Sam The Beer Man

BA SCORE
92
outstanding

48 Ratings
Sam The Beer ManSam The Beer Man
PLACE INFO

Type: Store

1164 Upper Front St
Binghamton, New York, 13905-1119
United States

(607) 724-5225 | map
samthebeerman.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
92
Ratings:
48
Reviews:
32
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
7.71%
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Ratings: 48 |  Reviews: 32
Photo of tone77
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Spending a few days in Binghamton, so I thought I would check this place out. Kind of a small store with lots of macro cases, but plenty of craft beer as well. Lots of 6 packs, a singles section, some imports as well. Prices seemed a tad on the high side. Service was friendly and helpful. Overall, I wasn't blown away by it, but if I lived nearby, I would be a regular customer.

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Photo of LuckFreeZone
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped there for the first time today. The man working there seemed knowledgable both about beer in general and what was and was not available in the store (and where things were . . . which was helpful as the arrangements were not immediately obvious). Prices were good. If this was the only beer store in thirty miles of me I would be content.

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Photo of DerelictPI
5/5  rDev +20.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This place is great! The staff has given me good recommendations and steered me away from some poor choices. They get in some great stuff, try their best to make as many people happy as possible, and are good to talk to about beer. This year's BCBS release was on point!

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Photo of OldhouseRecs
3.66/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of marcfromphilly
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

I come from PA up to Binghamton roughly once or twice a month. Across the whole Southern Tier, this (to my knowledge) is the best beer spot around. Lots of heavy hitter breweries (Prairie, Perennial, Grimm, Singlecut, Almanac) among many others. Truly a great and vast selection that anyone with even the most discriminating palate will find a good beer here. Go here if you can.

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Photo of dangriff
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 2.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Martelljw2
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Singlecut, Grimm & other half. This place is a winner!

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Photo of MrFuster
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of Once_upon_a_hop
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of ColdOne
3.61/5  rDev -13%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25

Photo of dwoolley1
4.4/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of logicalparadox
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Cool. A place in the triple cities with a decent beer selection that actually sells singles! But not that many. Singles are limited to a few dozen choices.

But a nice selection. Not huge, but they make it count.

Doesn't fill growlers. Sad.

Compare this to the Binghamton Beer Depot, which has a bigger selection, but doesn't do singles at ALL and which has a lot more fluff. Between the two, I could get by in the triple cities. But... thank God I'm from Ithaca.

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Photo of thampel09
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Pretty good stop right off the highway. Friendly staff and have a bunch of goodies from evil twin, jack's abby, westbrook, cigar city, nebco, horse heads, against the grain, crooked stave, dark horse, etc.. Also had a good selection of limit releases like the 12.7oz allagash ones and such. Their prices were solid as well. Definitely worth a stop if your passing through.

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Photo of beerdedking
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

They carry a wide range of brewers, however, you won't find everything from those brewers.
That said, it was well worth my time to ride up from Scranton. Lagunitis, Great Divide, Westbrook,
MBC, Jacks Abby, Firestone Walker are all near impossible to find in my neck of the woods, and
Sam's has 'em all. I'll definitely return...

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Photo of randysthomas
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of AMCimpi
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of jmasc
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of BillKuhnel
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of nh2032
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5

Updated: They do now offer a mixed six/singles section in the back of the store. Also have had some interesting growler options lately too. 4 taps are listed on a board in the back.

Not sure how I haven't reviewed StBM yet.

Good selection for the Binghamton area, but not even close to what you can find in Ithaca. It also seems this area gets releases about a week later than Ithaca too.

A lot of space devoted to macros, but the standard selection of Belgian and craft bombers and 6 packs. Some of the harder to find options I noticed on my last visit included Founders, Horseheads, Hoppin Frog, and Ballast Point.

The two things that really stand out are the service and the prices. The guys working the register really know their stuff, make good recommendations, and are knowledgeable about upcoming releases. Prices are low - typically the same or even lower than Wegmans.

Worth a stop if you are limited to Binghamton. Best option I have found in the area.

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Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
3/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of Stignacious
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of ArchiCait
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of JohneHoodlum
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of JamesShoemaker
4.15/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

If you live in Binghamton or the surrounding area and don't feel like driving all the way up to Ithaca, there are three decent beer stores you can patronize: Sam's, Court St. Beer Depot, and Wegman's. Sam's is the best for a number of reasons.

The atmosphere, honestly, is not great. It's a little ways out of town and it's always pretty busy with people who are picking up bulk macrobrews. If you want to look at the domestic micros, you're kind of sandwiched between a wall of six/four packs and a rack of bombers. Import singles (which I don't really buy, so I don't know how good the selection is) are against the opposite wall. Between those two walls and in the back of the store are the macros.

Sam's is almost like what you'd expect a small distributor's shop to look like. There's a lot going on and a lot of obstacles to avoid, but it's never an unpleasant experience.

I give their service a 4 because one of the employees, a younger guy (Shawn or Sean, I think) is really amicable. He loves to talk about new micros he gets in and he lets you know what he's got coming. He's recommended some really good beers to me, including BORIS and Frangelic Mountain Brown. The other guy who works there is a little curt. He never really wants to chat and generally gives one word answers.

Sam's selection is really good for the area. They have a steady supply of Founders (including their Backstage releases, thanks to Shawn [or Sean]), a lot of Hoppin' Frog, Oskar Blues, Victory, TONS of Great Divide bombers, lots of Brooklyn, Brew Dog, and just about every DFH beer I can think of. I'm giving their selection a 4.5 instead of a 4 because they're really cheap too. I can't think of anywhere else where I can get a four pack of Ten Fidy for only $15, or Brooklyn BCS for only $8. They undercut every other store I've been to in New York.

One of the things that's great about Sam's that doesn't really translate into a rating is that people don't really buy up their micros too much. They've had FBS on the shelf for the last two months and I don't think they'll be running out of Backwoods Bastard anytime soon. Most of what I've bought from there is already 6+ months old, which is really great if you like to cellar beers.

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Sam The Beer Man in Binghamton, NY
4.15 out of 5 based on 48 ratings.
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