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Why dont beer stores do as well as wine and liquor stores?

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drfabulous
beers 8831 º places 199 º 06:48 Wed 7/25/2012

Margins would be the best answer. And for those beer stores doing well: Brewforia, Bruisin Ales, Louisville Beer Store, Belmont Station, they also either have solid customer bases for craft beer (Portland, Asheville), also sell growlers, sell draught by the glass (people can hang out and have a beer or three), or do something else that makes them unique (hold special tastings, have beer personalities come by to help sell, serve food, etc.). Putting beer on the shelf and waiting for the customer base to come, unfortunately, is the strategy of many other places, and that is also why a lot of beer sits on the shelves for long periods of time (Kentucky’s Liquor Barn chain, for instance).

 
Bevbro
beers 27 º 09:01 Wed 7/25/2012

Originally posted by FrumptyDumpty
Originally posted by Bevbro
Beer only stores never make it. Beer expires and liquor doesn’t. There also isn’t $2,000 bottles of beer there is wine. And yes there is a mark up on beers. Especially Belgians because they have a longer shelf life usually and tend to sit on the shelf longer. Anyway I look at it I can’t see beer only stores ever surviving when you can go down the street and grab a bottle of Johnny Walker and sme beer.


You apparently have never been to many beer only stores. There are loads that survive. Your whole post is stupid.



Oh my appologieze I forgot to mention .000001% survive.

 
Brigadier
beers 3780 º places 321 º 09:28 Wed 7/25/2012

Originally posted by ContemplateBeer
Originally posted by Bevbro
Beer only stores never make it. Beer expires and liquor doesn’t. There also isn’t $2,000 bottles of beer there is wine. And yes there is a mark up on beers. Especially Belgians because they have a longer shelf life usually and tend to sit on the shelf longer. Anyway I look at it I can’t see beer only stores ever surviving when you can go down the street and grab a bottle of Johnny Walker and sme beer.
This place is doing aiight.

http://louisvillebeerstore.com/


So is this place - in fact they just expanded to new locations
http://www.lizardville.net *

* OK technically they also sell scotch and bourbon at the bar but you can’t buy any for takeout.

 
StefanSD
beers 2468 º places 57 º 08:42 Thu 7/26/2012

Licenses are usually to sell alcohol. In most states you can’t get a separate permit to sell beer only, you get an "alcohol license" (But in some places restaurants can get a separate permit to serve beer and wine only). It just does not make sense to not sell wine and hard alcohol if your license allows you to do so. The profit margins are compelling and most likely the license was expensive or difficult to obtain.

 
Bevbro
beers 27 º 09:56 Thu 7/26/2012

+1

 
NobleSquirrel
beers 3439 º places 209 º 10:03 Thu 7/26/2012

Why does a store need to only sell beer? Personally, I’m a bigger fan of shops that sell all forms of booze. Here in Chicago, there aren’t any beer-only stores. Beercentric, sure, but the best shops know their customers and what they can offer. I like whiskey and wine, as well as beer, and like that I can "one stop shop" at these places. Just my $.02. Also, I don’t quite understand why people see a need for a beer only shop. Personally, I also like that they can offer beer at a better price because they have the liquor/wine to subsidize the beer.

 
DarkLordDude
10:57 Thu 7/26/2012

Originally posted by NobleSquirrel
Why does a store need to only sell beer?


Depending on the state, they may not have a choice. For example, in Oregon, liquor can only be sold at liquor stores, and liquor stores aren’t allowed to sell beer or wine. Washington was the same until very recently

I believe Kentucky has separate licenses for beer and liquor/wine.

 
brewtopian
beers 2 º 14:55 Thu 7/26/2012

Originally posted by NobleSquirrel
Why does a store need to only sell beer? Personally, I’m a bigger fan of shops that sell all forms of booze. Here in Chicago, there aren’t any beer-only stores. Beercentric, sure, but the best shops know their customers and what they can offer. I like whiskey and wine, as well as beer, and like that I can "one stop shop" at these places. Just my $.02. Also, I don’t quite understand why people see a need for a beer only shop. Personally, I also like that they can offer beer at a better price because they have the liquor/wine to subsidize the beer.


I can totally see where you’re coming from. I would say the benefit of a beer only store is service and potentially selection. I’ve been to many all inclusive stores around the country and have never ran across anyone that knew the first thing about beer. Specialization is always superior from a customer experience perspective. The all inclusive stores I’ve been to usually have a big selection in terms of the space dedicated to beer but a small selection in terms of actual SKU’s.

 
oteyj
beers 2138 º places 14 º 19:23 Thu 7/26/2012

I like store that sell all types of booze. Sometimes I want some dank nasty IPA, but other times I want to slam gin and tonic.