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Good place to buy beer or hard cider in Metro Detroit?

pmaddens Dec 16, 2010 03:55 AM

I'd like to buy some hard cider or unusual beers for my son for Christmas. I don't drink either of those things so I have no idea where to go for a good selection.

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  1. rainsux RE: pmaddens Dec 16, 2010 03:58 AM

    The carryout on the NW corner of Middlebelt & Orchard Lake claims to stock 500 different beers.

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      pmaddens RE: rainsux Dec 16, 2010 05:54 AM

      I'm not sure where this is. As far as I can tell, Middlebelt and Orchard Lake don't intersect.

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        gooddog RE: pmaddens Dec 16, 2010 08:04 AM

        I think this refers to this place:


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          Fibber McGee RE: pmaddens Dec 16, 2010 08:09 AM

          Middlebelt ends at Orchard Lake in Sylan Lake.

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            pmaddens RE: Fibber McGee Dec 16, 2010 09:09 AM

            Oh, now I see. Thanks!

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        vdoucette RE: pmaddens Dec 16, 2010 04:30 AM

        Cost Plus Wine Warehouse in Detroit's Eastern Market. The website sucks, but the selection is excellent:


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          RedTop RE: pmaddens Dec 16, 2010 04:34 AM

          Actually, most metro Detroit party stores have great selections of "unusual" beers...

          I think, if you do some preliminary shopping, pmaddens, right in your neighborhood, you'll find almost mind-boggling choices. Good luck.

          1. coney with everything RE: pmaddens Dec 16, 2010 06:06 AM

            Holiday Market in RO has a massive selection of beer by the bottle. I believe they have cider as well but couldn't say re: selection

            Spicers Orchard has a wine bar which also offers hard cider made in Michigan.

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              pmaddens RE: pmaddens Dec 16, 2010 09:13 AM

              Wow, my very first post and several great answers! Thanks everyone.

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                JanPrimus RE: pmaddens Dec 16, 2010 02:06 PM

                May I ask what part of town you live in?

                For my corner of the map....

                Dearborn = Merchants http://www.merchantsfinewine.com/
                Canton #1 = Super Wine & Liquor 1634 N Haggerty Rd
                Canton #2 = Holiday Market, Corner of Cherry Hill and Lilly
                Livonia = Wine Barrel Plus, 30303 Plymouth Road
                Ann Arbor #1 = http://annarborbeerdepot.com/
                Ann Arbor #2 = http://morganandyork.com/

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                  moose734 RE: JanPrimus Dec 16, 2010 03:35 PM

                  Yeah Michigan is actually a really good beer state. Even the must mundane of party stores can actually have some surprisingly good selections. Also, keep in mind, some of the many brewpubs to be found around here do offer bottles versions of their beer to go.

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                    GrueLurks RE: JanPrimus Dec 16, 2010 06:36 PM

                    Pineridge Market in Highland, MI on Milford rd. Ask for Mark, he keeps the craft beers well stocked and rotated. You won't get any old craft beer there except for the ones that age well. Tell him Mick sent you and he will take good care of ya,

                    At Sylvan Market, ask for Raymond. They have a good selection too, including a few Cantillon beers from Brussels, which are regarded as some of the finest lambics in the world.

                    As for Holiday Market in Royal Oak, Ashley will take good care of you with some great suggestions if he is working there. Don't be shy to ask for him, he takes great pride in keeping his shelves well kept and has a deep knowledge of all styles.

                    Champagne's is probably the cheapest place to get beer in all of MI., I always buy a case of Two Hearted Ale when I am over that way.

                    Red Wagon is ok, but they are always more expensive than other places.

                    If none of these are good for you, I suggest the MI state directory at BeerAdvocate.com (http://beeradvocate.com/beerfly/direc...


                    Good luck!

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                  xman887 RE: pmaddens Dec 16, 2010 06:01 PM

                  my go to places:

                  champagne's - chicago road between van dyke & mound. just bought three six packs tonight. nice selection of michigan, belglian, german, british, and others. huge wine selection. big liquor selection. regual tasting events. reasonable pricies. http://www.champanes.com/homepage.html

                  red wagon - rochester road @ auburn in rochester hills & livernois @ maple in troy http://www.redwagonshoppe.com/

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                    vtombrown RE: xman887 Dec 16, 2010 06:54 PM

                    Count me in with GrueLurks and xman887, as I like Champagne's, too! Not the best hours, but its got a sweet selection and very good prices. And, hey, if you're at Champagne's, why not also swing around the corner to the microbrewery/meadery Kuhnhenn, and pick up a little something to-go (not cheap, but VERY interesting, special and unique)?

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                      JanPrimus RE: vtombrown Dec 16, 2010 07:17 PM

                      God Bless Kuhnhenn's!

                      That is a grand compliment coming from my agnostic ass.

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                        xman887 RE: vtombrown Dec 17, 2010 04:10 AM

                        i did the double header last week during soccer practice: champagne's for six six packs of winter/xmas beer (really enjoyed anchor's holiday beer, but as of yesterday, there was no more to be found), followed by a stop at kuhnhenn's for a pint of e.s.b.

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