Bourbonfool.com readers, I would like your help with identifying your best store for buying bourbon. Being based in Michigan, I will start this discussion with a mention of three rock-solid locations to find and buy bourbon. I would like you all to share your favorite retail stores, and we will create a standing directory on the bourbonfool.com blog to list them all.
I want to hear from our readers across the country. We will include a running list that will help our readers when they are traveling. I only ask that the stores you nominate meet the following simple criteria.
- Good customer service.
- Keep a good selection and inventory of bourbon.
- You can find hard to locate bottles or barrel selections. Even if only occasionally.
To kick this section off, here are three of my go-to locations for purchasing bourbon.
10840 Grand River, Brighton MI 48116
A good selection of bourbon complemented by friendly staff. It seems like every time I stop there, I find a bottle that is difficult to locate. Need help finding a bourbon, ask for Jeff. Brighton Market is much more than a liquor store with hot food and many other necessities.
Oppermann’s Cork ‘N’ Ale
2940 Midland Rd., Saginaw MI 48603
They have a second location, but I visited their Saginaw location listed above. I met the owner Jeff Oppermann at the Heaven Hill Distillery in Bardstown, Kentucky. Many bourbons, along with a lot of additional beer’s, wine’s, and liquors. The largest selection of Michigan bourbons for sale that I have ever seen in one location. Check them out here.
Novi Party Store
43025 Grand River Ave., Novi MI 48375
Novi Party Store is one location that typically will have a least one barrel selection on hand every time you visit. Calvin knows his bourbon, and he has suggested several barrel selections to me that were top shelf. He advertises in a Facebook group so you can see what is coming to his location.
624 N. State Street, Big Rapids MI 49307
Great people with a very good selection of whiskeys on the West Side of Michigan. Definitely worth stopping in.
Westport Whiskey & Wine
1115 Herr Ln, Louisville KY 40222
A great store with a substantial tasting room. One of those places where you can spend a lot of time looking at bourbon. Very knowledgeable staff with a variety of barrel selections. One of the great bourbon retail stores in America.
Rocko’s Liquor Wine and Beer
623 West Main Street, Bridgeport WV 26330
A liquor store not far off of Interstate 79 with a lot of product. Looking for something unique, ask the owner. He just might have it.
Please send in your nominees!
That is a good start for our Michigan followers; however, I am searching for more locations to create a directory that any bourbon follower would enjoy. Let us know your best store for buying bourbon by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org