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Beer Available At Premier Gourmet (arranged by most recent)
Lvivske Svitle (Light) 10, Andechser Vollbier Hell 50, Anchorage / Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza Boreal 99, Otter Creek Citra Mantra 95, Aldaris Pilzenes 7, Jack’s Abby Sunny Ridge 77, Flying Bison Buffalo Kolsch 716 32, AleSmith Speedway Stout 100, Maine Beer Zoe 99, Jack’s Abby Jabby Brau 86, Baird / Ishii / Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA 10.1% (2015) 96, Ommegang Nirvana IPA 88, Southern Tier Right-O-Way IPA 79, Abita Wrought Iron IPA 91, Great Divide 20th Anniversary Belgian-Style Ale 81, Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout 100, Evil Twin / 7venth Sun Citra Sunshine Slacker 96, Heavy Seas Double Cannon 95, Grimm Tesseract 87, Flying Dog Bloodline Blood Orange IPA 94
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cratez (256) Toronto, Ontario | May 24, 2011
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
This specialty food and liquor store has an extensive range of beers from around the world, all of which are sorted by their country and, in the case of U.S. beers, state of origin. Walk through the doors, turn left, and head to the back where you’ll find hundreds of high quality craft brews. I grabbed a Tröegs Nugget Nectar, Anchor Old Foghorn Barley Wine, Oskar Blues G’Knight Imperial Red and Ten FIDY, St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition, Hitachino Nest XH and Commemorative Ale, Kona Pipeline Porter, and Duvel Triple Hop, among many others. Compared to Village Beer Merchant, the prices are cheaper (certain beers are $3-4 less per bottle), the selection is larger, and some of the stock - like the Oskar Blues stuff - is fresher here. Service was very good as the clerks seem to know a lot about the products they’re selling (coffee, meats, bulk food) and the cashier jammed all of my bombers into a single case in order to avoid problems at the border. We also stayed for lunch since the deli sells various gourmet soups, sandwiches, and entrees. Overall, Premier offers a pleasant and sophisticated shopping experience with the best beer selection in the city. A mandatory stop when you come to Buffalo.
EithCubes (242) New Jersey | July 13, 2010
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
A little unsure of how I feel about this place - good coverage of the region, some goodies from PA and the PNW, and some excellent imports, but prices are only average and the store is somewhat cavernous and under-utilized. Though it loses to some of my favorite stores on mind-boggling quality and selection, it also maintains a very high standard and I’d be downright proud to have it as my local - so a big score. Next door does bring the mind-boggling selection on wine and spirits.
mabel (230) Toronto, Ontario | July 6, 2007
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Been here a couple times in the past year and am impressed each time. A seemingly big old dirty store with its harsh white walls and lights, there’s more here than meets the eye -- many beer treasures live on huge shelves in the back corner, organized according to country. Factor in these hundreds of bottles of imports and North American treats, all the meats and cheeses and teas you have to walk by to get to the beer, and the cavernous wine store next door, and you’ve got a bunch of envious Canadians drooling across the border. Service is usually indifferent, but whatever: this place should definitely be on your list if you’re in town.
UDBeernut (186) Between JAX and SGJ, Florida | June 5, 2012| Updated November 18, 2012
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 18/20
Update: got a growler today $3.50 for the vessel, 20 beers to choose from including 120 min and oak aged yeit. Selction gets huge bump. Large store with two sides. One totally dedicated to wine and booze. The other is dedicated to beer, some gourmet food, and cooking impliments. this review focus just on beer selection. Everything I would expect of a quality beer store. Nothing terribly out of this world. Beers on tap. I did pick up a bomber of southern tier oak aged cuvee series 1. It has the selection of half time (look it up) but about 1/4 of the size. Prices were reasonable, even down right cheap. Maybe I am just used to the eastern NY BS.
merc7186 (177) North Tonawanda, New York | November 17, 2013
94 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 19/20
Thet have moved into their new location and it is better than it was before. Even though the beer sector is roughly the same as the previous location, but they now have a 20 tap growler fill station and a good sized walk in cooler.
A: The Gourmet shop has a nice atmosphere and the place is very clean. They also will feature a small cafe area which is nice because you grab some gourmet delicacies while there too.
Q: They have lots of different beers from different states and countries...plus get all of the rarities that come to the area.
S: Ethan and his team are very knowledgeable and will make great recommendations for any style you inquiry about. There is always someone there to talk ask questions.
S: Thee best selection in the Buffalo area..is doesnt even come close.
V: They are very reasonably priced compared to consumers or village beer merchant and is always the cheapest when it comes to rarities.
Overall, if you are from out of town and post a thread about what bottle shops to hit, this one is always at the top of everyones list. No Comparison.
rejtable (176) Ontario | April 16, 2012
58 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 3/10 OVERALL 13/20
Blows away anything I can get in Canada, but I found the ambiance hard to take, prices were a bit high. Selection was probably pretty solid for the area.
blipp (162) San Diego, California | January 12, 2008
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Pretty good beer selection at pretty average prices. I got all three Rochefort Trappistes and there are lots of other beers that are pretty hard to find, as well as some beer that you can only find locally. Lots of other stuff in the store... cheese and other weird stuff. If you’re into that kinda stuff this place would be heaven.
Ontbeertaster (159) Ontario | December 4, 2010| Updated February 26, 2011
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Good place to go for beer. Compared to other store this is prob one of the biggest I have seen. Nice place, nice staff often ready to help out. Will continue to shop here
austinpowers (152) New York, New York | January 27, 2004| Updated November 2, 2004
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
Massive selection - truly impressive. Lots of obscure US micros, particularly stuff like Cooperstown Brewing and other NE brews. Service made an impression on me as a beer salesperson came over to me and offered me friendly advice and suggestions. It is possible that this store’s selection is better than Hi-Time’s, making Premier the best beer store in the U.S.
sthlm (144) Minnesota | August 24, 2010
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
A nondescript store in a strip mall, situated next to a different liquor store. At first I wondered if I was in the right place, but after passing by the party supplies, a very nice beer selection awaits in the back. Very nice American selection, solid stuff from Belgium, even had the Epic beers from New Zealand. Few things really stood out as being overly rare, but still impressive nonetheless. Service was the weak point at the store. I was asked if I needed any help, but otherwise the member of the staff that was near me acted as if talking with me for even a moment was a chore. Regardless, definitely worth stopping at.
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