July 07 - In an odd location, this cavernous warehouse liquor store has an entire tank-wide aisle dedicated to beer. I brought hom about 6 single imports that were new to me plus a couple 6’s of local micros that I can’t get at home. I’d hoped for the ability to mix and match micro singles, but no such luck. Have to go to Illinois for that I guess. Decent selection for the STL area.
Stopped by here on the way home from work the other day to pick some things up and came away very impressed. Randall’s is just off of Jefferson and I-44, part of the same building that houses Johnnie Brock’s Dungeon. Most aisles in the store are really wide and shelves go way up to the high warehouse ceiling. Most are also booze and wine, but the beer section is a nice size and has a good selection. My only gripes are that many of the smaller bottles are not broken down- I buy a lot more bottles when I don’t have to get six-packs just to try something new- and that the inventory didn’t completely match what the website said. One thing I came in for that was supposedly in stock was gone when I was there. The staff goes out of their way to help out. The shelves aren’t as organized as I like, or just organized in a weird way, but that makes for some fun browsing. Picked up some great stuff, like Odell Woodcut 3 and 4, some RJ Rockers for a SC tick, and various other bottles. I’ll be back here quite a bit.
An ok place to grab some regional brews. Prices are a bit high, but it was convienient to my office as well as mattingly brewing and the Stable. Worth a stop if your staying in the downtown area. Neighborhood is a bit rough, but i have had no problems going in/out of the place.
Hard to find as there is no sign on the street but only behind the store facing the parking lot. A massive warehouse type liquor store. He cashier was friendly but no one helps in the aisles. A solid selection of craft beer but all at room temperature, not a lot of small singles, and nothing rare. Decent place.
Our first visit was during Mardi Gras and the city ordinance did not allow them to sell any bottled beers. We returned on Saturday (4/16/2011) and were pleasantly surprised by the selection of both foriegn and domestic brews. As we were searching for a few beverages, we encountered an employee named Mike, who was very helpful and knowledgeable about all their brews and their liquors. He assisted us in finding several of the items on our list and even suggested additional beverages that had similar features. As an added bonus, he introduced us to Ray Hill, a brewer, and we even were able to obtain a couple of his brews with his autograph. What a great afternoon enjoying a new store and meeting a local brewer.
In STL again for work, so decided to check it out. Thanks to some of the other reviews I was able to locate the building very easily, but I could see how it might be confusing. A very large building that has a warehouse feel. Tons of beer and a wide selection. Had quite a bit of glassware as well. I was able to pick up a 4 pack of BCS and Schlafly snifter for the hotel room, so life is good.
Strebs (221) St. Louis, Missouri | May 31, 2014| Updated June 2, 2014
I live in the area, so I stop in to check out the new arrivals. They have really brought in a lot of newly obtainable beers, so their selection is good. The staff has absolutely no beer knowledge, so don’t bother to ask any questions. For a big warehouse operation, their prices are stunningly expensive, especially for Scotch. Plus, they don’t stand behind any mistakes that make in pricing. If the price is different at the checkout than what is displayed, they will not honor the displayed price. It has happened to me on three separate occasions, so I stopped making any purchases other than very occasionally. The only reason I stop in is to see what is currently available in the market, and then go to a more reputable store to make my purchases.
Overview: Randall’s Wine and Spirits is to St. Louis what Liquor Barn is to Louisville? I probably shouldn’t jump to conclusions (About all three locations), but the store and layout reminded me of some of the older LB’s. If you have a hard time finding this place, it’s actually in the same warehouse as Johnnie Brock’s Dungeon... I just feel embarrassed typing that, but it’s a costume shop of sorts. Anyway, you can access the parking lot by turning right before the I-44 exit ramp.
So, beer is near the back right portion of the store, and is all on warm shelves. Beer is shelved by country for the most part, with the American beer labeled "craft beer" and a respectable local selection. The beers from other countries are the typical fare; the prices on some of these are a bit much (4 pack of Urquell pint cans for $7.99?) Most folks were friendly, but the guy in the beer aisle seemed perturbed at my questions (such as: do you have cold beer; where are your single bottles located; can you break sixers). Their singles selection sucks, so you really can’t make a mixed sixer worth a damn here. I ended up with an Urban Chestnut variety pack and that was about it.
PROS: Lots of beer to choose from; lots of local beer. CONS: Unhelpful service; a lack of good singles; phoned in international selection; warm beer only. OVERALL: Probably a fine place for the neighborhood, but I wouldn’t make this a stop otherwise. Ample free parking, so at least it’s an easy stop.