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Systembolaget AB - Passagen Stockholm
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Store ]
, 111 56
phone: +46 8-796 98 10
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
If you have not already figured it out, the only store that sells beer, or anything alcoholic for the matter in Sweden is called Systembolaget. It is a government owned retailer with hours that are even more restricted than the stores back in Connecticut !
Anyhow, this store is located in the heart of central city, Stockholm. And as such, it is polished and laid out well. As for the beer, it has a pretty good selection, with plenty of Swedish macros, some smaller local brewers and then they have a handful of stuff from Belgium, Norway, Germany and yes, the United States. I recall North Coast, with bottles of Brother Thelonious and La Merle. The staff was helpful when approached. In Sweden, you have to approach them for assistance, this is not the U.S.. But once prompted, they can be helpful and will do their best to address any questions that you may have. Prices are a bit expensive, but much cheaper than bars.
10-21-2012 02:35:28 |
More by mltobin
quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I have really mixed feelings about this place. It may be the best in Sweden but compared to the bests of any other country its probably at the bottom on the list. The beer is arranged nicely each has its own little shelf or display. There is a wide variety of US, Belgiam, Danish and Swedish craft beers. What was there was quality by the selection was really underwhelming. No more than 50 craft beers, of those maybe only 20 I have never seen before. I asked someone to help to me which beers were rare to Sweden. The guy pointed out about 4, 2 of which I had already choose. I guess I can't fault him, just not a lot to choose from.
As this is the only game in town, its where you go if you want so beer. Just go with low expectations, grab a couple craft locals, and maybe you'll get lucky and have a special release in stock for you.
07-05-2010 18:29:11 |
More by jrallen34
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
If you're in Stockholm, this is the only store you need to visit to buy anything. After visiting four or five other stores, the variety is exactly the same. Except. This location has slightly more. And it's also the one location where any special released beers will be available. Beyond that, the selection is decent. I have to say that I felt the amount of Swedish beers could have been higher, but that is probably a self-serving statement. As if they should stock EVERY single Swedish beer, just in case I decide to show up. Overall though, the selection is nice with the focus being on Sweden, the US, and Belgium. Good variety with some decent quality going on. And I am sure that the selection rotates to a lot of different things depending on season. Small love to Denmark as well. Everything is also nicely arranged, displayed, and organized. It's the only shot in town, so you really have no choice. Your choices for rare regional brews are here and here. Don't hesitate to buy something you are interested in too. Some of the beers seem to fly off the shelved and a lot of people seem to come here to buy beer.
Also, if you're establishing residence in Sweden, you can order a lot of different beers through here. And I do mean a lot. Someone showed me the catalog and it was very extensive.
06-20-2010 04:05:59 |
More by RblWthACoz
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
When I go to this store I do so convinced that I'm gonna spot something that I haven't tried before and therefore buy. The selection of beer is probably the best you can find in Sweden and if you keep your self up to date when rare stuff is gonna be released you can be almost certain that they will have it at this store.
I have been met with great respect and a bit of curiosity when I've been asking for less well-known labels. The staff have said things like; "oh, if you're in to that you might also like this..." and so on.
In my opinion beer is generally a bit over priced in Sweden so I would say it's a bit pricey here aswell.
03-10-2010 21:31:30 |
More by niklas0770
quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
This is one of the three shops that the service department at Systembolaget (the Swedish state liquor shop) recommends for the beer connoisseurs, as they should have the largest selection and most educated staff.
It is located just behind NK, Swedens most fashionable department store. The wine cellar is said to be among the 20 best in the world.
The selection is quite large: Today, 298 brands of beer are available. Some of them are (in Sweden) only offered at this store; when the buyers at the Systembolaget sometimes get their hands on a really small lot of beer (like 100 bottles), they are typically sold at this shop.
I visited the store on a Friday morning; there were lots of staff around, most of them unpacking wine or trying to open the front door entirely. When I asked a young woman at the beer department which beers that were uniquely sold at this shop, she replied something like I dont know, check the catalogue. As a former employee, I know that they can access that kind of information in the MegaDisc database system, but she wasnt interested in helping me at all.
After some strolling round the bright and discreet shop, I found some interesting brews by myself. I tried to talk to another member of the staff that was more willing to help. Sadly, I was informed, all of the lanbics that I was looking for was completely out of stock.
Conclusion: Good selection, most probably the best in Sweden, but not so good staff. I am a little confused over this; maybe I just visited them on a bad day?
03-14-2005 19:09:52 |
More by bark
Systembolaget AB - Passagen Stockholm in Stockholm, Sweden