My fair home state of Louisiana has a ton of things to love about it. From the people to the food to the parties, there isn't much I'd change about my home state. One thing I do wish we had in the Pelican State, though, are a few Spec's Superstores. Why? Because I have yet to walk into a liquor store anywhere in Louisiana (or any other state for that matter) that has a more knowledgeable and friendly staff or wider selection of beverages as the one I have encountered at Spec's in Beaumont, TX.
This Texas-based chain of liquor stores started up in Houston, TX back in 1962. From there it has expanded all across the great state of Texas, and I've become a huge fan. It's the only place I know of where I can pick up mass-produced beer and wine AND some really great craft beers and regional liquors.
On my first visit to Spec's, I was almost overwhelmed by the number of choices I had to pick from. The aisles are divided into foods and bar needs (such as glasses and mixers), wines (assorted by countries and then divided by wine type), beer, hard liquor, and then cigars.
You want to try some real champagne? They have it. How about a taste of Irish mead from Ireland? They have that too. They've also got more beer than you can imagine, with brands that ship in from all over the world.
What really sets Spec's apart, though, is their staff. I get asked by at least two employees if I need help while I'm shopping. If I do need help, the staff is quick to assist me. Even better, if I am looking for a specific type of wine or brew to go with a meal, they can help me pick out the best choice, no matter what my budget might be.
The staff can also educate you on how to properly serve and store whatever you happen to buy.
Sometimes they have wine tastings or a vendor will be on hand to give out free samples.
On top of all of this, they have the best prices in town. They consistently beat the prices of other liquor stores and even department and grocery stores. If one of those stores has a sale, just bring in their advertisement and you'll get the same item at a lower price and with a smile.
The store also gives a discount to patrons who pay with cash.
Whether you're looking for Bud Light or Burgundy wine, Spec's has you covered.
Highly recommended to visitors of the Lone Star State.
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