ryanfolty (229) Bourbon County, Minnesota | April 7, 2012| Updated December 15, 2012
Stopped in yesterday before heading home. In a strip mall toward the back off Lincoln and nothing special from an ambiance perspective. Seemed like a large number of people working in the store for not really that big of a place and not one offered to help. One guy was kind of a douche and another was helpful after I initiated a conversation. Selection was decent and they had some glassware that was around $6 or $7. Prices seemed good and they had some stuff on sale, which was cool. Probably not going to find anything better in Ames, but overall this place is slightly above average. My 100th place rating!
Solid selection that was better than anything I have seen in Des Moines. The prices were reasonable. I like the shelf tags from both RB and even BA. The little room in the back had mostly imports with a few special edition brews. I like that there was a bright clean area in the main store for all of the six packs. The guy I talked to when I was there was knowledgeable. I will visit again when I get a chance.
sthlm (145) Duluth, Minnesota | April 4, 2011| Updated September 22, 2012
Re-rate: While the selection is good, the turnover on a lot of stuff is poor, and skunked bottles are not uncommon. Cycloneís refusal to sell singles of domestic bottles is losing them a lot of my business.
Old rating: Stopped by here on a Friday afternoon. At first, it seemed like a solid store, but nothing too impressive. Then I found the back room, which has a wide variety of singles, including some harder to find stuff. Definitely the best selection of domestic beer that I have seen in Iowa, and although the foreign stuff lags behind Johnís Grocery a little, it is still impressive. Prices were good, although not amazing. Staff were friendly enough, but did not go out of their way to help, which is fine with me. A must stop if you are in the Ames area.
For Iowa this place is not a bad one to visit if youíre near by. The manager was not at all helpful with anything but a young lady who also worked there was more than helpful. In single bottles the mostly had Belgians and a few other European beers but very few craft brews. The had a lot of craft brews in cases. They also had some cheaply priced glassware.
This place is a breath of fresh air for this area! Plenty of helpful, and very freindly staff, plenty of good beer. I love how the good beer is in a little room in the back. You can tell the staff cares about the beer, and for Iowa it is a remarkable selection!
One of the better beer stores close to Nebraska. Has a lot compared to Nebraska, but nothing like Chicago or Milwaukee. If you are needing beer and close it is worth a stop, but there are other options.
The selection is pretty good, but the English beers are rampant and Iím guessing theyíre very good because of their super-low alcohol content. They do have higher end beers that are nice and full of alcohol content. I spoke to the owner and he is a nice guy that just likes better beers and doesnít have any competition around. I have to try something else at that place before I say that they keep it great...ícause they have a big window out front that letís the nice sun shine through.
They have some competition these days as a HyVee Wine and Spirits has opened up 50 feet away. They seem to not care about their selection as they have old stuff that doesnít sell and new stuff thatís not so great, Iíve had complaints about the Westmalle and I have complaints about the Delerium product I had.
This is a fun little stop for me since I live in Des Moines. It is only half an hour away to get a decent beer selection. They focus more on their liquor and wine but you can tell the try with the beers that they do have. When I am in the mood for something that has to be traded through the state this is where Iíll go as it is only a hop skip and a jump away. The staff is very friendly.