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$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Store, Homebrew Store ]
114 East William St.
phone: (734) 623-4430
Their parking lot is small but they do offer parking immediately in front of the building
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 32
quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$$
Went out to this place this evening for shits and giggles. The store is right off Main St., and easily located. The parking sucks. If it wasn't for me taking a chance parking in an adjacent alley and risking a parking ticket, i'd probably never found a free place to park(I refuse to pay to park in Ann Arbor). Anyway, the store was well stocked with Belgians, German rarities, and some nice offerings from the rest of the world. I didn't feel that locals and regional micros got very much attention, but they may have just been short on stock when I visited. The prices on some items were just friggin' robbery (14.99 for a bottle of Fantome?!), but there were a few oddities here and there that were nice to see (some hard to find German beers that were unique in my travels). Overall, the selection was good. Service was average, as the guy behind the counter looked more interested in making a statement with his wisecrack tee-shirt that knowing his stock and beers. The prices were blew-out; really. I only bought 2 bottles of beer and made my way elsewhere where my dollar went further. I may stop back if i'm in the area, but I wouldn't lose sleep over skipping it.
10-23-2005 01:44:46 |
More by Frozensoul327
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$
Update (10/10/2005): I'm sorry to say that with the departure of Brian, service has slid down hill a bit, and prices have spiraled out of control. Frankly, they're outrageous. 25% more in some cases than you can find in Ann Arbor elsewhere let alone compared to the rest of southeast Michigan. And while the selection is still good, they seem to often be out of a few key homebrew items. It's not really worth any time for those types of things as there's no guarantee you'll get what you need.
Update (6/23/04): Just stopped in today, and I got to see a wicked new toy at the Beer Depot. Brian (Or is it Bryan? I ought to ask.) put in a touch-screen monitor and is cataloguing all the beers BY PHOTO and writing up descriptions, a style guide, a homebrewing guide, a cheese-making guide, et cetera. You can basically click around to learn anything about about beer or piece of equipment they have in the store. Super cool.
Original Review (2/25/04): The Beer Depot is back -- with a vengence!
A fellow named Brian is running the show now; he's formerly the beer and homebrewing whiz at Big Ten Party Store, and he's very knowledgeable. He's also stocked the Beer Depot up with basic homebrewing supplies and a shitload of beer.
Four double-wide coolers line the back wall for most of the beer, and a big floor to ceiling shelf carries the rest. It's still very basic with almost no notable interior decor. But they've certainly got plenty of beer. An excellent micro selection complements a big line up of Sam Smith, Young's, et cetera as well as a number of Belgians, kind of scattered across styles, and a lot of German beers. They've really covered their bases.
I think it's definitely possible to say that you'll find things here you may not find anywhere else or at least won't find much of anywhere else. And you'll certainly get almost anything you're looking for out of the "standard" SE Michigan line up of Bell's, et cetera.
Brian's a very passionate guy when it comes to beer, and it shows when you talk to him. Stories of one beer trip leads to his opinion on another beer and then another.
Nice guy, good store.
10-10-2005 16:07:31 |
More by marburg
quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$
One of the better selections in AA. MI beers are well represented as are many of the better regional and North American brews. The imports are mostly belgian, UK, and german. Other regions/countries are not as well represented. The UK selection is pretty extensive.
Getting good service depends on who's working. It can range from clueless, to pretty good.
The two bones I have to pick about this store is how they store the beer, and price. Most of the imports are kept on warm shelves, right under flourescent lights. Its a stone building, and it can get really warm in the store during the warm months. Last spring I walked in on a sunny day that was in the mid 60s and the store felt like a hot house better suited for blooming poinsettias than storing beers.
Over the last couple months, prices here have shot through the roof. On my last visit I found 4 packs of Nosferatu for $16.99+, Avery The Beast bombers were also %16.99+. This is the most expensive beer store in town. If you think Big Ten is pricey, try this place.
Parking sucks. Should you go, be careful not to park in the lot next door. They will tow. You should also take care not to block the alley that runs along the west side of the store. Again, your ride will get yanked. There's a parking structure across the street that is free on Sundays.
If you live in the area, its worth a visit, for the price, inconvenience, and improper storage...there are better stores in AA.
09-27-2005 05:17:40 |
More by ypsifly
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
A few weeks before the wedding, Phil said something like, "If Davo gets to where he can't drive, I'll have to take over the car" (As if!!!). Discussing this en route to the terminal at LaGuardia some time later, (Evil) Davo and I established the pecking order for relieving him at the wheel. In this order:
A 16 year old with a learner's permit.
Any vagrant on the street expressing interest.
A dingo (Randy's offering).
After 2 brewpubs and a good bar, it didn't seem that we weren't at a point at which I'd have to assume command of the Enterprise. Still, a visit to the Beer Depot does offer up some cooling off time before we get a-rollin' again...
Not too terribly promising from the outside, but that helps keep other people away from beer for me. Beer Depot's got some goods, yeah. Mostly, on shelving in the big front windows, imports, then the micros, local, regional and beyond, bombers and singles. The first unit had the Belgians and other imports. A '99 Sinebrychoff winked at me. And then down to left you had your Michigan brews (Kuhnhenn, Jolly Pumpkin, Bell's, New Holland, Dragonmead, King Brewing, Founders, Michigan Brewing, Stoney Creek, Frog Island) and then beyond (Great Divide, Avery, Breckenridge, ACMA, Victory). I watched in horror as Phil nearly pulled down the shelving on himself while climbing up high to grab the last La Roja (The horror was the scapping of the last La Roja, not the fact that shelving nearly brained him).
Coolers to the rear with beers in unbroken 6 and 12 packs, and a good deal of wine and homebrew supplies, plus snacks and stuff.
The guy behind the counter went on the hunt for me down in the basement and was able to come up with a single La Roja for me and a pair of the Leelanau Whaleback White Ales, so service scores some marks. Solid joint, good place to go for your Michigan beers.
09-25-2005 22:07:30 |
More by slander
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$$
Another homebrew shop that only sells pre-packaged grains. I prefer the shop have tubs of grain where I can choose exactly how much and what I want). However, there grain selection is okay. They had everything I needed. Hop and yeast selection were only okay. I think they were between yeast shipments when I was there because there wasn't much to choose from. One last gripe - they only have a manual grain crusher. This sucks when you need to crush 12 lbs of grain. The guy at the counter did help me out for some of it, but that is a lot of work. On top of that, the crusher was not calibrated right and my grain was crushed way too fine. Got a stuck sparge even with rice hulls added (made a pale ale, not a wheat). The upside of the store is that they have an excellent selection of beer from micros to belgians. I was a little too dissapointed with my improperly crushed grains to purchase any of them, though. Parking is a bitch there....if you go, you'll see why.
07-26-2005 23:25:07 |
More by ahking
quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Stopped by here after Ashley's because I had some time to kill before going to Arbor for dinner. Plus I needed to walk off the buzz. Small cramped store, looked like a crackhouse from the outside. Selection on the inside was quite amazing though. Crazy beer selection with Belgians I never see in West Michigan as well as some foreign beers I would never really care to see. Domestic and Michigan selection was decent but nothing special. I was hoping for more Dragonmead or Kuhnhenn. Nice little glassware selection at the far side of the store with all glasses being priced $4. Prices on the beers seemed high for the most part. Service was weak, seemed like the guy knew little about beer and was being put out for working. He did make a little gift thing for me with a glassware, beer selection but he wasn't too happy about it. Good place for some Cantillon or some other very hard to find beers but watch the prices and don't expect much help.
07-16-2005 20:12:26 |
More by granger10
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5
I stopped in here before attending the wedding rehersal, I'm in town for, (had to take the bottle of Breakfast stout I bought into the church to keep it from freezing!) Very nice selection of local, national and import high quality suds. A bonus to have Home brew selections also available. Clerk was semi friendly, when asked about local watering holes. Allowed me to pick up that single bottle of Founders breakfast stout that I was told by another place was "gone till next winter" so that was a bonus. Not the best looking place, but selection makes it worth a visit.
02-19-2005 12:43:37 |
More by Billolick
quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5
Stopped by here while doing some shopping in Ann Arbor. The first thing you notice is that the parking is slightly lacking. I wasn't sure if everyone parks in the adjacent lots or just tries to park in front. Inside I found exactly what mentor previously described - a no-frills good selection of beer. There were quite a few craft singles on racks in the front. They had some hard to find singles, although it seemed a bit pricey to me. They didn't have a whole lot of 4 or 6 packs, but what they did have presented a good selection. In the back was a pretty good variety of homebrew supplies, which impressed me. The clerk never offered any help, but was friendly when we checked out. The only thing that I didn't like was that everything had some dust on it, and the store looked like it could use a good cleaning. It wasn't filthy or anything, but I wondered about the freshness of some of the beers.
02-06-2005 21:09:18 |
More by BeerFink
quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
Stopped in here one afternoon in December, 2004. The outside is a dirty and non-assuming brick building. Oddly shaped and with only a little available parking in the front. Upon entering, the cash register and liquor are to the left and selections are further in and to the right. A nice selection of international and craft singles are available on the first row of four or five the metal racks that form the aisles. The second aisle contains wines, the third contains miscellaneous convenience store goodies, and the fourth contains a moderate supply of homebrew equipment/ingredients. The right and back walls are lined with coolers that contain 6-packs, 12-packs, and cases. Not many craft singles are available cold. The clerk was busy until I initiated conversation, then was helpful with my selections. Overall, I describe the structure and shelving as no-frills, the selection as good, and the service as acceptable. I think this is the only place in Ann Arbor to obtain homebrewing supplies. They do have a nice assortment of yeast and hops in one of the coolers.
12-20-2004 01:57:58 |
More by mentor
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
Stopped by based on beer-fly. Went in search of some Michigan micro's I was falling behind on.
To look at this place on the arrival, well, its not fancy on the outside. Sitting downtown, a small looking, multi-colored brick building with a small U-turn drive-way. We parked in the city lot next-door. I did notice the tinted black windows to keep light out.
The beer, as soon as you walk in. The first isle of bombers and singles with price stickers on each. Saw alot of brew from england and belgain.
Around the rear are coolers loaded with michigan brews as well as other micro's. Follow around another corner and you'll find more coolers with a mix of macro's.
A nice stop, not fancy, but with 650 beers, you should find what you need. I did. I did notice in that first isle some dust on bottles as noted by other BA's. Note; we also stopped in mid-december and at the stores front was not holiday brews, but Octoberfests. Hmm.
12-19-2004 22:43:35 |
More by chilidog
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