If I’ve been to a bottle shop with a better selection I don’t remember it. Quite frankly blows away Blue Max in Birnsville, MN. I’m sure some of my giddiness is because there are quite a few things here I can’t get in my home market, but even for brewers that I can they have harder to find offerings. Not sure I agree with other reviewers on the "disorganized" and "dusty bottles" comments. Yes there was a section of Eastern European beers that had a number of dusty bottles. So what. As long as that doesn’t mean old then it’s not a big deal. Small bar downstairs is cool with several round tables and wine bottles (very organized) everywhere. Some cool on tap offerings although it was unclear whether you could order something as the bar wasn’t specifically tended. Staff is very knowledgeable and helped me locate some of the more special stuff. Prices seemed very reasonable compared to in MN. Off the charts bombers were sometimes only in the $5-6 range. If you’re anywhere close to this place it’s a must visit. Blows away Papago for beer selection; only thing Papago has over this place is that they brew their own beer.
This. Place. Rocks! I found this place by accident, and fell in love the moment I walked in. There is a small section called the Iron Curtain and they have beers from all over the world in there. Beers that I never knew were shipped to Arizona. Oh, and the bar downstairs. That place is incredible, too. Just a really cool "hole in the wall" liquor store with a great selection of beers.
I don’t believe I’ve ever had a bad memory from this place. Their selection is massive and their staff are knowledgeable and help in any way that they can. I especially like their cellar-bar located downstairs. My only complaint, if one could call it that, would be the location: but their gigantic orange-and-yellow-striped sign seated by the street makes up for the awkward positioning of the building.
Great selection of beer, both imported and domestic, but not all beer kept in the same place. They have a bar and wine cellar downstairs. Place is really dingy and many items were warm from the 80 some degrees they keep inside. Prices are average to good. Staff was very helpful and knowledgeable. Found what I wanted and I’ll be back to this place again. Just wish they’d cool it down some to prevent early spoilage.
cubs (420) Fort Collins, Colorado | March 14, 2012
Not the best atmosphere, as it’s a little cramped and a bit hard to find your way around. The selection is very impressive, especially with imports. Tons of Belgians, Germans, and a ton of Eastern Europe stuff. Of course, a ton of the bottles were covered in dust, so it was hard to tell how long things were sitting around. The main disappointment was that just about nothing was refrigerated including their IPAs. Definitely worth a stop.
I used to love this place when i didn’t know any better about prices. They are on the HIGHER SIDE and i have ran into some rude employees. One of the owners is extremely rude, there are better places to buy beer in AZ. The one plus is they rent out lockers in their cellar for a reasonable price.
BOLTZ7555 (90) Phoenix, Arizona | January 1, 2012| Updated January 15, 2016
Definitely one of the best places to find rarer offerings. Massive selection that is mostly grouped together. Cooler wall toward the back and also downstairs. Haven’t really found any gems down there but I’ll keep looking. Lots of dusty Belgians and European brews...every once in a while, I think they pull everything off the shelf and reorganize. Organized enough to find what you’re looking for and the staff is nice and personable.
Wow. What a disorganized dumpy place- but in a good way. They definitely get some excellent beers, but you really have to look over two and three times because there is not much organization. HOWEVER, I was really interested in buying a few IPAs, but the clerk had no clue how old they were. I had to deduct some points for that, because I really wanted to take some west coast IPAs back to the hotel and did not want to buy old stuff ( and I bet some of it was old). I still walked out of there with some nice stuff. Expect to find west coat stuff like Alesmith, Firestone Walker, Lost Abbey, Marin. Some nice Belgians in there as well, in addition to the regional stuff from CO and AZ.
Cool placed. The fist thing I noticed walking in was all the Russian / Romanian beer in a small alcove to the right. I was able to scare up a new Baltic Porter rating (Amber Grand Imperial Porter frikin ROCKED!). Overall a dusty mostly organized selection. There are a load of dusty delicate German beers in here to stay for away from unless it is a huge Eisbock or the like. Nice selection of local and Western US offerings where it appears you can make singles from pretty much any 6 or 4 pack. I love seeing Speedway. I’ll be back for sure.
Best beer selection in AZ ...even better than Papago. Every now & then, they sneak in some really hard-to-find items. I think it was about 5 years ago, I actually found Westy 12, 8, & 6 there. Oddly enough, the AJ’s on Central had some too at the same time. But once it was gone, I never saw it again. Of course, the fact that they had it at all tells you something about how serious they are there about beer. The place looks like six pounds of sh!t in a five pound bag. But it is friggin awesome!
Best selection I have seen in my short visit to Phoenix. Went there for FW 14 which I was informed someone came in 2 days earlier and bought the last 9 bottles, but that was ok as this beer is in high demand. They had plenty of other beers that I did not see any of the 3 Bevmo’s I went to. Was able to pick up some Rock Art Vermonster and Squatters Outer Darkness. Not the most visual pleasing place I ahve been to, but they made up it with selection and service.