Travlr (2847) Charlotte , North Carolina | April 21, 2010| Updated October 26, 2013
Purchase beer through their website, arrived in 3 days, 100% intact. Selection was amazing, including some retired Italian sours, wide range of decent domestic stuff. Definitely makes me want to visit them in person, and sift through their nooks and crannies.
A smaller liquor store with a rather poor beer selection. Most of the beers were of the widely available type, regional brews. Prices seemed fair and I did find a couple beers to buy, but I was hoping for a lot more from this place based on other reviews.
It has all been said for this place already, but wanted to get my rating in so they can stay near the top world wide. Just a tremendous selection and the service was the best I have ever seen. Pretty much like hanging out at a beer geek party. I was helped by three different folks who all knew their stuff (though mostly by Dan), and more importantly deeply cared about what they do. Unreal singles selection. Great images on web site so you can pre-shop like I did before visiting. Nice personal touch at this place. If it wasn’t for the 50 pound luggage limit on the airlines I would have spent hundreds of dollars. Thanks Dan!
94 = ★★★★½ (World class)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
Definitely sought out this place based on its reputation and while it might be a bit overrated it is a nice beer store. The ambience is that of a warehouse. I’m from the South so I go to Total Wines and I thought it was very similar to those... but with a little more dirt and a much better selection. Nice selection of foreign and American beers. The mead and cider selection is very nice and I’m sure I’ve ever seen that much sake in one store. The staff I dealt with were very nice. Prices were solid. Parking is fine. The only complaint I have is that I found a few VERY old beers on the shelf. One IPA was marked drink by March 2011.... 17 months ago! That being said, its worth going out of your way for this one.
Look at the picture here and remember it because the adress is not of much help when finding this place as the number vary a lot from town to town. It is in one of those endless strip mall neighborhoods. Nevertheless, the inside sure deploys more interest than the outside. 2 long aisles loaded with singles must indeed add up to 1000+ different varieties. I’ll make a comparison with Half Time as I’ve done obth in the same weekend. The building here is much older, but as easy and clean to browse through than Half Time. To my surprise though, the couple of prices that I compared showed that prices tended to be slightly lower at Half Time (think 5-10%). They offered us free glasses here just like they do in Poughkeepsie though. And while Half Time clearly has more, it mostly has to do with obscure US North East small micros. There were still some icredible rarities at oak tree that Half Time did not have, like Fleurette or Xyauyu and 4 beers from Plank. All in all, the service is tough to beat here and the selection is as massive as you could ask. The location is also relatively close to a high concentration of NJ brewpubs.
Sammy (692) Toronto, Ontario | January 30, 2007| Updated April 14, 2013
A large portion of this store is craft beer, with parts of what I have seen elsewhere, and very neat and organized. I met the beer manager, Dan who is an owning partner and clearly a beer enthusiast. Totally unique was Nogne and a few other Scandavians, also retired Sam Adams special series bottles. Great service from Dan. On the drawback side, the backup cashier had some neurons misfiring and held me up until Dan rescanned. Hopefully this will not dis other people in a hurry. Prices were not as high as New York CIty, but not as cheap as other very good stores in New Jersey.
2013 update: Substantively less imports find their way here, however an effort on locals and small breweries, and meads.
PRBeer (677) Parsippany, New Jersey | April 15, 2013| Updated February 6, 2016
Well after reading the reviews and seeing all the high ratings for so long I decided it was finally time to check out the Oak Tree. I headed down there on a Sunday afternoon...maybe a 40 min drive from my house. So really...I totally don’t get what the big deal is about this place, and I have no idea why it gets such high ratings other than from people who live nearby. I would not go out of my way to frequent this place...but obviously I’d shop here if I lived very close. The problem is that the selection really isn’t that great at all. There is one aisle of US craft beers and maybe a half aisle of import craft beers. Very little here was that special with a few exceptions (nice selection of Mikeller single hop series). The prices were not great...in fact to make the trip not be a total waste of my time I built 2 six packs of 12 oz singles. When they rang them up I noticed the prices varied considerably from $2.29 to $5.49 each with the high end being a 12 oz can of Oscar Blues Ten Fidy. Bottomline...I’ll pay a little extra for something special...nothing really special here. If you want to know how a craft beer store is done right...take a visit to Liquor Outlet Wine Cellars in Booton (see my review on that place). In all fairness...the people at Oak Tree were friendly to me...but for reasons I’ve mentioned I really think this place is greatly overrated as a craft beer store.
I’m changing my review/rating given that this place is nowhere near the same place it was 6-8 years ago. They used to be the go-to store in the area for craft beer. Now, it’s not much more than an average liquor store. New owners. Different management.
My original score: 100. Beer stores don’t get much better than this. If the beer distributes to NJ, you’ll likely find it here. I’ve bought probably close to 800 different beers at this place in the past decade and I haven’t even made a dent in their rotating selection. They also have some rare hard to find stuff from time to time. The staff is very knowledgeable and have given me most of my beer glass collection for free after chatting with them and purchasing beer over the years. If you’re in the area, definitely check it out.
Just made my first trip to Oak Tree, and I was pretty impressed. Warehouse liquor store feel. 2 Main beers Isles. A nice American beer isle with a pretty good selection. It looked a little picked over today. The foreign section was even nicer looking, with quite a few offerings available. It was pretty empty, and I didn’t ask for much help, and I wasn’t really offered any either. Prices were fine, but nothing special. This one is definitely one of the top stores in the state.