Log in or Sign up
Extreme Beer Fest
returns to Boston on March 21 & 22, 2014.
Tickets are on sale now
BeerAdvocate mobile beta: Testers Wanted
. Give it a try and let us know what you think.
Android or Google Chrome user? Get a
14 day free trial to BeerAdvocate magazine on Google Play Newsstand
today! (AU, CA, UK, US only).
Extreme Beer Fest
Google Play Newsstand
The Village Beer Merchant
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Store ]
547 Elmwood Ave
phone: (716) 881-1080
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-12-2008)
Ratings & Reviews
next › last »
| Reviews: 18 | Show All Ratings:
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Some say that Premier Gourmet is the spot to pick up your bottled needs, but there's a new player in town, and Village Beer presents an excellent alternative, and may even be better (I haven't been to Premier so I can't comment on that). Excellent selection, with all New York Micros seemingly covered, as well as the better domestics (Stone, Rogue, Jolly Pumpkin, etc.) and internationals (huge selection of English, German and Belgian beer). Staff seemed friendly and helpful, and the place seemed well organized and classy. Also good prices.
I picked up a Smuttynose Wheatwine, Sam Adam's Hallertau Imperial Pils, Southampton Imperial Porter, Celis White, Troegs Nugget Nectar, Lagunitas Brown Shugga and Great Lakes Imperial Dortmunder. I could have spent thousands here.
Revisited a few months later. I picked up Stone Old Guardian 2008, Stone RIS, Lagunitas Old Gnarly Wine, Southern Tier Mokah, Southern Tier Iniquity, Great Lakes Burning River and a couple bottles of Edmund Fitz. A great haul, but I've downgraded the selection a touch, because a full 5 is perhaps overly generous. However, I was very impressed with the service I received on this visit, and found the staff very helpful. They even broke a sixer for me, which I don't think is their usual practice.
07-28-2009 17:10:50 |
More by bobsy
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
this place is my new favorite beer store. nice location in the elmwood village, very friendly and helpful service, and prolly the best selection in buffalo. tons of beers you cant find anywhere else. they are a little pricey, but not much more than consumers or any other local beer store. they also offer some gourmet cheeses, meats, and have a very nice deli as well. i havent tried any of there food, but it looks top notch. nice location with lots of good beer bars just a walk down the street(one even nextdoor that ive never been to). definately a place worth checking out.
picked up some oskar blues gordon ipa, st. bernardus watou tripel, pater6, and prior 8.
04-24-2009 02:02:22 |
More by dogfishandi
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
All I can say is WOW! I love this place. It will definitely be my new hokme for purchasing beer. Everything about this place is awesome. They have a better selection than Consumer's by far...especially singles. The guy working told me that they try to get everything available in New York state except the macros. They will let you break up six packs if they don't have it offered as singles, as long as you ask first. They have a growler station with about eight taps. I even saw they had Brooklyn Black Ops and I haven't seen that anywhere else in Buffalo. It is similar to Premier but with the focus being on the beer and the other things secondary, although the sandwiches looked awesome. I noticed that their pricing is less than the other local usual suspects. They are having a brewery appreciation night on the 21st of January with samples given out. Just call first to make sure that I have the right date. Highly recommended and I couldn't be more happy that they are here in Buffalo.
01-10-2009 15:17:21 |
More by cpn920
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Cheers: Hummus is spot on, sandwiches like totally 80's rock. Nice selection of artisian and cheapo cheeses. Interesting array of portable pre-packaged carbohydrates. Turkey sammy Fuccillo HUGE enough to soak up anything Imperial that you are gonna throw at the gastro. Seasonal selections well placed within stumbling, heck, even crawling distance from front door. Artvoice and Brewing News rack located immediately inside of the front door in case you run into the age old beer vs. toilet paper dilemma. Beer always wins. BTW. Provided us with plastic cups to drink brews on the long walk back to Allentown. Staff recommended the scenic Elmwood to North to Allen to Days Park for a growler walk.
Jeers: Actually, I can not think of any besides I wish that I had the capital to finance my own brew emporium on Elmwood Ave. I also dislike the usage of Village, as the Elmwood area has apparently become. But that's neither here, there, or hairy bear (or Eyeball for that matter).
11-02-2008 20:27:16 |
More by wailingwench
S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | $$$$
Could not wait for the place to open, the gf at the time lived a block from the place so I think I was in there 3 out of the first 4 days they were open. Very impressed by the selection as I often just wander and take a long time to pick something out of the vast variety that I'm not used to. Prices are average from what I've seen. Selection is outstanding IMO. They also offer a deli which I have not tried and a small selection of specialty pops ( read soda) which was also fun to try along with the beers. I don't make it enough to the place but I tend to splurge while there. A must for me just hope they stick around as I'm sure rent isn't cheap in the hippie area of town...
As of 11-2010 selection has dropped considerably, rarely see anything not found at premier gourmet, last visit only had 4 kegs for growlers. About on par with the nicer consumers now, which is sad..
10-19-2008 17:58:56 |
More by sliverX
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
A very classy shop, near Cole's bar and therefore right off the Peace Bridge. This allows a new option for Canadians to shop for bottles if they can't get far enough to Premiere. The comparisons start. Premiere has more selection, particularly with their very liberal singles policy, much spottier service,more food and soda with your beers, more parking, and closer to the main though more expensive Buffalo shopping haunts. Village is more navigatable aisles, slightly better pricing, and of course a different part of town.
08-01-2008 20:12:37 |
More by Sammy
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is a quaint little beer store on Elmwood Avenue in the city of Buffalo. Parking is on the street so remember to bring some quarters for the parking meters.
They have a great selection of local and national micros and imports. The major macros are also represented. The can be found within the big walk-in cooler along with some select micros and imports that are keep cold. The also carry a rotating selection of beer on 10 taps for growler fill-ups. There is a deli and gourmet food selection as well. You can have a sandwich or take home some meats, cheeses, olives and so on with your beer selections. Oh, and don't forget to check out there glassware to make sure you have the proper glass for your beer, with the Village Beer Merchant logo of course.
They have a friendly and knowledgeable staff that can help you find a beer or recommend other beers or beer styles and help with the growler fill ups. They also serve excellent sandwiches, meats and cheeses from their deli.
Overall quality, service, and selection are very good with good value as well.
05-23-2008 16:33:32 |
More by generallee
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This a great beer store with reasonable prices and a really good selection. I have been in this store several times and I always want to get back as soon as possible. They have a huge selection of both micros and imports. The Belgian section is not as good as Premier Gourmet, but the micros selection is way better. The 8 or so taps they have for growlers are rotated with different stuff that you don't see in the Buffalo area to often.
The food is also excellent they have a great deli that makes incredible sandwiches and gourmet food section that has spectacular cheeses, vinegars and mustards.
My favorite part about this place is you have to be really looking for Labatts or Bud it is hidden way back in the cooler.
05-15-2008 18:08:15 |
More by pbsmooth
next › last »
The Village Beer Merchant in Buffalo, NY
Your name or email address:
Do you already have an account?
No, create an account now.
Yes, my password is:
Forgot your password?
Stay logged in
Top 250 Beers
Change of Address