Awesome bottle shop tucked around the corner from Putney overground station. Fantastic selection of beer from around the world, including some real gems, and great staff that can give in-depth advice or just let you browse.
Hands down one of the best bottle shops in London. Not as sleek and design orientated as some of the newer bottles shops popping up but the selection is huge and solid with incredibly friendly service.
Friendly place and service minded guy with right attitude. We were 5 guys interessed in beer, and we shared bottle after bottle at the place. This was a good way too find out if the beer were tasteful. And a lot of help from his knowledge. At last he gave us a big tasteful suprise.We was buying a lot of bottles too bring back home.
I"ll be back again next time i visit London. Thank you.
Visited a few times during my short stay in Putney. Small bottle shop with a nice selection of modern breweries, mixed with some German and Belgian classics. You can drink beer on site as well, always one or 2 taps on. Staff was helpful and chatty on all occasions I visited, and even willing to offer me a beer after I told them one of the beers I got there was an extreme gusher. Beers aren’t cheap, but as it appears London is now also part of Scandinavia, as is Amsterdam. Decent shop, worth a visit when in the neighbourhood.
Decent size bottle shop near East Putney tube (just a few hundred meters away from where I was living). It’s clean, but there’s way too much light on the beers because of the huge window and no protection for the beer. I was lucky as, unlike other comments, the guy who worked at the store was friendly. Selection seemed pretty good to me with a focus on beers from England, but a good amount of interesting foreign beers. Some beers are pricey, but others are fair prices (Kernel, Partizan & others). Overall, a very nice little beer shop, but I would be cautious with beer exposed to light and I probably wouldn’t be a regular because of the prices.
Small to medium sized bottle shop on the Upper Richmond Road that links East Putney tube (District) and Putney BR, approx 3 mins on foot from the former, 5 or so from the latter.
I popped in around 5pm on a Monday and was the only person in the shop. There was a guy behind the counter on a laptop who chose not to look up.
Now I don’t usually want any help when I’m in a beer shop I’m happy to browse at my own pace and if I have a question there’s a tongue somewhere in my gob for said purpose but this bloke didn’t look up once or even say hello which I though was a bit piss poor.
Selection was decent enough if a little over priced on most offerings. Orkney Dark Island Reserve probably the most extreme example @£21, picked this up the other week for £16, outside of London admittedly, but quite the mark up for Putney rent !
Selection was solid enough but nothing rare you couldn’t get elsewhere and for less.
When I went to pay mr important was still on his lap top and I was about to start counting to 10 and walk out when he eventually acknowledged me, took my money and short changed me £1.
FFS - I was the only person in the shop, he had nothing to do other than sell me one bottle of beer and he got the change wrong!
Can’t say I’d ever make the effort to come here again. I guess if you lived in the area it offers some good bottles and I probably would use it from time to time were I a local.
Oh and theres nothing cool or clever in making fake accounts and rating your own place 90+ twice. Both users logged in on one day only and haven’t been seen since - do you think we don’t clock this ????? Most people will however value the reviews of those of us with 3 or 400 place ratings so it does nothing but make you look desperate !
I’ve frequented this shop for a few years now. A couple of years ago it was pretty average, but it has improved year on year - particularly on selection. Conveniently placed between Putney station and East Putney underground. Much more spacious than most beer shops in London. Staff are friendly. Standard beers from USA, some from Belgium. A lot of the German / British selection is displayed very near the window which could cause some light damage to the beers (though I don’t tend to pick this stuff up so I don’t know whether there’s a real issue). They have now put in tables so that people could sit and drink if they want. Sadly their stout range tends to be quite static, but I fear that this is due to consumer preference rather than their purchasing choices.
I stopped past here for the first time on a hot summer’s day and was immediately disappointed to see some bottles in the shop being drenched in sunlight.... So If I were you I would avoid buying anything from the shelves nearest the window! Excluding this fact I found the rest of the shopping experience pretty good. I thought they had a pretty decent selection (perhaps an improvement according to previous people who visited?), but they are definitely not making the most of the fairly large space. The shop selection is generally separated into German, UK, American and Belgian. Both the UK and Belgian sections had some interesting beer – 3 new Kernel beers for me (this doesn’t happen too often) and 3 different bottles of Fantome being the highlights. About 90% beer is on shelves and they have a small selection in fridges, which I hope they expand. A lot of the beers had a description, which is pretty useful to the general public. Prices were a touch higher than elsewhere, but Beer Boutique is still a decent addition to this area.
I was a bit underwhelmed by this place. It is exceptionally well organized and neat, but the range could be a lot better, and almost all the beers are priced about £0.30-0.50 more than I would want to pay. (N.b. a beginning beer drinker will certainly find plenty of interesting beers here, from the UK, Belgium and US.) But perhaps the largest drawback of this shop is the exposure to light. The front of the shop is all glass and, on the sunny afternoon I visited, the sun was hitting at least 50% of the stock; the bottles nearest the window or even in the window displays stand no chance. Additionally, the temperature inside the shop was well above what I would be comfortable with for storing beer. I ended up not buying anything (although a Kernel did tempt me) as there was nothing here I couldn’t find at a better price and perhaps in better condition than at other London beer stores. I like their effort but they can improve in some areas.
UPDATE: Apparently whoever runs this place likes to lash out against RateBeer on Twitter. I guess somebody can’t take constructive criticism.