Stopped into this place last year during the Ithaca Brute release. Great selection of some hard to find stuff. Nice vintage lambics, including 3 Fonteinen. Big import selection. Saw a good amount of Southampton there too. Staff knew there stuff and was very willing to help. Check it out if youíre nearby.
Incredible little store. Since Dogfish has blown up do to itís little show on the Discovery Channel, itís been nearly impossible to get even the common staples (90 minute, raison dítre, indian brown) anywhere near Philly, Princeton, or even north Delaware. This store always has an incredible selection of Dogfish brews, and other hard to find selective releases. Make sure you spend some time and shop around. There is a lot of stuff that goes missing on the shelf if you get too excited in one area. Pick up what you came looking for and if you see a tag on the shelf but thereís no more beer, ask the owners. They will be happy to help you if they have more in the back.
Definitely feels like youíve walked into a basement or something, but thereís a ton of stuff here, especially for what would seem like the kind of town where you might not find such a nice selection. Going by how fast certain limited selection stuff vanishes from the shelves near me, and the amount of those same things still left on the shelf here, I can tell they probably donít get a ton of demand for certain things, which makes it more impressive that they carry stuff that may run the risk of not moving. Found a number of things I donít get back home including a few ciders. Didnít really interact with the staff much. Prices seemed pretty good. Worth a stop if youíre in the area.
A pretty good store. There was a good selection of stuff that I canít get in Buffalo (Pretty Things, Thirsty Dog, Capt. Lawrence among others). Prices were comparable or cheaper than they are in Buffalo or Rochester. A few great finds - they had a display of Unibroue 2005 & 750ml bottles of 2004 Boon Marriage Parfait. Iíll certainly stop here again next time Iím in Ithaca.
A nice medium size store with a bit of a messy mom-and-pop-store feeling. Good selection of American micros with pretty much all the breweries available in the NY state (Rogue, Lagunitas, Bear Republic, etc.). Captain Lawrence, the pride of the NY state, was missing in action. The American selection is superior to Wegmans (a few blocks away) but the smallish import section is inferior to Wegmans. I donít think it compares to the best beer stores in eastern NY state (Albany and NYC) and I donít even think it is as good as Premier Gourmet in Buffalo. But it is probably the best center-state store. Donít forget to complement your shopping at Wegmans, walking distance from there.
This is one of my favorite places, not just in Ithaca, but anywhere. Its not overly lavish but it gets the job done. That job is to sell an insane variety of beer at a reasonable price. The best thing I love about FLBC is that you can buy single bottles. That way you dont have to commit to a case. Iíve probably tried about 150 different beers from here. They have a good rotation of beer with lots of seasonal offerings. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly. They can help find a few gems that fly below the radar. While I think this place is excellent, the only thing I wish they would do is have a "Whats New" list so you know all the new arrivals. They should have a loyalty club and offer premade six packs based on seasonality or styles.
Not a huge or particularly nice place per se, but holy hell what an awesome amount of beer. Awesome regional selection as well as solid representation of other American micros, Belgians, and plenty of other international beers. The service was good, but over half of my beersí prices werenít in the computer, which made for a rather long wait at the check-out counter. They sell singles of everything and have 12 taps for growlers. They also have quite the selection of micro brewed pop/sodas. Like all stores of this magnitude, check your bottling and best by dates. I got home and the three beers I got from Brouwerij ít IJ were bottled in 2005. Hopefully theyíve held up. Otherwise, itís a killer store
This place is heaven for someone tired of the lack of selection and high prices in Pennsylvania. A really nice selection of Belgians, Germans, English, locals, regional, and country wide good beers. Singles. Growlers. Great prices! I dont know what else to say. One of the more enjoyable beer stores Ive ever been to!
I will quote my reaction as soon as I entered: "...." Yes, absolutely speechless. I was absolutely overwhelmed walking through the store. Row after row of racks of specialty brews form all over. The largest selection I have ever seen by far. I’ve only been there twice so far and I am incapable of spending any less than a half an hour there. There is just so very much to take in and discover. All of the people who work there are very helpful and extremely knowledgeable. If I had the time and the money, I would make this place a daily stop.
The only sad element of this for me is that this is my last year living in Ithaca...so I better take advantage of this place while I’m still here!
Reviewed on: 02-12-2007