Reynolds Variety

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222 Elmira Rd
Ithaca, New York, 14850
United States

(607) 272-9470

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Reviews by ithacabaron:
Photo of ithacabaron
3.3/5  rDev +4.8%

NOTE: Unfortunately, Reynolds' doesn't exist anymore. In its heyday though, it was the only place to get good brew in Ithaca. The following review comprises my impression of the place as it was 6 months or so ago.

The store is your everyday bodega, three aisles, with coolers for sixpacks in the back, cases in two of the aisles, and somewhat dusty looking 750s up front on racks.

The store is certainly a little dingy, and to be honest, it's never packed. What keeps this place going is cheap prices on BMC kegs. Seeing how the endless barrels coming off the loading dock in the back of the store keep the place afloat, I don't think the owners think they need to keep the store itself all that tidy.

The service is gruff but friendly, and helpful when asked. I think they seem more amused by beer geeks than anything.

A few good positives are the wide range of Unibroue in the front, and the fact that almost everything they carry (which is a decent, but by no means wowing selection) is both warm and cold. This is nice if you're heading for a picnic or something and don't have time to chill down the beer. Still, not a selling point that's goiing to make me go here everyday.

Go buy your "guilty pleasure" beer here, but save your bucks for the FLBC or Ithaca Beer Co., both only a few blocks away in opposite directions.

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Photo of DagFishHead
2.8/5  rDev -11.1%

Up until recently, this was the only place in Ithaca to find any sort of selection of micros or even slightly-exotic imports. Reynolds is a quaint little variety store that alots roughly 1/2 of it's very cramped floor & cooler space to beer. Of that, perhaps 60-70% is micro. It had always been a dark, dingy, dusty, smokey place that did a hefty tobacco, girly-mag/newspaper, and lotto trade. Recently, improved lighting and some broom work has transformed it into a much brighter, cramped, slightly-less-dusty, smokey place that does a hefty tobacco, girly-mag/newspaper, and lotto trade. One of the beer coolers has had it's glass door shattered and in taped-back-together condition for months. We're not talking frills here. This isn't intended as snobbery, however, presentation and storage conditions do affect one's perception of quality.

The same may be said of the service. The staff are friendly enough, but I've always felt you were better off knowing what you're looking for before you go in. IMO, they present an attitude of amazement that people will "spend that kind of money on a beer".
Perhaps that isn't fair, but I do believe it's fair to say that the general staff are not particularly knowlegeable nor passionate about beer.

That said, this used to be the only place to score Middle Ages... and for that I will hold for them a small spot in my heart. Reynolds can probably be best described as having a very little bit of an awful lot of beers, crammed into a very small space. MA, Lindemans, Ommegang, Brooklyn, ocassionally some Magic Hat. Fortunately, the quality of the products speak for itself.

Singles/Mixed Six-packs are not available which is disappointing as I've grown spoiled by this capability in other shops. A Growler line has been added (5 or 6 taps in the back room) with a curious, rotating selection of brews. Worth a visit... always reminds me of my grandfather's back room.

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Photo of bog
3.35/5  rDev +6.3%

For quite a while, this was the best beer store in Ithaca NY (but read the warning at the bottom of my review). They always try to get some rarities (and got one of the last cases of Dogfish Head's Worldwide Stout), and just started doing growlers of some local brews. The selection is great for the size. They keep a good selection of Unibroue and a rotating selection of Belgians in addition to a surprising selection of microbrews. The staff is nice, but they have often promised to get beers which have never shown up. They also have a hard time keeping stock of my favorite beer, Duvel. All in all, they're worth visiting if you're in the Ithaca area.

Warning: If you are offended by pornography or a smoking section in a store, keep your eyes focused on the beer alone. While the beer is nice, not much else is in this store.

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Reynolds Variety in Ithaca, NY
3.15 out of 5 based on 3 ratings.
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