Wish You Were Beer

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Wish You Were BeerWish You Were Beer

Type: Bar, Homebrew, Beer-to-go

7407 Highway 72 W
Ste G
Madison, Alabama, 35758-3801
United States

(256) 325-9992 | map

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Added by richj1970 on 08-25-2013

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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by zookerman182:
Photo of zookerman182
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Workers are friendly and have good suggestions and Information.
Quality is top notch with fresh local beers.
The selection is large and the focus is only on beer which makes it nice.
The beer is pricey but you get what you pay for.
They always get the best new beers but limit them and its a 45 minute drive for me.
I love the social media outlet they use to let people know what new beers are in stock.
I wish this place was closer to me

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Photo of weazle1334
4.79/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Everything is great.
Great selection
Great service
Great knowledge

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Photo of Boone757
4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of KMitch
4.18/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of RidleyBrewery
4.93/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Fantastic locally owned all beer store! If we can get it in Alabama, Wish You Were Beer will have it or make every effort to get it! While shopping and sipping on a draft beer, if you need suggestions, the staff is quick to help. Love this place!

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Photo of MaDeuce
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5

great selection and price, no Heady topper though. would love to see a place keep some of that stuff

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Photo of NUtwist
4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

Homey and friendly atmosphere. The walls are lined top to bottom with bottles. Always a wide selection of ever-rotating beer on tap. The one drawback is occasionally when the store gets really busy having to wait for your selection poured daily between 4:30 and 6. Don't understand why there is a N in the Beer-to-go? This is a beer store! That also sells growlers.

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Photo of thomasarose
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of jamiedawson1969
4.24/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Monte1970
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Pocketharpy
4.75/5  rDev +8%

Photo of Hendrick24
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of AlaYank
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Roxie_B
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

It's nice to have a bottleshop that does craft beer so close to home.
The atmosphere is all about the beer and can't say much more about it, though it is clean, spacious and well lit.
The service is super though. I mean it. No one is pushy or hover-y but when you are ready for help no matter how busy they are ask and you shall receive and the recommendations pleased me.
Selection is best you will find among our area bottle shops. They are heavy on the IPA, but who isn't these days and I did find plenty of stouts to warm the cockles of my heart, a good if limited supply of quads, belgians, vegetable/fruit beers, whitbeers, red ales and even a couple of types of meads.

What's unique here is that they have taps on premises, growlers and are good about pulling you a single if they don't happen to have one handy. This is great for grabbing a mixed six to try somethings out.

And finally kudos to them for stocking a variety of local craft stuff. I found blue pants, good people, avondale and some others, multiple varieties of each.

And when I said I wanted a malty stout that would not smite me with hops they didn't look at me like I was weird. I will be back many times I think.

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Photo of adam5454
3/5  rDev -31.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

Photo of Justinbshelton
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Jackofallbrews
4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Our bartender at Blue Pants was very good and pointed us toward our next goal: Wish You Were Beer. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that Madison had its very own all beer store! Just down the road from Blue Pants, we headed out. Located in a small strip-mall, the store front itself lacks bells and whistles, but has a large easy to see sign on the fa├žade. With fingers crossed I stepped into what became one of my favorite places we visited in the city. Founded in June of 2012, (but only opening for business a few months before my trip in Fall of 2013) by owner Damon Eubanks, the store aims to sell only craft beer, cider, and meads. Damon was at the store and I had the chance to talk to him a bit about his new store. He is a Cicerone Beer Server and is currently studying to become a Certified Cicerone, also encourages his staff to also seek certification.

The front of the store is small, but the wall shelves and center stacks are packed with local and regional micro-brews. With different distribution than Minnesota, there were many beers that we can't find back home like Stillwater Artisanal, and Oscar Blues. Large coolers host even more beers--most local. Damon sells most of his beers in singles as well, so one can try more beers without having to settle on a full six pack. Damon actually sells pints of beer in his establishment. I was happy to taste the local Salty Nut Brewery's brown ale, as well as have a full pint of Avondale Brewing's Vanillaphant while perusing the store. They can also fill growlers from the taps for you take home and drink at your leisure. We are unable to do either of these things back in Minnesota due to old Blue Laws that are still on the books. The store also sells a limited amount of homebrew supplies, now that Alabama has finally legalized my favorite hobby.

I stocked up on a bunch of Alabama brews to take home with me, including several special releases like the bourbon aged Laika and the Blue Pants Belgian. I love the concept of the store and I was intrigued with what Damon has been able to do with the place already. Once people find out about Wish You Were Beer, I think he will be able to expand his line-up even more and start having special events. If you are anywhere in Huntsville and like craft beer this is a must-visit place!

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Photo of richj1970
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This is Huntsville and Madison's first all craft beer bottle shop.

The store offers about 20 rotating beers on tap available in 64 and 32 oz growlers to go, and pints to drink on site. Pricing is reasonable. Selection is nice. They bottom fill the growlers which is always appreciated.

The rest of the store is a good selection of things available in our distribution area. Favorites include Founders, Great Divide, Stone, Lagintas, Victory, etc.

Staff if very knowledge and helpful. One of my favorite stops...

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Wish You Were Beer in Madison, AL
Place rating: 95% out of 100 with 20 ratings
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