Village Beer Merchant | Buffalo, New York
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Village Beer Merchant
Excellent based on 34 ratings
Type: Beer Store

547 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, New York United States 14222 [ print map ]
716 881 1080

Hours: Mon-Thu 11am-9pm Fri/Sat 11am-11pm Sun 11am-5pm

Mayor: Sammy (2) | Taps: 20 | Bottles: 1200

Village Beer Merchant

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Ithaca Excelsior! Seventeen 96, Jack’s Abby Hopstitution XPL #7 OIL! 87
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34 reviews for Village Beer Merchant
 Ambiance  77%
 Service  80%
 Selection  78%
 Food  64%
 Value  64%
 Overall  77%
 Rating  87%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
mabel  (230) Toronto, Ontario | December 31, 2014
Have stopped here a couple times in the past several years and am always pleasantly surprised with the wide selection of brews available: some local, some imported, stuff in-between. Staff is friendly enough, they usually leave you to it. Prices are reasonable for what they have and where they are. Would recommend a visit if you’re in the area (Blue Monk, Cole’s, and Mr. Goodbar are just up the street!), but it may depend when you go.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris  (891) Burnaby, British Columbia | September 5, 2014
A large and airy store, more space for this kind of shop I have ever seen. Rustic and charming. Service is great, thy offered to break up any sixer for me. Selection is good with some beers I haven’t seen anywhere else. Good but not great. Prices are inline with a specialty store. A good stop.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 15/20
Ron  (114) Rochester, New York | November 16, 2013
Stopped in during Brew Tour ’13’. 1st step in the store looked like, small place, poor selection. After I to the back corner, I saw the much better variety of beers and some hard to find ones. I picked up some Evil twin and acouple others I have not seen yet in Rochester. Good service since we were about the only ones in the store.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier  (100) Capital City, Ohio | July 18, 2013
Made a stop after Blue Monk to check out their selection. Dude at the counter immediately apologized for them not having more of a selection at that moment due to some renevations. Still a pretty solid bottle selection and some good taps as well. Lots of imports, particularly some Scandinavian beers I’d never seen. Service was solid. Worth a stop.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 17/20
rjattoe  (1) , Ontario | March 29, 2013
Very pleased with the store. It had more than I was looking for, although it is a little steep. But I suppose they have to cover rent.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 18/20
Miked1687  (8) Buffalo, New York | March 11, 2013
Two Village Beer Merchants in the city; one in North Buffalo on Hertel, one downtown on elmwood. Both have similar selections, Elmwood being a bit bigger and well stocked. Good selection of Mikkeller/Evil Twin brews, along with a lot of good domestics. It’s usually likely you can score some rare stuff here, but expect to pay at least $1-$2 more than any other store. Employees are pretty nice. I’m glad it’s in town.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
SudsMcDuff  (188) .....Manchester United.........., Texas | January 26, 2013
stopped in for a quick look .. some really interesting brews for sale .. prices were good for the area .. really nice guys working there. . right down the street from the blue monk so stop here!!
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 13/20
DerWeg  (45) Toronto, Ontario | January 12, 2013
Worth a stop if it’s not far out of your way. I like the selection for the small size of the shop. The beer pricing can make the place seem a little too precious for its own good. I feel slightly uncertain about stock turnover and how long a pricey IPA may have been lingering at the store. But you can compare around other places... so perhaps make time to do that. I’ll be honest - when I look in at VBM I rarely buy beer given the competitive options. But curiosity brings me back, and VBM is a damn nice ’boutique’ option if lower Elmwood’s the way you’re passing through Buffalo. I guarantee you WILL get some nice beer.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
UDBeernut  (207) Between JAX and SGJ, Florida | December 31, 2012
Small bottle shop located near blue monk. Decent selection: nothing that can not be found elsewhere. Maybe a good bet for limited releases.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis  (605) Sunnyvale, California | December 10, 2012
Unfortunately for them I stopped in after Prestige. Pretty good selection, ton of Great Divide stuff, but nothing truly exceptional, and essentially all of their stock was also sitting on the shelves at Prestige. Great place to go if you are in the area and need a beer fix, however. Also had a 20 tap growler fill station.

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