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Beer Available At Downer Wine and Spirits (arranged by most recent)
Surly Wet 2012 & 2015 99, Oskar Blues IPA 95, Bells Planet Series: Neptune - The Mystic 98, Bells Planet Series: Uranus - The Magician 99, Central Waters HHG APA 97, North Coast Puck 81, Weyerbacher Sunday Morning Stout 99, Oskar Blues Pinner Throwback IPA 91, Oskar Blues Gubna Imperial IPA 98, Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin 99, New Glarus Hopster 98, Sierra Nevada Nooner Pilsner 81, Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Hoppy Lager 94, Anchor Porter 99, Oude (Gueuze Tilquin)≤ ŗ líAncienne 100, Central Waters Headless Heron 95
MaltOne (8) Wisconsin | April 25, 2014
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Worth a visit. They donít have a huge selection, but, unlike most stores that have a "by the bottle" offering, they have a lot of the good stuff by the bottle, like Bellís Expedition Stout. Pricing is reasonable, staff is knowledgeable, fun and friendly.
AWISLguy (79) Wisconsin | May 12, 2013
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 12/20
Small, somewhat cramped, space on Downer across from Sendiks. Deeper than it looks but 80% wine & liquor. Back wall plus a bit is beer related, and very little of it is macro. Interesting ecclectic selection. A section of singles, plus a section of bombers. Shrug? I found some stuff, but I would guess it is hit or miss, and there is probably some age on what I did get. If I was local, I could see stopping in as a normal rotation, but - possibly due to the space - there just is not a lot of stuff.
coharahawk (77) Milwaukee, Wisconsin | July 4, 2012
42 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 10/20
Nothing special here unless you know the staff. Donít go out of your way.
mualumnus (10) Skokie, Illinois | September 6, 2011
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
Almost all of their offerings are available in singles, and the sales associates are very helpful and friendly in assisting customers. Not a huge location, but they have everything they can in their cozy caverns. Having a friend who lives four blocks from here, I make a point of hitting Downer whenever I visit Milwaukee.
buzzadvert (1) Midwest, Wisconsin | October 2, 2009
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Downer Wine and Spirits rocks. It is, without a doubt, true that they donít have the biggest selection; the place is ridiculously cramped. The reason you come here is because 1) Itís on Downder Ave. and you like being there; 2) The small but well selected beer (and wine); and 3) Especially the knowledgeable staff. The workers/owners here always steer me to good drinks, and itís just fun talking to them about beer and wine. Itís a treat to visit.
esjaygee (262) Oak Creek, Wisconsin | July 11, 2008
64 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
Dingy liquor store on Milwaukeeís east side. Pretty cramped quarters with one whole wall dedicated to beer, mostly decent stuff. Bells, Victory, Founders, Allagash, etc. I was happy to find one lone bottle of Bells Batch 8000 and that made the trip worth it. Some domestics available as singles though you have to ask for prices on lots of them. Belgian 750s and domestic bombers share the coolers with six packs. Service was friendly and answered my pricing questions.
surlysober (24) Milwaukee, Wisconsin | February 3, 2008
64 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
Since Murrayís closed, Northside Milwaukee has been in serious need of a worthy successor... Unfortunately, Downer Wine & Spirits isnít it. I had heard good things by word-of-mouth, but something about this place left me slightly underwhelmed. Located across from the Sendikís on Downer, this small shop manages to stock quite a few beers, in the little space available (much of the space is devoted to wine an spirits). There are about 8 cooler doors worth of craft six-packs and large singles, and a very small shelf for mix-and-match singles, plus a few 12-packs stacked in the aisles. The selection was pretty good, and I did find Lagunitasís Lumpy Gravy (which I hadnít seen anywhere else up to that point), but the selection was far from exemplary. In addition, I just didnít get the feeling that this place would stock something new the minute it came out, the way that Murrayís did. So, although Downer Spirits offers some nice beers, it certainly isnít a destination to travel to.
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