Finger Lakes Beverage Center | Ithaca, New York
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Finger Lakes Beverage Center
Excellent based on 30 ratings
Type: Beer Store

605 W State St
Ithaca, New York United States 14850 [ print map ]
607 277 2337 | facebook

Hours: Mon-Wed:9am-9pm / Thu-Sat:9am-10pm / Sun: Noon-7pm

Mayor: pinkie (45) | Taps: 12 | Bottles: 800+

Finger Lakes Beverage Center

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Beer Available At Finger Lakes Beverage Center (arranged by most recent)
Firestone Walker Oaktoberfest 64, Central City Red Racer India Pale Ale 99, Paulaner Salvator 95, Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale 96, Tröegs Hop Knife 97, Genesee Cream Ale 9, Ithaca Laissez Faire 42, Elysian Superfuzz Blood Orange Pale 88, Keuka Russian Imperial Stout 59, Stillwater Classique 93, Great Divide Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti 100, Elysian Loser Pale Ale 81, Ithaca Excelsior! Old Habit 98, Schlafly Bière de Garde 89, Ithaca Flower Power IPA 98, Rooster Fish Dogtooth Pale Ale 56, Southern Tier Blackwater Series: Creme Brulee Stout 98, Left Hand Good Juju Ginger 30, Stone Lukcy Basartd Ale 99, Dogfish Head ApriHop 93
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30 reviews for Finger Lakes Beverage Center
 Ambiance  73%
 Service  82%
 Selection  89%
 Food N/A 
 Value  80%
 Overall  86%
 Rating  91%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 19/20
randomjuice290  (3) Pennsylvania | February 4, 2011
Incredible little store. Since Dogfish has blown up do to it’s little show on the Discovery Channel, it’s been nearly impossible to get even the common staples (90 minute, raison d’tre, 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 there’s no more beer, ask the owners. They will be happy to help you if they have more in the back.
j12601  (285) Poughkeepsie, New York | January 1, 2011
Definitely feels like you’ve walked into a basement or something, but there’s 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 don’t 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 don’t get back home including a few ciders. Didn’t really interact with the staff much. Prices seemed pretty good. Worth a stop if you’re in the area.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
alobar  (59) Lansdale, Pennsylvania | August 8, 2010
Love this place! Great selection! Good prices. Not much for ambience, but it’s a bottle shop. Worth a stop whenever you are in Ithaca.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
rudolf  (104) Buffalo, New York | April 24, 2010
A pretty good store. There was a good selection of stuff that I can’t 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. I’ll certainly stop here again next time I’m in Ithaca.
Glouglouburp  (423) Montreal, Quebec | September 23, 2009
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 don’t think it compares to the best beer stores in eastern NY state (Albany and NYC) and I don’t even think it is as good as Premier Gourmet in Buffalo. But it is probably the best center-state store. Don’t forget to complement your shopping at Wegmans, walking distance from there.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
FrankP450  (1) East Lansing, Michigan | February 24, 2009
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. I’ve 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.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
IPFreely  (143) Sanborn, New York | February 16, 2009
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 beers’ prices weren’t 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 ’t IJ were bottled in 2005. Hopefully they’ve held up. Otherwise, it’s a killer store
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 18/20
auerbrau  (305) Peace Dale, Rhode Island | December 22, 2008
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!
penguinjive7  (5) Buffalo, New York | November 21, 2008
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 I better take advantage of this place while I’m still here! Reviewed on: 02-12-2007
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
TaktikMTL  (241) Montréal-Nord, Quebec | November 1, 2008
Établissement visité le mercredi 15 octobre vers 15h. Ambiance: Petit magasin dédié presque exclusivement à la bière. Tout est propre et bien classé. Service: Sympathique et très ouvert au suggestion. Sélection: Surement la meilleure sélection de la région et une des plus grande que j’ai vu à ce jour. (118e rating d’établissement)

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