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Beer Available At BC Liquor Store ( Cambie and 39th ) (arranged by most recent)
Central City The Hobbit: Bolg Belgian Style Tripel 45, Brugse Zot Dubbel 69, Lagunitas India Pale Ale 95, Samuel Adams Rebel IPA 74, Kruöovice Imperial 12į 27, Green Flash West Coast IPA (2014-) 97, Prohibition Harvest Pumpkin Spiced Ale 14, Unibroue La Resolution 98, Wells Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale 48, Smithwickís Ale 43, Fullerís ESB (Bottle/Keg) 96, Paulaner Original MŁnchner Hell (Premium Lager) 43, Beamish Irish Stout 83, Timothy Taylor Landlord (Bottle) 83, Wychwood Hobgoblin (Pasteurised) 59, Lighthouse Rhubie Ale 29, Westvleteren 6 99, Keyope Fine , Borg BrŪů Nr. 1 18, Parallel 49 Defibrillator Doppelbock 28
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Oakes (700) Vancouver, British Columbia | January 3, 2004| Updated January 8, 2004
54 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 11/20
Best in Western Canada, especially in the way they represent local micros. Also, the beer buyer for BCLDB is a beer geek, which means the imports are much more well-chosen than in Ontario. Atmospherically it's still a government store with typical know-nothing union staff. You won't want to linger, but you'll get a trunkfull of good beer.
fiulijn (625) Vancouver, British Columbia | August 28, 2011
52 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 10/20
I donít know if this is the biggest Signature shop, yes itís big, but itís also a bit out of the centre, and beerwise BCL is still boring, and as in most American places beer is available either in bombers or 6-packs.
JoeMcPhee (511) Toronto, ON, Ontario | May 18, 2005
64 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 11/20
Lots of local micros but often sold-out of the more obscure stuff. Still, if you only plan to visit one shop while in the city, this is the place. Service is totally hit or miss.
mcberko (364) Vancouver, British Columbia | November 17, 2009
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Best BCL that I know. The selection for the real beer is quite good, and the prices are as low as they go for this province. Good array of Belgians in particular.
CapFlu (205) Victoria, British Columbia | June 30, 2006
62 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
I was surprised by the limited selection as I had envisioned a beer utopia. The large Belgian selection on their website is reduced to 3 shelves of a 4í wall. No Abbaye des Rocs? (sob!) The staff were kind but work like ants in an erratic manner. They arenít terribly beer knowledgeable but are more than keen to form a group of three and discuss: when they last had it, whether theyíd ever seen it, how to spell it and confirm that they can order it to see what happens? Belgians available: Binchoise and Caricole. Local beers available: Whistler, Nelson, Granville Island, R&B, Cannery in bottles and Bowen Island in cans.
Hoser (167) Cowtown, Alberta | February 9, 2005
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
I didnít have the same luck as some when I went. The nice thing about this store is at least they try and if you find something on the BC website it is more than likely here.
Crit (140) Surrey, British Columbia | February 14, 2004| Updated September 18, 2008
50 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 10/20
A veritable supermarket with very good selection
tiggmtl (117) Vancouver, British Columbia | May 31, 2008
56 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 11/20
Itís a bit cavernous and much of the floor space is dedicated to every wine you can get at the BCLS although there is a nice little grotto of fancy scotch if youíre into that. Servers can be slow and really treat beer as a commodity product. Selection-wise, itís hard to fault them. If a beer is available in BC, itís likely on their shelves unless it is only available at a specialty store or it has sold out. The good of that is at least they most likely have good turn-over of whatever you are buying so it should be relatively fresh.
fletchfighters (82) , Australia | December 21, 2013
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
Reasonable shop. For state controlled. Good prices, good selection across the board. Nothing in fridges which is a downer.
Good selection of imports across the board. Service was a bit non caring but so it goes with a state run shop
DeanF (46) Nunavut | June 24, 2010
60 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 12/20
Always went here to get my beers in Vancouver. After they renovated the place some years ago as a "signature" store, the fancy whiskey section and wine area ballooned but the beer corner remained the same. Itís still one of the BC liquor storeís best places to find lots of microbrews, and on occasion a few Belgian trappists (went one day to find the shelf stocked with Orval..... bought a few. Went there a few days later, they were all gone!). If you live nearby it should be a mainstay to see what the beer procurer has come up with, and there is always something interesting on the shelves.
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