pintbypint (27) Edmonton, Alberta | October 26, 2012
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
This is the Emerald Hills location. Big store, lots of everything - wine, spirits etc... Decent craft beer selection, organization needs work, the beer is split into aisles feature "craft" "premium" and domestic. Found malt liquors in the craft beer section. Most beers are kept on the shelf at room temp, maybe not the best plan. Some beers that are on the shlelf are also in the cooler, but this is mostly sixers. They boast about having 1800 beers available, but thereís no way they have that many. I struggle to find new beers to rate every time I go, Iíd guess their number is more around 1000. They donít seem to keep up with new relases as well as other local stores. Bottle selction has pretty much remained the same since opening day, and Iíve been there 6 times since. Pricing is decent. Lots of taps (30?) for growler fills, or "howler" fillers (320z swing tops), selction seems to change weekly, there usually one or two new growler taps on, one employee told me they have about 50 kegs on hand and change them out pretty quickly. Growler fills can be painfully slow as the store offers free samples and hoards of people collect in front of the growler station for tiny 2oz samples and then never buy anything, while people waiting for fills wait aimlessly behind. Growlers can run from insanely cheap at 7.99 to crazy at 36.99 for 64oz. Staff donít really know anything about beer. Overall, I like this place, but mainly for the growler selection. Itís also 6 mins from my house, so itís hard not to stop here for convenience.