Green's Beverages - Ponce


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Green's Beverages - PonceGreen's Beverages - Ponce

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737 Ponce de Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, Georgia, 30306-4329
United States

(404) 872-1109 | map

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Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%

Exceptionally good beers, excellent selection of Belgium, German and English. Service was intended, but in a laid-back way, only initially. It looked like most people knew what to get and where. Even local stuff no single bottles which was a drawback. Place was tidy and beer was in one area, but still a bit difficult to find things by oneself. Belgiums had their own walk-in in cooler, 3 sides by at least 3 shelves. A very good beer store anywhere, plus the regular booze, and 2 alert cashiers. Lots of parking, not too far from mid-town tourist area.

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Photo of GJ40
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%

Green's on Ponce de Leon isn't much to look at from the outside but they carry quite a supply of craft beer. They have lots of US beer such as Rogue and Sierra Nevada and a good selection from the locals including Sweetwater and Terrapin. They also carry a great selection of Europeans with good numbers from Belgium, Germany and England. And a good portion of the stock is refrigerated.

I picked up a six of Sweetwater IPA (my favorite IPA from the southeast) and a 22oz of Lagunitas Hop Stoopid.

Green's is well worth a visit if you're in the area.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%

Visited here about a month ago, as well as the Brick Store Pub. I was very impressed with the selection here. As soon as you walk in the door, the beer is to the right. A great selection of just about everything. I purchased some Lagunitas and Terrapin. Service wasnt anything to speak of but at such a big place, I can understand. I wasnt greeted or asked if I needed assistance but I was okay on this occasion. All of the beer seemed fresh and my bombers of Lagunitas Stout were delicious. A must see in the ATL area, especially if near the Brick Store.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%

The selection here is not too different from the other Green's in Atlanta. Loads of USA craft beers and Belgian beers. The nice differentiation here is that they have a "Belgian beer cave", basically a separate climate-controlled room for storing Belgian beers. There must be >100 beers from Belgium alone, very nice selection. The prices are generally just a little higher than the other location, about 5% more if I'm not mistaken. One big plus is location, this store is much closer to downtown (I guess I'm writing this review for the business traveler who is likely to be downtown).

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Well now since I was down here I figured I would visit the other store as well, Now I think I have been to every Green’s location, If there is more I will have to look. I really don’t have anything bad to say about this location either. The selection was pretty much the same as the Buford Highway store, but also had a very nice selection of Belgians, not that the other store did not, or maybe I missed them, but I thought they had a few more specialties here. I also managed to pick up some laquinitas which I always love and grabbed some of the new Big Hoppy (even though they had it in Greenville by the time I got back). The prices were again right in line, and you gotta love that. Overall these stores are just great, they are really the must stops in the area if you want some good brew. There are other stores, but no need to go if you don’t have too. You really cannot go wrong when you stop in and I would have to say you really do have to if you are passing through. Definitley a top notch location.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%

Green's on Ponce de Leon is pretty easy to find if you know the area and maps out nicely if you do not. The store was vacant when we arrived, but folks came out of the woodwork during our visit.

The beer is to the right and is laid out in a sort of wedge shape. Bottles are then to the right and the cooler to the left with many cold singles and cold sixers. The middle is filled with cases of mainly BMC. Around the store are sections of cases which were laid out nicely. At first I could not find the Belgians, then I saw the small climate controlled room for them. What a nice touch I had never seen before. An awesome idea.

The service in the beer area was very nice, but the clerk was such a pain and so rude to my coworker that the service just barely gets a 3. What good is a guy walking around asking if you need assistance if it then takes 10 minutes to check out and the clerk is rude. It began when she asked to see my coworker's ID for purchasing a coke and he nicely inquired why and she decided to cop and attitude. Anyway, hopefully she doesn't work often and perhaps won't work much longer with that sort of customer service.

I don't really see the need to hit both Ponde de Leon and Buford Hwy stores. I like the climate room in PDL better, but Buford is my store of choice for all things beer in Atlanta.

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Photo of halo3one
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Atmosphere is a bit ghetto as it sits next to a Kroger once penned "Murder Kroger" because of transients. Service was semi knowledgeable but pleasant. The selection and price are great and that makes it more than worth the trip. It's also a reasonable convenient location, which helps. No food.

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Photo of crossovert
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

From the outside it looks like a vintage, old-school place, but inside it is rather nice, though there is a bit much sunlight in the store for my liking.

This is the first store I have been to with a dedicated 55 degree beer cellar for Belgian beers and rare imports. There is also a row of coolers with craft, imports, and cheap beers. On the other side of that is the American bombers and singles. There is also a small shelf of imports right outside the cellar.

The selection was pretty good, it seemed like the Belgian section was simply un-picked over. Altanta seems to have a lot less beer geeks but a ton of stores dedicated to keeping large amounts of rare beers.

The service seemed non-existent in the beer section.

The prices were reasonable and good if you paid cash.

Overall this is a great liquor store if you are looking for selection and price in Atlanta.

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Photo of shivtim
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%

A good bet for Atlanta. They have a good selection of mostly European singles, plus a few surprises like Jolly Pumpkin, and seasonal stuff from local breweries (Sweetwater, Terrapin, etc). There were random large selections from specific breweries, such as multiple options from Dogfishhead. I wish more stuff was available in singles; it's mostly 6-packs for the American options.
Still, don't get me wrong, there's a lot of great beer to be had and a few surprise finds, like Hitachino Espresso Stout. Prices are decent too, especially on some of the larger dogfish stuff, and there's a 6% discount per case. Service is lacking, as it's a busy package store with most people buying cases of Bud and handles of liquor. In fact, some of the cashiers are a bit grumpy and/or aloof.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%

This and the other Green's location are Georgia's best beer stores. Quality is always excellent- I've never had a bad bottle, and the selecttion just can't be beat in these parts. This location has a walk-in (mostly) Belgian beer cellar that is very cool. Huge shelf with warm selections from elsewhere, and quite a few coolers with sixers. Better parking at the other store, and better service. Georgia doesn't allow swapping inventory between stores, and one owner can only own two stores in state. This means that one location may have something the other is out of- its best to check both stores before you give up. Cash discount prices include using a debit card, so no reason to bring cash. Great selections of belgians, craft beers, German, and pretty much every beer found in the state.

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Photo of jophish17
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%

Green's on Ponce, otherwise known as my favorite place to purchase beer in Georgia

The store is awesome. I imagine the liquor sales help enable them to carry a ton of specialty beers and imports. The Belgian selection is wonderful, there are some really off the wall beers available, and the walk-in cooler is a great little part of the store. The wall coolers are heavy in micro and imported six/twelve packs with the typical BMC crap as well. The floors are packed with more displays which is fine because the room is kept cool. They have a shelf full of singles from American micros to German and English beers. The cash (or debit!) discount is great but even with credit some discounts still apply.

The staff are friendly but not necessarily beer geeks, and the pricing is rarely beaten. Not much bad can be said about Green's other than its not in my neighborhood. If there is a beer you want in Georgia, this is always the best place to look first. They have so many beers that the competition just doesn't carry, and they are always among the first to get the latest releases. Simply put, Green's rocks.

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Photo of glid02
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Great package store. It looks like it might not be too promising from the outside, but go inside the door to your right and you can find everything Georgia has to offer.

You can make your own six-pack with pre-selected beer, but the selections they have usually leave something to be desired. That's the only qualm I have with Green's.

There's a Belgian Beer cooler with every major Belgian but Westvleteren. They also have a few vintage beers in the cooler as well, something I haven't seen before. There are a lot of 750 mL bottles and six packs in the main beer cooler, but the real fun is on the shelves - there's almost always something new. If breweries distribute in Georgia, they have it or can get it, and I've never been disappointed with the prices. Pencil in a few minutes when you go, I always end up spending more time in there than I planned.

The service isn't amazing, but everyone is usually pretty friendly. I've heard some people have had run-ins with the on duty police officers there, but so far I haven't had that problem.

If you're in Atlanta, make it a point to go to Green's, it's a candy store for adults.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%

This store was at the top of my list when recently visiting Atlanta. The store is nestled into an eclectic area just east of Downtown, in a building that resembles a 1950's A & P grocery. Parking was a breeze. While inside, the beer inventor, although not huge, was verried and displayed a hight quality of brews. I focused on a lot of locally brews that are not available in Kentucky (Highlands, Terrapin, Sweetwater, Atlanta Brewing Co.) and a few other hard-to-finds. The staff was couteous and friendly, but not overly knowlegable about the products. However, some local patrons sure knew their way around the beer aisles and were more eager to engage in beer conversations that were the employees. As well documented, the prices are incredible if paying with cash or debit. To put it into perspective. I loaded up the cart with as much beer and as equal of quality, expecting a price of about $170 in Cincinnati. But at Green's, the tab was about $100. A great value! I'll be stopping in again on my next visit through!

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

THE place for beer in Atlanta as far as I'm concerned. Big selection and reasonable prices make this worth the trip downtown. Selection is the best I've found in GA with a wide variety of brews from around the world. The higher ABV ceiling has opened the doors to alot of great beer and Green's has taken advantage. For a Belgian freak like me, lots to check out. Oud Beersel, Cantillon, Saison Dupont, St. Bernardus, Moinette, Duvel, Boon, not to mention La Chouffe, McChouffe and N'ice Chouffe. Aventinus, Samuel Smith, Sierra Nevada, Rogue (including I2PA and Old Crustacean) also available. Good selection of the locals like Sweetwater and Dogwood (really good since Dogwood is planning a big beer series soon.) One cool feature in this store is their "Beer Cellar", a small room that is kept cool and humid with lots of ageable selections inside. A bit cramped for more than two people but worth the discomfort. Service was friendly ad quality was pretty good although I did find some old stuff that shouldn't be stocked old. Best prices in Atlanta in addition to the best selection. I'll be back for sure...

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Photo of Phatz
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%

I had very high expectations for Green's. Eight hundred miles from home I was hoping to get a much different distribution than I could find in the places I shop. The great news is the terrific selection of beer from around the country and around the world. The service was poor. I found a distributor stacking beer that didn't work at the store that new something but the staff couldn't tell me anything about distribution or beers but there was plenty of beer to make it worth the stop. What I was really looking for is Georgia beers and specifically Atlanta Beers and I found only a few and what I did find was in 6 packs from which they would not let me take individuals. I wanted to find two each of 12 beers so I could pack one case for the trip home. I had to get 4, six-packs instead, so that was a bit of a disappointment. There were plenty of Belgians, Italian imports and French Ciders. Canadian gems and the big name craft brews from around the USA. Most of everything I found are beers that I can find in the great places in PA, MD & NJ so; ...I guess it isn't the store's fault that there was not much Georgia beer maybe it is just the beer climate in the state. I wish someone in the store were a bit knowledgeable. None the less. This was a 3 mile drive from my Hotel, the Omni at the CNN center, and it was very worth making the effort to get there.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%

Plenty of parking, fairly easy to find, it is not large but has a fabulous beer selection. Not only are there plenty of six-packs and samplers of locals, craft brews and imports, there are a whole lot of single bottles so you can stock up on favorites - and maybe grab a bottle or three for trade. ;) They have a huge wine selection in addition to all the beer, and plenty of various liquors of all sorts. Their personnel are not the friendliest nor the most aware that I have met, but they are not surly or distant either; at least they are more than acceptable. If you live in or near downtown Atlanta, this is a good place to stock up on suds.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%

I've been to the other Green's on Buford Hwy as well, and this one seems to have a slightly better selection, although the other one is outstanding as well. Though, this store also has a better view of the Atlanta skyline, if that's your thing.

They have the large bomber type bottles, as well as some six packs, along a wall on the right side of the store. There is plenty of beer in the refigerators, everything from bombers and 750s to six packs to mix packs and cases. There are also cases stacked up in the middle of the floor in various places. There is also a Belgian beer room, which I did not go into (I actually forgot it was there). From the picture on their website, I don't think there is any selection shortage there either.

I didn't get any help from anybody, but it's a big place, and I'm sure I would have had help if I asked. There is also a wine (and liquor) section, where there are probably more people who need help. The prices are reasonable, and with every liquor store I have been in around Atlanta, there is a slight discount for purchasing with cash.

If you live in Decatur you probably have one of the better beer selections in the area. There is the Brick Store Pub which is down the road, as well as another Green's, and several other beer joints and stores. Being close to Emory University, Georgia Tech, and Georgia State, there is probably a good college presence in these places as well.

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Photo of Jredner
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%

Very nice selection and there is ample parking on the same lot. This is just a basic independent liquor/wine/beer store, but they took the trouble of building an impressively sized temperature controlled room for their Belgian stock and that was a nice touch. They also had very solid pricing (Georgia is cheap in general compared to Florida) and a very comprehensive selection that includes just about everything you can find in Georgia and a nice selection of vintage beers such as the 2001 Lou Pepe Kriek I picked up. This is a great place.

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Photo of bamadog
3.3/5  rDev -19.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Atmosphere: I mean, it's a beer/booze store, so not much to say - it's in a neighborhood that is kind of on the cusp of decent (getting a little bourgeois) to rough (I wouldn't walk there at night unless I was carrying). The store is cool though, decently organized. I do wish there was more space, though. It's tight in spots but being in the middle of a city, you do what you've gotta do with the space available.

Quality: Fair, lots of Georgia beers along with the BMC stuff, but there's a walk-in cooler with their Belgians and some other imports. If I had more of a disposal income, I'd make a dent in it.

Service: Again, not a whole lot to say about it -- they don't really do much other than stock the shelves and check out the customers, but at this point in my life, that's all I ask for.

Selection: Hinted at above, lots of Georgia beers and a decent selection of imports in the cooler. Also, on a side note, decent whiskey/bourbon selection that always draws my attention as well -- getting some stuff from distilleries I didn't think I'd find outside of KY.

Food: N/A

Value: Decent - carry cash if you want the better price on items though as they've got a discount offered for those that pay with the green stuff. I don't think anyone would walk out feeling ripped off.

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Photo of aracauna
4/5  rDev -2.9%

This is the best liquor in Atlanta that I know of although I've heard that the Green's location on Buford Hwy is better. There's a huge selection of beers on a long shelf, some of which I have no idea where else to find (except maybe the Cumming location of Summits Wayside Tavern, but not even sure about there.) There's still a distinct focus on imports more than domestic micros, but then it seems that all of Atlanta is that way so it may be the distributors who aren't bringing in more of the domestic micros. This is by far my new favorite store since Jax has pissed me off with old beer and unhelpful staff.

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Photo of MMAJYK
4/5  rDev -2.9%

I stopped in here after hearing alot of great things on this site pertaining to it.

They had a great selection of everything from Micro to Belgians and Euros. I was totally shocked about the vast selection to the sizes of the bottles (Saw a 6L Duvel!) to the very attractive pricing.

However, while I was there, keeping in mind this location isn't in the "nicest" part of town, a guy kept following me around in the store asking for money. I had no money to give him for I always use my card. He kept on and kept on, so I took the brew I had picked out and just paid and left. This WAS in the middle of the day, so I was not too nervous, but I was somewhat. I had never made it to this location before and was cut short because of some homeless dude begging for money. That was the only downfall.

The selection was great and I was delighted though. I would return and hopefully not get bothered anymore.

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Photo of RunawayJim
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%

We stopped here to pick up some beers to bring back to the northeast with us. They have a large beer selection with what I can only assume is everything available in Atlanta. They had all the GA breweries represented, along with a lot of stuff I cannot get in New England. I picked up a 6 pack of Red Brick Brown Ale, a 4 pack of Red Brick Double Chocolate Porter, a 6 pack of Bell's Kalamazoo Stout, and a bottle each of Avery Brabant, Terrapin 90 Schelling, Terrapin Monk's Revenge, New Belgium 1554, Fat Tire, and French Broad Altbier all for a little over $60.

I was disappointed I couldn't mix 6 packs as I would have bought a larger selection of beer (I wish I had bought more Terrapin beers). I was also very disappointed with the woman at the counter. She seemed absolutely miserable.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

This is an interesting place and my review will likely be all over the place. It is in a great location as far as proximity to many neighborhoods, which is great for convenience but terrible for how busy it gets. It also gets a vast majority of BMC and hard liquor customers, just due to its popularity.

The quality of the beer I get here is hit or miss. I pretty much have stopped buying IPAs here because they often are skunked and/or not fresh. However, this does not deter me from getting other styles here, as I generally don't have an issue. This is especially true with beer out of their beer cellar.

The service is also hit or miss. The majority of people that work here know nothing about craft beer, but they always have at least one person that is knowledgeable.

The selection is where Green's shines. They have a great beer cellar with many great beers, often vintage beers. They'll often have Cantillon, Drie Fonteinen, Fantome, among others. They get pretty much every limited release and hold on to them longer than pretty much every place in town. They also have a huge selection of domestic craft beers.

I come to this place often, but it's certainly not due to how they handle their beer, their establishment, or their customers. The selection is great, everything is is sub-par.

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Photo of blitz134
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%

I've been to Green's on Ponce enough times to give it a review I guess. Greene's is THE place I have found to find good beer. Their location is pretty easy to get to if you live in downtown Atlanta.

The service is the only thing I have found questionable about Green's. Although the one time I had a question the guy was able to answer it quickly and seemed to come off as a beer advocate himself. But I think I that occassion happened to be the exception rather than the norm. But the place is always kept up and the shelves are almost always kept stocked to the brim. On one occassion have I seen the shelves a bit bare, but they were in the process of restocking. The specially chilled beer cooler is a plus as well.

As for selection. Its pretty damn good I must say and for the time being and has always had something new for me to purchase. With the recent change of the Ga beer laws the variety and quality which has hit Green's shelves has been amazing. Tons of belgian beer, including 4 of the 5 trappist monestaries and Unibroue and St. Bernardus, etc. There has also been a continually increasing amount of other beer which has shown up on the shelves as well. Basically if the brewery has a distribution which is country-wide or east-coast oriented it can be found at Green's with few exceptions.

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Photo of everetends
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%

Went here on a search for the Terrapin Side Project 2. Sure enough, they had it right as you entered the beer area. They had a great deal of beers on special such as Hopstoopid and SN Harvest. Their offerings are pretty extensive. The beers not in the cooler are varied in orgins: Belgians, German, American Micro, etc. The coolers have a lot more different beers than the shelf area, not too bad with quite an array of brews. Singles are kinda few and far inbetween especially if it is not a Bomber or 750. They do have a casulties section that has a few 12 ozers that seemed to have been the saves on broken sixers because the beers were on the most part sticky.

They do have two prices, one for cash and the other for credit. Just roll up to the Kroger behind it and grab a road water or soda and take out some cash with no ATM fees and it saves you a bit of cash.

As far as service, didn't really see a beer guy or a helper in the beer section. The cashier was awesome and took great care packing up a box of brew for me, plus she was fast as hell.

I enjoyed it here but I really can't say it is totally worth driving all the way into Atlanta when I have Arbor Place along the way. They did have a few things Green's didn't. To each his own. Still an awesome beer store.

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