Rambo's Longhorn Liquor Mart

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Type: Store

1640 Big Thompson Ave
Estes Park, Colorado, 80517-8938
United States

(970) 586-8583 | map

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Added by tglind on 07-12-2012

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Photo of Burscott
2.01/5  rDev -57%
vibe: 4 | quality: 1.25 | service: 1 | selection: 3

Good selection for the area, prices are above average compared to Boulder/Denver. Would not sell me the beer I wanted until I "bought hundreds of dollars in other craft beers first". Then I'd get the "opportunity" to buy the beer I wanted.

So if you are going to Estes stock up elsewhere.

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4/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev -14.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Way up in the mountains of Colorado's beautifu Estes park...smaller place packed with shelve after shelve of tasty beer options....ample local, regional, national and import options....selection was such that you easily will be able to find plenty of quality craft options, but dont expect anything overly rare or unusual...worthy spot in an out of the way kinda location

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Photo of MarshallMan
4.15/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Of course they have a great selection of Colorado craft brews but what I didn't expect was some other world-class finds. The biggest names on that list are Russian River and Dogfish Head. Had a few quality selections from those breweries. They also had some other great craft beers from Boulevard, Maui, Deschuttes, etc. The staff was more than friendly and were willing to help in any way they could. I would recommend this place to anyone in the Estes Park or RMNP area that is looking for some quality beer.

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Photo of Lobina
4.22/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.33/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I was up in Estes for the night, and needed some beer to keep me warm. There was 6 inches of snow expected on May 12th. We got that and plenty more by the next morning.

I used to live in Estes back in the late 90's and I wish this place was here when I was living here. The selection is unrivaled by anything within 40 minutes. There was plenty of stuff that caught my eye, things that are not available in FL, things I didn't know where beers that sat on shelves; things like Russian River, Alesmith Speedway Stout, Old Viscosity, etc. If I had brought another piece of luggage, I would have loaded up , but I was full as it was.

The guys working the floor were extremely nice and eager to help. The woman working the counter was nice as well, although a bit eccentric. This is the ONLY place to go in Estes, as far as I am concerned.

Prices were a bit high but everything in Estes is expensive.

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Photo of SlightlyGrey
4.4/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of JamLand
4.41/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

I never really know what to say about atmosphere and quality for a bottle shop. Atmosphere I suppose can measure the set up of the store, maybe parking? However, the service and selection of this store were great! I spoke with John (that's right, his name is John Rambo) for quite awhile when I was browsing the store. He was very helpful with some of the local brews I hadn't tried yet and we shared stories of some great beers we'd both had recently. For selection, it wasn't the best bottle shop I'd ever been in, but considering it was in Estes Park, it was amazing. If you are in the area, I can't recommend this shop enough.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.43/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of DelMontiac
4.57/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Had to check this place out while on vacation in Estes Park. The place has a mom and pop vibe to it which I like. Even better, it's a mom and pop store with some remarkable beer picks on the shelves. For it's size there are plenty of excellent finds from all the big and little canners and bottlers in Colorado. You can find many other great selections from other states as well inside the doors of this little gem. Decent selection of 6pks and a very nice selection of larger bottles. A guy setting up a tasting table for the Dry Dock rep greeted me and invited me to stick around for the tasting which was an hour away, but I didn't have time. He pointed out several good picks from Dry Dock, Telluride, Epic, Elevation, Funkwerks, Odell, Stone, Russian River, Deschutes, Twisted Pine, and others. I picked out some Dry Dock, Elevation, and Funkwerks. When he rang me up, I said I was going to Ft. Collins and he recommended I stop by Equinox because they make great brew, but don't bottle yet. I took his advice and it was worth the stop. Stop here if you're ever in Estes. It's a winner.

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Photo of frinknasty
4.64/5  rDev -0.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of puck1225
4.74/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

If I lived in Estes Park, I would be a regular. Excellent selection of Colorado beers and from around the country. The service is outstanding! I greatly enjoyed my visit and wished I had more opportunity to visit.

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Photo of bsiefken95
4.75/5  rDev +1.7%

Great store with a very good variety of beers available. The owner Mr. Rambo was very helpful, even suggesting and calling a local restaurant with Pliny on tap to confirm it was available.

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Photo of breadman73
4.85/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

I went there yesterday and was not disappointed at all. One of the owners Matt asked me what style of beer I liked and sent me home with a great selection. He even gave me a Pliny out of his personal stash! 5 star experience for me at this place!!!

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Photo of hopley
4.85/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

A lot of people say to bring your beer with you prior to getting to Estes Park. Not true.

Rambo's is THE beer store in Estes Park. I went in there twice and while the selection can't possibly beat Hazel's or the Boulder Liquor Mart, Rambo's has a fine selection of as much great quality craft beer you can drink during your stay. Even more so if you're from out of state and are not familiar with many of the local breweries. The first time I went in and asked for the best local IPA and they guy replied "Single, double or triple?" That answer is all I need to know that these guys know their beer. The second visit included a great conversation with Matt Rambo, who was not only a great guy, but highly knowledgeable and proud of his family store (as he should be). Not only was he willing and ready to sell me some sought after beers he had hidden away (I declined as I'd already had them and didn't want to deplete his stock), but I also discovered a relatively rare Crooked Stave beer that the Boulder stores had long sold out.

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Photo of ptb2
4.85/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

After years of going to Estes Park on vacation and stopping in boulder to buy beer. I read a review on Rambo's and decided to give it a try. I was glad I did, went there twice in the week I was there and was treated like I was a regular who had been going there for years. It's just another reason why I should move to Estes Park. Great selection of craft beers and they helped me get Pliney off my bucket list. Thanks Matt and I'll see you next time with the NG

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Photo of Psych
4.88/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Was in here today from Boston visiting the area and getting settled in. This place was fantastic. Matt Rambo recommended some great sour beers and helped me navigate their insane selections. He even hooked me up with a bottle of Pliny. Thank again! Matt. Stop in, for craft beer fans it doesn't get much better

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Photo of Zuidman
4.89/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I've talked to Matt several times on the phone when fiends have gone to Estes Park on vacation. Finally got to go to the store. What a great guy. He treated me like a friend. Great selection of beer. Highly recommend.

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Photo of BlunderfulGuy
4.91/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

If you're a beer geek, a whiskey lover, or even a wine drinker and you're in town, you would be selling yourself short by not stopping in for a few minutes (or hours, up to you).

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Photo of DangerDawg
4.93/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

I stopped in yesterday on vacation from Ohio and as mentioned in reviews before, Matt was super helpful and kind. He obviously loves his beer and takes pride in his business. Selection was really good. I got a lot of stuff we don't get back home like Crooked Stave, Farm to Barrel from Almanac, and BOMB! (because of Ohio's stupid 12% law). If you're in the area I highly recommend checking it out and see if you think Matt has kind of a Sly thing going on too. If your last name is Rambo I think it would be hard not to! lol Thanks, Matt!

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Photo of Can_has_beer
4.94/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Stopped into Rambo's a few days ago while my wife and I were visiting Estes Park. Holy crap, the selection of beer they have is amazing. They have everything from fresh IPA's, DIPA's, to barrel aged sours, stuff from Crux, Crooked Stave, to barrel aged stouts from Avery, Prairie...Bruery bottles, you name it! And all the prices were below what I expected. But to top it off, Matt really knows his beer and it was a pleasure to talk with him. He and his wife were super friendly. If you're in Estes, you HAVE to stop here!

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Photo of bubseymour
4.94/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Built4Comfort
5/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Wow! In town for the 4th from Missouri. Stopped in, met Matt and walked out with several beers we cannot get at home. Also had a great time talking craft beer. What a great surprise

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Photo of tmcelmurry
5/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This place was amazing. I was shocked by how large the selection was based on the size of the building. I really enjoyed how knowledgable the owners are and the great vibe they create. If theres anything special your looking for, make sure to talk with the owners because they do keep beers that they get limited quantities of in the back.

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Rambo's Longhorn Liquor Mart in Estes Park, CO
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