Lubiere (509) Ottawa, Ontario | December 7, 2004| Updated July 17, 2006
Dec 2004. Recently painted lime green. The selection hasn’t changed since my last visit (not bad but could do better). Offers singles. July 2006 update, place got cleaned up, all the bulk cases are gone from the left side, leaving that part of the store empty. Selction has gone up and included Southern Tier Black River series (Jah-Va and IS), Averies, Rogue, North Coast, Cisco, Wachussets, etc...The owner say they do their best, but Syracuse is not an easy town for beer stores.
CapFlu (236) Victoria, British Columbia | July 10, 2004| Updated September 21, 2004
Sadly - Nowhere near the claimed ~500 bottles. Its closer to 200 and many of them are the more widely distributed Northern NY and big New England breweries. Truly sad. Especially since this bottleshop was mega-hyped for many years. They are living off their long-be-gone reputation. I was sold two VERY OLD bottles of Brasserie a Vapeur beers (8 years old / $8 each / 8% alcohol). I expect to be VERY VERY MAD with them upon consumption.
Non-impressive. Pretty empty beer store. They have mostly common stuff in bottles and a pretty limited supply of US Micros. They do have a few Belgians, but nothing to write home about. Staff ignored me when I was looking around. Probably the best bottle shop in town, but if you want good beer, you’re much better off going to the Blue Tusk.
The floor was mostly vacant, I thought the place had been robbed. They wont honor bottle deposits for beer bottles not bought there. If you found a beer to your liking, the chances are it wont be there when you return for more.
Definite stop if in the vicinity of Syracuse and in need of a cellar fill-up. Full of American micros, plenty of Belgians and English brews. Singles accepted, thankfully. Not quite to the standards of Half Time but being from import-less Canada, I cannot complain with this kind of quality selection. Must stop if you are in that region of NY state.