Iím pretty sure my previous rating of this place got deleted. Both my sister and good friend live in Cottage Grove not far from the location. It is a bit out of the way for most, unless you live on the south east side of the twin cities. Small store. Good craft beer selection. Not as expansive as Blue Max, but there are quite a few hidden gems here, and I think some of them donít sell out as quick because of the remote location. Iíve spoken a couple of times to one (or both?) of the Dennis brothers. They are both very helpful and nice folks.
John and Steve are absolutely fantastic. Over the past 5 years Iíve gone from having a refrigerator stocked with Corona and Mich Light to building up a respectable collection of beer. This largely due to John and Steveís willingness to educate an uneducated beer bum like myself. The selection (even beyond beer) here is fantastic anyone telling you different is being an elitist. The selection for a small shop located in the outer suburbs is unrivaled.
Dennis Brothers Liquor store has become my "go-to" store since moving to the east metro. The selection, service, and warm atmosphere have really made my shopping experiences pleasurable. They always have the latest additions of my favorite brews as well as a wallet-challenging list of specialty releases. Steve (one of the brothers) recently helped me to set up a beer course for a tasting menu that was part of a chef party I hosted in my home. It was phenomenal! Prices here are as good as or better than Iíve seen elsewhere. Thanks guys... I will continue to support your fine establishment! Cheers.
Stopped in earlier today after hitting up Bulldog. Pretty small joint that is quite a bit off the beaten path. The place was packed for its size so I did not get the same level of service as others have mentioned and no free glass, but I did get a La Chouffe tulip for $4 after asking about available glassware. Selection was pretty good and prices were probably as low as I have seen in the metro.
Not too far off of 494 (5 miles?) yet way down at the end of the road in a small strip mall. Impressive amount of items for a smallish place. A bunch of shelves of very nice stuff! Not tons of stuff but really nice quality. A bit out of the way, but given the opportunity, Iíll go back.
I stopped by this place on the way to Minneapolis. This is a bit out of the way in the middle of no-where but its a must stop if you are anywhere close. Located in the middle of strip mall in a small suburb...The store is on the small side, but bright and clean inside, looks new and inviting. As we walked in both brothers said hello and were very helpful. Asked us twice during our browsing for help and it was cool that they had a cognac, whiskey and Bells tasting all going on the same time. The selection wish this place is awesome. 1. it gets a bunch of mountain and west coast beers you canít get in bigger cities like Chicago (Deschutes, Surly, and Boulevard). 2. Even better though they have an unreal selection of midwest beers, the rarer 4 packs and on offs (double-crooked tree and rare de struise). The quality is good, not great as it has mostly all regional beers but nots of ton super high quality. The prices are super cheap too boot.
This is on the best American beer stores around, a must stop.
mnoutdoors (11) Allover, Wisconsin | January 12, 2011| Updated April 12, 2012
Not a very impressive store considering how far out in the middle of nowhere it is. Nice selection but nothing you canít find at a handful of other shops in the cities. If you are in the area worth a stop but not a special trip.
I have just started poking around on this site, and I felt it fitting to visit and rate the number ONE rated store in Minnesota.
This store is the REAL deal, everything that has been written in the pass by other members is true. Doing my part to share a true review, I visited two times. Both times were the same, great service and always something new. There is a reason this is the BEST store in the state.
Oh, and by the way when I left(only after the second time), I felt like I had been shopping there for years...small town meets major city. I thought service was a thing of the past.
Drove out from the cities to check this place out after hearing that had some beers in stock that I havenít found in the cites. Walked into a nice store with a decent sized craft section on the right followed by what looked like a large section of other spirits in the back left. Employee at the conter greeted me very friendly and asked if I needed any help. After checking out the beers I decided on picking up some Struiselensis and Duvel Triple Hop. Prices seemed pretty good and maybe a little cheaper than the cities.
Yep, this is the best beer store Iíve ever been to. Easily my favorite!!! Wish I lived here. In one beer run on 3/20/2010 I left with: Ivan the terrible, KBS, Black Albert, Paradox Ardbeg cask, and Witmer Bros Deadlift IPA. Címon thats unreal. If you live in Cottage Grove MN and like beer, then you are truly blessed.