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Blue Front

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4.47/5
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9 Ratings
PLACE INFO

Type: Store

701 Packard St
Ann Arbor, Michigan, 48104-3315
United States

(734) 929-4618 | map
bluefrontannarbor.com

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Added by bluefront on 10-21-2014

PLACE STATS
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
9
pDev:
7.61%
 
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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.71/5  rDev -17%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of puck1225
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Stopped while visiting Ann Arbor with the family. Very nice selection of beers from locals to a great selection of Belgian beers. They also carried some very new beers. The staff was very friendly and helpful. I enjoyed the visit and recommend the store.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Vibe - I like the look/feel of the store. It's spacious, clean and well-maintained and has a nice style to it that sets it apart from other shops that can seem cramped, dingy, and like they don't particularly care about the beer other than to sell it.

Quality - Not sure what this category is supposed to address since vibe, service and selection are already covered. So I'm basing my rating on prices, freshness and cooler space. Price is competitive with most places--I feel like they will have things $1 or so higher than other well-priced places around town on a fairly consistent basis, but the service and care they give to their product maybe makes up for that. Freshness is good on 85% of their stock and it seems to rotate fairly often. Lastly, there is one big wall with coolers that enables them to store beer cold for any style that might need it. However, I do wish that they had their mixed singles section refrigerated. Score dinged a little bit for small markup and the room temp singles.

Service - Probably the best part about Blue Front. Friendly service that shows care and attention to people who aren't sure what they are looking for as well as people who come in with specific goals in mind. Responsive on Facebook as well, which is nice in this day and age. I'm also a fan of the fact that they do regular tastings--that doesn't seem to be too common around here.

Selection - Really good--about as good as anything in town currently, which is a little surprising given the fact that the store is kinda small. I think that's partly a function of the attention they pay to their stock. There are places with more raw selection, especially when it comes to everyday stuff, but Blue Front does seem to get a share of anything highly sought-after/allocated that comes to the area.

Overall, I make a point to stop in here once or twice a week and rarely have I ever left disappointed.

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Photo of grossag
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

One of my favorite places to buy beer. They have earned my loyalty by consistently handling big beer releases fairly without any price gouging.

Pros:

- Doesn't gouge for specialty beer releases! I think they are the only place in the area that do beer tastings for specialty beer releases.
- Great bomber selection.
- Sells beer cap maps (US and Michigan, but call to check availability) for a surprisingly good price. I think the USA one is cheaper than the official website.
- Good keg selection.

Cons:

- Sometimes beer is left too long on the shelves, so check the "drink by" dates! For example, Knee Deep Citra XPA sat for at least 6 months.

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Photo of derekb_25
4.31/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of entenduintransit
5/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of st8fan19
4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Blue Front is a fantastic beer store in Ann Arbor. The guys in there are all helpful and are quick to make a solid recommendation. The store has an "old charm" to it with the wooden floors and open space. Love stopping into Blue Front.

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Photo of sawwsea
4.64/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Great bottle shop. The store is clean and well organized. Things are spread out nicely so it doesn't feel cramped at all. The selection is solid, strong Michigan focus with a good variety of imports. Owners are fantastic. The only complaint I have is that their parking situation is not the best, street parking can be tough to find. Overall, a great addition to the Ann Arbor area and by far my favorite place to buy beer.

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Photo of loganburgh
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Blue Front in Ann Arbor, MI
Place rating: 4.47 out of 5 with 9 ratings
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