As a Minnesota resident, this is the place for everything Wisconsin. Toppling Goliath for growler fills?! How can you top this? Right across the border, 1/2 size growlers, good selection of beers not found in MN... worth the trip every time.
maekchu (150) Hirakata, Japan | March 10, 2014| Updated March 11, 2014
Drove over from the Twin Cities specifically to find Toppling Goliath and New Glarus stuff.... and I found’ em! Not such a large store, but it is packed with all kinds of goodies. Maybe 300+ bombers, and who knows how many six-packs and singles. Also 22 growler taps -- all great stuff. The owner, Tyrrell, was friendly and efficient. A lot more here that I would have liked to have taken away, but there’s only so much I can carry on a plane.
Maltser85 (13) Fargo, North Dakota | February 27, 2014| Updated October 7, 2014
Awesome place, and such a short jaunt from the cities!
Ancient roadside building, set into a hillside with beer caves in the basement, with a bar and growler fills too?? Sign me up.
Big thanks to Howard for braving a severe thunderstorm to get us here right after 9am when they opened (every day apparently). Even though the bar was closed, they ran over and filled a couple growlers of Toppling Goliath Golden Nugget ($9.99 refill, awesome) and were generally super helpful and willing to chat about beer so early in the morning.
The vibe here is super cool if you’re into historical buildings, vintage roadside americana and the like. Lots of dark wood with eclectic cool knick-knacks, A giant moosehead, an aquarium with colorful fish and a sunken growler among the rocks, old historical framed photos, and the occasional tin beer sign in the back. Beer shelves are in the back and crammed full. Got a mixed sixer here of a few NG Thumbprint series, and new local American Sky beers from Hudson Brewing Co. They had obscure imports from Birra Del Borgo, Hannsens, Vanberg & DeWulf and others. Craft coolers seemingly go on forever, wrapping along the back wall. Great prices and selection.
Overall a very cool and unique place, I hope to return and check out the Nova next time.
The location and building is very interesting and has a great history to it. Beer selection is abundant but availability of a particular beer could be a hit or miss because of the number of growing craft drinkers out there. Living in St. Croix County this is the place I look for my beers.
The Hudson liquor stores stay in business primarily because of the people like me who come across the river from MN to buy New Glarus, The Bruery, Oscar Blues and Hoppin’ Frog. The Nova isn’t very large and their total bottle count isn’t that impressive but what makes this a great place is their selection is focused on great beer that you want to drink. There are so many liquor stores I go to regularly that have hundreds of different beers on their shelves that probably sit there for a long time because most people don’t purchase them. The Nova just focuses on the stuff that sells and for that they do a good job. I don’t think I’ve ever went in here and didn’t find something to purchase. They carry about 7 different Bruery beers, 6 or so Hoppin’ Frog, the full line of New Glarus and the full line of Oscar Blues beer. They also just started doing growler fills of Toppling Goliath which is one of the most talked about up and coming breweries.
Stopped here right after heritage liquors, and really, it doesn’t compare. Much smaller selection, more cramped. Staff is friendly and helpful, and of course they are on the right side of the river to get New Glarus, but otherwise i see no compelling reason to trek from the cities.