Parti-Pak Liquors

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Homebrew, Beer-to-go

2633 E Stop 11 Rd
Indianapolis, Indiana, 46227-8810
United States

(317) 889-7452 | map

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Reviews: 48 | Ratings: 67
Photo of brundo4
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%

This place, IMO, is by far your best bet for an Indianapolis beer store. The selection is larger than any other. There must be 4-5 whole racks of bombers and singles. 2-3 of sixers, and more coolers than anywhere else. There Belgian/World aisles are out of control and they have many beers I have never even seen before and aren't listed on this site. The products aren't priced (yet) but they're working on it. This is a destination store, where easily one might drop 100+ if one isn't careful. Tons of vintage goodies, crazy good deals on magnums. Everyone that works there is super nice. They also have all the macros, wine and spirits, but their craft is definitely the anchor.

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Photo of cueball52
4/5  rDev -8.3%

I visited this place while in Indi over the weekend after reading about it here.

In my humble opinion this place is off the charts! I have been to my share of beer stores but nothing with the variety and rarity that I found here.

As far as service goes the girl at the counter was very friendly but mainly left you alone to check things out on your own. I didn't have any questions and she didn't ask any.

They have a great selection of 6 packs and bombers in both domestics and imports. Although I am sure some of the brews were past their "freshness dates" I was simply amazed at the variety on the shelves.

They had what I'm used to from Stone, Founders, Bells, Sierra Nevada, etc. but also things you don't normally see (at least in Ohio)from Colorado, Oregon, California, etc. The same is true of the imports. They have high powered brews from the late 1990's to the present that you won't see in most places you visit.

If you are in Indi you need to check this place out. I don't think you will be disappointed.

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Photo of Brettster
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

I heard about this liquor/beer store while chatting about beer at a westside store. Made a trip to the southside to check it out.

When I got to the store I was somewhat skeptical. The store lies right next to some railroad tracks, and it did not look that big. Well, I ended up spending over two hours at the store looking at the different beers. Some beers you could buy individually, some not. I cannot remember how money I spent but I remember the wife was not too happy. But she enjoyed the variety of brews.

I cannot wait to go back. Worth the special trip to the southside.

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Photo of doc10house
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

I happened on this place accidentally one day, when I was looking for something new and different to try. The oddest thing I could find at the stores nearby was Arrogant Bastard, and while that's no slouch, I knew there had to be something more out there. A guy behind the counter at the store selling said Bastard directed me to PPL, just 5 miles from home, and I've been there at least twice per week ever since.

On my first visit, I was entirely overwhelmed. Literally thousands of varieties of beer. Some cost more for 12 ounces than I'd paid for a case in my college days. Undaunted, I walked around the place slack-jawed for 40 minutes, then went home, empty handed, to take stock of my life and reassess. It had simply been too much to process.

The staff seemed a bit cold at first, but they're not. They're actually pretty great. They run the gamut as far as knowledge and love for the stuff, but the owner and a handful of others are fantastic. It seems the more I shop there, the cooler they get. Example: Since April of this year, I've been ogling a bottle of 2008 Dark Lord, perched up high behind the counter. A frequent utterance of mine is "how much money will it take for you to let me get a crack at that stuff?" but I've been told the same thing, every time: it's from the owner's collection, it's rare, it's not for sale.

That's true. So instead, today, he called me and invited me to drink it with him, for free.

One of the best features of the place is the ability to mix a 6 from just about anything on the shelves, if you're feeling really adventurous. I took a brief one-night tour of Stone Brewing Co. that way, and it was wonderful. I've seen brews here ranging from Stone's Vertical Epic to Rocheforts 6/8/10 to Pliny the Elder. The aforementioned Dark Lord (two more vintages still visible behind the counter, along with an enormous bottle of Piraat Ale). Dubbels. Tripels. Porters. Barleywines. Stouts. Wheats. Ales. Mikkellers. Weihenstephaner Hefes. Hoegaarden. Bud Light, if that's your thing. Regionals like the Thirsty Dog offerings. Nationals like Bell's. Crafties like Dogfish Head and Flying Dog. Brooklyns. Breckenridges. Russian Rivers. Magic Hats. Currently there are 6 different Pumpkins and at least a dozen Oktobers. See why I was given pause at first? It's ridiculous.

Not every beer I've bought here is a winner, of course, but it's my favorite place (by far) to find something new and exciting every single time I want a beer. The window says it, and it's true: if you can't find it here, you're probably not going to find it anywhere.

The only things I'd change are the name, and (of course) I'd drop the prices a tad. But that's because I'm the one paying them.

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Photo of kels
3.85/5  rDev -11.7%

Took a field trip to Parti-Pak while in Indy today. Definitely on the other side of town (and the tracks, literally) from where I typically visit, but well worth the trip. Come prepared to take some time and do some digging.

Quality: No concerns on the surface, but I haven't cracked any of the beers I picked up there yet. No direct sunlight to worry about, though the place is a little warm inside. We'll see how it goes, but I'm sure it'll be fine as everywhere else.

Service: The guy who rang me up was pleasant:) Can't speak to anyone's beer knowledge. The only service aspect that was a little frustrating was the lack of pricing on some of the bottles. Held my breath and crossed my fingers as the guy at the register put in the info for the 3F Apocalypse Cow I brought up.

Selection: Huge selection. The shelves went back 4 or 5 deep and stood at least 7 feet tall, and they also had coolers completely lining the right and rear walls. They had tons of older beers (saw some JW Lees back to 2000, and there were beers on the shelves from 1996) and a good range of import and domestics. I would have liked to see more in stock on popular crafts, since I didn't get to get my already-sold-out Gumballhead.

Value: Prices here were definitely the lowest I've seen in Indy, but you have to figure in the commute depending on where you're located. I saved $1-$2 per sixer on some 3F beers.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
3.6/5  rDev -17.4%

The store was a little hot, which kind of worries me when you're stocking lots of beer especially right in front of the door, but I don't think it would turn out too bad - still I have to take away some quality points for that. Some of it seemed kind of old as well. The selection is what is really amazing here. Just shelves of everything (though I was looking for some Upland Lambics, which I couldn't find anywhere in Indianapolis) you would expect to find in IN. The service wasn't great - no one tried to help me when I was looking around, and it was kind of slow checking out. I mean, I was apologized to for the wait and given one free beer (a Fat Tire. Now I don't ever have to buy one to taste it!). If I were looking for a certain beer that I wouldn't expect other places to have - I would check here, and the prices look about right for the other stores in the area.

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Photo of Monroe1ATO
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%

I had the privilege of visiting the store today. From the exterior it looks like any other Indy liquor store, with the exception of the sign which promises "Biggest Specialty Beer Selection". After visiting inside I have to say they met the signs saying!!! Inside, the place is packed and cramped, floor to ceiling. The shelves were 6 high and isles of micro brews plus cooler spaces! The lady behind the counter was most helpful. There is a baffling array of beer here, but much of it appears to be quite old. I made my own six pack of micros and found out that they stock over 2100 different types of beer! DAMN. This place is my new favorite liquor store in Indy! Come check it out for yourself! You will be come a believer...

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Photo of Hoppy2Bhere
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%

After lunch and a couple good brews at Shallo's, my wife and I made a beeline for this liquor store for the first time and was blown away by the selection. I am used to shopping at the Party Source or PartyTown in Northern Kentucky and was pleasantly surprised to find GREAT beer in Indy.

Selection was second to none, prices were about average and the help in the store was fantastic. I now have ANOTHER great reason to head to Indy for GREAT beer! If you are anywhere near the southside, make sure you stop in and check it out! And the owner told me they are thinking about expanding the selection, which is fine to me.

EDIT 6-18-09

Made another stop into the Parti-Pak last weekend and was a bit surprised and dissappointed to find the prices had jumped dramatically. Also, the beer seemed to be completely scattered throughout the store. Many, or maybe even most, were not priced or labeled and I had to take two bombers to the cashier just to see what the prices were. Hopefully I caught them on a bad day, but I didn't leave with my usual haul.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.55/5  rDev -18.6%

I used to live just up the road from here; I can't believe that I never visited this place! From the exterior it looks like any other Indy liquor store, with the exception of the sign which promises "Biggest Specialty Beer Selection."

Inside, the place is packed and cramped, floor to ceiling. After a few more years of beer drinking several of their aisles will be impassable to me. The lady behind the counter was most helpful, even recommending a nearby place where I could find a cheap glass to go with my fancy beer purchases. There is a baffling array of beer here, but much of it appears to be quite old. There were a lot of Christmas beers from the Christmas that was 10 months ago...not things that were meant to be aged. Caveat emptor on that one - don't buy any beer with more than a light dusting (of dust).

Still a cool place - I will likely revisit next time I'm in town.

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%

Stopped in to stock up for a week-long business trip to Indianapolis. For starters, the sign along Stop 11 does not mention Parti-Pack. My GPS had a hard time finding it so beware if all you're looking for is Parti-Pack (expedia mapped it fine). I grew up in Indianapolis and the southside of town was never on the leading edge. I was very surprised that a place like this in a location like this had such a great beer selection. I was the only person looking at good beer - mostly domestic lite and cheap wine. I was excited to pick up some 3F gumballhead and dreadnaught which is in very limited supply in Ohio. I also picked up the ProAm Barley Island Belgian Black and a 6er of Dark Horse IPA (drinking now and very good).

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Photo of iconoklaztor
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%

This place rocks!! They have it all. They have some great brews that cant be found anywhere else. They have a ton of Belg's. Last time I was in I actually spent about 30 just looking before I even picked up my first bottle. PP has 2004 and 2005 Unibroue Annivers as well as 12 oz bottles of all Unibroue products. They seriously have great stuff. Plenty of DFH, Founders, 3Floyds, Stone, Rochefort, and tons more.

GO TO THIS PLACE. They even have 2 shelfs that have BA and Ratebeer ratings.

Give this place a visit

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Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%

This my local place.

The new beer guy is trying to make some changes with the labeling of the store and there are now more prices than ever before.

Unreal selection on Indiana craft brews, BA top beers, and a huge entire section all dedicated to Belgium. Everything can be mixed and match to your hearts content, so that is a very nice feature. Just be careful on the unpriced items. Most items are priced very competitively, but I've come across several beers that are not even in the same ballpark as their competitors. In once instance another place was selling a sixer of a certain beer from California for 16.99 a sixer and Party Pak had it for 27.99 so just look out, but I think those are few and far between. All in all you won't find a better selection in Indianapolis, and don't judge this book by it's cover.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%

This place has a pretty unassuming fa├žade with the big signs on the billboard and roof only reading “Discount liquor” It wasn’t until we were walking into the store that we saw Parti-Pak behind a few parked cars. As you walk in directly to your right is a wrap around wall of cooler doors and then a wall of singles marked with BA and RB hangtags most of them in the high 90s. The first isle of warm beer was literally about 12 inches wide and the other rows varied from 24-30 inches wide. I had to back out of most rows to let other past. The rows were stacked as tall as the arm could reach. Everything in the store is sold in singles but most of it isn’t marked unless there is a hang tag but about 25% of the beers.

They have a big selection of local beers aswellas lots of American beers with a smaller number of Belgian, British and German beers further back. I even picked up a bottle of Jadwiga Polish mead aged for 25 yrs in oak. They had lots of one-off beers that I haven’t seen in a while including stone 06.06.06 and Ommegedon. Some of the bottles looked pretty dusty on the high shelves so I avoided some of the more finicky styles. I still spent more than I have spent at any liquor store, which required two trips to the car. It could use some improvements in storage and labeling but this is the best beer selection I have ever seen.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%

I stopped here while driving through Indianapolis a few days ago. Holy crap there was an incredible selection, I saw literally 50 beers I hadn't seen before (and I like to think I've seen a lot of beer). There must have been 1000+ selections here, so many to choose from. There are 2 drawbacks:
1) Prices are not listed on 90% of the product. You have to ask for it to be scanned.
2) The prices are pretty high in general. Some selections are priced normally, but others are definitely gouging.

I completely recommend a stop here, and I'll plan to visit again. But beware the pricing, that's all.

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Photo of baos
4.85/5  rDev +11.2%

I drove by this place for six months until my brother told me about it. I went there and spent 170 dollars last April on Dogfish head specialty brews and 2 cases of Big two hearted ale. Some of the beers that I have purchased there since then are: Old Fog Horn, Ten Thousand Brew Ale, Old Speckled-Hen, Grolsch, etc etc. They have more than any other place in Indy although I was disappointed to find that they didn't have Tetleys or Caffreys two of my favorite brew that I haven't had in quite a while. I'm glad I found this place. They also have beer tastings there.

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Photo of clvand0
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%

Stopped by Parti-Pak recently and was very surprised. It doesn't look like much from the outside ... and it's very cramped on the inside. They pack a ton of great beers into a very small area. It's even difficult to walk down some of the aisles because there's so much stuff packed in there. They have a great selection of local brews as well as some very hard to find Belgian stuff. The prices are what one would expect. The people at the counter were very helpful - and while they didn't seem to know much about the different beers, were very willing to try to help as much as possible. I'll definately be stopping by here the next time we go through.

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Photo of mcnut
3.55/5  rDev -18.6%

This is my regular haunt, as I live down the street. Its not an upscale place by any stretch of the imagination, however they do have a good selection. The problem is becoming that not much seems to move off the shelves except the massive amounts of Miller and the like. Everything seems pretty dusty and I'd like to see that change. I went in to pick up a brown ale to find most had passed their expiry date and then others had been put in new unmatching boxes because the box had the expiry date on it. Sad because this was one of my favorites.

Update: I have since returned and they are making improvements. I've picked up a couple brews, and while you can still end up with an old beer, it seems like that is fading. They've started stocking very nice glassware, and the addition of the Beer Advocate endcap is nice.

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Photo of Duster72
3.95/5  rDev -9.4%

Parti-Pak is a very good stop for beer despite its humble exterior. Although most of its customers come for their very reasonable prices on the macros and hard liquor, they have really been building up their craft beer side.

They have endcap displays of the BA and RB top 100s for quick purusal. They have started displaying placards for EVERY beer in the store with the BA and RB scores on it with the price by the single, six, and case which is VERY helpful.

You can buy any beer in the store by the single, no exceptions. Cold or warm, no problem. You can mix and match to your heart's content. Prices seem very fair for the selection in the store.

I've never run into a beer that was available in Indianapolis that I couldn't find here unless it was sold out. Excellent beer stop!

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Photo of mcallister
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Drove out here from Dayton, Ohio. Well actually not from Dayton just to come here but it was a beer trip overall. Walk in and the beer is right there waiting for you. Coolers full of many of their singles with I about 5 rows of warm shelves of sixers, twelves and singles.

Being from Dayton where it is illegal to sell beer over 12% i was mainly looking for the over 12% brews I've been wanting to try or just some beer I can't get in Ohio. They did have some of these like Dogfish Raison D'extr, Fort, Old School Barleywine. But they didn't have 120 min which I really wanted. They have many Indiana brewed beers which I decided to pick up a sixer of Upland Choclate Stout. Which brings me to another slight complaint. It would be nice if you could buy all there beers in singles. I would have liked to try all the uplands for example.

It also seemed they either didn't carry seasonals or they were just out of the ones I was looking for. But overall a good store with a very good selection. Worth going.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%

I made a trip to Indianapolis the other day. This was my last stop in Indianapolis. This was by far the best beer store I saw this day. The quality of the selections was very high. Some of the stock was a little on the old side, but that is not always bad. The service was truly exceptional. The cashier was very knowledgeable about beer in general. He was also very knowledgeable about the beers in stock. He gave several recommendations and was able to comment on a wide variety of beers. There was a very good collection of DFH beers. (Fort, Pangea, World Wide Stout, Old School Barley Wine, Immort Ale, as well as standard fares.) Honestly this selection of beers was among the best I have ever seen in one place. The cold cases had a wide variety of products. There was numerous beers available in a single bottle both cold and warm. If you go to Indianapolis this is the one stop to make.

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Photo of indy2823
5/5  rDev +14.7%

I moved to the south side of Indianapolis about three years ago. I have been to Kahn's and other liquor stores in Indianapolis but none compare to Parti-Pak. The wide selection of micros and imports is far superior to any other. I recently visited to see if they had a beer just out on the market. The owner stated he had cases of this specific brew and actually informed me of several others that have just entered the market. The staff along with the owner have tastings in the shop during the summer months and closed session tastings with employees to stay educated and up to date on all of the beers in their store to aide customers. Prices are labeled on the shelf in front of every six pack and single and are quite reasonable. Parti-Pak isn't looking to make a buck, they are trying to enlighten others into the beer world. If looking to try many different brews, Parti-Pak is the route to take.

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Photo of PatYoda
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

This is the best beer store in Indianapolis. It's not perfect, but all things considered, I stand by that statement. First of all, the American micro selection is second to none. Not even Kahn's. The Belgian selection is very impressive. Kahn's has a few more Belgians, but there are certainly some that Parti Pak carries that Kahn's does not. Prices are good. Six packs and singles here are often at least a dollar cheaper than at Kahn's - prices are generally about equal to the Hop Shop. Service is good if you get the beer guy. Otherwise, they will usually at least ask if you need any help, and they are always very friendly. Don't be off-put by the store's appearance, which is let's say not inspiring. Quality gets knocked a point because of old stock. This store carries way too much beer for its clientele. I would be very wary about buying anything that doesn't age well here without first inspecting the bottles for a date or for dust. However, there is a very large selection of beer in coolers, which is a bonus. There are probably 12-15 coolers of craft beer, along with 5 20 foot aisles stacked full of it. Also, another note about the bottle age - as we all know, this can be a good thing at times. I have found some really great beers here that were well aged - for instance, a 3 year old Don de Dieu, and several other well aged Unibroue products. I recently found an '03 Stone Imperial Stout, and as of a couple months ago, they still had several cases of the '04 Double Bastard left. I also lucked into an '03 Maverick Imperial Stout here, and as of about 6 months ago, they even still had some Bell's Batch 6000 left. The last batch of Founders Breakfast Stout also lasted longer here than anywhere else in town. In fact, I'm ashamed to admit this, but I've held off on reviewing this establishment for so long because I was reluctant to share the news with fellow BAs for fear that they would steal all of the good beer. I now realize that this is very selfish and not productive, so BAs unite and go to Parti Pak. You will not be disappointed!

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Photo of soper2000
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%

I stopped by late on a Friday night after dinner at nearby Shallo's. I was a little concerned when I saw the outside of the store at night. Are you sure this place has a good selection? I questioned myself. Upon walking in my fears quickly went away. First thing that i notice is a nice shelf of Belgians to my right including some Cantillon's of which I walked away with a Rose de Gambrinus for a buck cheaper than at Kahn's. A large amount of singles were readily available including a row of DFH 120 minutes. I will not dock service too much as it was late on a weekend night and I was the only one in the store not buying a 40 or a cold BMC six pack. I'll be back if I ever wander into the Southside of Indy again. Worthy stop.

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