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303 E Hennepin Ave
phone: (612) 379-3232
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 53 | Show All Ratings:
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
This is a great place to visit with a very good selection. There was nobody that I found to help you find what you need if you are in a bind. They did have the beer organized according to country, and for the United States it was divided by state. If I had more time to look I would have been much more impressed, but I was not aware of Minnesota law requiring liquor stores to close by 10. Price was on the higher end but I suppose that would be expected given its location. Will definately head hear early in the day before heading over to Town Hall next time I'm in town.
12-14-2005 17:26:39 |
More by badbeer
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Being a Minneapolis native, its hard not to know about Surdyk's. Easy enough to get to, though a little difficult with the one way streets. While mostly known for its wine selection and sales, its beer selection is well within the best in the city, and has a fine liquer selection too (though thats not my bag)(baby).
From the lowest crap beer to Sam Adam's Utopia, you can find most anything you'd want here. Good selection of Belgians, English, and Scottish beer, with decent German and Russian sections. Craft brew selection is pretty good, with brews from surrounding states and beyond. Among well known names are Bell's, Victory, Summit, Great Divide, Rogue, etc. Good selection of individual bottles, six packs and cases, and a whole wall refrigerator, though largely occupied by macros.
As far as service goes, there isn't ever much for beer, though you will get asked if you're around for long. The emphasis is much more on the wine, which suits the character of the place just fine. But when you do ask, the service is the best. Always knowledgable, friendly, they'll strike up a half hour conversation about whatever.
The place is pretty reasonably priced, and there are also semi-frequent sales, good for stocking up on belgians, in my opinion. Besides the wine/liquer/beer, there is carry out service, frequent tasting opportunities, a cigar room (quite good), and has a cheese/bakery/coffee/chocolate/other yummy things shop.
11-17-2005 02:26:14 |
More by objectivemonkey
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
A visit in downtown Minneapolis and asked around on liquor stores to go. What do you know Surdyks was highly recommended. A little difficult to get to in the hustle and bustle near downtown and the one way streets but no problems getting there.
Once inside they have a pretty decent size store. A big wine and liquor selection. And a good three and a half or so aisles of beers. A wall full of freezers with mostly macro but some micros as well. Not all the brews were in freezers but still a good amount. A good variety from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Colorado, Oregon and Montana. There was also a pretty good selection of foreign beers from Belgium, Scotland, and England among others.. Some of the bigger names they had was Bells, Rogue (good selection), Great Divide, Victory, North Coast, Unibroue, Dogfish Head and a good selections of smaller know beers such as Capital, Dragonhead and Lakefront.
The places was hoppin so not much on the service. But there was a guy who did come up and ask if I needed something. He seemed to a bunch, but was constantly interrupted by other people or something going on in the store. I felt like he would have loved to talk more if it wasnt so crazy. So relatively speaking it was a good experience.
Overall I was impressed with the store. Good selection, knowledge people and decent pricing.
10-11-2005 01:08:30 |
More by Oxymoron
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Having no means of transportation with the exception of bus, I was lucky enough to land a job at an establishment within a short walking distance of Surdyk's. Although I have been to not more than ten liquor stores in the greater Twin Cities metro area, I can safely say that Surdyk's has impressed me the most, primarily because of its selection of beers considered "rarer finds" in the cities.
Grouping by country makes finding your beer a very quick process, and knowledgeable staff ensures a smooth experience both in-store and upon picking up an off-hand recommendation. The Belgian section is larger than any other store in the immediate area, and sales appear frequent. Their English selection, although huge, is a little on the pricier end.
The store carries a warm atmosphere; this is not your bargain-warehouse-style liquor store. Also, always well-staffed. My only gripe is that they do not allow you to break up any six packs. Overall, I have had a very positive experience shopping here.
05-04-2005 21:49:18 |
More by jaymirage
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3
Surdyks was the first "good beer store" I visited in the Twin Cities. They have 2 rows of shelved beer and one row of coolers (though most of the cooler beer is mass-produced sorts of beer). The selection can be very good, but in the three trips I've been there, they were out of large amounts of stuff. About 50% microbrews and 50% imports, though the Belgian selection is pretty weak - nothing I can't get in Rochester and very little I can't get in Iowa even.
The service is pretty good though. One guy there (I forget his name now) was very knowledgable about the beer selection. He was able to suggest some alternatives to the beers I wanted to get that they were out of.
Prices are typical for the area. Nothing too special.
They also have a good wine and liquor selection with pretty good prices.
01-03-2005 21:42:13 |
More by isubsmith
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
Nice place and worth the trip.
I stopped here on a tour of breweries across the Midwest. You could definitely call this a beer store, but more accurately, it must be referred to as a wine store. Because let's face it - Minneapolis is kind of a yuppy-town with a lot of bankers and insurance salesmen, and the emphasis at stores like these are not on the beer, but rather, on the wine.
The wine selection is very impressive. The beer selection is also impressive, but they won't blow you away with a wide range of styles. This store, however, gets points for neatness and organization. All of the beers are broken down by country, making your selection process go easier.
You will find a pretty decent selection of domestics, but nothing to write home about. You should definitely go here though if you're in the area.... they just might have something you like or have been looking for. Recommended.
12-08-2004 13:51:42 |
More by Sixpoint
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
I had very little trouble finding this place, and i got turned around 4 or 5 times trying to avoid the traffic from the Minnesota-Iowa football game. This is a supermarket of alcohol. Beer was plentiful, although freakin' wine got top billing here. Not much except macros in the cooler, some regionals, and a few crafts. The great thing about this place is how well the beer is organized by country or region. North America, Europe, Belgium, and Eastern Europe all have their own, easily identifiable sections. I got a few singles of german, czech, canadian, and european beers. Pretty good place, not very convenient for me, but the definitely have better prices than the other large-selection MN Beer Store, Blue Max.
11-21-2004 21:38:47 |
More by TastyTaste
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4
I decided to visit Surdyks when I was in town for two reasons. It was three minutes from my hotel and it carried cheese.
The beer selection was good and I found a couple things that interested me even though I had been to Blue Max the day before. When I visited Surdyks it was on a Friday night and it was very busy. I thought the design of the beer section was poorly done. It was a little too scattered around. Part was in coolers on the far left wall, some beer was against that same wall and some more beer was in a small aisle perpendicular to the coolers and yet some more beer was in an aisle that paralleled the coolers. It was messy getting around, Im sure the numerous people didnt help. The empty shelves were bothersome.
As for the beer, the Belgians had some goodies, like offerings from Brasserie Dupont, Unibroue and, well, many others I lost my notes. They had common offerings like Chimay and Duvel. I did buy a six-pack of Wittekerke in cans for the hell of it. Not an extensive Belgian selection by any means. There was a good number of European Lagers; I didnt really scope the scene too closely. There are also a fair number of English and German beers; I did buy a bottle of Sinebrychoff Porter.
The domestic offerings are good; Victory, Rogue, Bells, and North Coast were some standouts with numerous good and great regional beers too. This is a little vague; there is a good number of domestic craft beer, mainly in six-packs.
The service was so-so, I noticed the workers did poor/fair job at answering peoples questions and I even stepped in once when the worker didnt have the foggiest idea what he was talking about.
This is a good stop for beer and cheese, Im glad I checked it out. If youre in downtown Minneapolis it is worth a stop.
-Parking lot is small
-Easy to find
06-28-2004 02:09:00 |
More by bditty187
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
By reading other reviews, sounds like I stumbled onto one of the best in Twin Cities area.
A fine selection of beer. Good world class American micro selection. Dogfish, Victory, etc. Can't get these in Iowa. Free samples. Cheese, chocolate, tobacco, win, all the sins. The place was so packed I couldn't hardly make it through the isles. Parking was a problem, but then again this was Friday night.
I really like the overall atmosphere of downtown Minneapolis and this is just another treat when you venture down there.
06-11-2004 02:17:57 |
More by daledeee
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4
Surdyk's offers a pretty wide range selection of beers, mostly kept warm on the shelves, at average prices. Their stock, at times, seems to rotate rather slowly, for which I've had a couple bad bottles. Overall though, it seems like they do a good job. Location was central and easy to find, as was parking. If you are into specialty foods, wines, or cigars, they offer those two. I'd classify Surdyk's as one of the top ten liquor stores to get specialty beer in the TC metro, but they still have a long way to go to be number one.
03-18-2004 16:32:17 |
More by truthbrew
Surdyk's in Minneapolis, MN
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