This is one of the best beer stores Iíve had a chance to visit. Its a stand alone building next to a shopping center with plenty of parking. What makes this place great Iíd that they have nearly everything refridgertated. They also have a lot of stuff and itís quite a curated selection. They have a fantastic cider selection. One of the best Iíve seen. They have a pretty solid mead selection. They have a ton of reginonal and national craft. They have a cooler thatís almost entirely filled with Rogue beers. Beer is helpfully separated by country. They also have a cooler with Various verticals of Lees Harvest ales. The only debit is that the pick six section needs work but thatís what Zippís is for. Definitely a destination place.
This is an exceptional place. Blue Max stocks everything they can get in Minnesota, and take very good care of vintage selections. I picked up a 1991 JW Leeís Harvest Ale when I was there. Jim was a great help, as I had several questions during my visit. The beer section isnít huge (area wise), but it is absolutely packed! Plan on spending some time here, I know I did.
94 = ★★★★Ĺ (World class)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
BVery (625) Plymouth, Minnesota | January 23, 2011| Updated May 31, 2012
Terrific store - tons and tons of beers to select from, including lots of hard to find beers. Staff is knowledgable and helpful. The mix-and-match 6-pack section is somewhat limited. Fantastic selection of Belgians.
Stopped by here on a vacation to Minnesota last summer (2003). Flying in from Florida - the breadth of quality Midwestern Beers was quite impressive. I also liked the way that the regions of the world were broken out into different coolers - if I was not interested in Slavic/Russian lagers - I didnít bother looking in that cooler. I picked up a bunch of Bellís, Capital other midwestern locals and various English beers that I do not have access to down south. Very impressed with the prices - $1.79 for a Bellís IPA if I remembered correctly. I would say they had at least 700 different beers there - would be overwhelming to a novice and he might just grab something he is familiar with rather than wade through the voluminous selection. A few of the bottles I picked up were a month or two past the freshness date noted on the bottle - but there were no skunks among the 24 I picked up. Friendly staff - loaded up all of my bottles in record time and even supplied the empty six pack hold and a case box. I will make this a regular stop on my annual visit to Minnesota.
Really unbelievable selection of beers. From the outside, this place looks like a typical strip mall liquor store but inside they have an amazing selection. I was blown away and dropped around $200 without even getting half of the stuff that I wanted to get here.
JK (374) St. Louis Park, Minnesota | January 21, 2004| Updated May 8, 2007
The best bottle shop in the Twin Cities. There is a great scotch selection, and 1500+ beers, almost all in coolers. They always have things here that no one else does. Service is fine if you get the right person, especially their beer guy Jim. Some staff can be rather surly and unhelpful, but these seem to be new people more often than regulars. I find the best service is available during the day, and not so good in the evening.
Couple of visits, in 2004-2005. Awe-inspiring selection includes one of the larger displays of lambic Iíve seen, from the sublime (Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek) to the ridiculous (many, too many Chapeau products), lots and lots of singles of local and not-so-local beers for great prices, good British selection and better eastern Europe cooler, glassware....at the moment, better than the Cellars in Minnetonka, my other stop when in town.
I finally made it to Blue Max after a number of trips to the Minneapolis area. I wish I had gotten here sooner. Putting the other stores in the area to shame it had a nice selection of beers from around not only the Midwest and the United States but internationally. Had it not been for limited space in the car (and a limited budget) I could have easily spent upwards of $300.
If it is available in Minnesota youíll find it here. The highlights for me were verticals of Galeís Old Prize Ale and Christmas Ale as well as vintages of other beers that I did not expect to see on a shelf - much less for under $4.00 each. Locally you will get your fill of Surly which was my main attraction but there were also beers from Grand Teton, Pretty Things, De Molen, and other breweries that I would love to explore. There were even a few I had never heard of it but did not pick up because of the $30 price tags.
If you are anywhere nearby you have no excuse not to make a visit here. In comparison to the usual spot that I have been going in Minneapolis this is by far better. From now on I am making a detour en route to the western suburbs.
I visited the major stores in the metro and this was definitely the best. A great selection of things in singles and in sixers. Broad and deep. You canít beat finding Pannepot. However, the staff was a little disgruntled and not the most receptive. Prices were fair.
ElGaucho (279) Minnetonka, Minnesota | January 14, 2004| Updated January 4, 2006
1/4/06: Exactly 2 years later I am re-rating Blue Max. Just wanted to add that they seem to have beers I havenít seen anywhere else in the Metro Area. Picked up Dieu de Ciel Peche Mortel and Arcadia Hopmouth Double IPA. 1/4/04: Given all the hullabaloo I had heard about Blue Max, I was a little disappointed. Donít get me wrong, it has an excellent selection...just not as excellent as I had expected. Still for selection it is unparalleled in the Twin Cities. Their beer is organized in a bit of a hodge podge fashion, largely based on Country, with some on shelves and some in refrigerators. A must visit for any Ratebeerian while in town.