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Sam's Quik Shop
$$ - reasonable
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1605 Erwin Rd
phone: (919) 286-4110
Formerly The Blue Light Restaurant.
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
When you are driving up to Sam's, be paying attention. You can very easily miss it. Parking kind of sucks too.
Once you get inside, its a whole nother story. The selection is nearly endless. The only problem is the selection of Belgian and German beer has been better elsewhere, but the selection of American beer was exceptional. It is kind of just stacked either by name, style, brand, type, or something. I really couldnt discern the order, but you can have a pint from their taps (and you can keep the glass too) while youre looking which helps make the insane amount of time youll spend looking in their coolers, racks, and new arrivals room.
What was nice was when one the workers couldnt answer my question about Gueuze and Lambics, there was someone to answer it.
08-22-2011 02:14:08 |
More by VncentLIFE
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
As the locals in Durham, NC steered me to this oasis of great beer near the Erwin Road underpass, a couple of miles east of Duke University, I found the very favorable descriptions were very much true to form. I walked in and slowly shuffled around the place in an effort to ferret out the nuances of the store. Not only were the store's employees very helpful in guiding me around, but they were very easy with their answers.
The store seems sectioned off in odd ways with the addition of wine and cigars, but it was their great collection of local and national brands of ales and beers that hypnotized me for a long time. Breaking up six packs to try something was not a problem for the store and remarkably the store had some of my local beers from NY too (Blue Point, Brooklyn).
Armed with an array of local NC brewed beers, I checked out for far less than I expected, as I picked up a samples of French Broad, Duck Rabbit, Triangle, and Lone Rider. I made a mental note to return to this great store when I can and will pick up several cases before leaving NC in a few weeks.
08-21-2011 18:34:14 |
More by bonbright7
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Stopped in today after a meeting I had in Chapel Hill. The store sneaks right up on you and as one person indicated it is adjacent to some gas pumps and a car wash. Nothing flashy but man oh man do they make up for it on the inside. I usually go to the big box stores that sell a lot of wine when I head down to North Carolina. Not anymore, Sam's is my new found candy store! Walked in the door and right off the bat in front of me noticed a big end cap of hard to find Allagash beers as well as Dogfish Head. Went back to the front and grabbed a basket, knew this was going to be an expensive stop. One special request, with all of this beer in the store, might not be a bad idea to get a few grocery carts for shoppers to use. I was a little overwhelmed. Noticed the taps, didn't stare too long because I knew if I did, I would have to grab a beer and that wouldn't be good when I had to drive back home, approximately three hours away. Noticed several things that I can't get in Richmond as well as a few things that have been discontinued for a while. Grabbed two bottles of Terrapin's Hoptaneous Combustion Smoked IPA, that stuff is like butter. Walked down another aisle, grabbed a few Sweetwater tackle boxes, another one you can't get in Richmond as well as a few bombers of Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti and Great Divide Chocolate Yeti. One piece of advice to anybody that is not local and wants to stop in, review their website and make a list. I could have easily spent $500 and not even gotten half of what I wanted. I'm already planning my next trip back!
08-05-2011 00:32:44 |
More by csbinva
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Awesome bottle shop! Probably 85% beer / 15% wine, t-shirts, glassware, etc. You can spend A LOT of time and money here quite easily. They have by far the best selection in the area. The majority of the beer is on shelves and organized nicely with a fairly small chilled selection. They have an awesome Belgian section with lots of sours, everything local and regional (I think they are pretty much the only shop around to get Foothills Baltic Porter), and pretty much anything else that is distributed in NC. You can have a beer on tap while you shop (4-6 solid selections or so), break any six pack on the shelves, and they have a great glassware selection. They do Friday tastings and events, keep a list of their stock online (not always up to date though), announce arrivals on twitter, etc. I really like that sort of extra effort from a shop, especially since it takes me about 40 minutes to get over there. Staff is knowledgable and hyped about beer.
ONLY big downside...cell reception sucks and there is no wi-fi, so I can't check reviews and whatnot from my phone. It'd be really nice if they'd pony up for public wi-fi. I'm fairly new to Belgians and, with such a large number of beers that are unfamiliar to me, id like to learn a little bit about something that looks interesting before I spring for a bottle.
08-03-2011 00:41:13 |
More by JebediahScooter
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I was staying with family in Southern Va, and after doing some research this seem like the only store within reasonable driving distance worth going to(plus a brewery on the same trip). It did not disappoint. I was like a kid in a candy store trying to grab everything i could not available in my area. Plus, it is one of those places that allows you to break up pretty much any four or six pack you want, so it is great for trying stuff and making your own sampler six packs. I could have spent at least another half an hour in there looking through the tremendous selection, but unfortunately the mother-in-law and my two young kids were waiting in the car, so i had to fly through there. Still it was a blast. Next time i'm in the area, i'm going back for sure, hopefully without the family and a huge beer budget!
07-09-2011 03:01:24 |
More by AngusOg
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Made a special trip to Sam's Quick Shop while staying in Durham, NC on business on 6/22/11. I was interested in checking out the highest-rated bottle shop in town to try to find some tasty regional/limited-release brews, and quickly realized I'd come to the right place.
Upon first walking in, one notices a magazine rack and cigar case, and the overall worn look of the inside of the store. Bright fluorescent fixtures on the ceiling light the store, and my initial concern is that their beer might be getting skunked. While not recently updated, the store has a very comfortable feel to it.
Walking through the store, I literally felt like a kid in a candy shop. The store was admittedly a bit cluttered, but this fact quickly slipped my mind when I saw the fantastic spread of beer brands around every corner. There was ample cooler space, and I noticed that they even had some growlers from some local breweries.
Since I was traveling, I focused on bombers rather than 6pks. If I were a local, though, the vast array of six pack brands would be a pleasant quandary to try to address each week.
I had a couple of chances to interact w/ the staff, and they were all friendly.
In general, I highly recommend this store based on both variety and quality of brands offered. (I spotted multiple Redhook and Widmer limited release brands that have been discontinued for a few years now (Redhook Double Black Coffee Stout, Treblehook, & Widmer Bros Reserve) My only real concern was the bright fluorescent lighting. I'll be drinking some of my brews over the upcoming weeks, and will see if the lighting had any affect.
06-25-2011 05:44:17 |
More by mdvatab
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped by here in a trip to Cary. I've heard a lot about it so I had to check it out. I rate this place very high, but I wasn't overly impressed compared to other places in NC (GSO, Winston). Nonetheless, there was a very large selection. I do like how they have beer on tap, but I didn't have any. Their glassware selection was probably the best I've seen to the beer stores I've been to. I think their prices were similar to other places, give or take a few dollars. If I was from Durham, or lived close by, I'd stop in all the time. But I wouldn't go completely out of my way to come here.
06-15-2011 01:40:04 |
More by aleckpa
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Sam's is truly an amazing place to get a great selection of beer. I take a trip up to Raleigh/Durham once a month just to go to Sam's. Awesome selection of a wide variety of beers, knowledgeable staff, and reasonable prices. When they order too many of one beer, you can usually find some great bombers on sale for $2.99; I got a bunch of Rogue GYO beers for $3 a bomber. Just recently I visited and they started serving beers on tap. Another great thing Sam's does is if you buy a beer, you can get that beers pint glass from a HUGE shelf of pint glasses for $1. I absolutely recommend going there!
06-10-2011 01:19:31 |
More by kmatlack
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
I stopped by Sam's on a recent trip to Durham, and it definitely lives up to it's reputation. I haven't really come across a better selection anywhere in the area. I doubt there is much that is available in North Carolina that isn't available here. They offer a nice selection of imports as well as American craft beers. I'll be sure to make another stop next time I'm in the area. The prices seemed reasonable, and I was able to pick up a couple of bottle I haven't found elsewhere. Even though I'm not close enough to shop there regularly, I find their Twitter feed helpful to see what's new in NC.
05-31-2011 01:11:24 |
More by EasyReader
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
You would never think this place had a wide selection of craft brews just by looking at the outside. It appears as though its a gas station from the 50s but when you get inside, WOW!!! Wall to wall with beer and they always have a few excellent brews on tap for you as well.
They do tastings often and have specials as well. They have easily got one of the best selections of beer that I've seen around. They even sell various t-shirts and other paraphernalia from several breweries.
They have a nice discount section, several coolers stocked with cold ones, and a wide selection of local NC beverages. Hats off the best beer store in Durham for sure.
05-24-2011 04:12:56 |
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Sam's Quik Shop in Durham, NC
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