after4ever (213) Brier, Washington | February 6, 2013
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 12/20
The selection is pretty amazing, and a lot of the prices are pretty right on. They beat the crap out of breweries, wineries, and distributors over cost. That puts a good price on the shelf in some cases, most notably with a few beers and wines.
This is an entire supermarket worth of aisles and coolers, all devoted to intoxicants of one form or another. You see wines when you walk in; walk to the far side of the front of the store and you’re in the beer aisles. Toward the back is the liquor.
The beers are organized by country, with a whole aisle of American beers organized by the bigger style families--IPAs, stouts, and so on.
Most of the beers are singles, and you can mix and match. There are a few six-packs, most of them are in coolers on the back wall. There are sixers and half racks and cases of the big industrial beers on another aisle.
They’re actually pretty great about putting little buyer’s guides out, truth be told. They’re free, and there seem to be little stacks of them on just about every aisle.
I could definitely see shopping here for bulk purchases (like before a party, or stocking a new bar or something). And the selection is vastly larger than supermarkets can offer. They don’t seem to have all the special beer releases that the little bottle shops have, but they did have at least one (Sneaky Pete from Laughing Dog) that’s not everywhere. Virtually none of the beer here is cold, though they do offer a few taps for tasters and growler fills.