Village Beer Merchant

547 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, New York United States 14222
bottle shop  4.35/5.0 34 reviews
Mon-Thu 11am-9pm Fri/Sat 11am-11pm Sun 11am-5pm

Mayor: pete4999 (3) | Taps: 20 | Bottles: 1200
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis  (754) Sunnyvale, California | December 10, 2012
Unfortunately for them I stopped in after Prestige. Pretty good selection, ton of Great Divide stuff, but nothing truly exceptional, and essentially all of their stock was also sitting on the shelves at Prestige. Great place to go if you are in the area and need a beer fix, however. Also had a 20 tap growler fill station.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk  (314) Washington D.C., Washington DC | November 30, 2012
Decent selection. Comparable to Consumer Beverages in Niagara, but a little more expensive. Better selection of singles though which is great for tickers - lots of $2 beers to choose from. The girl even said sheíd break up sixers if she had a lot of them. Saw a few good bottles of top beers, some Alesmiths and Great Divide especially. A decent amount of Belgian imports as well - some stuff Iíve never seen before. They also have a lot of Evil Twin and Mikkeller. Iíll be going back here for sure.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 5/10
  • VALUE 3/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
ATTWNone  (12) , | May 8, 2012
Nice selection on draft for growlers, with an ever expanding bottle selection make this a must stop in the city. Growler pricing averages about $2-3 higher than anywhere else. Same with bomber prices.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
MrBeerFanatic  (12) Friona, Texas | April 12, 2012
Small but packs a decent selection of rare and hard to find beers. The prices are a tad bit high but its a smaller buisness. Worker seemed pretty intelligable about beer. All in all a valuable store for beer geeks everywhere close.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber  (302) Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), Poland | March 8, 2012
Bit small place. Beer set up is not as well designed as one might hope. Pleasant service was provided. Prices are on higher end. Solid selection but Premier is much better.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD 3/10
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
rob6239  (55) Ontario | December 3, 2011
Several taps for growlers here and a large selection of non-alcoholic sodas as well.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs  (492) Toronto, Ontario | July 12, 2011
Atmosphere has more character than say Premier or Consumers, but the primary reason for going here is location. SItuated betwen Coles and Blue Monk it is your most convenient bottle stop if you are planning to hit either of those places. Decent selection with some imports that the other shops donít have, but they are typically priced accordingly (e.g. $$$) Growler fills are a nice option, and generally a solid selection of US micros. Bit less selection than Premier most of the time, but well worth a look if you have time.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
cratez  (256) Toronto, Ontario | May 24, 2011| Updated May 30, 2011
Second best beer store in Buffalo with a beautiful, clean, and open layout and countless specialities items like gourmet meats and cheeses. Hundreds of bottles to choose from with 20 taps for growler fills. Expansive selection of American and Belgian micros with some impressive UK (Samuel Smith) and German (Ayinger) offerings as well. I grabbed a case of beer that included FantŰme Hiver, Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye and Red Rocket, Great Divide 17th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA, Victory Hop Wallop, Mikkeller IBeatU, and Ithaca Flower Power IPA, among others. The service on my visit was excellent as the clerk chatted to me the entire time I was shopping. He suggested a handful of noteworthy beers (particularly the new arrivals) and gave me a Bellís HopSlam as I was checking out. Unbelievable! Overall, this is a must-visit when shopping for beer in Buffalo, although Premier has a slightly larger, cheaper, and in some cases fresher selection than Village. Still, I will undoubtedly be returning here when I find myself back in the city. An outstanding beer store.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
valgalder  (14) Buffalo, New York | April 22, 2011
Good beer section, although most of the time slightly more expensive than other outlets. Good tap selection for growlers. Belgian bottles leave some to be desired for. Barely any lambics are stocked. Overall itís worth a stop in to check it out, the staff is generally very helpful and friendly.
64
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee  (531) Toronto, ON, Ontario | February 17, 2011
Smallish beer section but itís well chosen. Coolers at the back and a lot of gourmet food items throughout. Itís a good spot - but the selection is better up the road at Premiere Gourmet. Itís a good store - just not the best store in the area.
82
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
JB84  (6) Kitchener, Ontario | January 31, 2011| Updated March 24, 2011
Great layout with low lit store. Helpful friendly staff. Good growler selection and walk in fridge. A tad on the pricey side vs premier. Bottles all seemed fresh. Selection is decent but not the best. Overall pretty solid.

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