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A & L Wine Castle
$$$ - a bit pricey
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2424 West Stadium Boulevard
phone: (734) 665-9463
quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
This odd little castle shop had a decent selection, pretty limited on imports, the standard handful of German Weissbiers, and a small amount of Belgians. A couple warm shelves featured Ommegang & Unibroue. Most of the beer was in coolers to the left in the back. The floors and walls were wood, and there was a walk-in humidor. Import singles in the first couple doors, micros further down. Prices seemed around the same as party stores in the area, a little higher than you might expect. The Arbor six pack I bought with tax came to $12 and change. Didn't really get any assistance offered, but the guy at the register was friendly enough. Chilled Skoal and Redman by the register, for the connoisseur. Overall, decent micro selection, average imports, a better selection to be found up the road at Plum Market.
01-04-2009 00:00:57 |
More by emerge077
quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | $$
though a bit kitschy from the exterior, this place hides nothing special on the interior. mostly a wine store, there are a few shelves of beer in the back, with some Belgians on some room temperature racks, and a few single bottles of easy to find varietals. the coolers house standard six packs, without much of a local feel in their offerings at all.
the service was not special. a few customers were chatting about cigars up front, without a word of welcome or offering of help at all to the others.
selection was sub-par. this is not a beer store, but a wine store with some beer in the back, if only to satisfy the friends of those who show up for the wine and cigars.
overall, this is one stop in Ann Arbor worth passing up.
01-03-2009 17:20:55 |
More by botham
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
A&L is my local beer store. Compared to some of the more noteable Ann Arbor beer sellers (Bella Vino, Beer Depot, etc.) their selection is limited, but for their size they do a nice job of hitting the basic classes really well. Their wine selection is seemly bigger than their beer section. As far as beer goes, they cover six packs from the Midwest decently, and they have a good representative Belgian section for their small size. Their singles are limited, but they will let you break up six packs. Singles include a range of Germans and English, with a few others - mostly stouts or Baltic porters. Their prices run a buck higher than Bella Vino on some six/four packs and Belgians, but their quality seems to be fresh. I haven't tasted a skunky beer in my 3 years of frequenting them. They are willing to work with you on bringing in new beers. Their beer knowlegde is pretty good for a liqour store. Overall, despite a smaller selection than the big boys, A&L makes for a good place to make a decent quick pick-up on your way to an event or just to enjoy a good beer on a Friday night.
09-18-2006 01:34:20 |
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A & L Wine Castle in Ann Arbor, MI