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Blue Max Liquors
$$ - reasonable
[ Store ]
14640 10th Ave S
phone: (952) 432-3350
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 93 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
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 | $$
A- It sure doesn't look like much from the outside. That's ok, I don't buy beer for the storefront. The inside is ok, but it's generally cluttered, and although it's nice that beer is organized by locale, it's kinda all over the store, with some beers on top of coolers and it's almost a requirement to ask for assistance.
Q- Beers that should be coolered are, those that don't need to be aren't. No freshness problems.
Ser- Well, they don't really have too many guys roaming around and when you do find one, you have to ask them for help, they don't typically ask you. Friendly guys though.
Sel- Tremendous selection, particularly of imports. Tremendous number of Belgians and other European beers.
Price was pretty good, bombers a little higher than some other places in area, but six packs and singles seemed reasonably priced.
08-21-2011 00:04:05 |
More by jsprain1
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
very unassuming stor front, it's what inside that makes this store. Incredibly huge selection that is divided from the region/country that they are from. Anything that is available, will probably be on the shelfs, if not, just ask.
the servie depends on who you get, most of the male employess know what they are talking about and can direct you properly. The females you might as well not even ask. So pick your help accordingly. If you are in the Twin Cities, defintely make it a destination. It is well worth the trip.
07-03-2011 16:27:12 |
More by biglobo8971
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Atmosphere: A relatively unassuming store front. This place would be easy to miss if you weren't looking for it. The interior is dark-paneled, but the lighting makes up for it. Neat rows of liquor, wine and beer, all properly and clearly labeled, make navigating the store a breeze.
Quality: Everything on the shelves is as fresh as can be (where desired). Everything is clearly labeled by country of origin, making everything easier to navigate as well.
Service: I've visited this place twice and both times I've been asked within 2 minutes if I need help with anything. When asked for help, the staff is extremely knowledgeable about both what they have in the store and what might be of interest given vague preferences (I said "sours" and was given a bottle of Struiselensis and Pig Nun as suggestions). The only reason this doesn't get a 5 is the service really depends on who helps you. All of the employees know what they have, but they don't all know how to match an inquiring mind.
Selection: For a rather small shop, Blue max has everything you could want and then some. I've been in some of the best stores in New England, some of which are 3-4x the size of this store, that didn't clean up on the international section like these guys do. The entire Mikkeller Single Hop series is refrigerated and ready to go. For a New Englander, it has anything you could want from a midwest store. Bell's, Surly, Boulevard, New Belgium, etc. are all in the cold cases. It's a treasure trove.
Value: I shopped a couple local stores, and Blue Max comes out even with the rest of them. A sixer of Two-Hearted was a respectable $10. It's not hard to walk in and drop a couple hundred dollars.
Overall: If you're within 30 minutes of this place it is an absolute must. The staff is friendly and always willing to help. The price and selection are amazing. Well-worth the stop whenever I'm in the area.
06-30-2011 21:10:39 |
More by Goblinmunkey7
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $
Prior to getting into craft beer, I had known about Blue Max Liqours due to their great selection of single malt Scotch. Little did I know, Blue Max Liqours has been doing an excellent job of providing us beer geeks with a wide selection of domestic crafts, and one of the largest international offerings I have come by. Throughout the year you can find verticals of Bigfoot, Old Stock, J.W. Lees, etc, and they seem to always have the hidden gems that aren’t so popular / well known with the BA crowd. With easy access, logical layout, friendly staff, and very good pricing, there is a lot to like about Blue Max Liquors.
05-23-2011 22:16:08 |
More by IshDish
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Stopped in here while traveling earlier this year after a number of recommendations from BAs. It definitely lived up to the hype. Almost all of the beer was in coolers. Lots of Minnesota locals including limited offerings. They also had almost all of the NB Lips of Faith Series and limited Odell releases.
At the time I was there (late February) they had verticals back several years of Anchor Christmas Ale and Sierra Nevada Celebration. They also had other vintages of beers that would be impossible to find now.
The staff was very helpful. When I went up to the counter looking for a Surly limited release that wasn't on display one of the employees went into the back and grabbed a bottle for me.
05-15-2011 20:32:53 |
More by bradner
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
What can I say. Blue Max is the place that I go to if I haven't been able to find a beer that should be on the shelves in the Twin Cites area. I am not talking your supper hyped beer like BCBCS because so many beer geeks know this place that it fly's off the shelf. I am talking your lesser known gems that go below the radar but are still great. The Tyranena Brewers Reserve Series comes to mind as well as lots of Fantome beers. Huge selection probably the best in the area. Service is good as there is always someone walking around asking if you need any help and most of the time they really know their beer. Overall this is somewhat of a beer heaven for me. A must see if your in town.
05-03-2011 23:48:39 |
More by UMNbeerhunter
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $
Great store; first visit, and I will for sure be back. It's open and well-lit, very friendly. Like many Minnesota liquor stores, it's in a strip-mall along a medium-sized highway.
The selection in this place is almost mind-blowing. I've been to most of the best-known beer stores around the Twin Cities, and their selection just doesn't even compare to this. Verticals of many beers (10+ years of JW Lees Harvest Ale!), many many things I haven't seen anywhere else, and an international section that completely overwhelmed me. And the big surprise, for a place with such variety, most beers are ~10% cheaper than they are at other places I've been. Fantastic.
Staff is super helpful, although there weren't any real beer specialists there when I was there. Almost everything is in coolers.
Two small downsides:
First, they have so much beer that it's kinda scattered around the store, which can make things hard to find. They have one big back wall full of coolers, one side of two other aisles also with coolers, and then there are boxes stacked up and things on a few neighboring shelves. Fortunately the international section has country labels on the coolers.
Second, they don't sell most six-pack beers as singles. Think I've gotten spoiled by Zipp's and the Ale Jail, where they'll pretty much break up any six-pack to sell singles.
To sum it up, I really just need to come back to the selection. They said they had some 1200 different beers, but I think it's more than that. So many things I've never seen or even heard of before, especially imports. I will for sure be back, and next time I'll make a list so I can familiarize myself with some of that tremendous variety
04-08-2011 00:10:11 |
More by zeledonia
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
I've been visiting Blue Max on-and-off since the mid 80's and it's been my primary destination for the last couple years. Looks small on the outside but seems big on the inside. I usually designate about 30-45 minutes for my visits to allow myself time to choose from the wide variety of selections. Most are chilled and organized by regions/countries. Staff is always helpful and courteous. Prices are fairly reasonable considering the choices that are available. I've tried a couple of other liquor stores that were supposed to have some of the particulars I was looking for, but they were either out of stock or had something close - but not quite right - to choose from.
I'm just happy it's in a convenient location for me.
02-19-2011 05:12:56 |
More by Psycho13
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Ok. Let me say this. Without a doubt, the largest beer selection I've seen in Minnesota. Multiple complete brand offerings, verticals, things I've never seen/heard of before. Very nice. The store was clean and appeared to be well thought out. Spent a couple of minutes talking beer with one of the employees and recieved answers to my questions. Most products kept cold which is not a problem for me. Only questionable thought I had was several things I looked at appeared to perhaps be beyond freshness. Anyhow... my wallet was definately lighter when I left. ;)
01-08-2011 15:43:05 |
More by Krampus666
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