What makes your favorite beer store your favorite?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Beergelden, Jan 16, 2013.

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  1. Beergelden

    Beergelden Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2013 Ohio

    Sorry, I had to post this one again, I got the 'awaiting moderation' stern looking into.......

    I like a good rotating selection to keep it fresh and new each time and BA rankings so I don't have to break out my phone and look something up if I have never seen it before.
    Potential food pairings are always a plus too.

    What do you think?
  2. pixieskid

    pixieskid Initiate (0) Jun 4, 2009 Germany

    I work at a beerstore, so I guess I'm a bit subjective...
  3. jonmacklin

    jonmacklin Initiate (155) Sep 21, 2010 North Carolina
    Beer Trader

    having a well curated selection goes without saying, but past that, a knowledgeable and friendly staff and prices that are fair. for me its pretty simple
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  4. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Champion (825) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey
    Beer Trader

    Price selection and freshness.
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  5. Gregfalone

    Gregfalone Initiate (0) Sep 5, 2012 California
    Beer Trader

    Selection and service, followed by proximity to my home
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  6. CellarGimp

    CellarGimp Disciple (335) Sep 14, 2011 Missouri

    I don't need service, I know what I want.
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  7. PatriotsRule

    PatriotsRule Aspirant (257) Sep 25, 2012 Massachusetts

    Gotta love a store that hosts tastings regularly, carries all the right beer, and has smooth jazz playing during its long hours.
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  8. JoeyBeerBelly

    JoeyBeerBelly Initiate (0) Dec 15, 2006 New York

    I don't have a favorite beer store...

    I them all the same!
  9. Beergelden

    Beergelden Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2013 Ohio

    I dont how I forgot this.......... quality draft brews to drink while you shop!
  10. Beergelden

    Beergelden Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2013 Ohio

    Or that guy that always seems to be there, talking beer with the employees.
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  11. jjchristiano

    jjchristiano Aspirant (263) Sep 24, 2009 New Jersey

    Mix and match 6 packs so I can sample a lot of different things.
    Walk in beer coolers with cases and 1/6 kegs of good craft beer.
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  12. TheMonkfish

    TheMonkfish Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2012 Chad

    Fresh beer, great communication, willingness to help out regulars and newcomers alike and a staff that knows their stuff.
  13. BeastLU

    BeastLU Disciple (326) Dec 20, 2012 Virginia

    The people that work at my local shop with the best selection are dicks. Which sucks. So im forced to be nice to them in order to get hook ups.
  14. lonewolfcry

    lonewolfcry Zealot (567) Dec 7, 2007 Minnesota
    Beer Trader

    The fact that nobody knows of it... and they are cheaper than anyone else, especially on the limited releases.

    I swear one of these days I'm going look up and there's going to be 5 BA's next to me.
    But it aint happened yet :wink:
  15. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (3,675) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
    Beer Trader

    Good singles selection
    imports of many styles and sizes
    competitive prices
    fresh beer
  16. Andygirl

    Andygirl Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2013 Michigan

    Having my favorite beer.
  17. HoptimusMax1mus

    HoptimusMax1mus Disciple (305) Jul 10, 2012 Arizona

    I have not found mine yet. There is not much in my area.

    Total Wine fills a nice void but sometimes the product is not as fresh.
    Honestly Trader Joe's is where I buy a lot of my beer since they sell a good variety and don't have a ton of space so I know the product is moving.
  18. LeRose

    LeRose Meyvn (1,264) Nov 24, 2011 Massachusetts
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    Clean, well lit, organized for the physical aspects
    Friendly, knowledgeable staff, unobtrusive if you want to browse.
    Mix a six, good selection and rotation.
  19. j-rod18

    j-rod18 Aspirant (284) Dec 13, 2012 North Dakota

    pick any 6 pack capability...and a lot of good belgian selections
  20. RobertColianni

    RobertColianni Zealot (527) Nov 4, 2008 Pennsylvania

    They know my name, ask how I've been, and talk to me like a friend. It's not all about them selling a product. Shit, sometimes they tell me to go somewhere else.
  21. nolimitnsb

    nolimitnsb Initiate (0) Nov 26, 2012 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    Staff that's friendly and not smug or a know-it-all, good selection, reasonable prices and close proximity...in that order.
  22. dmnielsen

    dmnielsen Initiate (0) Jul 1, 2011 Michigan

    Staff first. The place that I go to for the vast majority of my purchases has a fantastic staff who are always ready with a recommendation, are quick to grab and hold something, and often call the distributors while I am there to see if they can get what I asked for. It helps that they have a good selection, the selection is fresh, and they have good prices.
  23. PsilohsaiBiN

    PsilohsaiBiN Defender (614) Aug 10, 2010 New York
    Beer Trader

    They are next to a strip club. Seriously.
  24. jzeilinger

    jzeilinger Poo-Bah (5,415) Dec 4, 2004 Pennsylvania
    Premium Member Beer Trader

    One that doesn't remove the canned on date from the bottom of the Oskar Blues cans. *cough*
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  25. devlishdamsel

    devlishdamsel Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2009 Washington

    I have several favorites. Although the most memorable store did have a good selection of Belgian chocolates. Beer and chocolate!
  26. timc100

    timc100 Disciple (378) Aug 13, 2012 Illinois
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    Knowledgeable, interesting, chill staff - there's always something new to learn. Great selection and respect for regulars. Oh, and has to have a great whiskey selection
  27. bellce0

    bellce0 Initiate (197) Feb 20, 2010 Georgia

  28. aasher

    aasher Poo-Bah (2,653) Jan 27, 2010 Indiana
    Beer Trader

    I work there and make it like I would want ANY craft beer store.
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  29. Cenosillicaphobe

    Cenosillicaphobe Initiate (0) Jul 24, 2011 Maine

    For me, it's all about passion for the brew. There are places around with better prices and more convenient locations for me, but the owner, manager, and staff at my favorite place are as obsessed with beer as I am, and I love them for it.
  30. nickapalooza86

    nickapalooza86 Initiate (0) Feb 23, 2010 Wisconsin

    Well there is only one pure craft store in my area so that helps them, but that aside.... Opens bottles while I am in, offering sample bottles, great deals and well just all around friendly. I am just glad I have a place to go for craft in my area!
  31. tjensen3618

    tjensen3618 Initiate (0) Mar 23, 2008 California

    Freshness, Price, and Selection in that order.

    Don't care a whole lot about staff or service.
  32. Horbar

    Horbar Zealot (560) Feb 24, 2012 Rhode Island

    FRESH IPA'S!!!!
    So hard to find consistency.
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  33. okcommuter

    okcommuter Initiate (195) Dec 25, 2012 Michigan

    The owner is there all the time and frequently makes a trip to the back room, returning with bottle or 2 of BCBS, KBS........Great selection, and in close proximity to home.
  34. jaIsPoAn

    jaIsPoAn Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2012 New York

    The fact that the owner ages a ton and you can walk in there at any given time and find a 3 year old BCBS, kbs etc
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  35. msween21

    msween21 Aspirant (235) Jan 2, 2013 Massachusetts
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    Selection. A good staff. If they don't have something they'll tell you when it's coming in. Also the store near me has a Facebook page where they post when they get in a hot item like Lag Sucks or Flower Power.
  36. BeerNDoggerel

    BeerNDoggerel Disciple (396) Mar 13, 2011 Illinois

    We're so lucky in my town to have a store where the owner is a real aficionado who has hired a Cicerone as well. Both are really passionate about beer. They push me to try new styles and know what I should start with when I do, and they also know my favorites. It's rare when they don't have something new for me to try, and they're almost never wrong.

    And I don't have to worry about freshness. They know what needs to move fast and what can age.
  37. booyahachieved3

    booyahachieved3 Initiate (112) Sep 5, 2012 Kansas
    Beer Trader

    Knowledgable staff for sure.
  38. DogfishJoe

    DogfishJoe Initiate (189) Feb 14, 2010 Ohio
    Beer Trader

    The best beer store around me is about 35min away but it has a great selection of singles and 4-6packs. My favorite store is right down the road and everyone knows me their an always sits new stuff to the side for me to try. They also have a pretty good selection. But it's all singles so its hard to make a 6pack of a normal beer.
  39. LivingWeapon

    LivingWeapon Initiate (0) Oct 29, 2012 Illinois

    The one I go to is family owned, every beer beats Binnys prices by like $2 or more usually. Very nice selection for a tiny place. Whenever I ask if he has a certain beer he orders it for me if he doesnt already have it. So all those things are huge to me.
  40. KansasBeerLover

    KansasBeerLover Disciple (348) Feb 16, 2009 Kansas

    Good selection. Manager is a bigger beer geek than me. And it's 3 miles from the house.
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