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Blue Max Liquors
$$ - reasonable
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14640 10th Ave S
phone: (952) 432-3350
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Reviews by lhaqq:
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Great to have such a great place less than a mile from the place where I used live in Minnesota. Always go here a few times when I am back in the area. Overall just a great selection, not just of beer but also of scotch and a fair amount of good wine. I think the advertisement on their sign is "over 1000 beers and 250 single malts." I'd usually stop by every other week and browse one of their shelves of mismatched beers. Usually the beers here are $1-$2.50. Some aren't that great but there are also some interesting ones to try, so its a good opportunity for variety. A ton of beers overall--American, Belgian, and every beer I've had before traveling around the world. There is one guy who is the beer expert, so when he's there I can get a lot of good help. The others are pretty knowledgeable as well. Actually, the last time I was there, one of the people didn't know the answer to a question I had about a Flemish ale, so she called up another worker on his cell to figure out the answer.
12-28-2008 07:21:58 |
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vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Having grown up in Burnsville, I never really knew this place existed until I made the leap into craft beer and logged into Beer Advocate. It always sort of blended in the scenery just off of Cty Rd 42. I read the reviews and set off to shop the store myself. Let just say I was amazed at the selection BlueMax has to offer! It is quite obvious they take great pride in their selection and the care taken to shelve, stock and price items.
I appreciate that a huge majority of the stock is kept in coolers making it consumption ready. I was also taken aback by the sign when you enter reading over 300 different single malt scotches available! It is definitely a store you want to go to with a shopping cart because you will find more than you can carry.
10-08-2012 01:47:14 |
More by MN_Beerticker
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
On my travels, this place didn't stand out all that much. It's a typically liquor store, in fact a little smaller then I expected. Beer is off to the right when you enter with the majority of the selections located in coolers.
There was some activity in the store but I wasn't bothered too much which is nice so you can actually do some shopping. If people are in love with J.W. Lees then I would suggest only shopping at Blue Max. The collection and vintages on these labels was very impressive.
For me, I was able to scoop some Pannepeut 2007 for a reasonable $8/bottle. That was it. As stated earlier, the rest of the stock was pretty standard stuff so no special stop necessary if it's out of your way.
09-16-2012 14:57:09 |
More by JosephThompson
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
A close friend of mine is a specialty beer sales rep who sells to Blue Max. She has a portfolio of over 500 beers. It's her favorite account because they are so knowledgeable and treat her well.
I was going to end my post with that paragraph, but I need to add words, so I'll mention that it's been interesting to learn about the specialty beer industry from my friend.
Her company can never get as much product as they would like to because it's generally small scale batches that are fought over by not only the distributors like her company, but also the reps within the distributorships! There is a lot of bartering going on in the background to supply Blue Max with the excellent selection that they have. This is a credit to Blue Max, and to customers like the members of this website who make the market happen.
Blue Max is a great store, and I highly recommend them.
06-29-2012 23:38:31 |
More by Chadmanmn
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $
Best beer shop I have ever been to. The selection is great, I was able to pick up a '06-'11 Sierra Nevada Celebration vertical as well as Aventinus 04'-06'. The prices are also about 10% lower than most of the craft friendly stores I have been to. The staff was great, willing to break up a 6er of something I wanted to try a single of. If you are into JW Lees they had more varieties in stock than I knew existed. Its a bit of a drive for me but I will be back for sure. abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz
03-03-2012 21:36:20 |
More by Steasy66
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I only found out about this place because once a week I work down in Burnsville and I decided to stop in and check it out one day.
Man was I surprised! I had no idea they had such an excellent craft beer selection. There is I think one guy that is in charge of buying all the beer and he does a good job.
I do wish they used Facebook as a social media tool to let me know when they get stuff in, but apparently they use twitter a little more to update customers. Unfortunately I'm not a twitter user, but they have gotten better with the facebook account.
Staff is friendly just not too knowledgeable on the beer excluding two or three people (I know who to ask questions now if I ever am looking for something special).
Overall great place and I usually always stop in once a week whenever I am working down in Burnsville.
02-15-2012 23:46:00 |
More by JoRado
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $
Went to Blue Max for the first time today and it surpassed all expectations. Definitely worth the drive for me.
a - Not really much to say for atmosphere, freakin' packed wall to wall with good beer so that puts it above average I guess.
q - Tons of quality stuff. It seemed like one cooler was totally dedicated to unearthed cellar gems. Anchor Christmas going back to '06 for 2 bucks a bottle and Avery Sixteen to name a few. Sweet!
sr - It was pretty empty when I was there so I'm not sure that my experience was demonstrative of an average day at Blue Max. But there was an older guy there that was extremely helpful and friendly.
sl - Unparalleled.
I would highly, highly recommend this place to anyone who has even the vaguest appreciation for anything beer or beer related.
02-08-2012 22:37:28 |
More by yamar68
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
On the front door, it says Minnesota's greatest beer selection... or something like that. I haven't been to every liquor store in MN, but this trumps all that I've been to.
Atmosphere: Blue Max doesn't look like much from the outside, and it really isn't, they've just crammed a ton into a little place. So, not a lot of aisle space, but a lot of beer. They know what matters most.
Service: staff seems to be rather knowledgeable, not overly friendly, I've been there 4-5 times and they don't exactly know me yet. Big deal.
Okay, my take on the south metro is this, If you want an extraordinarily good price, go to Big Top (Eagan) or Sid's Discount (Bloomington).
If you want a extraordinarily vast selection of beers, go to Blue Max.
01-31-2012 00:45:55 |
More by AllenJasper
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
I recently started following their twiiter account, and knew they had just gotten Great Lakes Black Out Stout and Odell Bourbon Barrel Stout - so I rushed over right after work...and couldn't find either one.
So I asked someone who was stocking shevles, and not only was he super friendly, he went IN BACK and found what I wanted.
They had a limit of 1 each, and I was very pleased that they didn't jack up the price!!!!
While I was there, I also picked up some Alaskan Winter and Rush River Winter.
Awesome beer store!!!
11-18-2011 15:48:03 |
More by gdhawley
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$
A- It sure doesn't look like much from the outside. That's ok, I don't buy beer for the storefront. The inside is ok, but it's generally cluttered, and although it's nice that beer is organized by locale, it's kinda all over the store, with some beers on top of coolers and it's almost a requirement to ask for assistance.
Q- Beers that should be coolered are, those that don't need to be aren't. No freshness problems.
Ser- Well, they don't really have too many guys roaming around and when you do find one, you have to ask them for help, they don't typically ask you. Friendly guys though.
Sel- Tremendous selection, particularly of imports. Tremendous number of Belgians and other European beers.
Price was pretty good, bombers a little higher than some other places in area, but six packs and singles seemed reasonably priced.
08-21-2011 00:04:05 |
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Blue Max Liquors in Burnsville, MN