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Finger Lakes Beverage Center
$$ - reasonable
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605 W State St
phone: (607) 277-2337
(Place added by: bog)
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vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
What a pleasant surprise! Visiting Ithaca on a college trip ... looked up local craft brew stores and visited Finger Lakes Beverage Center because of the large amount of positive reviews. Biggest supply of craft beer I've ever seen!! The owner provided one-on-one customer servise as we paraded through the well-stocked store. Sampled several beers on tap ... engaged in good conversation. Was led to a supply of one of my "want" beers!
If ever in the Ithaca area, this is a must visit destination!
04-07-2011 00:45:45 |
More by Vierenner
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
This place has become one of my favorite places to stop on a weekly basis! The first thing that hits me when I walk in the door is the sheer size of it and how it's lined with bottles. I've never had a problem finding stuff I want here. The only problem I've ever had here is trying not to spend too much. I've had some issues with beers past their prime.
Pat, the owner, and Nick, his son are really solid guys who will spend the time to talk beer with you if you want. If you'd like to be left alone to peruse the aisles on your own, you are free yo do that as well. This is a wonderful small business and I'm proud to call it "my beer store."
I'm not a huge soda guy but if I was - they have the largest selection of soda I've ever seen.
If you are even close to Ithaca - do yourself a favor and stop here!
04-01-2011 13:55:30 |
More by suspect
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Yes, the reviews don't lie. This is a little jewel for beer lovers. While it isn't exactly tiny in size, it is true that they pack a mightly load of great beer (and soda) into those 4 walls. The staff does not hound you but they were attentive enough to be sure you weren't frustrated or lost at all, and they were very accommodating when engaged. They had a nice line up of growler taps, about 9 or 10 in all as I recall, and the bottled stuff was several solid rows of stuff from all over the country and a decent import selection as well. They have a glassware section and sell some beer shirts, and they seemed to have some specials on new and older items. There were lots of beers that I had not seen in my home state of Connecticut, even though they were brands that we carry. Although one curious thing was that many of the unusual ones I found were not highly rated brews on BA so I was able to manage my escape without dipping to heavily into funds. Brands like Erie and Dundee and specialties like Abita Christmas Ale, and many others that caught my attention and readied my wallet but ultimately researched out to taking a pass for the moment. Not to say I didn't leave some goodies behind, for sure, but apparently nothing that I could have told my grandchildren about. My favorite find for the day, though it remains to be seen if it will be worth the wait, was a bomber of Boulder's Killer Penguin from 2009! Been looking for that since 2009! Great selection of Great Lakes and many, many breweries that I frankly wasn't sure i'd ever heard of. They certainly don't have everything, but I'd match them against most anybody else for domestics and their import stock was more than solid as well. Most of the stock appears to be available as singles at a fair premium and they provide six-pack holders for the luxury. This is a friendly stop on the beer trail that is sure to provide some fun surprises to most BA enthusiasts. A must stop along with the Ithaca Brewing Company tasting room and the Chapter House.
02-19-2011 15:28:01 |
More by Durge
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
One of the few bottle shops we decided to stop at during our trip to Lake Placid, NY.
Man...they have lots of beer...isles and isles...six packs and big bottles, mix and match singles and even a growler fill area. I imagine pretty much everything that is available in NY is here...
I was greeted at the door, but pretty much left alone after that...which is fine with me.
Another note...they have the largest "craft" soda selection I have ever seen.
This store ranks right up there with the big boys of bottle shops. I am really happy I got to stop by and will make sure I stop by again if I am in the area.
02-06-2011 19:43:54 |
More by mgbickel
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Holy crap does this place have a TON of beer.
Here are the highlights:
*Immense selection - you name it, they've got it
*Mix and match an insane amount of singles
*Growler fill station
*Brewery t-shirts and glassware
*Nice selection of hard to find bombers
*Lots of canned craft beers
Great place to spend an hour picking out some beers. Staff was helpful but not annoying. The regional beer selection can't be beat. They've got more local offerings than any other place I've been to in upstate NY and I'd say I like this place more than both Halftime and Beers of the World (just my opinion).
I go here everytime I am in the area...
01-28-2011 02:26:51 |
More by indiapaleale
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Called them up the day before looking for some Dieu Du Ciel Peche Mortel, and crazy enough they had it. I have been looking for at least 6 months at every place I go to. This small beverage seller had the hardest beer for me to find! They held a couple for me overnight so I could drive down the next day (nearly an hour drive for me). When I got there I was asked about help a couple times, and wandered for a while. Prices seemed as good or better and the larger places I have gone. Really like the selection, as well as quality. Generally things seemed good date wise, but some did have old dates. Fortunately Peche Mortel is not a date issue. Really recommend this stop whether driving through or if your somewhat local like myself.
10-30-2010 00:22:31 |
More by mbusster88
quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$
This place is seriously unreal. I didn't talk with the staff much, they just left me to my own devices ... considering how much i spent, I'm pretty glad they did.
What I purchased:
3 Souther Tier Pumpking
1 Southern Tier Cuvee Series 1
1 Southern Tier Cuvee Series 2
1 Captain Lawrence XTRA Gold Tripel
1 2009 Ithaca Beer Co. Excelsior Alphalpha
2 Dogfish Head Bitches Brew
1 Rodenbach Grand Cru
2 2009 Ommegang Ommegedon Batch #4
1 Smuttynose Gravitation
2 The Bruary Black Orchard
... and I left so much on the table. The amount of stuff that's just sitting on the shelves here ... 3 unique Brew Dog Paradoxes, 2010 Festina Peche (summer seasonal, still stocked in October ... not sure if that's a good thing), Brooklyn Black Ops, and on and on and on.
In addition to all that, they have severely local stuff here ... Horseheads brewery for example, and lots of it, lots of single-brews sitting around from 2008, and to my shock the second I pulled 4 Bitches Brews off the shelves, they were immediately restocked (this is before I discovered that they had bitches brew ... in a f---ing cooler ... reminded me of finding black albert cooled at Colorado Liquor mart).
this place is just ridiculous, seriously, you could easily drop $500 without much thought here. Just an absurd selection ... I would just caution you to check the freshness date on beers where freshness is appropriate ... as their stock obviously doesn't move very quickly.
10-01-2010 05:52:17 |
More by codewarrior
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This past weekend we took a trip to the finger lakes area. Searching beerfly confirmed that this was going to be my go-to place for beer during our extended weekend getaway. During our 3 day stay, I returned to this shop 3 times (25 minute drive one way from where we were staying.)
I was only asked once on my first visit out of 3 if I needed assistance which is completely fine with me. I usually prefer to be left alone to browse and be surprised at what I find on my own. However, some others might call that lack of service? Whatever no big deal, maybe the workers recognized me and knew I wanted to (for the most part) be left alone.
Huge selection with prices clearly identified and the prices were fair and in some instances cheaper than what I am use to seeing back in PA. Right upfront in the store are the gift pack type of varieties where you buy a couple bottles and get a glass, etc.
More than 5 rows of singles offerings with 4-packs, 6-packs and 12 packs convieniently located on the bottom 2 rows of the shelving. The bottles seemed to be arranged in a sort of area by area layout. Far left of the building had mostly Belgian offerings and some glassware to pick from. Middle couple of rows were the domestic offerings lined up by brewery.
The right side of the store had a list of 11 or 12 drafts available for growler fills. A chalk board displayed the offerings and prices which matched up with what is advertised on their web site. This draft area was placed between the register and a back section of the store that had the cold beer and soda. (I didn't enter that part of the store so I have no comments.)
The ends of the rows were displaying the seasonal offerings. Which at this time was a disturbingly large amount of offerings of pumpkin ale. "I hate pumpkin ale." I whispered to my wife. "I know, you tell me all the time. But look here is a stout/pumpkin ale." Dammit if I didn't pick one up anyway while I was waiting in line to pay.
I didn't spend much effort looking around at other beer shops in the area. Who knows, maybe I passed a better one during my travels. The point is, this place had everything I wanted and then some. I would return again.
08-30-2010 19:37:51 |
More by stakem
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I heard about this store researching here on BA. I'm from San Francisco and I flew out to check it out. Well, not exactly. I came out for Belgium Comes to Cooperstown at Ommegang, landing at Binghamton airport (OK, I had another reason to be on the East Coast). After the Ommegang festivities, drove to Ithaca before my plane was to leave and scored a number of local NY and Midwest/East Coast beers that are hard to get here. I confess I hadn't done all my homework when I waltzed in and said to the staff that I wanted to take home a suitcase full of the best beers that I can't (yet) get in San Francisco. I left with Weyerbacher Insanity, Southern Tier Choklat and Jahva, a Captain Lawrence Nor'Easter, some Ithaca Excelsiors (12 and AlphaAlpha), Troegs Nugget Nectar, and some other locals. One of the staff guided me through the store (I should have gotten his name) giving me good advice, and while I may not have totally optimized the possibilities, I left with quite an exemplary cache.
I spent some years in Ithaca as an undergraduate in college. In the mid-70's, some students would take orders from other students for Coors beer and drive out to Colorado to bring it back fresh. I think it is great that students have a beer store like this (I am sure the faculty appreciate it too). There are great selections from all over the world and several taps of good beers to fill growlers. Well done!
08-04-2010 03:39:30 |
More by Beerenauslese
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
My friend introduced me to this place, and I was blown away by the selection. In the Binghamton Area, we do not have anything that can compete with the FLBC.
I love being able to mix and match my own 6-packs with each bottle being individually priced. They also have an excellent selection of non-alcoholic beverages, a bunch of micro-sodas and what not. With them being only about an hour drive away, I come here about once every two months to stock up my supply.
Excellent selection, reasonable prices, I recommend this store to anyone who is within an hour drive.
08-02-2010 20:36:18 |
More by kevman527
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