Village Beer Merchant | Buffalo, New York
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Village Beer Merchant
Excellent based on 34 ratings
Type: Beer Store

547 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, New York United States 14222 [ print map ]
716 881 1080

Hours: Mon-Thu 11am-9pm Fri/Sat 11am-11pm Sun 11am-5pm

Mayor: Sammy (2) | Taps: 20 | Bottles: 1200

Village Beer Merchant

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Beer Available At Village Beer Merchant (arranged by most recent)
Ithaca Excelsior! Seventeen 96, Jackís Abby Hopstitution XPL #7 OIL! 87, Southern Tier Buffalo Local (2013)
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34 reviews for Village Beer Merchant
 Ambiance  77%
 Service  80%
 Selection  78%
 Food  64%
 Value  64%
 Overall  77%
 Rating  87%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
RyanBflo  (20) New York | January 17, 2011
Shop here often just wish they had a larger selection. A little expensive but I look at as paying for the convenience.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 15/20
pete4999  (4) Buffalo, New York | October 3, 2010
I donít really get the love for this place, to be honest. Itís good, but I prefer Premier and Consumers over VBM. Ambiance: average - quiet, fairly spacious given their small space, somewhat "quirky" feel. Service: pretty good - usually not a ton of people in here, so the workers are attentive and answer questions; certain employees arenít as knowledgeable (not trying to be a jerk, but this has been my experience) as others. Selection: average when compared to the other places - pretty good selection of certain "large microbrew" breweries, but pales in comparison to, say Premier. Food: not sure - they sell gourmet cheese and such, but Iíve never tried it. Value: slightly overpriced, IMO. Ever so slightly pricier than Premier or Consumers. Overall: not bad, but I donít think it deserves as high a rating as it gets. Parking there is always a bitch, too. I live a mere 5 minute drive away, but I still make the 15-minute drive to Premier when I need beer. I notice that a review just a few below here has the exact opposite thoughts than I have. Oh well, just my opinion.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
Zenwolf  (52) Waterloo, Ontario | August 19, 2010
Fantastic Place to shop just 10 minutes from the USA / Canada border. I stop in here whenever I am in the states for a couple days. Great range of America Micro and craft. The selection varies on availability so itís somewhat hit and miss. Great service, knowledgeable and friendly. I can buy a good range of Canadian Microís I canít find in Ontario!
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
TheJester  (58) Peterborough, Ontario | December 31, 2009
Great little place. Spacious aisles, walk-in fridge, well organized. Kinda upscale-looking place. Employee was quite knowledgeable. Wasnít too busy, so we got his full attention. And unlike Premiere (and Coleís), they werenít out of almost everything. Prices were about average for the area.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 18/20
socialistpete  (8) Blasdell, New York | October 17, 2009
I was glad when this place opened, they may have the best selection in the area. the selection is widely varied and updated. they also have growlers with a good rotation as to whats on tap. The staff is not only knowledgeable about beer but also friendly and very helpful.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
DYCSoccer17  (324) Woodland, California | October 8, 2009
This place rules. A nice spacy, unassuming store on Elmwood. This place has a bigger, and better selection that Premier Gourmet as of this rating. Service was friendly and helpful. Prices seemed fair. Tidy, clean store. I wish this place was around when I lived on Elmwood 5 years ago. Save the drive to Premier Gourmet, and check this place out!
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
matt7215  (71) Cambridge, Ontario | July 3, 2009
nice little store right down from coles. tons of bottles to choose from with attentive staff. priced similar to other bottle shops in buffalo. there is nothing at all wrong with this store and its so close to coles it completely negates a trip to the other buffalo bottle-shops. parking can be a PITA but hey you cant have everything. ill be back.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 13/20
Sammy  (611) Toronto, Ontario | August 1, 2008| Updated May 21, 2014
A very classy shop, near Coleís bar and therefore right off the Peace Bridge. This allows a new option for Canadians to shop for bottles if they canít get far enough to Premiere. The comparisons start. Premiere has more selection, particularly with their very liberal singles policy, much spottier service,more food and soda with your beers, more parking, and closer to the main though more expensive Buffalo shopping haunts. Village is more navigatable aisles, slightly better pricing, and of course a different part of town.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
spkldhenlvr24  (31) Newburgh/Buffalo, New York | April 24, 2008
Smaller place located right in the Elmwood Village. Really nice/knowledgeable guys working there. Selection is very solid with some good changing taps(Chimay). Prices are relatively good. If your into gourmet cheese, olives, salsa, etc. this place is great. Good sandwiches, really big. Take a stroll down Elmwood on a nice day and check it out. BTW theres a chance they might buy Jimmy Macís next door for the right price and make it an English style pub. Cool place.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
frylock  (80) Atlanta, Georgia | April 21, 2008
Excellent little beer store that fits nicely into the Elmwood Village neighborhood. Nice interior that shows the effort they put into decorating. Full deli with sandwiches, cheese, etc. Beer selection isnít quite to the level of Premeir, but is very solid and seems to be improving with each visit. In addition to bottles they have several taps for growler fills and the owners acquire some of the more rare tap only beers like Sixpoint. The staff is friendly and helpful. Price wise they are about average, some bottles on the high side and some a little cheaper. They sell singles, but not of every beer in the store. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.

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