A pretty good bottle shop. They have a nice selection of bottles, some of which can be mixer sixers. Somewhat confusing organization, but the beer is a nice collection of local, regional, and very nice international beers,
Stopped on my way from Wisco to Des Moines and glad I did. Friendly helpful people. Great selection of stuff like Stone, Prairie, ATG, Boulevard etc... that we don’t get.
ryanfolty (239) Bourbon County, Minnesota | April 7, 2012| Updated December 15, 2012
Stopped in yesterday before heading home. In a strip mall toward the back off Lincoln and nothing special from an ambiance perspective. Seemed like a large number of people working in the store for not really that big of a place and not one offered to help. One guy was kind of a douche and another was helpful after I initiated a conversation. Selection was decent and they had some glassware that was around $6 or $7. Prices seemed good and they had some stuff on sale, which was cool. Probably not going to find anything better in Ames, but overall this place is slightly above average. My 100th place rating!
sthlm (147) Duluth, Minnesota | April 4, 2011| Updated September 22, 2012
Re-rate: While the selection is good, the turnover on a lot of stuff is poor, and skunked bottles are not uncommon. Cyclone’s refusal to sell singles of domestic bottles is losing them a lot of my business.
Old rating: Stopped by here on a Friday afternoon. At first, it seemed like a solid store, but nothing too impressive. Then I found the back room, which has a wide variety of singles, including some harder to find stuff. Definitely the best selection of domestic beer that I have seen in Iowa, and although the foreign stuff lags behind John’s Grocery a little, it is still impressive. Prices were good, although not amazing. Staff were friendly enough, but did not go out of their way to help, which is fine with me. A must stop if you are in the Ames area.
Solid selection that was better than anything I have seen in Des Moines. The prices were reasonable. I like the shelf tags from both RB and even BA. The little room in the back had mostly imports with a few special edition brews. I like that there was a bright clean area in the main store for all of the six packs. The guy I talked to when I was there was knowledgeable. I will visit again when I get a chance.
This is a fun little stop for me since I live in Des Moines. It is only half an hour away to get a decent beer selection. They focus more on their liquor and wine but you can tell the try with the beers that they do have. When I am in the mood for something that has to be traded through the state this is where I’ll go as it is only a hop skip and a jump away. The staff is very friendly.
This place is a breath of fresh air for this area! Plenty of helpful, and very freindly staff, plenty of good beer. I love how the good beer is in a little room in the back. You can tell the staff cares about the beer, and for Iowa it is a remarkable selection!
coco72 (10) , Iowa | July 11, 2008| Updated August 9, 2009
I always enjoy shopping at Cyclone. As a former college student at ISU and now family man living in Ames, I always knew where to find good beer. They have a huge selection for an Iowa store, great service and staff. The place is always clean and organized also.