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Shep's Food Mart
$$$ - a bit pricey
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2001 4th St N
phone: (727) 823-6565
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
News flash: Since last reviewed by a member in 2008, Shep's is under new ownership. Josh and his family purchased the shop three weeks ago (today's date: 5/8/13) and are preparing to upgrade the look and feel. Also in the works is a growler station, license already in hand. Josh is friendly, enthusiastic, and displays a sincere interest in providing his customers with a wide selection of quality imported and domestic-craft beers.
Broad selection of Belgians, including a respectable sampling of sours and quads. The Straffe Hendrik Quadruple I tasted was a surprising and impressive find. Likewise, the selection of English, German and US craft beers and ales is fairly deep. Bonus: Unlike several of the neighborhood shops, Shep's maintains a deep stock of chilled AND room temp. beers. Major points, IMO.
I didn't order a hand-made sandwich this trip, but if the growler station is up next visit, you can bet I'll do just that.
I'm glad I stopped in and am eager to see things take on a fresh look next time I'm in the Tampa/St. Pete area.
05-09-2013 02:19:51 |
More by ckk527
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$
Shep's is a beer and wine store and deli located just north of downtown St. Petersburg, near the intersection of 22nd Ave and 4th St. Looks like an old 7-11 on the outside. On the inside though is a great selection of micros and imports, a good amount of wine, and a deli area.
They carry most of the micros available in the area, including Dogfish, Rogue, Avery, Great Divide, Bell's, Flying Dog, Ommegang, etc. There's also a good selection of imports from Germany, Belgium, the UK, and other countries. Most are available as single bottles, and they have six-packs for some. They also usually have a few different gift packs for sale. Typically a box with a few beers from one brewery paired with a logo glass. Speaking of which, a small selection of glassware is available, and usually run $3-4 each.
There's usually a guy roaming around ready to assist or answer any questions. The people there are knowledgeable and make pretty good suggestions. The only downside to Shep's is the prices. For most of the more commonly available bottles, their prices are 10-50 cents higher than most other stores. For rare. seasonal, or limited releases (such as DFH120) they can be a dollar or two higher, again for a single bottle.
05-25-2008 15:40:32 |
More by bkilpatr
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$$$
Ah, Shep's. This place was a real lifesaver when I lived in St. Pete. If you are in St. Pete and want to stock up your beer fridge this is pretty much your only choice, short of heading across the bay to Total Wine.
On the outside it looks like a rundown convenience store, and once you walk inside, it still looks like a rundown convenience store. However, once you take a look around, you realize that most of the store is filled with good beer.
They do a pretty good job on quality. Virtually all of the beer is refrigerated, which is a rarity for a store with such a large selection.
The service is usually quite good, as they often have a guy walking around stocking the coolers and looking for a customer to assist. The staff know their beer and are always happy to suggest something new.
The selection is easily the best in the area; perhaps not quite as large as total wine, but more of a focus on unusual and exceptional beer. They do their best with the limited availability in the area.
The prices are a bit steep (actually, they have some of the highest prices of any bottle shop I have ever been to), but that is the nature of a small, independent business. More often than not, I found it was worth the extra cost to support a local business and avoid driving all the way to Tampa just to go to an unpleasant mega store (Total Wine).
03-12-2008 06:08:11 |
More by nickfl
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
This place is a rarity in st. pete florida, i had found out about it from a friend, i would have never known otherwise, they have a huge variety of microbrews, belgians, and imports. Their slogan is 999 bottles of beer on the wall, i don't kow if they really have that many different brews but they do have everything i love, the only downfall as there always is, the prices soar. some six packs costing 13 and up where you could get it elsewhere for $8 but with no where else close buy with the selection, the money will be paid. overall great store great people great beer what more can be said? i'll leave that up to the next person that visits.
10-13-2007 17:22:57 |
More by dalepryor
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$
Great selection for Florida.
Typical of a bar in Florida,
What do you have on tap? " Bud, bla, bla, bla bla ,bla bla Miller Light, bla, bla, bla Sam Adams.
Ok I guess I'll have a Sam Adams because it's the only beer you have.
Well this place is different. While it's not a bar, and they don't have anything on tap, they have a great selection of beer, and lots of singles. Very expensive however. Being that they have virtually no competition, they can get away with charging $9, $10, $11, $12+ for a six pack. They charge almost $10 for Sierra Nevada, that most grocery stores carry. and more than $10 for not so rare Mendicino Brewery Beers. However, due to the utter lack of competition they can do that.
I just moved a few blocks away and will probably be visiting weekly, but at those prices I'll certainly be savoring the flavor. Not that a few bucks will break the bank I guess it's a matter of principle. Their prices are 10-15% above what I wouldn't blink at. I guess it's the whole getting into double digits for a sixer of something that is not out of the ordinary in other places, but in the backwater of florida, you have to pay to get something other that the big three, or major imports.
On the positive side they have a whole wall of singles so I can go back and try a wide variety of beers to find something new without having to feel the pinch of dropping $12 on a six pack of beer that I'm not to crazy about.
03-31-2007 01:37:10 |
More by Tang07
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
One of the widest selections of beer in the area for a store this size. This is one of those places that you'd never know had such a treasure inside b/c from the outside it looks like just another convenience store. In fact, I learned about Shep's from a friend who grew up in the area and bought his first beer there. Our friends live about 2 blocks away, so we always stop and shop at Shep's when we visit. Lots of singles and odd sizes, too. Definitely pricey, but with such an amazing selection, where else are you gonna go?? They make some great sandwiches, too....try the egg salad!
02-22-2007 17:25:56 |
More by i13tony
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$$
Very good selection. Very high prices. This section of St. Pete (not far from The Independent) is pricey so expect to pay a little more than in other parts of the Bay Area. The neighborhood is akin to Hyde Park/SOHO in Tampa if you are familiar with that area.
Basically just a 7/11 type store with a grand beer selection in the model of Beer World of Largo, Hyde Park Express and others. They carry most of what is availible in florida except Fish Tale and Lakefront beers carried through Apple a Day distribution. Definitely worth a stop if you are in the area, but remember it will be on the high end of the price scale.
10-12-2006 20:58:05 |
More by Jredner
quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Smack dab on the corner of 22nd and 4th, don't sneeze or you'll miss the tall sign on a post that indicates Shep's. Pull into the parking lot out front and stroll into the rehabed 7-11. Cruise to the back right wall of 6 or so tall cold boxes that offer plenty of domestic, Belgian and even some German too. I picked up a Flying Dog $1.90, a DogFish Head Raison D'etre for $2 and a Stoudt's 2IPA for $3.
I saw DogFish Head Fort for $19, and a French Biere D'Garde, and St. Bernardus. Nice selection.
If you go here, try hitting Limey's Pub 2 small blocks South.
While I walked back 'n forth, deciding, I was left to my own devices. No complaints.
04-10-2006 04:32:52 |
More by blitheringidiot
Shep's Food Mart in Saint Petersburg, FL