This is a big space, mostly wine and cheese, but a pretty cool beer selection in the back. Disorganized and dusty, expensive and no service (I looked around for 30 minutes without a trace of another human being on the premises, when I made it to the checkout there was an elderly woman reading in a lawn-chair, who muttered "hmm, I guess there was someone in the store after all...") but it seems like someone understands quality beer. My main complaint is the same as phaleslu’s: few bomber bottles and no mix-your-own singles. Some great 6-packs, but help us out and split ’em up! Does anybody really drink Samichlaus by the 6-pack for $20+? They had a nice selection of small single Belgian bottles, but that’s typical. I think the selection benefits from the fact few beer snobs comb through here on a regular basis. I’d put this place under Lukas, the Clayton Wine & Cheese Place, Local Harvest, and even Whole Foods and Cost Plus World Markets in some ways. On par with high-end Schnucks. Better than the smaller Wine & Cheese Places.
Starr’s is a nice store along Big Bend in Richmond Heights and has a nice deli/cheese counter inside and a bistro attached. The focus is mainly wine, but the back corner of the store devoted to beer is pretty solid, and they have things on the shelves longer than some of the bigger-name craft beer stores in the area, such as 6 bottles of Woodcut No. 3 left when almost everyone else is wiped out. It’s not particularly well organized in the beer area but nothing is too hard to find. Good amount of local/regional stuff- Schlafly, O’Fallon, Boulevard, and the like. A very strong selection of Belgians is available. American craft brew is pretty well represented, albeit mostly in six packs. Some bombers and 750 ml single bottles are around, but not many individual 12 oz. bottles to choose from. I found a few vintages of things I was looking for, which was nice. I’ll be back here, especially because it’s on my way home from Wine and Cheese Place.
Nice location to Wash U. Service was decent. People knew what they were talking about and could make recommendations. Beer selection was great. Lots of beer and singles. Cheese was there and good. Valve was average.
Roughly halfway between Wine and Cheese and Schalfly Bottleworks and worth a stop if in the area. Not as nice of a selection as Wine and Cheese and the prices are a touch higher, but overall not a bad store. They had the entire line of the Boulevard Smokestack series here, so I was able to complete my collection with the Saison Brett and BB Quad. Nice selection of Belgians and foreign beers and decent amount of sixers. Not much in terms of build your own.
MrBunn (92) The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania | July 14, 2008
Stopped in today and was interested, but not blown away by their wares. They had a nice selection of imports and microbrews (all of the Boulevard Smokestack series, for example) but things didn’t seem that well organized and there were no total surprises. Still, worth the time if you have it.
Probably one of the best selections of imports in the area. Nice selection of area micro’s. Good pricing. Great specialty market as well including wines, meats cheeses, coffee and more. One of the better beer store in St Louis.
vyvvy (26) St. Louis, Missouri | September 16, 2006
This is under Luka’s or Coral if you’re on a St. Louis stop, but they do have a good selection. There is a guy there who cares about and knows his beer (not the owner!!!) so the place is getting better these days. There is a good selection of imports, okay selection of regional and nice selection of Belgiums. If you are looking for wines this is a fine places to stop as well as that is their specilaty. A nice place to go by as there is a nice selection. If the beer guy is given more freedom this could be an excellent stop. Luka’s is the best in the area for now, if you can go to the Illinois side of the river go to Coral, but if you are in the St. Louis metro area this is a great place to stop. While in the area stop by Whole Foods that is about five minutes away and you will have the best in the metro area.
Stopped by on a St. Louis visit. Hadn’t been there in years. AMBIANCE: Same old, really. Good coffee at reasonable prices, a decent fish market and deli, and some gourmet foods. Good wine and scotch selection, with beer on one wall and shelf. Looks like a mini-supermarket. SERVICE: I’ve never had a bad experience, and this trip was the same. Spent about 15 minutes talking coffee with the manager. SELECTION: Solid, although not what you might expect for being one of the better beer stores in St. Louis. The Friar Tuck chains in IL have this beat. You’ll find the Abbaye des Rocs series, some vintage Fullers, a good mix of Belgian strong ales, Bells products, Unibroue, Samiclaus, and others. FOOD: Delii is solid. OVERALL: Good, but not exceptional. I certainly wouldn’t call this "EXCELLENT" as the title indicates.
jpm30 (57) East Central, Georgia | January 29, 2006| Updated October 6, 2007
Starr’s has made improvements since I first starting going here in 2003 and this is the best place to go to when looking for vintage ales and barley wines. The Belgian select is quite good and so is their German and U.K. sections. Everything else is pretty average. Prices can be high for St. Louis. Service is hit or miss, one time friendly and helpful, next time hands off and distant. I, personally, have never purchased an off beer here, which is the most common complaint I’ve heard about Starr’s. Just be careful, look over hard and there should be no problems. Check out their deli area. If you are a traveler, Corral, Lukas (Ellisville, MO) and Starr’s will pretty much cover all the STL area has to offer in beer stores. (Update 10/07: I would replace this store with Randall’s on S. Jefferson on my top three St. Louis beer store list, so then, my must stops are Lukas, Corral and Randall’s.)
Well, i walked into this place expecting a huge beer isle. What i got was pretty good, but still, it wasnt all that great. the prices were right though i must say. They have some jw lees vintages 98 and 01, which i will definately pick up once i get some cash. Im looking forward to coming up to this place for some good belgians (their speciality it seems)