ben4321 (507) Hoboken, New Jersey | May 23, 2011| Updated June 1, 2011
My first of what will most likely be many up-coming ratings in the state of Arkansas, this place was pretty solid. I have no ability to compare it to near-by places, but I was able to find some bombers that I hadn’t previously had, and thought they had a pretty decent selection. The make-your-own 6 pack wall was shockingly disappointing, but I walked away with some interesting stuff from the fridge. The staffer I was chatting with didn’t seem to have a clue about beer, but that’s fine. I’ll be back to this place, but that might be more due to its location (and lack of anything else around) than anything else.
Edit: If you had told me 2 months ago I’d be the "mayor" of a store in Arkansas, well..................
I was looking at some of the Belgium beers that just came to the state and the manager asked me if I would like to sample. I got to try the Moinette Blond and Saison Dupont. I also got a lesson in Belgian beer that sparked my interest and led to a membership here. I don’t know what the other reviewers are talking about regarding the sales people not knowing about beers because the person I dealt with really knew his suds.
Store employee talked me into a 6 of Kingfisher. Which would have been appropriate if I’d been carrying Bud or coors as the KF would be a step up. I was carrying a bomber of Duvel and a 4 pack od Gunness Foreign Export so he should have known better.
This store has a fine selection of beer. Unfortunately the staff knows very little about beer, and the management seems to care very little about beer. The prices are high. They are usually at least $.50 per six pack higher than other local stores. That being said they have the second best beer selection in the Little Rock area behind only Springhill in North Little Rock. If you don’t want to dive to North Little Rock this is not a bad place to stop.
Arkansas continues to get more and more great craft beer. Colonial handles almost everything that is available in the state. This is primarily a wine store but they do have a beer experts. Very nice store visually and lots of registers, so no waiting at the counter.
Nice beer selection with many I’m not familiar with, and some I can only find sparingly in Louisiana. Large building with tremendous wine selection. I have not been to other beer retailers in Little Rock, so I can’t guage against other venues properly. However, I will definitely visit this one again.
Colonial has been a long time quality beer, wine and spirits shop in Little Rock. A recent move and expansion has given them much needed room for growth. Historically their beer selection has been inline with other area providers. To my delight a recent stop showed several new offerings on the shelf - Delirium, Karmeliet, Kasteel, Koningshoeven, North Coast and a few others. A quick conversation with one of the staff indicated one of their distributors had expanded their selection. Good news for Arkansas!