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Top 5 Beer Shops in your area

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  1. HoppySeb

    HoppySeb Champion (818) Jan 21, 2014 Washington
    Beer Trader

    I travel frequently throughout the US and when I do so, (as many of you!) I make it a point to check out the local shops for great finds and/or rarities. I usually spend a lot of time searching online (including in this forum) for some "insider" info on which places are considered the best. With that in mind I was wondering if we could collectively get a "Top 5" or so list of beer shops for YOUR cities for other BAs to use as a reference in a single thread. So I guess I'll start with Seattle...

    Top 5ish Beer Shops in the Seattle Area
    1. The Beer Junction - West Seattle
    2. Malt & Vine - Redmond
    3. Chuck's Hop Shop - Seattle
    4. Redmond Whole Foods - Redmond (yes the selection at this particular store is much better than others')
    5. Metropolitan Market - Kirkland/Seattle (any)
    6. Total Wine - Bellevue (be sure to checkout the growler station for those rare finds w/1 pp limit)
  2. fleurdelou

    fleurdelou Initiate (0) Nov 11, 2013 Kentucky

    Louisville, KY and surrounding:
    1. The Keg - Clarksville (Always the go-to for limited release, especially for FFF)
    2. The Keg New Albany, IN
    3.The Louisville Beer Store - Market St. Downtown (Not the friendliest place in the world, unless you are a hipster. Awesome selection though)
    4. Sergio's World Beers (not a store, its a tap house/ eatery, but they sell thousands of beers) - Story Ave. Butchertown
    5. The Wine Rack (they sell mostly wine, but they get the good stuff as far as beer they do carry and take requests from locals for what to keep in stock and try to get for limited releases. Also, pretty awesome growler wall) - Frankfort Ave. Louisville
  3. alex_hart

    alex_hart Disciple (355) Feb 28, 2013 Oklahoma

    Tulsa Area:
    1. Bier Garten
    2. Bier Garten
    3. Park Hill's Wine and Liquor
    4. Wine Cellar
    5. Whiskey Business
  4. miketd

    miketd Zealot (522) Mar 2, 2006 Ohio
    Beer Trader

    No Bottleworks?

    Around here it changes, but roughly:

    Lizardville Bedford Heights
    Lizardville Lakewood
    Simone's Lakewood
    Heinen's area stores - most of them
    Circle A Beverage Parma

    Surely I missed a few good ones, this is off the top.
  5. EErler

    EErler Initiate (0) Oct 17, 2013 Wisconsin

    Milwaukee, WI

    1. Discount Liquor - Oklahoma Ave location
    2. Otto's - Oakland Ave. location
    3. Downer Ave Spirits - Downer Ave
    4. Café Benelux (market) - smaller selection, specializing in Belgian bier
    5. Metro Market - Van Buren St.

    Discount is hands down #1 as far as selection and prices
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  6. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (3,402) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
    Beer Trader

    Minneapolis (hard to do)
    Four Firkin's
    S Lyndale
    France 44
    Blue Max
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  7. GreesyFizeek

    GreesyFizeek Poo-Bah (4,823) Mar 6, 2013 New York
    Beer Trader

    Rochester, NY

    1. Nathaniel Square Corner Store- small store, but phenomenal selection. All of the good releases come here, plus they have a killer cellaring program. Great, rare taps for growler fills as well. Good prices.
    2. AJ's Beer Warehouse- bigger, newer store. 30 taps of NY only beer for growlers. Huge beer cave, with basically everything that is distributed to Rochester, lots of great finds. Good prices.
    3. Beers of the World- the largest selection, but probably the most expensive. Seriously exhausting amount of beer here.
    4. Hess (Bushnell's Basin location)- gas station with an incredible craft selection. Prices on par with Beers of the World, so a bit too expensive.
    5. Wegmans (all locations)- fantastic grocery store with a really respectable selection, and great prices.
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  8. SaCkErZ9

    SaCkErZ9 Poo-Bah (2,148) Feb 27, 2005 South Carolina
    Beer Trader

    South FL

    Total Wine Boynton
    Total Wine Boca
    Total Wine Wellington
    Due South Growlers
    Funky Buddha Growlers
  9. hardy008

    hardy008 Poo-Bah (1,951) Jan 12, 2008 Minnesota

    Princeton's belongs in the top 5.
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  10. Providence

    Providence Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    For those of you coming to the Providence area, be sure to check out the following (in no particular order):

    Nikki's Liquors
    High Spirits
    Campus Fine Wines
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  11. wrw5031

    wrw5031 Initiate (0) Dec 21, 2011 Georgia
    Beer Trader

    Atlanta GA:

    1. Hop City Craft Beer and Wine
    2. Ale Yeah (Decatur)
    3. Green's Ponce De Leon
    4. Green's Buford Highway
    5. Tower Wine and Spirits (off Piedmont)
  12. BourbonJersey

    BourbonJersey Aspirant (293) Jan 18, 2014 New Jersey
    Beer Trader

    Bergen County, NJ/Rockland County, NY

    Cable Beverages - Bardonia, NY (Rockland County): Fantastic selection packed into a tiny basement of a store, you gotta walk sideways down some isles, but it's worth it.
    Growler and Gill - Nanuet, NY (Rockland, County): Nice bottle shop, a little less selection than Cable (though they're only 3 min away from eachother), a nice place to sit down and have a brew. Some nice free tastings on Thurs. nights as well.
    Ramsay Liquors - Ramsay, NJ - Nice selection, though a small section hidden in the back right corner
    Total Wine - River Edge, NJ - Decent beer selection

    Can't think of a number 5. I mainly stick to Cable for bottles and Growler and Gill for growler fills if I'm not over at Captain Lawrence brewery.
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  13. SavvyStudent

    SavvyStudent Initiate (0) Oct 29, 2012 Texas
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    Lake Highlands/Lakewood around Dallas, TX

    Obviously flooded with options but my go-tos are:
    1. Craft and Growler: a large growler fill list and some rare bottles that cannot find around Dallas. the most local beers in one place.
    2. Bottle Shop Lower Greenville: Weekly tastings and bottle sales that pull in some rare beers
    3. Total Wine off of 75: Huge Pick 6 selection and lowest prices I can find
    4. Specs: It is a monster of choices
    5. Whole Food Park Lane: Growler Fills and very passionate beer group there that try their best to get some stuff no one else can
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  14. teledeluxe

    teledeluxe Initiate (0) Nov 21, 2013 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    Really tough to order as all are a little different. I go most all of these places for different things.

    Chicago, IL (north side):

    1. Binny's Lincoln Park (Marcey ST)
    2. Capone's
    3. Beer Temple

    The remaining positions could be taken up by: Puerto Rican Food and Liquors, Bottles and Cans, West Lakeview Liquors, Whole Foods Lincoln Park, Andersonville Wine & Spirits, La Primera, Grand and Western Armanetti's, Nevada, Vas Foremost, Irving Park Liquors, Fischman Liquors and Tavern.

    Nicest guy award goes to Jr. from Puerto Rican (sorry, Adam). Shitheel award goes to D&D Liquors.
    #14 teledeluxe, Mar 18, 2014
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2014
  15. tylerstravis

    tylerstravis Savant (988) Feb 14, 2014 Colorado
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    I am sure there are others much better able to give a list for Denver, but here are my personal favorites (not biggest)

    1. Mile High Wine & Spirits
    2. Davidson's Liquor
    3. Small Batch Liquor
    4. Mondo Vino
    5. Argonaut

    Special Recognition to Philnor Liquor for being an awesome shit hole that I can usually find rare stuff at.
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  16. beergoot

    beergoot Poo-Bah (3,268) Oct 11, 2010 Colorado
    Supporter Subscriber Beer Trader

    Colorado Springs (in order of personal preference):
    1. Coaltrain Wine and Spirits
    2. Downtown Fine Spirits and Wines
    3. Cheers Liquor Mart
    4. Queen Liquor
    5. Springs Liquor Outlet
    Coaltrain, in particular, offers exceptional service -- friendly, knowledgeable staff -- with a wide and eclectic offering for such a small store. I'm told they're expanding the size of their current location, so I'm hoping their exquisite service and selections grow with them.
  17. RusImpStoLuv

    RusImpStoLuv Initiate (0) Feb 14, 2014 Michigan

    Grand Rapids, MI
    No particular order but....
    GB Russos
    Kingmas Market
    International Beverage
    Party World
    D. Schulers
  18. qcbrewer

    qcbrewer Meyvn (1,092) Dec 3, 2010 North Carolina

    Charlotte, NC

    Good Bottle
    Harris Teeter Cotswold (for a regular grocery store it's got a great selection)
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  19. Goldndomer

    Goldndomer Disciple (368) Nov 8, 2010 Pennsylvania
    Beer Trader

    Northeast Pennsylvania (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton):

    1. Sabatini's Pizza - It's actually a pizza joint with a small bottle section in the takeout area, but his selection is just ridiculous. They can only display about 1/10 of their product. So be sure to ask!
    1A. Krugel's (Georgetown Deli)
    3. J&H Beer
    4. Exit 190
    5. Plaza Beverage - It's almost like a mini Shangy's and it just keeps getting better.
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  20. MetalMountainMastiff

    MetalMountainMastiff Initiate (0) Oct 1, 2012 California
    Beer Trader

    Because I live in higher Norcal about 2 hours from Bay I won't count them.

    Final Gravity (roseville)
    Capitol Beer and taproom
    than probably just
    whole foods
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  21. HoppySeb

    HoppySeb Champion (818) Jan 21, 2014 Washington
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    Fair point! They have a great selection too and sell stuff from their cellar - haven't been there in forever!

    Top 5ish Beer Shops in the Seattle Area
    1. The Beer Junction - West Seattle
    2. Malt & Vine - Redmond
    3. Chuck's Hop Shop - Seattle
    4. Bottleworks - Seattle
    5. Redmond Whole Foods - Redmond (yes the selection at this particular store is much better than others')
    6. Metropolitan Market - Kirkland/Seattle (any)
    7. Total Wine - Bellevue (be sure to checkout the growler station for those rare finds w/1 pp limit)
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  22. Stevedore

    Stevedore Poo-Bah (3,808) Nov 16, 2012 Wisconsin
    Beer Trader

    Madison, Wisconsin:

    Jenifer Street Market
    Steve's on University
    Star Liquor
    Woodman's (East or West locations)
  23. Modernrickk

    Modernrickk Defender (675) Oct 3, 2013 California
    Beer Trader

    LA area on the house!! Would be hard to say in any particular order-
    1. Bills liquor (Atwater village)
    2. Valley bev co (sherman oaks)
    3. Sunset beer co (echo park)
    4. Select beer store(redondo beach)
    5. Green Jug (woodland hills)

    To hell with the big corporation total wine and whole foods - (proffered customers and employees hoarding all the good stuff) asswipes

    Very honorable mention of vendome liquors - pasadena and Toluca lake -

    Shout out to bills! Love all the staff
  24. Rollzroyce21

    Rollzroyce21 Meyvn (1,028) Oct 24, 2009 California
    Beer Trader

    North Orange County, California:
    some may disagree

    Hacienda Beverages
    Vendome Fullerton
    Mr. K's Liquor
    Hollingshead Deli
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  25. maltmaster420

    maltmaster420 Aspirant (293) Aug 17, 2005 Oregon
    Beer Trader

    Portland, in no particular order:
    • BeerMongers: 500-600 bottles (with some of the lowest prices in town) and 8 rotating taps
    • Saraveza: 300-400 bottles and 9 rotating taps (plus 1 dedicated Hamm's tap)
    • Bridgetown Beer House: 300 or so bottles and 8 rotating taps
    • Hop & Vine: 300-400 bottles, several rotating taps, and a solid menu of cocktails & wines for people who don't like beer
    • Belmont Station: 1,200-1,300 bottles and 23 rotating taps (including a dedicated gluten-free beer tap)
    Honorable mentions and hidden gems that are worth hitting up if you have time:
    • John's Market: 1,200 or so beers. The one issue with John's is that they tend to have a lot of old beer. You can often get lucky and find "pre-aged" stouts, sours, and Belgians, but I'd be wary of anything hoppy that doesn't have a bottle date on it
    • Beaumont Market: Small, under the radar neighborhood place with a walk-in beer cooler full of tasty stuff that has sold out everywhere else in town
    • 1856: Another small hidden gem with a small (but well curated) selection of beer and wine
    • APEX: Technically a beer bar rather than a bottle shop (50 rotating taps), but they have a rather impressive selection of bottles if you're willing to pay exorbitant prices. Want some Cantillon? They'll have some, but it'll cost you $75 (or more) per bottle.
    Full disclosure: I'm the buyer at Belmont Station (so I may be biased), but I think most people who've been here will agree that we deserve to be in the top 5.
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  26. TheeWalrusHunter

    TheeWalrusHunter Initiate (0) Aug 23, 2013 Oregon

    I am not affiliated with any of those establishments and I approve this message.

    Edit: I would add Imperial Bottle Shop in there.
  27. maltmaster420

    maltmaster420 Aspirant (293) Aug 17, 2005 Oregon
    Beer Trader

    Crap. I knew I was missing someone. I might almost be inclined to bump Bridgetown in favor of Imperial, simply for the unique concept of offering counter-pressure filled pint bottles of anything on their tap list.
  28. Mitchell57

    Mitchell57 Disciple (328) Jan 8, 2013 Wisconsin
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    Green Bay, WI

    1. Ridgeview Liquor
    2. Woodman's Grocery
    3. Superior Discount Liquor
    4. Festival Foods Grocery
    5. Allouez Beer Depot
  29. BMMillsy

    BMMillsy Poo-Bah (2,310) Feb 16, 2012 Florida
    Beer Trader

    What if we only have 2 shops?

    1. Tipples
    2. Gator Beverage
    3. ABC (3 or 4 locations, sometimes get decent things)
  30. wjrainer

    wjrainer Initiate (181) Feb 21, 2014 North Carolina
    Beer Trader


    1. Bestway (Best in Greensboro)
    2. Stella Brew (Best in W-S)
    3. City Beverage
    4. Total Wine
    5. Brewers Kettle
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  31. EyePeeAyBryan

    EyePeeAyBryan Champion (800) Dec 20, 2011 Arizona
    Beer Trader

    Phoenix, AZ (No particular order)

    Tops Liquors/Sun Devil Liquor
    Gilbert Convenient Mart
    Whole Foods - Chandler/Scottsdale
    Total Wine

    I'm probably forgetting one but can't go wrong here as far as quantity goes...
  32. stonewall2

    stonewall2 Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2007 Virginia

    Richmond VA

    Corks and Kegs
    Total Wine
    Once Upon a Vine
  33. nchophead

    nchophead Initiate (0) May 25, 2011 North Carolina

    no order
    Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill NC
    Sam's Quik Stop - Durham
    Peace Street Market - Raleigh
    Carrboro Beverage - Carrboro (adjacent to chapel hill)
    Weaver St. Market (3 locations - chapel hill, carrboro, and hillsborough this is a co-op grocery with good local choices)
    There are three new bottle shops in Raleigh that all sound good, Bottlemixx, Bottle Revolution, and Tasty Beverage Company, that I haven't been to since I moved a little further west.
  34. gillagorilla

    gillagorilla Meyvn (1,250) Feb 27, 2013 Maryland
    Beer Trader

    Baltimore, MD:

    The Wine Source (best bottle shop right outside the city)
    Honeygo (the staff are fun to talk to and they got the best mix six prices, best mix six place in MD probably)
    Dawsons/Fishpaws (great prices and great selection, they are a package deal being so close to each other)
    Shawan (far from me, but they got a phenomenal sour collection and got a great wall of beer)
    Total Wine Beltway/Laurel (best prices on some of the big bottles, with mix six everything)

    Honorable Mentions:
    The Perfect Pour (largest selection outside of State Line, but some crazy prices)
    State Line (largest selection in MD, but I haven't been there)

    p.s. No Order
  35. Liberatiscioli

    Liberatiscioli Devotee (420) Oct 3, 2013 Pennsylvania
    Beer Trader


    1 hunger and thirst( best hard to find selection and best prices)
    2 the fridge (pricey but good)

    That's all we got that's good!! Correct me if I'm wrong
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  36. BeerKangaroo

    BeerKangaroo Initiate (0) May 30, 2011 Alaska

    Sorry, I can't give 5 stores since I live in Juneau, if I lived in Anchorage, it would be different.

    Just two and that's:

    1. Breeze In (three locations, go to Lemon Creek if you want growlers), the one in Douglas has very minimal amount of stuff, but the Valley location, wow, yeah, I couldn't believe what I could find there when I first moved here, heh heh, wow and I'll leave it at that. If ever come to Juneau, take a taxi there. You'll be surprised.
    2. Percy's (downtown easy for the tourists to get to and only place in Juneau with Victory brews [yes, all the way from Pennsylvania]) good selection make sure to walk to the back of the store as they mainly have their liquor up front.

    There's actually some others, but its very minimal for the three other stores, so instead, I'll give three restaurants/bars if you don't mind.

    3. Hangar on the Wharf (that tap line is about 10 - 12 I think I could be wrong on, something along those lines)
    4. Red Dog Saloon (for gun lovers Wyatt Earp's real guns are hanging there), tapline is about maybe 5 - 6 but mostly Alaskan Brewing Company, I have seen some other craft beers there.
    5. The Island Pub (in Douglas, nice tap line about 12 - 15) and the food is probably the best you'll find in all of Juneau

    There's my 5, but there's a part of me that can't pass up on McGivney's (they're in the Valley) as they keep a good 10 micro taps open at all times (haha, I think a lot of the locals don't want me to say that, but oh well), I spilled my beans for the advocacy of beer.

    Gee weez, after looking over most of everybody else's list, sigh, Juneau really doesn't have the quantity as other places in the U.S. However, I'm glad I there's a good quality of brews I can find.
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  37. BeerKangaroo

    BeerKangaroo Initiate (0) May 30, 2011 Alaska

    Jealous as I've heard many good things about your area. Please take it as a good jealous! Cheers! :slight_smile:
  38. mbeerdino21

    mbeerdino21 Zealot (511) Dec 24, 2013 New Jersey
    Beer Trader

    I totally agree with your list. Cable is king for me. Whole Foods @ Bergen Town Center in Paramus has a pretty decent selection too
  39. JMS1512

    JMS1512 Savant (930) Feb 18, 2013 New Jersey

    Stanhope, NJ

    Shoprite Liquors in Byram, NJ
    Sandy's in Budd Lake, NJ
    Wine Country in Hackettstown, NJ
    Bottle King in Ledgewood, NJ
    Burke's in Sparta, NJ

    These are in no particular order.
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  40. jiggidy

    jiggidy Initiate (0) Dec 18, 2013 Michigan

    Fenton, MI area

    Beer World (Ortonville)
    Oliver T's (Grand Blanc)
    Merchants (Fenton)
    Holly Party Shoppe (Holly)
    23 Place Liquor (Brighton)
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