JK (377) St. Louis Park, Minnesota | May 8, 2004| Updated January 14, 2007
One of the top four selections in MN, after Blue Max, and close to Surdykís and US Wines. A large store with lots of wine and liquor. Much better than average Belgian selection. Lots of British beers and American micros. Probably the 2nd best build your own six pack selection in MN, and you canít beat the 10% off when you buy 6 individual bottles. Beer cooler includes beers that shouldnít be chilled. Very good service here.
The selection of singles here has improved recently to the point that it almost matches the Lex-Larp store. They have most of what Cellars can offer, which isnít everything thatís available in MN, but itís close. Itís worth stopping in here once in a while, because it seems to be undershopped by beer customers. This might be because the service is typically somewhat cold, especially comparing to the great guys over at Lex-Larp - including the non-RB folks.
Stopped in while in town for the Upper Mississippi Mashout. Pretty standard liquor store that had the full Surly line. Pretty solid, albeit smallish collection of goods. Had a few beer glasses available as well. Prices seemed pretty much on par with what others have paid. Pretty solid.
This place must have improved a little bit in past few years. The beer section is located pretty much straight ahead after entering th store. Service was good, I was greeted shortly after walking in and the guy asked me what I was looking for. I was just kind of looking around as I had never been here before. He also said if I was interested in making my own six pack to let him know which beers I wanted and he would break the packs for me. The selection was good enough and pricing was pretty good that I will stop in again.
I would say that the selection at this store is just as good, if not slightly better than the Larpenteur Cellars. That having been said, it seems to come nowhere near the Larpenteur store as far as selection goes. So overall a solid store, but generally I would say that it would be better to go over to the other Cellars.
Pretty good selection, but as Nuffield pointed out, it is usually filled with the most easily found items. This will certainly help you stock up on the major micros from the area (Summit, Sprecher, James Page, Capital, Bells, Viking) and a few from away (Rogue). They also have a pretty good British and German selection along with a few Eastern European finds.
Not a bad store. I always shop here when Iím in the Twin Cities, as I am a Roseville native. I have also visited their Woodbury location. They keep a good selection, with plenty of good beers, and their sale items are worth checking out. However, the overall selection, while deep, is a bit unimaginative. A bit like going to a 120-tap bar that has things that are widely distributed. But of course, if you havenít had a lot of Bells, etc., this isnít a bad place. The northern suburbs got distribution of Viking (WI) before the places in the southern suburbs, so there is reason to go here even if youíve been to Blue Max.
I only go here when I cannot find something at the Larpenteur store. The staff here does not seem to be as knowledgable or as enthusiastic as their counterparts down on Larpentuer (with the exception of one young man who knows his stuff and is actually friendly and helpful). They have a good selection but seem less enthusiastic to help their younger beer drinking customers.
Only bottle shop in Minneapolis area that I hit. They had a pretty good location; got some Victory, a couple other "common" things I hadnít seen in Milwaukee. Had some Viking stuff too. Pretty good hit on the way to Barley Johnís if time is a limiting factor. But not having been to Blue Max, Iíd have to go with JKís comments and say there are probably better selections elsewhere in the Minneapolis area.
This is one of my go to bottle shops, but since the recent relocation they have never really got put back together. They still have the selection (someswhat). If imports are what your looking for they have them! The service has always been hit and miss ( I think they feel that if your in the beer section then you know what your after). The prices are always solid! Non the less its a great place for craft beer.