Yep...little place looks like an abandoned convenience store. Walk in and thereís only two aisles of beer, but whoa sailor, they rock! I start up the aisle and immediately see: Bush Prestige $50, Gonzo Imp Porter signed copy $99, Curieux and Musette $19, Deus $25, 03í Lou Pepe Kriek $24, 06í Panil $19, 01í Gales Conquest $5, tíIj, Scaldis Noel, Stille Nacht, Casta Milenia $10, 05í Unibrou $7.50, HeBrew Jewbelation $4.50, Bison, Jolly Pumpkin, Fort $19, Boulder Killer Penguin, 9 L St. Feuillien, Fift packs, Harvey Elizabethen $4.50, 04í Hitachino Nest $4.00, 03í Gales Prize $4.50, Butte Creek 10th Anniver. Imp. IPA (Whoa...I boutht that puppy, not available in CO and high praise...had to have...wow...weíre in Florida, remember!), Stouts, Sprecher, Rogue, Flying Dog Wild Dog $17, Duchesse, Belzebuth, DFH, Avery, Fish Tale Leviathan (I thook this also!), Baladin, ST. Bernardus 60th $12, Delerium, Fantome, Geants, Drie Fonteinen Sharbeeks Kriek, La Choulette. Yeah baby, this place rocks. Sure some are dated...bring them on!! I ask the dude, WHY do you have these!! The Pakistani? owner says, "Well, people like them!" Yeah baby, this is one fine little gem amongst bikinis and sand castles.
NOTE: I was there around Feb. 07.
Best beer store in the Tampa area, bar none. In fact, this only trails Knightly as the best beer store I have ever been to. I was in there for an hour and still didnít see everything they had. What I did see was about 50 beers I had never seen anywhere else in Tampa. Nogne, Olfabrikken, Struise Pannepot just to name a few. Prices are fair, and the service is there if you need them. I prefer to be left alone, so it works for me. Almost every sampler pack you can think of, tons of rare beers, and glasses as well. Almost the perfect beer store, except some stuff is a bit old and it could be a bit spacier. Overall outstanding for what it is. Well worth the 45 minute drive.
Good place. Has a relatively diverse selection for a one-time gas station(?). In addition to getting a few decent six packs, everything is also priced as a single, so mix-and-match works just fine. Impressed with the selection of Belgians, found some Cantillon. Had a nice array of beers from Great Divide, Avery and a few other American Brewers.
Its not much to look in the front, but it does have a grand selection of variety. Many beer that are hard to find is here plus a couple of rare sakeís. Donít let the outside scare you off, take a look, Iím sure youíll find something.
nick76 (104) Tampa, Florida | December 3, 2006| Updated May 7, 2009
This place looks like a dive on the inside and out but man do they have the best selection of beer! This place is filled with a great selection of beers and sadly many of them used to be stale but they have changed this and it is fine to shop without fear of a skunked beer. This place truly has a GREAT selection. The service is somewhat uninterested and not always knowledgeable but you can get a bulk discount. A must see.
A rather un-assuming place from the outside. Looks like an innocent little convenient store, just like every other corner, until you see the palate stretching beer selection inside toward the back wall. The price is a bit higher here than some other places. But it has an impressive selection. I could have walked out with at least 40 different beers I havenít tried before and a good dozen or so Iíve never seen before. They still have Averyís ďThe BeastĒ 2004 bomber. In fact they have several. I should have picked one up but I had to draw the line somewhere. If Iím in the general area I will definitely stop in.
They are carefully cellaring several of my favorite beers right now, unless one of you buys them up before my next trip back.
footbalm (76) Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota | May 21, 2006
i had called ahead and asked this guy,Indian Chappie, and he really had no idea of what he had but wanted me to know that it was just as good as World of Beer. Lots of obscure brews and a huge selection of cold ones . Lots of bums trying to beg cigs from a non-smoker.
A hidden gem of a beer store. Blink and youíll miss it. Cleverly hidden by the drunks out front toting the brown bag covered fortys and the cheap beer/lottery signs in front. Go inside and do a little treasure hunting.....lotsa jewels to be found. Great selection!
NYHarvey (124) New York, New York | January 31, 2006| Updated December 5, 2006
Re-re-rate. Best beer store in the Tampa Bay area selection wise.
March 31st 2006 Re-rate
After a second visit I have to up the rating on this place. There are precious few bottle shops I can go to in the Bay Area and drop $130 bucks and still leave behind 15+ beers I have yet to try.
They have been special ordering like mad it seems and I found JP Marcaibo (which no one else in the Bay Area has that I know of), Old Engine Oil Reserve..again only place I know that carries it. Flemish primitive, Aged Gales Barley Wines from 2001 that JUST arrived. Fish Tale brews and just tons of other things you wont see on other shelves. You really have to get down on your hands and knees and dig for beers and YOU WILL FIND old bottles, but if you know what has a chance to have survived there are gems galore.
The prices arenít cheap, but they arenít ludicrous like Hyde Park Express and they have beers that literally no one else has. I found a stout there I hadnít had which was the first time in 4 months or more that had happened for me in a Florida bottleshop. I think itís a new favorite and I personally think it is a must stop if you are in that area.
Wow looks just like a run down conveince store outside.Go in to the back of the store and u find beer paradise.some organization but its lots of fun going thru the cases and findiing suprises.My last trip there I got Sam Adams Chocolate bock and the Saranac 12 pack Sampler and some others i forgot.Prices are reasonable, not all beer is fresh tho, be careful.