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2618 E Franklin Ave
phone: (612) 333-8686
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quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in to pick up some stuff while in the Minneapolis area because I was told they had what I wanted. With a nice large assortment of beers, they definitely had what I was looking for, and at a good price. Their singles selection was pretty good, as was their selection of beers that were in the cooler, and the room temp section was top notch, with plenty of micros and imports along with the typical macros. One thing I did notice though was the bottles seemed a little dusty, making me wonder if the beers have been sitting for a good period, or the place is just in a really dusty area. In any case, the place was easy to find, parking was easy, service was good, and the selection was impressive.
06-11-2008 21:52:51 |
More by HopDerek
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I haven't visited Zipp's in a while, but my how times have changed!
Gone are the Camo-drinkin' train-hoppin' crust-punks, gone are the dusty bottles, gone are the hundreds of cheap kegs dished out by tatooed rockstar staff with attitudes . . . oh wait, no, all of these things are still here in spades, so what the heck has changed?
For one thing, they've expanded, relocated, and rearranged the 'dry' beer section, having relocated the jug wines and wine coolers to the cramped spot that had previously held the singles and imported beers. The new dry beer section is about four times the size of the old, and with a 400% increase in the number of Belgians, to boot - holy sh*t! So did Mickey and Andy finally wise up here or what? All kidding aside, Zipp's has a lot going for it in the beer department, including half a shelf's worth of craft brew singles (both bottles and cans) priced to move, baby, and with plenty of empty six pack cartons in which to carry 'em to the counter and out the door. This fact alone makes Zipps worthy of a visit for some of you folks who regularly go without a good singles selection back in your own hood. With singles from the likes of Dark Horse, Furthermore, and New England brewing, Im gonna be paying this place a visit about once a week! They have also done some cannibalizing of the 'price-beer' coolers since the last time I visited, adding more crafts and imports in the place of wine coolers, Old Milwaukee returnables and the like - not a genius move admittedly, but it beats the hell out of a roller each of Blatz and Blatz Light flats! For you closeout fanatics, Zipp's has added a couple of those rustic, quarter barrel-sized wooden buckets a la Hennepin Lake, and filled them with a bunch of sweet lambics, Gluek's cut-outs, and bigger craft brand singles that are growing a bit long in the tooth. For you clueless newbs, theyve got a half-dozen not-available-in-this-town bottles with a bit of an explanation as to why they aint available I always wanted to do something like this when I worked at the Polish liquor barn up the river. Its worth noting that theres been an improvement in the shelf-talkers and related signage, including definitions of Trappist ales and craft beer, as well as particular styles and subcategories.
For you collectors, I also noticed a stack of Bell's Batch 8000 sitting on the floor in the end-cap position closest to the coolers (and yeah, there were no singles of 8000, and while I was in the checkout lane I saw a couple of dirty Uptown hippies* grabbing the remaining cases off the floor! Oh well, my loss . . . )
For those of you looking to spice up your craft-beer diet, Zipp's selection of non-beer is pretty much on par with the better neighborhood retailers, and by that I mean France 44 or most of your friendly neighborhood Cellar's locations. And while I am no big wine drinker, I have to admit that I was impressed while overhearing their wine consultant give about twenty people a rundown on some of his favorite selections: heck, having spent plenty of time around wine freaks myself (five years' hard labor at Surdyk's thankyouverymuch) I wanted to go over and shoot the breeze with the guy!
Perhaps best of all is the fact that Zipp's is a 'real' neighborhood beverage retailer, ably catering to a very wide range of clientele. They're unpretentious yet informed, with a well-appointed yet not overly exhausting selection, a spacious yet not gargantuan sales floor, and with a very good (frequently downright awesome) staff. Fact is, Zipp's is exactly the kind of retailer Id like to work at if I ever went back to working retail!
All in all Zipp's is an excellent neighborhood retailer made even better by the changes Ive highlighted above. I have about ten great Zipp's stories I could relate as I sit here typing this review, but I'll save 'em for some time when we're all camped out under a full moon, with a roaring fire and a keg of craftbrew at our side. Great work, Sean!
*For those of you who might miss the satire, this review is rather tongue in cheek, as among other things I resemble this particular remark.
08-19-2007 02:12:19 |
More by Chaz
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Heard a rumor that this place might still have Bell's Batch 7000, which is the main reason I stopped in. I had a feeling it was too good to be true, and well, it was. No Batch 7000, but I did take the time to look around and see what else they had to offer. A fair amount of beer and they seemed to be keeping in at least reasonable conditions (away from sunlight, direct heat, etc.). Service was not really to be found. It wasn't bad, but that's because it was nonexistent, so I'll rate it average to be fair. Selection seemed decent, but didn't necessarily impress me either. It is certainly, however, a fine beer with a solid selection, I just probably won't frequent this one unless I can't find it at other places.
01-05-2007 07:25:23 |
More by badbeer
quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$
This place is huge and has a giant selection of any beer you would expect a large range of people to enjoy. The only thing I found to be bad is that it's not set up in an orderly fashion, especially with the beer next to the wine and integrated. Especially the Rochefort 10 being the only beer in a display case next to the checkout counter next to some bottles of wine and other liquors. I didn't need any service, but it seemed they didn't have too many beer knowledgeable folks. Overall it would be worth returning I did see some nice things like Thomas Hardy's an dother bigname beers that I can't find in Iowa. The only weird thing was the small dog running about and barking at me.
12-28-2006 13:43:32 |
More by Erdinger2003
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$
When walking into this place I was greeted by a small dog running around on a short leash. It gave the place a small town feel that was nice but I wish the little guy could have led me to the beer section. There were some rows of coolers in the back with beer and then warm beer was scattered in several isles in the middle of the store.
I was happy to see a few local meads on the sale shelf but the beer selection was a few European beers and lots of west coast beers with a few locals tucked in places. I saw a sign for Killer Penguin on sale but it was full of The Kaiser, and they had just sold out of the KP.
I asked if they had more in the back and the guy working the register shouted my question to the manager, who shook his head no. I think this store will be a good place to stop when looking for out of season beers if I can't find them other places and it has a nice family run feel.
06-08-2006 16:14:17 |
More by rhoadsrage
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Zip's was my corner liquor store a couple years, and all in all I feel like it is a pretty quality establishment. It's in a really cool neighborhood, the Seward neighborhood, so as you could expect there are some pretty cool people working there that will remember you. Not every worker that walks by is super knowledgeable, but there is usually someone there who can answer any questions you have. They have a great selection, an impressive amount of Belgian ales. They even recently just expanded their 'good' beer section so they are even getting more. They also have a lot of good sets of beer with nice beer glasses around the holidays. This is a great liquor store to live by.
04-18-2006 14:01:31 |
More by dfried
quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
I like Zipps, if for no other reason than that it is a browser's paradise. There are few beer stores I'd rather spend time in, and I often go out of my way to stop in for a sixer of something. Not that Zipp's carries the absolutely broadest variety of beers, but what they do carry seems somehow appropiate for the store, their Cedar/Riverside/U of M customer base, and the BA crowd that comes here.
Their prices can be thrillingly cheap...sometimes. When they close out stock, they really slash prices, but I find their day-to-day prices are usually higher than most of their competitors. For example, Surdyk's (another terrific beer purveyor) actually undercuts Zipps on just about everything lately.
Still, the store is fun just to be in, and they have one of the most eclectic wine selections I've ever seen, making Zipps a one-stop shop for your tippling needs.
[Note: The emo-punk-goth-slacker staff behind the register is great, unless they overcharge you and you have the audacity to ask for a correction--whoa! Also, they sometimes don't watch the freshness dates very closely, so take a close look before you buy to avoid getting really tired stock.]
01-28-2006 20:02:28 |
More by spoots
quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Very busy Friday night at this evidently popular liquor store. Beer gets pretty high billing. Many singles, and most of the regulars available in the Twin Cities. Prices are reasonable, as far as I know. I bought some Hair of the Dog (it's the first time I had seen it here, so I don't have any reference for average price). The other beers seemed alright, fairly large selection. The employees there only rang me up, never even batted an eye my way until i brought beer to the counter (that isn't always a bad thing, I really didn't have any questions). Blue Max and Cellars have better selection, but this may have better prices,
07-23-2005 02:42:51 |
More by TastyTaste
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
Zipp's is characterized by by several anachronisms, from the name and bold neon sign that recall the Sputnik era in which it was founded, to the roly-poly cartoon mascot who bounces down the aisles, over the kegs, and in between father and son proprietors, Mickey and Andy, in their TV commercial. Add to that, it's a pretty good place to get your beer!
Walk in and go straight ahead, through the wine aisles, and you'll find that the entire West wall is devoted to beer, in coolers and on shelves. In fact, as you start at the first cooler, don't forget to turn around and check those shelves out, filled with various 6-packs, priced to move. From the left side, we start with regionals, and national craft-brews, many of which are on sale prices. That's one of the first things I loved about Zipp's when I first discovered it, that there's always something marked down, and usually something you want to drink. Not just cheap stuff, but sometimes Bell's, Victory, Goose Island, Capital, Boulavard, etc., all kinds of imports and even the occasional Belgian abbey tripel. Towards the middle, it gets a bit more mainstream, then turns to imports. Take a turn into the little island in the center, 2 more coolers of large size bottles, singles, and various oddments, form malt liquors to English ales, Roque bombers, Bell's stouts, and everything under the sun, then more shelves of imports of all types, from Russia, Japan, Canada, Belgium, and more, complete with the occasional blurb from BA, how do you like that? (None of mine, yet, sniff...sob...)
The rest of the coolers and displays are entirely forgettable, and filled to brim with all those beers you're better off avoiding, conveniently lumped together.
Service has always been friendly, helpful, and enthusiastic. Great staff, and I've got to hand it to management for special ordering stuff no-one else would carry.
Within the limits of the city of Minneapolis, Zipp's is always one of the best places to shop for good selection, and now-and-then a deal or two.
03-19-2004 07:25:43 |
More by feloniousmonk
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
What a great little surprising selection this place has. Lots of stuff just lying around, on sale, or with pretty good normal prices. Some of the usual out in plain sight. Most of the good beers are in back, gotta really look, they're kinda spread out all over, but can find stuff perhaps not lingering in other stores. Like some of the Bell's Nov. only stouts still there in June, wow. I was quite happy to have made a stop here. You could easily come away with very good beer here, even in keg form as well if throwing parties. Good friendly service as well, they seemed to know there stuff. Worth a stop if in the Franklin area.
06-11-2003 14:37:23 |
More by tavernjef
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