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[ Store, Homebrew Store ]
114 East William St.
phone: (734) 623-4430
Their parking lot is small but they do offer parking immediately in front of the building
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 32
quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Beer Depot looks like a shady corner store on the outside (and late at night it pretty much turns into the shady corner store), but they have an impeccable selection for the amount of space they have. A big row of singles organized by style, lots of Belgians, and a good selection of some of the best beer in Michigan.
This place also has homebrew supplies, which I think a lot of people don't even realize. Even though it's all crammed into a small area, they have basically everything you need, including equipment, with the exception of some of the less common specialty grains.
Yes, the service is poor. They have a homebrew manager guy who knows where stuff is and is generally helpful, but aside from that...good luck. I think the, shall I say, diverse clientele contributes to the variety of service experiences you might have when visiting the store.
Overall, for Ann Arbor locale (post Bello Vino era), this is definitely the best selection of beer you can find.
05-19-2009 23:00:15 |
More by AVDeuph
District of Columbia
quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Back to Ann Arbor to talk to a couple of old professors and realized that this little gem was actually only about two blocks from my old apartment (sad I didn't drink good beer in college). Overall, a good little place, if not spectacular. Solid selection of Belgians and Michigan beer, and a make-your-own-six-pack section with some pretty good beers (solid Goose Island, Arcadia, Dark Horse, Founders, Bells, etc.), with pretty average prices. Met a cute little Magic Hat distributor (who apparently was getting killed by Bell's in the area, no surprise there) as well, who was beyond impressed that I brewed my own.
Finally, some have bagged on the service, but I had no attitude problems at all, although there was a little confusion as to locations and beer types. The manager didn't know where their $14 Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock was (I stumbled across it myself, in the Belgian section no less), but was extremely helpful when I had a random nosebleed, so I give him more than the benefit (I probably would have kicked my ass out).
12-05-2008 01:34:00 |
More by soupyman10
quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$$
After perusuing all the places in AA to get good beer I wouldn't suggest this one, your money is better spent a couple blocks north at the Main Street Party Store. That said, the selection at Beer Depot, is quite good for such a small store- a fair amount of Europeans, and of course Michigan beers. The service is what you would expect from a student supported venue- nothing special or knowledgable about beer. Just more pricey than other local stores by my measure. My parents mentioned that they used to have a drivethrough for beer (actually the sign is still there too) so that's kind of an interesting piece of history.
04-05-2007 21:28:51 |
More by zdk9
quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$
Good place to shop, and one of the best Ive seen for bottles. Avery, Kuhenen, DFH, Great DIvide, Rochefort, the list goes on and on and on. Some retired beers were also found.(Avery 10 when I was there) Cramped area made shopping difficult at times, especially when browsing the bottom two shelves. Within 5 min walk from Arbour Brewing, which was great. Some stuff was pticey, but I did manage to score a bomber of Avery the Beast for 10 dollars. SCORE! Ill be returning when I am in Ann Arbour for sure.
12-07-2006 12:31:50 |
More by mrmanning
quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
From the outside, the store sure doesn't look like much- just like an average corner liquor store. Once I stepped inside...wow. This place had a bunch of random Michigan micros that I have not seen at any other store in Mich including: Founder's Devil Dancer and Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock ($10 for 6.3 oz...). A lot of Bell's, Stone, Founder's and a bunch of English stuff including Meantime and Samuel Smith. I was pretty overwhelmed by the amount of singles they had. But, this selection came at a price. I have not seen Mich beers for the price that they were selling them at anywhere else. Also, most of their singles are on shelves while the packs are in the fridges. But like someone said earlier, it's good to go and get something you can't find anywhere else. Worth checking out. Just don't expect anyone to offer assistance.
11-18-2006 03:04:04 |
More by david131
quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | $$$$
Edit (2/23/07): Stopped by earlier today to see if they had some Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA. There were a several cases of it, open on the sales floor, so I took out one 4-pack and walked up to the cash register. There was an old guy up there and he tried to ring it up but it didn't have a price and it wouldn't scan, so he called over to the other employee (the younger, rednecky guy with long blond hair who always wears the Bell's sweatshirt and acts like he's a beer God but really doesn't know that much) and he walks over and looks and says, "Oh no way, we're not selling that!" And he grabbed the 4 pack and said that he had emails and phone numbers to respond to first about this beer. I couldn't believe it and I told him. Asshole just said, "I don't care!" You know, I'm all for setting special beer aside for loyal customers, but if you're going to do that, don't leave it on the sales floor, wide open as if it's actually for sale! Well, they just lost a customer. And you know what? They may have great beer selection, but they don't take good care of it, the service sucks, and the prices are unbelievably expensive. Ann Arbor would be better without this store and its asshole employees.
Conveniently located in downtown A2, kind of a dumpy corner store with a sign in the window that brags about 600+ beers. Cramped, cluttered intereior holds lots of beer, some wine, and liquor as well. Most of the beer is stored at room temp. on unattractive metal shelving, that is near light-yielding windows (a no-no if you ask me). Lots of mixed Euro offereings there along with maybe 100 different U.S. micro singles. Coolers in the back hold 6-packs and bombers. Overall, a very good selection with lots of good and rare MI micros, and plenty of interesting treats. Service is mixed; depends on who is working. I've stopped by and browsed at The Beer Depot several times, but have resisted buying beer there since it is so expensive. I broke down the other night, though, since they had Hopslam, Oaked AB, and Raspberry Eisbock. Still, this place is consistently 20-35% more expensive than other good beer stores in the area. Worth checking out for that rare gem, but not good value at all.
11-05-2006 13:32:04 |
More by alexgash
quality: 2 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
One of my good buddies used to live two blocks away from this place, yet for all the times I drove by I never had bothered to stop in until I saw how highly rated it was on BA. I'm not sure that that rating is deserved.
Admittedly, they have a good selection of micros including a few racks of Belgians, the full line of Avery and Great Divide bombers, a good showing of Dogifsh, and, of course, an above average selection of Michigan beers (especially Bell's, New Holland, Arcadia, Jolly Pumpkin, and Dark Horse; their Founders and Kuhnhenn selections were pretty depleted). Were I to live in Ann Arbor, I think that this would be a reliable spot to grab a Michigan microbrew, but it's selection is not so incredible that it's worth driving for.
There are other reasons that would make me hesitant to return. The service was cold, the store feels cramped, and though most everything is available in singles, there are no carriers to mix them in! I also found that the individual bottles were rather overpriced even when compared to some other upscale beer/wine/liquor shops in metro Detroit.
Again, for Ann Arborites this place is probably worth using as a good source for micros, but don't expect anything to knock your socks off. For other folks, well, I suppose the same is true, but be sure to save your gas.
08-13-2006 01:20:38 |
More by benito
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
Kinda found this on accident walking down East Williams street down to Main I saw the 600 beers on the window and had to go check it out.I could see when walking up thru the doors a lot of bombers so my interest was peeked further,when walking in the good beer is slightly off to the left with a cooler up against the left wall.Alot of Belgians and a few English and German beers greet you at the beginning of the long single aisle that fades into American regional beers like Rogue,Great Lakes,Avery etc...down on the end is the big Michigan selection with my wife jumpimg all over theKuhnhenn Crem Brulee stout,most of the very good MI brewers are here Jolly Pumpkin,the before mention Kuhnhenn,Arcadia,New Holland,Bell's and the list goes on.There was a smattering of DFH in there as well.I purchased some good stuff the guy behind the counter didnt say a word even when checking us out and I can see the parking difficulties but still this place has alot of good stuff.
05-10-2006 14:18:08 |
More by oberon
British Columbia (Canada)
quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
This is just a couple of blocks from the Arbor Brewing Company. People have complained about parking, but I got free parking only a block and a half away! (Meters are free on Sunday).
They have a large selection of brews available by the bottle (you can even split up the cases). About half their stock is refridgerated as well. Most of their selection is local craft, but they did have quite a few Rogue brews, and a few others as well.
They have a bunch of odd's & ends at the counter as well... so it looks like they get a reasonable variety of different things.
The down side is that it's a little pricie, and the staff was clueless.
03-03-2006 01:20:52 |
More by Derek
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
The Beer Depot is the counterpart to the Main Street store in Ann Arbor and, as advertised, has a pretty rough location as far as parking goes. Inside the store there is a fairly impressive colletion of brews available though with many foreign beers as well as local standards. There seemed to be a lot more sixers than singles available, which i personally am always annoyed by, but this isn't a bad store by any stretch and they seemed to have some offerings that the Main Street store didn't such as the Unibroue 2005.
Basically, a decent beer store and likely to have what you're looking for, provided it's not too obscure.
11-09-2005 00:18:56 |
More by CortexBomb
Beer Depot in Ann Arbor, MI
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