Log in or Sign up
Sam's Quik Shop
$$ - reasonable
[ Store ]
1605 Erwin Rd
phone: (919) 286-4110
Formerly The Blue Light Restaurant.
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 103 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | $$$
Every time I am in Durham I stop by this place. I would have to say they probably have the best beer selection I have seen anywhere and I have been to several bottle shops including some of the big box stores, which at first impressed me but lately have fallen short and they cannot compare with a smaller merchant like this place. I have been able to find rare beers and ones from all over the world that you just can't find anywhere. I like a vast array of beers and this place is as is likely as anywhere to have them. Maybe it is the nature of Durham, or a philosophy they have adopted but I don't get a lot of help, not that I have asked for it. Maybe if I had I would have gotten it, however, I feel like I do have a pretty good grasp of what I want or maybe try something I have never had before. In any case this place will likely have what you are looking for if it is available in this state. I highly recommend it if you are passing through the Durham area.
02-07-2013 23:38:26 |
More by humuloner22
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | $$
Glad that I checked BA before visiting Durham or I likely would not have found this gem - I used to live in the RTP area but seemed to rarely (if ever) make it over to Durham. It looks like and probably is basically a quik mart that has been converted to have a huge beer selection. The organization of the store is a little confusing (someone organized by country with US stuff kind everywhere) but if you have the time to just wander and shop, it is a fun place to do it. They also have a couple of beers on tap so that you could enjoy a brew while you shopped.
The store was quite busy when I stopped by, early on a Tuesday evening and it seems like te inventory moves pretty quickly. There is not a lot of natural light in the store so the beer is not exposed to a lot of sunlight and almost everything is available bot chilled and at room temperature. Only a few dusty bottles to be seen and those were in the clearance area (and were seasonals from the previous season - pumpkin and Oktoberfest).
The guys working at the store were very friendly and helpful - even willing to check around to see if there were any more of a couple of the beers that I asked about. They gave some recommendations for the next place that I went on both beer and food (which was great since this was a meal that I did not plan).
There are literally about a 1000 different beers and the selection is very good for both the European beers as well as domestic and locals.
Prices seemed to be on par with other stores in the area.
01-10-2013 18:17:00 |
More by dbrauneis
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Killer place thanks b.a. for this find little from the outside huge on the inside its crazy the beer you will find here row after row of nothing but craft beer best store i have seen anywhere!!! Only one cooler of b.m.c. beers the rest craft cool staff knowledgeable and laid back
01-06-2013 00:38:54 |
More by oldedog
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
This is one of the biggest surprises I've had since moving to NC even after reading reviews of this place. If you can not find something you are either looking for or want to try then there is no hope for you. Set up in an old gas station, it is crammed with beer from all over the world. I even found 2 cases of Brooklyn Brewery's Chocolate Stout from 2010 and bought one of them. The prices seemed a little high to me comparing the beers I have bought in other places to the ones carried here of the same brewer but they probably do that to make up for the huge variety in the store. Having both warm and cold beer is a big plus. This is well worth the trip if your in the area. We went over on the 4th as it is one exit from The Durham Bulls Stadium.
07-15-2012 14:12:44 |
More by DiverJon
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
I live in Georgia now, but I try to stop by Sams every time I'm in Durham. Without question, it's the best beer store I've ever visited. I was a sophomore at Duke when i discovered the place. Filled up my car with gas, went inside to pay, and OHMYGODYES. I had absolutely no idea that such a beautiful, beautiful place existed behind such an unassuming facade. I made a mental note to return as soon as I turned 21.
Over the years I visited Sam's almost weekly. They have everything from cheap light beer to rare brews you won't find anywhere else. You can get bottles from all over the world and just about every state in the country. Their offerings from North Carolina are also impressive, and seem to get better each time I go. Their prices are fantastic for the crappy stuff (cases for 10 bucks during football season!), and very reasonable for the good stuff. Knowledgeable, easy going staff, too.
Recently, they've started having tasting parties--outdoors if the weather is nice. They also now serve beer on tap in the store. Yes, you can drink while you shop. I repeat: YOU CAN DRINK BEER WHILE YOU SHOP. And here I was thinking this place couldn't possibly get any better...
06-02-2012 22:12:09 |
More by RCK86
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
The somewhat plain exterior of this place does nothing to even hint at the phenomenal selection of beer inside.
Once you step inside you will find a huge selection of craft beer. All of the larger craft breweries were well represented (DFH, Anchor, Brooklyn, Stone, Sierra Nevada, etc...), and they have a very respectable selection of Belgian, German, and English beers. They also have a terrific selection of NC beers; Duck Rabbit, Aviator, Mash House, Big Boss, Natty Greens, etc..., all at very reasonable prices.
I love the fact that they are willing to break up sixers to sell singles. The sales staff were friendly and helpful, and quick to offer suggestions based on the beers that I already had in my hands.
If I had a little more time, I could have easily spent an hour in here looking over all of the available options, and with the laid back vibe of the place, I would have felt comfortable doing so. Really a top notch place.
02-10-2012 15:16:12 |
More by CBlack85
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
If you haven't been to the mecca of all beers in NC, this is it. Just went there this past weekend with my future brother-in-law who has been telling me about this place forever. Quite a drive from Cary, but is well worth the drive. This place is astonishingly amazing. Knowledgable staff, and you're surround by beer enthusiasts like myself.
If you can't find a particular beer there, then that beer must not exist. This place has the largest and greatest selection in the triangle area. Their ever-revolving 5-4 taps allows you to take a taste or buy a whole pint. They even have an awesome glass selection from which you can buy. Over all, if you haven't been...GO NOW.
11-18-2011 16:33:34 |
More by NCbeerpirate
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
Has to be the best/largest selection in NC, if you can't find something you like here, I don't even know what to say. Tons of locals (including growlers), tons of other states beers, tons of Belgians, good amount of UK and eastern Europeans, and a solid selection of Germans. They have a new can cooler installed as well as plenty of other coolers space too. Although most of their beer is still "hot shelved" which I prefer most of the time. Love the new draft list too, they constantly have great beers rotating through.
10-13-2011 15:04:46 |
More by StoutMaster77
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Sam's is great and well worth a trip. I decided to stop in a pick up a few things while in route from DC to Myrtle Beach.
The staff was helpful and even poured a few samples while I was shopping. Most of their stuff cost a bit higher than other places but nothing outrageous.
They seems to have a ton of Mikeller, Sweetwater, New Belgium and Big Boss. Lots of America Craft.
Their German section is a bit lack luster but then again, no one is going crazy of lagers theses days so its somewhat expected.
Cant wait to go back.
09-25-2011 22:36:52 |
More by AndrewNations
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$
Been wanting to check this place out; it is about 45 minutes away from me. I've only been in the craft beer realm for about a year, so when I discovered this place on BA, I knew I had to go. So of course the day I go, the power is out inside. Yes, it was the weekend Irene came. The store was pitch black where all the beer was in the back. But the guys working there that day had the nerve to come up with a generator and a floor light to illuminate the darkened shop. Very impressed by this; glad I didn't just turn around and leave.
They had a significant selection of seasonal beers, I'd say about 20 or 25 varieties of Octoberfest/Pumpkin/Fall offerings in a long row. Lots of coolers with six packs and full cases.
Lots of beer glasses to pick from! I've already acquired some tulips, pints, and goblets for myself, but anyone just starting to drink craft beer should get their glasses from here. Total Wine and other places haven't impressed me with their selections in this regard.
I can't wait to go back when the power is on. Awesome place to go to find beers you won't find in the grocery.
09-02-2011 02:10:59 |
More by ghowehattrick
Sam's Quik Shop in Durham, NC
Your name or email address:
Do you already have an account?
No, create an account now.
Yes, my password is:
Forgot your password?
Stay logged in
Top 250 Beers
Change of Address