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19 S Livingston Ave
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 9
Reviews by RonfromJersey:
quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5
Store is renovating. Several different beer displays scattered around store. Large assortment of Christmas beers. Unfortunately, I was there in mid-JUNE! Another display featured several varieties of Independence (dead at least two years, hadn't shipped to North Jersey for a least a year before) and Brimstone (which I don't believe shipped to Jersey since the merger). There were also a good variety of clearly current products, but I would recommed not buying anything here which does not have a clear freshness date.
06-17-2002 09:04:50 |
More by RonfromJersey
More User Reviews:
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $
I've been frequenting this store for about a year when I changed jobs...it's right on my way home so i stop in at least once a week. This store has gotten better and better and the staff is great. Matt the beer guy is extremely helpful and always doing his best to hook it up. Like the last reviewer said, their selection is constantly growing and I get almost everything I want here, even hard to find bottles. The bottles are never over priced and I always leave with something. Definitely worth trying if you're in the area...Cheers!
07-26-2013 17:03:54 |
More by Jonrusso
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3 | $$
Definitely growing as a store. They've recently expanded their beer section to take over the entire back left of the store...definitely increasing what they carry from Hunterdon. They moved the Craft shelves towards the back and have been bringing in a bunch of different bombers and 6 packs. Stocking Founders, Lagunitas, Stone, Dogfish Head, Chimay, Duvel, and much more.
The staff is courteous and will always help you get a case or point you in the right direction for recommendations. Probably will be even better when they move into their new location.
04-24-2013 00:01:21 |
More by CassinoNorth
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This store is slowly growing into a great craft beer store. They carry all the local breweries along with the best beers distibuted in the area. The prices are definately fair. Some of the noteable beers i have found there are Lagunitas, Oskar Blues, Founders, Rogue, Brooklyn and many others. The staff is young and very interested in the craft beer scene. Of coarse they sell major brands, who doesn't? Very Very satisfied with my shopping experience there!! They also have a great big beer selection. Chimay, Duvel, Rogue, Stone, Innis and Gunn, Ommegang, just to name a few.
02-19-2012 01:01:49 |
More by bigalcole44
quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$
Visited on 9/21/2010. It's a neat and clean store as most chains usually are, but a bit on the small side as far as chain stores go. I'm estimating about 2/3 of the cooler space devoted to craft beer. The selection had a decent amount of locals along with some well-known micro brews, but there were a lot of lower-quality amongst that selection. Service was friendly enough when I hit the register. There wasn't any help while I was browsing but I don't hold that against them since it was a busy point in the evening. Prices were just as reasonable as any store I've seen. Overall, it's a decent store to hit if you're in the area looking to grab a six-pack, but certainly not a destination store.
10-08-2010 18:58:48 |
More by TheManiacalOne
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
This is the main liquor store in my town... and lucky enough for me, it is an excellent place for a variety of reasons... The quality of the products they offer is great... I've checked around alot and I've never seen any expired beer there that I tend to notice in some other liquor stores... The service is about average... They got a lot of young kids working there who really don't know much but if you ask them for their opinion of a beer and if they tried it, they will be happy to offer you their opinion or steer you to a choice they recommend... Although it isn't a mom-and-pop shop, you do develop a certain rapport with the employers after they get to know you and wouldn't mind letting you slide on a few cents... They got a really good and diverse selection too, with great seasonal offerings as well as the staples... Just wish there single-brew fridge was more expansive, but otherwise they got a nice offering... everything from Wychwood to Rogue to Schlenkerla... Price-wise, their not over-the-top either and are pretty reasonable... A great place to cop brews...
12-16-2007 21:06:30 |
More by dsa7783
quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Typical liquor store, although this chain seems to be looked down upon by those at BA. I went to this place last week and it does have your typical mass-market beers, but it has a rotating selection of beers that are harder to come by. I got a Faxe amber ale here and a Wychwood Fiddler's elbow on two different occasions. The selection actually rotates, so keep that in mind whe you're there and you see a beer you like; you might want to get it because next time it might not be there. This may seem bad but it's actually pretty good because it's like going into a different beer store every time you go in the place.
11-21-2006 19:03:53 |
More by maddogruss
quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
The selection here is scattered around like a train wreck. Line of coolers reserved mostly for the macro/big selling stuff. Good selection of domestic craft beer is stacked in front of the coolers, all jumbled together. Open cases, random six-packs laying around...that sort of thing. Not wild about the dust on most of these bottles either. Behind these 'stacks' is a shelf where they store the good imports and bigger beers. Highlights are: Triple Karmliet, many varieties of Sam Smith, Rogue, and Unibroue....I actually thought they used to have more Belgians.
Alot of this stuff is old. Stoudt's Scotch Ale from 9-19-01? Out of date beers from Victory, year old Winter Wheat from Ramstein, Sam Smith Winter Warmer. Be sure to check bottling dates before purchasing anything from here.
Overall the selection is pretty good, but it's hard to overlook the blatant lack of care...what, the distributors wouldn't take back any of last year's Christmas beer?
09-21-2005 02:35:39 |
More by jrancan
quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3
Selection: In my limited experience, I have to rate this store above average for selection. They make an effort to have a wide selection (both chilled and warm) and to get the more esoteric items. Recent offerings (12/02) included Westvleteren 8&12, Most Victory (V-10, Old Horizontal), Dogfish 90 IPA and Raison D'Etre, Abbaye des Rocs, Rogue, Unibroue 10, Old Jock, and Skullsplitter). Not many 12 oz. singles and no make your own 6-Pack.
Service: They are very willing to order whatever is available in NJ (wine and spirits included). Based on what I have read on the forum, prices are also good. Would rate it 4.5 but for layout.
In contrast to Ron, I have not found too many out of date beers, although I'm sure they're there (there was Anchor OSA 2001 though). If anything, this is a function of the poor layout of the beer sections. Yes, sections. They have three separate areas where beers are displayed. One area is comprised of the "cooler wall" and parallel to this is a string of "islands" of beer in cases, with 6-Packs on top. Unfortunately, there is no consistent logic to what is in each "island." All the beers from one brewer may not even be together. There is a second area along the back and in a shelf unit that has singles, and odd bottle sizes, which are also mixed up. Macro cases are along the left wall. Finally, there is sometimes a fourth area, where seasonals, gift packs, and specials may be laid out. If there were a fourth numerical rating for layout or something (unless this is part of service), I would have to give it a 2.0-2.5.
Bottom Line: With a little more effort, selection, and thought; I think that this could be a 4+ place overall. I'll recommend they peruse this site for ideas.
Update: I went back and they have consolidated the beer section to some degree, although the "islands" are still somewhat jumbled. The single bottle section has been moved adjacent to the cooler wall and the macros to the back corner. There were several expensive "expired" beers displayed. One salesman was unfriendly and unhelpful when asked about them and about the availability of some other items. Downgraded service 0.5 points.
NB: A quick check of the Morris Plains store (1/04), found its beer department much reduced and depleted. Not much selection beyond the run of the mill.
NB: BK Livingston is basically selling out their stock and not re-ordering much. I was told on 3/15/04 that there was a new guy in charge and he was "cutting back." Now what am I supposed to do for Brutal Bitter?
01-02-2003 09:43:37 |
More by Dantes
Bottle King of Livingston in Livingston, NJ
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