This is a mecca for craft beer lovers living in upstate NY. The selection is unparalleled. This is literally a supermarket sized store that only carries beer. Beers are organized by country. The US macro selection is quite impressive as is the German section. You can get email updates as to which new beers just came in. They also list their entire stock on their website. The only thing is that they often put the old or expired beers on sale, which is not necessarily a bad thing if you are looking for beers that you are going to cellar. If you are ever near the Rochester, NY area this is a must stop. Be prepare to drop $100-$200 though.
This is by far the best place in New York State to get beer. Something like 1,200 beers to choose from. Anything you can think of can be found here. If you cant find your desire ask one of the staff, they will find out if they have it, what it costs and when they may have it if they don’t currently. Great beers, either as singles or packaged. Everything, yes EVERYTHING can be bought as singles. Never found a distributor this large that also keeps things this fresh. You don’t have to worry about getting a old bottle, things are circulated very well! A must visit!
mefolts (6) New York | September 27, 2010| Updated September 29, 2010
Probably the biggest selection of beers in the U.S.
Can be a little pricier than Wegman’s (Ruination is a dollar more a bottle for example), but the selection is incredible. Not only is it huge but the stock is constantly changing to include new or seasonal beers. And the homebrew supply is pretty decent, but I wish they had more hop varieties.
This place is awesome! I did an in person trade with one of the employees and picked up a truckload of beer for myself. If you are in the area or just passing by on the Thruway, you NEED to stop! I don’t want to guess how many beers are here but it would take you years to get through them all. Staff is very well versed in beer and extremely friendly. I WILL be back.
Finally made it here. I was kinda suspicious when I saw the crappy strip mall its located in but this place turns out to be a great spot. The aisles go back forever and are in some pretty decent order as far as countries. It gets mixed up when you start to hit the American micros. Tons of Germans, and Russians. Home brew supplies. They had a bunch of glassware but nothing special or unique. There really was a lot of "beers of the world" Places like Haiti, Lithuania, Latvia, among many, many others. Prices are decent. This place is strictly a beer store and its worth a stop by pretty much guaranteed to find something new.
Très grand beer store qui, contrairement à plusieurs autres, ne ressemble pas à un simple entrepôt. Les bières sont très bien classées par pays et très bien rangées. Contrairement à ce que plusieurs disent, les prix sont raisonnable et dans la moyenne. Ont peut se procurer des bières à l’unité, en 6-pack et en 24, ce qui revient encore moins dispendieux. Il manque seulement des bières plus rare, come lost abbeys, hair of the dog, ou bell’s pour que cette place devinenne une des tops.
DeadGirl (76) San Diego, California | October 10, 2009| Updated October 11, 2009
This simple store/hidden gem introduced me to the craft beer revolution while I was attending the Univ. of Rochester. While their beer selection is far from simplistic, the store is hidden inside a strip mall and has a basic interior- all things beer. Bottles are divided by country and the best thing is you don’t have to commit to the daunting 6-pack of a mysterious ale as they can be sold individually. Diverse selection- and as all Rochestertarians know, "IT’S HUGE, ROCHESTER, HUUU-GE!" Prepare to drop a couple Benjamins. #1 on 10102009 DG.
Not somewhere you’re going to stumble across by accident, but I’m very glad I got taken there! Huge selection; while it’s relatively easy to find specific beers, it’s much better to just browse. Worth the 5-rh drive (one way) from home just to get the variety and the huge number of beers sold here that I can’t get in Canada.
dagimp (7) Philly, Pennsylvania | September 11, 2009
It’s in a strip mall and not visible from the road so you have to know it’s there. Inside it’s a huge place with a TON of rare and cool beers. I had a hard time finding the macros it was so big and packed with good beer! Beers are arranged by country. Craft beers were mostly in alpha order but I did notice a bunch were not correctly placed. Prices were average for almost all products I looked at but any out of season beer (even though they were well within their freshness date) were discounted and were great bargains. Well, maybe not some RIS and barleywines. Service was outstanding. I talked with a very knowledgeable employee and he gave me a few recommendations. He really seemed to like his job. I don’t live anywhere this place but if I did, I’d be back in a second. Cheers!
The best beer store I’ve been to. A massive selection separated by country. You can buy half-cases, six packs, individual bottles or kegs. Lots of hard-to-find and obscure breweries are represented, and they always have a good deal if you look hard enough. A first-class beer store.