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Thomas Liquors & Fine Wines

Thomas Liquors & Fine WinesThomas Liquors & Fine Wines
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

20 Ratings
Ratings: 20
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
$$ - reasonable


[ Store ]

1941 Grand Ave
Saint Paul, Minnesota, 55105-1433
United States
phone: (651) 699-1860

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Ratings: 20 | Reviews: 20
Reviews by GilGarp:
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GilGarp

Colorado

3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$

I was visiting St. Paul and wanted to pick up some unusual beers that we can't get in Colorado. This place was recommended and it was on the way to our destination so we stopped in.

Not a huge place by any means and at first it appears to be more focused on wine but we found some gems towards the back of the store.

I was most excited to see Bell's (haven't seen them at all since leaving Ohio) but we were limited on space so I just picked from their singles shelf.

I got an expedition stout and third coast old ale from Bell's, Tyranena The Devil Made Me Do It, Goose Island Bourbon Co. Stout, Southern Tier Unearthly, and a four-pack of Furious.

Service was average in that no one attempted to help but they were friendly when checking out.

Selection was good but nothing exceptional.

The prices seemed a bit high. The surley furious was a buck more than a saw it for at another store. The singles were all about $3 each.

12-30-2008 16:52:06 | More by GilGarp
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GeezLynn

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$

Have been meaning to review Thomas for awhile as it is one of the best options in this part of St. Paul. The store is on the smallish side, but they somehow manage to fit a great variety in nicely. They're still one of the few places in StP where you can find Steel Toe bottles.

Though it's a pretty good store across the board, service is really where they stand out. As mentioned in previous reviews, the manager is a great guy to talk beer with. It's obvious he appreciates helping people find what they're looking for and seems to remember repeat customers. Great place to have on your list of regular stops.

01-08-2014 06:16:38 | More by GeezLynn
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Outlandishbrew

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

I was in Minny for a 3 hour layover, went on BA to find a nearby beer store, found Thomas' for some good local craft beer and boy am I glad I did! first of all, I showed up right as the shipment of Bourbon County Stout showed up. After talking to Fitty about being an out-of-town beer geek looking for some local goodies to take back to Cali with me, He went to the back and came out with 2 Bourbon County's and 1 bottle of Darkness. I almost scorched my shorts! Thomas' is a super cool place with a great selection and Fitty is the perfect kinda person I like to BS with when I go to a beer store looking for good, local craft beer. check it out!

12-06-2013 18:11:25 | More by Outlandishbrew
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accordselux

Minnesota

4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | $$

A great little store. Fitty knows his beer, and the store reflects it. Selection is small, but high quality. Beer can hang around here a few days after nearby stores sell out. I also want to chime in on the available cellar beers- a great idea and worth checking out.

I referred some visiting BA's to Thomas, and they were carrying beer out by the armload.

A good place to stop and check out- even if you're going to the Ale Jail! The staff has always been friendly- the owner doesn't seem to be very involved with the beer, but Fitty and others are friendly and helpful.

Don't be afraid that it is situated between two colleges- I've never had any issues going in on a Friday or Saturday night and being run over in a rush for PBR.

12-15-2011 00:54:23 | More by accordselux
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Mid

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +20.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

Wow a C+, crazy bad and then to plug a neighboring store and from a beer savant...! Known more for it's great wine selection, I feel Thomas has more than stepped up to the plate for the craft beers distributed to MN. Heck, Fitty was mention in one of latest articles/interviews that Omar from Surly did on how much product this store has moved since their inception. Most Fridays, even better the first Friday of every month, you'll find yourself at their bar tasting not only stuff for sale from a particular brewery, but a home brew that knocks your socks of or something from the cellar! Cellar, oh ya there's a cellar and if you say the magic word a door opens up to beers that are from a few years ago. I could go on and on, but will keep this short and sweet. This place has been around a long time and no it's not the biggest craft store in the cities, but I feel it's definitely one of the best.

Cheers

12-09-2011 00:30:58 | More by Mid
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

3.03/5  rDev -27%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | $$$

Having visited Thomas Liquors I am very surprised at how highly rated they are here on BA. The size of their selection is about average for what I've seen in most Twin Cities retail stores. Other than Summit, Surly, and Schell's they don't carry any breweries full line up (and they only have one of Schell's beers available in twelve pack). The only thing saving them from mediocrity is the fact that they do carry some rarer, more unique beers in their singles selection. The service on my visit was nonexistent. There were three employees at the register talking when I entered. Non of them acknowledged me the entire time I was in the store. When I went to checkout the girl who rang me up did so without saying a thing to me. Pricing isn't outrageous, but it is a bit higher than most places in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Overall, I can't see myself shopping here again. If I find myself in the area in need of beer I'll choose to spend my money at the Ale Jail just a few blocks away.

07-29-2011 19:56:17 | More by KarlHungus
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gatornation

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$

thomas liquors sits on the 19th block of grand ave..parking is in the rear as is the entrance..when you walk in you see wine and liquor first..all the beer is on the back wall in the cooler and on the last row on right...this store is deceptive on first look..but the more you look the more gems you find..they have most of the craft available in MN..plus lots of bombers of unique belgians and domestic bombers ..this place is worth a stop when in the st. paul area..take your time and look around you will find a good brew

06-15-2011 22:47:33 | More by gatornation
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jera1350

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.6%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

Was in the area today and decided to stop in and check it out. First of all the place is pretty small, but it is packed to the gills with wine, beer and spirits. The beer is along the back wall in coolers and a portion of another aisle. The selection is pretty nice with a good variety of craft beers and some good specialty beers as well. They had their own labeled six packs that had their own mixed sixers made up. One was called Michigan hops and featured IPA's from MI. Bell's, Dark Horse, etc. Prices seemed very reasonable. They had Avery Dugana for $5.99 which is about $1.50 lower than I've seen in any other store. No one asked me if I needed help, but I'm usually okay with that. If I need help, I'll ask. Overall, a really nice store that's worth checking out if you're in the area.

07-24-2010 21:46:25 | More by jera1350
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jjanega08

Minnesota

4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$

I'm doing a rereview of this place after more visits I'm learning to love this place more and more. The beer is rotated much better than I firtst anticipted. The Selection is much larger than previously noticed...The back wall is a cooler full of beer with some unique mix packs from different regions. Real unique and different. They have a list of beers from their cellar which most places don't have. There is a shelving area with new arrivals that is awesome. They have a wall of bombers as well as a previously unknown by me Belgian sort of section with lights turned off to keep skunking to a minimum. The service is what has really blown me away recently. The people there are super friendly. They may not be all beer people but even if they don't know much they are super nice about it. I went to a wine focused place the other day and when I asked about a beer they were very rude to me. The people here are awesome. Fitty does a great job os keeping the customers informed and bringing in all of the new exciting beers. Can't say enough about how great this place has been to me.

03-23-2010 23:16:59 | More by jjanega08
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bsp77

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev 0%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

While the store interior is not very exciting this is a nice place. It does not look like there is much beer selection at first, but it is very deceptive. They carry most of what I am looking for and have a nice selection of singles. I have also had them break a six pack a couple times to get a single. The biggest problem is that other than one guy, most know very little about beer. I hope he never leaves, as he is probably the only one keeping the place in top shape for beer lovers. He also goes way out of his way to help me.

07-26-2009 03:56:09 | More by bsp77
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Thomas Liquors & Fine Wines in Saint Paul, MN
92 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.