This place was somewhat disappointing. Fairly large selection, though not necessarily as diverse as one would expect for a store of this size; they tended to carry the most obvious (and available elsewhere) choices for most breweries, as well as the most obvious breweries. Large selection of wines and liquors, and if you like Bud/Miller/Coors this is your place for low, low prices on your 24-packs. The quality beers are fairly well organized in terms of logical order (foreign and domestic separate; alphabetical order in terms of brewery). Their prices are good, I have to admit (for instance, they undercut my usual beer stores by about two dollars on every six-pack or bomber). I left with bombers of Cockeyed Cooper and Smuttynose’s Barley Wine, both reasonably priced.
But here’s the catch of buying in bulk to give me those low prices. The “use by date” of the twelve-pack of Magic Hat #9 I purchased was over two months older than what I buy at my local package store. The Magic Hat I bought at Corridor is obviously not fresh tasting. Magic Hat # 9 at its freshest is delicate and yeasty with subtle apricot notes; in this twelve-pack the hops has gone somewhat bitter and that flavor drowns out the yeast. In short, I won’t be returning.
Wow, this place is intense. Contrary to previous ratings from years ago, Corridor Wine has really amped up their game in the beer market. Approx. 400+ beer selctions from Trappist, Belgian, imports from around the world, and a solid selction of micros from across the USA including new, multiple selctions of Black IPAs. Beer displays are infused into endcaps and the aisles of wines, plus a beer tasting amongst the wine tastings this afternoon! Prices were, by far, the lowest (Chimay Grande Reserve 750 mL $11.99, Dogfishead 60 min 6-pk $7.49, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale 6-pk $6.99) in the area. Downfall was that all beer sections weren’t ’faced’ or ’zoned’ causing me to look and search to see if product was in-stock; look dishelveled and too well shopped. Decent cigar, liquor, and premium sections and gigantic wine selection. A dominant operation-
It’s a Total Wine store in everything but name, down to the decor. Solid selection and pretty good prices. Good place to go if you’re local but probably not something you’d want to go too far out of the way for.
Another liquor store that was bought out by the Total Wine company. Huge warehouse, selling mostly BMC, but it has a somewhat decent selection of micros. No help, staff is clueless.
OK to shop for once or twice, but their beer selection leaves a lot to be desired.
This is right off the parkway exit, which makes it convenient if you are going from BWI into DC. This is your typical wharehouse liquor-wine store. Beer selection is just ok, with an average selection of singles. Nothing interesting for the beer hunter, but good enough to stock the hotel room (DFH, Rogue, Old Dominion, Penn, Avery, Anderson Valley, etc). Belgian selection is rather slim. Prices are slightly higher than Astor. I did not care for the location of the singles, as I kept having to move out of the way for the wine shoppers with shopping carts. What really annoyed me was that three of the four bottles did not scan, and the cashier kept having to go to the CS counter to get a price check. HEY BEER MANAGER- ENTER THE SKU NUMBERS INTO THE SYSTEM! Needless to say, the people behind me were not happy. Next time, I will drive the extra 2 miles to Astor. I like the prices and selection better.
nearbeer (231) Knoxville, Tennessee | August 30, 2007| Updated July 28, 2008
This place should be called Sins R Us. It is a huge store in a strip mall that sells mostly wine, but also as advertised the 500-600 plus beers (all sold singly!), cigars, chocolates and I don’t know what all else. Lots of US microbrews, but as some one else said, Belgian selection is thin comparatively speaking. Great place with pretty good service if you need help. Only complaint is the beer is located just to the left when you come in the door and I got run over by shopping buggies about every 2 minutes while I was ogling the beer.
3fourths (1537) Boulder, Colorado | August 21, 2007| Updated January 22, 2013
Big huge box store, filled with nearly every kind of libation imaginable. But for some reason they only have one mead. Beer selection accounts only for a small portion of the store, but singles, bombers, 750s, 6 packs and cases are all avaiable. Belgian selection is thin, but they have a few things not seem around the area, like Angelique and Diabolique and such. Found some new (to me) regional micros that I didn’t find around DC or at Astor. They also allowed me to break some six packs. Good store. Prices higher than Astor but lower than DC.
This is predominately a wine lovers store. It is a convenient location for me, close to work. They have a lot of singles ranging from the the good(DFH, AVBC, Avery, Rogue, Victory, Weyerbacher) to the ugly (BMC). They have a decent selection of 750ml Belgians as well as German beer. They have a pretty solid selection(usually) but given the space they have they could do so much better by eliminating much of their cheap wines and stocking good beers. There are no windows on the warehouse type store, which is a good thing. Most of the beer is kept outside the coolers at maybe 60-65 degrees. You can buy much of what they have cold too though. You’re probably not going to find any rare or hard to find beers like oak aged stouts or anything, but it’s worth a stop if you are in the area. They do not have 3F, Stone, Bells, AleSmith, Russian River.
Decent bottle shop that I would hold in higher regard if not for its proximity to Astor Liquors. Warehouse type layout, great wine selection. Printed buying guide listing the beers they carry. The carry a couple things that Astors doesn’t, 3 Monts and La Trappe (non-quad) come to mind. Very helpful and knowledgable staff. Was kind of neat to see a palate of Bigfoot last time I was there. Open Sundays (Astors isn’t).