Only bottle shop in Minneapolis area that I hit. They had a pretty good location; got some Victory, a couple other "common" things I hadnít seen in Milwaukee. Had some Viking stuff too. Pretty good hit on the way to Barley Johnís if time is a limiting factor. But not having been to Blue Max, Iíd have to go with JKís comments and say there are probably better selections elsewhere in the Minneapolis area.
Pretty good selection, but as Nuffield pointed out, it is usually filled with the most easily found items. This will certainly help you stock up on the major micros from the area (Summit, Sprecher, James Page, Capital, Bells, Viking) and a few from away (Rogue). They also have a pretty good British and German selection along with a few Eastern European finds.
Not a bad store. I always shop here when Iím in the Twin Cities, as I am a Roseville native. I have also visited their Woodbury location. They keep a good selection, with plenty of good beers, and their sale items are worth checking out. However, the overall selection, while deep, is a bit unimaginative. A bit like going to a 120-tap bar that has things that are widely distributed. But of course, if you havenít had a lot of Bells, etc., this isnít a bad place. The northern suburbs got distribution of Viking (WI) before the places in the southern suburbs, so there is reason to go here even if youíve been to Blue Max.
JK (363) St. Louis Park, Minnesota | May 8, 2004| Updated January 14, 2007
One of the top four selections in MN, after Blue Max, and close to Surdykís and US Wines. A large store with lots of wine and liquor. Much better than average Belgian selection. Lots of British beers and American micros. Probably the 2nd best build your own six pack selection in MN, and you canít beat the 10% off when you buy 6 individual bottles. Beer cooler includes beers that shouldnít be chilled. Very good service here.