badgerben (130) Blaine, Minnesota | September 24, 2004| Updated October 14, 2004
It’s been a while since I’ve stopped by, but when I was there they had about 8 Viking brews and a few New Glarus. Some DFH and British beers. Nothing too special, but if you’re only going to be in the Twin Cities, this is your only chance for New Glarus. Otherwise, easily skipable. ReRate: It’s gotten better! They have a nice, healthy stash of South Shore, Great Lakes, DFH, and some other things I’ve only found in Wisconsin. For a Twin Cities guy, this is a nice place to pick up some goodies. Still not essential, but a nice resources for ’sotans.
Stopped by this place for the first time last week and was frankly dissapointed. No Viking, only a few New Glarus, beer section was a bit of a mess, and all of the interesting stuff, including some belgians and other common imports, were gathering dust on a warm shelf. Made no purchases. I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt and try again later.
JK (423) St. Louis Park, Minnesota | May 22, 2004| Updated October 1, 2009
Chicones is making an effort to increase their selection. I very often see something I havn’t had before, and they now have a larger selection of Dogfish Head than I can find in the Twin Cities. If you have your heart set on a certain beer, call first and be sure it is in stock. The selection is much larger than an average liquor store and there are several quality beers here not found in MN. But lately service has severely declined, and seems to range from indifferent to grudgingly helping when asking for it to sometimes outright rudeness.
The appeal here is not the selection of beer in the absolute but the relative. For anyone in the Twin Cities, Hudson is a surprisingly quick drive (and with an impressive view as you cross the river into Wisconsin, it isn't without its charms), and that will allow you to buy a few beers unavailable in Minnesota. In December 2003 I found four or five different Viking beers, New Glarus Belgian Red and Unplugged Eisbock, a number of other New Glarus such as the coffee stout (but only in six-packs), and a variety of other six-packs that are not distributed in Minnesota. It is the kind of place that you won't need to visit very often--just go once and buy what you've wanted to try.