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Taps: 4 / Bottles: 600
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Store ]
7133 S 76th St
phone: (414) 235-3336
Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm
(Place added by: Winter on 11-28-2006)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
So I made it to the new location finally, and chatted with Shawn the beer guy. They were hosting a beer tasting, but he took time out to explain the beer selection and field questions. Awesome service. Every saturday afternoon they hold a beer tasting apparently. Singles selection was top notch, though a bit smaller than Woodmans in Oak Creek, and less deep than Discount in Milwaukee. It's a cool place, just not an "end all, be all" selection. They had a bar in the back with 2 taps, currently pouring Sprecher EPA, not available outside the brewery. The next brewery event is with O'So, and they are bringing 2 exclusive kegs to put on for the event. There was a cozy lounge area toward the back of the store, it felt like hanging out at a friend's house almost, instead of your typical bar. Unique place, definitely check it out if traveling in the area...
Original review: 05-23-2008
Spacious, clean, well laid out store. Beer shelves had a ton of singles, the main draw of the place. There were a couple empty spots, with signs saying "something good coming soon, watch this space" suggesting an expansion of their selection in the near future. My purchases focused mainly on WI stuff, though there were many import singles available as well. A few that I picked up: Ale Asylum, LL, South Shore, Central Waters, Tyranena, New Glarus, Esser's, Lakefront, etc. The 4.5 selection score is based on the fact that just about everything is available in singles. They may not have the magnitude of Discount, but the selection is still great.
Service was helpful, the first 6-pack I loaded up was held at the counter while I browsed further. There was a small bar off to the side, perfect for hosting beer tastings. There was sunlight coming in the large front windows, but they were frosted halfway up. Haven't had any skunked brew yet. Everything has been tasty thus far.
A convenient stop off 94 if you're not planning to spend time in Milwaukee.
04-05-2009 04:41:08 |
More by emerge077
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I made a quick stop here on the way back to the airport and home. While I did not buy anything, it was only because I had already shipped back two boxes of goodies and filled my suitcase with bombers the day before on the way to my meetings.
Selection was excellent, with the biggest choice of singles I saw in the three places I stopped in on my visit.
Shawn, the owner, was very friendly and recommended a stop at The Terminal which was also a highlight of my trip.
Three Cellars is well worth the stop!
05-07-2008 20:35:04 |
More by sholland119
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
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 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$$
I just spent over an hour in the cellar lounge drinking beer and chatting up the owner Shawn. This place is top notch. They carry everything I would ever want and its all in singles so you can make the ultimate sixer. The cellar lounge always has two taps to choose from. I had Moylans Kilt lifter and O'so big O. Shawn was super cool to talk with. He had great knowledge of all his beers and the beer community as a whole. The place is like a Starbucks that serves beer.( I stole that line) Comfy and warm with nice woooden racks for all the beer. Large chairs and couches to relax and sample any beer off the shelf if you choose. (They can chill any beer in 3 minutes)Shawn holds beer tasting/educational seminars every week. Plus brewery nights that focus on one specific brewery with actual reps from the brewery. Hands down the best beer buying experiance I've ever had. I will be back soon. (I signed up for a beer class) LOL
08-01-2009 01:16:52 |
More by beerwolf77
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Hit Three Cellars up on a recent trip to Wisconsin for a wedding. The location is somewhat convenient to the airport, making it easy for me to swing by and pick up some stuff after my flight landed. They have a very large selection of single bottles, including lots of local stuff. The guy behind the counter was very helpful, pointing me to the Wisconsin brews (after I clarified I was looking for local beer, not local wine). Decent selection of beer from around the country and world as well. Good amount of refrigerated six packs too. Clean and well kept store.
I found it funny that Miller Chill and the like were included on the upper "local" shelf. I suppose it's true! Ah, Wisconsin.
11-06-2007 07:36:09 |
More by shivtim
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
There are liquor stores, and then there are beer stores, and then there are beer advocate stores. The final group is rare, and mythical. Any store that caters at least a little bit to craft beer drinkers can fit into the second category. In order to get into the third, the store must work, consciously and proactively, towards enriching the greater beer scene, and they have to be run by beer people, guys and gals who care almost as much about serving good beer as they do turning a profit.
Three Cellars is a beeradvocate store. Literally nothing that they sell isn't good. The owner is friendly and will tell you something smart (and unpatronizing) about every single goddamn beer on the shelf. He takes pride in only selling good beer, and he makes damn sure that all the beers on his shelves are fresh (which I really can't say about any other beer store I've ever been to, aside from John's Grocery).
The bottle selection is enormous, organized by state and country. Rares and one-off's abound, and nearly everything can be gotten in a single bottle. Even neater, there's 4 (soon to be expanded to 8) taps of excellent beer at reasonable prices, and during a three-hour happyhour every weekday pints are half priced. I got a *pint* of Southern Tier Mok-ah for 4.50.
The vibe isn't exactly 100% me. Lots of suburban Milwaukee businessmen started flooding in around 5, and things got a little too WASPy for me to stomach. The store is lit and arranged like a kitchenware boutique, too. But, hey, it's not like the leftist ethos of any major brewery/pub is reflective of actual, substantive leftism, so I've learned to stop caring so much about culture war bullshit when it comes to assessing the vibe of a joint. I never felt unwelcome, sad, or in danger, so it couldn't have been that bad.
08-09-2011 01:36:25 |
More by mynie
quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I stopped by this liquor store in June or July 2006, but found it very unremarkable and unworthy of adding to this site. However, things have changed considerably since then.
I visited today, and of 9 cooler doors, 6 were either crafts or imports. This store also has an aisle of 12 oz single serves. They do not appear to have the assortment just right yet, in that they have some rather common items in that aisle. However, through their website and staff, they seem interested in creating a customer-service oriented store stocking what people demand. So, I'm guessing they'll stock whatever custoers suggest.
I spoke to the counter staff, and they seemed both knowledgeable and curious as to what I would like to see. A good experience. This is in my neighborhood, and I will be back.
12-23-2006 02:30:09 |
More by BeerBelcher
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
absolutely superb stop. 500 singles from everywhere. micros, a couple macros, imports, you name it. excellent organization as well. all brews are also available in six-packs as well, but the make your own sixpack is too great to pass up. a small glassware collection round out the selection, making this a must stop for anyone in southeastern wisconsin at least once.
the staff is friendly, and somewhat knowledgable. the man i talked to was quick to point out brews of different styles, but he admitted to be the 'wine guy' while his son was the 'beer guy' even though he was eager to help in any way possible.
free brew and wine tastings every saturday!
*EDIT* (July 2009)
Three Cellars has since moved down the street into a smaller space, and the beer section is a bit watered down from the previous location. still expect a great selection of Wisconsin brews not easily found elsewhere, but the import and craft sections overall have taken a hit (probably because of the lack of space when compared to the old location).
not as great as it once was, but still a solid stop.
02-20-2008 05:26:21 |
More by botham
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I just went to Three Cellars in Franklin last night for a Lakfront event. Pumpkin Lager and Oktoberfest release with the owner and I must admit, my first experience there was great!
It's such a shame that it's 40 minutes away from me and no where near being "on the way" to anything otherwise I'd find myself the much more than my wallet would appreciate. [Edit: Speaking of wallet, I've noticed a few things there are a bit pricier that other places. While most things are reasonable to low in price, a few things made me reconsider the $$$ rating.]
Right when you walk in there is a very welcoming atmosphere of lower-level lighting and soft, natural wood. Along the right side of the slender store are bottles and bottles of singles and to the left are wine bottles. Smack in the middle are navigable islands with 6-pack carrying cases for the singles and full 6-packs.
A fake fireplace roars with a muted flat-panel TV above it with a few couches surrounding the cozy area in the middle of the store. Towards the back is a long bar with plenty of space to store cold beer.
Shawn the owner was there and was a great guy to talk to. Very knowledgeable about beer.
Some of the best things about this store he made me aware of. No fluorescent lighting. No direct sunlight in. Everything is fresh. And since its also a tasting bar, you can buy a beer and have them chill it there and drink it in the lounge.
Very cool place over all. While I've seen bigger selections, the selection here was fantastic for the place. Total focus on craft beer. None of the BMCs anywhere to be found. As for quality, I haven't had any of my beers from there yet, but I don't think I'll wind up disappointed.
Thanks for a great place Shawn. I hope I can make it out more!
09-17-2009 18:56:31 |
More by BeerFMAndy
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | $$$$
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 |
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