When in Athens and looking for local beers to bring back home, this is the go to place. There really isn’t much competition in Athens. Still this place makes the most of the limited space it has and the staff is always very friendly and knowledgeable. An added bonus, is the burrito shop next door.
All of Athens seems to shut down at 7PM on Sundays so it was nice to find this place open halfway to midnight. Small place but they pack in the beers. 2 coolers on each side with 6 packs and a center table and displays on the sides with lots of singles. I didn’t ask if I could pull from a six pack because I didn’t feel the need to. There is almost no foreign beer here. A couple Mikkellers was all I saw. Tons of Ohio beer here and a lot of other US micros. A small smattering of glassware. I picked up several Jackie O’s beers and several from Laughing Dog, TBK and others. Next door to a burrito place, so the place smells great and you will probably develop a craving before you leave. I did. The burrito was good but had way too much cheese. The shopkeeper was extremely friendly and helpful. Prices were solid.
MrBunn (92) The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania | June 20, 2014
If you are looking for bottles in Athens, this is the place to go. I was pleasantly surprised by the selection of singles and sixers and the pricing was fair, but a little high on some stuff. Service was helpful.
DrSilverworm took me in here after the Jackie-O’s release, saying it was a great little store right in the heart of Athens. And he was right. Bright and modern and cozy, there was one employee behind the counter. The walls are lined with bottles, many individuals for sale. Refrigerators along the right side are lined with six-packs, while the back wall has 12 oz. bottles and cans and the left wall houses the bombers. Because of the size, the selection isn’t enormous, but the quality is very good. There’s a lot of Ohio stuff I can’t get back in Cincinnati. Prices are good, too. Nice place to grab a bottle while in Athens. Recommended as a side-trip on a Jackie-O’s visit.
Stopped in Mid Afternoon on a Saturday. Street parking, just like everything else in Athens, but there is a parking garage close by. This place is actually a counterpart to Big Mama’s Burritos, hence the name And Beer (Big Mama’s Burritos And Beer). You can smell the restaurant next door, which is pretty nice. The place is pretty small, but seems to have a pretty nice selection anyway. Bombers and large format bottles are on the left wall as you walk in, along with some glassware and a swag section. There were a few beers setting in the middle of the floor about halfway back. There are refrigerated six and four packs in wall refrigerators on the right side. On the back wall they have their singles selection. I presume it was everything they had in six and four packs. I would guess there were about 200-300 to choose from, which was pretty nice. I was able to build a four pack without difficulty. They carried a lot of Ohio beers, I would guess that made up 30%+ of their selection. The girl working the cash register was friendly and left me to my perusing. When checking out, just chatting about beer she seemed knowledgeable and was obviously a beer geek. This is a pretty cool little bottle shop. I’ll stop back in next time I’m in town.
...And Beer is the sister store to Big Mamma’s Burritos in Athens. It is on Court Street just a couple blocks from campus. Metered street parking and a couple garages are in the vicinity.
The place is pretty small and would be easy to walk by without noticing if not for the big "BEER" sign outside. Inside they make the most of the limited space with shelves of beer around the left and rear perimeter. There is also some space devoted to beer-related merchandise like shirts, glassware, wallets and even dog collars. Some signs on the walls behind the check out as well.
The selection is pretty good all things considered. Aside from the obvious Jackie O’s, they also stock craft beer from Ohio and around the country such as Bell’s, Stillwater, Two Brothers, Stone (they had both Crime and Punishment), Mt. Carmel, Rivertown and Great Lakes. Imports from the likes of Mikkeller and Evil Twin as well. There is a wall full of singles in the back of the store too.
Service on my visit was decent. The guy behind the counter, who looked like a student asked if we needed anything and was cordial at check out.
Overall this is one of the better stores in the area and is worth a visit for people near the campus area.
A small, well-stocked beer store just off the main college grounds in Athens. The beers are laid out as cold 6-packs and shelf temperature singles. There was plenty to choose from for an out-of-towner, though nothing was particularly special.