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Joe Canal's Discount Liquor Outlet

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Joe Canal's Discount Liquor OutletJoe Canal's Discount Liquor Outlet

Type: Store

305 Route 73 N
Marlton, New Jersey, 08053-1609
United States

(856) 983-2222 | map

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Photo of Riff
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4

This is a place that sells beer, wine, and liquor all in the same spot. It's a warehouse, but kept clean. Not much of a vibe to it, there is very little to try and set one. Likewise the service was a couple of kids in their early twenties, not much knowledge of anything they sold but friendly enough. Good selection, some chilled and some not. Be wary of the dates, we ran across a few bombers of IPA and pale ales that had been sitting on the shelves for well over a year.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of tkdchampxi
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of FightinIrish88
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of reizorc
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of PhilMiller
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

A: This place is one of those big warehouse-style businesses that has liquor and wine in addition to beer. Not exactly a charming spot, but clean and generally well laid out. It kind of reminds me of a Total Wine.

Q: A pretty good selection of beer at Joe Canal's. A lot of higher end American craft beers, with some Belgian, German, and British beers. A solid mix.

S: The staff was helpful and friendly, even though I didn't ask any questions about beer.

S: A good selection of American beers (Allagash, Dogfish Head, Green Flash, Rogue, Victory, etc.), Belgians (St. Bernardus, La Chouffe, Liefmans, etc.), and an assortment of German, English and Canadian beers (Unibroue). Not a hugely mind-blowing array of beer, but a good selection, including a lot of locals.

V: An incredibly well-priced selection. Most of the 12 oz. singles were $2.00 and under, with the bombers ranging from $5.00-9.00. Six packs were also reasonably priced.

On the whole, this is a solid place to get some beer, especially if you live in the area.

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Photo of corby112
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%

I stopped by this place with my wife after a wedding we attended nearby. I've driven by a few times and finally decided to pop in to check out the selection.

Like most liquor stores in the area, this place is a large warehouse that mostly sells wine and liquor. They have a decent selection of American craft as well as some Belgian, German and other European beers. There is a large selection of Unibroue as well as Founders, Chimay, Stone, Weihenstephaner, etc. Most of the beers are available via bomber or six pack but there is a small rack near the registers with singles. The variety is okay but not as god as some of the competition in the area. It was, however, one of the first places in Jersey where I found Founders Breakfast Stout.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Quality: Decent overall. Two long rows of six packs and cases are neatly spaced and organized. Two small areas dedicated to loosies and bombers.

Service: friendly check out. went early sat. morning (11am) so help was scarce not that i needed it. Will help with bigger orders (kegs and multiple cases) carry out to your car if needed.

Selection: Mixed reaction here. Good if you shop by the six pack. Saw quite a few examples that i didnt find elswhere in both southern and central NJ (Phila. Joe Coffee porter). Good overall selection of breweries (100+) and selections from each (several by variety). If you shop by loosies or bombers you might be a bit disappointed. Very limited selection of loosies ( <75) most of which are easily attainable elsewhere and even less by bomber (<50). Rahr and sons was new to me (Ass kisser double ipa) that i just couldnt pass up. Dont expect rare or one off beers here but if you stick to what you like and know best chances are this place will satisfy your domestic needs. Selections of imports were very limited to the ususal suspects of well selling belgians such as Chimay.

$$ - average priced. 6 pack of SA latitude ipa went for $8.49 which was fairly priced. Most of the six packs were in a similar range 8-10 bucks.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Q- A nice selection of imports and american crafts, some of the bottles are dusty, some are not. A bunch of booze and wine...

S- Nobody asked if i needed help, but I did not need any so it did not bother me. The cashier was a bit snobby but it was sunday so I get it, not a bother.

S- A shelf full of six packs and a shelf of singles. I picked up a Sierra Nevada Tumbler and a regular Rodenbach. Nothing mindblowing.

It's not that expensive since it's Jersey here, the selection could be boosted

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Photo of irishking1977
4/5  rDev +5.3%

When I exhaust the variety of Total Wine and Spirits, occasionally I'll check out other stores to see if they offer anything different. Price comparison between the two seems about even. Canal's has quite a few things that I never see in my local spot. Though, if you're looking for something unique that is already cold, Canal's seems to have mostly the basics stored in their freezers. Thus, this is a good place to grab a few single, unique brews, mostly of the craft variety. Overall, a good spot for some unique craft brews that are priced pretty evenly by comparison.

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Photo of AltBock
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%

This Canal's is located right on 73 next to a Honda dealership and it's about 5 minutes away from the Flying Fish Brewery. You can't miss the big "Joe Canal's" sign near the road. This place reminded me of an airport hanger or a clean warehouse. It must have been the row of windows at the top that made me think that. After you walk in through the second automatic door, you'll find your self smack dab in their wine department. Stroll through the wine until you find an opening on the right. Behind all the soda on the first shelf on the right is where the beer is kept. Each row consists of 3 shelves. The bottom and the top is reserved for the cases, while the shelf at eye level is reserved for the six packs, 4 packs, bombers, and 750ml bottles. Behind this shelf is a row of refrigerators and a row of shelves that have a "make your own six pack" single bottle collection on them. The first row of beer consists of American micros and a few select Imported crafts. The last aisle is the refrigerator aisle and that's where they mix in some American micro six packs with macros. I don't remember what type of beer was on the shelves in front of the refrigerators. It must have not been anything interesting, because I would have remembered if there was anything interesting on those shelves.

The service here is about the same as anywhere else. The people stocking shelves didn't ask if I needed any help, but I'm sure if I bought a ton of beer, they would help me carry it out to the car. I didn't get to experience their beer knowledge, because nobody approached me. I'm sure it was fine.

They had a great American craft beer selection, but it seemed like the imports were lacking. The American crafts were very well organized and stocked, but at the end of the 2 aisle is where it bunched together. This is where I saw their lack luster imported selection. It looked like they were randomly picking up bottles from a box and just placing them on the shelf. It looked so unorganized. Anyway, their American craft beer selection consisted of River Horse, Flying Fish (they better because it's just down the road), Troegs, Brooklyn, Stone, DFH, Victory, Rogue, Southern Tier, one or two bottles from Jolly Pumpkin, Smuttynose, Weyerbacher, and Founders. This is where I saw their Backwoods Bastard and Harvest Ale for the first time. Nothing stood out from the imported selection.

If you're ever coming from Flying Fish on Saturdays, I would make a point to stop here. It's not too far, easy to get in and out of, and they got a nice American craft beer selection. Don't come here for the imports, come here for their American craft beer selection.

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Photo of Foxman
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%

It's basically a warehouse with shelves, but at least it's clean, and well-stocked.
First, for macros, is the place to go for solid deals. But let's face it, that's not why we're here.
Between shelf and cold cases, there's a real nice selection of micros available, though certainly with an eastern bias. There's a wide range of Victory, Yards, Troegs, Stoudt's, Smuttynose, River Horse, Harpoon, Brooklyn, DFH, and Weyerbacher. There's usually a few Rogue bombers sitting warm, and the standards, like Anchor and Sierra Nevada are always there. The seasonals are usually there when you'd expect them to be as well.
Unibroue gets a lot of shelf space, along with what would be the standard Belgians, such as Chimay, Duvel, and even St. Bernardus, though usually just the 8.
Other imports are nothing more than what you'd see anywhere else, with England and Germany being the biggest hitters, but not with anything that would likely surprise. However, I have seen a few offerings from Hitachino recently, so that may be changing.

Unfortunately, you'd be hard pressed to find out what the strategy is here behind the beer selection, because finding help is quite an exercise, and once you do, it will likely be a guy working there part time for the house discount on Bud, so be ready to help yourself, or not be helped at all. At the same time, it's not at all unusual to find 2 or 3 people in the warm aisle browsing and reading various micros. I've been involved in a few spontaneous discussions about beer, and while not fellow BA's (though I did give them the little cards) they nonetheless had a real interest in good beer.

So stop in. It's easy enough to find, and the decent prices and good selection will likely make you glad you did.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4/5  rDev +5.3%

This store is relatively close by for me, and it is one of my go-to stores. It has a relatively nice beer selection for micros. You can find all the major locals in 6-packs. Flying Fish, Victory, Weyerbacher. I've found also found Troeg's (their Mad Elf had an appearance), Harpoon, and Magic Hat. If you want Yuengling or your standard macro stuff their prices are competitive if not better. I also can get my Fuller's and other standard good imports here.

There are also very flexible and friendly when I ordered a keg of Flying Fish. They special ordered it for me and they kindly took their handtruck and put it in my car for me.

This is also a very good place for wine and it is very well lit. I wish they sold singles, but they can't be perfect.

I especially recommend coming here for parties. Get your keg, cheap prices for cases and something special for yourself in one place.

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Photo of nomad
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%

A very straight-forward establishment. Mostly a decent wine selection and the whole gamut of liquors, it does have two 50 foot-long shelves with cases stacked on the ground, leading up to the six-packs on display at about eye level. Selection is exactly as others described, with plenty of the flagships of national micros (Anchor, Brooklyn, North Coast, Abita) and strong selection of local micros (the whole line of available Victory, River Horse, Weyerbacher). Most everything was out at room temperature with a dozen or so six packs in freezer cases #6-8 – I couldn’t tell the criteria for the cooler treatment, as most of the more sensitive styles like pilsners had been left out in the warmth. Import selection was the normal: Paulaner, Interbrew, St. Bernardus, Chimay, and so on.

Singles selection was very small and not terribly exciting, though $8 for a 750 ml. bottle of Grottenbier or Gouden Carolus could be considered a steal. The few other singles were Aventinus, Samichlaus, and a couple Unibroue beers. Not a negative for me, as I have a phenomenal resource for singles across the street from apartment.

Clean, well-lit, highly organized and well-taken care of. Though the service was not terribly present, the manager and cashiers were friendly and solicitous. A great escape from the PA liquor laws, I used Canal’s chain as my favorite for stocking my fridge with the classic standbys. Prices are right on, too, with most micro packs from $6-9.

Not important, but why is there another Joe Canal's a half mile down the street from this one? Strange...

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Photo of stirgy
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%

I have found this store improving in recent years, with a decent local
micro selection. They do sell six packs and a few singles, but mostly cases. Nice, bright and clean isles reminding me more of a supermarket than a liquor store. IMO - Not a bad store to find something decent in a pinch.

9/03 - I was surprised to find bombers of the Rogue Morimoto's beers here recently. Their selection improves every time I visit. Plenty of SP choices...

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Joe Canal's Discount Liquor Outlet in Marlton, NJ
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