France 44 Wines & Spirits
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2.5/5 rDev -40.3%
quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | $$$$
Located in a big biuiding that also housed a deli and wine shop that dwarfed the beer section. I was not very impressed with this location. You have to walk through about 10 aisles of wine racks and people talking about the virtues of wine before you reach the miniscule beer section. Most of the beer singles were non-refridgerated, with most of those being overpriced belgian singles. In the refridgerator cases they had some locals and regional stuff, but not that spectacular of a selection (tons of mendocino, for some reason). I wouldn't go back to this place, not a very convenient location, and their love of beer is evident by the locations of the product in the store.
11-04-2004 19:46:47 | More by TastyTaste
3.15/5 rDev -24.8%
quality: 4.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3 | $$$$
France 44 is a large wine shop that has been making strides at leering beer drinkers in since remodeling. They pride themselves catering to rich yuppie wine drinkers. I was going to write a very positive review until my last experience. I have never been one to ask for help in selecting a beer, but this time I was very indecisive. So I looked for someone to help me. There were two employees in the store (remember this is a huge store). The lady at the counter told me she didnt know about beer and glared at me like I was a felon, and the man walking through the store (manager?) was walking so fast that I couldnt chase him down. So the service is abysmal for a store with prices that high. If youre not paying for service what are you paying extra for?
Selection: They have a very large walk in cooler. It used to be strictly macros, but they recently moved the American micros out of the other coolers and put them in the walk in. This wouldnt be a big deal, except it means less space for American micros, and guess what, now they have fewer choices. So this should mean more selection of foreign brews, right? Wrong. Although there are a couple more foreign choices, the extra space taken from American micros has been used to accommodate difference sizes of beers they already had. Rather than add selection they added six packs of beers that they already sold slingly, and smaller bottles of beers that they sold in 750ml. My biggest dissapointment is that the slection of Belgians is significantly smaller than last time I went to France 44 (about 4 months ago). Again the space has been used for various sizes of other (mainly English) brews. Oh, and there is a create your own six pack with at least 50% macros at $2.00/bottle or $9.00/6.
France 44 still has a large selection, particularly if you like beers from the UK. However, I am disappointed and probably wont return again until Guy Fawkes Day (or some other excuse for a British themed party).
07-01-2005 17:42:30 | More by JugglerPeter
3.66/5 rDev -12.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$$
I try to stop in here every once in a while. It is a great store from the standpoint of how nice it looks on the inside and they actually carry quite a nice selection of beers. All of the beers for the most part are kept refrigerated in coolers. Extensive selection of Belgians, domestics, German and other randoms. They must recently put in a selection for singles too.
Although their wine selection is still some of the best around for odd one offs both that and their beer is pretty spendy. Generally at least two to three dollars more per bottle than many other places around.
06-24-2011 18:50:27 | More by ncmussell
3.7/5 rDev -11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
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
3.8/5 rDev -9.3%
quality: 5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$
Being from Wisconsin, I wanted to pickup some Surly Furious before I am out of the area. I got a 4 pack of Surly cans for about $10. They also had the Samuel Adams Longshot winners, which a friend of mine picked up.
The selection seems pretty good. Quite a fair selection of 4/6 packs in their cooler. A decent selection of individual bomber bottles as well, except no Lagunita's individual bombers. They had BrewDog and Moylans though.
Their employees don't seem too knowledgeable about beer though. I had a question about the BrewDog, and the question was brushed off. Perhaps they know more about wine or hard alcohol, but for the most part I felt like they didn't really care about the beer they were carrying.
05-10-2009 05:01:22 | More by Ek0nomik
3.85/5 rDev -8.1%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
I stopped by this place a couple weeks ago as it was one of the few places that was carrying the new Flat Earth beer. I was in a hurry during my first visit but was impressed so I decided to take another trip back there today. They have a pretty nice set up for beer enthusiasts here. They have seperated the foreign and domestics. The domestics are in a walk-in fridge. Macros line the walls, and the micros are in the center. The best thing about this place is that the beers are organized in alphabetical order by brewer. They start with Abita and Anchor beers and end with Summit. The have a pretty good selection of domestic craft brews. One of the most impressive is their vast Bells selection. They also have a lot of local brews. They have a bunch of Tyrennia beers as well as some New Holland beers. They have a lot of Colorado beers as well. There is a nice selection of Rogue singles and 6-packs. Its hard to summarize all the craft brews here, but in essence there are a lot when compared to most liquor stores in the Twin Cities. The imported beer selection is less exciting. Of course they have Samuel Smith and some other English favourites, but their imported selection isn't really much better than some other run of the mill liquor stores. They have a rack of Belgians, as well as some that are cold, but it is only slightly above average when compared to some other Twin Cities liquor stores. My biggest complaint about this place is that their prices are a little higher than most other liquor stores in town. Despite all this, I'll probably be coming back here in the future when I'm looking for certain craft brews.
11-04-2007 01:42:05 | More by brewdoc75
3.86/5 rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
While Four Firkins is nearly in my back yard, I find myself heading to France44 more and more often. One, because they still manage to have the beers Firkins ran out of only moments after they came in the door. Two, the selection of COLD micros is pretty extensive and if your looking to be sucking down that Deschutes any time in the next couple of hours it is a convenience that is not found may places. Three, very helpful staff. They may not know what your talking about but they sure as hell will find you the answer, which in the past has meant putting me in direct contact with their distributor.
There are cheaper place, there are places with better selection, overall France44 offers a very well-rounded beer experience in one of the best wine stores in the metro.
***Recently their prices have been edging upwards, making it no longer a good value based on selection.***
06-11-2011 23:31:26 | More by dc55110
3.86/5 rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
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
3.9/5 rDev -6.9%
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 | More by kbaker91
4/5 rDev -4.5%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4
France 44 has enjoyed a reputation as one of the more notable local beverage retailers even since before their remodeling several years ago. Said remodel turned a once claustrophobic space (think the original Zipps, Hennepin-Lake Liquor, etc) into one of the most architecturally pleasing and visually engaging specialty beverage retailers around, so if youve grown weary of the industrial glare of the would-be Warehouses that blanket this town, youre in for a surprise. But make no mistake, they are a beautiful, boutique retailer for a reason, as they share breathing room with one of the more posh neighborhoods of Minneapolis, and are but a short stroll from both Saint Louis Park and Edina. As such you would naturally expect prices to follow suit, thus making them one of the most expensive specialty beverage retailers in the area, and in this assumption youd be half-right. Prices do tend to spiral up a bit by comparison to retailers known for their exceptional budget-minded prices, and yet at the same time the diligent shopper browsing through this stores wide selection will notice many a mark-down from an otherwise high MSRP or Price Point (as an example, for those of you whove yet to pick up a bottle of DeuS, I saw a solitary bottle that could be yours for just a bit over $17.)
In-store tastings, a wine cellaring program, and a bright and airy specialty food and cheese shop are all among the many features that make France 44 stand out from your average corner package store, and yet their beer selection does not suffer in any way, easily a notch or so better than the best of the MGMs here in town (although the selection is in no way on-par with the stellar Cellars or boundless Blue Max.) Moreover, theres a greater variety of beer in their coolers than stocked on their warm shelves (including a great single bottle selection for you gotta-have it now impulse buyers) and the abovementioned remodel saw the addition of a walk-in beer cooler, making France 44 one of the first area retailers to offer this feature. More recently theyve added a mix-a-six-pack shelf complete with six-pack cartons, located toward the front of the store (but not so far away from the beer coolers that youll miss it) and well-worth checking out. Bottom line? While they may not be a Beer Advocates first choice as a destination retailer (*cough, cough* - Blue Max!) you owe it to yourself to stop in for a visit if you happen to find yourself in the neighborhood of France 44.
06-20-2004 16:24:03 | More by Chaz
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France 44 Wines & Spirits in Minneapolis, MN
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