The Quest for the Holy Grain - Best Beer Retailers
New York






Bear World
22093 US Route 11
Watertown, NY 13601

This is a fantastic place to visit in an area devoid of beer establishments. The fairly recently opened
Bear World sports a 1200-square foot walk-in cooler stocked with 6-packs, 12-packs, cases, and bombers. You'll want to bring a jacket because you'll be in a frozen trance once you walk into this thing. In addition, there is a large selection of single bottles to make your own 6 pack (with a 10% off discount) and even more bombers outside of the cooler. The staff was fairly quiet and reclusive, but it was a Monday at 12:15 when the store was visited. This is a place you can't pass up, if you ever find yourself in New York's north country. Oh, and don't forget to get your picture with the bear statue outside.


Sam The Beer Man
1164 Upper Front St
Binghamton, NY 13905

Sam the Beer Man is an aptly-named, family owned and operated establishment that is quite the landmark in the Binghamton area. It is a decent sized store, but is so crammed with beer that getting around is difficult. Whether that is a bad thing or not, is a question you'll have to decide after you visit. The store is fairly disorganized, but has enough of a selection to make up for the chaos. There are a ton of cases as well as plenty of 6-packs to choose from. While there are no singles, there are a lot of bombers available, though they may be tucked away in different corners and nooks throughout the store. The staff is readily available, friendly and quite knowledgeable. In fact, the owner claims to have tried every beer they have in stock. This is a great place for a Questor to visit when passing through the Binghamton area.


Finger Lakes Beverage
(607) 277-BEER (2337)
605 West State St
Ithaca, NY 14850

This is the niftiest beer store I've ever been in.
It's like a museum or library... an homage to beer.
It's not enormous, but not too small either. There is aisle after aisle of nothing but beer; they advertise that they have over 600.
Each aisle is the same: cases on the lowest level, 6-packs at chest level, and singles at eye level.
The first aisle is imports, some common, some obscure.
Then 3 more aisles of nothing but american craft beers.
They have a long shelf of Belgian Bombers, and a complete display of Unibrou products.
And all kinds of locals I hadn't seen before.I didn't discern any order...locals, regions, and nationals were jumbled together.
As I was checking out I noticed that I had missed a nook that had macros and soft drinks.
There's always next time !!