Liquor Barn - New Circle
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4.15/5 rDev -1.9%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
A very big selection of high quality beer in a big box retail format similar to the Party Source, et al. There almost unlimited numbers of beers represented here and singles are encouraged. A large number of checkout lanes keep things moving and the floor help is obvious and willing to help in any way possible. Good sized, busy parking lot and near the inner belt (Rt. 4).
10-13-2003 02:37:58 | More by AtLagerHeads
4.3/5 rDev +1.7%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
Outstanding. Huge selection of liquors (great for local bourbons), very nice wine selection(unusually good South America collection, with some unusual high end and affordable Chilean) and a nice selection of regional and national beers, with decent international and macro selections as well. There is a good wall of cold beer along the back wall. Decent selection of bombers (though bit heavy on the Rogue. A huge section of gourmet food (some local, but mostly not) and stuff for parties. Good selection of sodas and non alcoholic drinks, including some gourmet sodas. Prices are good.
07-05-2009 13:20:54 | More by Seanibus
4.5/5 rDev +6.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Highlights of last visit (May 11, 2010):
Sam Adams Longshots: Barlewine, Old Ale, Saison
Rogue Brutal IPA
Left Hand Chainsaw (Double Sawtooth)
Breckenridge Luck U IPA
Growler fill (at the deli):
Sheltowee Hop-a-Lot IPA
Sheltowee Gloomsucker Black Ale
Sheltowee Golden Ale
Sheltowee 512 Amber Ale
Cumberland Red Ale
Located in a suburban shopping area off of Harrodsburg road and just outside of New Circle Road on the west side of Lexington this Liquor Barn store is commonly known by local BeerAdvocates to be the premier beer retailer in Lexington. It's not exactly easy to get to from the interstate (for the BeerAdvocate in transit) but if spending any time in Lexington, this is the store to visit.
This store is the largest Liquor Barn in the city. The building is a typical big-box that is situated behind the Speedway. Pretty non-chalant in it's design, But once inside, this Walmart for partiers boasts everthing that an alcohol loving adult could want. You can find an assortment of liquers, wines, whiskys, and beer along with gormet cheeses, breads, olives, cigars, coffee, party supplies, bar supplies, glassware, hot sauces...the list goes on. Homebrewers and wine makers will enjoy the best selection of equipment, supplies, ingredients, and literature of any place in town.
But enough of that, you are obviously interested in the beers. The selection ranges from the yellow stuff to truely collector beers including: Bluegrass Brewing, Alltech (Lexington Brewing), Abita, Anchor, Anderson Valley, Arcadia, Atwater Block, Avery, Bar Harbor, Bard's Tale, Barley Island, Bell's, Berghoff, Bison Organic, Boulder, Breckenridge, Brooklyn, Cave Creek Chili, Christian Moerlein, Dixie, Dogfish Head, Eerie Brewing, Flying Dog, Founders, Harpoon, He'Brew, Goose Island, Great Lakes, Great Divide, Clipper City, Jolly Pumpkin, Left Hand, St. Ambroise, Shiner, Schlafly, Steelhead, Stone, Thirsty Dog, Three Floyds, Lindemans, Maredsous, Sleeman, Molson, Urquell, Carlsberg, Mooreland, Daleside, Samuel Smith, Young's, Aecht, Augustiner, Becks, Bitburger, Einbecker, EKU, Erdinger, Hacker-Pschorr, Hofbrau, echter, Paulaner, Pinkus, Schneider, Tucher, Warsteiner, Weihenstephaner, Grolsch, Heineken, Beamish, guiness, Murphy's Smithwick's, Moretti, San Miguel, Okocim, Baltika, Belhaven, Froach, Lion, Carib, and more of the common imports that are found elsewhere.
The selection totals maybe 800 or so different beers with many kegs available and a station for growler fills at the deli. Be sure to check out the very large walk-in coolers for the vintaged items that are sometimes not found on the shelves. Fortunately, Kentucky has no alcohol cap for beers so Dogfish 120 minute, Raison de Extra, Avery Beast, and many other 10+ abv. beers can be found here. Liquor Barn is always rotating in new beers every few weeks to keep the selection fresh.
Although the list of offerings is long, the staff does a good job of keeping old beers off of the shelves, ensuring that the beers are always fresh and in-date. This Liquor Barn store has the best selection and staff of the three Liquor Barn stores.
Want singles? This store allows you to pull any single from any pack on any shelf. Better yet, there is no mark-up for singles, they are all pro-rated per price of the package. And if you are from out-of-state, you do get to take advantage of some of the lowest alcohol prices in the country, meaning the beer prices here are about as reasonable as anywhere in the States.
This is the least accessible of the three Liquor Barn stores from the interstates so passing BeerAdvocates on a schedule may want to visit the Hamburg (Plaudit Place) location instead. But if you want to make the trek, you'll want to go toward Lexington and take New Cirle Road (Route 4) south to the Harrodsburg exit (about 8 miles) and make a left.
The lighting throughout is not that great and the beers get beaten down by the overuse of fluorescent lighting so I'd recommend grabing the beers that are not located on the edge of the shelves, rather reaching behind for the second six-pack of beers in line.
To get a better variety of beers, you will have to make the 1-hour trek to Cincinnati OH, or Clarksville IN.
07-14-2005 17:30:43 | More by BEERchitect
4.65/5 rDev +9.9%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5
As with the store across town, this Liquor Barn will not let you down. They have a larger selection in the food section of this store, but that's not why I frequent this place. They have a wonderful selection of beers, including some that are not available across town. They let you grab singles, so you are never locked into a six-pack of beer that you're not sure about before trying it once. I've never been to this store and been able to walk out without at least 4 good beers with me. The staff has always been good and available if you need to ask anything. They also have a moderately large supply of homebrewing equipment. This store is located just off KY4/New Circle Road, so it's accessable from anywhere in town fairly easily. If you are in town, stop by this place and you will go home a happy beer-hunter.
07-25-2004 17:37:28 | More by kmpitz2
4.5/5 rDev +6.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $
This was probably my favorite store I stopped at on my trip to Kentucky. The Liquor Barn is quite a big store with a large selection of micros and imports as well. The store is well lit with big aisles and everything is nicely organized on the shelves. There's a ton of different stuff here...Rogue, Avery, Stone, DFH, Thirsty Dog, etc. Everything on the shelves was correctly placed and I didn't see any dusty bottles in the place.
The best part about Liqour Barn is that they allow you to break six packs and take singles. They also do not charge extra for the singles..making this a great place to try a bunch of new brews. I was very happy to be able to bring home a bunch of stuff I haven't tried before....it's much nicer than having to buy sixers of everything! The staff was very nice and helpful. I sure wish I had a store like this around here in IL. If you find yourself in Lexington make sure to stop by here...it's a great place to stock up on a variety of good brews.
03-26-2005 05:47:25 | More by orbitalr0x
4.35/5 rDev +2.8%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This Liquor Barn is very much the same as the other one here in Lexington. The only difference is this is the only one that carries homebrewing supplies. It also seems to be a bit larger, but they are both so big, it's hard to say. Great beer selection and an even better wine selection. Also has party stuff and glassware, etc. The staff are very helpful here and most know something about beer. The homebrew supplies are usually pretty well stocked and this is where I get most of my equipment. If you're only looking for beer, I'd recommend the Richmond Road LB, but if you're closer to this one, it will do you just fine.
10-25-2004 16:05:58 | More by clvand0
4.65/5 rDev +9.9%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
While I try to hit both this location and the one on Richmond Road when visiting Lexington, if pressed for time, this is my choice. A bit larger than the Richmond Road location and, quite frankly, a bit more polished. Outstanding selection of both international and U.S. craft brews. As with the other locations, no gripes at all when you pull a single out of a six-pack. Great turnover rate - never had an out of date beer. Staff is of the "here if you need us, won't bug you if you don't" variety. As I was pulling a couple of Stone's latest Vertical Epic off the shelf, a passing worker commented "we just got that in yesterday - great stuff" which means he had tried it on the same day it came it. This is, hands down, my favorite store. Also a huge selection of hard to find gourmet foods, spices, oils, etc. if you are a foodie.
05-05-2005 14:28:51 | More by Brent
4.15/5 rDev -1.9%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Wow! My brothers took me here while visiting them in Lexington. Huge place with lots of beer, wine, and liquor, plus a selection of party items, etc. Clearly one-step shopping if you're planning a party. Massive selection of beer - one of the biggest I've seen. Many coolers and shelves of six- and four-packs. I saw Founder's (including a huge stack of Kentucky Breakfast Stout!), Bell's, New Holland, Three Floyds, Great Divide, Dogfish Head, all sorts of stuff. I barely had a chance to glance over the selection and felt like I only scratched the surface.
05-12-2010 01:31:56 | More by ndekke39
3.85/5 rDev -9%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
On a short visit to Lexington I decided to do some beer shopping for a few things to try that were not going to be available in PA. Based on the Beerfly reviews and their website the Liquor Barn chain seemed to be very very well stocked. This one was conveniently located and so in I went.
There was a remarkable range of beer available both from near by states and across the country. A huge number of them could be purchased by the six pack either off the shelf or from the very large number of coolers in the back of the store.
In addition they had a small shelf of singles you could use to make up a mixed six pack. They even had a section of a couple of shelves where they put singles that were discounted to sell because of how long they'd been around.
Eventually I pulled myself away from just looking, found the local beer I'd been looking for, and carried it to the counter for checkout.
I can't really say much about the service as this visit was pretty much like going into any large variety store and I neither needed any help nor was I offered any.
01-04-2010 12:36:07 | More by drtth
4.2/5 rDev -0.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5
This Liquor Barn is similar to the other one in Lexington, but this one has growler selections, and a few different brews that the other one doesn't have (and vice versa). They also have homebrew supplies, which the other one doesn't have, and if you're a member of our homebrew club (BOCK), you get 10% off homebrew supplies! There are many fine micros and imports to choose from, both in the cooler and sitting out. Just like the other liquor barns, you can grab a single out of any six pack, they don't mind a bit. It's encouraged even! They have a small amount of glassware and homebrewing equipment as well. The only thing about their service that I have a real gripe about is that they will only fill growlers when the deli is open, so go earlier in the day if you want one. Overall, a great place to get great beer, and in a fairly good location right off New Circle Road & Harrodsburg Rd.
10-08-2003 00:57:56 | More by SheepNutz
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Liquor Barn - New Circle in Lexington, KY
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