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krausenmustache 05-30-2009 01:24 AM

Is there a good beer store in your area?
For me, theres virtually nothing. The whole foods in my area has a very decent selection and the big supermarkets have a few micros. Back in my hometown, however (about 2hrs north of me) there is a large warehouse type beer store. They have virtually every micro one could ask for as well as typically 10 beers on tap. They also have a very respectable cigar selection among other tobacco products (cigs, dip, etc.).

So my question to the brew community; is there a store like this in your area? I also ask as preliminary research into possibly finding a place locally to set up a shop at some point in the future. I think it would be great to open a shop with a ridiculous selection of micros and cigars, then possibly expand to a brew supply (also very lacking in my area).

GhostDog 05-30-2009 01:34 AM

Whole Foods and the Whip-in!

staffVAJoe 05-30-2009 01:48 AM


TwoHeadsBrewing 05-30-2009 01:52 AM

While there is plenty of Sierra Nevada, Chico is pretty devoid of a good beer store. Mangrove Bottle Shop is the best, and the do have a decent selection but nothing much to choose from East of Colorado. I'd really dig a warehouse beer store, one with some Midwest and East Coast brews and a good selection of British and Belgian brews. Ah well, one can hope...

friday 05-30-2009 01:58 AM

Ya chico has a lot of beer but none of it is worth writeing home abought other then sierra.

pnj 05-30-2009 02:06 AM

every store around here has a pretty decent selection....

TexasSpartan 05-30-2009 02:38 AM

The HEB and Specs both have a pretty good selection.

enderwig 05-30-2009 02:41 AM


Originally Posted by TexasSpartan (Post 1353422)
The HEB and Specs both have a pretty good selection.

+1 for Specs. Not the neighborhood ones though, the big one downtown at
2300, 2400, and 2500 Smith St. There hasn't been anything that I have wanted that I couldn't get there.

globeboxxr 05-30-2009 02:48 AM

My hometown has a "party supply" store that has a crazy selection of micros, just as you described. I do miss it.

Today, the best selection of micros is actually at my LHBS (Gentiles - Grandview, OH)... which also happens to be a wine seller and pizzeria. Odd combo.

ChshreCat 05-30-2009 02:48 AM

There's no beer store anywhere around here that I've found, but the regular grocery stores have killer beer selections. It also pays to get to know the beer/wine department manager at your local store. I spent a half hour sitting and chatting about beer with one of mine the other day. He's going to set aside a few bottles of Mirror Mirror for me when he gets some in. :D

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