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pinkie (10) New York | September 18, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
I went to the downtown Ithaca coffee company because I have become a coffee snob. Did you know that coffee has a nose and a palate too and plenty of subtle nuances?
Anyway - I turned the corner in their store and they had all this beer. They had a nice little seasonal section, then a little back room where they had plenty of beer to choose from. None of the dates were rubbed off or conspicuously missing and I did not have to check my fresh beer list for location of freshness date even once. They had imports like la chouffe and some kind of flemish sour ale, they had celebrator, they had plenty of fresh stone beers, they had locals and near locals. They also had a nice selection of coffee, coffee brewing equipment, chocolates and a bar. Many of their singles were under two dollars each and that means I am going to bring a bunch of them home. Next time, as I am now prepared for what I will get there, I will pick up more exotic beers. They have a nice little table and chair section for enjoying a cup of their coffee as well as a bar in back for enjoying some beer on tap. Refreshing staff who werenít too aloof and who didnít mind that I ask dumb and obvious questions when I am testing a place out. Lastly there is no problem with the lighting being poor or with the idea that the prices are not marked. Everything was neat clean and in itís place. They did have some old beer but who doesnít? I would highly recommend it. They also put together mail order gift baskets which is how I discovered them.
My one peeve, the location. Itís far from me. =)
williamherbert (60) Syracuse, New York | January 23, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
I never would have even known about this store had I not seen a big "Like Good Beer?" sign whilst driving back to Syracuse from Ithaca. The front of the store is all coffee, with fancy porcelain cups, as well as to-go paper containers. I got my coffee very fast and the baristas were friendly. In the back is both a coffee lounge-type area, as well as shelves of beer. Itís as if they had extra shelf space and just threw some coffee on there. They had about 5-6 taps in the back too. Lots of big beers (some VERY big), six packs and some singles too. Itís a great second place to visit after youíve hit Finger Lakes Beverage down the road.
DiarmaidBHK (739) Lewisburg, Pennsylvania | July 25, 2011| Updated July 4, 2012
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Odd duck of a store. Front half is a straight up coffee shop. The back half feels like a bar. The craft beer is off to the side. They had a nice selection of craft beer from all the usual suspects: dfh, ommegang, Troegs, southern tier. But I was expecting more local and regional stuff. The prices seemed reasonable. There are certainly worst beer stores out there.
Changed (10) Ithaca, New York | October 15, 2009
74 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
The Ithaca Coffee Co. near the Pyramid Mall has started selling beer in the back corner of the store. Selection is fairly static- they rotate some seasonals in, but nothing too exciting. Have a selection of not so great European beers (Guinness, Peroni, Fosters), Mexican beers, and some of the better ones- Chimay Bleu comes to mind. The rest of the selection is fairly standard stuff- DFH, Victory, Smuttynose, Lagunitas, etc... Also a selection of local stuff like Wagnerís and Ithaca. 6 rotating taps to fill growlers (which they also sell), a rack of bombers from Ommegang and the like, and a cooler with mostly the same stuff you see on the shelves. If youíre in downtown Ithaca, donít bother making it up the hill- Finger Lakes Beverage Center has this place trumped with 1 of its plethora of aisles.
bandit44 (1) Freeville, New York | February 11, 2009
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
While beer is not the main reason to go to the Ithaca Coffee Company, it sure is a good one! There is a wide variety of local NY state breweries, a great selection of other domestic beers, as well as an everchanging selection of imports. They also fill growlers with local and great domestic micro brews. New to the store is a seasonal rack which keeps customers in the mix on whatís appropriate for the time of year. Staff is friendly and knowledgable. Also relatively new is the "tavern" at their downtown location, which you can relax and drink a pint or have a bottle of your favorite beer. All in all the selection is great and the atmosphere is very friendly. Definitely worth checking out and not only for the beer!
dmradus (13) Ithaca, New York | March 2, 2007
68 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Outside the city center, near the main mall drag to the north of the city. Two entrances to this store - one takes you to beer and gourmet food, the other into specifically wine. Selection is significant but pales in comparison to Finger Lakes. Decent selection of American micros, some really random English bottled bitters and stouts, and a lackluster Belgium contingent. Occasionally the shelves are packed full but too often youíll find them in worse condition, almost stripped bare. Plenty of beer (mostly duplicates, but some not - so check it out) in the walk-in cooler. Growler fills here usually represent a more local flavor than at Finger Lakes, with Ithaca Brewing and Middle Ages out of Syracuse making regular appearances. Occasional tastings and meet-and-drinks with the brewers of the aforementioned. As mentioned, the beer is only in a corner of this store, as it mainly comprises of gourmet cheeses, coffee, confections, as well as some kitchen supplies. Staff is friendly and very willing to give unsolicited beer advice - nice when they know what theyíre talking about, a little annoying when Iím made to listen to a diatribe on imperial IPAís when I just would like to buy my beer and go, thankyouverymuch. All told, a nice place - but if youíre in Ithaca and can only go to one beer store, make it Finger Lakes.
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