I drove to Buster’s to get my hands on the Ruination 10th Anniversary, and I had planned to get a few other things. The selection is okay, but they lacked any real variety. They had tons of Belgians and tons of IPAs, but outside of that there was almost no variety. I got all the Stone I could want and some Yazoo Sue, which is fine; I love Stone. But, another customer asked me what a good wheat beer was, and in the process, we found they had no wheats anywhere that we could find. It’s summer; you’d think at least a SN Kellerweis would be there (they only had hoptimum, torpedo, and SNPA). My local bottle shop in Little Rock, which I complain about regularly, has a much more impressive stock. Anyway, I will probably stop here whenever I drive through (I’m in Little Rock, family is in Birmingham), but rather disappointing.
Stopped by Buster’s with my friend that goes to U of M (I was visiting from Cincinnati). As mentioned before, Memphis is assbackwards in many respects--including their beer laws. The place is nice enough, with a nice marquee-like sign out front, and the service is friendly, but associates lacked beer knowledge. The selection was pretty much a joke! Sure, I was able to choose some good beer for WrestleMania viewage, but it was pretty pathetic. But hey, I don’t think Memphis is a big micro / craft beer town. That is the impression I get.
This place is ok, nothing fancy, but they do have a decent selection of high alc beers. Prices seemed pretty good. I found several things here that I don’t see in Nashville. I didn’t have anyone ask me for help so I’m only assuming they didn’t know much about the beer.
nicer store with small but good selection of beer, like others have mentioned they have a minimum ABV they can sell but what they have is good stuff, prices seemed average
MrBunn (92) The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania | February 21, 2008
In town on a trip and swung by this place to try to find a few good local brews and oddities, but ran in to the idiosincracies of Memphis beer sales law. They only carry stuff over 7% and have a very mediocre offering of beer... you can find some Belgians, a few micros and the like, but I’d guess there were no more than 30 or 40 beers to choose from. Flip side is that if you’re in the market for wine or liquor, this will be more like heaven.
Stopped in on a day trip to Memphis. Limited but quality selection - Unibroue, Stone, Dogfish, etc. Most everything seemed to be available chilled or room temp. Emphasis is definitely on spirits and wine. Worth a stop-in if you’re in the area.