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Rt. 38 & Marter Ave.
phone: (856) 235-2273
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| Reviews: 19
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Overall, probably the best beer store I've found in South NJ/SE PA region, based on selection/quality/value. Places like the Foodery in Philly have a better selection but their prices are so outrageous, I really don't think it's worth it. It's conveniently located off of Rt 38 (right by Costco, which is always a good thing!).
The beer ailse is located right when you walk in on the left. The left side is mostly fridge space while the right is shelving. You can find most any of the "big" craft breweries here, along with some of the harder to find items like Founder's. I was even able to find a couple bottle of Black Ops here which is the first time I've seen it in this area.
Service is good and you can normally find someone around to help you out. Pricing it competitive and seems on par with other places in South NJ.
Highly recommend checking it out if you are in the area!
01-06-2010 19:31:01 |
More by wtonk
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
When travelling through Jersey, I generally hop off the NJTP and fudge my way through 295. Martin's is a must stop when you are in that part of central/south NJ between Philly and Trenton. It is set up like a grocery store, only for wine and liquor, and is located right on Rte. 38 west off of 295. There is a substantial collection of the wine. I was buoyed by the fact that several winter seasonals and gift packs were prominantly displayed as soon as you walk through the door. I passed by the wine and other alcoholic goodies, to survey the beer.
The singles comprise most of an entire shelf in the back corner. They have a very decent collection Belgians and Belgian-styled beers. There are a couple of coolers in the same general area also with beers. The craft beer and regional micro brews take up more space than the macros. Any regional tasty brew was available. I picked up a few bottles of Insanity, a four pack or two of Heavyweights, a few Smuttynose goodies, and a Stille Nacht.
Service was helpful. They saw me doing a little hop near the back while perusing, originally thinking I was just excited. After pointing me towards the restrooms, they were also helpful in pointing me towards some rarities. Prices were reasonable. More expensive than some of the places in MD, but much better than getting gringo prices in PA.
10-20-2006 18:32:02 |
More by Umbra
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5
Man, what a great store! I had trouble getting the hell out of this place. Their selection was very good. A lot of Belgium single choices and a good six pack selection (most refrigerated). The beer was very fresh. Decent prices, but dangerous! (I very easily spent 50 bucks)
03-15-2003 01:24:46 |
More by pezoids
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4
Huge store, brand new, sparkling and attractive. Unbelievably well-lit, which may be a problem for some of the lonelier beers. Beer is on the way left (north) side of the store, near the freezer cases. The wine selection is extensive to say the least, and I overheard an employee giving quality advice to a customer in search of subtle wine pairings.
Nice selection of locals kept cold (Victory, Flying Fish, Stoudts) with the rest of their micro selection being quite random, geographically speaking, ranging from Brooklyn to Abita to Rogue, and a bit slim. The imports that are kept cold are separate from the micros, at the far left end of the freezer cases, on the other side of the macros. By the way, if you want anything from Bud to Redhook, this place has an extensive selection of macro and almost-macro breweries. Unlike Joe Canal's and Monster Beverage, this place puts the majority of its beers in the freezers, and most of those out on the shelves are higher ABV (but always check for dusty bottles!)
Warm shelved bottles included a long line of Rogues, Belgians like Lucifer, Brugse, Corsendonk, and a dozen or so in between. British selection was nothing to note, not much more than OHanlons and Samuel Smiths, and the German line was not much beyond Ayinger and Castle Eggenberg. They also have some random things like a magnum of Anchor OSA 2002 or all of the Moretti line. I picked up a Westvleteren 8 ($6, not bad) and a Smuttynose BIG A IPA (last one left, under $3), as nothing else was appealing or something I havent found before, or was covered in a little too much suspect dust. Prices are competitive, better than Total Wine in terms of singles, similar to Total Wine in terms of sixers. Also, have a nice selection of plain glasses (no company logos) near the front, with some pretty snifters and tulips under $3 or 4 dollars a piece.
A nice store to drop by if youre coming down Route 38 toward Philly.
11-17-2003 15:21:58 |
More by nomad
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5
This is my first trip back to Martin's in a while. I was pleasantly surprised. The selection was wider than in my last visit. A few of my favorites were missing (only Chimay and Orval trappists when before they had a couple Westie's and Rocheforts) but there were some new lambics, including Boon Geuze; some excellent German brews, including Celebrator and Optimator; and nice selection of micros. Most of the micros were in the cold case, including several bocks that I hadn't seen before.
The main thrust of the store is still wine and the one fault is that its hard to find someone who knows beer. I had a simple question about whether they had the Trappists and the employee just kept showing me the Chimay. I like Chimay but I was really looking for something different.
All in all, I saw enough variety that I will make this one of my regular stops.
Note: I stopped back at Martin's this week, and the selection and the quality of the beer had been upgraded dramatically. In addition to the good selection of Germans, there was a major upgrade to the micro section. I found four Avery bombers, a 3P from Ommegang, at least six Rogue (including two Morimoto), and Heavyweight Stickenjab. There were a number of new Belgians, and a number of Maibocks, including Stoudt's. I tweaked the rating up a little. I hope this is the start of a trend upwards. They certainly have the room to add more.
04-15-2004 22:55:53 |
More by rdrummer
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
This location has a very good selection of beers; however, the prices charged are on the expensive side. One of the positives of Martin's is that they have a dedicated section of the cooler for local breweries, along with a directory of where these breweries are located in the region. Although their prices are competitive with other liquor stores, they do charge more for domestic selections, which could be a turn-off for consumers. Lately, they have increased their inventory of craft beers to keep up with its popularity.
07-04-2008 18:55:39 |
More by MSL94
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This is my usual stop as it's just minutes from work and on my way home. Yes, there is a Dunkin Donuts inside, but the beer is in the rearmost aisle in and opposite the coolers.
The selection is pretty good and occasionally you can find some real gems. Some of the prominently featured breweries are: Rogue, Stone, Sammy Smith's, Smuttynose, Avery, Anchor, Tröegs, Victory, Magic Hat, Weyerbacher, and countless others. Since I've been going there, I've brought home Stone Imperial Russian Stout ($6), Rogue Imperial Stout ($14), Avery Collaboration ($8), St. Bernardus 60th Ann. ($11!), and La Chouffe Houblon ($8). This is the last place I can find Rogue and Stone bombers for $5 or less, so the prices are great.
The store is always really clean every time I'm in, and the employees (though not that knowledgeable as this is a wine store first and foremost) will tell you when they expect something to come in.
If you're in the Mount Laurel/Moorestown area, this is the best place around, and there will always be something for you. Stop in if you get the chance.
04-10-2007 15:35:39 |
More by jmalex
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4
Nice find in South Jersey, an easy drive for me from outside Philly. I normally would go to the Foodery, but being that I was informed of 9 bottles of Westy 12 here, I headed here. I did not leave disappointed. Got two Westy's among about 8 or 9 other bottles of stuff I am yet to try.
Nice selection of Belgian singles. As far as singles go, they are not outstanding but do have some good and hard to find beers. Rogue was well represented as well. Decent selection of lambics too. Lots of great beers in 6 packs...big selection there, though they will not break them up for you.
Service was OK, nothing spectacular. They are quick to help you find anything you need. If you are looking for a crazy selection of wine and especially liquors, go to Martin's. They have just about everything, with an interesting glass case of rare aged cognacs.
All in all, a big place that surprisingly has some great beers within. Worth checking out, especially as long as the Westy 12 and 8's are there.
11-01-2003 21:29:58 |
More by IrishRedRock
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4
Although the new store is much nicer looking and better organized, it focuses more now on wine than beer (their selection is now about half of what it once was). Still, they offer a pretty decent variety of beers at fair prices. There are 21 cooler door that hold beer, although much of it's mainstream cases and malternatives. But there's also 16 feet of shelving opposite the fridge that holds single bottles of imports (and a few domestics). Unfortunately, a lot of the odd, hard to find stuff is gone; leaving the more basic beers that are easily found (Chimay, Kwak, Corsendonk, etc.). The selection doesn't seem to vary as much as it used to, and they don't seem to be putting as much emphasis on seasonal beers. The sales people are fairly well informed, but more useful to the general public than the cognicenti when dealing with beer over wine. Still, it's a good location to visit as most of the beers are fresh.
12-30-2003 11:33:14 |
More by NeroFiddled
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4
This place is one of my very local stops and they've always got a good selection of beers. If they sold singles, they'd go up a half point or so in their scores. Regardless, they've got a great selection of cold six-packs... typically, whatever's available from the PA/NJ/NY micros at the time, i.e. Yards, Victory, Stoudt's, Weyerbacher, Flying Fish, River Horse, Troegs. All of the Smuttynose stuff is typically available, even stuff from their "Big Beer Series." Aside from that stuff, they've got a good selection of imports as well (UK beers predominantly). Directly across from the cold beers is a fairly large shelf which contains an ok selection of Belgians (no Rochefort, Westvleteren or St. Bernardus - if you want a good selection of that stuff, hit Voorhees Liquors instead), mostly everything available from Heavyweight (NJ), Ayinger, Samuel Smith's, Rogue bombers, Smuttynose Big Beers, Dogfish Head, and I don't remember what else. The prices may be a little high but it's worth it for me because I have to drive a lot further for anything comparable in terms of selection. I scored them a bit low on service because they're not so knowledgeable... the service is usually warm and friendly though. Martin's is definitely a good stop if you're in the area and want to snag any of the stuff local to this area.
08-23-2004 18:44:20 |
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