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phone: (612) 379-3232
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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: 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: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Pretty good selection, but I didnt find myself wowed as if I were in D's in Pittsburgh, Liquor Barn in Lexington, or Premier Gourmet in Buffalo. However, there was a nice offering of regional beers, and a good selection of import beers as well. I walked out with three bottles, but one was Sprecher's Brewmaster's Reserve Dopplebock, so I felt like a came out a winner, big time. Not a huge selection of singles, which is a little disappointing for the traveler, but a solid store for the locals or those on a driving trip tot he area.
04-03-2007 04:25:35 |
More by aaronh
quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Stopped by after abortive vistits to Blue Nile and Town Hall and figured I better get something for my effort. This wasn't my first visit to the store. I was looking for the Chimay gift set but they didn't have it. Picked up a Ommegang 10th Anniversary set instead which I overpayed for. It seems it is always busy there no matter when you go so expect to wait at the checkouts even if there are two open or six. There are always attractive women working tasting stations but they seldom have anything worth stopping to take a taste. Today they had some girly liquor and Bud Select for tasting.
The selection does seem bigger than it actually is. But I did find some interesting beers. If you live in the downtown area this place is worth shopping at for beer but the southern suburbs have better stores for selection and convenience.
Parking is good and easy to get to if you are in the area but I wouldn't make a trip of it, especially if you live in the south Metro. It is a busy store so the stock is especially fresh. Nothing there has sat for years.
11-24-2007 03:13:51 |
More by morimech
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$$$
Stopped by this place on my cities tour during the Odell/Great Lakes releases. Got some cheese and sausage, no beer. The store is nice enough, beer takes up 2 or so aisles plus a few end-caps in this predominately wine store. I was only asked if I needed help finding anything by some clerks stocking stuff, no one who seemed to be any sort of beer specialist. The beer was mostly on shelves, though there was a selection of stuff in coolers. A decent selection of American Craft, Belgians and some of the smaller name imports that I would have expected to see at a store that wanted to look like it had a big beer selection 10 years ago. And the prices! Through the roof. I was at 3 or 4 liquor stores that day, plus the one I work at and I would say Surdyk's was the most expensive or second to most after a Municipal I stopped at. I will probably only stop here if I really need something that no one else has or if I'm in that much of a rush and near by. Also, not having any singles was a big no no.
05-12-2010 03:31:49 |
More by mdwalsh
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
Incredibly well stocked with all the locals you want to find in Minneapolis (although I didn't look for Flat Earth). I normally go to Zipps when in town, but stopped in here instead on the last trip and was just as happy with what I could find.
A great place to walk and browse, I just wish I had more time. The only real knock against Surdyk's is their limited selection of singles. If it wasn't a bomber, you had to buy the sixer. As an added bonus Schell's was offering a sampling there that day.
06-27-2010 05:17:10 |
More by kjyost
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
This is a great place to visit with a very good selection. There was nobody that I found to help you find what you need if you are in a bind. They did have the beer organized according to country, and for the United States it was divided by state. If I had more time to look I would have been much more impressed, but I was not aware of Minnesota law requiring liquor stores to close by 10. Price was on the higher end but I suppose that would be expected given its location. Will definately head hear early in the day before heading over to Town Hall next time I'm in town.
12-14-2005 17:26:39 |
More by badbeer
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$
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: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
I was in the area so I decided to see what they all had. I noticed they had a ton of wine samplings that day, but only had 1 brewery to sample: New Belgium. They are a big wine store, but they have some decent craft stuff. I noticed they had the Boulevard Smokestack series on sale for a good price. The store wasn't anything fancy, reminded me of a grocery store.
Service wasn't anything stellar. It is such a huge store and there isn't that much beer so help really wasn't needed anyways.
Overall, this is a decent store with good prices. Good enough selection to stop in.
08-05-2009 00:02:52 |
More by mothman
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
Surdyk's in Minneapolis, MN
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