Coaltrain Wine and Spirits
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Reviews by DelMontiac:
4.04/5 rDev -6.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
Had to check out Coaltrain while I was town before heading home. Found plenty that I can't get at home.
Coaltrain is next to some railroad tracks and it appears to be just on the wrong side of them, but that doesn't seem to be stopping anyone. I knew I was in for a treat when I saw some sugar mamma with a cart containing a variety of Belgians, Stone Ruination, and a 12 pack of Laughing Lab.
The place is...semi-organized and really tight. The aisles are only wide enough for one person. They simply need more space. I found myslef having to wait my turn as it was a busy time as folks were getting off work. The ones that don't work or don't care what they drink were lined up with their foeties and fifs which made me thankful for my job.
This little place packs a punch! It's a lean machine - not very much crap and fluff. They put mostly quality brews in the little space they have. Lots of great domestic and import bombers and bigs on one short room temp aisle which I didn't even see until I had a cart with two cases on it already. I checked out the small single cooler in the corner with a mishmash of unorganized bottles of all types. There were a lot of old dates in there so I stayed clear of them. The main row of coolers is mostly full of desirable sixers and hop bombs.
Service is good. Asked a guy about the Upslope in cans he was stocking. He said they're pretty new self distributors from Boulder and he really likes their Brown Ale. The guy who rang me up helped me out with my two well packed boxes. I let several people go ahead of me since they had single items and he thanked me for that.
I think most beer in Colorado is pricey and Coaltrain is no different, albeit a little cheaper than it's warehouse style competitors in the area. I was a bit shocked when I rang up although I was trying to keep track in my head. I figure it's for a good cause - me!
I left with:
Upslope Brown Ale 6pk
Russian River Sanctification single
Russian River Consecration single
Russian River Salvation single
Russian River Redemption single
Delirium Nocturnum single
Oskar Blues Ten-Fidy 4pk
Oskar Blues Gubna 4pk
Oskar Blues Mammas Little Yella Pils 6pk
Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale 6pk
Victory Storm King 6pk
Stone Ruination 6pk
Stone Oaked Arrogant Bastard 6pk
Nogne O Pale Ale single
Coaltrain is a must stop if you're in the area. If a crazy dude in the parking lot starts yelling at you waving his shirt around, just ignore him and get in the car. He'll look for someone else to bother. If not, then just run over his crazy ass.
07-24-2011 04:56:01 | More by DelMontiac
More User Reviews:
4.22/5 rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | $$
I love this place! I wish I lived closer to it.
The building is a little cramped, kind of outdated. They make the most of the space they have. Tons of beers, huge selection.
They have a friendly and knowledgeble staff. I've used them every time for recommendations. They seem to have a connection to the local brewers like Bristol.
They have a lot of microbrews, interesting and unique beers that can be hard to find anywhere else.
Prices are always reasonable, but I've never got a huge bargain shopping there.
Overall, I recommend any beer enthusiast check this place out that happens to be in the area.
11-08-2013 17:45:09 | More by Dan_K
4.49/5 rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | $$
Coaltrain is a great bottle shop to visit if you are in the Colorado Springs area. If you are simply traveling through, like my wife and I, it is also very convenient, just off the highway. It doesn't look like much from the outside, but there is plenty to choose from once you get inside.
S - Service was great. Not only was he very helpful with what was in the store, but he shared with me some of the rarer stuff, they had just received. I love it when stores do this without prompting.
Sel. - Selection was awesome. There was more local stuff than any of the other Colorado stores we visited during our trip. Also, had several non-local beers that the other shops did not have.
I would recommend this shop to any one visiting or just driving through Colorado Springs.
09-08-2013 00:49:14 | More by JamLand
3.91/5 rDev -9.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
This is a great store close to CC and the old northend... a little cramped but great selection.. prices are a touch on the higher end but they nearly have it all.
they have as well a great wine and spirit selection.. so if you look for convience and a large selection with knowlegble staff and do not mind to pay for that that is the shop for you
02-17-2013 00:50:08 | More by coloradobeer12345678
3.8/5 rDev -12.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I took a vacation and was in the springs for a few days and stopped by here twice to browse and try some local stuff.The store is mainly a liquor store so the atmosphere is bland,but the beer selection was good with an aisle dedicated to craft beer bombers and singles and various displays around and a large cold section with 4 and six packs.All of the Colorado breweries are well represented and I bought a few Bristol offerings and a few imports I have never found before.There wasn't much Russian River or Firestone Walker offerings which was dissapointing as I have never gone this far west before and was hoping to score some.Most of the Colorado breweries I can get back home so I didn't find much that I hadn't already had before.I have heard they keep rarer stuff in the back but none was offered to me.
The staff was okay,they didn't seem very talkative and when I said I was from South Carolina and was looking for some beer exclusive to the west they didn't seem too knowledgeable about what to recommend and only pointed me towards some Oskar Blues stuff that I had already tried,however they did try to help.Maybe I didn't look hard enough but I wasn't blown away like I expected to be after hearing this was the place to go for craft beer in this area.Prices were decent and fairly reasonable.
Maybe I am jaded with stores like GBX near me back home but I wasn't too impressed.I figured for Colorado,one of the kings of craft beer breweries that there would be a a better selection and I had heard this was the store to visit,but I have 4 craft beer specific stores withing 20 miles of me back home that all top this place in selection.I am not bashing this place in anyway,it is a very solid store and I would go back again if in the area and refer anyone to if visiting Colorado Springs.
10-12-2012 17:16:11 | More by Jambarino
4.8/5 rDev +10.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
Everyone told me to go and see for myself and I can say I was not disappointed. They have stuff I can not get back home and the guys helped my brother in law and I out gave us some info and got us going for the next day or 2. I will def be going back before i go home. If you are in town stop by and look for yourself. The selection when i walked in was OMG! they still had single holiday bottles and overseas singles as well. Austin was a great guy and got us hooked up with an Avery brew that man looks good.
05-04-2012 00:39:00 | More by cell10
4.5/5 rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
One of the finest little beer places I've ever visited.
Their beer selection is topnotch, focusing on many western state breweries, big and small. They also have an extensive collection of Belgium-styled beers plus other foreign offerings not found elsewhere.
The staff is very helpful and willing to special order things for you. They also don't overcharge you for some rarities and limited run beers that other local, big box beer stores do.
Small in square footage, but bursting at the seams with an awesome beer selection and enthusiastic staff.
12-17-2011 22:41:50 | More by beergoot
4.16/5 rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
stopped here while I was in town for a conference, to pick up some stuff I can't get back in PA. I went with the highest rated store, and it didn't disapoint.
Pretty small place, and as the name implies, much of the store is dedicated to wine and liquor. But they make up quantity for quality. They have a cooler of six packs in the back, and up front by the register they have six packs and large bottle of local stuff. then they have an aisle of the rarer stuff in the corner. Good selection of limited release stuff from Colorado breweries like Great Divide, Avery, Ska, Left Hand, etc. Plus other West Coast stuff, including Russian River, and European imports.
Staff was friendly and pointed me in the right direction. Prices were about average.
10-24-2011 21:18:37 | More by jmdrpi
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Coaltrain Wine and Spirits in Colorado Springs, CO
95 out of 100 based on 26 user ratings.