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EithCubes (238) New Jersey | August 26, 2013| Updated November 25, 2014
28 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 2/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 1/20
Big warehouse-style with beer off in one of the wings, some nice supplementary selection to what is carried by the dominant Canalís chains, but I didnít see any 12oz singles, which stymies every beer geek impulse. Dusty bottles mean donít buy any IPA, but the seasonals are current and fresh and I think itís mostly the bombers and 750s that donít get as much movement. Which, of course, means there are some gems to be found! Prices are about par for the area. [Aug 2013: 60]
Pro tip: itís next to one of the two known (by me) independent coffee roasters in the county, Talk n Coffee.
Update: It seems that nothing has really changed -- lots of dust-covered seasonals (selling unrefrigerated pumpkin beers at full price on Memorial Day weekend is a no-no) and íspecialsí, have to be extremely selective about what to pick (no, that two-year-old Ukrainian pale lager is not a good choice). More concerning as the summer gets underway is the poor (and possible lack of) temperature control. Service has also been either indifferent or grumpy, and I canít see myself coming in for a treasure hunt more than once every year or two. [May 2014: 40]
Yikes, still seeing seeing three- and four-year-old bottles, which is great if youíre looking for something from the Lost Abbey or Bruery that was spiked with Brett, voila, aged funk at normal prices! 80F is good for Brett, right? They do still get new stock in, though Iíve recently overheard some customers complaining about the coolers not working.
Oh, and some of the workers are super surly! Though not all, Iíve had two previous friendly experiences with workers ... the last one even apologized for the dust caked onto my bombers while ringing me up, thought it was residue from a beer shower provided by a neighboring broken bottle, promptly proceeded to cover his hands in hand sanitizer and slather them all up and down the bottles. See, problem fixed! Good as new! And such initiative! [Nov 2014: 28]
Billicus (16) @RED BHUT JOIKIAS!, Paulsboro, New Jersey | February 22, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
Wharehouse style place, awesome selection, they have some much stuff, only problem is all over the place, but I like that its like a treasure hunt, service, really help yourself, worth the trip for me they get the seasonals fast, good prices, a go to place for sure!
keanex (57) Atco, New Jersey | February 21, 2012
64 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 1/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 16/20
I visited here on a Monday around 5pm. The store is very cluttered inside with spirits and wines in your face as you enter. Itís a bit of a dumpy looking place but it has a lot of beer. Finding the beer wasnít too hard, but itís so cluttered in there that it was a bit overwhelming. The beer section opens up to a big warehouse feel where thereís a lot of room. Thereís some single bottles and some bombers here, not a huge selection but they have a lot of things here that you wouldnít expect. I found a Firestone 14, Abacus, Parabola, and Great Lakes Blackout Stout 4 pack here, with many left of each!
The help was bad, I didnít have a worker approach me or anything, then again it is a Monday. Iím guessing the guys that were working donít drink craft beer though since no conversation attempts worked. When I was checking out the cashier gave me rude looks even.
As I said earlier the selection is pretty fantastic, thereís a lot of hard to find stuff sitting on the shelves here. Finding over a case of Blackout Stout, for instance, was awesome.
The prices were on par with everything else and I am glad I stopped in. The service here is pretty bad, and I wonder if the staff even drink craft beer. The area is bordering on bad and the store is dingy, I saw a broken bottle for instance on a shelf, it had been emptied but it was sitting empty on the shelf for reasons unknown. Iíll stop in here to pick up the gems on occasion, but Iím not going to expect much help from the workers.
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