Village Beer Merchant

547 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, New York United States 14222
bottle shop  4.35/5.0 34 reviews
Mon-Thu 11:00 AM-9:00 PM Fri/Sat 11:00 AM-11:00 PM Sun 11:00 AM-5:00 PM

Mayor: Bullit (12) | Taps: 20 | Bottles: 1200
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Beers At Village Beer Merchant

Foley Brothers Fair Maiden Double IPA8.2%12/31/2018
Captain Lawrence Double Pull10.5%12/31/2018
Gun Hill E Pluribus Lupulin 9: Hc Svnt Dracones9.3%12/31/2018
21st Amendment Tasty IPA6.8%12/31/2018
Tröegs Golden Thing8.2%12/31/2018
Carton Sit Down Son4%12/31/2018
Collective Arts Life in the Clouds Hazy IPA6.1%12/31/2018
Oskar Blues Death By Coconut6.5%12/17/2018
Collective Arts Percolated Haze IPA6%12/17/2018
Rothaus Pils Tannenzäpfle5.1%12/17/2018
Alewife Metanoia4.5%12/17/2018
Lord Hobo Consolation Prize9.5%12/17/2018
Hoppin' Frog Tower Tuesday Infusion A - Coffee Porter6.2%12/17/2018
Threes Vliet5.1%12/17/2018
Barrier / KCBC That’s A Lot Of Dough7.5%12/17/2018
Thin Man Double Dry Hopped Pills Mafia4.9%12/17/2018
Bronx Slow Your Roll4.6%12/17/2018
Two Roads / Lawson's Finest Typecast6.5%11/2/2018
Industrial Arts Week 1047%11/2/2018
Threes Kicking And Screaming5.2%11/2/2018
Peekskill Simple Sour4.5%11/2/2018
Lagunitas Super Cluster 8%11/2/2018
Xingu Black4.6%10/19/2018
Lawson's Finest Sip of Sunshine IPA8%10/19/2018
Founders Barrel Runner11.1%10/19/2018
Industrial Arts Wrench NEIPA6.8%10/19/2018
Oskar Blues Hotbox Coffee Porter6.5%10/19/2018
Bell's Octoberfest Beer 5.8%10/19/2018
Zero Gravity Strawberry Moon5.2%10/19/2018
Tröegs Perpetual IPA7.5%10/19/2018
Clown Shoes Zebra Warren8%9/7/2018
Clown Shoes Pineapple Space Cake7.5%9/7/2018
Flying Bison Juice Caboose7.5%9/7/2018
Victory Limey Gose 4.7%9/7/2018
Avery El Gose4.5%8/10/2018
Peak Organic Ripe8%8/10/2018
Three Weavers Expatriate IPA6.9%8/10/2018
Three Weavers Knotty DIPA8.5%8/6/2018
Abita Hop On6%8/6/2018
Crooked Stave Sour Rosé4.5%8/6/2018
Melvin Your IPA7%8/6/2018
Industrial Arts Warehouse5.8%8/6/2018
42 North Pre-Emption6.7%8/6/2018
Lord Hobo Boom Sauce7.8%6/13/2018
Breckenridge Oatmeal Stout4.95%6/13/2018
Elysian Space Dust IPA8.2%6/13/2018
Bell's Hopsoulution Ale8%6/13/2018
Sixpoint Bengali Tiger IPA6.4%6/13/2018
Tröegs HopBack Amber Ale6%6/13/2018
Sixpoint Sweet Action5.2%6/13/2018
42 North White Oak Borderland IPA6.8%6/13/2018
Springdale YAWP!5.5%6/13/2018
Abita Jockamo's Revenge6.5%6/13/2018
Abita Creole Cream Ale5%6/13/2018
Weyerbacher Merry Monks Ale9.3%6/13/2018
Tröegs Dream Weaver Wheat4.8%6/13/2018
Bell's Pooltime Ale5.2%6/13/2018
Captain Lawrence Orbital Tilt - Citra5.9%5/23/2018
Collective Arts Prophets & Nomads4.5%5/23/2018
Bronx No Resolutions Double IPA7.6%5/23/2018
Westbrook Three Claw8%5/23/2018
Big Ditch Dibble (Lock IPA Series #4)6.3%5/23/2018
Melvin Killer Bees5%5/23/2018
The Shed Mountain Ale7.4%5/17/2018
Stillwater Frond 8%5/17/2018
Zero Gravity Conehead IPA5.7%5/17/2018
Evil Twin Even More JCS12%5/17/2018
Lagunitas Sucks8%5/12/2018
Barrier Money IPA7.3%5/12/2018
Dogfish Head SeaQuench Ale4.9%5/12/2018
Firestone Walker Luponic Distortion Revolution No. 0085.9%5/12/2018
Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout - Oatmeal9.5%3/16/2018
Singlecut Does Anybody Remember Laughter7.2%3/16/2018
Evil Twin Even More Pecan Pie Jesus 12%3/16/2018
Great Divide Claymore Scotch Ale7.7%3/16/2018
Gun Hill Fog of War6.1%3/16/2018
Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Chili Hazelnut Break11.5%3/16/2018
Flying Dog Alpha Initiative #016.2%3/16/2018
Prairie Bomb!13%3/16/2018

  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
mabel  (306) Toronto, Ontario | December 31, 2014
Have stopped here a couple times in the past several years and am always pleasantly surprised with the wide selection of brews available: some local, some imported, stuff in-between. Staff is friendly enough, they usually leave you to it. Prices are reasonable for what they have and where they are. Would recommend a visit if you’re in the area (Blue Monk, Cole’s, and Mr. Goodbar are just up the street!), but it may depend when you go.
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Ferris  (1744) Burnaby, British Columbia | September 5, 2014
A large and airy store, more space for this kind of shop I have ever seen. Rustic and charming. Service is great, thy offered to break up any sixer for me. Selection is good with some beers I haven’t seen anywhere else. Good but not great. Prices are inline with a specialty store. A good stop.
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Ron  (236) Rochester, New York | November 16, 2013
Stopped in during Brew Tour ’13’. 1st step in the store looked like, small place, poor selection. After I to the back corner, I saw the much better variety of beers and some hard to find ones. I picked up some Evil twin and acouple others I have not seen yet in Rochester. Good service since we were about the only ones in the store.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
JaBier  (101) Capital City, Ohio | July 18, 2013
Made a stop after Blue Monk to check out their selection. Dude at the counter immediately apologized for them not having more of a selection at that moment due to some renevations. Still a pretty solid bottle selection and some good taps as well. Lots of imports, particularly some Scandinavian beers I’d never seen. Service was solid. Worth a stop.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
rjattoe  (1) , Ontario | March 29, 2013
Very pleased with the store. It had more than I was looking for, although it is a little steep. But I suppose they have to cover rent.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Miked1687  (8) Buffalo, New York | March 11, 2013
Two Village Beer Merchants in the city; one in North Buffalo on Hertel, one downtown on elmwood. Both have similar selections, Elmwood being a bit bigger and well stocked. Good selection of Mikkeller/Evil Twin brews, along with a lot of good domestics. It’s usually likely you can score some rare stuff here, but expect to pay at least $1-$2 more than any other store. Employees are pretty nice. I’m glad it’s in town.
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
SudsMcDuff  (190) .....Manchester United.........., Texas | January 26, 2013
stopped in for a quick look .. some really interesting brews for sale .. prices were good for the area .. really nice guys working there. . right down the street from the blue monk so stop here!!
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
DerWeg  (45) Toronto, Ontario | January 12, 2013
Worth a stop if it’s not far out of your way. I like the selection for the small size of the shop. The beer pricing can make the place seem a little too precious for its own good. I feel slightly uncertain about stock turnover and how long a pricey IPA may have been lingering at the store. But you can compare around other places... so perhaps make time to do that. I’ll be honest - when I look in at VBM I rarely buy beer given the competitive options. But curiosity brings me back, and VBM is a damn nice ’boutique’ option if lower Elmwood’s the way you’re passing through Buffalo. I guarantee you WILL get some nice beer.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
UDBeernut  (348) Saint Johns, Florida | December 31, 2012
Small bottle shop located near blue monk. Decent selection: nothing that can not be found elsewhere. Maybe a good bet for limited releases.
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis  (1268) Sunnyvale, California | December 10, 2012
Unfortunately for them I stopped in after Prestige. Pretty good selection, ton of Great Divide stuff, but nothing truly exceptional, and essentially all of their stock was also sitting on the shelves at Prestige. Great place to go if you are in the area and need a beer fix, however. Also had a 20 tap growler fill station.

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