This is the strangest place I have ever purchased beer. However the owners are amazingly friendly and it slightly reminded me of the drive-through beer bar in Oostvleteren, Belgium. There beer selection is light on quantity but high on quality. They had some tough to find Real Ale plus they inexplicably had Stone Enjoy After (IPA with Brett) when there were only 23 ratings on RB. I would stop here any time I was in the neighborhood. Prices were average but not everything has a price listed on/near it.
Stopped by for some Texas beers on the way to Big Bend NP. Could buy six pack mix and match which was nice. Others have pointed out the unique decor. Easy to spot from the road and the woman working there was really nice. The website says they are selling the business.
Ambiance: Giant red barn by the airport in El Paso. Freaking drive through, where you can watch people drive their cars through the middle of the place and have Doug load inevitable cases of Shiner Bock into their trunks. Many beer fridges and crates of beer litter the interior, along with the remnants of 30 years’ worth of yard sale and flea market castoffs. Paperback books to Halloween costumes to cowboy boots and baseball caps, all festooned with a quarter inch of dust. It’s simply amazing. Service: Great service. Doug is friendly as all get-out, and proud to serve in a military town. Large surfaces of the inside feature name tapes and unit patches stapled to the walls. Selection: Okaaay. Probably the best in town, store-wise, which ain’t saying much. Most of the stuff is pretty readily available. I was looking for local beers, and there was about one refrigerator’s worth. Also grabbed a six-pack of Sam Adams Pils for the room, and later discovered it was badly expired.Food: N/A. Value: Cheap enough, although prices were not listed on any product. Overall: If you live in or visit El Paso for any reason, you MUST go to Buddy’s at least once. It’s an experience you’ll never forget.
Incredible prices. 42 craft beers (4 packs and 6 packs of cans) ran me $140!
That’s 3.33 a beer. $20 six packs folks, and cans were not made of gold. These were not exotic beers, most from hawaii and texas.
The guy is nice enough and it’s an interesting place for sure but the prices were a bit much.
Boliv (35) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | July 1, 2010
A drive-in beer barn. Only in Texas would they promote drinking and driving like this. But, it’s a pretty nice selection, and super convenient. Just tell the guy what you want, and he grabs it from the cooler. Awesome!
Visited with the impression that it wasn’t a drive through, but arrived, and am sort of was perplexed by it. I could get out of the car and look at what they had, but really was not impressed with the selection- mostly BMC with a few cooler doors sprinkled with the typical micro fare (SA, Stone, Victory, Sierra Nevada...). Don’t get me wrong, the owner was very kind and nice, but it just wasn’t my kind of place.
Big red barn filled with a bunch of cool random stuff on the walls. For as big as the place is they do not have a huge selection but they do have a nice quality section fille with a bunch of beers that cannot be found anywhere else in the area. Full like of Stone bombers, Victory, DFH and bunch of other cool brews.
This place is actually a big red barn filled with beer and 20 years of stuff collected from garage sales, flea markets, etc. which definitely makes for an interesting ambiance. We parked outside and walked in. The owner was extremely helpful and just an extremely interesting dude to talk to. We were looking for local TX stuff and beers we can’t get in AZ. When we left, the wife commented that if we lived in the area, it would be fun just to go there and sit and have a beer with the owner on the chairs outdside the door - I agree.
Buddy’s might edge out Billy Crews as best beer store in the El Paso area. The guys that work there are always friendly, and they’ll often cut you a break if you’re buying a lot of beer. I don’t actually like the drive through idea (you can basically park right next to the cold cases), so I usually park outside and walk through the gate/door. Anyways, the beers don’t always have prices listed on the bottle, which kind of stinks, but they’re usually not too outrageous. Again, in terms of "best beer store in the El Paso area," Buddy’s selection is definitely bigger, but Billy Crews has a few beers that Buddy’s doesn’t.