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4140 NW 16th Blvd
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| Reviews: 21
quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | $$
Was in Gainesville today for another reason and I figured I would swing by to pick up a few Belgians. I found it to have a poor selection, not much better than the grocery store next door. A Chimay, a Westmalle, and a few assorted craft beers. Like another reviewer stated, this is primarily a wine shop (although I wasn't impressed with their selection of that either). If you are interested in generically available craft beers from Bell's, Dogfish Head, Shocktop, etc, then this is your place. If not, don't go out of your way.
07-06-2010 23:59:54 |
More by cb2rn
quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | $$$
So on my recent trip back up to Gainesville, I made it a point to check this place out.
Judging by the other reviews, I was expecting a lot more. As stated by someone previously, Dorn's is mostly a wine shop (and they do have A LOT of wine). There is also a small counter in the back that sells a wide variety of cheese, which was nice.
Tucked away in the back are several coolers with beer and a couple of racks with single beers on them. The selection of beers, while not terrible, is by no means great. They had a lot of Dogfish Head, some belgians, and a few others (ie. Jolly Pumpkin, Lost Coast, and Rogue).
The refrigerated cases weren't much better than the racks, with pretty much the same selection.
Service wasn't nearly as good for myself as it was for others. While I am sure that the folks there know their stuff about what they sell, my friends and I didn't even get a courtesy "Hello" when we walked in the door, let alone any help while we were standing there looking at the beer and wine selection for nearly 20 minutes.
Overall, I would much rather go to Gator Beverage, it's closer to the University campus, it's cheaper, and has a better selection (even if the people who work there don't know anything about the beer that they sell).
Perhaps I just didn't have a good experiance, but nevertheless, I'd rather spend my money at GB.
05-09-2005 17:39:39 |
More by LuckySevens82
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | $$$
A nice selection of bombers. Mostly belgians and they are just starting to get more local bombers too (local being tampa in this case).
They are a little more attentive to their wine shoppers or even cheese shoppers... they will engage in beer conversation if you start it but don't expect to be more than just greeted if you walk in and head back to the beer.
The price can be a little more than others but it's made up for by their bomber selection.
Overall, if you're in the neighborhood, I recommend you stop by if only to see some local beers.
09-18-2010 15:10:53 |
More by aepb1
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | $$
I went on a weekday and was the only person in the store. First of all the service was excellent, the person at the desk was very friendly and told me about their weekly beer tastings. I asked what they had lined up this week and he went over all the beers they were opening. The list was pretty simple but it's a good concept for people just getting into craft beer.
As for the store itself, the selection left something to be desired. They had a few coolers of craft beer but mostly average stuff, and a shelf to the side had tallboys and 750's but mostly your usual stuff like Chimay. The prices were reasonable, but the selection wasn't good enough to make me a regular customer. I would definitely attend their beer tastings though because they are cheap and serve food as well.
05-31-2011 20:35:54 |
More by cirtap
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Quality: Very good line of craft beers. The only thing they had that I can't get in NC was Jolly Pumpkin, but if I lived here I would be pretty happy with the selection.
Service: Don't know, they were busy. I didn't need help and I was in and out.
Selection: Good, not great, but good. Several varieties of micros, imports, and craft beers. Selection is really just above average, enough to keep you sated, but not blow your mind.
Value: Prices seemed fair, didn't examine them too much as I didn't see much that I couldn't get at home.
Overall an average Wine, Beer, and Liquor store with above average beer selection.
04-04-2006 01:22:27 |
More by Loki
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Well me and wife made the decision to visit Gainesville for the afternoon, so we hit beerfly and printed out the maps and this was 2nd place we hit. Its In a shopping center about half way.
It's a wine store mainlyand beer is back in left hand corner. They have a small selection of Belgians, but its a decent selection. I also seen some Dale's stuff you not get in Jacksonville. The main thing here is wine of course and cheese. Now I would go here just for the cheese, not sure how they do it, but they got real cheese in here. Well at least the labels seem to be the real deal. Anyway there were a few gems but nothing all that great. service was not really an issue as we were just looking mainly. we did buy some great cheese and a few bottles of Gueuze. If your ever nearby check it out, but come for the cheese and wine selection not the beer so much.
07-15-2009 11:48:16 |
More by azorie
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | $$
I go here once in a while hoping they might have something that the other beer/liqour/wine stores in town don't have. Up until recently, I didn't usually have very good luck here, however they've recently expanded their Bomber selection and I've been able to find some good stuff.
Service is good, though they have certain employees who specialize in their knowledge of beer, wine, or liquor. The beer guy is always friendly and knows his stuff, but if he's not there the other guys are just employees who while friendly and helpful aren't always able to answer questions about if or when they might have a certain brew you're looking for.
Dorn's is definitely geared more towards the Wine and Cheese crowd rather than the Craft Beer crowd. They have added some new variety to their beer selection(s), but the shelves throughout the store (beer and liquor section alike) always have gaping bare spots that look as if they simply don't order enough to fill the shelves or they're going out of business and starting to liquidate.
Not a bad place, but if you're looking for a larger variety of Craft Beer to choose from, I'd check Gator Beverage or Tipples before heading to Dorns.
09-10-2013 20:50:55 |
More by TomB
quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
I have been going to Dorns for years. They have decreased their beer selection, disappointing, but they do have a great wine selection, and the staff have always been courteous and knowledgeable. I will stop in time to time when I'm on that side of town but I don't go out of my way to find out its all the same beer selections. If you've never been then I would recommend going to at least get first hand experience of what they offer. Who knows, they may have something you can't live without.
I would say depending on what you buy, certain items may be pricier than others.
08-17-2010 15:06:30 |
More by bigguns68
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Dorn's is a wine, cheese, beer, and liquor store. Though the primary emphasis is on wine and cheese, they do have a decent beer selection as well. Dogfish, Bell's, Lagunitas, Sam Smith, and Rogue are some of the breweries I saw there. There are several coolers that store beer, as well as a few shelves. They also have a good selection of 750ml sized bottles such as Chimay and Ommegang. They're also the only place in Gainesville that I've seen the St. Somewhere beers. I don't know how their service is for beer, but for wine and cheese they are very knowledgeable and helpful.
Not the best store in Gainesville in terms of beer selection and variety, but easily one of the best stores for wine and cheese.
05-25-2008 03:56:07 |
More by bkilpatr
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Dorn's is a tiny, hole-in-the wall liquor shop in Thornbrook Shopping Center in Gainesville. They have an extensive wine collection but I was really impressed with their beer selection. The last time I went they had a very good variety of 750ml sized beers on racks and a lot of different seasonals that I had never tried before. They allow the "make your own six-pack" feature which is always good t try multiple beers without having to dump a lot of money. Also, most of the brews are available warm and cold which is good if you want to try something now or age it for later. They also offer a good selection of local brewery like Dunedin and Florida Beer Company. For their size they do have a lot to offer.
05-12-2008 18:02:40 |
More by Portertime
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