Stopped by Gourmet Liquors this week to speak with manager Jim Smith. Following the lead of Gourmet Italian Cuisine, another one of owner Michael Charlton’s properties, the liquor store has started to really expand its focus on craft beer.
When asked where the focus comes from, Smith replied that he, co-manager Mike Warriner, director of operations Justin Lucas and owner Charlton all have contributed opinions about what brands and varieties the store should feature.
There are currently six cold cases at the store exclusively devoted to microbrewed and craft beers; the selection is always excellent and changes frequently. Recently, the store has devoted a side area to craft variety packs and large format bottles.
Some of the variety packs currently available : Yard’s Ales-of-the-Revolution, Stoudt’s Session Sampler, Great Lakes Taster’s Pack, Shiner Family Reunion and Victory Brewing Co’s Taste Victory. Large format bottles include : Epic Spiral Jetty, Sam Adams Tasman Red, New World Tripel and 13th Hour Stout, Rogue Northwest Ale, JohnJohn Ale, Brutal IPA, Blue Point’s Old Howling Bastard.
According to Smith, Victory beers are big sellers at the store, but craft beer sales generally have been growing steadily. The store has begun stocking sixtels (5 gallon kegs) with selected craft brews available – Smith says that this week’s selection includes Stone IPA, Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA, Philly Pale Ale and Cricket Hill East Coast Lager.
Some other promotions that the store features include a make-your-own sixpack of craft beers for $10.00, growlers for sale that can be filled across the street at Gourmet Italian Cuisine, and weekly beer tastings in the spring and summer on Wednesdays between 5 and 7 p.m.
It’s a great store, with a very knowledgeable and helpful staff, excellent selection, and a restauarant nearby where you can grab a cold craft beer if you don’t feel like waiting until you get home.
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