nearbeer (231) Knoxville, Tennessee | May 5, 2011| Updated September 2, 2014
Nice store, with 6% plus abv beers in the wine and liquor half, and the under 6 in the separated beer shanty. Both sides have good selection, but high gravity side looks like an afterthought with some of the beer tucked in behind the cash registers and vestibule. Nice and knowledgeable staff. Prices are about what to expect in TN: a bit high, but not ridiculous.
In town for the week, I swung by to grab some regional/local stuff. With the screwy Tennessee liquor laws, the high gravity stuff is on the liquor side and anything at 6.3% ABV and below (I believe that was the break-point) is on the beer/cigar side. I was pleased to see that the guys on the beer side knew their inventory well and could describe most of what I wasnít familiar with already. Amongst the stuff not available in KS or MO, I found: Yazoo, Sweetwater, Victory, Yuengling, DFH, and a few others. The higher gravity side had a couple employees that were eager to help me with my mini-quest, but other than Yazooís Sue, there wasnít too much that I havenít already tried or canít find in KC. The combined selection here is pretty solid, and if you are into sakes, they have one of the best selections Iíve ever seen. If youíre in the area and wanting to make a beer run, this is a solid choice.
Stopping on the way out of town I was able to find a good selection of local stuff that doesnít make it all the way to Ohio. The split sides were a bit annoying as the higher ABV beers were kind of tucked away but the ability to buy Terrapin and French Broad beers relatively cheaply was nice. The clerk even helped carry the case to our car which was a nice tough.
Overall I would probably see what other stores were like in the area to get a better idea but this seems like a nice stop. It did live up to the recommendations I was given by others.
This place has a great selection for the location. I picked up an Ommegang Three Philosophers and a 4 pack of Palo Santo. They had the new Sierra Nevada Anniversary beer. About 25 feet of wall space devoted to craft beer. This place is a good/easy place to stop in and get good product quickly. Employees helpful.
lithy (156) Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania | May 10, 2010
Looks like a nice store, big space, lots of beer on the under 6 side, a setup in the corner for over 6 stuff. I was quickly helped to the two cases I was picking up and despite systems being down, my card was run correctly via paper with no issues and boxes helped to my car.
The selection of low ABV beers is really quite impressive, along with the selection of beer glasses. But when it comes to the liquor side, where all the gold is, youíll find yourself only getting excited over a handful of beers and end up leaving with nothing.
This store is laid out pretty much like a big warehouse store with lots of boxes and stuff here and there. They have a very small beer selection. I didnít count more than twelve or so different beers. The supply and price were fairly standard for this area.
Mostly the same beers here as everywhere else in town. Still donít have the Kindl Berliner Weisse I was looking for or anything like it. Not that many sour beers that I have taken a liking to. Average prices and service.
Low alcohol side of the store is mostly six packs with a couple of refrigerator shelves of bombers. This side doesnít take AmEx, while the high alcohol side does. Donít even try to figure out Tennessee alcohol laws. The high alcohol side has a fair selection of local and Belgians, all crammed into a small space directly in the front window behind the cash registers. An earlier post claims the shades are drawn to keep the sunlight off the beer, but I didnít see it on two sunny afternoon trips I made there. Those poor beers were cooking! As this was the best beer selection I found in Nashville, I ended up driving to Bowling Green for beer that is properly cared for. If, on the other hand you are looking for Bourbons, Midtown has a beautiful display of those in the center of the store.