White Castle considering beer sales

Even if you can’t find them in metro Atlanta, many people are familiar with the White Castle hamburger chain.

The iconic fast food restaurant known for its sliders and fries is considering selling beer and wine.

The 90-year-old chain is already testing alcoholic beverage sales in Lafayette, Ind., where customers can buy a glass of wine for $4.50 or beer for $3. The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch newspaper quotes a spokesman who says customer feedback so far is promising.

White Castles are mainly found in the Midwest and Northeast, although Tennessee also has locations. If you’re not familiar with the chain, you can get a pretty good idea what a White Castle burger looks like if you drop in on a local Krystal restaurant.

Is White Castle on to something? Now that many areas around Atlanta have approved Sunday alcoholic beverage sales, are sales at fast food restaurants next in line? “Order up!”

69 comments Add your comment

OH-REALLY?

December 21st, 2011
12:27 pm

kennethc

December 21st, 2011
12:28 pm

I dont know about the liquor aspect but if you haven’t had a white castle if you do you will not everrrrrrrr eat another crystal. It’s like a mercedes and a yugo!!!!!!!!!!

crackbaby

December 21st, 2011
12:30 pm

If they sell it at the drive through windows, they will make a mint and so will local Govts. through DUI / Open Container fines. Ha!

jackel

December 21st, 2011
12:31 pm

Krystals and Beer means a lot!!! of flatulence and belching!!!!!!!!!!!

curious

December 21st, 2011
12:33 pm

Can you buy it at the drive-thru?

Bob

December 21st, 2011
12:36 pm

I recently ate at a White Castle in Nashville. It had to be the worst service and burger I’ve ate. Krystal has nothing to fear from their competition. I watched the show Undercover Boss which featured White Castle. And everything I saw on the show about service and food quality was right on the money. They know they have a problem. Would love to see beer sold in fast food restaurants. Finally we might catch up with the rest of the world where drinking is not so taboo or hidden.

Brian

December 21st, 2011
12:39 pm

I’ve had both Krystal and White Castle and it is a joke to call either a Mercedes. Yugo is more like it for both because YuGo straight to the restroom after you eat them. They both taste basically the same and they are what they are….GUT BOMBS. What a new concept to drink alcohol with them instead of just eating them to soak up what you drank earlier.

Diana

December 21st, 2011
12:41 pm

Kennethc…I was going to say the same thing!!!

tc

December 21st, 2011
12:42 pm

I agree with Kennethc – even the frozen white castle burgers are better than Krystal.

Jay

December 21st, 2011
12:51 pm

@Brian, you are so correct being from up North, I’ve had both and neither is even close to anything resembling a mercedes…..that YuGo comment is not only accurate but funny as he**……….as for alcohol sales in White Castle let me say it has a better chance to succeed passing anywhere but GA, so it’s a good thing they aren’t located here, but don’t really see it since there will be concern with the drinking and driving aspect.

I've had both

December 21st, 2011
12:51 pm

White Castles is better than Krystals, no offense, although both will cause you to have a butt explosion.

PMC

December 21st, 2011
12:52 pm

If it can counter act the gut bomb effect I’m all for it!

kennethc

December 21st, 2011
12:54 pm

brian you and Jay are real idiots you both are taking everything out of context go read a comic strip some where and maybe you wont take everything so seriously , Merry xmas to you both.

NOM NOM NOM

December 21st, 2011
12:55 pm

I was born up north, raised down heah and still have family in Yankeeland. And I prefer Krystals.

Although I believe that the beer might sway some good ole boys into abandoning Krystal for White Castle.

scrappy

December 21st, 2011
1:01 pm

Excellent idea on their part, the only time anyone really wants White Castle is after 2am when already hammered!

And you could play drinking games with the Chicken rings, a little toss the chicken on the bottle! good times. (there is something just so wrong with Chicken in the form a ring, yet so good at the same time)

son's who?

December 21st, 2011
1:04 pm

Normal procedure dictates alcohol be consumed PRIOR to a visit to White Castle or Krystal!

Notevenclose

December 21st, 2011
1:05 pm

I am so mad that people in Atlanta continue to disrespect White Castle by comparing it to Krystals! NOT even remotely close… I hate Krystals and although they may resemble a White Castle, they do not taste the same… ugh…

Prisonworld

December 21st, 2011
1:10 pm

How would they get around the open container issue?

http://www.prisonworldradiohour.com

Shaniqua

December 21st, 2011
1:10 pm

I chowed down on White Castle for years when I lived in KY. Definitely not gourmet eats but I’d rate it ahead of McD’s and BK.

Oh and by the way, if they ever expand to the ATL we’ll hafta do somethin bout that name, WHITE Castle…if you smell what I’m cookin.

sllllliiiiiiders

December 21st, 2011
1:18 pm

and you know why they call ‘em sliders

Krystal lovin' in a White Castle

December 21st, 2011
1:20 pm

REALLY SHANIQUA!!!! It’s called White Castle cause the 1st building that was built looked like a alabaster castle. Only in the south would the name of a place be misconstrued and turned into a racial issue. Guess you don’t like the white meat from KFC much do you Shaniqua?

JOYCE

December 21st, 2011
1:20 pm

Brain, you are too funny. I loved the comment and satire. Great.

Mr. Thomas Anthony Jones, SR

December 21st, 2011
1:21 pm

As a non-drinker I will not take my family to a White Castle where alcoholic beverages are sold.. White Castle has the right to sell alcoholic beverages. We have the right to not patronize their establishment. Enough said.

Mark

December 21st, 2011
1:27 pm

I knew it wouldn’t take long for the Bible thumpers to chime in on beer sales.

Emma

December 21st, 2011
1:31 pm

Bow Down to the Queen of White Castles!!!!!

Brad

December 21st, 2011
1:32 pm

Awesome. Now I don’t have to go to the bar first and get loaded before I swing by krystal. I can just move North and do it all in one place!

Drew

December 21st, 2011
1:33 pm

@Mr. Thomas Anthony Jones, SR – perhaps you’ll be more comfortable in Iran, where alcohol is outlawed entirely.

rbh

December 21st, 2011
1:36 pm

The Varsity used to sell beer.

Ward

December 21st, 2011
1:40 pm

I like the little burgers, wherever they come from. White Castles have holes in ‘em though… Krystal gives you the whole patty.

bev

December 21st, 2011
1:41 pm

The last thing our society needs is more places to consume alcohol!! Look at the toll it takes on lives with drunk drivers killing innocent people, families who struggle with alcoholics and the toll it takes on their lives! All for what? A coping mechanism? That’s what therapy, exercise, and meditation are for! We can do better!! :)

Mitzymy

December 21st, 2011
1:45 pm

Most of White Castle customers are drive up. We very seldom see anyone inside, because it stays open 24 hours, and is a great stop at lunch time. The burgers are small, rectangle, hot and juicy. They are also cheap. You can buy a lot with 5 or 6 bucks. We like them in Indiana. No beer should be sold there, because people are driving and we have the open container law, so they are trying with this new addition, to get people to come inside and eat.

Smokey

December 21st, 2011
1:46 pm

Alcohol sales are one thing but alcoholic sales would be something else entirely!

Breuckelen

December 21st, 2011
1:47 pm

I wish White Castles would open a store here. Out of desperation I tried the frozen ones a few years back and there is no comparison. There is something about 3 day old grease, the old lady with the hairnet, and the cigarette hanging from the cook’s mouth that gives a fresh White Castle burger its unique flavor. The closest store is 4 hours away in Nashville and on many a day I’ve been tempted to make the run for a belly full of grease and an A#% full of GAS.

Victor

December 21st, 2011
1:50 pm

DAE LIKE TO SMELL THEIR OWN BELLY BUTTON GOO???

war eagle

December 21st, 2011
1:51 pm

White Castle was a staple in NY. I guess the Beer Castle will be the first instead of the McBeer.
And what is a Shaniqua? Mitzymy is right- with $5-6 you can buy a lot of food-minus the beer of course.

MIKE D

December 21st, 2011
1:51 pm

WHITE CASTLE BURGERS ONLY COME IN ONE SIZE!

Krystals vs White Castle

December 21st, 2011
1:54 pm

I have a Nephew who lives in Iowa, the first places he goes to eat is at Krystal’s when he gets to town. He also take a cooler full back to Iowa when he goes home.

Catfish Turner

December 21st, 2011
1:57 pm

I moved from Atlanta to Indianapolis a year ago and I would have to say that I really, really do miss Krystals because White Castle isn’t nearly as good. The burgers are garbage…the Fries are better than Krystals though. Krystal satifies my stomach, but White Castle is only good enough to bust a turd !!

HG

December 21st, 2011
1:58 pm

Anyone who says compares a wc to a krystal and says one is a mercedes is a friggin idiot. They are burgers!

Mellie

December 21st, 2011
1:59 pm

If they start to serve alcohol at fast food restaurants, the restaurants will soon be taken over by bums and drunks who will occupy all the tables while they drink all day. There will be beggars and nuisance people just like the ones who hang out in front of the liquor stores. And what will happen to teen-age fast food workers? They won’t be able to work in an establishment that serves alcohol. . . I think it is a bad idea!

tc

December 21st, 2011
2:03 pm

Catfish – agree with you. Krystals fries are the worst ever. And their drinks are flat sugar water.

JB

December 21st, 2011
2:04 pm

Best thing about a Krystal…..you can burp three days later and still enjoy them….LOL……

Call it like it is

December 21st, 2011
2:08 pm

Okay the facts are they both sux. Only time either taste good is around 3am after a night on the town. They barely meet the definition of burger. And there is a reason you can get a sackful for $4 bucks people. Fake meat doesnt cost that much.

Daniel

December 21st, 2011
2:10 pm

krystal kicks butt over White Castle anyday…

At least Krystal doesnt cut out most of the meat from their sliders like White Castle does…

why not?

December 21st, 2011
2:11 pm

need something to wash to those disgusting grease bombs down…..

Lou

December 21st, 2011
2:25 pm

@Mellie Chipotle serves beer and they are one of the nicer fast food restaurants out there. Compare that to the s*&%hole places like Moe’s.

CKM

December 21st, 2011
2:33 pm

Toilet humor is gross, but alcohol sold anywhere is absolutely fabulous! Believe me, I was at the voting booth on November 8th. Finally!

Hindu Elvis Pimp

December 21st, 2011
2:36 pm

Just another attempt by the large brewers to control the distribution of crap beer. They figure if they are first at selling beer in fast food chains, they can exclude the craft beer segment.

Dondol

December 21st, 2011
2:45 pm

Yep, the Varsity used to sell beer, when I was a teenager you could drive up and a carhop would bring you a beer with your food and set in your car and drink it while talking to the APD cop on duty. to bad their carhops sold to minors, that’s why they stopped.

Glenn

December 21st, 2011
2:53 pm

Captain D’s in Canton recently applied for a beer & wine license. I’ve never been there so don’t know if they’re pouring yet, but I know they applied a couple months ago.