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303 E Hennepin Ave
phone: (612) 379-3232
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Bill Caperton asks me, "Do we need to buy beer for tonight and tomorrow?" Duh! Next, he asks to look at my BA BeerFly list and pronounces Surdyk's a winner.
We walk in and my jaw drops to the floor. We have nothing like this in PA. Clean, well-lit, hugely stocked, wow! There was an in-store sampling of a Czech beer which was tasty enough to compel us to buy a sixer. My other friend, David, finds the last sixer of Lakefront BC's Java Stout. Score! Lots of goodies to choose from, both in coolers and on the shelves. Unfortunately, they were sticklers about breaking the sixes into mixed-sixes. Something was mentioned about breaking me into sixes if I attempted it.
From there, on your way out or in, they have a fantastic cheese shop, but I was asked to leave because of uncontrollable drooling. At least, they let me use the Men's before venturing back into the cold.
12-18-2005 16:06:27 |
More by woodychandler
quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped here after a long line of other stores. Selection was pretty consistent with the other stores, and like a lot of the others was lacking in some of the higher end stuff. Was more of a wine store.... and a far as service I was never approached. This was be a good place for a tourist to make a broad purchase across a bunch of breweries with good prices but if you want something in particular, you might try the surburbs. I would go back if I was in the immediate area but find myself not wanting to deal with the traffic as much, although they did also have their own parking.
01-12-2011 23:46:14 |
More by MilwaukeeCrusher
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $
Stopped here after the Town Hall Brewery, it was absolutely packed on a Friday afternoon. I noticed who I believe to be Alex Goligoski was there shopping too which was interesting.
There were wine tastings all over the place and it was achaotic zoo in there. It took a while to navigate over to the beer section amidst the mob of shoppers. The beer is in 2 large warm aisles and a row of coolers. There is also a nice Belgian section. I found a few Belgian beers I hadn't seen before and they were all dirt cheap.
The prices here seem to be the lowest I've seen in the Cities. 4.99 - 7.99 is all i paid for the 750ml bottles.
There were workers there but they were showing other people around the beer section already. They only had one variety of Surly in stock, the others were sold out. Selection is between a 4 and 4.5.
Overall it is a hectic but solid stop if you get there.
07-11-2010 13:58:19 |
More by crossovert
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 | 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: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Surdyk's is effectively a wine store, as only two aisles (of the twenty or so in the store) are dedicated to beer. Fortunately, the beer selection is quite good--with all of the local suspects well represented (from MN: Summit, Surly, August Schell, Brau Bros, Lake Superior, Cold Spring; from the midwest: Tyranena, Boulevard, Bell's, New Holland, Goose Island, Two Bros) and a smattering of mountain-region beers. The import selection is especially impressive.
Overall, Surdyk's is a good, unexceptional beer store.
Not coming from the Twin Cities, I only visited Surdyk's because of the BeerFly recommendation. There wasn't anything here that I couldn't have found elsewhere in many decent MN and WI liquor stores, but it's a pleasant enough stop. They did have Henry McKenna Single Barrel bourbon, which I'd been looking for for a while and the cheese shop looks very nice...
08-19-2008 02:01:30 |
More by benito
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
The place is pretty easy to find and has a good deal of parking. The place was a madhouse on December 31. There are a couple rows of beer. A lot of the usual Minnesota beers, plus other good selections from Michigan, Wisconsin and Montana. A good selection of sixers and cases, too. No build-your-own six-pack section which is a downer for someone visiting from out of state who wants to pick up a large variety at a relatively cheap price. They have a good variety of imports -- good German, English and Belgian beers. Although, I'd say Blue Max has more. Still, it is worth the stop if you're in Minneapolis.
01-02-2008 19:01:38 |
More by zeff80
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I would day the main focus of this place is wine, but beer is not forgotten either. Basically a small grocery store sized place with a small deli and cheese shop. The beer is in two aisles with one large cooler. The rest of the place is mostly wine with some spirits as well. A huge selection of imports. High quality stuff too. The american craft section is large and has a nice array of brews. I will say that I was surprised at the lack of bombers they carry. Mostly sixers if looking for american crafts. Overall, they really have a nice selection of beer. I saw plenty of workers, but was not asked if I needed help. The place had some wine and beer tastings happening and the place was packed. Prices were right on par. A really nice beer store that is worth shopping at.
10-03-2010 01:51:51 |
More by jera1350
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I was visiting the area and stopped in to score some local brews before dinner at The Builldog. Looking at some of the previous reviews, I'm a little surprised by the negative comments. Coming from out of town I was quite happy to see so many choices that simply don't exist in Connecticut/New York/Massachusetts. I do agree that it sucks that they don't allow mix n' match sixers, it was a bit crowded (but for good reason), they do obviously focus more on wine (but most of the good beer stores do in my experience, just a fact of life unfortunately), and yes, I thought they could have stocked a few more local brews than I saw, but it was pretty good and there were brands represented from all parts of the country and globe. This wasn't the best assortment I've ever seen but it was better than average for sure. The staff wasn't real attentive but I was asked once if I would like any help. Pricing seemed normal to me, nothing special. The location is nice for the out of towners like me since it is also downtown where you can drop in on some of the better beer joints, like The Bulldog just one block down Hennepin. They have an ample parking area. I will go back next time I visit Minneapolis but I guess I need to find these places that the locals claim are so much better!
09-06-2008 16:02:35 |
More by Durge
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
Surdyk's counts more on its wine then its beer selection and it even has a newly refurbished cheese shop and bakery right where you walk in. The beer selection here is very good, although they seem to get caught with empty shelves from time to time. Thats a no no. Also, they almost always have barleywines located in the fridges, another no no. Sometimes the selection hardly changes with in a years time. They pick up it up from time to time. The help there can be very good, with knowledge people just hanging around waiting to share their knowledge. They almost always have out samples for you to try, both in the beer and wine sections,but its usually some big push for something they probably got to much of.
All in all, this is great place to get a start on whats out there. A good choice of Belgium, German, and micro brews are there along with seasonal brews that change quite often. Has good parking and good hours. Closed on Sundays.
03-21-2003 17:50:25 |
More by tavernjef
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