BVery (407) Burnsville, Minnesota | April 12, 2012
82 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Amazing store in Key West - outstanding service, lots of great beer (lots of Cigar City as well, as expected), plus singles of anything.
Chad9976 (33) Albany, New York | July 7, 2010
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
In a non-vacation city, Conch Republic Liquors would be an ordinary corner liquor store rather than a place beer geeks would seek out. But if youíre reading this, then chances are very good you are a beer nerd looking for a place to get good beer while visiting Key West, Florida.
In fact, my score is quite generous since Iím grading on a curve here. Since CRL is, from what I can tell, the only liquor store in town that sells craft beers, the fact their selection is as good as it is really impressed me.
This store carries several Belgian beers including all three Chimays, Orval, Leffe and Affligem. They carry almost the entire line of Dogfish Head; and a handful each of Stone, Rogue and Bellís. They also have a good selection (again, grading on a curve) of British beers like Samuel Smithís and German beers with several hefeweizens available.
Surprisingly, there is not a lot in terms of major gateway craft breweries such as Magic Hat, Samuel Adams, etc. Several macros in 6, 12 and 24-packs are also available for those who absolutely need a lot of beer with the word "light" in the name.
I was actually surprised a store this small offers a "make your own six pack" special. They also discount your purchase 10% off per bottle. The two gentlemen at the counter were very courteous and knowledgeable and were impressed by my beer knowledge.
If youíre in Key West this is pretty much the only game in town aside from a select few bars. Iíd say CRLís selection is good enough to satisfy the average beer geek vacationing here.