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Warehouse Liquor Store
$$ - reasonable
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104 W Central Entrance
phone: (218) 722-5611
(Place added by: tavernjef)
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quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is a pretty good beer store in Northern Minnesota. The prices are pretty good considering the prices for beer as you continue north to the Boundary Waters. The selection was really impressive. Tons of local brews plus good stuff from Colorado and the coasts. Since I struggle to find Arcadia in MO, I grabbed up some of their beer. There were quite a few imports that I had never heard of and a good collection of big bottles, too. The staff seemed knowledgable about beer, although, I didn't ask them any questions. I would have to say this is a very good beer store.
01-06-2007 20:11:12 |
More by zeff80
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
So this is where they keep all the good beer in Duluth! What a selection! They have remodeled the place since I was there last and theyve moved all of their beer up front so you cant miss it. Their selection is impressive. If you consider where the next liquor store of this caliber is, it is down right amazing. I was startled to see Avery here and not in any other store in Duluth or Superior. They also had the big stone bottles of Rogue in some varieties I havent seen any where else. Also, they had a great representation of locals from MN and WI and the staples from the coasts. Truly a marvelous selection that forced my hand into buying a little more than I had expected to. The store also has a good selection of whiskey. From previous encounters, the guy behind the counter knew a lot about whiskey and today he knew a fair deal about beer. He was more than happy to chat with us about our selections. It was nice that the beer was right across from the counter, so we didnt need to track down a cart, or have to look far for help. Truly a marvelous store and a blessing to northern MN.
12-26-2005 16:12:15 |
More by DarkerTheBetter
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Stopped by here looking for some Borealis beer which I was happy to find. Based on reviews, looks like this is the best craft store in Duluth. They do have a huge selection, however nearly all of it is on warm shelves and some of it seems to have been there for a long time. I found an Arcadia bomber with a 2006 vintage date sitting on the shelf so buyer beware of dates. Prices were a couple of dollars more per sixer/bomber when compared to prices in the Twin Cities. About every available brewery in the state is represented here with the addition of South Shore which is not distributed down to the TC area. The guy at the counter was very friendly and helpful. A good overall beer store.
05-23-2012 20:52:56 |
More by jera1350
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Like previous reviewers had mentioned, beware of bottle dates...You can find some nice stuff sitting on the shelf, but there is plenty that is passed it's prime. I found a 2009 Goose Island Christmas Ale sitting on the bottle shelf. Might not be good anymore, but for 7 dollars, I will give it a try.
I also stopped in for some Borealis beer, and they had plenty. I loaded up and scoped out the shelves, which is where mostly all their beer lies, on warm shelves. That doesn't bother me at all. They have a nice lay out, with many singles available both in 12 oz. format and many bombers/750 ml bottles. Quite a good selection of Belgians and imports...some Orval from 2010.
I will definitely stop by again when visiting the Duluth area.
10-11-2012 21:10:57 |
More by MarcatGSB
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Finally visited this place after hearing about it for the last twenty five years (yeah, I'm lazy and a late effin' bloomer) and made the trip especially to get my hands on a few bottles from Borealis Fermentery out of Knife River, MN.
My first impression -- outside the front door:
"This itty-bitty place has the best selection in the Arrowhead Region?"
My second impression -- upon entry:
"Man, this place should be featured on T.V.'s 'Hoarders'!"
Indeed, this place is not in the least bit large as far as retailers go these days, not the least because he claims (the sign on the outside) to have 700 unique beer SKUs crammed inside. Well, I get inside and the place is packed like a beer trader's basement, with cases stacked in the back half of the store almost as if he has no proper warehouse space (the basement? offsite?), but it doesn't seem to matter: there are hundreds of foreign singles, dozens of floor-stackers, a coldbox in the far back end of the store, a few display coolers and rack after rack of specialty and craft multi-packs. It looked like what I'd expect to see happen to Pilney's Blue Max if Jim Sebring were ever allowed to become a ticker/trader . . . just whacky! So, the sign said there were 700 beers? My cautious guess would up that number to 850, my less-cautious/too much to dream last night/"still hungover from Carmody and a night in Soup Town" guess is closer to 1,100 beers. No shit.
Still, I already wasted precious time at the Vinyl Cave and hadn't done any romantic stuff (walk along the shore/Canal Park/Skyline Drive) with the fairer sex in-tow, so I didn't spend too much more time here; just picked up a handful of individually-priced singles (I didn't see a mix-a-six price and wasn't really looking to get that many, anyway) along with the Borealis brands while my friendly-girl grabbed a couple of others.
Paid in cash, and away we go! Down to Canal Park to wait for that silly new similarly-named brewpub to open... and waited some more (what, they can't answer the telephone?) before just saying 'fuggit!' and going to pick up lunch at Old Chicago, and --that's--when I looked at my itemized receipt from Warehouse Liquors and "OH MY GOSH! I've been Gypped! I didn't get an entire sixer of 'Old Busted Hymen', just a single!"
Flashback: I was chatting-up the owner at Warehouse somethin' fierce, really givin' him the old chin-wag and shmooveville routine. Well, he was also checking in with one of his wholesale (beer) sales guys and another guy, selecting him a few bottles of $2 Tisdale wine. And, well: when he finally got around to ringing me up from all of this other multitasking he ended up scanning a couple of barcodes in error. (No problem, though, because he made a point of clearly pointing-out the itemized receipt and I got that all squared-away later that afternoon, with another employee. She was totally cool and credited me in cash, making careful note on her register's Z roll, just to square the books.)
Back to the store. It is a literal goldmine for rare-r imports from Belgium and New Zealand and India and everywhere, really, the sort of place you don't find very often outside of the Twin Cities or Milwaukee (or Chicago, on occasion) and I did indeed find a few veins of gold, but also some fool's gold in a handful of past-code packages and brands brought in during the unhinged days of Vino Source/Uncorked. But ya know what? Shit like that happens, and a guy like this who's passionate enough about beer (and may need to grouse about those date codes with his sales guys) shouldn't be held to task for too much of this nit-picky stuff. But I am a nit picker, and so I mention it anyway... SIGH. Can't win for losin' eh?
Half of the prices here were good-to-fair, but a few were kinda nutso in a crazy grandma antique mall sorta-way, so those were enough (plus the Minnesota Craft beer(TM) singles being priced between $2 and $2.50? "I'm used to lower in the Cities"...) to make me think of that old Latin phrase "caveat emptor" and all that jazz.
In the end Warehouse Liquor is not a bad spot at all, but a VERY GOOD one, and very much worth a visit if you happen to be nearby and looking for something out of the ordinary.
Just don't let your enthusiasm trump your common sense, as can happen, and you'll be golden. Also: might want to grab your miner's lamp and a copy of your personalized Excel spreadsheet for tickin': getting all the way through this place might take a while...
11-20-2012 00:54:08 |
More by Chaz
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Warehouse Liquor doesn't look like much from the outside except your typical slightly neglected up north liquor store. Pulling into the parking lot you notice some signs advertising different kinds of craft beer. Opening the door and looking off to the right you see an upscale beer store, unexpected. Four or five wooden 4'x6' shelves, where aisles usually are located, carry an impressive selection of individually priced singles most of which are from the upper midwest. A long shelve of craft covers the right wall and aisle stands hold a lot of seasonals. The row of coolers in back is fairly small but carries a good amount of local and regional craft.
The service was outstanding! The owner was at the register when I stopped in. He was easy to talk to, full of knowledge, and excited about working with beer. He helped steer me toward some of the new releases; Surly Wet, Bent Paddle Brewing, and Schell Star of the North. Tons of MN locals, Founders, Bells, Odell, lots o' stuff. My only complaint is that a few things were past their prime, not necessarily past the best by date but a few IPAs that were older than I would have liked. With the amazing service and selection I'll let that slide each and everyday. The owner was a great guy to chat with and I can't recommend this place enough.
10-02-2013 23:56:35 |
More by joe1510
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
located on the south side and a the beginning of miller trunk highway sits this un assuming store from the outside it does not look like much with a small parking lot. but if you read the banners on the wall you will find many many craft brews.. as the banner says they have over 600 brews... when you walk in a whole wall greets you with lots of singles of domestic and imports with friendly service many to choose from bells surly founders rogue,lake Superior,deschutes,lots of belgian ales.UK and imports...this is a must stop if your in duluth and need some beer for the motel room,great selection good service,reasonable prices
09-18-2011 18:51:18 |
More by gatornation
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Heard from BA that this place had a good singles selection. They did. Nothing to exotic that I hadn't heard of or seen elsewhere in MN, but a lot of singles I've been afraid of getting the whole 6/12 of for cost. Lots of local stuff and even more foreign, including some from non-traditional beer places like Italy. Price was ok, most American bottles were $1.50-2.50. Foreign went considerably higher. Most expensive I noticed (for a beer I didn't know) was $8 or $9. Service wasn't great for me, but I noticed him helping other people. Maybe he thought I knew my way around. Worth a stop, I would say, if you have the time.
03-08-2009 17:34:37 |
More by mdwalsh
quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This is the place to shop for beer in Duluth. It's just up the hill from downtown by a couple miles before the Murray Hill Mall. All the good beer is up front when you walk in and there's a nice two-sided shelf of singles for sale. But beware, and this is my only problem with this shop, some of the singles are well past their prime.
Aside from getting a couple old beers, the service was fantastic. The guys working there have a passion for beer and were incredibly friendly. The selection was as good as it gets in Northern MN with about 400 different beers. I grabbed a couple WI beers unavailable in the cities from Ashland (South Shore) and Black River Falls (Sandy Creek).
Check it out if you're in the area.
05-30-2007 00:10:16 |
More by tempest
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I have been to this store a few times, and figured it is time to review it. When you walk in, you see a nice selection of singles available for sale. They have a nice selection of imports from Belgium, Germany, Canada, and the UK. I do question how long some of the beers sit on the shelf though. I saw a Duvel gift pack with the glass included from last winter, and a large basket of dusty beers marked down which I decided not to touch. They also have Celis available from Michigan Brewing, which I have not seen in the Twin Cities, and Surly. I also saw the usual craft beers that are available in the Twin Cities. Overall, a nice store. They do need to watch the age of some of their beers though.
09-23-2009 00:18:16 |
More by hardy008
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