Lou18 (23) West Paterson, New Jersey | February 15, 2007| Updated June 6, 2007
Well.. I finally made it out here, no where near as far as I thought. Quite easy to get to actually. Now, this is the place. Period. The selection was beyond the space to mention, but, here goes, almost anything you could want, and dated beers like "04 WWS, for example. If you talk to Dan The Man, and you are a nice beer geek yourself,he might take you to the secret stash of glass ware and aged brews! It was like a little peace of heaven right here in Jersey.
Dan is the man, real nice guy, like most beer guys tend to be, the rare breed we are, but he really takes it up a notch with his business customer service. #1 IN NJ with out question, and I hear it may be top 10 in the world! This is a must see!
Both Dan and Matt (the resident beer experts) know what they’re talking about. Service was excellent. Selection was the best in New Jersey, skewing heavily toward beer-enthusiast beers (e.g. good breweries well represented, bad breweries absent). There is a RateBeer shelf with shelftags and a large RateBeer banner - the shelf holds highly rated beers (getting 100 or 99). Ditto for BeerAdvocate having its own shelf. Good selection of Cantillon and Fantome, but the emphasis is heaviest, in my opinion, on U.S. micros like obscure Dogfish brews. Another quirk: the store carries seven to ten MEADS!
Sammy (719) 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.
AlB (2) Hillsborough, New Jersey | December 30, 2006
Always liked Oaktree, but lately has become my favorite. Outstanding store for beers - probably best in central NJ. Great beer talk with Dan and others. Yes, the wall of singles is always a plus, and some interesting things like cave-aged Ommegang 04. I can promise you that this place should have an "Essential" or "excellent" in the front for ratings. Oh, I forgot about the free glasses. .....thanks again Dan!
Killer beer selection. Long row of singles in the back. Lots of great beer, broken out by imports and domestics. Great service, spoke with Dan who answered any questions I have. A new favorite when in town.
This is a great store - they have a much smaller space than a lot of liquor stores, but they use it quite well - the place is very clean, well-lit, and extraordinarily well-organized (reminds me of half time, but in a much smaller space) - they seem to have pretty much anything available to them, and they do their best to keep the shelves stocked - this is probably the closest store to NY in which I’ve seen FFF bombers - the staff is very helpful, but since I’m antisocial I kept blowing them off - I wish I hadn’t - next time I’ll let them know how far I traveled to make a visit.
scraff (10) Baltimore, Maryland | December 13, 2006| Updated December 14, 2006
This place kicks serious ass! Huge selection of beer which could all be purchased in singles. My new favorite stop in Northern Jersey. Thanks to Dan and Jay for hooking me up with the beautiful Tripel Karmeliet glass. This place is a MUST stop....
Great freakng store, best service ever. Dan is really the man. He hooked me up big time. Place is really clean and they keep expanding. They get everything first, prices are good. Great selection, even carry the Climax growlers. Lots of locals, the regular Belgians, the expensive Italians beers, lots of singles. They make a Christmas section and a new arrivals section. Great place, and great owner.
This is a great beer store with a great selection and many singles available.The staff is very pleasant and helpful and this is my new favorite beer store.
hophead75 (83) Largo, Florida | November 17, 2006| Updated December 31, 2006
This has quickly become my favorite beer store in all of NJ. Been there 3 or 4 times so far and have had a great experience every time. Huge selection, with a large number of singles. They get just about every new beer released in, and post new arrivals on their website as well as email it out to ratebeer and beer advocate members. Belgian/import aisle is also huge. You won’t find any dusty bottles at this store, everything is clean and extremely well organized. As for the service, best I have encountered at any bottle shop, period. Dan the owner is always very accessibile and friendly. Likes to talk beer also, which seems pretty rare when it comes to most stores I’ve been to. Other employees such as Jay, one of the beer managers are also very friendly and go out of their way to help you out. Prices are competitive, especially in the singles aisle. If you are a beer enthusiast, you owe it to yourself to check out this store, even if it takes you 45 minutes + to get there. That’s about how far I have to drive, and I would probably go there even if it was twice as far.
TheEpeeist (18) Media, Pennsylvania | November 11, 2006| Updated August 29, 2011
My first visit and I immediately knew these folks got it. Right off I’m greeted by the top-100 shelves, new arrival displays, and another specialty shelf area. Then I noticed the long aisle lined on one side with at least 500 different beers. Maybe the best selection of domestics I’ve seen, served up supermarket style. After working my way down I find another bank of shelves in the back with the Belgians. Nice complete line of Cantillon but no rarities. Stiil very strong. They also seemed to have every new release I was looking for.