Ugly location, typical dim-lighted atmosphere (though for me, what makes the ambiance is the attitude of the stunned people you are shopping with and the possibility to seek through wooden crates and find treasures), large, smallish aisles without too much order. Incredible selection boasts a ton of rarities at exceptional prices, there are even quite a few vintages stuff, mostly from belgians and you see the cases they are aging, MartinT mentioned the stuff worth seeking out (+ alpha king, vervi lion, zywiec porter..) more deeply though I think we cleared the vervifontaine blonde stash. The kind of disorganised store that gives a lot of fun seeking through the dusty bottles. Maybe jeroboams and larger bottles. Absolutely fun shopping experience, with the service being basically unused by us, but fast at the cash, if not going the extra lenght of offering free glassware or holding the long conversation we have at Half Time. Still, hard to pick a favorite between Half Time and Somerville’s. Maybe Half Time when Somerville has no Vervifontaine.
An excellent beer store if you are anywhere in the area. Even harder to find than the other BA’s say. I was travelling west on the 287 and there was no exit 17 despite what the map says, so I had to make a major detour back. The gas station next to them benefits. Also it is on south side of street whereas Goggle indicates the north. Inside was an outstanding selection of beer, the Belgium in particular among the best I have seen. Very well organized. The US macro selectiuon is good, but could be a lot better. Bomber city with Allagash, Heavyweight, Sly Fox, Southampton
and also Avery, Lancaster, Troeg. Service is normal, if they are in the row and you are piling a lot of bottles in the cart you get someone who tells you if they have seen it on the shelf you are looking at. Happy I scored Unibroue 15. Prices can be cheaper for many items if you shop around, but all around reasonable.
MartinT (521) Montreal, Quebec | October 10, 2005| Updated October 12, 2005
An abysmal store front in a downtrodden strip mall in suburban New Jersey. Yuck. Then you walk and see this immense liquor warehouse. And then you run for the beer section, and your jaw drops. You pick it up to tell your friends what you found. They run to you excitedly to do the same with their discoveries. Amazing. Lots of American micros, a little disorganized, but all reasonably priced, and 6 packs are breakable. The Belgian section is candy for the eyes, with many lambic vintages, very rare finds, nooks and crannies which make you want to play beer detective to seek out an old bottle of something special. Panil Barriquée, Fantôme Brise-Bonbons, Vervifontaine Blonde, Cantillon vintages up the ying-yang, Hanssens lambics in 750mls for less than 9$US, mini-kegs of Schlenkerla products including the Urbock (!!), and I could go on for a long time. A selection as impressive as Half Time, in a dustier and more chaotic setting, but with a few more special bottles, and a few less American micros. But I’m nitpicking, these two stores are the best I have ever seen, and belong in the firmament of beer lovers’s essential stores.
Recommended to me by local Dickinsonbeer. Very large (I mean HUGE) store with a 20% dedicated to beer. Large selection with hundreds of different bottles. Not very pleasant to shop at, the place has a warehouse end-of-line-sales type of feeling. Staff don’t know a thing about beer. This store is less than 30 minutes drive from Oak Tree (probably New-Jersey’s best beer store) and I think it is worth visiting both. I did find interesting items at this store that were not at Oak Tree. Like Allagash Tenth 10th Anniversary, Fullers 2004 + 2005, Unibroue 11, etc. Prices are mostly good. This place is not very good as far as cool new releases are concerned but I think the beer geeks all shop at Oak Tree and the turn around seems to be rather low at Super Savers. So for the cool new releases you go to Oak Tree and for some older vintages Super Savers can be surprising.
hopdog (350) Lansdale, Pennsylvania | December 21, 2004| Updated January 14, 2005
This place rocked. Tons of vintage beer, belgians, and other imports. The only down side; before I knew it, my bill was over $200 (but I’m not complaining). I went back a couple weeks later and they had another botle of Stille Nacht Reserva! Also had 8 yr old bottles of Westy 12s and many other vintage bottles not out 3 weeks earlier.
Weird location, and it does not look like much on the outside. Once I got inside, I nearly sh*t my pants at their selection of non-domestic beers. The beer display is a bit disorganized, so plan some ample time if you are beer hunting. Look in every nook and cranny, because there are some true hidden gems. They even carry vintages, organized by year such as Thomas Hardys, JW Lees, Dominion Millenium, etc. Domestic selection is not as good as State Line in Elkton, but still respectable. Prices seem to be 15-20% cheaper than everyone else. 13.99 for Panil is the cheapest I have ever seen it. Definitely check this place out, but be sure to bring some money. I walked out of there wishing I had a larger beer budget.
Best beer store ever (well at least best store I have ever been to). I have only been here once but I have been blown away. Forget any NY store, this is the cream of the crop. Why, you say? Well, first its really not that hard to see off the road. its prety much the tallest building in a string of a strip mall. Then it has the cheap, treasure hunt like appeal (akin to New Beer) with a large selection (akin to Halftime). Messy but full of stuff. There are so many treasures hidden around the store that it is ridiculous. Well, first the regular selection is big, lots of local micros, can get singles, lots of belgians. I know when I read the other reviews and they say lots of Belgians and Fantomes, i think, eh, big deal. But there are rare, never seen before belgians, in large quantities. Some things I was looking for that I found, Bethlehem Rude Elfs Reserve, some 3Fs, and plenty of Sly Fox. The good surprises were some Allagash 10th, its been a year and I havent seen it anywhere. Well there were more. But on top of that these are the best prices I have seen anywhere. The help was very, well, helpful, knew there shit and didnt bother me. SO overall this was good, but the thing that takes the cake is their vintage beers. Lots of vintage beers hidden around. My suggestionm, get in there look at every hole and talk to the staff. You will not be dissapointed.
Kind of run down store. Great overall selection with good pricing. No one offered help, but when I asked if they had any Westy’s in stock on e of the guys went and doubled checked for me. They didn’t. Various vintage offerings. Was in between a work outing so i dashed in and out. Worth a visit when your in the area.
Yeah, it’s a pain in the ass to drive to and the ambience is on the low side. But the selection is out of this world. I just got back from a lunchtime trip here, and I came back with DFH Impy Pils and Fort, Smutty Wheat Wine, Unibroue 15, Zywiec porter, Heavyweight SDLS varieties, Bethlehem Rude Elf, and even a Stoudt’s Anniversary from 2001. There are 4 left if anyone can beat me to them...