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Taps: 4 / Bottles: 600
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Store ]
7133 S 76th St
phone: (414) 235-3336
Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm
(Place added by: Winter on 11-28-2006)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
There are liquor stores, and then there are beer stores, and then there are beer advocate stores. The final group is rare, and mythical. Any store that caters at least a little bit to craft beer drinkers can fit into the second category. In order to get into the third, the store must work, consciously and proactively, towards enriching the greater beer scene, and they have to be run by beer people, guys and gals who care almost as much about serving good beer as they do turning a profit.
Three Cellars is a beeradvocate store. Literally nothing that they sell isn't good. The owner is friendly and will tell you something smart (and unpatronizing) about every single goddamn beer on the shelf. He takes pride in only selling good beer, and he makes damn sure that all the beers on his shelves are fresh (which I really can't say about any other beer store I've ever been to, aside from John's Grocery).
The bottle selection is enormous, organized by state and country. Rares and one-off's abound, and nearly everything can be gotten in a single bottle. Even neater, there's 4 (soon to be expanded to 8) taps of excellent beer at reasonable prices, and during a three-hour happyhour every weekday pints are half priced. I got a *pint* of Southern Tier Mok-ah for 4.50.
The vibe isn't exactly 100% me. Lots of suburban Milwaukee businessmen started flooding in around 5, and things got a little too WASPy for me to stomach. The store is lit and arranged like a kitchenware boutique, too. But, hey, it's not like the leftist ethos of any major brewery/pub is reflective of actual, substantive leftism, so I've learned to stop caring so much about culture war bullshit when it comes to assessing the vibe of a joint. I never felt unwelcome, sad, or in danger, so it couldn't have been that bad.
08-09-2011 01:36:25 |
More by mynie
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
My family and I were vacationing in Wisconsin at the end of July. As usual, I looked at Beer Advocate to find a good store in the area. After reading the great reviews of Three Cellars I decided to stop by to pick up some beer to bring back to Missouri.
I walked in at 8:40pm, not realizing that carry-out beer sales have to stop at 9pm in Wisconsin. Luckily for me, Shawn was very helpful getting me situated. I love the fact that they have a section dedicated to Wisconsin beers. It made it much easier for me to find beers that are not available to me in Missouri.
Also, after I had made several selections, I asked Shawn if there were any beers I had left out that I ought to get. He walked over to the shelf and pointed out several that I might want to try based on my previous selections and on seasonal/limited availability of some of the beers.
Finally, as I was checking out, he gave me nice details and background information on many of the beers/breweries. All in all, it was a wonderful, albeit quick, experience!
08-08-2011 21:37:27 |
More by phergy
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Three Cellars is my favorite place to stop to have a pint or pick up a few of my favorite beers. It's kind of like a coffe shop, but with beer (and wine).
Shawn, the owner, is the extermely freiendly and knowledgable about beer. The selection is very diverse. There may be a couple of beers that can be found elsewhere, but the staff more than makes up for any lacking in selection.
Highlights include weekly events with brewmasters from local breweries, regualar Saturday tastings, ability to quick-chill any beer (or wine) selection for comsumption, and customizable six packs as members of their beer club.
The addition of the outdoor patio this June makes Three Cellars a must-stop venue for both lifelong Milwaukeeans and those visiting from out of town.
06-08-2011 23:08:57 |
More by rbowden
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Some of the most outstanding service I've had in any capacity. The owner (who's name I routinely forget to catch), is incredibly passionate about his work. His employees are very nice people but he in particular projects a wonderful enthusiasm that I love to see in boutique shops.
Their selection is great for how small they are. You can see everything on the shelves has been hand-picked by somebody who knows what they're doing. Do they have the absurd import selection you'll find over at Discount Liquor on Oklahoma? No, but frankly I'd say their local selection is better than discounts (the owner probably didn't have to sleep with one of the Shelton Brothers either...good for him). I've gone in there several times and seen things from Furthermore, O'So, Lake Louie, New Glarus, Central Waters & Ale Asylum that I couldn't find at discount. That being said, you can expect to pay about $.50 more per single then you would elsewhere. But I really don't care...you have to expect to pay a bit more for having a rare selection.
Atmosphere is lovely. The "insta-chill" thing can chill your beer down in like 30 seconds if you find something warm off the shelf you'd like to sit and try. They do tastings frequently and I've seen signs for "Beer Cocktails". The most recent one, which I missed, what a Central Waters Satin Solstice Imperial Stout with port wine and something else...interesting. A nice amount of wines available as well.
Stop in for sure. Especially if you're from out of town and want to grab some great WI local brews. It's definitely worth taking an hour (and spending the extra buck) to sit and have a drink. Like I said, the owner is awesome. I had a 4pack of the New Glarus IIPA that was like two days old and I found myself tossing him 1 before I left just because he's that nice of a guy.
04-28-2011 13:04:46 |
More by drumminbrewer
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | $$$$
Three Cellars is sort of three places in one. A beer store, a wine shop, and a tasting bar.
The beers on offer are all top notch, leaning heavily towards Wisconsin beers. There were a couple of beers here I had just never seen before. However, the selection is really quite limited. For example, they had Gumballhead and Alpha King, but nothing else from FFF. Some Lake Louie, some Lakefront, some O'so. It was as if they were trying to carry a little bit of everything local, but not everything from each brewery. While I can appreciate what they're trying to do, I did feel as if the selection lacked depth.
Service was very helpful and knowledgeable. This is a small place and it doesn't take much to run into someone who works here.
Prices are on the high side, with many of the beers being sold individually. Prices were actually so high I really had to limit my purchases here as it was difficult to justify the expense.
03-28-2011 02:13:59 |
More by Florida9
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
It is a great place with a great atmosphere. The employees, owners and patrons have a great time helping each other discover new beers. Although the selection is huge, they don't have everything - that is a plus! There are so many new beers to discover, you head will spin.
The ever-rotating selection of tap beer is great. There is always something new to discover. And you can bring your wine-loving friends - there is a wide variety for them, too.
The selection is always changing. There aren't pallets of bland beer sitting around. Make sure you stop as you walk in the door and check out the newest beers to arrive.
02-18-2011 02:09:52 |
More by artmark
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I have only stopped by this place a few times mostly due to its hours of operation...
I really like the place and the owner is a cool guy, really helpful and always in a great mood. The beers are kept up to date, so you won't find a lot of old IPA's like at most large scale grocery stores or liquor stores. There is quite a good selection that is ever growing in a good direction. I have found a lot of beers at 3 Cellars that I wasn't able to find elsewhere. They, by far, offer the best "Build your own 6 pack" beers, but at a somewhat high mark up.
Overall I would say its definitely worth checking out! It is a bit pricey, but that's to be expected at privately owned bottle shops.
01-05-2011 20:57:42 |
More by Alpar
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
I finally got to this place last weekend. It has some interesting hours.
It is a tiny place in a strip mall. It has a lounge in the front of the store and a bar in the back. There are a few coolers and the rest is wooden shelves of beer and wine. The beer is the right side of the store. They have a lot of stuff in singles which is a huge plus, but when we are talking selection it is pretty small. They do make up for it with having a ton of WI brews but if you want imports or national craft beers this isn't the place.
They had a free beer tasting which was nice. And they have 4 taps which are all very solid selections, but they don't sell growlers I don't think, or at least I didn't see the option nor did I ask.
The prices the WI beers seemed a bit pricey, but some other beers were well priced.
This is a cozy little store, but if you are looking for a better selection I wouldn't recommended it, the only exclusive thing you will find here is Lake Louie products. This place has a bit of a ways to go to turn into the hole in the wall gold mine that is West Lakeview Liquors.
12-20-2010 20:14:26 |
More by crossovert
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Went and visited while hanging out with Beerwolf awhile back. Not much to look at from the outside, but once we walked in it is a nice cozy little place with places to sit and have a drink if you wish. The register also seconds as a bar, so it was certainly inviting. All along one wall was wine, and along the other was not a huge selection of beer, but was nicely varied. Being able to buy mixed 6paks was a plus as well. Friendly and helpful staff made it more memorable.
Definitely worth checking out whenever I am in that area again. Was able to find a few things I could not even find closer to the brewery itself.
12-10-2010 19:03:21 |
More by sweemzander
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This was the first place I ever went to that had both beers on tap and on the shelves, like a combination beer bar and beer store. I'd like to see more places like that around! The selection here is top notch. If you can find it in the area at all, it's likely to be here. Tyranena, New Glarus, Three Floyds, O'so, Furthermore (highly recommended to those who don't know), and Lake Louie are all on the shelves. They do an excellent job with the lighting here, making sure sunlight and bright indoor lighting don't have an effect on the beer. I don't care about the ambiance for myself as much as I care about the ambiance for my beer. The folks here are very nice and helpful as far as finding what you want or need. Prices are in the normal range. I've been back many times and don't plan to stop going here anytime soon!
08-06-2010 16:24:20 |
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