Very well lit, clean, and organized. The left wall is all coolers with a large selection of Local, regional, national, and imports. The center of the store is seemingly devoted to large format and the “high end” craft beers. A fairly long bar with some table seating accompanies the growler station, which was quite impressive. Service was great. The singles selection was a bit sparse when I was there so the guy told me to grab whatever six packs I wanted and he’d break them for me. So I go pretty much everything I came for. A really top-notch store. Would be a regular if I lived here.
Wow, this place is impressive. Asked an employee how many taps and the answer was 105. 105! That’s hard to beat. Had a draft beer while I perused the bottle selection, which was also fairly large. It looks like they will allow you to break up six-packs if you’re looking for a single. I definitely plan on returning the next time I’m in Huntsville.
My friends, coworkers, and myself will not be coming back to this business because they do not allow weapons on premises. Don’t get me wrong I respect that businesses have the right to have weapons on the property but it’s the fact of not having any policies or procedures in place to protect the customers. My partner at work and me have been coming here to get beer and liquor for a while. Our troubles didn’t start until a couple weeks ago we went in looking for a new beer and to get some liquor. We were confronted by an employee yelling from across the store telling us we can’t have our weapons in there. I told him that they need to put a sign up if they wanted to no weapons in there and he said I understand and asked us to next time to leave our guns in the car. We had been told by previous employees it is okay because we had been coming there since they opened there new location. So the next day my partner calls and talks to an employee who is relaying information to the owner who told us it was okay but she would have to talk to "The Old Man" to get the final say so and that if he didn’t want them they would have a sign up immediately. So I go there tonight to get some beer and no sign on the door I have my weapon like I usually do especially after work, because I carry one for work it’s required, and the same employee confronts me about it despite my partner being told it wouldn’t be an issue unless there is a sign up. I tried arguing a point with him but he wasn’t having it so because of one employee this business lost over 10 customers probably more when my unit finds out about this next week. If this trouble employee is reading this or hears about it I welcome him to contact me and we have a talk about gun rights and gun control and then I can show him the facts. My main point is if an establishment bans weapons on premises, that’s cool it’s there right, and they don’t have any procedures in place to protect customers how can you expect customers to feel safe in a gun free zone.
Update as of February 10 2016 1130 a.m. talked to the owner today to get a clarification on if you can or can not of guns in his store he said no but he wasn’t going to post a sign because he didn’t want to lose any potential business. His reasoning for not allowing guns in his store was because they have a lot of crazy people come off the streets and he was worried they would come in and take your gun and harm his customers. Then proceeded to ask me to take down all my reviews I have posted of course I told him no and then he lost his composure and said well if that is how it’s going to be and hung up the phone. So since the owner will not warn you and put a sign I am going to. Spread the word to all your friends and family that you are not safe in his store they have a lot of crazies come in off the street. I have spread the word and my friends and family and my unit is no longer going to take there business there.
The new store is clean, well laid out, and vast. The bar area is nice, with big TVs and a singular tap wall. The employees are very helpful and have a thorough knowledge of beer and are very enthusiastic. The selection is large, with 66 taps, tons of bombers, and a big spread of singles. The prices are standard. One of the better bottle shops I’ve been to. A must if you are in the area.
Looks like a seedy liquor store from the outside. Looks like a seedy liquor store on the inside but they have an amazing beer selection. Don’t let the name fool you the store is about 70% beer. They have a fantastic Belgian selection including a nice lambic selection. They also have a nice Italian craft selection as well as really supporting their local breweries. They literally have everything great spirits have plus 300% more. They also have 40 taps of local and other crafts. I wish they had glass growlers instead of plastic jugs for it. We bought about 3 six packs of Belgians and locals and they threw in free glasses. Fantastic! I can’t imagine a better beer store in the state. Of course after revisiting after five months I noticed they had much of the same kinds of stuff as before so the seasonals are lacking. I think I was overenthusiastic in my earlier review so I’ve taken it down a few notches. Update 12/27/12 I knew these guys would take advantage of the bomber law. They’ve opened a walkin fridge for bombers and more shelf space as well. They don’t quite have the same selection as Hop City but they’re not far from it. 12/30/15 It’s the first time I’ve been able to check them out since they moved into the old Sherwin Williams building. This place is now spectacular. They’ve really spent a lot of money upgrading the decor and have added more space. Liquor and beer/wine have separate entrances since the clientieles don’t have much in common. They have a lot more space than in the old location and they’ve also added a bar with all the taps now available as pints. It’s amazing how these guys have embraced craft beer and transformed from another dodgy liquor store to a destination craft beer place.
Well, I did not see 800 craft bottles, but they do have a pretty good selection here, plus a whole wall of taps. I wish California allowed this type of setup. Overall I was impressed with the selection, particularly when state liquor laws were taken into account They had the full set of 2013 Eclipse beers for $29! That is impressive by itself. Ambiance is shit, organization is shit, but the selection makes this a place to visit if you find yourself in northern Alabama.