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.
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.
It looks a little seedy, but looks are deceiving. I was right impressed by their selection of beer, especially in Alabama with its tight liquor laws. I found quite a few beers that I have not seen in Georgia, and took home a couple mix-and-match six packs. The employees were a big help in guiding me towards the kind of beers I like, as well as towards local brews - and I enjoy supporting the locals! Some of the prices were a wee bit high, but none were outrageous. If ever you visit Huntsville, this place is worth finding.
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.
bleeng (168) Seattle still not near Beersel., Washington | March 25, 2011
What they said below. It ain’t pretty but it’s the best thing going in Huntsville. The best selection of beer in town, with all the locals and a good selection of Belgians. Limited to 12oz bottles because of state laws. Best thing about this place is the ghetto growlers-superb selection of about 30 drafts on the wall-including most/all beers produced in Alabama. Available in 1/2 and 1 gallon plastic containers!!
So this place is a dive that is working to improve itself by bring in craft beer and 40 taps for plastic milk jug growlers. The beer is typical Belgian plus some new surprises. They have a nice selection of lambics and some harder to find local and regional brews. I got a great deal on some glassware to go with my newly purchased beer. Definitely improved from it’s old days, but still a bit of a dive.