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Beer Available At Samís Quik Shop (arranged by most recent)
Wicked Weed French Toast Stout 65, Ponysaurus Fig Saison Ale , Smuttynose Smuttlabs Winter Ale Aged In Red Wine Barrels 49, Aviator Hog Wild IPA 79, Ponysaurus Biere de Garde Ale , Stone Go To IPA 97, Foothills IPA of the Month: January 2014 (Ginger) , Against the Grain Brett The Hipman Hop 97, Otter Creek Citra Mantra 95, Stillwater Sensory Series v.2 - Small Black 75, Mikkeller/Lervig Double Eye PA 90, Boulevard Pop-Up Session IPA 94, New Belgium Snapshot 62, B. Nektar Cherry Chipotle Mead 99, Finchís Sobek & Set 96, Mother Earth Windowpane Series: Fig & Raisin 83, Dogfish Head Bitches Brew 99, Dogfish Head Noble Rot 94, Green Flash Rayon Vert 97, Green Man Forester 67
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DiarmaidBHK (721) Pennsylvania | September 27, 2011| Updated September 12, 2012
90 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
Has the ambiance of an Exxon station. Well it is an Exxon station if 80% of the floor space were filled with beer. I love the fact that what little BMC they had was hidden in the back. I canít recall a beer store with so many coolers. They must have had 20-25. The selection of national and Belgian craft was especially good. I wish they had more local stuff but thatís a minor quibble, I guarantee most folks will find something there theyíve never had before. Definitely one of the best in the nation.
GT2 (536) Carlsbad, California | April 13, 2010
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
Samís is absolutely ridiculous. First off, it is literally a gas station convenience store and sells 2% gas station bullshit and 98% craft beer with literally aisles and aisles to peruse. Loads of Allagash, Bear Republic Ballast Point, Unibroue, Dieu du Ciel, Rogue, Bells, Founders, Nogne O, Mikkeller, trappists, random German and English things. You get super cheap glassware to match with the beer you buy!! I have come into Samís with a tasting group and racked up a $250 tab easily. Yeah, itís that awesome. Also, the guys that work there know just about everything about beer so ask them questions! Just not dumb questions.
Drake (453) Free Union, Virginia | April 27, 2008| Updated September 14, 2009
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
Bi-polar store. First part makes a 7-11 look like a high class place. Next room over, and you have a phenomenal selection. They have plenty of macro selections, but they also dedicate major space to craft beers from all over the world. Decent prices with some good sales. Selection is a little haphazard looking, but everything is pretty well labeled. They allow you to break sixers, and the staff is helpful and friendly. Best beer store Iíve seen yet. You must stop here if youíre anywhere near Durham.
Stopped by here again today. Still feels like Iím a kid in a candy store.
beernovice39 (248) Montana | October 1, 2012
90 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 20/20
Need a DIPA while you shop at 8 AM? This is your place. Great selection and prices. A must if in the area.
GeneralGao (222) Iowa City, Iowa | February 22, 2006
84 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
This is the coolest gas station/car wash that Iíve ever been to. The reason: the huge beer selection that takes up most of the real estate inside the store. I have driven by this place on the way to work for the last 7 months and had no idea it was such a beer retailing juggernaut. Itís just off the Durham Freeway near Duke Universityís east campus. The staff were very helpful. They have a good number of Belgians in stock in addition to macros and micros from around the country. Mixed 6 packs are allowed.
JCB (206) Durham, North Carolina | January 3, 2009
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Surprised that I had not yet rated my local, which is happily also *the* place to buy beer in the Triangle. As every other review says, it does not look the part. But who cares, since whats important is the superb selection inside. Every craft brew available in NC is available in Sams, with the exception of some local only stuff from Asheville (and hell, you do even see a stray bottle of Pisgah here from time to time). The list would simply be too long. Suffice it to say that they have all the locals and regionals, all the top shelf domestics, and TONS of European stuff, including fine Germans, hardcore Scandinavian (Mikkeller, Nogne, etc.), and a really vast Belgian selection. Wine and cigars if that floats your boat, glassware for everyone, and what looks to be a modest selection of jerky. The prices are good, comparable with other locals, but it is all here, faster and in greater quantity than anywhere else. Plus, the service rocks hard. Where else can you get guys discussing the merits of
Tim Webb (192) Cambridge, England | October 16, 2012
90 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
Easily missed and a bit grungy on the outside but this has to be one of the best beer stores in the world for selection. We hit it on a busy evening when they were serving a few beers too but the tellers coped. Intelligently laid out shelves, all well-stocked. Good mix of US and imported.
Butters (180) Richmond, Virginia | May 21, 2009| Updated July 6, 2010
90 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
This place is the definition of a " diamond in the rough". I canít think of any other store that allows you to peruse a massive selection of good beers and letís you fill up your gas tank! This place is a must if you ever pass through north carolina. But be prepared to spend at least an hour looking around at all the shit you want but know you canít afford.
nearbeer (179) Knoxville, Tennessee | July 28, 2008| Updated September 4, 2008
88 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
This may be the best beer store in the Southeast. Selection and prices seem to be better than Atlanta. Staff is very knowledgeable, if not overly-friendly (unless you have multiple body piercings and tattoos). EVERYTHING in singles. So what if itís a hole/service station?
Ernest (159) Boulder, Colorado | January 22, 2007
62 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Visited Oct 06. All the ambiance and service you can expect of a gas station quick-stop, but donít let that dissuade you...they have one of the better selections youíre likely to find in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area. Lots of neat treasures to stumble across, scattered about the back of the store. Some things might be a bit old, and lightstruck bottles are possible in some cases (from fluorescents, not sun), so some care is required, but overall this is worth the drive.
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