I have never encountered a more overrated place. Maybe the ownership or management has changed. The ambiance is crap, the selection is mediocre, and very few beers are available as singles. What a waste of time going to this place.
demannu (16) New Jersey | March 27, 2015| Updated April 3, 2015
Was in the area so i stopped in since it had such a high rating. The wine section had a nice look with vine wrapped trestes. Once i got to the beer section i was far less impressed. No real effort put into it. And even though the dedicated space was a good size, the variety was rather limited. Prices seemed to file the high/low model. Service was good and knowledgeable
Standard liquor store vibe. Staff is extremely friendly. Selection is a mixed bag. They seem to always have a few random things no one else on the area has but on the whole it seems to have fallen off over the last few years. Prices are also mixed. Most of the bombers seemed ok but a lot of the singles on the Mix 6 section were a little pricy. Overall pretty decent but not the destination it once was.
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.
PRBeer (681) 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.
Prices are reasonable, employees were friendly and offered help, selection of US craft was a bit run-of-the-mill when I stopped in, but still solid. Import selection looked pretty decent. Worth a stop if in the area.
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.