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France 44 Wines & Spirits
$$$ - a bit pricey
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4351 France Ave S
phone: (612) 925-3252
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 29 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Online only review. I have placed several online orders and have never had an issue. Great selection - most often I'm ordering some combination of Surly, Deschutes, and Odell, but they also have a lot of other midwest brewers. Offerings aren't just the standards either - they had Surly 5 available for a while, Surly Wet, Deschutes Stoic, etc...
Customer service is the real standout though. On my last order they mistakenly had a 12-pack listed online that wasn't in stock. Instead of just removing this from my order as I've had other stores do, they agreed to send it to me with free shipping when it actually came in.
Prices and shipping costs are both very reasonable.
10-28-2011 00:31:06 |
More by nh2032
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I've ordered just off of their online store, so this is going to reflect that. The site is organized very well, and they have a ton of beer I cannot get in PA (Surly, Goose Island, Deschutes, etc). Prices are about standard for the product...paid 8.49 for a sixer of Black Butte, 16.99 for Surly Wet, 8.99 for Surly Cynic, 19.99 for Surly Five...nothing egregious. Customer service is great, with multiple emails sent on the status of my order from both France44 and UPS. On my most recent order, I actually got an extra bottle with a sticker that said "this one's on us" on it....really cool. Shipping costs are very reasonable....22 bucks for eight cans and ten bottles seems fine, with everything enclosed in a bottle shipper with brown paper in abundance in the box. Another order I got from them featured my order wrapped in a ton of bubble wrap with packing peanuts in the box. Excellent web shop, would recommend.
10-16-2011 15:16:27 |
More by bigfnjoe
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$$
I've only used their online website and haven't been to the actual store....yet.
The way the web store is laid out, it is really easy to use and nothing is really hidden or hard to find. The search options and other navigation is right there in plain site.
I really like how you can request products and they actually do work to try to find said products. It's nice when a bottle shop cares for it's customers enough to stock or get in what they want.
The customer service is A+ all the way. They are helpful, understanding, honest and actually serve the purpose. Especially when dealing with people over the internet or web stores, or even on the phone, it almost seems like you're bothering them. At France 44 it's not the case. They really take care of you.
The priciness comes in mainly with the shipping. Most of the stuff I get from F44 is stuff that I can't get here in Chicago and I understand beer prices, but enough of it stacked up can help dilute shipping, but it's kind of a killer when only ordering one thing (especially when there is 1 pack limit per customer and that's all you're there for.) Nonetheless it's shipping, and flat rates are going to be killers regardless.
I've used France 44's online site twice now and will definitely be returning many times in the future.
10-13-2011 13:31:44 |
More by cjacobsen
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Living in Delaware, my experience with France 44 has been solely on their online site over the last few months.
I have placed 3 orders with them, and all have gone smoothly. Great communication with Bill and Carin in the orders/shipment department with quick follow ups via email about my packages.
IPAs ordered late in the week were held to avoided "warehousing" in the summer months over the weekend at UPS (their shipper), which I greatly apprciated. Tracking information was sent once the packages were on their way.
Plus, I got an update about new releases that I had requested which was very helpful.
Two thumbs up! Cheers!
08-22-2011 19:16:30 |
More by inlimbo77
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
A= A very impressive look to this store. Clean and well organized but really focussed on wine.
Q= If you love wine, this is a meca. Beer category is improving but still not at the level of some of the more well known beer stores.
S= A nice fellow named Bill helped me to find several new beers to try. He was most helpful.
S= An increased selection of specialty beer over the past two years that I’ve shopped there. Nice improvement.
V= A little higher on some things but overall not too bad.
08-18-2011 15:24:42 |
More by ZMOS
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I had my experience with France 44 through their online ordering system and had 6 bottles of Sheaf Stout sent to me.
First off, the transaction went very smoothly and I'm now chilling one of the bottles to enjoy later. Great communication and quick to ship my order makes points with me.
I see some beers on their website seem a bit pricey but if I am hankering for some beers from Surly, I now know where to go.
I had, like I said, a very good experience and I'll be shopping with France 44 again.
08-16-2011 23:58:00 |
More by Bitterbill
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$$
I try to stop in here every once in a while. It is a great store from the standpoint of how nice it looks on the inside and they actually carry quite a nice selection of beers. All of the beers for the most part are kept refrigerated in coolers. Extensive selection of Belgians, domestics, German and other randoms. They must recently put in a selection for singles too.
Although their wine selection is still some of the best around for odd one offs both that and their beer is pretty spendy. Generally at least two to three dollars more per bottle than many other places around.
06-24-2011 18:50:27 |
More by ncmussell
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
While Four Firkins is nearly in my back yard, I find myself heading to France44 more and more often. One, because they still manage to have the beers Firkins ran out of only moments after they came in the door. Two, the selection of COLD micros is pretty extensive and if your looking to be sucking down that Deschutes any time in the next couple of hours it is a convenience that is not found may places. Three, very helpful staff. They may not know what your talking about but they sure as hell will find you the answer, which in the past has meant putting me in direct contact with their distributor.
There are cheaper place, there are places with better selection, overall France44 offers a very well-rounded beer experience in one of the best wine stores in the metro.
***Recently their prices have been edging upwards, making it no longer a good value based on selection.***
06-11-2011 23:31:26 |
More by dc55110
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Stopped in a few weeks back and picked up some Founders Imperial Stout. I decided to go back again on 3/5. There is a pretty nice selection of beers, but wine is their specialty. Most of their beers are in doors, or inside a walk-in cooler.
The selection is not extraordinary, and some of the harder to find beers are overpriced, so if you stop in, keep that in mind. The build your own 6 pack selection was pretty sparse on both of my visits, and did not include much, if anything, from the more popular breweries. Overall, a nice store, and I am glad I had a chance to stop in.
03-06-2011 22:11:34 |
More by hardy008
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
France 44 Wine & Spirits has become my stand by beer store since I moved to Minneapolis, because it is the closest store to my place that has a good selection. They are a wine store first and foremost, and I find myself browsing their wine selection more so than their beer selection. However, they do still carry more than just the commonly found craft beers, and all but the make your own six pack section are kept in the cooler. I have found the service to be really good when I am looking around the wine area, and nonexistent when I'm in the cooler looking at the beer. The young guy who is usually at the register, however, seems to know some about beer, and has commented intelligently on the beers I've been purchasing a number of times. All the service I have received has been friendly and knowledgeable. The beer prices seem to be on par with what you'll find at most other stores in Minneapolis. The wine prices are a few dollars more per bottle than at other stores, but they do carry a lot of wines I haven't seen elsewhere. So I'll forgive them for that. Overall, this is a destination store for wine. For beer, however, it is a nice store to shop at if you are in the area, but nothing to go out of your way for.
10-14-2010 02:06:19 |
More by KarlHungus
France 44 Wines & Spirits in Minneapolis, MN
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