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D & Q Mini-Mart
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$$ - reasonable
[ Store ]
806 Richmond Ave
phone: (713) 526-4451
(Place added by: soultrain19 on 05-19-2009)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 24 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Was informed by a fellow beer advocate user to check out the D&Q Mini Mart in Houston. I wasn't dissapointed. A little pricy, but didn't mind because there were some hard to find brews. Picked up Stones 14th Anniversary IPA and a Burton Baton single(I've been trying to find this forever). The gentleman at the store was very knowledgable and is willing to try to get anything for you. They also have a ton of Pint glasses for only 3.00 each. I picked up a Victory and Great Divide Glass. Definitely will be back next time in Houston.
EDIT: Brandon, the owner, is a great guy. Talked for 20 minutes today. Knows his beer and wants to share the wealth. Now we just need D&Q version 2.0 in Beaumont.
03-08-2011 20:49:19 |
More by SWMeyer4141
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
After reading about this place on BA I decided to drive the 30+ miles each way to give it a shot and I am glad that I did. I had planned on also going to Spec's Liquor Warehouse on the way home but after filling up my backseat at D&Q with gems there was no need. The reviews I read were correct, Brandon is ultra-knowledgeable and kind, so was the lady that worked there with him. I will certainly be making the monthly pilgrimage downtown, fighting off insane drivers and poor roads easily knowing that I WILL be able to find some QUALITY beers that I have not tried yet. I picked up 9 bombers (including some that I had never heard of), a growler from (512) Brewery, and a 4 pack of Bittersweet Lenny's RIPA from He'Brew as well as a 6-pack of mixed brews for under $115.
They also have cool shirts from local breweries for affordable prices. There is a (blech) wine section as well for those unfortunate souls we call co-workers, friends and family. Snacks, smokes, sunglasses, hand-blown glass items, ice, local publications and many other products found in "mini-marts" are also available. Beer signs, glasses, and other promotional paraphernalia are also for sale. After chatting a bit with the propreitors I was given an awesome Hop Rising poster so I would go away ;)
This should be a Texas landmark!
06-02-2012 01:01:52 |
More by Hopmodium
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
It is a run down looking Kwicky Mart from the outside but very different inside. They have the best selection of singles I have ever seen probably. Every beer they have is available as a single. Nice. Prices are on par with Specs and Specs has a little more selection but D&Q has things that Specs doesn't. They have a nice selection of glassware like others have said.
The guy at the counter was awesome. He talked to me about each beer I was getting and how they would age. A very welcome addition to the Houston beer scene.
03-01-2011 19:24:48 |
More by poonamibaxter
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Ok, so this place looks like a dump. I pulled up with my wife in the car and she asked if I was planning on a drug deal. I laughed.
I kept my expectations low even though I had heard good things. Upon entry, D&Q appears as a mild-mannered corner store. Lining the long back wall are coolers like any other store. As you approach the coolers, you realize that this is no ordinary corner store. You look to you right down the last aisle and you notice the veritable cornucopia of glassware. After talking to the clerk I learned that they try to stock a glass for every beer that they carry when possible.
After you collect yourself from ogling the glassware, you inhale and approach the coolers. At this point, I still half-way expected a few micro-brews and then a cooler full of Bud Light. Not the case. Not even close. They have damn near everything there from Sours to Stouts.
The service was impeccable. I asked about special ordering. The response was encouraging. I shall return...possibly today.
08-12-2009 12:24:56 |
More by DeathbySexyBT
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Brandon is a stand up guy and his little shop is a convenient stop for craft beer. Good selection of beer and great selection of glass ware. He usually has some interesting limited release stuff in the back. Also he's the only bottle shop in town that you can get a growler fill (which is awesome). Long live D n Q! Now I'm just typing some more stuff to fill up the 500 character minimum limit that is kind of lame. Its easy enough to describe a place in less then 500 characters, no need for a essay.
12-27-2011 17:32:10 |
More by kungpao
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I just went to browse their selection and noticed they had some Palo Santo which I havent seen on Houston shelves since I discovered it at a bar awhile ago. I was worried about it getting hot in the car since i had to go back to work so the guy working there packed it carefully on ice for me.
Like others have said it looks like your standard convenience store on the outside but they have a large selection some of which specs doesnt have, or what i think happens is specs runs out of everything but since D&Q is off the beaten path they dont sell out as fast.
You will pay a premium, maybe $0.50 more for a hard to find bottle of craft beer but that is to be expected in an independant place like this.
03-08-2011 18:18:01 |
More by adam320
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped here on a recent business trip, hoping to hunt down some Jester King. Walking in, I didn't know what to think. Store was definitely a mini-mart, but the first thing that struck me was how warm it was. Thankfully, almost all the beer is in coolers along the back wall. I poked around a little bit while an employee was working to restock shelves. Turns out, Brandon is the man. It's his shop and he is super passionate about beer in general and especially good Texas beer. He asked me a few probing questions about my preferences and made excellent recommendations. He even went into the back to snag a rare four-pack from Southern Star for me. I asked about Jester King, he said he was expecting some and took my card, saying he'd hold a bottle if it came in while I was still in town. Are you kidding me? This is seriously above and beyond type of service. No wonder everyone who came in knew him by name.
It may well be that the slightly higher prices dictate that the bottles will hang around this shop a bit longer. Or maybe it's the seemingly out-of-the-way location. But by my estimation, this was actually a better selection than Spec's, albeit smaller in volume.
I can't say enough about the service; this is the type of shop that I would love to have locally.
04-21-2011 02:51:51 |
More by myspoonistoobig
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is a very average looking little mart, and that's what it is...in appearance only. It's a substantial place to get beer. There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to where the beer is located, and you'll come across a few different locations with the same beer. It can be a little disorienting and requires a little bit more attention to detail, but you'll eye some cool stuff in the process. Despite how seemingly random the shelfs/coolers/end caps were, I was picking up IPAs that I knew were dated and I couldn't find anything that wasn't fresh. So despite the disorganized feel, it's apparent that everything really has its place and its well overseen. I've heard the owner is great to talk to, and was from the small chat we had, but I intentionally didn't get to involved as I had a hungry wife waiting back at the hotel and I value my life. I'll probably go back when I have time to chat and just do so while looking over glassware. Yep, there's shit tons of glass. I picked up a GI nonic real quick just to have something, but next time I'll really take In the Breweriana. Prices were reasonable. Some things may have been slightly more than at Specs, but some were cheaper, others comparable. I was fine with the prices.
Great shop. If you're visiting from out of town, and need some place to stay down town, consider the Robins Nest Bed and Breakfast...it's 3 blocks from D & Q. Worth it.
06-03-2013 19:58:45 |
More by EgadBananas
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
I have only been to D&Q a couple of times, but each time I have found great beers that are tough to find elsewhere and the service is always good. Solid glassware as well.
The owner does a good job of advocating beer, posting new beers on this site as well as taking the time to talk to his interested customers. Spec's probably has a better overall selection, but this place has a few things that Spec's sometimes doesn't, and has TONS of singles - maybe even everything can be bought as a single?
In either event, great little shop, and one that I'll be visiting more in the future.
06-10-2011 15:39:48 |
More by drummermattie02
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
From the street this place is just a mini-mart, inside it is a beer enthusiasts candy shop.
The beer selection is always changing and you never know what will be pulled out and put on the shelf. Prices can be a little higher than liquor stores, but are still reasonable.
If you like to build your own 6-er, this is the spot, he has hundreds of choices! You can also buy singles, don't even have to choose all six. His glassware selection is impressive and my daughter likes picking up a gourmet soda or brewer brand root beer when we come in.
Service is spot-on. This guy knows and loves his beer as much as we do, and is awesome to talk beer with! Much more personable than any Specs retailer I have ever met. Worth the trip every time as I live about 40 miles north of this store.
08-26-2011 13:10:51 |
More by LadyOfMuchBeer
D & Q Mini-Mart in Houston, TX
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