The Davis Beer Shoppe

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

19 Reviews
PLACE INFO

Type: Store

211 G St
Davis, California, 95616-4516
United States

(530) 756-5212 | map

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Added by shortysdude285 on 07-07-2011

PLACE STATS
Score:
94
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
37
Avg:
4.32
pDev:
7.87%
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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 37
Reviews by tony223366:
Photo of tony223366
4.88/5  rDev +13%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is by far the best place to go in town if you want to try some hard to find beers or just chat with the owner or most of the employees about anything beer related.

They have a great bottle shop in the back where you can buy and bring them to the "tasting area" to try with friends. They have a good selection of things you can't find anywhere else in town.

They have a rotating set of taps (around 5 - 7 I'd say). They buy smaller kegs that finish in a week or so depending on how good the beer is. This keeps things interesting for locals. They have had Parabola, 90 minute, pliney, sculpin and a lot of other great stuff.

The best part by far is the tastings though. They can be based off of style, region, brewery or just about anything. They're definitely creative and fair priced.

The only detractors is that they don't serve food, but they allow you to bring in food from elsewhere so this isn't a huge issue. They also can be very cramped at night, so much so that a line appears around 8 or 9pm. I usually hang out there in the afternoon and do some grading and enjoy the jazz they usually have playing.

If you're in Davis, California, I implore you to visit!

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Photo of Bulabeers
3.53/5  rDev -18.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

This place carries a lot of beer. Unfortunately a lot of it is sitting out at room temperature and not fresh. This is the best place I've found in this area to get rare beers, good beers, and recently released beers. You just have to check the dates. Most of the beer is stored at room temperature but there are some beers in the cooler however it's hard to know whether it's sat on the shelf for a month or not at room temperature before you buy it. If you drink there it can be hard to get a seat. That's because they have around 20 great beers on tap at all times. It is a charming little room and most of the servers are nice enough but there are a couple sarcastic guys pouring beers there. I've had two friends who just weren't into it because of comments regarding the employee's poor opinion on brown ales. Just kind of weird sometimes. It's great if you can get your beer and get a seat with minimal interaction though and decide for yourself whether you enjoy the beer you are drinking or not.

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Photo of bcmac983
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Rddayson
3.78/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of nachase
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Can anyone say Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout on tap? I moved to Davis a couple months ago and in that time I have gone to The Davis Beer Shoppe at least once a week. It's a small place with limited seating, but the selection is great and they always seem to have something interesting. The service is excellent too; the bartenders will provide detailed recommendations based on what you like, and they're always happy to chat. I'll definitely be spending a lot more time here for the remainder of my time as a grad student.

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Photo of mjpoole
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of DrunkinYogi
4.58/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of justinguerrero08
5/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of BabaBeer
4.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of jfh
5/5  rDev +15.7%

This is the kind of place you want to go. You get know the bartenders and they get to know you. They suggest things for you to try, they tell you when stuff you'll like comes in and it's not so uncommomn to share stuff with the familiar faces at the counter. Plus, generally speaking, the prices are cheaper than other places in town. No doubt about, best place in town to have a beer, or to look for a new or rare beer. they're happy to have you bring in food to go with your beer.

One thing that sounds simple but requires dedication: posting what's on tap every single day. TDBS uses Facebook, and about noon every single day they post what's on tap and what the days flight will be. This simple action brings in people.

I gave it a 5 because the only way it would be better was if fewer people knew about it and I could get a seat every time I visited. Last, if an unbelieveable taster flight is announced (Cantillon, anyone?), get in line early, it will sell out.

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Photo of _morandi_
4.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of MarioM
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Mumbles720
5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of atpca
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of CMack71968
4.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of HopsAholic79
5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of Rubalaca
3.73/5  rDev -13.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

This is my spot! While they don't have a large tap list its always rotating and they have different tastings daily. The bottle selection is one of the best in this area of N. California. Staff is very helpful and most staff there know about beer. The drinking area is small and is busy on weekends but its worth it.

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Photo of david131
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of cdean801
5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of jakecattleco
4.74/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Marco_Gtz
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of DATAfiend
4.07/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I've only been here once, but if you're in the area you need to check it out. There are soooo many beers in the can/bottle section that it makes you feel like you've missed an entire universe of beers. The sampler is perfect b/c you get a nice amount of beer and you get to try 5 different ones.
All in all, a must see if you're in Davis.

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

This place would normally have gotten a 4.25 to 4.5 from me under the old number valuations when a 4 was "good." This place is better than good. However,, now with a 4 being "outstanding," I have to give it overall 3.75 scores.

This is a very good place with a decent tap list, even if relatively limited in number, and an excellent bottle selection. However, it's excellent, not outstanding. So, for those of you who go by the numbers, this one get "an old 4.35-4.5" or "a new 3.75."

The bottle selection is well displayed and extensive. There are a number of very local Northern California items but not nearly as many as I would expect. All in all, the California and domestic selection is good.

The import selection is also good and varied. Clearly one of the best bottle shops in NoCal but with a bit fewer selections than the "outstanding" shops. Also, my concern is for older bottles on the shelves. I saw some IPAs and double IPAs that are very desireable, if not down right collectible in most of the state and country. However, I know that these bottles that I saw on the shelves were several months old, most shops having sold out of a few of these long ago. So, once I questioned the freshness/age of one bottle, I found myself viewing all of the bottles with a jauniced eye.

However, this is not a place to miss if you're in the area and "into" good bottle shops.

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The Davis Beer Shoppe in Davis, CA
94 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.
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