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G. Groppi Food Market
Taps: 6 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery, Store ]
1441 S Russell Ave
phone: (414) 747-9012
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | $$$
Groppi is an Italian/gourmet grocery store located just south of downtown Milwaukee. The store itself is divided into two sections. Up front are the frozen goods, dry goods, and canned items along with a cheese and deli-meat counter while in the back there are some prepared foods, the meats, the beer and wine, and the bar.
The bar itself is quite small. Maybe 10 seats at the most and there are only 6 taps. Of course the beer is all craft, though nothing on tap during my visit was overly impressive. The beer section is on the smaller side, but there is a lot there. I was surprised to see an Uplands beer as well FFF Stack n Stab and Rye'd da Tiger as these are not beers that would ever find their way to a shelf (and then just sit there at that) in Chicago. However, I did note some of the product was old (OB Gubna had a brewed on date of March 2012!) so I get the impression this place isn't moving a lot of product very quickly.
Prices are commensurate with the quality and rarity of the offerings, that being the prices are expensive. Six pack of regular NG beers were $10 (easily a $1 or $2 more than most places) while the aforementioned Gubna cost $17 for a 4 pack. A tulip of NG IIPA from the tap ran $7. Not cheap and certainly higher than the surrounding area.
I've got mixed feelings about the atmosphere. After all the bar is located within arm's reach of raw chickens and pork chops. But it does have a rustic, cozy, quirky feel to it. I guess, if you like drinking in a grocery store, then this is the place for you.
04-12-2013 00:35:16 |
More by Florida9
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
I visit Milwaukee several times a year and Groppi's is on my stop list. It's in or by the Bayview neighborhood which is it's own good thing (near Svens).
I stopped in over the holidays and strolled back to the beer and wine section. THEY BUILT A BAR BACK THERE! Yup, right in the middle of the beer and wine section. There were three guys sitting at the bar drinking beer and there was a pizza sitting on the bar too. I bought a half dozen saisons on saie and left with a smile on my face.
I went back a few days later on a Friday evening and there was a two piece band playing a Christmas song...one guy had a ukelele and he was pretty good. There was a wine tasting going on and the bar was full.
This is not your usual Italian grocery store. It's that too btw and good to boot. You should stop. It's a pleasant surprise.
01-14-2012 07:08:16 |
More by faernt
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
This is the West Lakeview Liquors of Milwaukee, albeit not as good, but it seems like a place with room to grow.
The beer is in the back, there is a cooler of 6 packs and a shelving unit of rare beers. Lots of interesting stuff like Italian stuff I haven't seen, typical Shelton Brothers stuff, Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru, Tilquin Gueuze, Upland Lambics, ect..
The 6 packs are also some good selections.
There are 6 taps, I saw Oarsman, Tilquin Gueuze, Cuvee des Jacobins, and some others, growler fills available.
Didn't run into anyone but the cashier for service.
Overall a really unique place for rare beers. The pries were expensive but they all seemed to be expensive beers anyways.
If they expand to the selection of WLV in Chicago they could be the best shop in Milwaukee.
10-02-2011 23:40:08 |
More by crossovert
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Sitting quietly on the corner of a neighborhood just off 794 by the Port of Milwaukee in Bayview is this awesome and fairly young (in beer terms) venue.
To describe it adequately, I'll paraphrase a conversation between Beerwolf77, another bar attendee, and myself about the location: "It's like an indie band you love and wish success upon, but also want to keep them to yourself. You feel they're 'yours'; unique and new, and wish for that feeling never to be removed by popularity."
Like a great indie band, Groppi's rocks. After weaving your way through rustic wooden shelves that hold canned goods and the like, past the fresh deli food, and into the back, you find yourself in a brand new area! Greeted by wine displays and a brand new bar frequently populated by fellow beer lovers, it's clear you've found a gem.
Opposite the bar is a wire shelf containing unique, wild, and rare beers. To the shelf's left begins the stretch of coolers holding the cold 4, 6, and 12 packs. Around the corner is another open-faced cooler kept company by stand-alone coolers holding cold 750 ml bottles, more seasonal and rare beers. The prices are quite fair, especially for the area, and the selection always has plenty of beers I wish I had money to buy.
Enjoli, the rockin' head of the beer dept., crazy beer geek, and bartender completes the serious quality of Groppi's with service that can't be matched. Knowledgeable in everything she gets in and always happy to share the latest and greatest, geeking out over sour beer with her is half the reason for visiting the quaint shop.
With about 6 tap selections and growler-fills coming soon, make a trip for some bottles, stay and have a pint, enjoy good company, and even drink in the outdoor patio. While I haven't had that exact pleasure yet, it'll be on my list of things to do before summer ends. (Also on my list of things to do is to try their food which I hear, from several sources, is fantastic!)
07-27-2011 01:26:43 |
More by BeerFMAndy
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
A recent highlight to one of my many visits to Milwaukee and its surrounding cities.
Part Italian/Mediterranean grocery store in front, part awesome beer and wine selection in back. Granted, they were in the middle of an expansion when I came in to peruse, their selection was top notch. Easily one of the better imported shelves I have seen in the area with far too many to choose from, so my basket became rather full rather quickly.
The help was very friendly and we ended up chatting for the better part of 45minutes about the stores plans for expansion and just beer in general.
Overall, very happy Todd showed me this place, but my wallet was not.
04-27-2011 02:27:36 |
More by sweemzander
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
This is officially becoming THE go to place in south east Wisconsin. It's like a beer geeks paradise.
The place itself is an old school Italian grocery store up front. Once you snake your way to the back you are greeted by a very well put together beer selection. Plenty of Midwest treats along with a vast array of imports. Quite a few imports I've never seen anywhere else in town.
The service is about as top notch as it can get. The beer guru Enjoli is super knowledgeable about everything she carries. She's in tune with all the local beer scene and keeps tabs on the pulse of BA.
All the beers are maintained to make sure of freshness. No old IPA's sitting around here.
The food from Groppi's is off the charts. I've stopped here many times for take home dinner and have always been extremely satisfied.
The store and mainly the beer department are going through major renovations. This means more beers, taps with growler fills and a sit down bar for enjoying a pint.
This place may have stolen my heart from any other place in town.
04-16-2011 19:21:19 |
More by beerwolf77
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Went there today on a tip to find a hard-to-locate brew I had been looking for. The Market itself is an old-world kind of market up front with a good produce/cheese/meat section, with a deli/sandwich counter toward the back, then a beer/wine selection. I was surprised at the variety of product they had given the limited space. On the whole, I would put their selection a touch below Discount Liquor for sheer amount, but I think that's more due to lack of space (which will be expanding) than lack of desire to stock the beer. I found prices reasonable, and in some cases better than Discount ($5 for a Rochfort 8 vs $7 elsewhere). The beer girl in charge (Angelie? Angel-something for sure) was extremely knowledgeable and helpful, able to point me in the direction of a couple things to try, and was able to locate my hard-to-find brew to purchase as well. Not only did she know her stuff, but she's pretty cute to boot. Not a big deal I know, but hey, any time you can talk Belgians and barleywines with a cute girl who knows her stuff, you really can't go wrong. Groppi's will soon become one of my go-to places for beer in MKE.
02-19-2011 23:03:46 |
More by duffcalifornia
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Groppi is a great hidden gem in Bayview!
An old-world deli and market, family owned and brimming with charm. Reminded me of Tenuta's in Kenosha, but imagine that place stuck into the first floor of a house on a corner in a residential neighborhood. Several deli counters, the prepared foods looked very tasty, though I didn't sample any.
Beer is all the way in the back, through the narrow passage past the front deli counter. Two free standing coolers, a larger one, and a fairly sizeable warm shelf too. It was fun browsing here, as the selection was eclectic as the store itself. FFF bombers, Mikkeller, Cantillon, Nøgne Ø, Haandbryggeriet, Lammsbrau, Embrasse, plenty of singles too. Lots of American craft in the coolers, I left with a 4 pack of NG Apple Ale, Nøgne Røyk Uten Ild, and a single of Magic Hat Howl as a wildcard.
Didn't encounter any staff in the liquor area, but the cashiers were friendly and helpful. Overall a cool shop with plenty of old-world atmosphere, which I can really appreciate.
11-15-2010 01:34:30 |
More by emerge077
G. Groppi Food Market in Milwaukee, WI