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303 E Hennepin Ave
phone: (612) 379-3232
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quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Visited this place after a trip to Town Hall, mostly in search of Surly, but always on the lookout for more gems.
The quantity and quality of beer here was quite good but not spectacular. For the record I bought seven 4-packs of Surly here, so mission accomplished. Was amused that I found more Fish Tale beers available here - especially in 12 oz bottles - than I usually find in Olympia, home of the brewery. Bought more bottles of the excellent Full Sail Son of Spot, several Jolly Pumpkin brews, and a few others that escape my beer-addled mind right now.
I didn't get a lot of service here. The checker was eager to talk about beer, but there were a lot of long lines and I didn't want to stand between the masses and their chugging their cases of BMC while as cold as possible. Which brings me to my final annoyance - man there were a lot of frat-boy lookalikes in here buying cases of cheap swill. Is school in session in July here? I even got a couple comments about how much I was spending while getting so much less beer, but whatever - their loss.
Anyway, this is a good store and while not spectacular, it had what I wanted and more, and was easy to find after a trip to Town hall. I'll be back on my next trip.
08-13-2007 02:57:42 |
More by udubdawg
quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
This place is significantly better for wines.
It is very easy to find, right downtown, and it has a nice parking right in front of it which makes it easier to come in and out with loads of beer.
Easy to navigate, it has a decent import selection but I was rather disappointed with the american and local selection.
Service is OK, courteous but most people do not know a lot about beer.
It is a good store, but there are better and cheaper places around the greater Minneapolis. However, this is the only of the places I tried where I could find Aecht Schlenkerla, which is the reason I will keep coming back.
04-05-2007 16:39:12 |
More by brdc
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Pretty good selection, but I didnt find myself wowed as if I were in D's in Pittsburgh, Liquor Barn in Lexington, or Premier Gourmet in Buffalo. However, there was a nice offering of regional beers, and a good selection of import beers as well. I walked out with three bottles, but one was Sprecher's Brewmaster's Reserve Dopplebock, so I felt like a came out a winner, big time. Not a huge selection of singles, which is a little disappointing for the traveler, but a solid store for the locals or those on a driving trip tot he area.
04-03-2007 04:25:35 |
More by aaronh
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Surdyk's Liquor is located fairly close to downtown Minneapolis, just a stone's throw away from 'the river', which, as my host for the day informed me, is what the locals call the Mississippi. Even though it's located on a fairly busy intersection, ingress and egress is a breeze. There's also plenty of parking for an urban location, with a parking lot right outside the front door.
The store struck me as a great place to buy wine and a great place to buy bread, cheese, gourmet vinegar, etc. There's a wonderful little shop inside that sells those items and I wish now that I had at least wandered through. For beer, unfortunately, it's less impressive. Part of my lack on enthusiasm was probably due to the fact that I had just come from what are probably the two best beer stores in the Twin Cities, Blue Max and U.S. Wines & Spirits.
Beer is located on the left side of the store as you enter. There's a medium-sized row of Belgians (right next to the humidor) which is where I found most of my handful of purchases. I had never seen Boon Framboise and Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait before, so I took the opportunity to pick up one of each. Other than those, there was very little that wasn't available at my prior two stops.
The biggest positives are that the store is clean and classy and is handy for those who live and work downtown. The biggest negatives, for me at least, is that very little was in coolers (other than those ubiquitous macros that I don't even see anymore) and singles of American craft beer were unavailable; bombers excepted. Prices seemed similar to what I'm used to and the stock seemed relatively fresh.
I'm glad that I visited Surdyk's and I'm sure that I would have left with a lot more beer if it had been my first stop of the day rather than my last, but it pales in comparison to the stores mentioned above. It's probably worth a stop for any out-of-towners who happen to be in the area.
10-10-2006 21:26:47 |
More by BuckeyeNation
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
When walking inside I noticed a cheese shop/deli right inside the door, which was full of people, but when I got into the store it was almost empty. Once inside this place has a small open warehouse feel but it also has a wine boutique feel aswell. Right inside the door there was an isle of stacked case beer that had a metal bar with signs laying on top and some caution tape wrapped around it. I think it was supposed to be hanging from the ceiling. I walked through the wine section to find most of the beer on the opposite side of the store.
They had a good amount of local 6-packs and an isle of imports with a good mix of beers from Belgium, England and Germany. I was very happy to find some Old Ruffian still on the shelf but there weren't any local singles to chose from. I was flying with only a carry-on so I couldn't take more that 2 six-packs with me.
They had a full wall of coolers with lots of locals, west coast beers and the BMC. It was nice to find the sale table with more Belgian beers. This is a great store if I lived in the area or had a party to go to but I was hoping to find more local special releases to take home. It will be a definite stop next time I'm in town.
06-08-2006 16:06:50 |
More by rhoadsrage
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Syrdyk's is a pretty good liquor store. This place does a lot of business, but mainly due to it's huge wine selection. Their beer selection is actually pretty good, you really can't find better around here. I had previously give them an average on selection, but I was just there the other day for the first time in a while and I noticed a lot more things than I had preiously. The service is kind of crappy, they have a lot of checkouts and it's pretty easy to get out of their, but there isn't usually someone to talk beer and get recomendations from. Good place though, all in all.
04-18-2006 18:42:08 |
More by dfried
quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$
Looks like a grocery store, but turns out to be a liquor store filled with wine. The last few rows towards the back left have some microwbrews and imports, but the imports are a little old.
The service is pretty bad because no one there could offer good information or even try only take the time to try and advertise the store which makes me think he's in it only for the money.
I asked about the time the wheat beer was on the shelf and he couldn't give me a straight answer which made me not purchase it.
I didn't have a great experience, but it was very nice to see different beers from around the US and canada.
04-10-2006 03:41:30 |
More by Erdinger2003
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Out of the Big 3 Beer stores in MSP, this one rates the highest for me. While it's a bit further away than Cellars, the selection at Surdyk's is hard to match. A great selection of Belgians, Victory, Rogue, Unibroue, plenty of German beers, domestics, just about everything that's available in this part of the country.
The staff is extremely friendly and knowledgeable. Every time I have been there I have had great conversations with employees. One time there were some reps there sampling Belgian brews which was a really cool experience. There is also usually someone at the checkout who will offer to bring your beer out to your car if you're making a big haul.
Writing this review is making me want to make another trip out to Surdyk's. Great selection, great staff and also a huge wine section if you're a wine advocate too!
03-28-2006 20:43:37 |
More by jamesdergen
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
Surdyk's has kind of a yuppie vibe when you arrive, but it's not as snooty as I had feared. While wines take up 3/4 of the floor space, the outer wall is dedicated to a very impressive selection of spirits. The service in these two departments is excellent.
As for the beer, the selection is competitive with Cellars, and is far above the corner package store. I have to agree with other reviewers in that the organization by country helps greatly, for those who are big beer fans. Great selection of micro's, and imports, especially English.
Selection of Cider and Perry is very impressive indeed. The coolers seem dedicated to the big guys, but I've noticed the traffic is always in the aisle with the imports/micros.
Samples are frequent, and the staff in the area seems fairly educated, and always willing to help. When they don't know an answer, they will help you find your answer. This is helped by an environment that seems to encourage customers to chat with each other on the product.
All in all, one of the best places in the cities for beer, and if you are looking for cigars, cheese, wines, and other things... this is probably the best overall package store in the Twin Cities.
While Cellars is my first choice, Surdyk's is close behind. (I'm in the city, so Burnsville is somewhere I'll only go once a year) If you're visiting the Twin Cities, check this place out.
01-19-2006 20:30:56 |
More by CultureJamMN
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Bill Caperton asks me, "Do we need to buy beer for tonight and tomorrow?" Duh! Next, he asks to look at my BA BeerFly list and pronounces Surdyk's a winner.
We walk in and my jaw drops to the floor. We have nothing like this in PA. Clean, well-lit, hugely stocked, wow! There was an in-store sampling of a Czech beer which was tasty enough to compel us to buy a sixer. My other friend, David, finds the last sixer of Lakefront BC's Java Stout. Score! Lots of goodies to choose from, both in coolers and on the shelves. Unfortunately, they were sticklers about breaking the sixes into mixed-sixes. Something was mentioned about breaking me into sixes if I attempted it.
From there, on your way out or in, they have a fantastic cheese shop, but I was asked to leave because of uncontrollable drooling. At least, they let me use the Men's before venturing back into the cold.
12-18-2005 16:06:27 |
More by woodychandler
Surdyk's in Minneapolis, MN
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