Excellent selection with great shelf organization: local, US, & World Wide sorting. The Beer Woman is enormously helpful and friendly and has an accent (hey, I dig it). Their email notification service is Johnny on the Spot with new offerings and chances for reserving small volume exclusive product.
I was very impressed with this store! They have an excellent selection of local brews, many of which are not available nationally. I bought a whole bunch to take with me back to Atlanta and sample.
The salespeople were very helpful in guiding me towards the craft brews and making suggestions. I would like to have found more porters and stouts, but I went shopping the day after the 4th of July so their stocks were a tad low. Nevertheless, I found two boxes full of single bottles to cram into my trunk.
I strongly recommend this to anybody who lives in, or is visiting, the Detroit area. Actually, after learning that there are over 80 craft brewers in Michigan - versus only three or four in Georgia - I think Iíll move up there. ;)
The best beer store on the west side, hands down. Phenomenal selection, lots of high end stuff and rarities. Great singles aisle, one of the better ones Iíve come across. Their prices are almost the best Iíve seen. If I lived within 10 miles of it, itíd be one of the only stores I bother to go to.
Great beer selection here, especially for international stuff. I have found a couple places that are slightly cheaper but they donít allow you to buy single bottles like this place. So I can here most of the time to get mixed 6-packs. Annette is very helpful and knowledgeable about everything beer related.
dmschefke (52) Macomb, Michigan | March 4, 2009| Updated June 29, 2009
Great selection of beers. If it is distributed to Michigan, they are likely to have it. Anette is also a Certified Cicerone and is VERY knowledgeable. I have yet to have a question she isnít able to answer with ease. Prices are fair and they do have a build-your-own 6-pack option that they keep expanding. I never saw the place before the remodel, but it is definitely the best store I have found anywhere in the Detroit area for selection and some nice rarities also.
Ambiance: you can find pretty much any beer that is distributed to Michigan here. They have about 30 shelving units with craft brews from around the world such as Belgain Lambics, Vintage Ales, Special Releases, etc...
Service: youíll get very good service and advice here from Annette or the other workers. They always give me an honest answer when asking when or if they are getting certain beers. I have never tried to special order a specific beer, but Iím sure they would order a specific beer if they can get it.
Selection: I have been to beer stores throughout Michigan and the Midwest and I have not found a place with a better selection. The only thing I wish they had more of would be a warm American craft beer section where you can build your own 6 packs. They have some reasonable prices on most of their beers. Some are a little more than Iíve seen elsewhere and most are the same price or a little less. Once in a while, you can find great deals here. In the last few months, I purchased 750s of Chíti Brune and Ambre for $2.99 each, and bottles of Rochefort 6 and Achel Brune and Blonde for $2.00 each.
They also have a wonderful assortment of liquors, wines and specialty foods from around the world.
Merchantís is one of the finest beer (and specialy wine/liquor/food)stores in the Midwest, if not THE FINEST.