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1126 W University Ave
phone: (352) 336-6128
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| Reviews: 28 | Show All Ratings:
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I read the reviews on BA prior to going to Gator Beverage and expected a good beer selection but an apathetic staff with little to no craft beer knowledge. The beer selection was as described, better than you would expect for small package store, across the street from University of Florida. However, the guy working that afternoon not only had great knowledge of the beer that they had but knew his craft beer in general too. I'm only giving the selection a less than perfect score because they didn't have any Avery in stock.
11-28-2010 11:55:38 |
More by beeratlanta
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This place is a beacon of light in a sea of Gainesville Natty. A friend introduced me to this place recently and I'm thankful for it. I had driven by it numerous times and never noticed it because 1) it's set back from University Blvd. slightly in order to make room for parking and 2) the place admittedly looks like any other dump in a college town where you can find cheap beer. It sells its share of Bud to be sure, but after just a few minutes of walking around and talking to the knowledgeable staff, you realize that this place is committed to selling craft beer. It has two full aisles of beers you wouldn't expect to find in many places in Gainesville - Dogfish Head (including some I had never seen before), Rogue, Stone, Victory, Chimay, Westmalle, Ayinger Celebrator, Imperial Series Sam Adams and a host of others. They've also got a refrigerator for singles and cut you a deal off of the singles price if you want to make your own six pack. The staff was so friendly and enterprising that one of the guys even asked my friend and I what beers we would like to see offered as singles in the future. All in all an important place for Gainesville beer.
04-28-2010 05:18:08 |
More by idb2002
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Everyone else has pretty much said it all, it is a very small store with very little shelf space but much of that holds an excellent selection of beers. They have a lot of the standards and a good variety of harder to get beers. They also sell with enough volume to request hard-to-get beers, though they may not always be able to. Be sure to check dates on rare brews as some may be out or close to it.
While most of the employees don't care, if you go in and speak to Ryan my experience has been he will help you as much as possible, even going as far as to take my phone number and call me when he got an answer about adding to their Brooklyn lineup.
Update to change my review a little:
Since posting this I have noticed that the staff has been much more helpful all around and has really gone out of there way to make me happy on multiple occasions.
08-22-2008 12:39:31 |
More by mullenite
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I drive sixty one miles each way for their selection. It is Gator Beverage or a longer haul to Tampa St Pete. The clerk is always helpful (I am fairly new to craft beer) and the selection is great. Prices are comparable to other stores (who have poorer selections). They have Bells, Stone and Dogfish and more, so what else do I need. They also have singles which helps me find new favorites. Only problem is visiting Gainesville, as I hate the Florida Gators but for the next year I can fly my Seminole/Huskie car flags.
11-30-2010 19:27:31 |
More by flahuskie
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | $
Ok Gator beverage. So the staff is usually very knowledgable and will locate beers for you. They wrote down my info and called me when a beer came in. There is one guy that looks like a burnt out druggie and I dont care for him, very removed and antisocial and hates his job. But as you can see from the pic its a corner convenient store that gets homeless people buying fifths. But the selection is great. they always get all the rare stuff in and I frequnt this shop quite often as they have some of the best prices in town.
03-26-2013 15:49:21 |
More by cubanbeerguy
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Walked in here expecting Bud Light central, and got a nice little surprise. Snatched up some Infinium and La Trappe Oak Aged Quadrupel (Batch #3). They had a Utopias sitting on the liquor shelf but I wasn't going for it at $180 (or any price, really). Have had nice finds like Moat Water, they'll get some Cantillon here and there, nice selection of Belgian brews. Sometimes able to find some gems hiding in the back like Swamp Head Roosevelt and BA Human Blockhead. Lots of selection here for a Gainesville place. Will return soon!
11-22-2013 02:57:28 |
More by BMMillsy
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
A go-to for Craft Beer in Gainesville. The outside facade and frequent panhandlers aren't quite inviting, but don't let that deter you from venturing inside to check out the selection. Wall to wall (cramped is a way to put it) beer choices.
The staff is hit or miss depending on who's working. One day you can get someone who is very interested in helping you and makes good suggestions, and on other days you can get someone who has no interest in you or your beer choices and experiences. I think I read a previous post that described the staff as "surly" which may apply to some of the staff, but not all.
Only major complaint is that when they get limited releases in, they post it on facebook and in under an hour they post "sold out". It makes it very difficult for those of us with "9 to 5 jobs," to be able to get there in time to grab at least one bottle of a limited release. This seems to be a trend amongst the "go-to" beer places in town that won't be going away, and it's unfortunate (Damn the internet and it's social media madness)! That practice really takes the fun out of going and "finding" something cool.
Edit/Update: Gator Beverage seems to have stepped back on their Facebook posting a bit recently, unlike the other "go-to" spot on the west side of town that posts every little thing that comes through their door making it virtually impossible to attain anything limited without having to be one of the first few people to get through on the phone.
09-10-2013 21:02:30 |
More by TomB
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Very nice selection of domestic craft, German, and Belgian beer. They will typically have everything that makes it out here, but occasionally one of the other stores in town will get certain releases before gbev does. Prices are good too. Employees are nice enough, but most aren't particularly knowledgeable. They will give you a heads up on upcoming releases though, which is great.
They recently revamped the store layout and stuck the Belgians in front of a window that gets bright light much of the day. (Of course a bunch of those are in green bottles). Bummer about that; gotta get Dupont, etc somewhere else now.
09-26-2008 04:02:45 |
More by babaracas
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Even though this place looks like a crack house from the outside, and most likely one would be acosted for a few bucks when entering the store, what lies inside may surprise you. There are not many good places to find good beer in Gainesville, so this store is much appreciated. The selection is usually good (although St. Bernardus ABT 12 has been missing for quite some time). You can find a good selection of Unibroue, Rogue, Dogfish Head, Lost Coast. Their Belgian selection is usually hit or miss. I normally don't even bother talking to the help as they have not been much help in the past.
12-22-2005 16:17:58 |
More by brewingmonk
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | $$
Sketchy looking from outside, but inside it is a crazy beer lovers heaven. Shelves and shelves of beer from most of the breweries that get distributed to Florida. They get in most one-offs, limited releases, etc. The workers there can answer most questions and are a little surly, but I think they mean well.
Be aware of bottle dating here! I don't buy many IPAs or beers I'm concerned about freshness with because they tend to sit on the shelves here.
Selection-wise, this is on par with TIpples as the best place to go in Gainesville, and like any bottle shop just be aware what you're buying and you'll get some gems.
06-13-2013 16:37:16 |
More by GatorBeer
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