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865 South Colorado Boulevard
phone: (303) 744-9500
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vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Being from California, I've taken for granted where we can purchase beer. I had forgetten that Colorado has some restrictions in regard to grocery stores. When Sergio found a Whole Foods (again, not my idea), he thought we could get some bottles to drink at the hotel. Only problem was the bottles here were filled with non-alcoholic beverages. So, back to the car, STOP! Let's go acorss the street to Colorado Liquor Mart.
Good floor space holding a bunch of liquids, small carts available to push by the enterence. Despite all the room, the beer space seemed relatively small. Until you discover that you can walk into the cooler. Nearly all the beer is refrigerated, and the beers I spotted were still within their freshness period. Many of the bottles are priced, a few of the smaller ones unpriced but marked on their bottlecap a sticker (for mix-6ers). Both the American and Brazilian parties involved were impressed with what we could pruchase: Odell, Boulevard, Shipyard, Santa Fe, Upslope, Lindeman's, Port, Russian River, Wynkoop. And at fair prices too.
At checkout, I was informed that with the 5 small format beers I purchased, it would be the same price to get another one. Hooray, another tick!
Perhaps the biggest weakness is the lack of beer glassware. Extremely limited, and to tumbler pints (who want to taste out of those?), so we settled for some plastic wine cups. Hey, it's better that using those cups provided by the hotel.
Although the only store I visited, it should provide many goodies for both natives and visitors alike.
10-16-2012 04:30:17 |
More by DoubleJ
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
From the outside, it looks like a Jiffy Lube. Way on, I believe the southside of town, we were a little iffy about going all the way out there (we were by Coors Field). Parking was easy.
Quality was good, I purchased all 750's and bombers here, the six pack selection, while vast, just seemed to be a little less diverse and priced slightly higher than Argonaut. If you like all your beer refrigerated, this is your place, its all there, and don't forget to walk back into the cooler (that's where the Russian River is, if its there).
Service was excellent, dude pulls us out of towners aside and says he just got a case of Tart of Darkness (one of my all time favorite beers). I grabbed two bottles, other employee says one bottle limit, I'm cool with it, that is, until I watch one guy buy the entire stock (over a case) of Consecration, and nobody says anything. . . so I dunno how it makes sense, but not a big deal.
I think this place is worthy of a drive across town, my brother, koufax21 was hesitant at first, but pleasantly surprised to score more tart of darkness. Lighting is good, organization decent.
08-13-2012 22:29:25 |
More by Beerandraiderfan
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
I can't tell you how many times I drove past this place before I made it inside. Very accessible right off Colorado Blvd by King Soopers. It can be a bit tough to get into at the light due to the grocery store but easy if you take the next turn south on Colorado. For the size a pretty solid beer selection. Nice collection of bombers and singles. The guys who work there are extremely helpful. A couple are beer dorks just like me so it's easy to get stuck in there for a while. They have gone out of their way to help. If they get something rarer in they typically update the dry erase board up front to save time. Prices are in line with what you would expect elsewhere. Nice little shop.
02-13-2012 21:25:37 |
More by hopfacebrew
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3 | $$
Re-reviewing this as it's been a few years since my prior review. Unfortunately, CLM has gone down hill a bit. The service is hit-or-miss, with occasional situations where the employees are clearly uninformed about the beers they offer. For example, I was once encouraged by a CLM employee to purchase a "Great Divide La Folie." Selection is decent, though I personally find there to be too much emphasis on mediocre Colorado micros.
Overall, I find CLM to be a bland liquor store that probably would not exist if not for Colorado's protectionist laws designed to restrain competition.
I'd suggest avoiding CLM and steering toward one of my two favorite places - Mondo Vino and Mile High Wine & Spirits - instead. Great atmospheres, great service, and great selection.
10-16-2011 15:32:51 |
More by waltonc
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
First stop on my hunt through Denver for things i cannot get back home. Mom and pop feel which I like. I was almost immediately approached by a very helpful employee. He walked me through case by case with all of his recommendations which I lead him down my hop head ways. Make sure to ask whats behind the coolers and they will literally walk you into their stocked walk-in. Few things there that are not on the shelf. Was about to check out and remembered to ask about the infamous 120 min. This guy cracks the biggest smile and reveals that they received some just the day before. I asked why he did not mention that on my tour of beers and he replied "For those who know only". This place immediately earned my respect with that. Limit was 1 bottle per customer, but I walked out the door with a smile on my face and will make sure to come back every visit to Denver.
09-09-2011 00:19:17 |
More by Blizzle
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in here on my trip to Denver trying to get some beers to send home.
This place has a small mom and pop feel to it with a good selection on various alcoholic beverages. The cashier was very helpful and we talked for a few minutes about shipping beer back home.
They have a very good selection of a wide variety of styles and breweries and everything was fresh. I was able to pick up a few Sam Adams Barrel Room beers, some Ska, DFH WWS, etc. to send home.
I was also able to get a few loose 12 oz. beers from their mixed 6 section (bonus points) that I didn't want to get an entire 6 pack of.
Prices are reasonable for the beers that I saw.
Overall, this is one of 2 beer stores I actually visited (the other was Argonaut) and this one is the better store in my opinion.
06-15-2011 06:05:12 |
More by UCLABrewN84
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This is basically a decent sized liquor store that has a nice beer section in the back right corner of the store. Five or six coolers of bombers, a walk in cooler of other harder to find beers and a decent selection of local four and six packs.
The guys who worked there were very helpful, answering all of my annoying questions.
The selection is decent but nothing is available room temp. Not that big of a deal but would have been nice. Good selection of Boulevard Smokestack Series, Odells, Avery, Uinta 750s(!), as well as some Belgians(Hannssens Oude Kriek), Japanese and German beers. I was able to find a Woodcut #3 for $20.99 which was a very nice find.
Overall a pretty cool place. Small but good selection. Nothing too rare but a nice selection for someone from out of town.
05-28-2011 01:48:03 |
More by corby112
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
A decent beer store in most cities I have ever visited, though abit disapointing for a city the size of Denver. Still, likely 300 or more beers to choose from. The best selection were the Sam adams new series. Mixed six packs, and the availability of some Russian Rivers and several Port Brewing/Lot abbey were pluses. Decent though not exceptional Belgians and import selection. Not much in service. The best is their good selection of smaller Colorado breweries. Prices were a bit higher than expected for a bottle store.
02-11-2011 01:43:56 |
More by northyorksammy
quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I was turned onto Colorado Liquor Mart by an employee at a rival Denver Liquor store. Particularly I was sent there because they supposedly had Black Albert in their walk-in bomber cooler, and Black Albert is supposedly one of the best stouts in the world. They did, and it is.
Q: The frontage at the Colorado Liquor Mart isn't much to look at. A smallish (by Denver standards) stucco cube island sitting on a massive parking lot off S. Colorado Boulevard. Upon walking in, you run first into their walk-in champers and white-wine cooler, and then ... 5 doors of bombers. While everything about this liquor store is stuck in the 1970s, one thing bumps them up into a 3.5. The day before my first trip here, they got in 3 cases of Pliny the Elder. They had a sign on the bomber door holding russian river's Barrel-aged beers "Pliny at the front counter." Upon inquiring, the beer guys told me there was a limit of 3 (500 mL) bottles per customer, no exceptions. They imposed this rule themselves, in response to customers poaching cases of Pliny the Elder at a time, and putting them up on eBay, and expressed disgust for other liquor stores who did not impose limits, and more disgust for liquor store employees who raid their selections. A good first impression, I'd say.
S: The beer guys here are excited about beer, and knowledgeable. When I asked to see the walk-in cooler, I was given a guided tour of the thing -- which was a true pleasure -- replete with personal anecdotes about particular beers (a particularly rare barrel-aged high-gravity great divide that he had on cask that one time at Falling Rock, etc.). Every recommended beer has been phenomenal (e.g. Oude Kriek spontaniously fermented lambic), and every beer I purchased in the face of a warning has been a disappointment (Sarafijn Donker).
S: The bomber-doors are amazing here, they have a good supply of domestic craft (Russian River, Avery, Boulevard, Port, Stone, North Coast, etc.) including rareities (had Saison du Buff from each of Dogfish, Stone AND Victory ... in stock) and a great selection of imports as well (several BrewDog experiments, Belgians for days). The real gem here is the swalk-in cooler (behind the doors) ... good lord. 5 - 10 amazing spontaneously fermented lambics, black albert, a goodly amount of Shelton Brothers imports, and a hell of a lot more. I mostly care about bombers, but they lose points for having a poor 6-pack selection ... really poor. Only 3 doors of craft 4 and 6-packs, lacking some fairly regularly available locals. All-the-same, their 6-packs are overpriced, so it's no tremendous loss that they lack them.
V: 6-packs here are $1 - $2 more expensive than at Argonaut on Colfax, bombers are similarly priced, however, and the selection is amazing. Not an every-day liquor store, for this reason, but worth a trip every month or 2 to stock up on tasty-tasty belgians, and rare domestics.
09-24-2010 20:52:50 |
More by codewarrior
quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
I was a huge fan of this place because of their great beer selection and helpful Andre until I leaned on them in my time of need and the let me fall flat. I special ordered two different products for a party and the management completely dropped the ball and did not order the first item while they ordered and sold the second yet most important item. When we arrived to pickup our order they had nothing of our $300 order and not only didn't offer to make any calls to help us find what we needed, but they offered no appology. Super disappointed.
I guess it's just another liquor store, if you keep that in mind your experience will be alright, but if you are looking for professionalism or service, you might be better off lowering your expectations altogether if you stop here. I have been using this liquor store weekly to buy beer and booze for reviews on my Denver Bartender Examiner blog and was gladly telling everyone about Colorado Liquor Mart, but now I fear that they will also let others down.
Final Words: great beer selection, severely lacking in persoanized service. If you want something they don't carry, go elsewhere , DON'T special order from Colorado Liquor Mart!
05-03-2010 17:02:06 |
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Colorado Liquor Mart in Denver, CO