Great place lots of above average beers and wonderful things not otherwise existing in my area. Clean place w/ some good service (they load your beer in the trunk for you.) They had a large selection of food and such as well but I didnít look through that at all. My only complaint would be that the prices were a bit high.
I really didnít find the selection here to be close to that of Blue Max, but itís certainly an above-average store, with a strong focus on cigars and other gourmet stuff (nice cheese selection) and quite a few ciders and sakes as well. I really have to complement them on their selections of Scotch, bourbon, etc -- in short, as the tour guide comments, you should check it out.
For locality being that I live in the Twin Cities Area, this is a wonderful liquor store to have around. One of the better ones in the state. Very decent liquor selection including malt whisky and the beer selection will have you coming back fairly often. Not as many singles as one would like...would be the only drawback...and itís right by Keeganís Irish Pub...so hard to Complain overall!
Its a pretty central location which makes it convienent. However They donít have the same selection Cellars and Blue Max has. The service is great, and they have a huge selection of wines. Unless it was on my way, Iíd probably skip it however. Unless I wanted some wine, then I think it would be worth the trip.
There doesnít seem to be one sure-fire place to stop in the Twin Cities. Blue Max is closest, but Surdykís has a well rounded variety. Nice selection of Belgians and regional beers, but the downfall is very few singles available. Worth a stop.
Surdykís 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.
Syd (26) Minneapolis, Minnesota | January 22, 2004
Centrally located, this is easy to get to, but don't try to park in the lot right before a holiday - you might get stuck waiting in a line of cars to get a space. There is a fairly good selection, but very little of it in coolers. When I mentioned that Bell's non-pasteurized ales were not in a cooler to one of the employees, he seemed annoyed and told me that "we get them that way". I do go back, but only because Blue Max is a bit of a drive. They really need to get some more cooler space and better service.
JK (385) St. Louis Park, Minnesota | January 21, 2004| Updated October 3, 2009
Overall this is the best liquor store in the Twin Cities, but third for beer after Cellars and Blue Max. Great selection of wine, lots of liquor, and a very respectable beer selection. They do not have the selection of Cellars or Blue Max. Their beer guy, not the buyer but the one who works on the floor, is very friendly and helpful. Surdyks is better for wine, but if you want scotch go for Blue Max. Llots of clear and green bottles under the bright lights. Also has a nice deli. Walk in humidor with a few good things including Padron Anniversario and Ashton cabinet. If you are close stop in but Blue Max or Cellars are better for beer. Best cheese selection, that I am aware of, in the Twin Cities. Lots of other things in the deli including sandwiches, bread, and desserts.
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.