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What is the best 'beer shop' in Texas? and then america?

Discussion in 'Southwest' started by kaidasz, Dec 28, 2012.

  1. LittleDon

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    Central Market Westgate and Specs Brodie are my favorite local places. Neither can be considered a bottle shop. Whip-In is a great place for a draft, but unlike the other two places, there's no one on the shop floor dedicated to helping with beer purchases.

    The best beer shops I've been to in Portland and Seattle also serve beer: Belmont Station (via the Biercafe), BeerMongers, and Bottleworks.

    The Best Damn Beer Shop in San Diego is another great shop. They're part of a convenience store.
     
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    I love going to Binny's in Lincoln Park across the street from GI is a beer wonderland. I'm sure there are better bottle shops in the US, but I've never found it.

    Vintage Estate Wine and Beer in Boardman, OH was pretty good too.
     
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    I prefer The Beer Junction in West Seattle to Bottleworks. Same, if not better, selection. Bigger space with more light - you can actually see the beer in the coolers. Nicer staff that is much more helpful. More beers on tap. Check it out next time, if you haven't before.
     
  4. rainerschuhsler

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    If you want a beer-focused shop, I think D&Q wins hands down, at least in Houston. Yeah, Brandon's prices are a little higher than Spec's, but you gotta support the independent guy and you're going to have a better relationship with him than the people at Spec's. Plus, a lot of times he gets things in before anyone else in Houston.

    Premium Draught is good too but they don't have the space to stock everything D&Q has.
     
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    Finally made it over to Premium Draught the other day, certainly not the selection size of D&Q but a good variety and everything is available as singles. The focus is on the taps, about a dozen or so it seemed with good selection of local and regional. They also have a good selection of glassware and random beer themed gifts. Definitely worth the trip to the Heights.
     
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    Nobi public house.
     
  7. icetrauma

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    I wouldn't classify it as a beer shop. It's a restaurant/pub that does growler fills.
     
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    Best bottle shop I've been to is a tough choice... City Beer Store in San Francisco (amazing US craft focus) and West Lakeview in Chicago (they have nearly everything), also Appalachian Vintner in Asheville and Best Damn Beer Shop in SD.

    As far as Texas? D&Q- which only gets a slight edge over Hall's or Lone Star in DFW because of growlers.

    E: unless they don't anymore... then in that case, Hall's is a no brainer.
     
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  9. lbour

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    Austin's been well covered but for various regions: West Lakeview Liquors and Binny's Lincoln Park in Chicago, Stein's Deli in New Orleans, Holiday Wine Cellar in San Marcos, CA, and John's Market in Portland are all exceptional.
     
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    Always wanted to be that "guy" that resurrects a 3 year old thread. I am putting together a case of IPA's for my future son in law for Easter, looking for the best place in Houston that will let you do mix 6 type selections. Is the general consensus that it is DQ Mart? Have never been so asking for input. Thanks in advance.
     
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    I haven't made it to D & Q yet but really want to. Been to the downtown Spec's a few times so far and without a doubt they have a very large selection. I have yet to find anything rare or even semi difficult to find, though. Doesn't mean I never will, but in the three (maybe four?) times I have been there, the harder to find stuff has been absent. I have actually had better luck at my local Specs, but I have also been there many more times, so I am guessing my downtown visits will pay off soon and I will walk out with some really good finds.
     
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    I have found the best way to do this is buy 6 6-packs of great beer so that you end up with 30 beers to drink ;P
     
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  14. champ103

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    @donspublic, I would also stop by Premium Draught. D&Q was more selection, but they are none to shabby. Everything is singles and they do a discount for mix sixers. It would not be that difficult hitting both in an afternoon.
     
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    @champ103 is right. I totally forgot about them. And they will often have some rare stuff on hand.
     
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    @TTUJohn, @champ103 & @tpgraham thanks, about to head down there now. And yeah that is the best way, but I have been told I must only walk out of the store with beer for him, think she is tagging along to make sure :). Ya'll have a great Easter and thanks again
     
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  17. aschwab

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    I was getting frustrated at this thread until I realized it was from 2012.

    Things have gotten much better since then.
     
  18. lonestarbev

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    I'm gonna let you guys finish, but... wanted to throw Lone Star Beverages in Dallas as well.

    Huge fan of D&Q, Sunrise Minimart, East 1st Grocery, Whichcraft...as a few of my favorites!
     
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