GTAEgeek (250) Colorado Springs, Colorado | June 25, 2010| Updated May 31, 2012
Not your average package store. Almost the whole store is dedicated to beer. There are rows upon rows of beer. While most of it is on shelves at room temperature, you canít blame them. It would cost a ton to refrigerate all of their selection. Everything is helpfully sorted by style and there is a large and enticing section of Belgians. If you need any obscure beer, you can likely find it here.
Stopped by here in mid June 2010. Has the feel of a Crate and Barrel - lots of light and high ceilings - but it is crowded - but it is crowded because there is so much damn beer in here! At least twenty four fifteen or so foot long aisles of beer stacked at last six feet high. Categorized by country for the most part with a section of new arrivals up by the register. There is a small section of small singles - wished it was a little larger - but not like their wasnít literally a thousand bombers to choose from. No region of the US was left out of the equation. Did not really see a lot of odd foreign stuff (for those of us tickers who will buy something from Malta just because they have not rated it). Staff was friendly and helpful and catered to beer geeks - not overbearing though. Prices were reasonable - considering the location in Westside Atlanta in a upscale shopping center. Will be a regular stop on trips to and through Atlanta.
Iím pretty new to beer, but this place has the best selection Iíve seen. The staff is extremely helpful and knowledgable. The Belgian section is truly top notch. They serve as a homebrew shop as well. I wish this shop was in my city!
The service rating for a 19 goes to the staff, not the owner. Being a female purchasing about $200 of merchandise, which does not include what others purchased having asked my opinion. The owner was intimidating and brash about breaking a "cold" six pack of porters, after acknowledgingly withholding beer From his patrons ie. (Kentucky breakfast stout - Founders) that he promoted on his own business page two days ago on facebook. To repeat: selection top notch, employees extra friendly, owner not so much in my book...
Situated right next to 5 Seasons.
Half beer and half wine. Wide selection all organized by style or country region.
Some 6 pack are available in singles. Great selections of bombers, and a lot of brews that are not available in FL. Everything is very well priced.
Very friendly service, nice area in what looks to be a newly opened shopping plaza.
Greenís now has competition with the title of best beer store in the Atlanta area. Unlike Greens, which looks like just another liquor store, Hop City looks a little more upscale and from what I could tell only does beer, wine and some homebrewing/winemaking supplies. The staff seems more knowledgeable than the average beer store staff, more like the guys at the Charleston Beer Exchange in South Carolina than the average employee at Greenís. Greenís has knowledgeable managers, but the beer guy isnít always in the store and most of the employees are just employees. I heard some really incredible advice from the guys at Hop City, although I didnít ask for myself. The selection in the store is mostly craft and imports, although there is a small BudMillerCoors section in the back and most of the beers are stored at room temperature. Unlike most stores that arrange their selection by brewery, the beer at Hop City is arranged mostly by style, meaning the Victory Storm King is with the Stouts and Porters instead of next to the Prima Pils. Perfectly logical organization, but since it is not the standard, it may take a little getting used to for beer hunters, especially if one is not sure of a desired beerís style. Iíve got a feeling getting help here in finding a particular beer would be really easy, though. I give Hop City a big thumbs up. Besides, itís right next to the 5 Seasons Westside so you can get some of the best brewpub beer in Atlanta and then walk over and do a little take-home shopping next door. Great store.
Simply the best! How can you not say that when the selection is the best in Atlanta or anywhere else close. The staff is beyond friendly, helpful, and cheerful. The prices are good.
They fit more value and selection into the square footage than I ever seen.
My only complaint is it isnít closer to my home! Luckily it is close enough to work.
Iíve been hooked since my first visit! I couldnít wait for this place to open because of the homebrew supplies, but it is my new beer mecca. I initially compared it to Greenís or Toko Giant when I first visited... I soon learned that there is nothing similar about these places! Kraig will sit there and talk to you about any kind of beer you want to talk about and his beer guy has the perfect balance of passion and knowledge. I have found some beers cheaper (only 2-3%) elsewhere, but for everything that comes with this place, itís well worth it. My only complaint is that the entire store isnít beer! These guys are doing the best job of anyone in town, the state, and possibly the southeast in my opinion.