5 Best Gas Station Alcohol Options: Bought & Ranked (2023)

Last Updated on August 22, 2023 by Lydia Martin

When we find ourselves in a situation where we need to purchase alcohol quickly, gas stations are often our first choice.

They typically offer a good variety of beer, wine, and spirits, and you can often score some great deals too. 

However, before heading to a gas station, it’s always a good idea to check what types of alcoholic beverages they stock.

If you’re curious about the best gas station alcohol to try, you’re in luck. We’ve compiled a list of the top options you can typically find regardless of your state.

Top 5 Alcoholic Drinks You Can Buy At Gas Stations

5. Hard Seltzer

White Claw Hard Seltzer

It’s hard not to notice the rising popularity of hard seltzer. You’ll find many sparkling spiked drinks on almost any beer shelf at gas stations. 

These beverages, the flavors range from simple fruits like mango and grapefruit to more complex flavors like pear-elderflower or lime-lemongrass, are in abundance.

So here are must-tries hard seltzers brands:

  • White Claw
  • Truly
  • Bud Light
  • Cacti
  • Vizzy
  • Good Company
  • Polar Seltzer
  • High Noon Sun Sips
  • Arctic Chill Hard Seltzer
  • Vista Bay
  • Coors Seltzer
  • Canteen
  • Henry’s Hard Sparkling Water
  • Natural Light Seltzer
  • Sparkling Ice Spiked Ruby Fizz
  • Corona Hard Seltzer
  • Blue Moon Light Sky
  • Smirnoff
  • Mike’s Hard Lemonade

4. Wine

Carlo Rossi Red Wine

Convenience stores in most gas stations often have a wide selection of alcohol-laced wines. Some of these include Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

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“Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.”

Benjamin Franklin, Founding Father of the United States

If you’re like us, go for a fruity, full-bodied, sweet wine with enough acidity. You can choose from the list of wines below:

  • Giesen Marlborough 
  • Hess Select North Coast 
  • Carlo Rossi
  • Cavit
  • Ch. Ste. Michelle
  • Charles Shaw
  • Beringer
  • Almaden
  • Andre/Wycliff
  • Apothic
  • Arbor Mist
  • Twin Valley
  • Vendange
  • Woodbridge Mondavi
  • Yalumba Y Series South Australia Viognier
  • Yellow Tail
  • J. Lohr Estates Seven Oaks 
  • Jim Barry The Cover Drive 
  • Josh Cellars
  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley 
  • Columbia Crest H3 
  • Cook’s
  • Cupcake
  • Barefoot Cellars
  • Beringer Founder’s Estate California 
  • Black Box
  • Livingston Cellars
  • Bodega Norton Reserva Lujan de Cuyo 
  • Stella Rosa
  • Sutter Home
  • Foxglove Central Coast 
  • Franzia
  • Kendall – Jackson
  • Rancho Zabaco Heritage Vines Sonoma County 
  • Ravenswood Old Vine Lodi 
  • Robert Mondavi SelKendall Jackson Vintner’s Reserve 
  • Bogle
  • Bogle Old Vine California 
  • Boone’s
  • Bota Box
  • Brancott Estate Marlborough
  • La Crema Sonoma Coast 
  • Liberty Creek
  • Ménage à Trois
  • Peter Vella
  • Robert Mondavi Winery Napa Valley Fumé 
  • Rodney Strong Sonoma County

3. Liquors & Spirits

Baileys and Absolut vanilla vodka

We can’t forget the various types of liquors and spirits we can find at local gas stations. 

However, depending on your state, you might only be able to get some types of these drinks.

These include whiskey, brandy, rum, vodka, tequila, and gin. These drinks tend to have higher ABV than beer and wine, so drink moderately.

2. Craft Beer

Russian River Blind Pig

Due to the increasing rage of craft beer, it has become more common for restaurants and bars to offer various types of beer.

“Gas stations may not be the first place you think of when it comes to buying alcohol, but sometimes the best finds come from unexpected places.”

Liquor Laboratory

Many of these are available in the refrigerated section of gas stations. Some of these include pale and Indian pale ales, lagers, brown and black IPAs, and wheat beers. 

So, here are our recommended craft beers found at most gas stations:

  • Russian River Blind Pig 
  • Russian River Pliny the Elder IIPA
  • Lagunitas Brown Shugga
  • Lagunitas IPA
  • Lawson’s Finest Sip of Sunshine IPA
  • Allagash White 
  • Alpine Duet IPA
  • Anchor Porter
  • Anchor Steam
  • Saint Arnold Fancy Lawnmower
  • Samuel Adams Winterfest
  • Samuel Adams Boston Lager
  • Bell’s Brewery Hopslam 
  • Bell’s Brewery Two-Hearted IPA 
  • Bierstadt Lagerhaus Slow Pour Pils 
  • Boulevard Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale 
  • Brasserie d’Orval Orval
  • Brasserie Dupont Saison Dupont 
  • Breckenridge Vanilla Porter
  • Geary’s Pale Ale
  • Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout 
  • Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter
  • Guinness Extra Stout
  • Cigar City Jai Alai IPA
  • Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale 
  • Pilsner Urquell
  • Deschutes Black Butte Porter
  • Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA 
  • Dogfish Head 60-Minute IPA 
  • Dogfish Head 90-Minute IPA
  • Half-Acre Daisy Cutter
  • New Belgium Fat Tire Amber Ale 
  • New Belgium Voodoo Ranger
  • New Holland Dragon’s Milk
  • North Coast Old Rasputin Stout 
  • Odell 90 Shilling Ale
  • Old Nation M-43 IPA
  • Fat Head’s Head Hunter 
  • Firestone Walker Pivo Pils 
  • Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA 
  • Founders All Day IPA
  • Founders Breakfast Stout 
  • Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout
  • Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout 
  • Fremont Lush

1. Canned Beer

Natural Ice Canned Beer with Glass

Canned beer is a common drink that you can find at many gas stations. It’s cold and ready to drink, which is very nice. 

Here are the most common canned beers you can find at gas stations:

  • Natural Ice
  • Natural Light
  • Pabst Blue Ribbon
  • Steel Reserve
  • Stella Artois
  • Tecate
  • Blue Moon
  • Bud Ice
  • Bud Light
  • Bud Light Lime
  • Budweiser
  • Busch
  • Busch Light
  • Michelob Ultra
  • Miller Genuine Draft
  • Miller High Life
  • Miller Lite
  • Milwaukee’s Best Ice
  • Milwaukee’s Best Light
  • Dos Equis
  • Guinness 
  • Heineken
  • Icehouse
  • Keystone Light
  • Coors Banquet
  • Coors Light
  • Corona Extra
  • Corona Light


What’s the strongest gas station alcohol?

The strongest gas station alcohols you can get are liquors and spirits, like whiskey, brandy, tequila, vodka, and rum [1].

The ABV is around 40% on average, which increases depending on the type and brand.

Do all gas stations sell alcoholic drinks?

Yes, gas stations sell alcoholic drinks, mainly beer and wine. However, some gas stations don’t sell hard liquors and spirits.

Various factors contribute to this, such as the high cost of hard liquor and the state’s regulations.

Gas stations are also usually owned by franchises that have policies that prevent the sale of hard liquor.

What’s the cheapest gas station beer?

Some of the cheapest gas station beers you can find are Pabst Blue Ribbon (around $10 per 12-pack) and Mickey’s (around $5-6 per 6-pack).

Key Takeaways

Now you have the full list of the best gas station alcohol [2]. It’s time to head to the nearest gas station in your locale and get the drink you think you deserve.

Whether you like liquor and spirits, wine, or different types of beer, you can surely find them at gas stations (unless you’re looking for rare ones!).



Lydia Martin

Lydia Martin hails from Redmond, Washington, where you’ll find some of the best cocktail bars and distilleries that offer a great mix of local drinks. She used to work as a bar manager in Paris and is a self-taught mixologist whose passion for crafting unique cocktails led her to create Liquor Laboratory. Lydia can whip up a mean Margarita in seconds! Contact at [email protected] or learn more about us here.

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