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waltv (12) brielle, New Jersey | May 5, 2009
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
Great selection considering the size of the store, even greater prices and the beer manager is the most friendly and knowledgable mgr that i have run in to. they have a binder on the counter with a list of what they stock and just ask if you dont see it, they will order and at a great price. this place is the best outside of philly and north jersey and once again that is only because of the size of their store..they stock it to the gills, i can tell you that
pineybob (10) MYSTIC ISLANDS, New Jersey | November 28, 2008
34 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 1/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 4/20
The Beer Manager is excellent IMO. Good selection and nice variety of Belgians.
That’s the good news! Just got back from EZ a few hours ago and my wife was treated extremely poorly by the taller long haired guy. She asked a specitic and knowledgable wine questions which caused "Mr Hair" to launch into a diateibe about people only going for mass produced white Bordeaux’s.
Based on his treatment I doubt if we will return. The Beer Manager could offer me a case of Stille Nacht for free and I don’t think it would do any good.
The sour taste of poor customer service lingers long after the sweetness of selection and good prices are gone.
NOTE to Mr hair: We have a friend who distributes wine nationally with wholesale prices per bottle higher theen you make in a week and he recommended the wine that caused you to launch your attack. He has mentored us in fine wines and beers. You just cost your boss a regular customer.
willblake (81) Bel Air, Maryland | May 3, 2008
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 10/20
Visited 20080503. I had no idea this place even existed except for dmac and pineypower having rated it. Tiny indeed, and luckily I knew to ask for the beer list. Impressive: Good list that appeared up to date. Nice mix of brands of US/imported micros with a couple surprises but limited selection of each. Staff obviously enthusiastic about beer. Knocks: never would have known about selection of good beer if not for ratebeer. Having to look through a list while standing at the counter is less enjoyable than browsing shelves and just weird. I can see they’re making the best of what they’ve got so kudos for good intent.
Knutham (1) Toms River, New Jersey | March 30, 2008
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Full Disclosure: I am the beer manager of this establishment, so maybe I’ve drunk the kool-aid, which would explain why I fail to understand the low score we’ve received for ambiance. Is it because most of our selection is not on display, but listed by size/price in a binder kept at the counter? This is, in any event, a digression being that there is no maybe concerning my drinking of the store’s brews (the crux of the matter, after all!): I’ve had ’em all, & like ’em all (with the exception of the pedestrian, ubiquitous stuff such as Longtrail and Otter Creek that EVERY liquor store must carry to seduce training wheel beer drinkers to graduate to the superior stuff). I’m no neophyte to the world of craft-beer, by the way I managed the beer department of another prominent micro specialtystore in Toms River for several years. And while there are some stores in the-land-of-the-deep-pocket-customers (up-state) whose selection dwarfs ours, everything we carry is FRESH. Besides, even when we scale back our selection in the Spring because it it our slow season, we carry 220+ craft beers. Rest assured, persnickety beer-geeks, you’ll be pleased you stop by.
dmac (35) Toms River, New Jersey | February 21, 2008| Updated August 18, 2008
66 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
First off you must ASK FOR THE BEER LIST!!!!! Only a small selection of craft beers and good imports are kept in the cooler. Most stuff is kept cold in back and there is a list kept behind the counter with everything that is in stock with prices and sizes listed. I was actually shocked that they had a rather nice selection, Stone, Lagunitas, Hebrew, Victory, Bear Republic and a good amount of Belgians. I was SHOCKED to see Cantillon on the list and I actually grabbed a bottle of St. Lamvinus for $29.99. Hard to believe that this place actually has a good selecion and I have been driving by it for 2 1/2 years, serves me right for judging a place on looks alone.
pineypower (27) Pine Barrens, New Jersey | January 29, 2008| Updated August 25, 2008
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
On the surface this is pretty much your run of the mill liquor store, small section of micros 6 packs and some 22oz singles......ask for the list and your opinion of this store changes. On a printed out word document they have their true selection organized by country by brewer. Have been able to get almost all Southern Tier other highlights are great prices on Allagash, a few breweries you wouldn’t expect and the once in a while rarity. You can find some Mikkeller here time to time. Two guys in particular know their beer and are always willing to help. Lately they’ve been stepping it up, been having most everything I’ve gone in for
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