Top 5 Beer Shops in your area

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  1. Preluderl

    Preluderl Devotee (495) Sep 27, 2012 Pennsylvania

    As far as the Giant Eagles are concerned, the two best ones are Market District Robinson and then the normal GE in Shaler.

    Wexford is very underwhelming as is Pine Plaza in the north.

    Is Vintage Estates really worth the trek up to Youngstown? I've never been, but I drive 45 minutes out to House of 1,000 Beers fairly frequently.
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  2. sjjn

    sjjn Zealot (558) Jun 4, 2004 New York

    In my area (NYC) that haven't been mentioned, I'd say:

    C-Town Astoria
    Foodtown of Harlem
    Foodtown Express Yonkers
    Beer City Deer Park
    Bellport Beer and Soda
  3. Mattco

    Mattco Initiate (0) Jun 5, 2011 Illinois

    If you ever find yourself 5 hours straight south of Chicago on Int 57 in Marion, IL (not that you would):

    Speakeasy Liquors in Marion
    Speakeasy Liquors in Herrin, IL
    Schnucks in Carbondale, IL
    Picks Liquors in Carbondale, IL
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  4. JD_Bogerdy

    JD_Bogerdy Initiate (126) Jan 12, 2013 Florida

    BX Beer Depot over due south. I have my issues with them, but it's still a much better selection that Due South
  5. LODGE4

    LODGE4 Initiate (0) Dec 12, 2012 Florida
  6. PackPride

    PackPride Initiate (0) Oct 31, 2011 North Carolina

    Raleigh, North Carolina:

    Bottle Revolution
    Tasty Beverage
    Paddy O'Beers
    Bottle Mixx
    Peace Street Market
  7. Ysgard

    Ysgard Initiate (0) Mar 5, 2008 Virginia

    For Columbus, the only place I know of (and I haven't been for a few years) is The Andersons. There is one East right off 70 (I think this is the one I have been to) and there is one near Dublin. Both have tonnes of bottles.
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  8. CraftFan5

    CraftFan5 Crusader (765) May 14, 2013 New Jersey

    I spend most of my time in Manhattan/Brooklyn (been a few lists for that), but I live in the Bronx, so I'll give 2 lists:

    1. Eagle Provisions - as mentioned above, plenty of rare things there. I doubt I would drop $100 on a 375 ml Cantillon or $75 for Westy, but I did get a 750 ml Schaerbeekse Kriek there for $43. And an Anchorage Love Buzz for $19. You need to go there looking for rarities; no reason to go there for regular shelf beer.
    2. New Beer Distributors - almost a ditto, except MUCH cheaper. This is probably the cheapest beer store in the NYC area, and you can always break 4s and 6s. They occasionally have rarities as well, like Cascade. Last week they still had dozens of 6ers of Hopslam.
    3. Good Beer - Probably has the best growler fill list consistently. For example, right now they're filling JP Fuego del Otono. Even got HF Everett one time. Bottle selection is slightly above average.
    4. Whole Foods Bowery/TriBeCa - Also have great growler fills and decent prices on bottles. Last week I filled a Westbrook Orange Bliss at TriBeCa.
    5. American Beer Distribution Co. - Expensive and very poorly organized, the only reason it's on this list is that they are the NY distributor for Hair of the Dog.

    1. Port Chester Beer Distributor - Aisle after aisle of beer. Prices are good, selection is outstanding, and there's a high incidence of shelf turds. I once found a Midnight Sun Arctic Devil months after release.
    2. DeCicco Ardsley - Great growler fills and very nice selection. You see 3F there consistently. Beer guy is chatty and is happy to let you know when a limited release is on the way. I should check in with him re: KBS.
    3. DeCicco Harrison - Strangely, a much different layout than Ardsley. Ardsley has supermarket style shelves, whereas Harrison has a whole aisle of coolers. Got JA Kiwi Rising and Midnight Sun Berserker there.
    4. Beer Necessities - Nice little shop, a bit on the expensive side, but the guys there are always drinking and talking about beer. Excellent growler selection as well - they might still have BCBBW on tap.
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  9. swfeidt

    swfeidt Initiate (0) Jul 14, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Harrisburg, PA area

    1. Breski Beverage (cases) great selection, employee's who know beer, cases to not collect dust on shelf resulting in fresh beer
    2. Westy's (Cases) biggest selection in the area, but never sure how long cases are on the shelf, staff not as friendly
    3. Al's of Hampden (sixer and growler fill) 100 beers on tap including their own pizza boy brewing, nice selection of six packs, twelve packs, and bombers. Really good pizza and subs.
  10. Storm21

    Storm21 Initiate (0) Oct 15, 2013 Ohio

    Toledo, OH Area

    The Andersons
    Marino's Beverage Depot
    Joseph's Beverage Center
    Liquor Cabinet-just over the border in Michigan.
    Maumee Bay Brewing
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  11. southdenverhoo

    southdenverhoo Disciple (385) Aug 13, 2004 Colorado

    Denver is tough because so many, and so many BAs work in one! not trying to piss any of them off, I'll just do 5 close to me; 3 of these (3-5) are in fact walking distance from my crib, and the other two, the first two on my list, are a 10 minute drive and a 7 minute drive, in city traffic (i.e. less than 25 mph, multiple lights, congestion), respectively.

    1. Grapevine Liquors
    2. Mayfair Liquors
    3. Joy Wine & Spirits
    4. Argonaut
    5. Hugo's

    in no way does this reflect on the stores who employ frequent posters on the Mountain forum--they are all great but I never or extremely rarely get into any of them. Total Beverage, Mr. B's, Tipsy's, Mile High, Mondo Vino, Davidsons, Daveco, Applejack et al would all be justifiably on other folks' Denver lists, depending on where in the city they live...Colorado Liquor Mart, Bonnie Brae liquors, the list goes on and on, of stores with serious craft beer programs.
  12. charlzm

    charlzm Poo-Bah (2,151) Sep 3, 2007 California

    Here's a specific one: The San Fernando Valley

    In this 260 square miles and in no specific order:

    1. Vendome: Toluca Lake
    2. Liquid Wine and Spirits: Chatsworth
    3. Valley Beverage Company: Sherman Oaks
    4. The Green Jug: Woodland Hills
    5. Mission Wine and Spirits: Sherman Oaks

    An honorable mention to the Van Nuys BevMo - they have a good crew in the beer department. They hold special releases in the back and wait for people to ask for them rather than putting them on the shelf. I appreciate this.

    The Total Wine in Northridge often has things I am looking for at good prices, but I do not visit often.

    Apologies if I have forgotten any place outstanding.
  13. MassiveBeerReviews

    MassiveBeerReviews Initiate (124) Apr 12, 2012 New Jersey

    I've traveled far and wide and while some places have "more" beer, Sabatini's is by far one of the most eclectic/aged beer spots I've ever been too, soooooooo much goodness.

    Loathe Krugels with a passion though. I live about two minutes from them and want to love them (and did at one point) but their blatant price gouging and rudeness has had them see the last of my hard earned money.

    J&H Beer is a absolutely fantastic joint. The crew there is super friendly and will bend over backwards to get something you're looking for.

    190's kinda "meh" for me. I think ACE beverage owns them, so I believe they only stock whatever ACE distributes, I could be wrong though.

    God, I haven't been to Plaza Beverage in ages, since i lived in Pittston. I remember them having a few good things back then, I'll have to give them a go next time I'm on the bypass.

    If you have never been to Pikes Creek Beverage in Lehman (in the back mountain) give them a look. It's out there, but well work the trip. I yanked two cases of 1997 Sam Adams Triple Bock out of there only a month or two ago, super secret dank beer spot.
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  14. SpartyJoe

    SpartyJoe Initiate (0) Nov 30, 2013 Colorado

    How am I just now hearing about Save On? Looks awesome. Guess I know where I'm heading this weekend!

    BJRHOMEBREW Initiate (0) Dec 18, 2008 Ohio

    No particular order (Findlay, Ohio) Although it would be easier to just look at beer fly.

    Great Scott (Broad Ave.)
    The Wine Merchant
    We live in Findlay so no number 4
    We live in Findlay so no number 5
  16. terence

    terence Aspirant (264) Mar 18, 2012 California

    Another great thing about Berkeley Bowl is that you are able to purchase singles from their six packs. Most all of their beers are in the coolers.

    Beer Revolution has a nice outdoor seating area, it is a great place to hang with like minded people. They are also close to the Trappist and the Linden Street Brewery.

    Healthy Spirits and Ales Unlimited have very friendly staff and solid selections. City Beer has it share of SF hipters and is located near a few good restaurants.
  17. mnredsoxfan69

    mnredsoxfan69 Disciple (312) Dec 27, 2013 Minnesota

    It's been about 17 years since I moved away, but I recall there being a couple places in Camden that were fairly decent at the time, the Market Basket on US 1 (actually Rockport, maybe?) and another one down on Bayview Street whose name I don't remember.
  18. Boverhof3

    Boverhof3 Initiate (0) Dec 25, 2006 Michigan

    Here are the places I go in Grand Rapids, Michigan to find unique and rare beers

    1.Siciliano's Market - They got a great selection and knowledgeable staff. If its available in Michigan, they got it.

    2.Bellavinos Fine Wine & Spirits on Plainfield AVE. - This place has a great selection, always up to date with new releasese and reasonable prices.

    3.International Beverage on East Paris - BY Far the FRIENDLIEST staff in town. They will help you pick out what you are looking for. Selection is solid. Can't wait til they open the new site on 28th St.

    4.Ric's Food Center - Rockford,MI -6767 Belding Rd NE -If you live in West Michigan, GO THERE! Trust Me. I always amazing me that a chain grocery off the beaten path can have such a massive beer selection. This place is amazing!

    5.Knappā€™sCornerMeijer - A step above most local Meijers. You can buy bottles buy the singles. Great Meijer Prices.
  19. FlakyBiscuit

    FlakyBiscuit Initiate (0) Sep 11, 2012 Pennsylvania

    To me, the trek is worth it. They have great drafts and pizza. I ordered a pie, took my draft from the bar and then shopped. It is one of those places where looking around closely can pay off. There always seems to be new stuff being put on the shelves and some unexpected stuff still on the shelves.
  20. Preluderl

    Preluderl Devotee (495) Sep 27, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Cool, thanks for the info. I'll have to check it out.
  21. amstokesdb9

    amstokesdb9 Initiate (0) May 18, 2012 Virginia

    So true about Westover Market! Went there last week forgetting how expensive they were and left empty handed despite their large selection. $18 for a 4 pack of old Double Jack? No thanks!

    Now for the good shops in NoVA (not really in order)-

    Arrowine (Arlington)-Always a great selection, if only they would devote more space to beer
    Norm's (Vienna)-Good selection, nice people, above average prices
    Whole Foods (Vienna)- Way better than all the other NoVA Whole Foods
    Total Wine (Mclean)- Great selection but nothing rare
    I expect Dominion Wine and Beer will make the list, have yet to check this new spot out

    Elsewhere in the DC area, Magruder's in Chevy Chase and Connecticut Ave Liquor in Dupont are great too.
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  22. Maltytasker

    Maltytasker Initiate (0) Oct 7, 2007 Virginia

    Real close to my list . I would replace TW Chesapeake with Lynnhaven Pub . It's a small bar but they have a real nice bottle selection . They sell bottles to go for 20% off the bar prices and they fill growlers . Plus it's 2 blocks from my house .
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  23. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,659) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
    Society Trader

    Definitely check out Whole Foods Paramus. Lots of intetesting stuff, especially singles, that you probably won't see at the Bottle Kings or other local shops. It'll be worth the trip. Dealing with that parking lot, especially on a weekend, is a different story, though- maybe that's why they slipped my mind earlier in the thread :wink:.
  24. Dew1016

    Dew1016 Initiate (91) Nov 19, 2008 Virginia

    I'd also mention Wegman's in Fredericksburg. Nothing super rare, but a decent selection.

    I can't remember which Wegman's I was at (either Fredericksburg or Woodbridge) this past Sunday, and noticed that they had quite a bit of Hop Ranch left...
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  25. Smakawhat

    Smakawhat Poo-Bah (7,117) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland

    Washington DC area:

    1) P st Whole Foods
    2) Total Wine - McClean Va
    3) Connecticut Ave Wine
    4) Chevy Chase wine spirits
    5) Rodmans
  26. Ysgard

    Ysgard Initiate (0) Mar 5, 2008 Virginia

    Also, their bottle prices are not hyperinflated. I think the FW17 was $25ish, so woulda been $20 to go. Not at all offensive to me. I love that place. Once I figured out their bottles weren't the usual rape me markup.
  27. Shoney_35

    Shoney_35 Devotee (403) Sep 6, 2013 Ohio

    Try aficionado's off of old state. They have a great selection.
  28. jwheeler87

    jwheeler87 Initiate (0) Oct 27, 2011 Massachusetts

    South of Boston

    1. Craft Beer Cellar Braintree
    2. Wines and More Mansfield
    3. Muckey's Liquors Middleboro
    4. Yankee Spirits Attleboro
    5. Cedarville Wine and Spirits South Plymouth

    Honorable mention, and probably my favorite, to Redstone Liquors in Stoneham. Only get up there when I go visit my girlfriend's family since it is north of Boston.
  29. amano_h

    amano_h Crusader (713) Mar 18, 2014 Oregon

    I live in South Jersey, so my list overlaps slightly -- but all locations wre within 26 miles driving distance from where I live

    1. Wineworks (Rt. 70) -- They get almost all the rare beers in decent quantities thanks to their ties with the restaurant industry, and Dan, the beer manager is a stand-up guy. Case prices here are extremely reasonable, as are the bottle prices. Amazing selection is also a plus.

    2. Foodery in Northern Liberties (Philly) -- Overpriced. But I haven't failed in acquiring rare beers from here (last "rare" I got here was a BCBCS). Strictly from an acquisition stand point, it's hard to beat this place for me.

    3. Craft Beer Outlet (North East Philly) -- Also slightly overpriced, but cheaper than Foodery Nor Libs. I've gotten the manager to hold a bottle of Ā§ucaba for me, and also came back two more times to grab three more bottles. They do, however, get almost every rare beer that comes through Philly, and update their Facebook page regularly when rare shipments come in.

    4. Joe Canal's (Rt. 73) -- Probably the cheapest out of all the stores on my list and does have a humongous selection; also tends to hold on to rares outside of distribution season for longer than most stores I frequent (they regularly have bottles of old DFH 75min IPA, cases of old Nugget Nectar, etc). They don't always get rares, and if they do, this location usually tends to get it last out of all the stores I visit.

    5. Cranbury Buy-Rite -- I hate making the trek out here because well... Cranbury sucks. But great selection and occasional rares at very reasonable prices.
  30. rhartogsq

    rhartogsq Aspirant (251) Jun 18, 2010 Virginia

    The new Dominion Spot isn't that big, but still has a great selection. And the guys in there are really nice. prices are very reasonable too.
  31. kdb150

    kdb150 Devotee (444) Mar 8, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Foodery and Hawthorne's charge way too much for some things. My list would be:

    1) Old Philly Ale House. The owner is there most of the time, and is very knowledgeable, so you usually get a quick answer to just about any beer-related question you have. Not the best selection, but very good and they have BY FAR the lowest prices of any bottle shop in town, and they get in a lot of hard-to-find stuff. On average they are $1-$2 cheaper per bottle, and some rarer stuff like Abyss they will sell for $10 less than anyone else. You've got to appreciate store owners that try to sell beer for a fair price.

    2) Local 44 bottle shop. Yes, they also charge way too much for some things, but there are always staff available to help you out, and there is always at least one person working who is knowledgeable about the rather eclectic selection of beer they often have. They also get some ridiculous stuff in. They're more or less neck-and-neck with the Foodery, but their selection is way better than Corner Foodery, and their store and staff much more customer-friendly than the cramped quarters at the Foodery.

    3) Foodery. Their great selection makes them mostly worth the ridiculous prices they charge, but they charge ridiculous prices sometimes. Still, one of the best in town, no doubt.

    4) Beer Heaven. The selection at this place is actually amazing, but again, they fall prey to being one of the high-priced shops. It seems like, except for Old Philly Ale House, the better selection a store has, the more inflated the prices there are. Nevertheless, this place has a great selection, and its out-of-the-way location means that a lot of things last for a while.

    5) I've never really been that impressed with any other bottle shop in town. Colney Deli holds a special place for me as it was the first store I ever shopped at that had a wide craft selection. Used to pick up a twelver of Yuengling Black & Tan or Lord Chesterfield there along with a few craft bombers every Saturday night I'd hang out in town. Good times.
  32. BurgeoningBrewhead

    BurgeoningBrewhead Crusader (772) Jul 18, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Anyone who can list 5 places should consider themselves lucky :stuck_out_tongue:

    1. Sam the Beer Man, Binghamton NY
    Pros: Good selection of regional, national and imported craft beer; occasionally get some rare stuff in
    Cons: Most of their business is selling cases of macro; craft stock doesn't turn over very quickly so freshness can be an issue; when they do get rare stuff they only get a single case/few bottles depending on the beer, and it's impossible to get any unless you reserved it within literal minutes of their posting that they got it in​
    2. Wegmans, Johnson City NY
    Pros: $9.99 mix-a-six with reasonably good selection; standard selection of regional/national/import
    Cons: Small selection, not much in the way of rare stuff, and when they do get something, it's pretty pricey​

    School (including both myself and my girlfriend):
    1. The Hungry Monkey, Mansfield PA (me)
    Pros: close to campus, cheap prices, they are steadily increasing their craft offerings
    Cons: it's mostly macro and malternatives, and they don't get much besides the usual entry-level craft stuff​
    2. J & H Beer, Plains PA (her)
    Pros: huge selection for the size of the place, friendly knowledgeable staff, lots of surprising and rare finds, good with reservations and ordering
    Cons: it's in the middle of nowhere, some turnover issues but not usually a problem
    We also both have occasional access to Wegmans in both our areas; the Wegmans in Wilkes-Barre has actually gotten in some surprising things, such as a few bottles of Enjoy By, and apparently before I knew what it was, Bolt Cutter. :angry:


    ODYSEYY Initiate (146) Jul 30, 2013 Ohio

    Save On is fantastic. The owners are incredibly friendly. Great selection, no mark up on singles, and a good though small growler selection. Totally worth it. I used to hit them, have lunch at Melt a block away, then head to Willoughby Brewing for a couple beers.

    Right now, their facebook is showing this for growler fills:

    Brew Kettle White Rajah > 9.99
    Avery Maharaja > 11.99
    Great Lakes Chillwave > 7.99
    Troegs Nugget Nectar > 10.99
    Dogfish Head 60 Minutes > 7.99
    Stone Go To IPA > 7.99

    And yes, those prices are for 64oz...I really wish I lived closer.
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  34. HookerBrews

    HookerBrews Initiate (0) Sep 24, 2013 Oregon

    I'm in Burlington and Redstone is my main spot. I head down to the Craft Beer Annex in Winchester sometimes as well. Also a great little store with a very knowledgeable staff.
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  35. HammerOfTheGods

    HammerOfTheGods Initiate (0) Aug 27, 2011 Massachusetts

    Somerville/Cambridge MA area:

    - Liquor World, Porter Square/Cambridge (not just because I work here)
    - Ball Square Fine Wines & Liquor, Somerville
    - Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont
    - Wine & Cheese Cask, Somerville
    - Downtown Wine & Spirits, Somerville

    These are just the handful I can get to easily (sans car) from my apartment. Luckily this area is ripe with beer nerds and craft enthusiasts, and the smart bottle shops cater to this demographic. UrbanGrape and Blanchard's are great spots for those on the other side of the Charles.
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  36. KBrennan1000

    KBrennan1000 Initiate (0) Sep 20, 2010 Massachusetts

    Outside of Blanchard's in Marshfield, my picks are:
    Craft Beer Cellar Braintree
    Long Ridge Wine & Spirits
    Cedarville Wine & Spirits
    Muckey's Liquors (when visiting my folks in Norton)
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  37. dv8n8r

    dv8n8r Initiate (45) Feb 10, 2014 Maryland

    Love Arrowine for many reasons & they do have a good selection of some harder to find craft beers at just a little over suggested retail pricing that I can't find at many other places & I've noticed the beer aisle seems to be growing & eating at some of the wine space lol.. but..

    TotalWine, specifically McLean, has a huge selection of single bottles at reasonable single pricing & they actually do get many in demand rares you just have to get to them before they run out. TW tend to have the rares in stock longer than Arrowine as well since TW gets larger allocations and they put limits on how much of the harder to find stuff each person can buy so more people can get them which Arrowine typically does not limit (which is a great score if you can get there quick enough..check their twitter feed..constantly).

    WholeFoods Arlington gets a few rares in as well which they keep tucked away at the upstairs bar just have to ask about them when they get in before they sell out & prices are just a bit more than Arrowine.

    Definitely not the greatest for pricing, but K1 on columbia pike somehow manages to get some decent bottles from time to time also they post new bottles on their facebook page
  38. MichaelGV

    MichaelGV Initiate (0) Apr 2, 2008 California

    What about La Bodega in Riverside?
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  39. jwheeler87

    jwheeler87 Initiate (0) Oct 27, 2011 Massachusetts

    Cedarville is legit. Glad to see it is one someone else's list. I have found tons of stuff there just shelf turding that would have been snatched up anywhere else. Also, check out Wines and More if your parents live in Norton. Mansfield is the next town up.
  40. Joah52

    Joah52 Initiate (62) Apr 30, 2012 Missouri

    If she's local to Plains, have her check out Sabatini's in Exeter, and Krugel's in Wilkes-Barre, both good spots. J and H are great guys.
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