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France 44 Wines & Spirits
$$$ - a bit pricey
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4351 France Ave S
phone: (612) 925-3252
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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Reviews by kbaker91:
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
France 44, for several years when I lived in the neighborhood, was my go-to liquor store. Now it is about halfway between where I work and where I live, so I probably visit the store about 5 or 6 times a year.
The building itself is large, mainly housing the liquor store but also a neat little deli as well. The building is new, built about 9 years ago on the site of the old store location. The main focus of France 44 is on the extensive wine section. Tastings and classes devoted to wine are numerous at this store.
The beer section is towards the back, with a large walk-in cooler as well as regular cooler shelving next to it. The walk-in area has the majority of the foreign & domestic macros, as well as a fairly well-stocked selection of craft 6-&-12 packs. The shelving outside of the walk-in house a decent selection of craft bombers and 750s. A smaller area of singles can be found in the aisle between the coolers and the registers.
I have never had reason to ask for help from the employees here, but have never had a poor experience with the staff.
Prices are a little more expensive than your average liquor store that sells craft beer. It is about what you would expect for this area of town.
Overall, France 44 is a great looking wine store, with a better than average beer selection. The main reason that I visit this store these days is that when local breweries release seasonals, France 44 is sure to have them in stock. That cannot be said about many of the other 'well known' Beerfly beer stores in the Twin Cities, where stock seems to vanish immediately. Worth a visit if you are in SW Minneapolis/Edina.
10-02-2009 18:45:51 |
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More by TheRealPour
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
This an online review only. Carin and the online sales people are really first rate, great customer service, sane pricing, shipping is reasonable with no hidden markups and such, handling fees etc. I buy from them a few times a year and will continue to do so, they show what a caring business who has quality products can do. I highly recommend them.
09-29-2013 14:14:22 |
More by nc41
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$$
ABSOLUTELY HANDS DOWN OF THE BEST BEER STORES THERE ARE! WILL HELP YOU WITH ANY QUESTION AND NOT ACT LIKE THEY KNOW SO MUCH MORE THAN YOU (EVEN THOUGH THEY KNOW MORE THAN MOST OF US BEER LOVERES) Karen is extremely helpful and is great with any thing to do with the shipping. I would recommend them to anyone who is wanting to order beer online and receive it without a single problem, there charge for wrapping is minimal, compared to how much they use so that is a huge plus! Go with France44 you will not be upset or disappointed one bit.
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07-25-2013 03:21:30 |
More by KitesBeer
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | $$
I ordered a 4-pack of Abrasive and Furious online late Thursday. I live in California, so I was okay with shipping rates to try these two high quality beers. What I didn't expect was service that went beyond my expectations. Based on my experience with other online beer purchases, I expected my package to be shipped sometime the following week. No, it was shipped the very next day on
Friday!! And, I received the beers four business days later.
I received my shipment today, and I am thrilled. Both Abrasive and Furious are really fresh.
I will not hesitate to order from France 44 again, if they carry beers that I can't easily get my hands on in California.
Very happy customer.
02-15-2013 01:25:24 |
More by mrcraft
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
First off - this place is in Edina not Minneapolis so whoever created this place at first is wrong.
I love this place. One of the best bottle shops in the Twin Cities for beer. The staff is extremely friendly, like crazy nice and spend time with you and are completely unpretentious, and they have a nice selection. They get all of the rare releases and are always in the rare group of stores in the Twin Cities to get the really amazing beers first before anyone else. You can order beer and liquor and they will call you when it's in. This is a great place. I know Edina typically has a fairly stuck-up reputation but this is a very good store and I highly recommend stopping in.
10-16-2012 23:09:25 |
More by OriginalMnBeerGuy
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
If the score drops low on this one its only because I rated the appearance average, since this was an online purchase.
I put in an order on Saturday for a six pack of Two Hearted, 4 pack of Surly Furious and a bottle of Collage.
Order came Thursday, shipping was fair and probably only slightly more than it actually cost them to ship this.
Box was packed very well, my six pack of Two Hearted turned into a six pack of Deschute's Inversion. I am now elated that this happened because I would've never tried Inversion otherwise living in Maryland. It was excellent but either way, I messaged Carin who handles their online orders and she told me to enjoy the Inversion and shipped me out a six pack of Two Hearted free of charge that'll be here Tuesday. Great service.
I'm incredibly happy to have found this store because I can now get myself Bells/Founders/Deschutes AND SURLY beers whenever I want from the comfort of my home.
Bonus points? Yes. The Surly 4 pack I got was canned on 5/29/2012
06-09-2012 02:25:40 |
More by mwrecording
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
A clean, spacious store with an ajoining cheese shop/deli that may be worth checking out in forthcoming visits. All the beer is kept in the cooler and most of the domestic craft located in a walk-in cooler. Not exactly the best enviroment to look around but you know the beer has been stored correctly. Not the most extensive selection as it is surpassed by many stores in the metro. Did not see any employees helping customers but they were friendly and helpful at checkout. Prices are at or just barely above the cities prices. Good store for the neighborhood, but not really a destination store.
06-02-2012 21:08:34 |
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