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Sun Devil Liquors
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Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Store ]
235 N Country Club Rd
phone: (480) 834-5050
Store with a taproom in the basement.
(Place added by: hyuga)
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| Reviews: 36
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Sun Devil's selection cannot be argued against. They get every sought-after beer, and every other beer besides. With entire sections of the store devoted to Belgian and Eastern European brews, there's always something new to find.
What can be argued against is the place's service and business practices. A story: around the time Parabola was first released in Arizona, I went on a search that brought me to Sun Devil. I had already bought a pair of bottles at their sister store, Tops, for $14 each. The single case of Parabola at Sun Devil was kept behind the counter -- I had to point it out before they would acknowledge they had it -- and cost $18 per bottle. I begrudgingly forked over the money for a bottle, knowing they were the last ones in town who had it in stock. I return a week later and they have one bottle left. I ask the clerk to ring it up, and he says the price is $22. I tell him I paid less than that just a few days earlier. He just shrugs and says, "It's a popular beer."
Sun Devil has good stuff in stock, but their price-gouging practices have kept me from going back since that day. If you want a sought-after brew, use this bottle shop as a last resort.
05-12-2011 21:55:40 |
More by Phelps
quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$
I was quite impressed by the vast selection of lambics and ciders - much of the selection was new to me, and I've been to far more beer stores than I'd like to admit.
Some of the lambics include small bottles of Cantillon Framboise, Cherish, Lindemans, and several other Belgian breweries that I can't recall off the top of my head. There ciders were from all over the US, including Woodchuck, Ace, and Boston Beer Co's Hardcore Cider.
I was also wowed by their special section of eastern european beer (located to the right of the entrance)... who knew?
The place was no more clean or dirty than any other independent beer store (although the bottles could use an occassional dusting). Reminded me of the Marty's in Allston, MA. Although a bit more rhyme and reason to the organization.
Singles. All I have to say is you can take just one if you want. I like that.
Staff was helpful, asking if we needed assistance; and good humored joking about the big price on our little bottle of specialty beer.
02-14-2007 04:22:02 |
More by ciderfaerie
quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$
I was taken here on the recommendation of friends when I asked about a good beer store. I was pretty skeptical when we drove up (looks like a dump), but was encouraged by the empty Great Divide boxes littering the entranceway (like I said, it's a dump).
Fantastic selection. Aisles are cramped, some dust on the bottles, but they had most everything I was looking for. Section of Eastern European beers near the front, tons of micros and Belgians in the back. They allow pulling singles out of the sixers as well.
Picked up Sam Smith Winter Warmer, Alaskan Smoked Porter, some Rochefort 10, Traquair House Ale, Racer 5, Hop Rod Rye, and Shakespeare Stout.
01-09-2006 22:00:55 |
More by Prufrock
quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Visited this place on a couple occasions while visiting friends & relatives in Mesa.
Quality - Lots of world-class beer here from all over the world. Great to find some beers I can't get in my area and see more than just the usual suspects from Belgium and the like. There were some dusty bottles but I guess that's to be expected with so much selection.
Service - Maybe I just caught them on a bad day (both times) but each time I've been to this place they guys working there have been total tools to me & my significant other. On one occasion we went to an open register while one of the clerks worked behind the counter eating an abba zabba or something. When we finally asked for his attention he picked up a register closed sign, plunked it down in front of us, then walked away without saying a word.
Selection - Very wide variety of choices from not-so-craft to world-class.
Value - I found the prices to be a bit higher than what I am used to in my area.
01-15-2011 16:13:16 |
More by leedorham
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | $$$
From the outside this place looks a bit rundown. First of all, the neighborhood is a bit sketchy, especially if you do not speak Spanish. But once you get inside you know why you are there; the selection. These guys have everything you are looking for and also stuff you never heard of. The problem is the employees are very unhelpful and do not care much. The majority of the bottles are dusty and Ive even encountered several bottles past their expiration date. The place is severely cluttered and dingy, but you're here for the selection. There is a cellar where you can taste HopSlam on tap and once I even got some Bigfoot Stout. So if you're in Arizona and you're seeking selection and service is not a concern, this is the place to go! Or you can drive on over to Total Wine at san Tan.
10-23-2011 02:29:28 |
More by ronniebruner
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$
Superb selection of beer. I was visiting my sister in Mesa and had to stop by Sun Devil and BevMo after reading the reviews. In terms of beer, especially import beers, there is just no comparison between the two. My wife and I told my sister after we left BevMo (but before Sun Devil) that the beer selection was about 6 out of 10. Good but nothing great, though they did have a nice selection of US beers. Sun Devil is in a whole other league. 9.5 out of 10. Did it have every beer I can get in my "local favorites" in Richmond? No. But it did have the deepest and broadest imported beer selection I have ever seen (I did not focus too much on domestics). They had a great selection of Belgian beers as well as a bunch of off the wall stuff I'd never seen before. Their German selection was decent but not great, and I unfortunately did not see any wheats that I'd not seen before. Actually, their wheat selection was pretty weak. Also, their UK nitro beer selection was only average, though they had a few English beers that I'd not seen before. Last but not least is the jaw dropping selection of Eastern European (EE) beers that is in a room of their own as you walk in and which I did not see until I was checking out. Though these beers are not always great, there is no denying that EE is going through a micro beer revolution. They are always reasonably priced and I always look out for them, especially the stronger ones. This room easily had 50 different EE beers, at least an 8 times greater selection than I've ever seen before. The guy at the counter said they stock every EE beer that is available in Arizona.
The store from the outside is not nearly as messy as people wrote (we went there twice, 2 days apart). Some of the bottles are definitely dusty, but when I looked at the dates of the beers I bought I did not see any that were ancient (and I was buying the hard to find stuff). The lighting is dim, which is a good thing to keep the beer fresher. The store is pretty well laid out, with beers being logically grouped by location, though you really should scour the entire place before checking out to make sure you did not miss the English and EE beers. Combined with their great selection, the best thing about this store is the ability to break ANY six pack and grab a single. ANY six pack. That is such a killer feature, especially since we were there for only 5 days and wanted to sample as many new beers as possible. This would have been impossible if I were unable to break the six packs. When I told the guy up front about how great this feature is, he said they'd never get rid of the stock if they didn't. Service ranged from complete indifference to nice but indifferent. Overall, though, that doesn't bother me as I've probably had more different beers than 99% of the guys selling them.
In short, this store is highly recommended for anyone who likes to try new beers. You just can't go wrong at Sun Devil.
On a side note, the wine selection is simply not good. BevMo is by far the better place to go for wine.
02-22-2007 20:42:40 |
More by scottstrades
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Was really looking forward to hitting this store while visiting Arizona. Didn't really know what to expect, but I did have some pretty high expectations after reading the reviews. Well, it didn't disappoint! Kind of a seedy looking store as we pulled into the parking lot. Has a drive through window on the side. Walked in to find a very cluttered, dark and somewhat dingy store. Not really dirty, but kinda unorganized and just a bit creepy looking. Anyway, we walked over to the beer section and I was very impressed. A whole long row of assorted micros, another row of beers from the far east, mexico and other european countries. A really nice corner that has a large selection of belgian brews and bombers of assorted micros. A very large center island with a german brews and another seperate room with beers from Eastern Europe and Russia. Very large assortment of every type of beer. The prices are pretty reasonable. Some are high and they have some good deals as well. They let you buy singles and mix six packs for a decent deal as well. I think I walked out of there spending about $50 or so on some beers that I wasn't able to find in the bay area (two varieties of Fantome and a couple of Avery brews). I didn't ask for any help, but they also didn't really seam to be interested if I even wanted help. When I got to the counter though, the lady was very friendly and we chatted about beer for a few minutes. Overall, probably the third best selection place I have been to besides John's Marketplace in Portland and Bottleworks in Seattle. Definitely will head back there when I visit again next month.
12-13-2005 21:44:04 |
More by GClarkage
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$
Not much I can say that hasn't already been said about this place. Big big selection, some of it old and dusty, so beware. There are bottles of Green Flash from 2005 on the shelf. The service ranges from great to "I don't know where the stuff you're looking for is. I thought it was here when you called, but I'm too busy selling this keg of Bud to look for it." It all depends on who's working. The best part is the 'Iron Curtain', an entire little room dedicated to beers from Communist (or former Communist) countries. You can break up a 6-pack, which is a nice option. You get a 10% discount for buying a case (in any combination) of craft beer. Don't overlook the stairs by the cooler which lead down to the wine cellar. The selection is killer, for sure, and if they could just act like they give a damn, they'd have the best place in town.
12-10-2008 01:53:37 |
More by PhxHorn
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
If this place were any darker on the inside, it would like walking through a cavern. I had just raided Top's Liquors of beer, and to my curiosity wandered over here to see if I could find some other good stuff. Well, they do have good stuff, lots of it in fact. Maybe 20% of the selection is refrigerated while the rest sits out on the shelf at store temperature. Some of the examples of beer they carried were Oppigårds, Mikkeller, Hacker Pschorr, Cucapá, AleSmith, Bear Republic, Coronado, Squatters, Eisenbahn Lust, Hitachino, Nøgne Ø, Echigo, and Rochefort. In one oddball, hidden part of the store is a treasure chest of Eastern European beer (for those who are interested), make a U-Turn to the right after you pass the cash register as you walk in. The store advertises they carry over 150 different kegs, don't know which beers though. There's even a wine cellar located in the basement, where I saw a handful of beers on draft, but I skipped an extended visit down there. Overall, this is a very good establishment to cater to your beery needs.
03-10-2009 01:32:32 |
More by DoubleJ
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Roll up, this place is a dive on the outside. Inside, its a little clustered, but you gotta appreciate trying to carry as much product as possible. Downstairs there's a serving room w/ tons of wine. Hopslam on tap, and available in bottle for purchase. Sweet.
A weird collection of stuff. All kinds of different Bell's beers. In Arizona. Nice. Even the major stuff like Pyramid, they had a variety I've never seen. Tons of Rock Art stuff from Vermont. . . just mind scratching the geographic reach this place has. A little worried about freshness here, lots of dust and damaged labels. Good variety of six pack stuff and stuff in the coolers. What is in the cooler may not be on the shelf.
Employees ask real quick if you need help and then leave you alone. Take care of your stuff when you're downstairs. Prices are decent.
03-30-2011 21:16:20 |
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