3fourths (1564) Boulder, Colorado | October 4, 2005| Updated February 17, 2014
Coolers and warm shelves, hard to find Belgians and Belgian styles, good local representation and a 10% discount. Easy to find even without directions, clean store, with a beer manager that knows more than a thing or two.
I doubt there is a better selection of Belgians in the state than what Nick has assembled here. Nick also recently added Jolly Pumpkin beers to his already impressive line-up of beers. Very nice selection at very reasonable prices. You may arrive wanting to buy a set list of beers but you will leave with more. This is one of Colorado’s must stop beer shops.
Review of web / mail order. Emailed Nick on Monday, received bottles on Friday. Selection is a TON of stuff I can’t get in Kansas / Missouri. The only knock on mail ordering is that only a subset of the 800 beers at Liquor Max are available for shipment. Not a big deal, the bottles I wanted were on the list. Would love to see Dales Pale Ale added to the list, though. 6 or 12 packs please! Perfectly packaged, and great communication throughout. I would highly recommend web / mail ordering from Liquor Max. FWIW - I ordered 3 Fonteinen Oude Gueuze, Boon Oude Kriek, Struise Mikkeller (Elliot Brew), Girardin Gueuze Black, Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek and Fantome Strange Ghost.
82 = ★★★½ (Solid place, near the top of the list for locals and visitors)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
DiarmaidBHK (864) Lewisburg, Pennsylvania | September 23, 2012| Updated January 11, 2013
I read the other reviews an wonder if I’m missing something. Most of the store is liquor and wine with beer coming in 78th. The beer is located along the far right side. It’s mostly a BMC emporium with a sizable selection of local craft. I didn’t see any of the other rarities others have mentioned. I saw 1 Mikkeller, 1 nogne o, and some local bombers. Compared to what I’ve seen in Maryland and and North Carolina this is very poor. Its a decent local, they do give a 10% discount for their small mix 6 section, but it’s certainly no kind of destination place.
Ease of ordering ranks with South Bay Drugs. Great. Nick was really helpful - cueing me to get some extra Ten FIDY cause he knew there’d be room in the box. Get your order in. I’ll not hesitate to repeat.
Ordered from Liquor Max. Great selection. Nick is easy to deal with. Turn around from order was about a week, but the time between him getting my credit card info and a box arriving at my house in Texas was only 4 days (and that includes the weekend). Quick shipping, plastic wine style container. Great beers. Great place to order from. Will for sure stop by if I am ever in the area.
cubs (420) Fort Collins, Colorado | January 5, 2011
Quite possibly my new second favorite place to get beer in Colorado after Wilbur’s. Not the largest selection but it’s impeccably selected... Beer Geek Brunch Weasel, 3 Fonteinen Doesjel, tons of 3 Fonteinen Gueuze, four cases of both The Abyss and 3 French Hens on the floor. I was floored by the beer selection. By the way, you get a discount approximately 10-15% discount on every six bombers you buy. Unbelievable.
I was really looking forward to visiting this place, since the ratings seemed to suggest that it was THE place to buy beer in Colorado - however, I left a little dissatisfied - large liquor warehouse - great staff - the section of the store dedicated to quality beer is actually quite small - to their credit, they do seem to be in tune with the beer geek community, because they do a good job of stocking rare imports that a lot of other Colorado stores don’t have much of (specifically Scandinavian ones) - unfortunately, most of them are the uber-expensive imports that I have learned to stay away from - outside of that, nothing stands out - the prices are quite high (a least a dollar or two higher per 750 or bomber than most other stores) - they have some decent sale items, though - I don’t know - I came in wanting to love it, and just left ambivalent - I think I prefer Total Beverage in Westminster, even if my ratings for both places seem to indicate otherwise (sometimes numbers lie!).
Was told Liquor Max was just out of Denver - I must be too European, because a 45 minute drive is not "just out of town" for me. But the drive was well worth the effort. The selection is huge, very well assorted in both American and European beers. I even brought home two seldom European beers, that I haven’t seen on my trips in Europe. Besides the great selection, what makes this place special is the excellent advice from Nick.