Downer Wine and Spirits | Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Downer Wine and Spirits
Exceptional based on 7 ratings
Type: Beer Store

2638 N. Downer Ave.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin United States 53211 [ print map ]
414 332 0880

downerwineandspirits.com

Hours: 9 am - 9 pm


Mayor: sherm1016 (40) | Bottles: 120


Downer Wine and Spirits

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Beer Available At Downer Wine and Spirits (arranged by most recent)
Three Floyds Alpha King 100, Smuttynose IPA 96, Anderson Valley Highway 128 The Kimmie, The Yink, and the Holy Gose 92, Sierra Nevada / Bells Beer Camp Maillardís Odyssey 99, Sierra Nevada / Allagash Beer Camp Myronís Walk 95, Sierra Nevada / Asheville Brewers Alliance Beer Camp Tater Ridge 88, Sierra Nevada / Ninkasi Beer Camp Double Latte 99, Sierra Nevada / New Glarus Beer Camp There And Back 92, Sierra Nevada / Oskar Blues Beer Camp CANfusion Rye Bock 88, Sierra Nevada / Victory Beer Camp Alt Route 90, Sierra Nevada / Cigar City Beer Camp Yonder Bock 91, Sierra Nevada / Ballast Point Beer Camp Electric Ray 93, Sierra Nevada / Three Floyds Beer Camp Chico King 85, New Glarus Thumbprint Series Oud Bruin 95, AleSmith YuleSmith (Summer) India Pale Ale 100, Three Floyds BackMasking 97, New Glarus Thumbprint Series Scream IIPA 99, AleSmith Speedway Stout (Barrel Aged) 100, Lakefront Extended Play India Session Ale 84, Abita Bock 34
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7 reviews for Downer Wine and Spirits
 Ambiance  54%
 Service  74%
 Selection  67%
 Food N/A 
 Value  74%
 Overall  73%
 Rating  70%


76
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
MaltOne  (8) Wisconsin | April 25, 2014
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.
66
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 12/20
AWISLguy  (77) Wisconsin | May 12, 2013
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.
42
  AMBIANCE 1/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 5/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 10/20
coharahawk  (75) Milwaukee, Wisconsin | July 4, 2012
Nothing special here unless you know the staff. Donít go out of your way.
90
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
mualumnus  (10) Skokie, Illinois | September 6, 2011
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.
84
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
buzzadvert  (1) Midwest, Wisconsin | October 2, 2009
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.
64
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 13/20
esjaygee  (262) Oak Creek, Wisconsin | July 11, 2008
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.
64
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 13/20
surlysober  (24) Milwaukee, Wisconsin | February 3, 2008
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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