A large and airy store, more space for this kind of shop I have ever seen. Rustic and charming. Service is great, thy offered to break up any sixer for me. Selection is good with some beers I haven’t seen anywhere else. Good but not great. Prices are inline with a specialty store. A good stop.
Unfortunately for them I stopped in after Prestige. Pretty good selection, ton of Great Divide stuff, but nothing truly exceptional, and essentially all of their stock was also sitting on the shelves at Prestige. Great place to go if you are in the area and need a beer fix, however. Also had a 20 tap growler fill station.
Sammy (713) Toronto, Ontario | August 1, 2008| Updated May 21, 2014
A very classy shop, near Cole’s bar and therefore right off the Peace Bridge. This allows a new option for Canadians to shop for bottles if they can’t get far enough to Premiere. The comparisons start. Premiere has more selection, particularly with their very liberal singles policy, much spottier service,more food and soda with your beers, more parking, and closer to the main though more expensive Buffalo shopping haunts. Village is more navigatable aisles, slightly better pricing, and of course a different part of town.
Atmosphere has more character than say Premier or Consumers, but the primary reason for going here is location. SItuated betwen Coles and Blue Monk it is your most convenient bottle stop if you are planning to hit either of those places. Decent selection with some imports that the other shops don’t have, but they are typically priced accordingly (e.g. $$$) Growler fills are a nice option, and generally a solid selection of US micros. Bit less selection than Premier most of the time, but well worth a look if you have time.
Smallish beer section but it’s well chosen. Coolers at the back and a lot of gourmet food items throughout. It’s a good spot - but the selection is better up the road at Premiere Gourmet. It’s a good store - just not the best store in the area.
Decent selection. Comparable to Consumer Beverages in Niagara, but a little more expensive. Better selection of singles though which is great for tickers - lots of $2 beers to choose from. The girl even said she’d break up sixers if she had a lot of them. Saw a few good bottles of top beers, some Alesmiths and Great Divide especially. A decent amount of Belgian imports as well - some stuff I’ve never seen before. They also have a lot of Evil Twin and Mikkeller. I’ll be going back here for sure.
This place rules. A nice spacy, unassuming store on Elmwood. This place has a bigger, and better selection that Premier Gourmet as of this rating. Service was friendly and helpful. Prices seemed fair. Tidy, clean store. I wish this place was around when I lived on Elmwood 5 years ago. Save the drive to Premier Gourmet, and check this place out!
Bit small place. Beer set up is not as well designed as one might hope. Pleasant service was provided. Prices are on higher end. Solid selection but Premier is much better.
cratez (256) Toronto, Ontario | May 24, 2011| Updated May 30, 2011
Second best beer store in Buffalo with a beautiful, clean, and open layout and countless specialities items like gourmet meats and cheeses. Hundreds of bottles to choose from with 20 taps for growler fills. Expansive selection of American and Belgian micros with some impressive UK (Samuel Smith) and German (Ayinger) offerings as well. I grabbed a case of beer that included Fantôme Hiver, Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye and Red Rocket, Great Divide 17th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA, Victory Hop Wallop, Mikkeller IBeatU, and Ithaca Flower Power IPA, among others. The service on my visit was excellent as the clerk chatted to me the entire time I was shopping. He suggested a handful of noteworthy beers (particularly the new arrivals) and gave me a Bell’s HopSlam as I was checking out. Unbelievable! Overall, this is a must-visit when shopping for beer in Buffalo, although Premier has a slightly larger, cheaper, and in some cases fresher selection than Village. Still, I will undoubtedly be returning here when I find myself back in the city. An outstanding beer store.