United States > Arizona > Mesa
ElGaucho (235) Minnetonka, Minnesota | March 29, 2013
98 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 20/20
If Iíve been to a bottle shop with a better selection I donít remember it. Quite frankly blows away Blue Max in Birnsville, MN. Iím sure some of my giddiness is because there are quite a few things here I canít get in my home market, but even for brewers that I can they have harder to find offerings. Not sure I agree with other reviewers on the "disorganized" and "dusty bottles" comments. Yes there was a section of Eastern European beers that had a number of dusty bottles. So what. As long as that doesnít mean old then itís not a big deal. Small bar downstairs is cool with several round tables and wine bottles (very organized) everywhere. Some cool on tap offerings although it was unclear whether you could order something as the bar wasnít specifically tended. Staff is very knowledgeable and helped me locate some of the more special stuff. Prices seemed very reasonable compared to in MN. Off the charts bombers were sometimes only in the $5-6 range. If youíre anywhere close to this place itís a must visit. Blows away Papago for beer selection; only thing Papago has over this place is that they brew their own beer.
wedgie9 (34) Nashville, Tennessee | January 17, 2010
94 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 19/20
They have the best beer selection in the valley. The beer and wine lounge in the basement is great as well now that they have everything set up and looking good. I am always well taken care of. Another plus is that they offer a storage cooler in the basement as well. I rent a locker where I age both wines and beers (truly a necessity in the ridiculous heat of the Phoenix area).
Taverner (83) San Ramon, California | January 15, 2008
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
They have such a great selection, and you can mix and match. Iíve never seen a place like this, even in California.
hollypocket (10) Arizona | June 30, 2009| Updated July 1, 2009
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
the selection is immense. looks like they are doing renovations to make it look nicer. the wine bar now has an art galley, which i think is pretty cool! thanks Sun Devil, you are awesome
bigbeersrule (34) | January 14, 2007| Updated January 22, 2010
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 18/20
A very unusual liquor store with a hidden bar (tasting room) in the cellar. Beer is two different prices, one to go and one to drink there. A decent selection available in bottes but only a couple of taps. The taps are usually pretty good though with some occasional really good stuff. The tasting room is a 25/75 mix of beer and wine but there is still plenty to choose from. Sadly, some of the beer to go is not refrigerated.. A cool little hidden gem not on everyones radar.
unclemattie (112) Georgia | March 23, 2007
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
south of corner of E. University & N. CountryClub, MESA. little red building and a bright yellow sign on the curb with a sunset on the top of it. Dark and Dingy inside, but OMG, there is more beer than I think I saw anything else. Great Selection. One of the best Iíve seen. Sells single bottles of anything. Super friendly staff made us feel welcome and they were constantly willing to help out with any of our needs.
EHopper (2) Minnesota | February 27, 2010
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Just had the most incredible time, great help from someone who really knew their beer, but it was more than help, like meeting new friends.
SuperDave (26) Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona | February 4, 2008
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
When you walk in this place, your first instinct may be to turn around and walk out. But, take a few minutes to stroll around the somewhat disorganized dusty shelves and haphazardly placed displays and you will be rewarded. There are boxes of empty six-pack holers placed around the beer areas, so feel free to grab a couple and fill them with whatever you can find. And donít worry about breaking up another six-pack to get what you want, it is not a problem here. Canít find exactly what you are looking for? Just ask, most of the employees know the exact location of everything in the store, and seem to have sampled a great majority of them. Looking for a keg? They have a great selection. And they are more than happy to roll out to your car and help load it. This place is truly amazing!
rickyleepotts (8) Scottsdale, Arizona | February 22, 2013
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
This. Place. Rocks! I found this place by accident, and fell in love the moment I walked in. There is a small section called the Iron Curtain and they have beers from all over the world in there. Beers that I never knew were shipped to Arizona. Oh, and the bar downstairs. That place is incredible, too. Just a really cool "hole in the wall" liquor store with a great selection of beers.
Rusty (12) Mesa, Arizona | October 5, 2009
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
Sun Devil is the best beer store in Mesa bar none. Iíve been shopping there for years and their selection is on par with their sister store Tops in Tempe, but since they are in Mesa some of the more sought after brews spend a little more time on their shelves, which means more time to buy. The owner Laurie is very personable, and the rest of the employees Chris, AJ, etc treat their locals well. They have a basement with a small tasting room with a couple of taps and a cooler full of various beers, wines, etc if you feel like hanging out that they recently expanded to include 200% more room, couches, swank furniture, flat panel TVís and occasional live entertainment. I hope that this catches on because theyíve been putting a lot into it lately and itís really a nice quiet contemplative place to have a beer or 2. If I had 1 complaint about anything here it would be the organization of their beers, and the temperature at which the non cold storage beers are stored. In past years in summer months the store has been quite warm; however this past summer I didnít notice any excessive temps. Another nice thing about sun devils basement is that they have a temperature and humidity controlled cellar where you can store your beer and wine. In Arizona you canít exactly cellar stuff in most houses like they do there, and the rates seem reasonable.
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