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Ray's Wine & Spirits
$$ - reasonable
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8930 W North Ave
phone: (414) 258-9821
(Place added by: ethosx19)
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quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Beautiful beer and wine selection. Almost all of the great imports and craft-brews are chilled!!! Rick the manager/owner is one of the best wine scholars in the area. Extremely friendly and helpful.
Don't be afraid to ask for some suggestions on beer and wine. They take the time to really help you out.
Some great finds here include numerous offerings from Dogfish Head Brewery, Milwaukee based Lakefront Brewery, Cleveland based Great Lakes Brewery, New Glarus, Sam Smiths, Weihenstephan, and a large selection of Trappist Ales. I always manage to stop in when I visit family in Wauwatosa.
05-05-2008 21:35:47 |
More by rkinsella
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Hey this is the third of the great beer stores in the Milwaukee Area. This is also the nicest of the three. I only wish they would bring out a beer buyers email list. They quite often buy wine in small batches and sell them only through the email list. I am sure the markups could not even come close to that on beer.
This is a wine store. They make their bucks selling wine to Milwaukee aficianados. But the beer section is just as impressive. The line of import bottles has been my challenge for years, and i am still going through it slowly. They rotate stock heavily in the 6er section so the thought of conqering that task is unfathomable. Sometimes there is nothing that sparks you fancy, but there is always something new.
03-09-2008 19:19:09 |
More by timmlimestone
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Made my first trip to Ray's this past weekend and I was incredibly surprised and quite happy with their selection! I read through the reviews and knew I had to make the trip. Their selection of WI craft beers was great and I found some things there I haven't been able to find anywhere. They also have a "Beer Geek" area of some very fine incredibly hard to fine beers. I'm still intrigued by something called "Weazel Bean" or something like that. I would never buy it since I'm not into coffee at all, but the beans are crapped out by weazels and used in the brewing. At $15 a 12oz bottle, I wasn't leaving with that in my bag. I picked up 3 sixers from Aly Asylum (2 Bedlam and 1 Ambergeddon), 3 bottles La Fin du Monde, 3 different La Couffes, 2 Ommegang BPA, and 2 of the Ommegang Tripels. I also picked up 2 Tripel Karmeleit glasses...all for a little less than $100. Not bad, not bad at all.
06-08-2010 01:41:44 |
More by jester27lax
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Ray's is right down the street from my house. Of all of the local stores that sell beer, Ray's has the best selection. They have all the local choices as well as some from throughout the US. They also have a good selection of imported beers from Germany and Belgium.
The customer service is impeccable here. On my first visit, I had several questions that were answered with eagerness, which compares especially favorably with your average liquor store.
Also, Ray's frequently schedules tastings in their tasting room upstairs, which range from different beers, spirits, and wines. Their events are well put together and very informative.
08-28-2012 02:43:54 |
More by flyingoose
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Rays liqour is always my first stop when looking for beer. Their staff is always knowledgable and ready to answer any questions or help out with recomendations. All you need to do is linger in front of any area and someone will ask if you need help. Most of the beer is refridgerated which is a nice feature. They have a decent selection of singles which are reasonably priced. Many beers such as limited editions are only sold in singles. They have a great selection of American craft brew which equals local shops, their import selection is pretty good but not as much as Discount Liquor.
02-09-2011 20:51:38 |
More by drpdaddy
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $
Ran into this place out of nowhere. We stayed at a hotel across the street and from the look of its exterior I was thinking I would be lucky if I found any New Glarus (which is what I was looking for) aside from Spotted Cow.
Looks can be deceiving.
This is one of the biggest, freshest, and cheapest single bottle selections I have ever seen. Cooler after cooler full of crafts and imports, including a very good selection of rare and one-off beers. New Glarus unplugged, I just kept shoving more and more bottles into my box and before I knew it I was a little worried, thinking maybe I was spending too much. Of course that was a just plain silly thing to think, seeing as I was in Wisconsin where for some reason beer is all but free.
The decor wasn't too great. It was hot and sweaty in there and the beer isn't grouped together in any kind of logical order (not by style or country or even brewery, sometimes). The place overall had the feel of a dirty little liquor store. Still, the staff was friendly and the selection was great and those are the two most important things.
Upping scores. The place is cleaner now, and every last beer--EVERY LAST BEER--is sold in fresh singles, cold, from a tinted fridge. That's class.
08-01-2008 03:16:53 |
More by mynie
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Since Ray's is only a couple of blocks out of my way on my route home from work, in the last couple years it's replaced Discount as my primary stop for beer.
Selection is solid, with a very good mix of imports, local micros, and regional micros. They carry a wide variety of singles. Macros are in coolers tucked on the back wall of the store, so they're not taking any attention from the stars of the show.
Customer service is top-notch. I've never been bothered while browsing, but when I've had a question the staff has always been able to answer it.
Selection is a bit thinner than Discount due to space considerations.
Even though this is BeerAdvocate, I have to mention that Ray's also has an outstanding wine selection at very nice prices and is the only store in the Milwaukee area to carry Schramsberg champagne.
01-09-2007 03:05:29 |
More by goose13
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Ray's is one of the few stores that I frequent in the Milwaukee area. They have a great selection of local WI beer and regional offerings too. The number of imports they carry is impressive, but not quite at the level of Discount.
Their special releases are usually done on Saturday mornings, which is a decent way to spread the wealth. They are also active on social media and it pays to follow them on Facebook or Twitter for updates on the newest beer to hit the shelves.
The couple times I've had a question or two, the staff has been more than helpful. If you're in Milwaukee and looking for a great liquor store, don't hesitate to stop at Ray's!
05-13-2013 01:35:22 |
More by pk18
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | $$$
I visit Ray's 3-4 times a year. It is very convenient, on North Ave, on Milwaukee's west side. Once you enter Ray's, you are immediately presented with beer in coolers on your right hand side with numerous shelves on your left hand side. The coolers continue along the back wall of the store, usually takes me 30-45 minutes to glance over everything they have. They also have a decent glassware selection, this is where I started purchasing my first glassware, mainly Belgian/ European offerings. On an overlook of the store, you can tell wine is their #1 focus, with beer being #2, and booze being #3.
Ray's usually (99% of the time) gets the hard to find/ rare beer offerings. Most of the time they do Saturday morning, 9am releases for the real limited stuff, otherwise you need to pay attention to their Facebook/ Twitter postings as things don't last long here.
I have always been greeted when entering the store, and have always been asked if I needed help finding anything, so their service is above average. I am not really one to ask questions as I generally know what I am looking for, but they are definitely there if you need help.
Ray's only downfall, and the reason I am not there more often, is their prices. They are generally $1-$2 more per 4/6 pk and some of their bomber prices are the same. When it comes to limited/ rare releases, they really go a bit overboard.
If you can only stop at one place in Milwaukee, go to Discount. Otherwise, Ray's is a solid Top 5 Milwaukee beer shop.
05-18-2013 19:06:15 |
More by atone315
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
I was impressed to see the wide variety of beers available here. According to their website they offer more than 600 different types of imports and domestics. The majority of the beers are displayed and stored in open air coolers to preserve freshness. They feature a very nice selection of local and domestic mircrobrews, Belgian ales and other imports in these coolers near the front of the store. Macros are stored along the back in closed door coolers. The wine selection here seemed pretty extensive too.
Prices were about on par with what you'd find at other stores in the Milwaukee area. Although I didn't approach the staff with a specific question regarding beer, they did seem knowledgable when approached by another customer regarding a wine selection from what I could over hear. The employees seem willilng to take the time to earnestly answer your questions. Located just a few minutes east of Mayfair Mall (for those of you in WI who know where that is), it's definitely worth a stop the next time you're out there.
10-27-2003 18:41:22 |
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