What makes your local bottle shop awesome and why?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Davihaw, Feb 5, 2013.


What draws you to your local bottle shop?

  1. Location

  2. Knowledge

  3. Price

  4. Tastings

  5. Selection

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  1. Davihaw

    Davihaw Aspirant (288) Jun 19, 2012 Illinois
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    I have about 6 local bottle shops I call "my store". Some of them I go to because they get higher allocations of "rare" beers and some I go to because the staff is knowledgeable and fun. I've started going to some new ones that offer tastings from the owner's personal cellar or bottles customers bring him. Just curious what makes you go to your shop again and again.
  2. Revenant

    Revenant Aspirant (280) Aug 8, 2012 Minnesota

    Basically the free tasting on Tuesdays :stuck_out_tongue: Seriously though the people that work at "my" bottle shop are extremely knowledgeable about beer and more importantly they are excited about beer.
  3. Ri0

    Ri0 Poo-Bah (2,377) Jul 1, 2012 Wisconsin
    Beer Trader

    Every Friday there is a tasting. Sadly, I have yet to make one!
  4. Casedogg43

    Casedogg43 Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2012 Indiana
    Beer Trader

    (X) All of the above
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  5. loafinaround

    loafinaround Aspirant (296) Jul 16, 2011 New York

    a few educate me and have very unusual things I've never even heard of before.
    I have 1 about 40 min away that gets rare beers, and unlike the 3 shops by home, only sells out in a few days, instead of 30 min or less. They're my go to shop for yummy 1 time releases.
  6. denver10

    denver10 Poo-Bah (2,101) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico

    Selection first, location second.

    Plenty of stores around with great selections, so location tends to be the next big thing. As long as the customer service isn't rude/disrespectful I don't need much for that, but the store I go to the guys are very friendly and customer oriented, which is a nice bonus.
  7. luwak

    luwak Aspirant (269) Mar 2, 2010 Arizona
    Beer Trader

    Mine? Mine is awesome because it has one of the best craft beer bars in the state attached to it...and you can drink anything from the store in the bar.

    So i voted "tastings"


    (oh and i can walk there from my house.... : ) )
  8. Dweedlebug

    Dweedlebug Disciple (369) Feb 28, 2012 Pennsylvania

    I went with location, since central PA is pretty much a wasteland. The selection is poor and the prices suck, but there's not much else around.
  9. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (4,619) Sep 24, 2007 Washington
    Beer Trader

    My local store http://www.facebook.com/Elizabethstation?ref=ts&fref=ts , has a great selection of bottles for both on & off site sales, draft beers at $3 a pour (pints for most things, 10oz goblets for some rare/big beers), nice sandwiches, a cereal bar, and is both dog and kid friendly.
  10. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,013) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
    Beer Trader

    I have gotten pretty picky. My primary bottle shop has a fellow ba working there who I also trade with when I can. Heknows his shit and has never lead me astray. My secondary bottle shop has a few gems in the back that keep me coming back for more and yet another ba works there. My tertiary shop is very small and always has stuff on the shelf nobody else does. Between the three there is nothing I can't find.
  11. yemenmocha

    yemenmocha Poo-Bah (2,459) Jun 18, 2002 Arizona

    Total Wine & BevMo - Price, location, selection. Quite a few here in the valley depending on where I am in my car that day. Love that convenience, plus not overpaying for identical products.
  12. Lipsntoes

    Lipsntoes Initiate (0) Jul 15, 2012 Ohio

    I feel blessed to have such a wonderful shop about 2 miles away. Everyone is friendly, selection is great, beer tasting every Thursday and they have 5 taps for growler pours at geat prices. i.e. Palate Wrecker for $11.
  13. time4lunch

    time4lunch Initiate (175) Aug 10, 2012 New Hampshire
    Beer Trader

    The fact that my bottle shop is run and owned by friends of mine and they hold things for me just to give me ten percent off. Onky shitty part is its in NH and we are fairly limited...
  14. BKBassist

    BKBassist Initiate (0) Jan 24, 2013 New York

    I have several options. I have a close, very small shop, only about a 5 minute walk from my apt. They have A growler bar and 4 fridge spacings. They are not the place to go if you want something specific, but they are a great place to go if you want an interesting beer that you might not have had before.
    I have my favorite place to actually hang out, with a great selection of bottles and taps, and a knowledgeable staff. Great atmosphere. Trouble is things can get pricey quickly.
    I also have another spot with the largest bottle selection, mostly American. Good atmosphere, good pricing. I have another mainly growler spot, relatively close, larger selection than the first, but worse than the other two. They probably have the staff that is most like me in age and interests. Best atmosphere of the choices.
    And finally I have a further out spot that is notable for it's excellent selection, unique taps and AMAZING sandwiches.
    I should mention all these but the first are also drink on premises friendly.
  15. TheBeerAlmanac

    TheBeerAlmanac Savant (967) Mar 3, 2011 Kentucky
    Beer Trader

    The Beer Trappe, mainly because BEERchitect works there. Selection is awesome, but the guy is a beeropedia of knowledge and thoroughly enjoys the craft of craft. Not trying to sound too mancrushly. Although if it weren't for him, I may not have gotten Heady.
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  16. whudathunkett

    whudathunkett Initiate (146) Oct 30, 2010 Minnesota
    Beer Trader

    Sometimes they just pull out the hidden special release when try see me, and that's nice.
  17. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    The place I shop isn't the cheapest, and is slightly out of my way but I like the people that work there and it is a mom and pop business so I like to give them support. Their selection is great, and they have free tastings of five different (usually new) beers every thursday. They post all their new stuff on Facebook/Twitter and they hold special things for me. I really couldn't ask for more.

    I can't pick just one option on the poll.
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  18. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Poo-Bah (1,687) Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey
    Beer Trader

    It is awesome because the employees do not snatch up all the limited releases.
  19. NHbeerfishing

    NHbeerfishing Devotee (402) Dec 31, 2012 New Hampshire
    Beer Trader

    I like the fact that a lot of the beers are old and they pound people in the arse price wise. I also like how when someone I know bought beer that ended up being 6 months past the marked date they wouldn't take it back as a "matter of policy". Barbs beer in Concord NH is sharthole with a decent selection of skunked gems.
  20. thecheapies

    thecheapies Initiate (0) Jan 11, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Need to add the 'Staff' option. That, and selection and location.
  21. RichardMNixon

    RichardMNixon Zealot (515) Jun 24, 2012 Pennsylvania
    Beer Trader

    State Line doesn't mess around with these silly little "mix-6 corners" or whatever. They put six packs on the shelves. Every bottle there has a 6-pack price and an individual price. Every bottle in the store. You want one narhwal? Take it out of the 4 pack and into your basket.
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  22. Longstaff

    Longstaff Initiate (0) May 23, 2002 Massachusetts

    I use about a half dozen stores in my area and shop depending on which stores carry the beer I want to drink and has a good chance to be fresh. Lately I shop at more mom and pop type places and second and third tier stores than stores that cater to beer geeks. One store always orders flower power whenever possible, lets me buy as much as he has in stock (which lasts longer since beer geeks don't shop there) and gives me a 10% discount on a case. Another tiny store always has fresh Drifter, another carries Ipswich Oatmeal stout on the regular etc.. There's a beer geek centric store that is very close to my house, so I stroll through there if there is some seasonal beer that I want, or I don't know exactly what I want - but don't trust the freshness on most of the styles that I like to drink.
  23. DStoked

    DStoked Aspirant (257) Sep 28, 2011 Ohio
    Beer Trader

    Allowing me (or anyone else) to take singles of anything. This should be the first rule of any beer store.
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  24. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,122) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Singles, selection, price in that order.
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