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When making good homebrew it is good idea learn the different styles of beer by becoming a certified beer judge through the BJCP. Another way is to sample as many examples of types and styles of beers. So it is important that you know where to purchase great beers. Below is a list of stores where to purchase great brews. All stores are sorted alphabetically by state then city then store name.  The stores with * are world class stores. If you come across a store that you would like to add to the list, feel free to contact us.

List submitted by Mike Heniff
APR. 4, 2010.

All stores are sorted alphabetically by state then city then store name.  The stores with * are world class stores.  If you come across a store that you would like to add to the list, feel free to contact us.


Arizona (AZ)

Beverages & More (BevMo!) - 11 locations, across Arizona, Great selection across the board, many refrigerated, .

Total Wine & More - five locations in Phoenix and Tuscan areas, website advertises 1000 beers at each store,

Sun Devil Liquors & Wine Cellar, 235 N Country Club Dr., Mesa, AZ (near Phoenix, AZ), (480) 834 5050 associated with Top's liquors,

AJ's Fine Foods, 23251 North Pima Road, Scottsdale, AZ (near Phoenix, AZ) (480) 563-5070, also has 13 location in the Phoenix and Tuscan areas.

Papago Brewing Company, 7107 East McDowell Road, Scottsdale, AZ (near Phoenix, AZ), (480), wide selection all in cooler and a bar with their brewpub beers and 30 taps with 2 beer engines. Always has Old Saguaro and Old Crustacean barleywines and great west coast selection, over 450 beers.

Top's Liquor, 403 W University Dr, Tempe, AZ, (480) 967-5643, Near Arizona State University, a whole aisle of Belgians.

Plaza-Liquors, 2642 N Campbell Ave, Tucson, AZ, (520) 327-0452


California (CA)

Beverages & More - over 100 locations, across all of California, Great selection across the board, many refrigerated,

Total Wine & More - three locations in Rancho Cucamonga (Riverside area), Roseville (Sacramento area) and Tustin (Orange County area), website advertises 1000 beers at each store,

Hi-Time Wines, 250 Ogle St., Costa Mesa, CA (949) 650-8463, (800) 331-3005 (between Los Angeles and San Diego, CA), tons of great locals, tons of imports, ships to out of state, great wine selection.

South Bay Drugs, 779 Palm Avenue, Imperial Beach, CA (San Diego, CA area) (619) 424-5559,, tons of imports and lots of hard to find Southern California seasonals.


Colorado (CO)

Liquor Mart, 1750 15th Street, Boulder, CO, (303) 449-3374,

tons of locals, tons of beer in coolers, make your own 6 packs

* Cheer's Liquor Mart, 1105 N Circle Dr, Colorado Springs, CO (719) 574-2244,, over 1200 beers and tons of wine and spirits.

Argonaut Liquors, 718 E Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO (303) 831-7788 , tons of beer - great CO locals, some west coast, plenty of imports (the website listed a total of 861 beers).  Has 2 dozen Avery selections.

Wilbur's Wines & Spirits, 2201 S College Ave, Fort Collins, CO (970) 226-8662, , huge, over 60 cooler doors, almost every CO micro, mix and match 6 packs

Arrow Liquormart, 8055 W Bowles Avenue, Littleton, CO (Denver, CO area) (303) 399-2123 huge beer selection and a massive (over 50,000 bottles) wine inventory.

The Wine Co., 5910 S University Blvd, Littleton, CO (Denver, CO area) (303) 795-1313,, also has a beer of the month club.

Applejack Wine & Spirits, 3320 Youngfield St., Wheat Ridge, CO (Denver, CO area) (303) 233-3331 ,


Connecticut (CT)

Ancona's Wine and Liquors, 720 Branchville Road, Ridgefield, CT (southwest CT near Bridgeport, CT) (203) 544-8958


District of Columbia (DC)

*  Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits, 5544 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC (202) 363-4000,   Over 1200 beers in stock (and a ton of wines)


Delaware (DE)

Coastal Wines & Spirits, 12141 Coastal Highway (Highway 1), Milton, DE (302) 684-1135, great selection of micros & imports, plus big bottles 3L of Samichlaus in flip top bottles.

Total Wine & More - two locations in Claymont and Wilmington, website advertises 1000 beers at each store,


Florida (FL)

* World of Beer, 2809 Gulf To Bay Blvd., Clearwater, FL (near Tampa, FL), (727) 797-6905, Across the street from Hooters (the original one!) in a strip mall. 750+ beers. Good selection ofÊBelgians kept at good temperatures.Ê Not too far from the Dunedin Brewery.

* Knightly Spirits, 2603 S Hiawassee Rd., Orlando, FL, (407) 298-1515 Over 600 beers and a massive Belgian selection, lots of single bottles, lot of hard to find beers, at least 6 years of Lee's Harvest Ale.

Total Wine & More - fourteen locations across Florida, website advertises 1000 beers at each store,


Georgia (GA)

* Green's Discount Beverage Stores, 2612 Buford Hwy. (1/4 mile north of Lenox Rd.), Atlanta, GA (404) 321-6232 Good selection, best in Atlanta, lots of locals and Belgians.  Also a location at 737 Ponce De Leon, Atlanta, GA, (404) 872-1109 and three in South Carolina (Greenville, Myrtle Beach, and Columbia).

Jax Beer & Wine, 928 Market Place Boulevard, Cumming, GA, (north of Atlanta, GA) (770) 888-8036,

Habersham Beverage Warehouse, 4618 Habersham St., Savannah, GA (912) 354-6477 Good selection, lots of Belgians but few lambics, good balance of east and west coast beer.  Another location at 7927 Abercorn St., (912) 961-6744.  Both locations closed Sundays.

Total Wine & More - three locations in Kennesaw (Marietta area), Alpharetta, and Atlanta, website advertises 1000 beers at each store,


Iowa (IA)

* John's Grocery, 401 E Market St, Iowa City, IA (319) 337-2183, 450+ beers (150+ Belgians), great place to stock up on New Glarus beers,


Idaho (ID)

Marcellar's, 431 Park Avenue, Idaho Falls, ID (208) 523-0503,, 150+ beers

Boise Co-op, 888 W Fort Street, Boise, ID (208) 472-4500


Illinois (IL)

Binny's Beverage Depot, 213 W. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL, (312) 332-0012, 24 locations in the Chicago area including the suburbs and the former Sam's Wines & Spirits on 1720 North Marcey Street (near the Goose Island brewery).

West Lakeview Liquors, 2156 West Addison Street, Chicago, IL, (773) 525-1916,,

Friar Tuck Beverage, 2930 Constitution Drive, Springfield, IL (217) 698-1116,, over 200 beers, tons of single bottles, locations across central Illinois including Peoria, Bloomington, Champaign (Savoy) and three locations in the St. Louis, MO area.


Kansas (KS)

Goebel Liquor, Rob's World of Beers, 352 S. West St. Suite 400, Wichita, KS, (316) 943-2911, , 1400 beers, 9 coolers, single bottles,


Kentucky (KY)

* The Party Source, 95 Riviera Drive, Bellevue, KY (Cincinnati, OH area) (859) 291-4007,, over 2500 beers, growlers sales, homebrewing supplies

Party Town, 6823 Burlington Pike @ Turfway Rd, Florence, KY (Cincinnati, OH area), (859) 371-4466,

The Liquor Barn, six stores in Lexington, KY and Louisville, KY,, tons of beers including growlers, homebrew supplies


Louisiana (LA)

Marcello's Wine Market, 3911 Perkins Rd., Baton Rouge, LA (225) 344-1414

Marcello's Wine Market, 2801 Johnston St., Lafayette, LA (337) 264-9520 , dozens of selection not available in Texas, many imports from England and a few unique Belgians, homebrewing supplies

Dorignac's, 710 Memorial Veterans Blvd, Metairie, LA (New Orleans, LA area)(504) 834-8216, Good selection of beers including some Belgians, Lee's Harvest Ale.   Reduced selection over the last few year.

Martin Wine Cellar, 714 Elmeer Ave, Metairie, LA (New Orleans, LA area)(504) 896-7300, 200 different beers, few refrigerated, many Belgians and British,, three other locations in Baton Rouge, Mandeville, and New Orleans (on Magazine Street).

Vieux Carre' Wine and Spirits, 422 Chartres, New Orleans, LA (504) 568-9463, 100 different beers, very few cold, lot of Belgian and British, some quite old and oxidized but has some vintage beer (including Lee's Harvest Ale), in French Quarter

Sidney's Wine Cellar, 917 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA (504) 524-6872,
75 different beers, mostly cold, lot of Belgians, across from French Market


Massachusetts (MA)

Kappy's Liquor Store, various stores across Massachusetts,

Colonial Spirits, 87 Great Road, Acton, MA (just west of Boston, MA) (978) 263-7775, , 500+ beers, many Belgians including all 6 Trappist breweries, multiple vintages of barleywines, also has a location in Stow, MA (just west of Boston, MA).

Blanchard Liquor, 103 Harvard Ave, Allston, MA 02134 (Boston, MA Area), (617) 782-5588. 500+ Good vintage selections.  Across the street is Sunset Grill with 120 taps (very little crap) and 5 oz samplers.

* Table & Vine, 122 North King Street, Northampton, MA (near Springfield, MA) (800) 474-2449, 1000 beers, thousands of wines, and gourmet foods, use to be Town & Country Liquors.

Gordon's Fine Wine and Spirits, 894 Main Street, Waltham, MA (west of Boston, MA), (781) 893-1900,, number of locations around Boston, very good selection of East coast micros (especially Allagash), good Belgians, lots of Colorado and west coast micros, three locations in Waltham, MA and Watertown, MA

* Julio's Liquors, 140 Turnpike Road (Route 9 East), Westborough, MA (30 miles west of Boston, MA), (508) 366-1942,, over 1000 beers, few hundred Belgians, tons of micros, 40 wines on tap for FREE


Maryland (MD)

* State Line Liquors, 1610 Elkton Road, Elkton, MD (20 miles southwest of Philadelphia, PA) (410) 398-3838, about 1,000 beers, tons of imports especially Belgium, Italy, UK, and Scandinavia. Multiple vintages of JW Lee's Harvest.

Wells Discount Liquor, 6310 York Road, Baltimore, MD), (410) 435-2700,


Maine (ME)

Downeast Beverage, 79 Commercial Street, Portland, ME, (207) 828-2337,, few hundred beers, lots of cold selections

Maine Beer & Beverage, 28 Monument Square, Portland, ME, (207) 228-2024.

RSVP Liquor Store, 887 Forest Avenue, Portland, ME, (207) 773-8808, very nice local selection with single bottles sold right out of the six packs, very good selection of imports especially from UK and Belgium, 600+ beers


Michigan (MI)

Beer Depot, 114 E. Williams Street (at Main), Ann Arbor, MI (near Detroit, MI) (734) 623-4430, home brewing and cheese making supplies, 600 different beers, 100+ Belgians

Tiffany's Wine and Spirit Shoppe, 1714 West Main Street, Kalamazoo, MI, (269) 381-1414,

Dusty's Cellar, 1839 West Grand River Ave, Okemos, MI (near Lansing, MI) (517) 349-5150,, 100+ beers, lot of single bottles, lot of local micro's, some fine foods and a wine bar/restaurant

Merchant's Fine Wine Warehouse, 22250 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI, (313) 563-8700 (near Detroit, MI), 400+ beers, lots of Belgians, lots of local micros, locations in Grosse Pointe and Royal Oak location have closed


Minnesota (MN)

Surdyk's, 303 E. Hennepin, Minneapolis, MN (612) 379-3232    , Good selection of Belgians, New Glarus and other locals, some Scottish beers.  Very large selection and user friendly with good prices. Some are refrigerated.

The Cellars Wine & Spirits, 5805 Neal Ave. South, Oak Park (Minneapolis/St. Paul area), MN seven location in the area, tons of great US micros and lots of hard to find imports


Missouri (MO)

Gomer's Fine Wine and Spirits, 9900 Holmes, Kansas City, MO (816) 942-6200,, three other locations in Kansas City,

Friar Tuck Beverage, 9053 Watson Road, St. Louis, MO, (314) 918-9230,, over 200 beers, tons of single bottles, locations across central Illinois including Peoria, Bloomington, Champaign (Savoy) and three locations in the St. Louis, MO area.

Brown Derby Liquor Store, 2023 South Glenstone Avenue, Springfield, MO (southwest MO)(417) 883-4066, , tons of beer and wine (some back to the 1800's)


North Carolina (NC)

* Bruisin' Ales, 66 Broadway Street, Asheville, NC, (828) 252-8999, , 400 different beers, 150 Belgians, good locals, growlers of locals that do not bottle.

Sam's Quik Stop, 1605 Erwin Road, Durham, NC, (919) 286-4110, about 300 beers, mostly micros, no high alcohol beers

Total Wine & More, 2976 Battleground Avenue, Greensboro, NC, , Features a large selection of beers including Rogue XS, Brooklyn, Harpoon, Hebrew, Magic Hat, Sea Dog, Tupper's, and Weyerbacher and a great selection of Belgians. Singles are also available. Eleven locations across the state including Durham, Charlotte, Winston-Salem, and Raleigh.


New Jersey (NJ)

Oaktree Discount Wine and Spirits, 902 Oaktree Avenue, Suite 7, South Plainfield, NJ (SW of Newark, NJ), (908) 561-0051, , tons of singles, lots of imports, great pictures of their displays on the web, big beer shipping business.

Total Wine & More, four locations across state, website advertises 1000 beers,>


New Mexico (NM)

Quarters BBQ and Package Liquor, 4516 Wyoming Boulevard NE, Albuquerque, NM, (505) 299-9864, , 2 other locations in Albuquerque, approx. 250 beers, lots of micros from CA, NM, and CO, discounts on large quantities, knowledgeable manger

Kokoman Fine Wine and Liquors, 34 Cities of Gold Road, Pojoaque, NM (near Santa Fe), (505) 455-2219, 400+ beers, lots of Belgians, tons of west coast and Rockies micros.


Nevada (NV)

Lee's Discount Liquors, 4427 E Sunset Rd, Las Vegas, NV, (702) 451-0100.  Sunset store is the best, lots of local micros from California and Oregon, especially Rogue.  Alaskan Brewing beers with a number from Belgium and England.  Flamingo store (3840 East Flamingo) is quite adequate.  Various other locations in Vegas.

Total Wine & More, 730 S. Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas, NV, (702) 933-8740, , website advertises 1000 beers./p>


New York (NY)

Bierkraft, 191 Fifth Ave, Brooklyn, NY, (718) 230-7600, , 1100 different beers and tons of gourmet groceries, dozen beers on tap, tons of Belgians

* Premier Gourmet, 3465 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY (716) 877-3574,, 700 beers including 100 Belgians

New Beer Wholesaler, 167 Chrystie St. (near Delancy St.), New York, NY (near Chinatown),, (212) 473-8757, Great selection

* Half Time, 2290 South Road (just off Route 9), Poughkeepsie, NY (between NYC and Albany), (845) 462-5400, , Has about 1800 beers with a dozen on tap at the store.

Beers of the World, 3450 Winton Place, Rochester, NY, (585) 427-2852, over 1100 beers, single bottles available, homebrewing supplies, lots of vintage ales,


Ohio (OH)

Vintage Estate Wine and Beer, 7317 South Ave, Boardman, OH (near Youngstown, OH, not far from Cleveland, OH or Pittsburgh, PA), (330) 629-8080, 740 beers in store plus many wines, beers and wine on-tap!, great Midwest selections with some hard-to-find west coast selections, catalog list is difficult to navigate since they include both wines and beers.

Warehouse Beverage, 4364 Mayfield Road, South Euclid, Cleveland, OH, (216) 382-2400

Palmer's Beverage Center, 3375 Indianola Ave (at East North Broadway, just west of Rt 71), Columbus, OH (614) 263-7444, 100 beers, wide variety, few cold, mostly US beers, some Belgians

Belmont Party Supply, 2621 South Smithville Rd., Dayton, OH, (937) 252-4724,, about 800 beers with many great Midwest micros.

* Jungle Jim's, 5440 Dixie Highway, Fairfield, OH (just north of Cincinnati, OH) (513) 674-6000, , 800+ beers, a lot of Belgians and obscure Europeans, some refrigerated, lot of single bottles and tons of gourmet and foreign fares.

River's Bend Wine and Spirits, 6052 S. State Route 48, Maineville, OH (between Cincinnati, OH and Dayton, OH), (513) 494-9420

Lina's Beverage, 162 Chestnut Street, Painesville, OH (NE of Cleveland, OH), (440) 357-7252, excellent Belgian and German selection and a ton of local microbrews, all beers in coolers.


Oregon (OR)

* The Beer Stein - Bottleshop & Pub, 345 E. 11th, Eugene, OR, (541) 485-BIER, large selection of bottled beers in coolers (either to drink or to go) totaling 1000+ in addition to ten beers on draft.

Bier One, 424 SW Coast Highway, Newport, OR, (541) 265-4630,, beers to go, beer and mead on tap, homebrew supplies, special order kegs.

** Belmont Station, 4500 SE Stark St., Portland, OR, (503) 232-8538 , Moved in 2008, all beer in coolers, 1000+ beers including a tons of imports plus regional micros, cafŽ on site

* John's Market, 3535 SW Multnomah Blvd, Portland, OR (503) 244-2617,, over 1000 beers


Pennsylvania (PA)

Pavlish Beverage Drive-Thru, 2800 Easton Avenue, Bethlehem, PA (near Allentown, PA), (610) 866-7722, good selection of imports and micros, great for a drive-thru

** Shangy's: The Beer Authority, 40 E Main Street, Emmaus, PA. (near Allentown, PA), 55 miles north of Philadelphia, 100 miles west of NYC) (610) 967-1701, 2,100+ brands of beer at all times from all over the world, some refrigerated, mixed case purchase only.

The Foodery, 324 S. 10th Street, Philadelphia, PA, (215) 928-1111,, second location at 2nd and Poplar, hundreds of Belgians, 800+ beers

The Six Pack Store, 7015 Roosevelt Blvd., Philadelphia, PA, (215) 338-6384, , hundreds of Belgians, allows mixed six packs

The BeerYard, 218 East Lancaster Avenue, Wayne, PA (Outside Philladelphia, near Villanova), (610) 688-3431,, over 1100 beers, good Belgian selection, Cases only (but mixed cases allowed)


South Carolina (SC)

Green's Beverage Warehouse, 4012 Fernandina Rd., Columbia, SC, (803) 744-0570, also location at 400 Assembly St. (and in Greenville, SC and Myrtle Beach, SC), Comprehensive selection of micros and imports, lots of Belgians and high gravity beers, many East coast micros.

Morganelli's, 3155 Forest Dr., Columbia, SC, (803) 787-5651, The other "great beer store" in Columbia

Total Wine, 275-D Harbison Blvd., Columbia, SC, (803) 407-3737,, Comprehensive selection similar to Green's, build-your-own six packs, two other locations in Charleston and Greenville.


Texas (TX)

Hyde Park Market, 4429 Duval St., Austin, TX, (512) 420-0222, had good selection of new beers to Texas market

Whip In, 1950 South Interstate 35 (between Woodland and Oltorf), Austin, TX (512) 442-5337, 400 different beers

Miller's Discount Liquor, 3325 Avenue A, Beaumont, TX, (409) 832-8023, allows mixed six packs, very good selection

Hall's Grocery, 4200 Glade Road, Colleyville TX (Dallas-Ft. Worth area), (817) 267-6803, supposedly a spectacular selection for a corner market.

Majestic Liquors, numerous in Fort Worth, TX

Texas Wine Cellars, 217 1/2 East Main Street, Fredericksburg, TX (830) 990-8850 About 150-200 beers (by the bottle) and a bunch of local wines. Not a huge find but definitely something to visit in this popular Texas vacation spot. About 1 block down from Fredericksburg Brewery on the same side of Main. Usually a half dozen beers on taps and wine tastings too!

Mr. G's, 1453 Coit (at 15th), Plano, TX (972) 867-2821

HEB Central Market, numerous throughout Texas (including Houston, Austin, Dallas/Ft. Worth, and San Antonio),
3815 Westheimer (at Weslyan just inside 610 Loop), Houston, TX, (713) 386-1700, 400+ beers, a lot of single bottles, mostly refrigerated. Lots of gourmet foodstuffs and a modest wine selection.

* Spec's Warehouse, 2410 Smith Street, Houston, TX, (713) 526-8787, 500+ beers, wide variety, lots of beers in coolers, newly renovated, lots of other locations in Houston area, locations at 11990 Westheimer (at Kirkwood, just outside of the Tollway) and 1029 Bay Area Blvd (in Clear Lake area) are particularly good. Lots of gourmet foodstuffs and an excellent wine selection (10,000+ labels).


Virginia (VA)

Vintage Cellar, 1340 South Main Street, Blacksburg, VA (western VA) (800) 672-9463  400+ beers, massive Belgian selection including all six Trappist breweries and tons of hard to find domestic microbrews.

* Corks and Kegs, 7110 Patterson Ave, Ste. A, Richmond, VA (804) 288-0816,, 1000 beers,

Total Wine & More - fourteen locations across Virginia, website advertises 1000 beers at each store,


Washington (WA)

* 99 Bottles, 35002 Pacific Hwy S, A102, Federal Way, WA (Tacoma, WA area) (253) 838-2558,, Over 1000 beers; lots of good locals, most beer in coolers, TONS of singles in coolers, tasting events hosted by local brewery and beer reps

Big Star Beer Market, 1117 N. Northgate Way, Seattle, WA, (206) 729-0797,, great local selection, tons of Belgians and Germans, good mead and wine selection as well, 1,000+ beers.

* Bottleworks, 1710 North 45th, Seattle, WA, (206) 633-2437, lot of Belgians, some vintage beers, some special ÒBottleworksÓ only beers from local brewers, 950+ beers

By The Bottle, 104 W. Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver, WA, (360) 696-0012, , more than 500 beers, all refrigerated and all by the single bottle


Wisconsin (WI)

Flanagan's Stop and Shop, 518 W. College Avenue, Appleton, WI (near Green Bay, WI), (920) 733-6689

Roy's Market, 600 State Road 69, New Glarus, WI (30 miles south of Madison, WI) (608) 527-2914, New Glarus products by the case!

Discount Liquor, 5031 W. Oklahoma Ave., Milwaukee, WI, (414) 545-2175 , another location in Waukesha, WI (just west of Milwaukee, WI)


Internet Beer Retailers


International Beer Stores

** Beer Mania, 174-176 Chausée de Wavre, 1050 Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium 32.2.512.17.88,, 11h-19h Monday-Saturday
(Open Every day during December)

Biertempel, Brussels, Belgium

** Noel Cuvelier's, Abelestationsplein 30, Poperinge, Belgium, closed Mondays

Drink Market, Parc Industriel 13, Rochefort, Belgium, 084 2211 21, very much out of the way in southern Belgium but a very good place to buy the freshest Rochefort on the planet (just about 1 mile Abbey St. Remy) with a good selection of other beers from Wallonia.

Ølbutikken, Oehlenschl¾gersgade 2, Copenhagen, Denmark, (+45) 33220304,

The Beer Shop, 14 Pitfield Street, London, England 020 7739 3701

Die Quelle, Nuremberg, Germany

Migro's, Vaduz, Liechtenstein, recently sold and selection greatly reduced

Dennen Market, Schaan, Lichtenstein

Cracked Kettle Amsterdam, Raamsteeg 3, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 31(0)20-6240745,

La Cerveteca, Gignˆs 25, Barcelona, Spain, (93) 3150407,, Belgians, Germans, Spanish beers. Cantillon, Trappists. Some U.S. beers (Anchor, Flying Dog, Left Hand, Great Divide).


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