Spec's #73

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Type: Homebrew, Beer-to-go

1434 S Valley Mills Dr
Waco, Texas, 76711-1606
United States

(254) 772-2291 | map

Listed as "homebrew shop" because this is as close as it gets for Waco. Very limited supplies, including; airlocks, priming sugar, bottle caps, etc. No grain, no yeast.

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Photo of BeerZack
3.75/5  rDev +28.4%

This is definitely one of the best beer selections in Waco, if not the best. I have found one or two beers in other stores that I didn't find here, but really the selection doesn't get much better in Waco. Examples include: Brewdog (not that I'd buy it, but they had at least 5 different ones, including 2 Paradox'), Moylan's (including Double Moylander and Hopsickle), Southern Star (incl. Buried Hatchet) and practically everything else from Duff.
The complaint I do have about this place is they have most of the good beer on the dry shelf while all the crappy beer sits in the cooler. This is no problem for all the yummy stouts they have sitting there (Old Raspy, Storm King, Mephistopheles), but I want my Stone IPA, Dales Pale, other Pale Ales and imported Lagers to be in the cooler for sure. Take the damn Sam Adams outta the cooler and put the Stone in, please.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
2.35/5  rDev -19.5%

Update 3 Aug 2009. I was here today and noticed they have Stone Smoked Porter. Great! $12.49 for a bomber? W. T. F.!? Have to adjust value proposition just for that. Seriously Frank? Really? Really?!

Previous review:
Their selection is the best in Waco, but as mentioned that isn't saying much. However they do have DFH 120 min and Avery's Beast and Mephistopheles - beers you can't get through the HEB on Wooded Acres. Also their selection of Victory has recently increased.

The staff not only knows nothing about beer, but seems to actively discourage attempts to purchase anything they don't have. When I asked them if they could order some Bigfoot (which wasn't on the shelves) they looked at me as if I had two heads.

On my last visit (Feb 2008) they had a shopping cart of 'specials' which included singles of ancient St. Arnold's Elissa for $2/bottle. I don't know how much they were selling it for but I was buying it at the HEB for ~$7.50/six in the fall.

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Photo of EPICAC
2.65/5  rDev -9.2%

If I'm in Waco looking for good beer I usually hit up Cricket's, occasionally I'll get something for consumption at home or at a friend's house. The HEB on Wooded Acres Dr. has a varied selection, but not great. So I usually end up at Dicorte's on Lake Air Dr.

Selection: They have the best beer selection of any liquor store in Waco, which is to say there's a pretty good variety, but it's not stunning. There's a decent selection of Belgians, but don't hope to find anything obscure. You'd be able to get Duvel, Chimay, Delerium Tremens, but not a Rochefort or Orval. They stock many of the standard imports. This varies from quality like Young's to crap like Heineken. The craft beer selection is scant, expect to find some of the better known craft breweries. They have Anchor, New Belgium and Unibroue to name a few.

Service: The staff knows next to nothing about beer, and in general aren't very helpful.

Quality: Many of the bottles are dusty, and I've seen several bottles past their prime.

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Spec's #73 in Waco, TX
Place rating: 2.92 out of 5 with 3 ratings
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