This is definitely a place where you want to be familiar with the staff. Iíve had them special order me beer, hold stuff for me, and just generally shoot the shit about beers they tried recently. Itís a dingy ass convenience store that looks like itís in a more dangerous part of town than it really is. The selection is pretty much top notch for Gainesville; lacks the European variety of Tipples but more than makes up for it with a much heftier American list. Iíll even bump it a point for basically maxing out what I think you can do in this beer hellhole.
Thank you ratebeer, I would have never stopped by without the reviews. It is a small convenience store with a weird dude opening the door, could it be the same guy from 2011? Service was tremendous as I asked for local and near local brews and the counter guy took the time to go through all the Florida beer. Good selection of other beer too. If my kid picks UF, I will be back.
I probably spent more time in Gator Bev than I did in class in college. Located right off University Ave a few blocks from campus. Ambiance is classic Florida crack head liquor store, but the selection more than makes up for it. Lots of CCB and Terrapin, and other stuff available in the region. Prices are best in town. Service ranges from good to poor; most of the staff members donít care about craft beer. Highly recommended.
Walked in here expecting Bud Light central, and got a nice little surprise. Snatched up some Infinium and La Trappe Oak Aged Quadrupel (Batch #3). Lots of selection here for a Gainesville place. Will return soon!
A little uptick for these guys after I found Moat Water here 3 months after the release, and then got three 4-packs each of BCBS and BCBW a week after the Black Friday release. Left a Utopias sitting on the shelf. Come in here regularly and find those gems.
Thug life in Gainesville? This is the place to go to feel like you are about to get stabbed. The place looks like a shit hole but once you get inside it is Gainesville craft beer heaven. They have all the typical craft beers plus cheap ass Natty Kegs for like 45 bucks for the tailgate. Bring your sharpie and tag up the outside because nobody would care.
Whenever I go back to Gíville to watch the Gators I make sure to stop here and get some brews; you should do the same.
small and cramped liquor store on University very close to the UF campus - a definite stop for me every time Iím in town to get some CCB. Lots of craft beer in this store arranged by style in small cramped aisles with some singles in a cooler. They usually have a good amount of Cigar City as well as everything else FL gets. Prices are fair. Somewhat sketchy characters linger outside. Great mural on the outside wall - if you are a Gator fan!
Maybe itís me, the romantic... but this place is a man among men (homosexual pun intended for the sake of my father). What appears to be an undergradís grimy exploration into cheap college casual sex turns into the post grad thesis on kama coitus upon entering (please forgive the pretense). Huh? Cut the gay shit and get to the good stuff! This place fucking shreds.... Big Juicy Bottles of Macro and Micro Biology, Cigar City (Tampa is/was the Death Metal Capital of the World for a Reason you Fucking Pansy!), and a soda machine. Donít be thwarted by the mute gangster asking for money outside or the bored warbling dodo (okay, heís a nice guy, he just doesnít give a shit) taking your money at the register... time to get fancy fucked! A place that Jamison Lee would surely approve of.
Much easier to get to than Tippleís or Wardís if you are hanging around Gainesvilleís "downtown". Gatorbev is really a convenience store that for some reason stocks a lot of random large format bottles including Cigar City. This is sort of like a very small version of Samís Quik Shop in Durham, NC. Odd finds have been Dupont Avec les bon Voeux, Duck-Rabbit, Bells Expedition, Hitachino, Cigar City 110K+OT #3, lots of random Scottish and English bottles. Definitely worth a stop and you might some oddities.