Sam The Beer Man

Sam The Beer ManSam The Beer Man
Sam The Beer ManSam The Beer Man
Store

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

(607) 724-5225 | map
samthebeerman.com

Notes:
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.23
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
52
pDev:
9.46%
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Reviews by neliam24:
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neliam24 from New York

4.74/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

May 06, 2019
More User Reviews:
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jaxon53 from Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Jul 28, 2019
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officerbill from New York

4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Sam's had been the area's ” go to” place for beer for decades.
The store is small and crowded with a wide, but shallow, variety.

Sam's biggest asset is it's staff. The folks working here know their beer. They're familiar with most styles and make well educated suggestions. They will also special order (12 pack or case) anything distributed in NYS. They are also one of the few places left that carry kegs and if the beer you want comes in kegs they'll order one for you.

Apr 10, 2019
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mikeinportc from New York

4.79/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Feb 12, 2018
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Jan 03, 2017
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LuckFreeZone from New York

4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Dec 17, 2016
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DerelictPI from New York

5/5  rDev +18.2%
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!

Jul 14, 2016
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OldhouseRecs from North Carolina

3.66/5  rDev -13.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Jun 11, 2016
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marcfromphilly from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Mar 17, 2016
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dangriff from New York

3.85/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 2.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Mar 13, 2016
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Martelljw2 from New York

4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

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

Feb 07, 2016
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MrFuster from New York

4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Sep 26, 2015
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Once_upon_a_hop

4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

May 19, 2015
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ColdOne from New York

3.61/5  rDev -14.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25

Feb 22, 2015
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dwoolley1 from New York

4.4/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Feb 21, 2015
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BurgeoningBrewhead from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Dec 09, 2014
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logicalparadox from New York

4/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

Nov 20, 2014
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thampel09 from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

Oct 26, 2014
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beerdedking from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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...

Sep 21, 2014
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randysthomas from Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Jul 18, 2014
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AMCimpi from New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Jun 30, 2014
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jmasc from New York

5/5  rDev +18.2%

Jun 27, 2014
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BeardedBeerist from New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

May 06, 2014
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nh2032 from New York

4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Updated Nov 2017: Sam's had gone to a completely new level over the past 6+ months. Huge improvement in selection with many beers from the Hudson Valley / NYC area showing up that you won't find elsewhere. The crowler fills have been a huge hit with me as the quality of the kegs has been outstanding.

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.

Mar 29, 2014
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TheBeerdedCharmer from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -29.1%

Mar 01, 2014
Sam The Beer Man in Binghamton, NY
Place rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 52 ratings