The beer guy at Surdyks is very knowledgeable, and by virtue of my running into him at the 2003 St. Paul Winterfest, a true aficionado of beer. Their selection is not as vast as that at Blue Max in Burnsville. However, for Ratebeerians who don't have the time to drive the extra half hour from downtown, there is plenty of variety here to choose from. They were the first among an increasing number of metro area liquor stores to stock Russian beers. Not that Russian beers are a huge draw, but it gives you an idea as to their commitment to providing a good international selection.
This place has a fairly decent beer selection, although there are better places in the metro that have bigger selections and more rare brews. The wine selection is probably more what they are know for, and it is huge. Frequent tastings and samplings. There is plenty of staff to help along with many checkout counters. The cheese selection is also very good from what I have seen.
Beer selection is big, but they tend to get into specialized ruts. They’ve got a couple beer experts on staff, and they’re very helpful. Wine selection is great, and the descriptions are very helpful if all the staff is busy. Love the liquor selection. The cheese shop is good, but most of their deli items are a little bland for my taste. I go for the cheese and olive oil selections more than anything else.
Surdyk’s is probably the best place in the Twin Cities to buy beer. They have a great selection of wine, liquors and also beer. The staff is friendly and generally pretty helpful. They have a great selection of micros and imports. It also has a section of the store dedicated to bread, cheese and a deli. This store became the only place for me to buy beer (in the Minneapolis area) beginning my junior year in college.
(I am leaving food N/A because it is a specialty market and not a brewpub)
A great store, especially for the traveller from Texas. I flew back with a trunk that almost exceeded the airline's weight limit...imagine me at the ticket counter, popping the top of a goose island seasonal and rating it right there? Staff was friendly and even helped me load my large order in the trunk of my crappy Kia rental car that I abused the shit out of for two days.
Didn’t spend a ton of time in here, but did pick up some Toppling Goliath. I was fairly impressed by their selection. I thought Zipp’s was better, but this place definitely ain’t bad. Good selection. Worth checking out.
The selection is pretty good as far a bottles go in Minneapolis. I didn’t check out the cheese section, but it’s a separate room and smells pretty strong when the doors open(that means it’s likely pretty good). I’m not sure I found too much here that was really rare, but the staff was helpful and I would stop back in if in the area to check out what they have. P.S. They have a great little shop in the MSP airport that worth a stop by for a snack/wine/craft beer, likely my favorite part of the airport.
My go-to place when it comes to Minneapolis liquor stores. While perhaps a bit lacking in truly special American micros, the selection for more standard fare like Rogue, Bell’s, Tyraena, and what-have-you is solid. Fairly recent additions like a section for 750ml full-form bottles of American micros (Victory, Avery, Ommegang, etc.), a *slight* smattering of singles, and a healthy (if not stunning) Belgian and other international brew selection makes me think they might be moving in the right direction. The solid humidor and delicious gourmet shop next door aren’t to be missed either.
Any liquor store that offers tastings is great in my book. A classy one is all the better. Great wines and whiskeys available for sampling on Saturdays. The beer aisles was impressive in sheer quantity. The Belgian and British selection was top notch. I picked up two large bottles of Jolly Pumpkin (Luciernaga and Bam Noire), which excited me to no end. JP is not available in my area of SE Wisconsin, so this was a highlight of my Twin Cities trip.
Went there again (after a very long time) a couple of weeks ago with a couple of friends. One friend has been a San Francisco chef for some years and was amazed at the quality and selection available at Surdyk’s. We primarily went for the beer, but they had a good wine and liquor selection too. However, they didn’t have my two favorite bourbons. Beer selection was decent with a lot of single bottles and six pack of both local, regional, national, and international micro and macro beers on both sides of a decent sized aisle. Staff was pleasant and helpful. I’ll go again.