Oakes (800) Vancouver, British Columbia | January 25, 2004
A little iffy on the service. Their selection is killer, especially with regards to Germans and shit lagers from weird places. Southampton Publick House beer is sold here, which these days is the main reason beer geeks go there. I like it, but I don't get the same vibe as I do at Premier.
Itís a supermarket that sells nothing but beer. Well and homebrew equipment, proper glassware, books on beer, and lots of kegs. They have a ton of micro and craft beers here from all over the world. The prices were very reasonable as well. It was a real challenge not buying literally everything I wanted. Definitely worth it if youíre in the area.
a must stop if you are passing through Rochester. Never have I seen such a selection of beer. By far the biggest selection of Russian area and of German. Excellent Belgian and American. I was warned about expiry dates so was examining bottles. In retrospect, some retired ales out there for sure. Some a bit overpriced most fine but worthwhile for a thirsty Canadian with a rising loonie.
I go here twice a week when I am back in town. Canít say much about service because I take my own list. They have an amazing selection. Yes, the prices are higher than elsewhere, but elsewhere you can not buy one bottle at a time. It costs much less than what you would have paid for the other 5. The US micro selection is especially good.
I quite like this place, big selection, decent prices. Found a few gems this time around. Loads of parking, and friendly service. And this is quite close to McGregors in Henrietta. Seemed they reorganized the shelving since last itme I came, and they have less one star wonders.
This store is massive, and well organized - itís a bit dingy inside, and has the feel and charm of a grocery store that you would find in the bad part of town - but you donít really pay attention to that because youíre too busy moving up and down the aisles looking at the beer - the first thing I saw in the store was a display case with vintage bottles of thomas hardyís ale - nice - they had all the american microbrews that Iíve seen available in the state - as far as the imports, the german selection is most impressive (a lot of german beer Iíd never seen before), and the belgian probably comes in second - prices range from good to really high (not sure how they come up with them) - the macros are tucked away in the back of the store like the third class brews they are (nice) - the only regions Iíve seen that have better stores than this are NYC and Boston - high marks.
Marvelous selection. Can't really add much more than those ahead of me. They probably have a bigger selection than Premier for the most part. They stock a lot more quantity, though, which makes them look a lot bigger than what they really are. This also leads to older beers hanging around, which isnt always a good thing. Prices are a little more expensive than Premier.
Huge place with absolutely amazing amounts of beer available. I was told you coulh have a different beer a day for 7 years & not repeat yourself. There is really that many. Sort of intimidates you at first. Check the dates though some of the beer seems to be sitting there for quite a while
The biggest selection of "third world" beers you'll see; the largest amount of German beer in one place I've seen; good selection of local micros. Not too great on Belgians. Have to agree with others about service -- I haven't had anybody be rude to me, mostly I'm just ignored.