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$$ - reasonable
[ Store ]
565 W. Oates Rd, Ste 115
phone: (972) 698-0626
(Place added by: dfw303 on 08-05-2011)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 1
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Tiny tiled-floor store with lots of bikini-clad beer girl posters...doesn't look like it would have the selection it does.
Decent variety of euro imports including several common Belgians, several different 6-packs each from Sierra Nevada, Great Divide, Stone, Boulevard, etc...basic stuff you see at most specialty beer stores. Local brews include Shiner (the whole line-up), St Arnold, Rahr and Sons, and RealAle.
The highlight at this store is the non-refrigerated shelf of large bottles on the back wall...this is where you'll find all the one-off / limited release / seasonal stuff. The size of this selection is small (probably about 20-25 different beers) but it usually contains a few hard to find brews that Central Market, Whole Foods, and the Bottle Shop (my other stores) don't carry. For example, in the past I've found Allagash Curieux, Gnommegang, Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence, DFH Squall, Allagash Black, and a few others that I've yet to see elsewhere on this side of the DFW.
Unfortunately, the craft beer (especially the non-chilled stuff) sells slow here, so the selection rarely changes and some of the bottles are past their prime. The bright side is that this store doesn't sell out of the limited release beer as quickly...so if you find something you like, it'll most likely still be there at the next visit.
The owner and employees are always nice, but I get the impression they aren't beer drinkers themselves. They can point you in the direction of a specific beer (which isn't necessary gievn the store's size), but don't expect them to offer any personal suggestions.
On average the prices are about the same as Central Market and Whole Foods...perhaps just slightly higher. Considering that I live in the area and that it saves me a trip downtown, I don't mind the slight increase.
08-06-2011 06:42:46 |
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