Dogfish and New Glarus,no Floyds
on my journey.Open Sunday,so bring
back some souvenirs.
lweiberg (2) Omaha, Nebraska | January 23, 2007| Updated August 16, 2007
The place to go for Dogfish Head ($10.99 for four-pack), Three Floydís Alpha King ($7.99 for six-pack), New Glarus ($6.99 for a six-pack) ... really worth the drive from any part of the metro area if youíre into this stuff. The cashier put the above-mentioned purchases in an empty box. Definitely a place to go and stock up, and it is always relaxing visiting Birkmose Park, which overlooks the St. Croix.
edit: recently got there at 8:54 and they wouldnít let me in. :P
footbalm (75) Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota | December 31, 2006
Been here a dozen imes.maybe more and the selection is okay. It can be good when they have Founders,Smuttynose and some 90 Minute IPA on the shelves but at tomes they do not have shit. My place for New Glarus thoí. The staff are usually watching sports on the tube.
Travel cost of a forty eight mile round trip in a 92 corolla amounts to about three dollars. Not a bad price to pay for all the great micros not available in MN that others have noted. DFH and New Glarus, and Tyranena in abundance plus a couple 3F and Bear Republic. Lots WI products only available in the state. The drawbacks are that there are very few singles available and the selection outside of US products is less than stellar. But this is alright, because since I live in St. Paul it doesnít bother me a bit to have six Alpha Kings to tide me over until my next visit rather than one.
A pretty nice selection. There are a few that you cannot get in Minnesota. New Glarus, Three Floyds. Cannot rate the service because I already knew what I was looking for. Bottles were packaged in a box. Maybe they got a talking to. See below rating.
Had a bad experience here yesterday. The micro cooler was missing a bunch of the common regulars. It looked like the distributors had missed delivery for the week. Because it was a holiday weekend, I thought that they might have had a big Friday and were running short. However, any inclination to give them slack vanished at the checkout. When my friend noticed that his collection of bombers, sixes, and four packs was going loose into a paper bag, he asked the guy to put them in a box. The bagging clerk responded by hefting the bag up in front of my friendís face, giving him a deliberately forced grin, and saying, "If you hold it by the bottom, youíll be just fine." The clerk plunked the bag down in front of my friend and returned to the other register. We let it go... Before too long I will probably be by for a check of their shelves again and will revisit this review for an update then. Now, I know that a couple of middleaged guys spending $120 on beer - or not - isnít going to make much difference to a store. However, if I had any choice, I wouldnít darken their door again.
This was a nice clean store with an apparently helpful staff. There is a large cooler section in the back with most of the easy-to find macroís. There is another cooler opposite those containing shelves stocked full of micros. Many US beers with a good selection coming from Belgium and the rest of Europe. I of course stopped for some New Glarus beer. There was lots of Viking, some Thrree Floydís, and some Bellís I havenít been able to find in MN. Considering how close this is, I might make it a more regular trip.
It is exactly 30 miles from my driveway to this place and, for the sake of New Glarus, I need to go back (thatís "sake" rhymes with "rake", Iím reasonably certain NG doesnít make the Japanese rice wine yet). At any rate, itís the nearest place to get New Glarus, so itís worth a trip. Have a varied selection of other Wisconsin things you canít get in MN, so itís another place to hit new things. Very few singles, however, so youíll be buying in multiples of six. Do believe I saw Bear Republic at my last visit, which makes me think again I need to go back.
ElGaucho (269) Minnetonka, Minnesota | February 27, 2005| Updated July 5, 2005
July 5, 2005: Stopped in on the way to Eau Claire. No DFH 60, 90 or 120 minute but they had the Indian Brown and Chicory Stout as well as again having the 3Fís Alpha King and Robert. Feb 27, 2005: Although this place has a good selection (Iím guessing 100+ beers not including BMC, itís the beers you canít get just across the border that is the attraction. I was there today and saw six packs of DFH 60 minute and Raison DíEtre 2000 as well as 3Fs Alpha King and Robert the Bruce. A shelf label also suggested they also carry DFH 90 minute but it was out. Echoing some other comments, a good selection of New Glaurus, Viking, South Shore and Log Jam (among others) is also available. A great stop for DFH and 3Fs starved Minnesotans or for those in the Twin Cities who forgot to do their Sunday football beer shopping on Saturday.
November 04: Basically echoing what others say...your best, closest place to the Twin Cities to get New Glarus and Viking, amongst the more desirable WI beers. Probably 150-200 worthwhile beers when I was last there (July). October 06: Couple more visits make me re-evaluate slightly; service is certainly careless, and I have to say the selection has varied a bit, but does not seem on the upswing. Absolutely no reason other than location for this store to be here.
badgerben (110) Blaine, Minnesota | September 24, 2004| Updated October 14, 2004
Itís been a while since Iíve stopped by, but when I was there they had about 8 Viking brews and a few New Glarus. Some DFH and British beers. Nothing too special, but if youíre only going to be in the Twin Cities, this is your only chance for New Glarus. Otherwise, easily skipable. ReRate: Itís gotten better! They have a nice, healthy stash of South Shore, Great Lakes, DFH, and some other things Iíve only found in Wisconsin. For a Twin Cities guy, this is a nice place to pick up some goodies. Still not essential, but a nice resources for ísotans.