Lots of old beer, a consequence of their absurd prices. But the temperature is too high to properly age some of these beers they have laying around, beers that are probably long past their prime unless they’d been stored at 55 degrees stably.
Their prices are ridiculous. They want $12 for a Rochefort 10 that I’ve never seen for more than $9, or as low as $7. Their singles of a Bell’s Hell Hath No Fury ale were $5 apiece. I could go on but I’ll leave it at that.
Their selection is pretty awesome, and yes, you’ll find stuff here that’s long gone elsewhere. But you’ll pay for it if you want it, and there’s no guarantee it’ll be drinkable.
A lot of really old inventory at this store -which is fine, if that’s what you’re after but I’ll never go back again due to poor inventory management, relatively high pricing and exceptionally poor customer service.
Here’s the exchange, as I’m buying over $100 worth of beer, on my first visit:
Me: "Nice selection, but you have a lot of out-of-code beers"
Cashier lady: "What do you mean?"
Me: "You have a lot of beers that are past their expiration date"
Cashier (overly assertive now): "Well we have a lot of foreign beers!"
Me: "And many past their expiration dates..."
Cashier (leaning forward over the counter and sternly reprimanding me): "Foreign beers don’t go bad!"
Me (taken aback at her ignorance, poor customer service and general bitchiness): "Yes they do - I’d be glad to show you ten different foreign beers on your shelves that are at least two years out of code per the labelling"
Cashier (in a condescending tone): "Well...we’ve never had anyone complain before!!"
Me: "Maybe they don’t know beer".
Follow-up: At least a third of the ones I bought (that didn’t have expiration/best-by dates) were crap since they were so old...and I never went back again!
dmschefke (52) Macomb, Michigan | March 4, 2009| Updated March 21, 2009
Pretty good selection and has a lot of beers that have been aging for a while. Service is pretty poor, very little knowledge from staff. Prices are very high compared to any place I have seen, but you can get some beers that you can’t get anywhere else (likely due to no one wanting to pay the price). The one bright spot is that it is convenient, since it is at 12 mile, right off I-94.
Good size store with Wine, Liquor and Beer stacked high, you have to be careful in some aisles that you do not knock over any of the boxes. They have a lot and then some, many beers are available that have have discontinued for years as noted by others. You do pay more but some of these bottles have sat around years and have the age on them already if you prefer that, store clerks may give you a look and ask if they can help you if you spend more time then usual looking over the shelves, this place is worth a look if you want to take a view of beers from the past.
jimmack34 (14) Lancaster, Ohio | December 17, 2008| Updated February 2, 2010
Excellent selection of beer. However, the people that "run" that place don’t know shit. They have WAY to high of prices, no knowledge of their products, and act like it pains them to help you when you ask about their beer. They wanted $30 for a Lindemans gift box containing 2 12oz bottles and a beer glass. $20 for the Budweiser Brew Masters Private Reserve. I can keep going, but I wont. And I wont be going back.
Huge selection of local and international beers, stacked in neat rows effectively to the ceiling. This store is huge, and their claim to fame seems to be the fact that they’ve got who-knows-how-much vintage stuff in the back that they cycle out to the shelves in bits and pieces. Picked up some rare Bells beers while I was there (Cherry Ale, Wheat 2 and Wheat Love), and they had plenty of other cool things available (Oatmeal Stout, Susies Sweet Stout, etc.), we were just out of room. Six-packs of the rarer items can get pricey, $20-30, but it’s hard not to be very thankful that you can even buy these things in the first place.
One of the best selections you will ever see! But take your credit card as most of the stuff is way over priced! I always feel like the staff is watching me, and if you walk out without buying anything they ask you about it. If you are looking for something hard to find than this is the place.
mattmc1973 (13) Sterling Heights, Michigan | April 5, 2008| Updated May 4, 2009
Insane selection, they have everything. But they are ovepriced. $24.99 for a six-pack of Bells Expedition Stout, which is $12.99 at Champanes. $9.99 for a 22oz Stone Imperial Russian Stout, which is $4.99 at Champanes. You get the picture. But if you want that tough-to-find beer, this is the place to go.
This place has an outstanding selection. If you want it, they probably have it. They do overcharge on many beers here though. I picked up a 12 pack of Leinenkugels and they wanted 19.99 for it. Everywhere else it’s 9.99-12.99 tops.
Came in here due to a recommendation from the "other" site. The selection was astounding, after a quick grab at a batch 7000 six pack only to see my friend grab a batch 6000, we moved on to all kinds of vintage bells stouts, some retired arcadia offerings, vintage bigfoot’s, vintage great divide. And all kinds of other rare hard to find offerings. This will be a must stop for me every time I’m in the area.