heemer77 (226) Urbandale, Iowa | July 18, 2005| Updated October 7, 2008
Still a solid beer store. I have been here a few times. Short of going to Chicago or Madison, this is a pretty good beer store. I am able to get a fair number fo new beers with each trip. They allow you to break up any six pack for singles. Just keep your eye on the cases on the floor, they don’t always put everything on the shelf. I go to get Founder’s, special edition Flying Dogs, and Mendocino. All beers that we don’t get in Iowa. Decent selection of oddball German and English beer. Short on Belgians.
Been here many time as I grew up across the river in Dubuque. Best beer selection in the area and they allow mixed six packs. They have selections from Avery, Sand Creek, New Holland, Tommyknocker, Grand Teton, Goose Island, and many more. The bad news is that on my most recent visit (Christmas Eve ’06), I noticed an announcement that Bell’s would no longer be distributed in Illinois. Drag.
Cool place. Looks like it used to be a grocery store. Large selection of craft and specialty beers. Every bottle is available as a single which is awesome. If you can catch the staff walking around they are more than happy to help. Prices are pretty good. They mark stuff down dirt cheap on a segregated shelf for past seasonals and soon to expire beer. Really cool and worth a trip.
Wow! I felt a little uneasy going into a beer and liquor store with the moniker "Family" prominently displayed across the threshold (but such is the advertising in the Midwest, even alcohol is seen as as a wholesome activity), but it dissipated soon after entering the store. Aisles full of an extremely large selection of beer from all over the world. A side note: Whenever I want to find a beer that no one else has rated on beerpal or any of the other beer websites, I head to the midwest, specifically around eastern Iowa. Anyway, I found many that I had not yet tried, and walked away happy.
The name of this place is the stuff of Dubuque area legends. I*ve been going here since before I could buy anything and it was the first serious beer-wine-liquor store I had ever been too, so it holds a place in my heart. Let me lay it on the line though, it*s a freaking warehouse dolled up in minimal fashion and they are very focused on liquor and wine. Beer tends to take a back seat but they do care about what they*re doing in the beer dept. There is a decent import selection, particularly for me when I was just starting out, they*ve got you covered on the basics for sure. Their micro stuff rotates a lot, but it’s a fairly good selection and I like that it rotates. There is always something worth picking up here.
Pours pitch black with a thick...oh wait. Family beer and liquor, gotta love the name. This place is pretty nice. Very big alcohol selection, and beer gets a good chunk of real estate as well. You can mix and match anything they have out, and you get 10% off from anything that is in a six pack. Cool. Selection is pretty good, but newer stuff filters in pretty slow. If you go once and stock up on everything, you pretty much are set for a month or two before you should bother coming back. Staff seems friendly enough, they always offer to carry my stuff out to the car (which i decline at 25) but that might help a few of the older rate beerians out (just kidding).
Right off Highway 20, it is a converted grocery store. Beer aisles are in the middle of the store and in the back coolers. Selection was decent and being able to buy any single bottle was pretty good. Not an extremely large selection but pretty decent as a whole.
Great selection for the area. Allow mix and match, which is especially nice with the discount. They do a good job of getting highly sought after beers from e.g. Avery, Ballast Point, Port/Lost Abbey, Founders, Hoppin’ Frog etc. Nothing extremely exotic, but a respectable selection. They’re smart enough to segregate and discount the old and off-season brews, which shows they care about their beer-knowledgeable customers.
Converted grocery store, quite spacious.Nice selection of craft beer and imports, not outstanding but for the region it’s very good. The big advantage is you can get singles of any craft or import they have in stock and they give you a 5% discount per six bottles. Prices seem very fair. Service mostly limited to checkout but helpful. They do have a "marked down" shelf of expiring beers but this can be a good deal for the right styles.
Nice little place right along the highway. Good selection, GREAT, considering the location. Sort of fun market-type layout. Easy going arrangement, and staff. I would highly recommend this place to any passerby, especially from out of state.