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3040 Richmond Rd
phone: (859) 269-4170
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quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $
I made back to back stops at the Liquor Barns at 3040 Richmond Road and 1846 Plaudit Place. Plaudit Place seems brand spanking new and gets my nod for having a larger and comprehensive selection of beers available in Kentucky.
Richmond Road was in older, more established neighborhood and did not appear to cater to the same wine and cheese customer base as Plaudit Road. This is ok in my book as you can sometimes find better beers still on the shelves in "lesser" neighborhoods.
They had a lot of the same very good beers as Plaudit Place, but the selection and some of the upper echelon beers for the state (Stone, DFH, etc) did not seem as apparent.
04-28-2009 02:26:25 |
More by Yetiman420
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
The big box format at work for beers. With all this space they just had to fill it with great selection and quality, right? For sure, this is a great stop for great beer. Good helpfulness and singles are encouraged. A very good beer stop in KY. I'm anxious to go back with a larger vehicle for carriage.
10-13-2003 03:26:30 |
More by AtLagerHeads
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Here's what I picked up on my last visit (April 27, 2010):
Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti
Great Divide Old Ruffian
Great Divide Fresh Hop Ale
Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary (Ken & Fritz Ale)
Three Floyds Dreadnaught, Robert the Bruce, Black Sun Stout
Located on Richmond Road, inside Man 'O War Boulevard, this is the oldest of the three Liquor Barns in Lexington. Despite their mis-represented namesake, the Liquor Barn chain is the premier retailer of craft beers in Central Kentucky. Although this, as well as the Hamburg location, have the more unhelpful staff, the Beaumont location has the most helpful and eager staff.
This location is the smallest of the three local retailers and resembles an old Wal-mart store from the exterior. But once inside, it's a warehouse that boasts everthing that an alcohol loving adult could want. You can find an assortment of liquers, wines, whiskys, and beer along with gormet cheeses, breads, olives, cigars, coffee, party supplies, bar supplies, glassware, hot sauces...the list goes on.
But enough of that, you are obviously interested in the beers. The selection ranges from the yellow stuff to truely collector beers including: Bluegrass Brewing, Alltech (Lexington Brewing), Abita, Anchor, Anderson Valley, Arcadia, Atwater Block, Avery, Bar Harbor, Bard's Tale, Barley Island, Bell's, Berghoff, Bison Organic, Boulder, Breckenridge, Brooklyn, Cave Creek Chili, Christian Moerlein, Dixie, Dogfish Head, Flying Dog, Founders, Harpoon, He'Brew, Goose Island, Great Lakes, Great Divide, Clipper City, Jolly Pumpkin, Left Hand, Shiner, Schlafly, Steelhead, Stone, Thirsty Dog, Three Floyds, Tommyknocker, Mactarnahan's, Mad River, Magic Hat, Mississippi Mud, New Holland, North Coast, O'Fallon's, Ommegang, Pete's, Point, Pyramid, Red Hook, Rhinelander, Rockie's, Rogue, Sierra Nevada, St. Ambroise, Stegmaier, Widmer, Wild Goose, Blue Moon, Sam Adams, Leinenkugels, Anheuser-Busch, Coors, and Miller, and more...
European Imports include: Baltika, Fuller's, O'Hanlon, J.W. Lees, Chimay, Rochefort, Maredous, Rodenbach, Carolous, Aventinus, Lindemann, Chouffe, Delerium, Harvistoun, St. Peters, Spaten, Ayinger, Schneider, Franziskaner, Hoegaarden, Stella, Leffe, Duvel, Lindemans, Maredsous, Sleeman, Molson, Urquell, Carlsberg, Mooreland, Daleside, Samuel Smith, Young's, Aecht, Augustiner, Becks, Bitburger, Einbecker, EKU, Erdinger, Hacker-Pschorr, Hofbrau, echter, Paulaner, Pinkus, Schneider, Tucher, Warsteiner, Weihenstephaner, Grolsch, Heineken, Beamish, guiness, Murphy's Smithwick's, Moretti, San Miguel, Okocim, Baltika, Belhaven, Froach, Lion, Carib, and more (what? ... I'm not typing all of them in for you.) of the common imports that are found elsewhere.
Despite being located on an access road that runs along Richmond Road, this is the most centralized Liquor Barn location to downtown, but not far from the I-64/75. The lighting is all fluorescent so I'd recommend grabing the beers that are not located on the edge of the shelves, rather reaching behind for the second six-pack of beers in line.
Although the list of offerings is long, the staff does a good job of keeping old beers off of the shelves, ensuring that the beers are usually fresh and in-date. Don't forget to check out the large walk-in cooler that will sometimes have vintage or aged beers that may not be avaialble on the shelves.
This Liquor Barn does not have growler fill options as the other two locations do.
Parking is a breeze. There's a dedicated parking lot on site as with most big-box retailers.
To get a better variety of beers, you will have to make the 1-hour trek to Cincinnati OH, or Clarksville IN.
07-14-2005 16:12:12 |
More by BEERchitect
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5
What can a beer lover ask for that Liquor Barn can't deliver. This is the smaller of the two stores in town, but the beer section occupies more space than the one across town. There are always beers here that aren't at the other store and vice versa. Since moving down to Lexington 3 years ago, I have been able to increase my beer totals very nicely with the help of this store. I found that if there are beers you want that are not on their shelves, they will order it for you if it is available in Kentucky, which makes this a great store. Not only do they have a great beer section, but their cheese and specialty foods selection (especially good chocolate) is wonderful. If you are coming through Lexington, stop by the Richmond Road store and you will not be sorry you did.
07-25-2004 17:28:30 |
More by kmpitz2
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This was my first stop when I got into Louisville. I was actually stopping in Kentucky for Bourbon and Whiskey, but obviously I had beer on the brain too.
I proceeded to grab a cart (c'mon, I'm not naive to think I could carry it all) and proceeded to troll the aisles. Nice selection of Goose Island, New Holland, Avery, Rogue, Stone (found bottles of their Cali-Belgique), Sclafly, and some local Kentucky brews. I picked up bottles of Kentucky Ale, and also Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, which I thought was pretty cool. I steered clear of the Bluegrass beers, but they were there as well.
And if you're into Bourbon and Whiskey, they had an awesome selection. I picked up some single barrel Bourbons, and a bottle of Rye Whiskey.
I would love if this store was local, but sadly only for the liquors. Most of the beer is available closer to home, but I still found some nice finds like Sclafly's Barrel Aged offerings and Cali-Belgique.
05-05-2009 01:17:46 |
More by leftmindedrighty
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
This is my main stop for all of my beers - whether easy or hard to find. They have had 95% of beers that I've gone looking for. There are two locations here in Lexington and I've found that if one of them doesn't have something I'm looking for, I just go to the one on the other side of town and I can find it there. The prices are very good - better than anywhere else I've looked. They even carry hard to find beers such as Rochefort 8 & 10 as well as Westvleteren, all types of Rogue, Stone, Sam Smith, Young's, etc. You name it and they have it. It's probably not cold - most likely on the open air shelf, but they'll have it - and the prices will be better than most places. Another good thing is that if a beer doesn't scan or scans, but the price is unknown, it is rang up $1.15. I got a six pack of Rochefort there once for around $8.00 when it should have cost around $8 per bottle. Also, you can get ANY beer you want as a single - just take it out of the six/12 pack - no questions asked.
07-30-2003 02:21:20 |
More by clvand0
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
A full service "party source" store, it includes a large deli and imported specialty foods section, miles of wines and liquor. Only a relatively small percentage of the store is dedicated to import and micro brews, but, given the large size of the store, we're talking an area about the size of your average liquor store. The quality of the selection has improved dramatically over the last couple of years. An impressive selection of imports from Belgium, Germany and England, along with offerings from elsewhere around the globe. American micros are well represented also, last time I was there I picked up Kalamazoo, Rogue, Bear Republic and Stone. If you are in the area, it is absolutely worth your while to drop in - I have to drive two hours each way - still worth it.
Last time I was there I decided to splurge and pick up a couple of Belgian ales I hadn't yet tried. A little pricy at $9 for a 12 oz. bottle, but what the heck. At the checkout, the bottles wouldn't scan. The guy running the register scratched his head, and then punched in $1.25 for each bottle.
04-03-2003 06:41:16 |
More by Brent
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
On my recent trip to Lexington, I was looking for a few particular beers. My uncle lead me to The Liquor Barn, stating that if they didn't have it, it was probably not available in Kentucky. I was shocked when I entered this store. It's the size of a small Wal-Mart, and it's all about beer, wine, liquor, and related items. They even have a huge selection of Cheeses, cigars, and party supplies and snacks.
On entire aisle is devoted to import and micro-brewed beers. The prices are terrific, with Chimay selling for less than $4 per 11.2 ounce bottle, Sam Smith's dirt cheap, and Old Rasputin at about $7 for a four-pack. The selection was incredible. I can't wait till my next trip to visit my relatives in the spring. I plan on taking some of the beer cash reserves and spending some time in the liquor barn.
* Upgraded the service to a 5, becuase they have been very helpful in locating beers before my visit to the area.
02-16-2003 11:17:31 |
More by aaronh
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
I am indebted to BeerAdvocate.com for helping me find this place. On a trip from Michigan to Florida and back, I searched the Beerfly for all beer stops in between and read about this place. It's 10 minutes off I-75 and easy to find. Upon stepping inside, this place reminded me of Old World Market X 4. The place is huge with a ton of great specialty foods, coffees, teas, liquors, cigars and everything else tasteful. The beer selection was outstanding, with over 600 beers available. Almost all of them are available as singles, and the pricing is very competitive. They do not hose you by jacking up the price on singles, and despite being at room temperature, they all were relatively fresh and I only saw dust on a few selections. Macrobrews are available in a walk in cooler. The beers were easy to find, sorted by region, and they had a ton of brews that were unavailable in my state (Michigan). I filled my shopping cart with about 150 singles and headed to the front. The staff was very friendly and courteous, checking each price individually to catch any price mishaps. The checker also informed me of some scratched labels so I could replace them (bottle collector). The only downfall is that they throw away all their 6'er holders, and they only had oversized wine boxes so I had to store them loose in my trunk. All said and done, I spent $230 on singles, and I had a great time shopping. If you're going through Lexington, make sure to stop by.
03-25-2004 01:29:29 |
More by Mitchster
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
The Liquor Barn in Lexington has to have the largest selection of beer in all of Kentucky. I was very pleased to see many of the English and Belgian ales that I was looking for. There are also many microbrews to be found, including Sierra Nevada, Stone, and Rogue. The prices were very reasonable also. One thing I really loved about The Liquor Barn is the glassware selection. I picked up 5 nice pint glasses from various breweries. The only thing I didn't like about The Liquor Barn was that they were out of Young's Double Chocolate Stout, but that just gives me an excuse to go back!
04-29-2003 13:27:48 |
More by SheepNutz
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