Iíve been to several stores in other states, including my native Michigan, that love to tout their best-of-someoneís list. I have to admit I did not appreciate what a great selection I had access to at Finger Lakes Beverage. Iíve honestly not been to a better store, which has kinda been a bummer when I go to high rated ones that donít match up.
I always found prices fair (competitive with the local grocery store, Wegmans) and was impressed that the owners drove to NYC to pick up some great product when it wasnít accessible through distributors -- like Captain Lawrence and Pretty Things -- turned away old product grocery stores would shelve (near end-date IPAs), and would talk to distributors to get stuff I wanted.
The store is in the midst of a huge remodeling (which actually temporarily brought down selection) and does a lot to improve the ambiance.
Nice, compact beer store with lots of goodies. Lots of singles, lots of New York stuff and even quite a few bottles you canít find in the bigger stores. Friendly staff. They have some growler taps as well. Great if youíre in the area.
pinkie (10) New York | January 13, 2013| Updated July 13, 2013
I donít understand why all the high marks. Went in because the local Wegmanís didnít have what I was looking for. Itís small but they have plenty. Itís hard on the eyes because itís deliberately dark in there and the bottles and the prices arenít clearly marked . In fact they are hand written and I took points off for that being a too difficult. They have a sign up front that say no refunds and most of what they have is pretty old. The imports section is dirty with dust and age and the few items I bought from it were stale. They are rude and do not help you with any reliable information as I asked if the beer I was purchasing was fresh and they said "yes" but the date on the bottle did not agree with them. It definitely wasnít fresh. I tried to leave it at the counter and the woman tried to intimidate me to take it. She offered to show me the "date on the case." Right. . . Wegmanís will give you a refund no questions asked and with online mail order these guys are not on my list. In fact the most clearly marked sign in the whole store, says no refunds and the brew dog was dated best by January of 2013. I would not buy any imports from them..
Stopped here recently while in the area. Kinda a dumpy place, but they only sell beer and craft soda. I was looking to local stuff that I canít get back in MA, but they seem to have just about something for everyone. Even growlers (which is a new thing for me - being from Mass.). Not much service to speak of, but I usually donít need any as I prefer to look. Prices seemed about average.
God knows how many beers are in this place. Pretty much, if itís available for distribution in New York State, itís here. Every employee seems to know where every beer is, so ask. So many Belgians, itís esoteric. Growlers galore.
Great little beer shop in downtown Ithaca. Tons of local selections and some nice imports - about four-five beer aisles in total. Friendly service and the prices werenít bad for local bombers - cheaper than in NJ.
If youíre staying in or driving through Ithaca, this place is a must stop. Their singles selection may be the best that Iíve seen with an endless selection of local bottles in addition to cool limited stuff like Cigar City Guava Grove, Rodenbach Vintage, and the Hanssens experimental lambics. Simply amazing beer shop.
This is one of the best bottle shops in the whole state of NY. If itís distributed in NY then they will most likely have it. They will also work out rare keg orders for you and have a rotating growler station with 12 taps that is well curated. The owners love some beer and are some of the most knowledgeable shop owners that I have met.