige Sticke, Victory, Rogue, Jolly Pumpkin, Atwater Block, and a bottle of Kuehnenn Rasberry Eisbock. This place has a fantastic selection.

Service was quite good too. The clerk was visible and helpful. The beer guy has a desk right in the middle of the section. What more is there to say? Beer is very important at Merchant's.

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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 gordavidson
4.65/5  rDev +4.5%

Since I was making a pickup at Metro Airport, I figured that it was time that I finally swing by Merchant's to see what all the fuss was about. I had called ahead and spoke with Annette, who was helpful and knowledgeable and allowed me to reserve beer. She knew the beer pricing right off the top of her head as well as how much they had in stock. Everything was really well organized by country and or region. There was a great selection of cases of beers (which I picked up a case of Bell's Batch 8000). Some of the beers off of the top of my head are Dogfish, Bell's, Founders, Jolly Pumpkin, King, Dark Horse, Rogue, Unibroue, St. Bernardus, Stone, Sierra Nevada, Thomas Hardy, Great Divide, Stoudt's, Anchor, Avery, North Coast, Flying Dog, Samuel Smith, Sam Adams, Southern Tier, Goose Island, Great Lakes, Chimay, Victory, Michigan Brewing, Dragonmead.... I could go on. Overall the selection was very well rounded, full, and organized. There was nothing there that really caught my eye except for a few left over (and pricey) Bell's Batch 7000's and a large quantity of World Wide Stouts and 120min IPA's. A large quantity of the beers were in refrigerators but the bulk was on organized shelfing. Something I found interesting was that some beers were actually on "sale." Like 6 packs of Lion Stout were only $7.99. The pricing was very fair for an establishment of this size. If I lived close this would definitely be my beer store of choice. Check it out.

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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 Cyberkedi
5/5  rDev +12.4%

I was very impressed with this store! They have an excellent selection of local brews, many of which are not available nationally. I bought a whole bunch to take with me back to Atlanta and sample.

The salespeople were very helpful in guiding me towards the craft brews and making suggestions. I would like to have found more porters and stouts, but I went shopping the day after the 4th of July so their stocks were a tad low. Nevertheless, I found two boxes full of single bottles to cram into my trunk.

I strongly recommend this to anybody who lives in, or is visiting, the Detroit area. Actually, after learning that there are over 80 craft brewers in Michigan - versus only three or four in Georgia - I think I'll move up there. ;)

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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 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 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 FtownThrowDown
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

This is everything you could ask for out of a bottleshop. All the area beers and everything else that is distributed in the area. Everything is displayed and organized on racks due to style and brewing company. Wonderful and spacious. Help is very friendly and super knowledgable. You would be hard pressed not to find a beer here that's available in the area. If they have the appropriate branded glassware it is displayed next to the bottle on the shelf. They have a couple of sections where they display new arrivals and beers of the week.
I didn't get a chance to peruse the rest of the store, but by the sheer size alone seemed to have plenty of wine and gourmet food. A very nice store that the locals are lucky to have.

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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 moshea
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of hotsudge
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Gaisgeil
4.65/5  rDev +4.5%

This is my standard place to go for good bottled beer, local or international alike.

They have the beer section organized by country, with a large contigent of Michigan micros. Plenty of Belgians, English, Scottish and German as well. A smallish selection of singles worth noting. Some of their stuff is refrigerated, but most is out in the open, not really a big deal though as they seem to move a lot of product. The prices aren't bad considering the variety offered, and with their service you know the beer is well taken care of. They have outstanding service, Annette and Dave really take care of you, if they don't have it, they'll order it. Want to split up a sixpack? No problem.

Overall a great place to buy beer, best in the area, hands down.

SlĂ inte!

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

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