Itís a pretty all right place, donít let the way it looks on the outside keep you from going in. Youíll be quick to learn that the siding falling off the bulding is just a part of that Gomers charm. Plenty of good beer way in the back, pretty disorganized but the guy working there both times Iíve been in has been very nice and as helpful as he can be. Prices are fair and sometimes theyíve got good sales (or at least this is what Iíve observed the two times Iíve been in)
Pretty nice selection with fair prices. I was able to find a few new goodies here. I was happy to see that the beer seems to be at least a little tucked away from major light sources. Not great looking, but that isnít why you visit a beer store. Certainly worth a stop if in the downtown area, but did not seem to have as much as the south side KC stores.
Stopped by, midday Thursday. Selection is less than Lukas KC or Royal 103rd (as of Feb 2008) though it still is fairly representative of what is locally available. Well above average selection for a beer store. Maybe more convenient for folks traveling to town compared to the places down south. One drawback is no mix a six offered. Service was good the day I was in, though Mark (beer manager) was not in. They helped me locate a beer that wasnít on the floor yet. As mentioned by others, this is not a clean store - inside or out.
They tore the old store down and built a new one. It has a lot more cooler space for craft beer. It seems like they have upgraded their selection as well. You will get a pretty good representation of what is available in the area. Prices are inline with other stores.
I havenít had any experience with the service on my most recent visits, but I believe that Mark still runs things. They donít seem as up on the social media as some of the other stores as far as posting new arrivals.
This is one of those stores that keeps some things behind the counter, so you might have to ask if there is something that you donít see.
drawde (4) San Francisco, California | August 16, 2007
Caveat--Iím a non-local hophead, so Iím only looking for IPAs and double IPAs. On August 15, 2007, I bought Schlaflyís Export IPA (which was lame) and Great Divide Hercules Double IPA (which was bomber). There was another double IPA but I didnít recognize it and it doesnít hit the radar on ratebeer. They had labels (indicating they sometimes carry) some of the Bells IPAs and doubles, which got me excited, but they were out. Friendly, somewhat knowledgable staff. Overall maybe the best place in KC? dunno, only place Iíve been so far and certainly better than a corner store.
All in all a fairly good beer store. Building is graffiti-tagged, floor is filthy, and lighting is horrid, but thatís really the only bad things I can say about this place. Selection was fair, with local(ish) beers from Boulevard, Schlafly, Pony Express, and much to my suprise, OíFallon. I was able to find a few new things. I also was able to find a jar of Boulevard Pale Ale Mustard, which is the best mustard EVER.
tetnus shots anyone? now, I have been informed by a former beer salesman that gomerís actually sees their grunge as a plus...whatever. it wouldnít kill them to organize a few things, and maybe dust or sweep once a month. the only thing gomerís really has going for it is that they undercut everyone else pricewise. they have a decent (by KC standards) selection but nothing that makes this a must-see store. service has never been great (do they ever come out from behind the counter?) except when an attractive friend of mine worked there. bottom line: go there to save $0.50 here and there per single bottle, find a good Belgian brew, and wash your hands after you leave.
Indra (77) Suburbia, Kansas | June 28, 2005| Updated March 5, 2012
In the Midtown/Westport area of Kansas City, this is the best bottle shop by a pretty wide margin. Stock is usually somewhat limited, so if you see something unusual or special that you like, youíd better grab it while you can. Selection is typically less interesting than the Gomerís on Holmes, however. Update - Feb. 2012: Recently this building was bulldozed and completely rebuilt from the ground up. The new building has quite a bit more space and is a lot easier to navigate. This means they have more stuff in stock nowadays. Major upgrade, this almost puts the Westport Gomerís on par with Gomerís South in terms of products carried.
After reading afattyís comment that it was the best selection he found in KC, I expected so much more. This is a small store, with a clear emphasis on good beer, but without the shelf space to have stand out selection. They do not split up 6-packs, but owner Mark at least was willing to mix 3 different Schlafly six-packs so that I could at least try 3 different brews without having to buy a whole 6-pack on it. He also pulled out some obscure OíFallon brews from the back for me. I also picked up a bottle of the JW Lees 2001 vintage. Other than that, his selection of Schlafly was much more limited than at Royal Liquor and virtually everything else I could get back at home. I went trying to pick up singles from local brewers and frankly came away disappointed. I realize that for some stores shelf space is an issue, and that beer geeks may not be the bread and butter clientele, but I have to believe it wouldnít be that difficult to always have 1 six-packís worth of selected beers displayed as singles. Other stores do it and are very successful with it.