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Dec 16, 2010 03:55 AM

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

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

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    1. re: rainsux

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

        1. re: pmaddens

          Middlebelt ends at Orchard Lake in Sylan Lake.

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

        1. 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. 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.

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

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              1. re: pmaddens

                May I ask what part of town you live in?

                For my corner of the map....

                Dearborn = Merchants
                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 =
                Ann Arbor #2 =

                1. re: JanPrimus

                  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.

                  1. re: JanPrimus

                    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 (


                    Good luck!