United States > Wisconsin > Eau Claire
emerge077 (103) RIP Johnnies, Chicago, Illinois | September 13, 2013
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Stopped in while passing through town, Coffee Grounds was our destination. Toppling Goliath PseudoSue on tap. Need I say more?
This is the top destination in Eau Claire to buy beer. Nearly everything they have is available in singles, and organized by style. Only a place dedicated to beer will do that, and youíd be surprised how few stores have that level of organization and dedication.
Lazy Monk growlers (at least 6), a dozen lambics, at least 50-60 varieties of each style (when available). Berliner Weisse, Gratzer, Gruit, Unblended Lambic, plenty of odd/obscure beers that you canít find anywhere else in town. High-end imports like Carnegie Porter, Italian saisons, Handbryggeriet, De Dolle, as well as limited seasonals like Founders IS and CW BB Barleywine. They even have an exclusive coffee stout brewed with their house coffee!
The staff at the counter were very helpful, even though they werenít beer experts. The beer guy here is a BA, which is a huge plus. They also checked the stockroom for more Tilquin 750s, but I guess we lucked out and got the last one. (Edit: Had a pricing issue on a single that was resolved later by their beer guy, Kyle. Exceptional customer service!)
They gave a short briefing on growler care and itís lifespan, which is more than I can say for most stores. (Edit: The PseudoSue growler I bought was faded. Boo. Make sure you sample the tap beer first! Not sure if due to low turnover or not running the line before a fill.)
They also have a coffee lounge that is a great place for a pit stop on a long roadtrip (clean restrooms too). Not much food, but a small cafe menu and a wide assortment of cheese, charcuterie, and chocolate. Recommended for a detour off the highway.
nuplastikk (40) Madison, Wisconsin | July 19, 2013
74 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 12/20
Nice wine/cheese/beer/coffee and other cool stuff boutique kind of place. A well thought out and attractively displayed selection, but the prices were a little higher than average. Seemed like the best place in town to grab interesting national and international bottles.
CheersMate (149) Fremont (Seattle), Washington | March 11, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Stopped by coffee grounds, while seeing my the future wifeís Alma mater. The store had me worried, for a moment. I saw a lot of non-beer-related items, mostly gourmet foods, and other shit, but then I turned a corner and saw a nice set of shelves that had plenty of good beer to burn a hole in the wallet. Since I only am able to get out to Wisconsin twice a year, I had to get me fill on New Glarus stuff - Serendipity, Enigma, Apple Ale, Raspberry Tart, etc. I noticed that they had a lot of other Wisconsin breweries represented. The prices, as I have no basis of comparison, really, were fine; however, I have seen Raspberry Tart for less than what they were selling it. I also got a coffee, which wasnít great, but it woke me up, on the car ride to grandmaís cabin. Other notes: didnít receive much beer service, but I didnít need it; the food selection looked fine, I donít remember anything mind-blowing.
ryanfolty (177) Bourbon County, Minnesota | November 24, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Decided to make a quick stop while driving back from the GI black friday event. This was quite the nice surprise. Great atmosphere that is more than just craft beer. The selection was very good and had a huge singles section, one of the best I have seen. Prices were a tad high, but I am willing to spend more per bottle when I can buy one versus a 4 or 6 pack. Service was good, but they do give priority to locals, which I get so wonít hold it against them. I wish there was a place like this much closer to me.
XmnwildX12 (50) Farmington, Minnesota | November 24, 2012
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Stopped in from the ratings and found a couple items that are out in MN. Grabbed a Pumking and got some Dave's BrewFarm and Tyranena BGW. Had a great singles selection, they had some BCS as well.
bytemesis (292) Sunnyvale, California | October 31, 2012
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Pretty good selection, with a decent potion of the store devoted to beer. First place on this road trip i found drei fonteinen. A ton of Wisconsin beers, including a deep selection of New Glarus. Definitely worthy of an A list rating.
BeerIsGreat12 (4) , | October 8, 2012
8 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 1/10 SELECTION 1/15 FOOD 1/10 VALUE 1/10 OVERALL 1/20
I had to create an account after my recent experience at this store and share with everyone what I went through in the hopes people are at least hesitant in dealing with this store in the future.
I called this place at 2 pm on a Saturday and spoke to some girl who worked there. I asked her if they had any Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout available for purchase. She said they did and that they had 96 units on hand and ran down the various prices for me. She said there were no limits, etc. So, the next day I drive an hour and a half to purchase some since it seemed they had quite a bit. When I get to the store the people at the front desk tell me I am not allowed to purchase any but wouldnít tell me why. I drove an hour and a half to purchase a beer they said I could purchase and then I get there and they wonít sell me any.
Later on after I get home (4 hrs after I left) I send the owner of the store an email telling him my story. He said for special release beers they donít put any of this out on the shelf but allow people who shop at the store a lot to reserve it. He also completely ignores the fact that I was told I could purchase some which is the whole reason why I made the drive in the first place.
I used to pass through here quite a bit to purchase beer but I will never shop at this store again. This was without a doubt the single worst experience Iíve ever had as a consumer in my life.
footbalm (63) Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota | September 5, 2012
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Stopped by yesterday and was more than happy to find Expy Stout...a couple of batches. Nice selection but, yes, pricey. They had a cool selection of gourmet items as well. I will be back on my next trip through íSconi.
sthlm (136) Iowa | August 12, 2012
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 18/20
Stopped by here on a Saturday afternoon. Doesnít look like much from the outside, but nice inside. Good service and great selection. In fact, selection rivals Casanovaís in Hudson, and may actually be better. Seemed to be a good selection of chocolate and coffee as well. Beer prices are a little high, but not outrageous. Overall, definitely worth a stop if you are anywhere near here.
esjaygee (262) Oak Creek, Wisconsin | October 9, 2011
82 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Ah, the smell of fresh coffee. Itís my favorite aisle in the supermarket and itís a lovely smell when beer shopping. Quite an array of stuff in bottles, all broken down by regions and most everything available as a single. I was on a Wisconsin beer treasure hunt and did find two beers I had not had before though not the sand creek in-house stout. Service was great!
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