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Belmont Beverage - South Bend Ave.
$$ - reasonable
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1621 S Bend Ave
phone: (574) 233-4603
(Place added by: aforbes10 on 02-23-2006)
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| Reviews: 20
quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
South Bend has some pretty good beer stores that really are made up of 2 chains, CityWide and Belmont. One of the things I liked best about the south bend beer store scene was the fact that you could find all sorts of different things at different places.
I revisited this joint this past weekend when in town for the ND-UCLA thriller. You can easily tour the campus, hit this belmont, drive down edison towards citywide mishawaka and hit mishawaka brewing company and have a nice little beer detour.
The selection is pretty strong...lots of mishawaka brewing stuff (mostly bombers but apparently they are bottling specialty beers now too as they had hophead and seven mules in 6 packs). If its stone you are looking for, you will have to head to CityWide as they dont have it here. Lots of indiana representation from NINE G to Mad Anthony and and Upland. Big bells representation as well as dogfish, rogue, new holland, and thirsty dog. Prices can be a bit steep especially on some of the bigger beers, but i think thats just the norm for the area.
I have definitely seen some old beers in here in the past but didnt notice that this past visit.
Right next to the shittiest college bar in all the land, The Linebacker. Its a college institution but I wouldnt get too comfortable because its a hole
10-22-2006 22:17:47 |
More by dirtylou
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
TO the left as you walk in there is some beer in the coolers. Some craft, btu mostly 40s and malt liquors of all types, or BMC.
The craft is in the back. Lots and lots of bombers, more than I expected. A good singles selection with a discount for every 6er. Plenty of 6 packs too. Seemed to have quite a few Indiana and Michigan breweries. Not many imports.
The service was good an knowledgeable. The prices were decent if slightly pricey. Heres to Indiana developing a craft appreciation like its neighbors.
09-03-2012 22:56:24 |
More by crossovert
quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
This is the closest Belmont Beverage to the Notre Dame campus, and, as a consequence, it has the largest selection of macro brews of any of the other BB locations. However, it can also be relied upon to provide any number of delicious craft brews. Regularly I have found Dogfish Head (60 min, 90 min, Raison D'etre), Bells (Expedition Stout, Java Stout, Cherry Stout, 2 Hearted), Samuel Smith, Mishawaka Brewing Company, Nine G, Lost Coast, Unibroue (4 packs and singles), Mad Anthony, St. Peters, Great Lakes (Edmund Fitz), among others. The prices are not the best, but they often have deals. Service is usually ok, although a buddy and i tried to return a six pack that was 4 years past its expiration date and had massive floaties in it (this was a pilsner) and the lady at the counter didn't believe it had gone bad. She finally "took our word for it" but then the sixer went right back into the cooler. Not good. Anyway, this place is ok in a pinch but you can't lose if you go to City Wide instead.
02-23-2006 19:34:17 |
More by aforbes10
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
It had been a little while since I have been into this store and my my how they have changed. I remember a tiny micro section with some out of date beers and was not impressed at all with what they called selection. That was about a year ago. Since then I guess they got a new store manager who seems to know beer. When I first walked through the door I noticed along the back a bunch of single beers. What's this? How about a close to 120 different beer mix a six section. Now not all the beer they have is on the rack yet as I was told. Wow how things have changed. Sure there was a couple of older beers but I mean come on how many stores around South Bend doesn't have that. They have seemed to have opened up with the selection (Dark Horse, Dogfish Head, FFF, Bells, Stone, Coney Island, Rogue, Clipper City, Lakefront, Abita, Mad Anthony, Upland, Great Lakes, Avery, Breckinridge, Flying Dog, ect ect ect). I would recommend this store to someone who wants to try something new but doesn't want to pay an arm and a leg for something they don't know if they are going to like. I think this store is looking up and can only get better. But seriously...hands down best micro section in South Bend when it comes to mixing and matching.
Edit- I was promoted to store manager of this store as of last year. I will be working on getting everything up to date on here with what is in the store. Stop on in!
12-13-2008 14:37:53 |
More by alleykatking
quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | $$
I went here a lot because it was 1/4 mile from my house. They had an ok selection - lots of your more typical party beers because it was also walking distance from the tailgate fields. But they had some warm local and even some Belgian microbrews, in addition to a shocking amount of hard liquor. Oftentimes though those bottles were covered with dust. Mainly, this is the place to stop on your way to a party to pick up a your tailgate walkin' beer or a six pack (or 24 pack) of beer and not the place to find that special microbrew.
03-14-2007 00:45:16 |
More by kdoc8
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
A: Near the campus of ND this place has good traffic with students and the townspeople coming in and out. While they push alot of liquor sales it still had a comfortable and inviting atmosphere.
S: The workers here are super helpful and friendly.
Sele: I was most surprised with their vast selection of craft bombers both refrigerated and not. They had a multitude of local sixers and popular craft makers. What blew me out of the water was the single beer selection. I was able to create my own six pack of local and quality beers. Good stuff.
V: Fair price, especially when it is so close to campus. I would recommend this place to anyone who cares about good beer.
10-14-2011 00:26:53 |
More by cagocubs
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Belmont has really been moving forward. It wasn't too long ago when the selection was crappy... but now they carry several selections from Bell's, Great Lakes, and Founder's. This is one of the only places in the area to consistently get DFH 120 min., FBS, Dreadnaught, and Hopslam. The guys there are nice and will sit and talk to you for a while about your beer. While the selection is good, I think it still could use a little improving (because I'm selfish and want more), especially in FFF (although Alpha King and Dreadnaught are consistently stocked), and belgian style ales (although there are some Allagash, Chimay, and Unibroue brews there).
Selection is rising even higher at Belmont. Orval, Mikkeller, and even more bombers from FFF, Goose Island, Allagash, etc. are showing up daily. The people are great, especially Josh, a fellow BA. Check it out, it will surprise you!
03-20-2009 16:33:04 |
More by LordAdmNelson
quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Belmont really is your average liquor store with a nice, but small amount of micros thrown in. It looks like your average a bit dirty liquor store thrown up behind a stone brick facade. It's setup and look kinda go with it being near ND and hence it is set up to sell alot of the BMCs as students flock their weekend after weekend to stock up on swill.
As for the selection, it is small but good. They had a good bit of regional beers such as FFF, Bell's, New Holland. Although they did not really have any of the harder to find of these brands since the FFF was mostly Alpha king and Pride and Joy and Bell's was the porter, pale ale, etc. Also carry local mishawaka brewing Co and the only place I have ever seen the SN Porter and Stout. Had a surprising amount of Unibroue and a rather vast selection of it, as I'd say they had about 6 of their beers. The Belgian selection was small but they did have small bottles of Chimay Red and Blue and I think that was the only trappist beers they had in the store.. Germans was also small but found some Celebrator Dopplebock so I was happy to find that one. They also sell some cases of beer too as you can buy whatever they have lying in the back and that varies a lot but is usually about SN or SA.
Service here is actually always pretty good. I always have someone ask me if I need help and today, the guy at the counter actually understood good beer. He thanked me for buying something other than BMC and talked aobut how they are trying to get in some better beer and improve the quality. He sounded like a true BA to me and we had a short talk aobut some of the beers. I hope they do try to get in some more beers and I can tell the quality has increased a lot from the last time I was there but the one downside is that the size of the store devoted to beer is so small. Also, i always feel like they are more expensive than Citywide so I do frequent that store a bit more than Belmont. i think they charge more because they get a lot of students who frequent it for its proximity more than its prices. Overall, a good place to stop and see what they got since you might find something good lying around but a bit price and small.
01-19-2008 23:45:37 |
More by jeonseh
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I was only in this establishment for about 5 min total but that's all I needed to be able to see that this store had a very nice selection and very reasonable prices.
The service was excellent... i stopped in here on my trip home from the KBS release and a few weeks before I had been looking for some southern tier and Josh responded to my post and said he had some in his store and even though he would be on vacation he would set the bottles i wanted asside. I got to the store and said is Josh in and they said no.. but are you Zach. I said yes and they said well Josh has u all fixed up. The guy went into the office and got the 4 bottles i has requested and rang them up and then i was on my way!
This would definitely be a store i would frequent if i lived in the south bend area!
Thanks again josh!
03-21-2011 12:10:53 |
More by zrab11
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in while I was visiting my sister before heading to Three Floyds' Dark Lord Day release.
Belmont has expanded their beer selection since the last time I was there about a year ago, but even then, they had notable beers. I took home some 3Floyds and some DFH 120 IPA that trip.
Notable to me, being from the west coast, they have a strong selection from our country's Central and East regions. Really good stuff. Had a long chat with Josh who is very knowledgeable.
I walked out with 3Floyds Behemoth (2008 and 2009 vintages), Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout, GI Night Stalker, Hoppin Frog Boris (regular and barrel aged), Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree, and Southern Tier Iniquity.
Further, they offer a 15% discount on 6+ bottles. I regret that I could only carry 13 bottles back in my suitcases (well, I had to leave room for 8 bottles of Dark Lord).
This place seems only to be getting better. Will be back there on my next visit for sure.
04-27-2010 17:01:23 |
More by Beerenauslese
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