Broudy's Fine Wine and Spirits

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Broudy's Fine Wine and SpiritsBroudy's Fine Wine and Spirits

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353 Marsh Landing Pkwy
Jacksonville Beach, Florida, 32250-5849
United States

(904) 273-6119 | map

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Reviews by azorie:
Photo of azorie
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%

I been burning gas driving everywhere this labor day weekend.
Anyway I been to this store many times, as we like to visit the book store near here. Used to as recent as 1.5 years ago this place had Belgians you could not get anywhere and lots of other rare/hard to find stuff. I just went the other day and its just a plain old liquor store again with a few craft beer selections, its not much than a typical ABC now, really sad to see. I never the manager, but I called asking about beer many times in the last few years and its hopeless, go the the Orange park store this one sucks now, unless you live close by. Many beers were also past the dates. so sad.

this review is after like 20 visits over 8-10 years, not sure how long I been going here off and on.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Beerbuddha
4/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of MattWhite
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of KVNBGRY
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of 904Will
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of Chefchrisp
4.41/5  rDev +17.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

They've done a lot with the beer selection over the past year and its much improved. Staff is pretty knowledgable and they're good about getting all the limited release stuff. If you haven't been in a while I would recommend checking them out again.

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Photo of pixieskid
3.01/5  rDev -19.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

When in the Ponte Vedra/Jax Beach area, this really all there is.

Been here numerous times over the last couple visits I have been down in this area, thought it was time I review it.

Atmosphere: It's a liquor store with a small beer selection. For those of you that are familiar with Green's in ATL area, it's just like that only the store is smaller and so is the beer selection.

Quality: Most important think when shopping here, CHECK YOUR DATES! Recently they have had SN 12 packs on sale for 12.99 and after checking the date, realized that they are over a year old! Seems like the distributor/retailers are trying to pull a fast one, I saw the same deal at a convenient store in Jax Beach, same deal, year old Pale)

Anway, other than that a handful of sixers fit in the cooler, a couple of small shelves (unrefrigerated) house Belgians, New Arrivals, and randoms for mixing a six. Check the dates if you can (Cigar City is always fresher at the Publix in the same shopping center and as such, I buy my Jai Alai from them).

Service: people at the checkout are friendly enough, but that's about it. Never bothered asking any questions since the first time I was there...nobody really knows or cares much about beer. However, someone must considering they do bother to have the "new arrival shelf".

Selection: Quite limited, even in the Florida beer selection. But this time, they did have all 3 beers that Intuition Aleworks now offers in cans, so I picked up a sixer of each to try them. No dates, but they were decent enough, so I would assume they were somewhat fresh.

Value: prices are standard for the area, which is high compared to what I am used to on the West Coast (10-12 dollar sixers seem to be the norm here).

All in all, the only real option in the area, check your dates and hope for the best...

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
2.45/5  rDev -34.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 2.5

Atmosphere: looks like more of a wine and a liqour store in a gas station.

Quality: nothing spectacular here.

Service: Asked a question about a Cigar City Beer and the lady told me "to look for it". Even after i looked through the entire beer selection. Staff was flat out rude. No impressed at all.

Value: Same pricing across the board as the 3 other beer places visited.

Overall: Not impressed with service or attitude of employees or beer selection its pretty small... Avoid this place!

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Photo of chinchill
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%

A medium size store that has mos of it space devoted to wines and other products rather than beer. Product selection is very limited compared to Total Wine. Still, it has quite a few interesting and uncommon selections and, given the paltry alternatives in Jacksonville, this store may be worth the trip.

Quality downgraded because some of the offerings, particularly those not on refrigeration, appeared dated. Some inventory control was definitely in place, however, since quite a few varieties were on a reduced price shelf.

Management is fine with purchasing singles. There appears to be about a 25% upcharge to do so, versus a s-pack, but buying 6 or more earns a 10% per bottle discount. 6-pack sleeves available upon request.

Strengths of selection were [1] a good variety of 4- and 6-packs under refrigeration and [2] a nice selection of limited production or hard to find singles including beers from Rogue, Terrapin, Cigar City, Lagunitas, Weyerbacher and others.

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Photo of RickS95
4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

I visit Ponte Vedra Beach every year for the golf tournament. I eat out every night, but I always like to have a selection of beer in the fridge for when I get back to the condo.

I found Broudy's this year and look forward to going back next year. It's a small place, and they sell wine and spirits in addition to beer. They don't carry as much beer as some other places, focusing more on the other stuff, but they had a nice selection.

In addition to full cases and sixers, I was able to build my own six-pack which was nice.

Edited: I went back to Broudy's on my golf trip this year. About a month before I arrived, I contacted the manager and asked if I could place an order (I was going to be there 8 nights and I wanted 8 bombers).

The manager (Mike) was perfectly ok with gathering my wish list, even though it meant transferring a couple bottles from one store to another and actually placing an order for something. In the event something didn't arrive, he suggested a couple other things I might be interested in.

When I arrived, all 8 of my original choices were there, as well as the 2 bottles for just in case. That kind of service isn't available just anywhere.

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Photo of jf60657
2.85/5  rDev -24%

Nice shop near the beach. Limited beer space but lots of nice bottles, nothing amazing that cannot be found elsewhere. I did find yorkshire stingo here, which was cool.

Got a bitter taste in my mouth when I went back to buy out the stingo ( I love this beer). I asked if they had any more in the back and the guy working there said he would check. I was willing to spend $100+ dollars and let him know I would take as much as they would sell me. He never did check though and I find its hard to get attention or ask questions in this store.

Clean store with fair prices. I will keep shopping at grassroots and only go back to broudy's if I hear they have something I want

*** Update: Mike, the new manager has contacted me and given a reasonable explanation. I will visit again soon and re-review off of that visit. If the store as a whole embraces the caring attitude he gave me in his email, I will become a regular shopper.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev +6.7%

updating the post... This place has gone downhill since the long store manager left. I've stop going, but it still has some decent selections.

This store in tucked away near Target in Jax beach.

What a great beer store and it's always a pleasure to walk into a beer store and the staff be so knowledgeable. Carolyn, the owner, really knows her stuff and is very involved in improving the Jax beer scence. The selection is top notch for a city that doesn't have alot compared to others. If I were an out of towner I would definitly stop here. Ask for Carolyn and she'll probaly show syou around and have some good recommedations. The prices are normal... Nothing outrageous.

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Photo of unclejimbay
4.5/5  rDev +20%

I visit Broudy's regulary for their unique beer selection. They are THE best beer selection I have seen to date in Jacksonville, and the best for sure in Jacksonville Beach.

They have a huge cooler, so you can get a wide variety of beers already cold. They also allow you to purchase singles directly from the cooler, which is a nice bonus! Some of the more rare beers are located in the center of the store, these are stored room temp away from any windows.

The manager "Carolyn" is a legendary beer queen who is passionate about her store, beer advocacy, and the local beer community. She is great resource when it comes to local beer events, tastings and pairings. The staff in general is usually very helpful, but Carolyn is the #1 resource for all things beer!

They also hold tastings and special promo events on a semi regular basis. They keep up with new releases and usually have new brews and or seasonals. Just ask if you are curious.

The prices are usually reasonable considering you do not have other options with this wide selction. Liquor and wine can be a bit more expensive than ABC/etc, but the beer selection is the standout feature, so it's worth it as a one stop shop.

I have found numerous of rare finds at Broudys that I have never see anywhere else in Jax. Keep up the great work Broudys - cause if you do we don't need anymore beer stores in JB!

Go team Hot Shots!

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Stopped here on the way back from St. Augustine. Good size store, but most of it is wine and liquor. The beer section is a good deal smaller, and most of it is unrefrigerated. They do have a a fairly nice selection even if it is a bit limited. For my purposes they basically had much of what I was looking for. They had three or four Bell's sixers, but no two-hearted. They had some of each of the St. Somewhere, but they were down to three bottles total. They had much of the DFH overproof stuff, including 120 minute, WW Stout, and Fort. They had several of the overproof Avery stuff as well and a few high alcohol Weyerbachers as well. I picked up an Insanity and the above mentioned items, as well as a few Pannepot, non-Danish versions. None of what I've mentioned is available in Georgia (with the exception of Weyerbacher, which just now became available). Beyond that they had a few English and German beers, a smattering of fairly well chosen Belgians, and the usual suspects for craft beers in Florida. Very nice people with at least a modicum of beer knowledge. Definitely the best stop for miles.

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Photo of MiguelMandingo
4/5  rDev +6.7%

I just stopped in recently when I was visiting my sister in Jacksonville. This place had some pretty good ratings here on BA, so I thought I should check it out.

They had some really high quality brews. There was a lot of stuff that I was able to pick up here that isn't available in Texas. I was able to pick up some GD Hades, Butte Creek DIPA 06, Ommegeddon, Gulden Drake, Mojo IPA, Hazed and Infused, several Fantomes, Roddenbach original and Grand Cru, DFH WWS, and several Jolly Pumpkins.

The selection was pretty good - it was the best and widest selection of all the stores in Florida that I have been to. It was much better than Total Wine. Plenty of Belgians and American micros.

The service at Broudy's was really good. All of the people who worked there were really friendly and one guy even helped carry one of the boxes of beer out to my car.

This place, overall, was really great. I was really happy that I stopped by, and I would definitely go there again if I ever find myself in Jacksonville.

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Photo of nickfl
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%

Edited 6/22/10

Sadly, Broudy's seems to be going downhill as of late. A few months ago it seemed like they started to get fewer and fewer new beer in and then they put much of their craft beer stock on sale. I went in a few days ago for the first time in a couple of months and it seems that they are continuing to pare down their craft beer selection. While they still have a much better selection than the average liquor store in this area, they no longer seem to be getting the rarities that they once did. They had nothing new since my last visit (2+ months ago) and were conspicuously lacking beers such as Rogue John John, Southern Tier Mokah, and Cigar City Humidor that have recently shown up at the other leading beer stores in the area (Total Wine and Grassroots).

So, it is with a heavy heart that I must downgrade my rating of Broudy's. They are still one of the better stores in the city, but they have dropped from a commanding first place to, at best, third among Jacksonville craft beer retailers.

Original Review:

This is as good as it gets in Jacksonville. Their prices are comparable to Total Wine (maby a bit higher) and Broudy's has a better selection. Noteable amoung the beers Broudys carries that Total does not are Fantome and De Proef. They also seem to make a real effort to get in as many new beers as they can as soon as they become available. The staff is pretty hit or miss as far as beer knowlege goes, but some of them are well informed. Personally I think there is a lot to be said for the fact that, unlike Total Wine, they take the time to keep their products fronted and properly arranged; which implies that they might care enough to treat the beer right during storage and keep their stock rotated.

Also, one reviewer said that they didn't offer singles, but in my experiance they will let you break up six packs.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

I will echo the comments of most of the other reviews. A nice selection, but not outstanding when compared to other cities. I was pleased to find a couple of Fantome brews (Pissenlit and Printemps) which I had not tried yet. I also picked up a Bison Farmhouse Ale and a Loterbol Bruin. Good micro options (Rogue, Avery, Great Divide), and a nice selection of Belgiums and Euros. Wished they offered 12oz. singles, but you have to go up to European Street Cafe on Beach Blvd. for that. My only complaint was that the staff was not particularly well informed regarding beer. Quality seemed fine, and prices were reasonable.

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Photo of cbak999
4.2/5  rDev +12%

As others have said, a great selection for this city. Most micros found in Jax are supplied from either Micro Man in Tampa or Unique in Orlando, and the problem is finding what you want, when you want. But this Broudy's store ALWAYS seems to have a little of everything in stock. From great Euros, to many Micros: Avery, Boulder, Great Divide, Tommyknocker, Sierra Nevada, North Coast, Lost Coast, Rogue, etc.
It's a very clean store, and they have warm and cold stock.
This is your single best bet for beer in Jax.

5/18/2006 - FYI - Broudy's newest location, on SR13, just across the bridge, in St. John's County is now open.

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Photo of mtbkjeff
4.55/5  rDev +21.3%

For North Florida you can't find a better selection. Believe me I've tried.

Quite a selection of beers both in the bank of coolers and warm on the shelf. Many craft brews, imports, premium, just about whatever you're looking for. Staff is quite friendly and willing to help. The wife and I have picked up Erdinger, Honey Amber Rose, Chimay, Efes, Yuengling, Blue Moon, and a few more. We're always trying something new.

Check it out if you get a chance. By the way, this store seems a bit different than the other Broudy's around Jacksonville. (Bigger and better selection)

Update: 9/3/05 Just attended their 1st annual Beer Fest tasting. Quite a good show, over 70 Beers. Tried the new Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale. There was food but it was not paired as rumor had it. Event was all FREE and they even handed out some good information about food pairings and styles. Brought in a good size crowd.

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Photo of fattyre
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%

Situated in a plaza off of A1A at the end of Butler Blvd this place has a number of unusual beers. Turn right off Butler onto A1A and take the first right into the Plaza. Follow that road around and it will be on your right.
La Chouffe, Aventinus, some eastern European beers and (at least last I was there) a decent selection of small micros. They also stocked cases of Bigfoot and Celebration last last winter. Overall a very good selection for the Jacksonville area but just above average for most larger cities. I try and stop in when I am on that end of town.

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Broudy's Fine Wine and Spirits in Jacksonville Beach, FL
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