A great cellar location with a nice atmosphere. Staff is great, friendly, pleasant and knowledgeable. The only flaw is the small selection. Not bad, but nothing that interesting. Singles and six packs but unless you are looking for something specific they ’might’ have not that great.
Sammy (729) Toronto, Ontario | June 27, 2006| Updated August 6, 2009
Look for directions on the website. There wa construction at the time which meant a little confusion to a first-timer. A better than average place to buy beer, with a BA working here. Other great features are: the ability to buy singles; choice of outside the fridge beer; some harder to find beers carried; lots of parking; and reasonable prices compared to say New York State and Premier in particular. Putnam had a couple of last bottles of stuff put aside for someone who would appreciate them, and I do. Merci! It was very good to be able to run a chat with a very knowledgeable person, and he was able to carry on a wine conversation at the same time. This is akin to writing with both hands-at the same time.
Stopped by here after lunch at Lily’s. The atmosphere is very cool, its in the basement of what looks like an apartment building, you take a few step down and walk into what looks like a cave. There is beer everywhere. As you walk into to your right is there older beer, then there are coolers that hold their sub 6% beer, then there are sections of beer based upon style. Awesomely, all beer is sold by the bottle so this place is a tickers dream. Heavy on Michigan beer with lots of local places I actually haven’t heard of. Great selection of East coast beers too, some Belgian staples but nothing outlandish on that front. The service was pretty good. They were very friendly and semi knowledgeable about their stock, not exceedingly knowledgeable about beer in general.
I strongly recommend coming here if in town to pick up a few ticks.
msante79 (342) Mount Prospect, Illinois | November 21, 2008| Updated November 12, 2009
Stopped in while in Detroit for business. Small place but in brand new building with small beer selection but geared to the beer geek. Every beer that is in six packs is also available as singles which is awesome. Picked up 5 singes of quality brew. They dont carry any macro brews so even though they don’t have a huge selection they make up with all qualtiy beers. Service was great and would be my go to store if I lived in Detroit.
Hard to find stand alone building in Royal Oak (it is under the pizzeria sign. More wine than beer, but they have a small but well thought out beer selection. Some imports, some locals, and some craft, but not a lot of any of them. The good news is the bottles can be bought a as singles. Helpful friendly staff. The beer is organized sport of by style, which I find confusing, but the space is small enough that you can find what you a are looking for if they have it.
Large wine cellar with a decent beer selection. A rather large singles selection with the beers all grouped by styles and some were in coolers. Found a handful of beers I didn’t see in GR but didn’t pick anything up on this visit.
Interesting place in basement of small building. Good selection of beers in sixes and singles. Lots of Michigan choices. Parking is reasonable for a city location, service was available. A good place I would go back to.
This place is awesome. The best I have seen in the Detroit so far. In fact, Putnam opened an 84 (or 88, don’t recall) JW Lee’s Harvest while I was there. A class guy with a nice selection. Stop by if you are in the area. Most Bell’s singels are around $1.57.