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Finger Lakes Beverage Center
$$ - reasonable
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605 W State St
phone: (607) 277-2337
(Place added by: bog)
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quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Breathtaking. It would be hard to imagine a better beer store. Tucked in an inconspicuous corner on State Street, this place turns out to have a vast and varied selection of beer from all over the world. But it really shines on American craft brew, featuring an astonishing selection of beers from all over the country. Most are offered as both sixpacks and singletons, with lots of 22oz bottles and rarities. It has an excellent collection of New York brews and a good mix of small regional producers from the Northeast. Toward the back is a good selection of cold sixpacks. And there is even a good lineup of artisnal sodas from all over.
04-19-2010 12:36:39 |
More by Seanibus
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
OK... I am biased. This is my hometown beer store so I think it is what a beer store should be. But I travel a lot and have to say this is one of the best I have found any where.
What makes Fingerlakes Beverage special?
First - the Moe family who own it are fantastic. They know and love beer and go out of their way to please customers.
Second - The selection is incredible. Rows and rows of cases, six packs and 22s. The Belgian selection alone is worth going for. Great selection of NY and regional brews.
Third - 8 rotating taps to fill growlers. The draft selection is always diverse and high quality. They usually have a nice selction of kegs and will special order a keg of anything they can get their hands on.
Stop in if you are in central NY. You will not be dissapointed.
12-18-2009 15:33:32 |
More by thirstyguy
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
My wife and I decided to spend a Saturday in Ithaca, which was a few days ago, to tour some wineries, hit some decent places for food, Ithaca Beer Company, some wineries by the Cayuga, and of course, the Finger Lakes Beverage Center.
I'm glad I did, to say the least.
This may be the best beer store I've been to, and though that's not saying a lot compared to some I imagine, it makes me very happy to be only an hour from it since we're in Vestal.
One thing I love about this store is the wealth of singles that around. You don't have to, for most beers, grab a 4 or 6-pack if you don't want to. That makes it so much easier to grab, well, many 6-packs, especially if you want to try a bunch of different things, which I like to do when it comes to awesome stores.
I picked up the Ithaca stuff I wanted. Brooklyn Black Ops ($20, which I'm not sure about, but I've been wanting a bottle for way too long), Squall IPA, and a lot of single bottles. I didn't want to spend more than $100, and I didn't.
Now you won't find something like Lost Abbey in this place. I don't think so at least. But Stone, Victory, Great Lakes, practically every single local or semi-local or within-a-few-states craft brewery. And a lot of Belgians and Scandinavian stuff too. We were limited in time, but they have a ton of stuff. A lot you can get by the case.
Prices are good. Of course singles, 12 oz. singles, will cost you more than 4 or 6-packs, but the mark-up's not that bad.
And the places is super clean and very nicely organized.
I wasn't greeted anytime I was in the store, which always annoys me at least very slightly.
I used to work at Once Upon a Vine in Richmond, and the one thing I always did was at least say "Hello" to the customers. Is it really that hard, honestly, especially since there were at least three people working there?
And the person who checked me out was tight-lipped and didn't say anything except "$107.62" or whatever it was. Again, you don't need to be up in my grill when I'm walking around, but pleasantries shouldn't be dead, especially when you're spending a good chunk of cash.
But this place is not to be missed. When we're in Ithaca again I'll be stopping there, and I can see myself spending around the same amount if not a lot more cash... if I have it.
09-21-2009 22:49:45 |
More by asabreed
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $
So I took a trip up to Ithaca from Boston, MA to visit some friends and decided to beerfly the local stores. This was the highest rated so I figured it'd be worth taking a look. I was AMAZED!
This liquor store was 4 times bigger than my local store back home, and my local store is NOT small. They had so much to choose from it took me almost an hour just to take everything in and make the vital decisions.
I loved the setup of this store. They have the normal 6 and 12 packs on the lower shelves, but ALL of the bottles on the top shelves are singles of the packed bottles below. VERY easy mixed sixer shopping.
The prices (to me) were great (compared to Boston, MA). I got two mixed sixers and 3 bombers for just over $60.00 and I bought some serious beers, mostly stouts, barleywines, and DIPAS.
The staff was very friendly once I went to make my purchase, although they left me alone while I was browsing, which I appreciated because there was far too much selection to take in that I wouldn't have been able to ask for anything specific at any moment. But once I went to pay we had a nice conversation about the beers I was purchasing and some of their experiences with them. They were very friendly and very helpful.
I would recommend this shop to ANYBODY who wants to find some serious beer selection in the Ithaca area.
08-17-2009 13:11:14 |
More by cornsnake23
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Stopped after grabbing some Brute at Ithaca's release. It was almost rush hour so traffic was a bear.
Quality: Wow! This selection is awesome. I was greeted on entrance. And did I mention the selection! The entire floor is dedicated to beer, lots of it, and lots of good stuff.
Service: I was greeted on entrance but generally left to my own devices.
Selection: There was so much that it was overwhelming. I didn't know where to start: the Nordic and Russian offerings, Belgians, Domestics, local domestics. There was just too much to process. I grabbed a Black Ops and Squall IPA but saw more labels that I care to remember. This rivals Half Time in size. Well worth a visit on a busy Friday afternoon. If you can't find something new here, you can anywhere (although they didn't have the newly released Brute, tsk tsk).
08-03-2009 14:04:00 |
More by akorsak
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This place is full of craft beer, I would say between 900-1000 choices. An aisle each for Belgian, German, English, and other countries. Several isles for American craft beers, all of which are nicely organized with prices for bottles, six packs and cases displayed.
The Belgian section is excellent, with trappist brews, quite a few sours (rodenbach, cantillon, others), fantome stuff, de struise and many others.
There are also a ton of regional brews represented with their entire lineups (Middle ages, horseheads, Ithaca, Weyerbacher, Southern Tier, Erie, many more).
Besides regional beers there are tons of brews from all over the country to choose from (Avery, Troegs, Pretty Things, SN, occasional Alesmith, Bear Republic, tons of Stone, etc.). I have yet to see or find something that I thought was out of date or too old. Also, every week or two Finger Lakes gets new beers to improve their selection, which is great.
There are also 8 rotating taps for growler fills, which is something that I haven't seen at many places.
I have had a few conversations about beer with people working there, and they know their stuff, even when I have asked questions about things like Sam Adams Tiple Bock and Captain Lawrence Nor'easter, someone working at Finger Lakes had tried them and was able to tell me what I needed to know. Generally you are greeted at the door and that is it, they leave you to browse
Prices are pretty good. They compete with Wegman's, having the same prices for the few beers they have in common(although some things are a bit cheaper at Weggys).
Overall, Finger Lakes is worth a stop for anyone passing through the area.
07-29-2009 02:42:16 |
More by Hojaminbag
quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$
A great beer store, not to be missed if you are in the area.
The selection is wide ranging and diverse, with great Belgians, Germans, British and American beers. The selection really shines in the domestics, with a great representation of NY, mid-Atlantic and NE breweries. I have never seen Really Old Brown Dog in a beer store. There were more bottles of Flying Mouflan and River Horse Oatmeal Milk Stout than I ever saw near home (which is one hour from each brewery). We could have spent a ton of money if we had room in the car.
The growler fill station is a nice touch as well.
Service was disinterested but not unpleasant.
06-15-2009 13:02:20 |
More by sholland119
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
I may not travel as far as some BA's for my beer experiences but I have to say that for me the Finger Lakes Beverage Center is Beer Mecca. Located on historic State Street in Ithaca, NY FLBC can be found right next to Maxi's Supper Club. The first time I stepped foot into FLBC I was blown away. Compared to what is available locally to me this was like being a kid in a candy store. Several fully stocked aisles of beers from all corners of the world are available along with the standard American brewery lines. They also have an extensive soda selection in the back corner of the store. A tap system with 4 or 5 local and regional beers are available for their growlers. Overall a great experience and well worth the drive. I suggest anyone that live within an hour or two to hop into the car check it out.
04-16-2009 14:26:27 |
More by HomeBrewNoob
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
This place is a godsend for anyone in the Cornell/Ithaca area that's looking for some decent beers. I've been a fan ever since I set foot in the store. Tons of beers arranged by geographic region with a solid amount of new beers added all the time. Only thing to look for is freshness on some of the beers that don't sell very well, I've only had one off beer in the over 170, I've purchased from them though. The staff are great, they're always friendly and willing to help if you have a question. Their prices are reasonable for most things, and they occasionally have some specials where certain six-packs can be up to half off. A great place to buy beer, I know I'll miss it if I ever move out of the area.
12-16-2008 17:55:59 |
More by TheTrevor
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
A great store with great selection, knowledgeable staff, and decent prices -- what else could you ask for? This is primarily a craft and import beer store; I didn't see any wine or liquor.
Their selection is the best I've seen. The store is arranged by country or geographic region, with separate aisles for German, English/Scottish, Asia, etc. and every beer seems to be available in singles or six-packs. My wife and I picked up a bottle of Sam Adams Triple Bock (from 11 years ago), along with some Belhaven, Lindemans, Rogue, Ithaca, Troegs, and a few others.
If you're in the Ithaca area, it's definitely worth a trip.
12-13-2008 20:09:20 |
More by evilquaker
Finger Lakes Beverage Center in Ithaca, NY
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