nearbeer (240) Knoxville, Tennessee | May 5, 2011| Updated September 2, 2014
Nice store, with 6% plus abv beers in the wine and liquor half, and the under 6 in the separated beer shanty. Both sides have good selection, but high gravity side looks like an afterthought with some of the beer tucked in behind the cash registers and vestibule. Nice and knowledgeable staff. Prices are about what to expect in TN: a bit high, but not ridiculous.
In town for the week, I swung by to grab some regional/local stuff. With the screwy Tennessee liquor laws, the high gravity stuff is on the liquor side and anything at 6.3% ABV and below (I believe that was the break-point) is on the beer/cigar side. I was pleased to see that the guys on the beer side knew their inventory well and could describe most of what I wasnít familiar with already. Amongst the stuff not available in KS or MO, I found: Yazoo, Sweetwater, Victory, Yuengling, DFH, and a few others. The higher gravity side had a couple employees that were eager to help me with my mini-quest, but other than Yazooís Sue, there wasnít too much that I havenít already tried or canít find in KC. The combined selection here is pretty solid, and if you are into sakes, they have one of the best selections Iíve ever seen. If youíre in the area and wanting to make a beer run, this is a solid choice.
Stopping on the way out of town I was able to find a good selection of local stuff that doesnít make it all the way to Ohio. The split sides were a bit annoying as the higher ABV beers were kind of tucked away but the ability to buy Terrapin and French Broad beers relatively cheaply was nice. The clerk even helped carry the case to our car which was a nice tough.
Overall I would probably see what other stores were like in the area to get a better idea but this seems like a nice stop. It did live up to the recommendations I was given by others.
Good selection, especially on the over 6% side, and the staff was helpful without being overbearing. Prices seemed reasonable, and they had a ton of stuff I couldnít get in Knoxville. The beer sideís selection wasnít quite as impressive, but still not bad.
Good selection of big beers. Had a few singles to choose from. Not many Stones to choose from but not there fault they said they will take all the distributer will give them when he will, which isnít often or much. My only problem they had some odds and ends bottles that they would not sell as singles for some reason. The guy just said nope we canít sell that as a single. I donít know what was going on with it. Re-rate went to the 5% side the next day a huge selection of beers the best Iíve seen in Tn by far. Overall it is a pretty good place.
Located near dowtown Nashville, itís your typical split beer/liquor store. Lately, they are getting the new beers before the other stores in the area...and they are getting more of it. For example, they got 7 out of the 9 cases of Stone RIS. So I say you need to hit this one if you are in town. The liquor store side carries Stone, Terrapin, Great Divide, North Coast, DFH, Left HAnd, to name a few. I am a local, and I hit this place and Frugal, as they are not too far apart. Frugal is a tad cheaper, but Midtown sometimes has beers that Frugal does not carry (like Great Divide). The liquor side staff is friendly and shares enthusiasm for beer, even though they donít sell a lot of it. Beer store side has pretty much the same selection as Frugal (see my review for the lines they carry), but they do not break sixers or sell singles. Doníít expect to find any rarities in TN.
The selection of low ABV beers is really quite impressive, along with the selection of beer glasses. But when it comes to the liquor side, where all the gold is, youíll find yourself only getting excited over a handful of beers and end up leaving with nothing.
10/24/13 - In Nashville on business and made this my first stop. No real ambiance to speak of, just a typical bottle shop. Went in the beer store first. Great selection! Had a lot of stuff I did not see elsewhere in Nashville. Numerous breweries represented. You can buy singles from all 6-packs they sell, which is a hige plus! And while they have several coolers full of different beers, they have a far greater selection of warm beers, which is good for the traveler looking to take different beers home. Had several beers in the cooler that I did not see warm though. I ended up spending way more money than I had intended too. Person working the register was friendly and engaged me in small talk. I did not know that Nashville had to separate the higher alcohol beers though and noticed several Stone and Sweetwater bombers in the attached liquor store, neccesitating a visit and additional money spent. The liquor store had a few rows and shelves of higher alcohol content beers, most of which are seasonal, one-offs, and hard to find. Typical, fair prices. Could have easily spend hundreds in these two stores. Great selection and a definite must stop.
Split store - one side handles low(er) alcohol beers and the other side handles high gravity beer, wine, liquor.
Great selection of stuff on shelves, and in coolers. Most likely the best selection in Nashville. Good choice of ciders as well. Fairly knowledgable staff. Low-gravity stuff is available in singles, but high-grav four packs and six packs cannot be split up.
Nice place near downtown with a friendly guy working the counter who let me break up sixers. Landed a bunch of Highland 12-oz. beers and some Thomas Creek, including a new doppelbock, so that only helps to make me smile. Iíd like to think that this is probably as good as it gets in Nashville.
Was in this place mid-day in the middle of the week and the staff was more interested in restocking and dusting shelves than answering questions. Great selection (for TN) on both sides. First time Iíve seen any Highland from NC in mid-TN. Found a 2003 Rogue Old Crustacean tucked in the back of one of the shelves and picked that up. They did have some different stuff than J. Barleycornís. Prices are comparable for those that both carry.