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1126 W University Ave
phone: (352) 336-6128
(Place added by: SetarconeX)
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quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is a tiny liquor store near kind of a bad neighborhood. It is not uncommon to get harassed by a homeless person looking to score some liquor. Inside the store is crowded and seems dirty. About 2/3 of the store is devoted to beer though (not counting the pornography). There is a wall of coolers where you can get your standard mass produced fair of crap. About 1/2 of the cooler are craft beers or imports like Singha or Carlsberg.
The beer aisle, not refrigerated, is filled with interesting bombers and six packs of beer from Belgium, Germany, Great Britian and the United States. The staff doesn't really want to help you. The beers are roughly organized by style and region, but the organization is often in great flux. The selection and diversity has been increasing. I would estimate that there are maybe 200 different beers available at this place. I would definitely check it out if you are into beer.
08-28-2009 18:00:54 |
More by drabmuh
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Everyone else has pretty much said it all, it is a very small store with very little shelf space but much of that holds an excellent selection of beers. They have a lot of the standards and a good variety of harder to get beers. They also sell with enough volume to request hard-to-get beers, though they may not always be able to. Be sure to check dates on rare brews as some may be out or close to it.
While most of the employees don't care, if you go in and speak to Ryan my experience has been he will help you as much as possible, even going as far as to take my phone number and call me when he got an answer about adding to their Brooklyn lineup.
Update to change my review a little:
Since posting this I have noticed that the staff has been much more helpful all around and has really gone out of there way to make me happy on multiple occasions.
08-22-2008 12:39:31 |
More by mullenite
quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | $$
First and foremost, it is important to note that this is a small store in midtown. As a result, the store is packed with shelves/kegs/boxes and sometimes you are left with some unsavory characters to deal with. I have only recently started going here as I thought for the longest time it was just a sketchy ghetto liquor store, lol.
That being said, the store is extremely crowded because they have a HUGE selection of beers. Lots of micros and imports line the isles and coolers. Of course, there is a lot of standard BMC stuff, but as someone mentioned before, this is the bread and butter of the store and allows them to have such an extensive line of fine beers. I saw a large selection of English/Irish/Scottish imports (my favorite), plenty of Belgians, and a lot of American Micros, plus many more I did not get a chance to browse over. Many beers are both in coolers for enjoyment soon after or on shelves for storage/aging.
As almost everyone else has noted, the staff just doesn't care; they are just there for a paycheck. If you are planning to shop here, do your research before you come on what style you're in the mood for and a couple good examples of it, and go from there.
Prices are pretty fair, as well. Of course, hard to find imports and micros are going to cost a little more, but for what you're buying it's a good deal.
Overall, it's a good place to find great beers - you just have to take the good with the bad. Great location close to campus.
07-24-2008 17:35:17 |
More by danny013
quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 5 | $$
i typically shop at Gator Beverage for the stuff i keep at home, and i really do love the selection. they have pretty much everything that is available in our area.
that's where the positive elements end, however. as many have written here, the staff is incredibly rude, condescending, and seems to be more interested in watching TV behind the counter than actually being helpful. in addition, the last three times i've been at Gator Bev I've been panhandled in the parking lot. once the panhandler was quite aggressive and scary.
seriously thinking about not shopping here anymore, unless they clean up their act and get some control over what happens on their premises. if i have to drive down to 34th street, ward's, or dorn's, i will!
on a positive note, i did get into a conversation with the owner once, and he was very nice.
07-24-2008 04:20:33 |
More by teletype1
quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This would be a good store but one, it is smaller than a Mini Cooper in a trash compacter, and two, the people who work there just aren't into beer. I ask them if they can get this or that and they say they don't know, maybe and they are always distracted with talking to each other or something else when I go to check out. Now their selection blows me away. I didn't know you could fit so many different beers in a space the size of Vern Troyer's underwear but they did. Their best varieties are the Dogfish Head seasonals, Avery, and Rogue but they also have some interesting ones you don't see every day like Heavy Seas, Terrapin, and Atwater. Everything can be bought singlely and warm or cold. So if you are ever driving down the corner of University and 13th in Gainesville and you squint really well, you just might see the blue roofed building called Gator Beverage. Go in a pick yourself up some Dogfish Head 120 IPA (when it is in season) and feel the burn!
05-12-2008 18:31:36 |
More by Portertime
quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$
Like everyone else has said they have a fine selection of Rogue (at a far cheaper price than many of the other places in town) along with some nice Belgians and lots of Unibroue (way more Unibroue than wards). They're also good about getting the seasonal beers.
However, it is a small storefront so you might have to search a few aisles or fridges to find your brew. Its really not that big of a deal when you go there multiple times, since you know the layout.
The staff really isn't big about talking to you at all. However, I can't give them a 1 because a few times someone has recommend other beers based on what I was picking up at the time.
01-20-2008 05:32:15 |
More by Zeckster
quality: 3.5 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | $$
This is one of the better places in Gainesville to find some decent brew. They normally carry a decent selection of DFH, Rogue, and some other notables.
That being said, i'd have to agree with some of the others that have reviewed the place and found the service to be lacking and the store to be somewhat cluttered. There's always boxes all over the floor that make it hard to navigate the aisles. The staff generally consists of two or three bums that sit behind the counter, eat pizza, and ignore the customers. On the couple of occasions that i've dared to interrupt they've been either unhelpful or blatantly rude. On one of the occasions, one of the friendly staffers impatiently hurried me to produce my money while checking out. I was fumbling through my pockets and searching for some cash when i realized that i had already placed the correct amount on the counter. I looked at the guy, wondering why he hadn't taken the money yet and he said to me "alright, i thought you might smooth out the bills but whatever". I haven't been back in a while.
11-19-2007 04:42:50 |
More by UFGUY2122
quality: 3.5 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | $$
Although this place has a very good selection for a liquor store, the store itself is a dump...there are boxes and shelves in random places that force you to squeez through the isles and it is anything but clean. The biggest bone I have to pick with this place is that the people behind the counter are the rudest most impatient people I have ever come across. The last thing that they want to do IN THEIR OWN STORE is to help you in choosing a good beer. They rushed me out of the door and literally told me to hurry up when pulling out my wallet and cash.
If you want to find some good beers, go to Gator beverage, but do not expect to have a good experience...hopefully you will find yourself having a better experience than mine
11-13-2007 22:57:46 |
More by scottyshades
quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This place is practically across the street from the parking lot I use to go to class every day, so it's real convenient to stop at on the way home and pick up something new.
Selection is better than anywhere else I've been in Gainesville, with the exception of Ward's. All the standards: Unibroue, Flying Dog, Sierra Nevada, full selection of Rogue, Ommegang. Some DFH, but not all, and lots of Belgians and British beers (Samuel Smith, etc.), including some gift cases: for example, the St. Bernardus pack of 4 that includes a chalice. Lots of other random stuff, as well.
The behind-the-counter help has never particularly interested/helpful, but I've spoken to the manager a couple of times about stuff they don't have. Both times, the answer has been "if I can get it, I'll get it soon."
I did get a Saison Dupont here that I suspect might have been skunked, but since it's the only one I've had I can't be sure.
Prices are reasonable.
11-02-2006 18:43:58 |
More by hunteraw
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