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Mari's 6 Pac 'N' Mor

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Mari's 6 Pac 'N' MorMari's 6 Pac 'N' Mor

Type: Eatery, Store

835 Hiesters Ln
Reading, Pennsylvania, 19605-3046
United States

(610) 750-6430 | map

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Added by PeterSneakers on 11-29-2011

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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 38
Reviews by woodychandler:
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4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Yesterday marked my second visit to Mari's and I wish that public trans was such that I could get up to Reading more often! I am always treated like some sort of visiting celebrity (although I really try to downplay that sort of thing) upon arrival and it makes me want to buy as much as possible to make the visit worthwhile for all concerned.

It is located in the back corner of a little strip mall and the checkout counter is directly inside the door on a button-hook right. Further to the right, upon entry, is the bar area with twelve (12) taps, half on the counter, half on the back bar with those also hooked up to their growler filler. There are a couple of pool tables and some standard tables and chairs, but I like to belly up to the bar when I am done shopping. On a button-hook left coming in the door, one encounters several racks of shelves containing wearables, like ballcaps and such, plus a great selection of mini-kegs and room-temperature CANs. I really want to get at least a couple of those mini-kegs on my next visit, like Uerige. Uerige?!? Are you kidding me?!?

Once I collected myself, I continued on to the bank of coolers that lined the back wall, wrapping around to take up a good 1/3 of the perimeter of the building. I would like to take this opportunity to mention the lighting. The coolers use the U/V black lighting that is recommended and the entire store is lit in low-key status. I cringe when entering what I refer to as "A clean, well-lighted place for beer". If you like taking a chance that your beer has been light-struck, so be it, but I enjoy peace of mind. The floor space was dominated by room-temperature beer with domestic micros taking the center of the building and separate sections for "Gypsy Brewers"; "Beer of the World" (all separated by country of origin); and then alcopops, which I am finding to be a nice change of pace from my steady diet of AIPAs and DIPAs.

I had a blast just walking around, sampling some Flying Dog (they have regular samplings of/from various breweries, sometimes with reps in attendance) and slowly filling my shopping basket. I could see a full day of Mari's, Reading Royals and Al's Diamond Cabaret (beer, hockey and feminine pulchritude, just to show what a class-act I am).

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Blaze5445
5/5  rDev +28.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of stakem
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 2.75 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4

This place has a great selection of bottles. Prices are a bit strange though as some offerings are par for the course and others are marked way up (some even doubled) in comparison to what other bottle shops within 10 minutes charge.

This past weekend was my first visit and frankly its unlikely myself or friends who were with will ever return. My biggest gripe about this place is their customer service and inability to run an event. There was no consistency between the workers. I inquired about purchasing a bottle of Fantome they had displayed behind the counter. I was told no they were not for sale, they were going to be raffled off. 5 minutes later I watched someone approach the counter, ask about the same bottles and a different worker rang them up.

My visit was for an event they were hosting. I learned about the event on facebook. When we arrived, we all were in shock that seemingly NONE of the event details were accurate despite an employee reassuring us 30 minutes before they opened that the facebook details were accurate. I cant help but feel we were victims of a classic bait and switch. Attendees were told bourbon county stout, barleywine and coffee would be first come first served. Regal and Rare would be a part of a raffle. As it turns out, everything was a raffle and by everything I mean the few bottles that were left after the employees took whatever they wanted.

This place also advertised selling 32oz prefilled growlers of bourbon county for $40. I watched several people try to buy them as advertised and they were rejected saying "no goose island growlers."

I was in attendance with 4 friends, we all ordered a couple drafts. They charged us $8 for 5-6oz pours. Not complainging about price, what I will complain about is that they filled our glasses about half full yet other patrons received pours of the same beer, in the same glassware and their pours were filled to the brim. Again...this place has no consistency.

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Photo of swimdudemdr
2.6/5  rDev -33%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 1

This place is the shit of the shit. They don't care about the customer, all they care about it making money. Don't bother, there are plenty of better stores in Reading.

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Photo of ShanePB
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.61/5  rDev +18.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I was encouraged to drink beer while I browsed their inventory. Enough said. The selection is stellar. With any place, just make sure you check the bottled on or best by date, depending on the particular style. Highly recommended.

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Photo of JNForsyth
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Great selection, knowledgeable staff, clean and well laid out.

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Photo of RLW001
4.94/5  rDev +27.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Exceptional selection of craft beers. I like to get one of their excellent drafts and slowly make my selection. BTW - craft beers on draft are only $4. Wednesdays growlers are only $10.

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Photo of Yellolab2010
4.15/5  rDev +7%

Photo of TimoP
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Beastcpa
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of Barleycorn
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of InspectorBob
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Billdog
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Mari's is great because it's one of the only places in the area that sells a large variety of crafts. It is located in a small strip mall with an dreary exterior, but it is pretty nice inside. They have a seating area in the one corner where you can drink and eat. It's funny because despite their large craft selection, this area is always filled with a ragged crowd drinking Forties of Coors Light.

Be careful when choosing less popular brews. I have gotten several skunked beers. The staff seems to be pretty knowledgeable, and is willing to help you if you ask. They have a pretty decent selection. Definitely the best in Reading.

It is a little annoying that not everything is priced though. Never had the food. Overall it is a great place to grab some interesting new brews, as well as all your classic favs.

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Photo of AudioGilz
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of Doorman1810
4.49/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Mari's has a great selection of bottles and also offers bar service and growler fills. I've only purchased bottles myself and have not been disappointed.
If you're looking for a specific type of beer, but don't know exactly which specific beer, staff is happy to give you recommendations.
Tastings and brewery events are also common and lead to some good sales and swag.
I'm an IPA fan and I say they are the best of what's around.

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Photo of kirby570
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of DLSheidy
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of IPAchris
1/5  rDev -74.2%

Photo of jagada
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5

After numerous excursions to Reading, I gave Mari's a whirl to mix things up. I was pleasantly surprised.

From the outside, it doesn't look like much of anything - a bar in a strip mall? OK then. But once I went in, things opened up to me. The selection here is massive - five or six aisles of domestic craft, plenty of coolers, and they have a decent bit of special releases as well. I bought a bottle of Lolita, and had no issues that previous posters have talked about with bundling - all I got was a bottle of that and two bottles of Olde School. The prices on what I bought seemed fine, but some of the other stuff was a little out of whack - 16.99 for a sixer of Levitation? Yikes.

I'll agree with the previous poster about potential issues with pricing - a lot of the seasonal releases were lacking tags. The selections were phenomenal though, as they had all of the craft stuff you'd expect, as well as stuff from breweries like Fatheads that don't exactly have mainstream distribution. Service was fine at the register - the place was busy on a Saturday, and I didn't exactly have any questions for the staff. I'll definitely be back the next time in Reading, and maybe I'll bring a little more money as well.

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Photo of GeoffreyM
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Dawkins
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of OwsleyStanley
3.26/5  rDev -16%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

They buy old beer and charge more than they should. If the bottle/can has no date, abate. The people who work there are knowledgable and friendly, but I don't think that's enough for me to return to beer roulette. I'll pass and find a new place to purchase bottles.

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