I was glad when this place opened, they may have the best selection in the area. the selection is widely varied and updated. they also have growlers with a good rotation as to whats on tap. The staff is not only knowledgeable about beer but also friendly and very helpful.
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.
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!
Fantastic Place to shop just 10 minutes from the USA / Canada border. I stop in here whenever I am in the states for a couple days. Great range of America Micro and craft. The selection varies on availability so it’s somewhat hit and miss. Great service, knowledgeable and friendly. I can buy a good range of Canadian Micro’s I can’t find in Ontario!
Two Village Beer Merchants in the city; one in North Buffalo on Hertel, one downtown on elmwood. Both have similar selections, Elmwood being a bit bigger and well stocked. Good selection of Mikkeller/Evil Twin brews, along with a lot of good domestics. It’s usually likely you can score some rare stuff here, but expect to pay at least $1-$2 more than any other store. Employees are pretty nice. I’m glad it’s in town.
Excellent little beer store that fits nicely into the Elmwood Village neighborhood. Nice interior that shows the effort they put into decorating. Full deli with sandwiches, cheese, etc. Beer selection isn’t quite to the level of Premeir, but is very solid and seems to be improving with each visit. In addition to bottles they have several taps for growler fills and the owners acquire some of the more rare tap only beers like Sixpoint. The staff is friendly and helpful. Price wise they are about average, some bottles on the high side and some a little cheaper. They sell singles, but not of every beer in the store. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.
Cool shop. I’m not sure if they have anything unique between Consumer’s and Premier but it’s definitely a convenient location if you’re hitting up Cole’s. Prices can be prohibitive for some beers but you can also find some savings - though it’s not always obvious.
In general Consumer’s quite cheaper but they don’t have some of the things that this place has in terms of imports. The singles are plentiful as is the regional representation. Growler fills are a big plus too, though I didn’t indulge this time around. They appeared to have a pretty nice selection of quality food but that’s also something I didn’t really experiment with this time.
Really there is no reason to not stop by here and they will likely only get better.
Nice interior and they make the most out of the space with lots of beer and plenty of gourmet/deli foods. Friendly and helpful staff. Solid selection with plenty of micros and a fair representation of Belgian beers. The ability to buy singles of most is very nice. The growler fills are also very nice, looked like there were some pretty decent beers on tap. Plenty of glassware for sale, too. For a place to start out at this level is very encouraging, and hopefully they’ll only get better. This area of town definitely needed something like this store.