Burnsville Beer Guide: Your Burnsville guide to beer, beer bars, breweries and brewpubs

Latest reviews from Burnsville

76 /100
Blue Max Liquors (Beer Store)
14640 10TH AVE S
“Don’t let the appearance fool you, it’s a place to visit. Really good selection of beers. Pick a six selection is poor but a lot of bombers and 6-packs. Good bargains, ie. all White Birch bombers for $4.99 when I visited. Friendly service and affordable prices.“
rosenbergh 2163 days ago
50 /100 1905 COUNTY ROAD 42 W
“Cool spot, nice vibe. 4 beers on, flights available. First 4 beers are forgettable, only one is really even drinkable. Hopefully the beer quality improves - way too much competition in this market to roll with these first beers. They do have a bit of a geographical edge right now though - no other breweries terribly close to these guys right now, which will help with some convenience business. But the space is nice enough that they could draw with a decent product.“
BVery 2462 days ago
78 /100
Blue Max Liquors (Beer Store)
14640 10TH AVE S
“Kinda out of the way for me, but I’ll make the trek every once in awhile for the the Belgian and German selection and also their other country selections. Otherwise pretty standard selection.“
Atom 2690 days ago
82 /100
Blue Max Liquors (Beer Store)
14640 10TH AVE S
“Very nice store with a great selection of both local and out of state/country brews. Large coolers as well as shelves. No particular system, so a bit of a treasure hunt. A lot of 6-packs but no singles unless you go for 22 oz or higher.“
Beergeek23322 2731 days ago
78 /100 820 COUNTY ROAD 42 WEST
“Been in here a couple times now and really not much to say other than seems pretty standard for a Total Wine. The layout of the store is a bit odd due to the space they purchased, which creates a cluster for checkout and parking lot is always packed with Target next door.“
HarvesterOfSorrow 2777 days ago
84 /100 820 COUNTY ROAD 42 WEST
“Largest beer selection and best prices in the south Twin Cities metro. Singles of about everything are available. A very welcome addition to the local beer scene!“
BVery 2834 days ago
86 /100
Blue Max Liquors (Beer Store)
14640 10TH AVE S
“Big and roomy place with a really well organized selection. Very friendly staff, most beer is in coolers which is great. With the drive if you’re at the mall.“
dresden 3039 days ago
98 /100
Blue Max Liquors (Beer Store)
14640 10TH AVE S
“One of my all-time favorite stores. Too bad I didn’t discover it until a few months before I moved from Burnsville. Ah, I miss it so much and visit whenever I’m back in town.“
Cousin_Larry 3278 days ago
90 /100
Blue Max Liquors (Beer Store)
14640 10TH AVE S
“They literally carry everything that is distributed in MN. The prices are fair and the staff is knowledgeable. Excellent.“
Maltser85 3320 days ago
90 /100
Blue Max Liquors (Beer Store)
14640 10TH AVE S
“This is one of the best beer stores I’ve had a chance to visit. Its a stand alone building next to a shopping center with plenty of parking. What makes this place great I’d that they have nearly everything refridgertated. They also have a lot of stuff and it’s quite a curated selection. They have a fantastic cider selection. One of the best I’ve seen. They have a pretty solid mead selection. They have a ton of reginonal and national craft. They have a cooler that’s almost entirely filled with Rogue beers. Beer is helpfully separated by country. They also have a cooler with Various verticals of Lees Harvest ales. The only debit is that the pick six section needs work but that’s what Zipp’s is for. Definitely a destination place.“
DiarmaidBHK 3356 days ago
66 /100
Red Lion Liquors (Beer Store)
12400 NICOLLET AVE
“Since their main customer base aren’t exactly craft beer fanatics, I’ve found bottles of Darkness and Pentagram here for surprisingly reasonable prices. Their overall selection is good but not as diverse as one would like. The staff are helpful though and if you want something put on hold, they have no problem doing so.“
BeerKurve 3398 days ago
76 /100
Blue Max Liquors (Beer Store)
14640 10TH AVE S
“Visited this place last November, and thought I plopped in a rating, at that time, but, obviously, I didn’t. Has a decent feel to it. Nothing spectacular, in terms of layout, ambiance, or anything, but I’m of the position - the shittier, the better. The beer selection is fairly nice. They have a lovely selection of 22 oz. bottles, but I was surprised to notice that they were lacking on singles. I can’t say completely lacking, as I remember there being some, but nothing like Heritage. The cooler section was nice, and had a couple of beers that I didn’t see at Heritage. The prices were a little higher than what I noticed at other places, but not by much. Overall, Blue Max has a nice selection, and believe me - I had to struggle to keep my bill below $100, but I did. I think the good thing is, is that, since they don’t have singles, you’re more likely to find the beer you want, as a six-pack is a commitment vs. a single which, if you don’t like it, you purchased one. Anyways, I can’t speak to location, in terms of convenience. The service was fine, but I never really care too much about that, just as long as people aren’t rude.“
CheersMate 3496 days ago
74 /100 1012 COUNTY RD 42 E
“Looks like I must have missed running into Folty by mere hours today. Awesome selection of singles, lots of bombers - this place is legit. They’ve really stepped it up over the past few years.“
BVery 3561 days ago
56 /100 13947 ALDRICH AVE S
“Was at Burger Jones for lunch and hit up MGM, so swung by as it was a couple streets over. Beer clearly takes a back seat to the wine selection here. They had a weak singles section, but at least they had one. I don’t see much of a reason to go here unless you are picking up some wine and don’t want to make the short drive to the MGM or even down the road to Blue Max.“
HarvesterOfSorrow 3561 days ago
74 /100 1012 COUNTY RD 42 E
“Wow, was shocked to see how big of a craft beer selection they had here. I have been to a couple other MGM locations and they were okay, but they had many coolers and shelves of decent brews. There were a ton of singles which was awesome, only issue was a can of Furious in the singles and it not cold. Worth a stop for sure if you are in the area or want to tick a bunch of singles.“
HarvesterOfSorrow 3561 days ago
72 /100 1619 W COUNTY RD 42
“Checked it out today and thought it was pretty good. The waiter Steve was a riot and I would ask for him if I went back. Tap list is about 30 long, but not terribly deep. They do flights of 4 for $7, I think 5 ounces, so pretty good deal there. There were a few beers I have not had before so that was cool, plus some local favorites. At least 2 beers I requested just kicked and it was possibly a manager that walked by and said they rotate regularly so that was cool. Food was good as well, it is a burger joint so don’t come here looking for fine dining though.“
HarvesterOfSorrow 3561 days ago
80 /100
Red Lion Liquors (Beer Store)
12400 NICOLLET AVE
“Found several gems here, and the service was great! Just be sure you find the beer guys, they seem to know their stuff.“
repivk 3581 days ago
78 /100
Blue Max Liquors (Beer Store)
14640 10TH AVE S
“Stopped on a Wednesday night, Employees were restocking lots of beer, but no one offered any help to me, which actually is just fine. Lots of old beer and 1200+ beers may be accurate if you count the hundred different mass lagers they have. selection was okay, not overly impressed though.. sorted by country.. really the only gem I found was a 2007 Pannepeut. Other than that there is a LOT of beer here, and if you’re looking for obscure stuff they have that too but not a huge amount of new hot beers, or high quality beer.“
jmikolich 3612 days ago
84 /100
Blue Max Liquors (Beer Store)
14640 10TH AVE S
“Was here last year on a trip to the Twin Cities. A huge selection, helpful staff. Hard to choose because there’s so much. The only down side is that you need to watch the expiration dates, as some beers have expired and are still on the shelves. Still, it’s well organized (by country) and it’s one of the largest selections I’ve seen in a beer store.“
northropfrye 3631 days ago
76 /100 14296 PLYMOUTH AVE
“Went here for dinner (which was fantastic) but wasn’t expecting to see a craft beer selection. Turns out, they do a pretty darn good job with craft beer! Nothing terribly rare, but I counted at least 6 beers with an overall RB score of 100, many more of high quality, and a solid selection of different brewers. Hoegaarden, Ommegang, Tyranena, Delirium, New Belgium, Alaskan, Founders, Odell, Sierra Nevada, Deschutes, Dark Horse, Stone, Mad River, Rush River, Surly, Brooklyn, Great Divide, North Coast, Breckenridge, Schells, Lagunitas, Great Lakes, Rogue, Lakefront, Summit, and more! Very nice upscale atmosphere. Highly recommend.“
BVery 3641 days ago
68 /100
Blue Max Liquors (Beer Store)
14640 10TH AVE S
“This store used to be the go-to destination beer store back in the early 2000’s and late 90s, before most people got into craft beer. I was a regular at this store back then. But, I actually had some of the staff make fun of me right to my face before for asking certain beer questions. I mean, really? You make fun of people who spend lots of money at your store. Talk about having absolutely no clue about how to run a business. The beer guy is very knowledgeable but don’t ever question him or anything he’s tried. He’s a typical beer snob where he is happy to share his knowledge about beer with you but he also looks down upon your knowledge and thinks he is far superior. Also, he recently was selling Founders Breakfast Stout with a 2 bottle limit. I mean, come on. This is not a rare or limited beer and usually is around for many months. I don’t shop here anymore.“
BeerIsGreat12 3650 days ago
84 /100
Blue Max Liquors (Beer Store)
14640 10TH AVE S
“One of the best selections of vintage beers I have seen, had some nice verticals of different beers. One of the better overall bottle shops I have been in, apparently their beer guy wasn’t there when I stopped, hopefully next time.“
loveitalia 3789 days ago
82 /100
Blue Max Liquors (Beer Store)
14640 10TH AVE S
“If you are looking for a fancy place, this is not it. But if you are looking for a huge selection, great prices and good service, this is your place. One of the better bottle shops in town. Great if you live in the south suburbs. Tons of imports as well as domestics“
emeinz 3803 days ago
58 /100 401 E COUNTRY RD 42
“Stopped by today on recommendation from my home skillet BVery. Picked up the three Lips of Faith options, each at half off! There were a couple glasses, so nabbed a Sam Adams for $2. Decent selection of singles sold individually or build your own six pack for $9. The guys at the counter were cool and we talked beer for a few minutes. Not a ton of stuff here, but there were quite a few other things on sale that will keep me coming back. Agree with JK that it is not a destination in itself, but would recommend stopping by if you are visiting Blue Max or in the area already.“
HarvesterOfSorrow 3892 days ago
32 /100 401 E COUNTRY RD 42
“Certainly not a beer destination, and Blue Max is practically next door. There is no reason anyone should ever go here for craft beer. I would give it a lower score, but Byerly’s is a nice place to shop.“
JK 3905 days ago
62 /100 401 E COUNTRY RD 42
“Beer and wine shop attached to the Burnsville Byerly’s. Nice store - not a huge selection but a decent little selection of bombers and singles. I wasn’t expecting great value here, but on the day I went, they had a very nice sale on some New Belgium stuff (La Folie for $7.99/bomber, Biere de Mars for $4.99/bomber, etc.).“
BVery 3909 days ago
56 /100 3120 W HIGHWAY 13
“Good spot - live music, decent bar food, and a pretty good tap lineup. Nothing fantastic, but you can usually get a Hoegaarden, Deschutes, Summit, New Belgium, etc. on tap.“
BVery 4026 days ago
64 /100
Red Lion Liquors (Beer Store)
12400 NICOLLET AVE
“Decent liquor store, on par with the municipal liquor stores in Apple Valley and Lakeville but prices at Red Lion are not nearly as good. Service was good when he got to me, but I waited around for a few minutes before getting served though I was the only person in the entire store.“
HarvesterOfSorrow 4059 days ago
60 /100 251 W BURNSVILLE PKWY
“Been here a couple times with BVery and forgot to rate it until I saw he did :-) Pizza and pizza fries are awesome! I had the Tyranena and Dark Horse the last time there, which are solid. Service has been great, very friendly, but not necessarily knowledgeable about beers. Good value as I have been there during happy hour. Worth a visit if you are in the area.“
HarvesterOfSorrow 4060 days ago
62 /100 251 W BURNSVILLE PKWY
“Finally - a decent beer bar in the south Twin Cities metro. Not tremendous selection/quality, but decent for sure. And killer pizza. Tons of high-def TVs around the bar to watch sports, spacious bar area, and a patio. 2-for-1 happy hours daily.

Beers include Tyranena, Stone, Leine’s, New Belgium, Deschutes, Dark Horse, Summit, Goose Island, Odell, Anchor, and others.“
BVery 4060 days ago
80 /100
Blue Max Liquors (Beer Store)
14640 10TH AVE S
“A lot of stuff packed into a fairly small space. Very good selection, including singles and some vintages. Prices are decent on most things.“
Trev 4087 days ago
88 /100
Blue Max Liquors (Beer Store)
14640 10TH AVE S
“Impressive selection, similar price points to the TC metro. Some of the employees may be hit or miss on answering questions, so it helps to ask more than one or come more than once to the store. Selection of craft beer is separated by US and non-US, so that helps narrow things down if looking for something particular. Pretty good place, will definitely be coming back.“
laymansbeerfan 4090 days ago
92 /100
Blue Max Liquors (Beer Store)
14640 10TH AVE S
“Standard that all other beer stores in Minnesota are measured against.“
HarvesterOfSorrow 4108 days ago
84 /100
Blue Max Liquors (Beer Store)
14640 10TH AVE S
“Has a large quantity of different beers, including a nice amount of my favorites. Had a Stone tasting here and they also had some good deals on wine.“
XmnwildX12 4194 days ago
90 /100
Blue Max Liquors (Beer Store)
14640 10TH AVE S
“Really unbelievable selection of beers. From the outside, this place looks like a typical strip mall liquor store but inside they have an amazing selection. I was blown away and dropped around $200 without even getting half of the stuff that I wanted to get here.“
cubs 4199 days ago
96 /100 1012 COUNTY RD 42 E
“MGM Liqurs has a newly expanded Mirobeer selection and is constantly looking to add more beers to its selection. They take presonal requests and work to meet the needs for their customers“
Capthair18 4211 days ago
88 /100
Blue Max Liquors (Beer Store)
14640 10TH AVE S
“this store is awesome. It has everything Minnesota can get there hands on (beer wise). The store is huge and they use every inch of it to fill with beer. They have colors of imports and cases of american micros. I ca’t comment on service because I only talked to the guy as I was buying the beer. But I think they saw me salivating at the selection and kept there distance. This completes the twin cities trifecta or beer stores!!!“
bobbypaulson 4213 days ago
68 /100
Red Lion Liquors (Beer Store)
12400 NICOLLET AVE
“This is more of a standard liquor store than a high-end, high-selection beer destination, but they do better than most. Usually have a few of the brewer’s combo 12-packs, and I’ve picked up a couple of gems here on occasion - the most recent of which was Deschutes The Abyss.

Re-rate, 8/25/2011: this place is getting better and better all the time. More craft beers and mix-and-match 6-packs. Service was also terrific tonight - had a couple of great beer conversations with 2 different employees.“
BVery 4274 days ago
88 /100
Blue Max Liquors (Beer Store)
14640 10TH AVE S
“Terrific store - tons and tons of beers to select from, including lots of hard to find beers. Staff is knowledgable and helpful. The mix-and-match 6-pack section is somewhat limited. Fantastic selection of Belgians.“
BVery 4274 days ago
90 /100
Blue Max Liquors (Beer Store)
14640 10TH AVE S
“Free standing buliding located just off of 35W. The store is well stocked with a great selection of rare and vintage beers. The staff is quite nice, and always willing to help.“
barrelaged1 4304 days ago
56 /100
Blue Max Liquors (Beer Store)
14640 10TH AVE S
“Stopped in here after hearing and reading how great it was. Really didn’t see anything that I can’t get at my more local stores. Cramped aisles. Prices seemed a bit higher than other places. Grabbed some beers anyway though. Not sure if I would really come back or not.“
kbutler1 4478 days ago
98 /100
Blue Max Liquors (Beer Store)
14640 10TH AVE S
“Amazing place to find those beers that you have trouble finding anywhere else.“
Gerg2006 4490 days ago
92 /100
Blue Max Liquors (Beer Store)
14640 10TH AVE S
“I finally made it to Blue Max after a number of trips to the Minneapolis area. I wish I had gotten here sooner. Putting the other stores in the area to shame it had a nice selection of beers from around not only the Midwest and the United States but internationally. Had it not been for limited space in the car (and a limited budget) I could have easily spent upwards of $300.

If it is available in Minnesota you’ll find it here. The highlights for me were verticals of Gale’s Old Prize Ale and Christmas Ale as well as vintages of other beers that I did not expect to see on a shelf - much less for under $4.00 each. Locally you will get your fill of Surly which was my main attraction but there were also beers from Grand Teton, Pretty Things, De Molen, and other breweries that I would love to explore. There were even a few I had never heard of it but did not pick up because of the $30 price tags.

If you are anywhere nearby you have no excuse not to make a visit here. In comparison to the usual spot that I have been going in Minneapolis this is by far better. From now on I am making a detour en route to the western suburbs.“
Brigadier 4504 days ago
86 /100
Blue Max Liquors (Beer Store)
14640 10TH AVE S
“a little pricey but they had a great selection...were willing to help and make suggestions....and i felt spoiled given the crap beer selection here in iowa.“
iamqueensblvd 4728 days ago
96 /100
Blue Max Liquors (Beer Store)
14640 10TH AVE S
“Home away from home (live in Burnsvile). Such a large selection. Ask what you’re looking for, and you’ll have friendly service that gives yous plenty of suggestions. Great range of beer styles, brands, and origins. Some out-of-season seasonals are often available. Hard to decide what you want, which can make it hard to leave.“
brosen561 4787 days ago
70 /100
Blue Max Liquors (Beer Store)
14640 10TH AVE S
“Great selection, average service, average prices.“
rdyck 4948 days ago
88 /100
Blue Max Liquors (Beer Store)
14640 10TH AVE S
“beer is not cheep in MN. our 9% sales tax does not help either. however, blue max’s tasty (and vast) selection does help mitigate forgone income. many specialty brews, both local, domestic, and foreign create a very decent selection. alas, if i only i could shop there every time that i was looking to pick up more beer for the fridge. drop by, it is definitely worth the trip to burnsville. “
hickey 4961 days ago
90 /100
Blue Max Liquors (Beer Store)
14640 10TH AVE S
“Massive selection and good service. I went here back in August but never submitted the review. The guy working was helpful. I saw a 6 pack of Goose Island Imp IPA but only wanted one. He split up the 6 pack without hesitation and just gave me the single. Slightly pricey but oh well.“
kosko20 4964 days ago
60 /100
Red Lion Liquors (Beer Store)
12400 NICOLLET AVE
“Better than your average corner liquor store. Will do in a pinch. Some indivifual bottle of Rogue. Pretty run of the mill selection.“
tedovertu 5019 days ago
80 /100
Blue Max Liquors (Beer Store)
14640 10TH AVE S
“perhaps the best beer selection in the state, however, note that the prices on some items are a little higher than elsewhere“
aetheon 5059 days ago
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