Joe Canal's Discount Liquor Outlet

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

Type: Store

3375 Route 1
Lawrence Township, New Jersey, 08648-2414
United States

(609) 520-0008 | map

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Reviews by MadCat:
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Atmosphere: Warehouse feeling, very crowded. Primarily oriented towards wine, not too bad spirit selection, and then feels like beer is almost an afterthought.

Quality: Good I suppose

Service: Plenty of employees around to help if needed, plenty of registers open

Selection: Honestly disappointed me from what I had remembered. They have added a growler station with a substantial amount of taps. The bottle selection was better than your average store, but worse than what you would expect from a store of this size. Better German and Belgian selection than average, but not nearly enough shelf space for the rest of craft. Still could find a few harder to find items.

Value: Nothing is overpriced, but most things aren't bargain priced either

Overall: Not bad, but it was a little disappointing as I had remembered it having a better selection than it does. Still walked away with beer I wanted.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of mvanaskie13
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of FBarber
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25

Photo of MacMalt
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

This place is like an aircraft hangar. The selection of craft beers is not as extensive as some of the other Joe Canal's locations but the staff is friendly and helpful.

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Photo of hopflyer
4/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of thedumbphase
4.54/5  rDev +17.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Tremendous selection, decent prices and they often have unique growler fills. Extra points because they're my go to for Carton cans.

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Photo of Jguthpsu
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Brushkanna
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

It's a big box store type feel with terrible music. Who cares about the music you say, it is so bad that it makes me leave earlier than i might just to get away from the 70's station they have on.

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Photo of SteveB3014
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Graymouse
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of tkdchampxi
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of BoSean_Rodriguez
5/5  rDev +29.5%

Photo of megamass
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of mweland
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of sfr26
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of RobDB
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

I knew about this Joe Canal's from previous visits to the Princeton area but had never visited. This time we happened to be driving right by the store on our way to the nearby "Palace of Asia" Indian restaurant in Lawrenceville (delicious Indian buffet if you care for that).

Gorgeous sunny day, a respite from this bitter nasty cold, and there we go to Joe Canal's wearing sunglasses and short sleeves. Joe Canal's is a massive store, but it is mostly all about wine. The beer is on the back of the store, and the first thing I spotted was cases after cases of BMC. It's all a bit haphazardly distributed, with no order to speak of except for the huge cooler that has most of the craft brews (Troegs, Lagunitas Sucks, Dogfish, Sierra, Weyerbacher Insanity and lots more).

More interesting are the growlers, including Lost Abbey, Hoppin Frog, DuClaw Retribution, Terrapin, Bruery. They even have some Israeli craft beers! Too bad about their being so disorganized...

Their growler station is quite alright, with Great Divide Yeti, Ballast Black Marlin, Neshaminy and more. They do special tappings every week, with stuff like Double Bastard and World Wide Stout.

There is at least one friendly beer guy trolling the aisles, and prices are pretty good. Sign up for the Joe Canal's card and get discounts. A nice store overall, although far from world-class.

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Photo of NYR_Rob
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of stephadelphia
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%

Since I'm subject to the antiquated liquor laws of Pennsylvania, I like to stop here at the local Joe Canal's whenever I'm visiting family in my hometown.

The prices are decent, and the "make your own 6-pack" is a great idea - if the beers available are things that appeal to you. Honestly, it's hit or miss here to me. I'm constantly disheartened by how many cases of Bud Light and Miller Chill I have to navigate through before I find 6-packs of things I actually want to come home with. Again, it's hit or miss. Sometimes I leave completely satisfied, and other times, I'm sorry I didn't just make the extra trip to the beer distributor in Philly. I feel like their selection is waning, and hopefully they'll start offering just as much to the craft beer crowd as they do to the Natty Ice crowd. You really have to spend some time combing the aisles to find the gems, in my experience.

I haven't lost all hope, as of yet. If nothing else, I know I can pick up a case of Guinness for a reasonable price if I don't find what I'm looking for.

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Photo of TimHitchings
4/5  rDev +3.6%

I've been visiting Joe Canal's in Lawrenceville pretty much every Friday over the last several months. What has attracted me is their Growler station which opened June/July 2010. The addition of 7 taps with weekly new selections has me visiting their web site to see what is next and checking beeradvocate reviews to make my selection. The personnel poring are always willing to talk beer and will often tell you if they know what is coming next.
The beer aisle for the store is tight and difficult to navigate (I've been spoiled growing up with Julio's in Westborough, MA). There appears to be a wide varity of bears on both the self and in the coolers. Unfortunately there is very little shelf signs and trying to find a meaning in how the individual bottles are arranged is difficult. I'd like to see a better representation of local brewing companies such as Flying Fish. I can hardly ever find Exit 4 (Tripel). Their shelf end caps need to be dressed more often. I asked a clerk to open a end cap box of Mad Elf which he did promptly and handed me the bottle. He failed cause he simply put the box back without cutting it open for display and went on to other work. The General Manager for the store is very response and hard working. I e-mailed him that the growler station web page was out of date and he had the problem fixed in 15 minutes. I'm hopeful that with the explosion in craft beers that Joe Canal's growler station is the first step in improving their beer presence in the area.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Its a huge place filled with mostly liquor and wine. They have beer by the case or single bottle. Growler fills were also available here. I think there were 5 taps. Surprisingly found a bottle of Firestone Fourteen. Some mead was on shelves here, which I thought was interesting Prices were lower than what I am used to seeing. Even beers from Victory and Troegs were cheaper than in my home state. Lots of people available if you need help.. All bottles were neatly organized, label facing forward and all that. Definitely stopping here again next time I pass by.

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Photo of Gmann
3.55/5  rDev -8%

Decided to stop by here during my stay in Princeton. It is a fairly large store that houses mostly wine and hard alcohol. The last aisle in the store was dedicated to craft beer as well as the cooler on the other side of the aisle. It had your standard import selection (heavier on the Belgians), nothing too exotic or anything I couldn't find on LI. I did purchase a Urthel that I haven't seen before. My main objective was to find beer that I can't get in NY and I was able to so. I picked up some loose bottles of Terrepin and some New Holland offerings. The rest of the American craft selection was your widely distributed crafts from the country or the Northeast. The did have several local brews that I have never heard of. The service was non-existant and by the size of the place, I'm sure that is always the case. The selection was good, not great. The imports can use some more English and German offerings. All in all I was happy I stopped in and got some brews that I can't get on LI.

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Photo of BigIrishman
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

I go to this place every once in a while, as it's about 2 minutes from work. The beer selection is pretty decent, they have a good selection of american craft and european imports. When a new brewery makes it's way to NJ, Joe Canals has them pretty quickly. They limit their supply to the "main" beers from each brewery, so the super special releases you'll have to go elsewhere. The service is pretty bad, any question I've asked usually just gets answered with confused looks and not sures. Overall their prices are decent, not great...sometimes they'll clearance a selection of bottles. Overall this place is my fall back, I always hit up the Buy Rite on 130 first because the selection and prices are better and the staff is awesome and really helpful.

But whatever you do, STAY AWAY FROM THE SA TRIPLE BOCK, it's definitely oxidated and heat struck.

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