Reasonable shop. For state controlled. Good prices, good selection across the board. Nothing in fridges which is a downer.
Good selection of imports across the board. Service was a bit non caring but so it goes with a state run shop
MarkQ (1) Vancouver, British Columbia | January 30, 2013
Big store, the beer selection could be a bit better... but the prices are good.
I don’t know if this is the biggest Signature shop, yes it’s big, but it’s also a bit out of the centre, and beerwise BCL is still boring, and as in most American places beer is available either in bombers or 6-packs. F*** 6-packs!
Always went here to get my beers in Vancouver. After they renovated the place some years ago as a "signature" store, the fancy whiskey section and wine area ballooned but the beer corner remained the same. It’s still one of the BC liquor store’s best places to find lots of microbrews, and on occasion a few Belgian trappists (went one day to find the shelf stocked with Orval..... bought a few. Went there a few days later, they were all gone!). If you live nearby it should be a mainstay to see what the beer procurer has come up with, and there is always something interesting on the shelves.
It’s a bit cavernous and much of the floor space is dedicated to every wine you can get at the BCLS although there is a nice little grotto of fancy scotch if you’re into that. Servers can be slow and really treat beer as a commodity product. Selection-wise, it’s hard to fault them. If a beer is available in BC, it’s likely on their shelves unless it is only available at a specialty store or it has sold out. The good of that is at least they most likely have good turn-over of whatever you are buying so it should be relatively fresh.
I was surprised by the limited selection as I had envisioned a beer utopia. The large Belgian selection on their website is reduced to 3 shelves of a 4’ wall. No Abbaye des Rocs? (sob!) The staff were kind but work like ants in an erratic manner. They aren’t terribly beer knowledgeable but are more than keen to form a group of three and discuss: when they last had it, whether they’d ever seen it, how to spell it and confirm that they can order it to see what happens? Belgians available: Binchoise and Caricole. Local beers available: Whistler, Nelson, Granville Island, R&B, Cannery in bottles and Bowen Island in cans.