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I was wondering what the best and cheapest bottle shops around are, and in particular if there's anywhere better in Adelaide than my local favourite, the BWS on Kensington Rd in Rose Park. They have the best range of imported beer that I've come across in Adelaide with mostly better prices than any other places I check out, and much better prices than some. Their one mainstay bargain (if you could call it that) that stands out for me is Duvel at $5.50 a stubbie or $21.00 a 4 pack.
 

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My fav bottle-o in brissy would have the be "The Liquor Superstore" At lutwyche.

Biggest range of beer and wine I have ever seen, would easily be over 100 - 150 plus different types of beers
 

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sluggerdog said:
My fav bottle-o in brissy would have the be "The Liquor Superstore" At lutwyche.

Biggest range of beer and wine I have ever seen, would easily be over 100 - 150 plus different types of beers
Just to confirm this I googled The liquor superstore and found it won

Best Retail Outlet - The liquor Superstore, QLD

from the Australian Hotels Association Awards
 

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I live near the bottle-o that's won that award for Adelaide at least once (the Sip 'n Save on The Parade) and it kinda sucks for beer. They charge close to ten bucks for single stubbies of Belgian. Nine bucks for Duvel I think. Their range doesn't compare to the Kensy BWS either, even though it's a MUCH bigger shop. It does look nice inside though.
 

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I have four favourites in Sydney depending on where I'm currently working and can get to easily. In no specific order:

Vintage Cellars - Beecroft
Northmead Cellars - Northmead
The Balmain bottleshop on Darling Street near Woolies - Balmain
Harris Farm Riverbank bottleshop - Parramatta

All have great selections of imported beers.

Beers,
Doc
 

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You just cant beat the international beer shop here in Perth, for everything but price.
But of course you dont go there to buy a carton of emu export, you go there to sample stuff you literally cant get anywhere else.
 

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barfridge said:
You just cant beat the international beer shop here in Perth, for everything but price.
But of course you dont go there to buy a carton of emu export, you go there to sample stuff you literally cant get anywhere else.
I've seen the website of this one ^

Same about the delivery costs to Brisbane otherwise I would have ordered ages ago from them.. great range!
 

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i like amatos in leichhardt which is just round the corner from me , also camperdown cellars, that shop in balmain doc mentioned, liquor on parade maroubra. but ive just seen the shop of my dreams last week and it is PURVIS CELLARS in melbourne oh yeah theyve got a whole wall of belgians and obscure german stuff and local micros - they get heaps of stuff in like abbaye des rocs and sam smiths from that place in perth.
had a sam smiths imperial stout on new years oh my god is that some tasty shit.

wonder when the international beer shop's opening a franchise in sydney...
 

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I have got to agree with Doc, the Vintage Cellar @ Beecroft is great. I just picked up a bottle of Youngs Double Choc Stout this arvo @ the Balmain Bottle Shop. Very impressive range of imports & some Aussie stuff I had not seen before. The Balmain store is a short stroll from The Monkey Bar. See my review in the other Forum.
Cheers
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The International Beer Shop in Perth (West Leederville) hands down.

It honestly rivals bottle shops over here and in Belgium for range!
 

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Hi Taflex,
Thanks for the tip for Adelaide,
When I was over in Adelaide for Xmas I thought I would get some LCPA so first point of call was the Wheatsheaf at Mile End.
Well, they sell it on tap but a carton of stubbies was out of the question. Fu#* en unreal, I thought, seeing that they promote LC and Rogers.
Tried a few other bottle shops and pubs with no success and then I found the real "XMAS CRETAN".
I walked into the Parafield Airport liquor Store ( PALS ) and had a look around. They had some MSB products and Speckled Hen but I couldnt see any LCPA so I asked an attendant who promptly said
"Of course we have, I'll just pop into the cold room and get some".
I said
"OK, I'll have a carton".
Well he promptly came back with a carton of Coopers Pale Ale and upon sighting it I said politely,
"no mate, I want Little Creatures Pale Ale".
The CRETAN then says,
"this IS pale ale".
I say
"yes but it is not little creatures"
The CRETAN says
"Ah! it is all the same".
I say
"no it's not, lcpa is made in Fremantle by Rogers brewery".
"Well" says the CRETAN
"I have never heard of it and we dont have it"
"OK" I say, and because it is 6.45pm on xmas eve, I say,
"I'll take the Coopers".
Then the CRETAN says,
"Well where do you normally get it"
and I say
"At the Sundowner Hotel in Whyalla"
and the CRETAN says
"Well you should have got it there then"
He then handed me the carton of Coopers and walked off. :eek:
Well. I guess you all know which bottle shop I wont be using in Adelaide - ever. :angry:
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I like Nicks I think it is in Flinders st next to the Young and Jackson pub. They have a great selection.
Only thing is I hardly ever buy beer these days because I brew so much.
I wil try a beer every now and then but I have only tried 2 different new beers in the last 6 months. A leffe blond on tap and a stubby of Warsteiner which i enjoyed immensley.

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Dicko me local bws sells carton of lcpa for around 65 bucks i rather brew one
 

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sluggerdog said:
I've seen the website of this one ^

Same about the delivery costs to Brisbane otherwise I would have ordered ages ago from them.. great range!
I've used their online store before. I think delivery to Victoria was about $20 a carton. I bought some Weihenstephaner Hefe and Belhaven Scottish Ale. Neither of which I had tried before. The Scottish Ale was a beauty, one of my all time favourites. Not cheap though, it would cost me around $90 for 24x355ml bottles delivered to Vic.
 

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Yep johnno, Nicks near Young and Jacksons is great. Very handy when uni is only a tram ride up swanston away!

Other than that, Vintage Cellars has a decent range as do all the Dan Murphys.

Too bad there are no good shops West of Melbourne. Must be all those VB drinkers.
 

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Hi Jazman,
Yes, I found after xmas that the BWS at Pooraka had LCPA bottles and the guy there was polite.
I agree about the brewing but I have to travel to visit friends and rellies and I had already taken two 20l kegs to one of my son in laws for xmas day and the week that follows.
Jazman, in the end it is not about the cost but it is all related to the beer that you want to drink.
I have learnt that if you go to someones place without beer then you have a good chance of being served Megaswill in a can or bottle.
Cheers
 

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giants liquor in carlingford is good. greystanes cellars is also good run by a friendly local family and have a good selection.
 

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dicko said:
When I was over in Adelaide for Xmas I thought I would get some LCPA so first point of call was the Wheatsheaf at Mile End.
Thanks for that tip, Dicko. I still haven't tried LCPA on tap, so I'll definitely be keeping that in mind. Does anyone know anywhere else that has the Lil' Creatures on tap in Adelaide?

As for Adelaide and Coopers Pale Ale mentality, it's a bit dodgy alright. The recent Coopers ad campaign takes annoying advantage of this ignorance. "The Original Pale Ale" they say. Yeah right. Go on, go and continue to blow your credibilty away in the name of commercialism.

Also, where are the bargains? Is $5.50 for a stubbie of Duvel as good a price as it seems to be? I'm not a tightarse, but when it comes to paying this sorta cash for 330 odd ml of liquid joy (or lightstruck horror) I wanna squeeze the penny.
"EASE THE SQUEEzE!" (on my pancreas)
 

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Dan Murphy's in Adelaide has a couple of good bargains.

The entire Westiphaner range at $5 each which is ok and Fuller's ESB at $6.50 a bottle which is good as most other Adelaide bottlo's that stock it sell it for $10.

C&B
TDA
 

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Dan Murphy's in Chapel St Prahran doesn't seem to have as big a range as Dan Murphy's in Brighton Rd Brighton.
Acland St Cellars in St Kilda is excellent, large range of European beers, similar to Nicks in Flinders St.
And there is a small Vietnamese bottle shop in Victoria St Richmond-(no. 100? 110? around there anyway) that has a huge range stuffed into a tiny space. Last night for example I pondered over Hoegaarden Premier Cru, all the Grand Ridge brews, all the James Squires, some of those kegs of Holstein & Grolsch, and so many Coopers- ale, pale, mild, stout, light & a couple of others I can't remember...too much choice!
 

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