Stopped in for 1st time last weekend when up in the area. Place is nothing fancy, but has a pretty diverse selection of beers. Styles & various parts of the world. The staff is friendly and pretty knowledgeable and will talk to you about what you prefer or what you are looking to try. They did have a tasting going on the day I was there with about 6 different ones to sample. I did notice that some of the prices were a bit higher, but there is lots to choose from.
They’ve done a lot of work in the past several months to open up the floor and allow for more display space - no more deli counter. Selection was weak for a while after ownership change, and they’re now back to carrying a lot of stuff that’s hard to find in the area (like Prairie Artisan and Mikkeller). Prices on some of the harder to find stuff is a little high. Staff is pretty knowledgeable. Good local selection.
Updated: This place is going downhill fast! The "new" owners had big dreams and plans and NONE of them have come to fruition in the past year. The selection is worse than the gas station next door and the gas station has better prices. Avoid this place so it goes under and someone else can take it over and REALLY do the job right.
I have been to Shep’s about 50 times and thought I’d finally write something. First off, Shep’s is under new ownership as of last week, so the previous reviews are in regards to the previous management. The old guys that owned it before sold it to a younger guy and his girlfriend. I’ve been in there two times since then and the young guy seems more enthusiastic and talkative about beer than the old dudes. He plans to put in about 30 taps for growler filling/tasting, as well as revamp the whole sandwich set-up. There should also be beer sampling in the near future, and the possibility to drink beer on site with your sandwich or whatever. Also, they are getting rid of the wine. Of course we’ll have to see if the manager keeps his word, but they have already repaved the parking lot and have began moving stuff around to make room for more. If you are in the St. Pete are keep this place on your radar, or if you have been here before I suggest you revisit within the next couple of weeks to see the changes.
In terms of the place itself, everything the reviewers below have said applies here, minus comments about the old management/employees. The new management also has added a "new releases" section of the beer friges. Keep this place on your radar if you’re in the area.
And if you’re local, add any beers you buy there to ratebeer! Will definitely help everyone out.
Shep’s is an independent beer and wine store that serves the community with a wider selection of beers than anyone else in the vicinity carries. Located just north of downtown St. Petersburg near the intersection of 22nd Ave and 4th St., it looks like an old 7-11 on the outside, but it sure beats driving to Seminole to visit Total Wines to pick up a few interesting beers, or to look for something I just had on tap at The Ale and the Witch, or somewhere else downtown. I am continually surprised at the selection they are able to fit in a relatively small store.
They carry a ton of micros and a good selection of imports. Most are available as single bottles, and they have 6-packs or 4-packs for some.
There is not typically more than a few customers in the store, and the counter help is ready to assist or answer any questions. The people there are knowledgeable and make pretty good suggestions.
Little neighborhood mart with a more beer focused theme.
Inside reminded more of an old mom and pop store although the beer selection was very interesting for that location.
Prices were also more than fair, and a friendly service.
A good stop if driving through St-Pete, maybe not as much if coming from Tampa.
...found this place the other day when going to Sunken Gardens. I was rather pleasantly surprised at the selection. the outside does look like a shit convince store, but the inside had some nice stuff, and some bottles I have not yet seen in the area. Staff didn’t seem too enthusiastic about the beer, but oh well I suppose. I will go back there when I have more time to browse.
Converted convienence store. Selection is pretty large and varied. Prices are reasonable and the staff seemed knowledgeable. I have definitely seen better shops but I was able to find something to drink here.
You can’t beat the beer selection at Shep’s without going to a huge retail store. The unassuming little convenience store exterior belies the treasures hidden within. I have found things there I have never found elsewhere. That said, you will pay top dollar for this wide breadth of choices.
This is a little convenience store with “so – so” deli selection. The sandwich I had was far from great. The beer selection is decent with clean organized layout similar to Swann’s. They have about three cooler doors with singles too. The selection is overall OK with a couple of unique offerings not usually seen elsewhere. For me it is worth a look every few months. This combined with Rollin’ Oats up the street makes for a decent beer run.