What makes your favorite beer store, your favorite beer store?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Beergelden, Jan 15, 2013.

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  1. rdilauro

    rdilauro Crusader (753) Mar 8, 2010 Connecticut
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    I wish I could post for this one, but since I am part of the store, all I can say that
    "You need to have sales personnel that are trained and honest"
    Really simple
     
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  2. Chris77McGrath

    Chris77McGrath Initiate (0) Feb 8, 2013 Ohio

    I like a store that has friendly people, with good suggestions, and will take requests.
     
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  3. HokiesandBeer

    HokiesandBeer Initiate (0) Jan 10, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    It's close by.
     
  4. OneLowChevy

    OneLowChevy Initiate (0) Mar 21, 2009 California

    Selection and price are what i go for.
     
  5. fredmugs

    fredmugs Poo-Bah (1,506) Aug 11, 2012 Indiana
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    I basically have two options. Store A has slightly lower prices on a lot of 4 and 6 packs but their mix 6 selection is not very good. Store B has more beers available as singles but they juack up the price and then give you a 10% discount for buying 6 of them. Store A has wayyyy better foreign offerings and Store B is geared towards the college crowd. Basically I go to Store A when I'm browsing for something new and Store B if I want to get in and out for something speciific.

    I guess after all that I really don't have a favorite beer store.
     
  6. Superdad

    Superdad Initiate (0) Sep 1, 2012

    Having a great selection of craft brews and being helpful with suggestions. They are also pretty good at placing special orders whenever possible. Ive gotten at least 30 kegs from them over the past two years , most of which were craft brews.
     
  7. cjohal85

    cjohal85 Initiate (0) Apr 27, 2010 California
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    Mine has to be:

    http://www.thewinestop.com/beer.html
     
  8. Mrtrp

    Mrtrp Initiate (0) Dec 6, 2012 Quebec (Canada)

    My favorite beer place is in Vermont, Winooski : Warehouse Beverage store. I'm from montreal and everytine i went to vermont, i wrote i email to Jen and George (owner) and they keep me some HT or Lawsons finest liquids ,even if those beer are quickly sold out. Truly amazing for me cuz i dont have the chance to drink those incredible beer !!
     
  9. loafinaround

    loafinaround Initiate (0) Jul 16, 2011 New York

    nice owner/staff and a good selection...

    oh, and no ancient IPAs. Please don't offer me a 6 pk of sucks in june.
     
  10. ckossmann88

    ckossmann88 Initiate (0) Apr 27, 2013 Florida

    The one I love the most is my local brewery, they're the only ones who truly give a damn about their beer which is more than I can say about most 'beer' stores.
     
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  11. JHE73

    JHE73 Initiate (197) Mar 7, 2013 California
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    Selection, selection, selection. And the beer manager is outstanding at her job
     
  12. JohnSnowNW

    JohnSnowNW Defender (602) Feb 6, 2013 Minnesota
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    Variety...I couldn't give two shits about anything else.
     
  13. WelshBrewer

    WelshBrewer Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2013 Oregon
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    price and aviailability
     
  14. CassinoNorth

    CassinoNorth Initiate (0) Apr 5, 2013 New Jersey
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    The store I work at obviously gives me awesome prices as I pay cost, but has a medium sized selection. We're growing and getting better releases slowly but surely. There's 2/3 other stores I shop at that are even a bit pricy compared to our list prices, but have a much better selection so I stop by once every couple weeks or so.
     
  15. TommyLiam

    TommyLiam Initiate (0) Jun 10, 2013 Arizona

    Bottleworks in Wallingford, Seattle. It's within walking distance, has a smart draft selection, good retail quantity/turnover, they order stuff for me if I ask and the staff is honest and knowledgable when I ask their opinion. The markup over large chains is small and worth what I get in return.
     
  16. BeerNDoggerel

    BeerNDoggerel Initiate (0) Mar 13, 2011 Illinois
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    They know the styles I like, and point out new beers they're carrying in those styles.

    They try to expand my range--asking why I like the styles I do, and then suggest beers in new styles.

    For styles that don't age well (e.g., IPAs!) their beer is fresh.

    They bring in beer not otherwise available to me.

    They have real expertise and a real love of craft beer.

    (Note: Fitting all these criteria: Artale in Rockford, Illinois.)
     
  17. Hopsiam14

    Hopsiam14 Devotee (451) Jan 23, 2013 Minnesota
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    Love going back to places that will have random cool stuff on the shelves and a good beer guy is also key! I've got a couple aces like this up my sleeve but the friendships w the beer guys is one of the best parts!
     
  18. watermelonman

    watermelonman Initiate (0) Feb 14, 2004 California

    Much like my favorite tap room, turnover and thoughtful selection are the keys.
     
  19. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Crusader (736) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado
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    I guess you didn't look under his avatar. He's in MO.
    FYI - there's places in Dutchess County NY, Putnam County NY and Westchester County NY that sell single bottles as well.
     
  20. dawg1969

    dawg1969 Initiate (0) Aug 9, 2010 Florida

    I would have to say a place where they know your name, what you like to drink and always keep fresh beer in stock. Kingdom Liquor is that place for me! Dpaq knows what I like and if he receives a small shipment of good beers he puts one aside for me and gives me a call. If something new comes out he lets me know the rating and if it's something I may enjoy. Him and his wife are great people, I even play at their wine and beer tasting for free.
     
  21. RichardMNixon

    RichardMNixon Initiate (0) Jun 24, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    State Line on the DE/MD border does that as well, it's awesome.
     
  22. HisBoyElroy

    HisBoyElroy Initiate (0) Mar 4, 2013 Michigan

    Variety is the biggest thing. If I want beer conversation I will go to a local brewery.
     
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