Murray's Wine & Spirits
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Reviews by nflmvp:
4.5/5 rDev -2%
I stopped into Murray's today on my way home (not quite) from a trip to Milwaukee. Had to stop in to check out a fellow BA's establishment. It was well worth driving out of my way.
Well, let's start with the fact that I'm a HUGE proponent of customer service. Chris (the owner...I was looking for Murray...LOL) was all over it. I must have spent an hour at the store, chatting, browsing, shopping and generally wasting his time. He was more than willing to take the time to help me with opinions and insights. Once he knew what I was looking for, he led me right to all the right beers.
This isn't Sam's Wine in Chicago and Chris isn't trying to be. Overall, the selection is good. For a smallish to medium sized store, the selection is VERY good. Everything seemed priced in line with what I'd expect to pay so I'd have to say the value is very reasonable...Kinda wish I'd have taken him up on a couple of closeouts he offered me but I was more concerned about how much I was gonna drop on all the other goodies. Too bad I live so far away or I'd drive back dowh there to grab them.
If you get a chance to check out Murray's Wine and spirits, be sure to do so. And as long as you're at it, introduce yourself as a BA and I'm sure that Chris will treat you well....I'm sure he treats everyone well but I know he appreciates the opportunity to talk to other beer lovers.
"Cerevisia Supra Omnia"
05-10-2006 23:43:09 | More by nflmvp
More User Reviews:
4.15/5 rDev -9.6%
Unfortunately, I learned that Murray's is going out of business within the next couple of days, or as of today.
I have read that the owner is a regular here at BA, so I don't mean to step on any toes, but I thought I should make it known.
As I have only recently relocated to Milwaukee, I was very excited to find this store. Having only stopped in a handful of times, I feel pretty bummed that they're closing. Hopefully I'll find a replacement in the area soon enough.
In any case, good luck to the owners.
11-02-2007 20:27:04 | More by dhr
4.3/5 rDev -6.3%
Murray's Wine & Spirits is a great stop. Though lacking in sheer volume, many items here are hard to find elseware: namely single bottles of microbrews.
the staff is knowledgable about everything beer. be sure to seek out Chris the owner, he can answer any question you can think up!
Imports: decent selection, with some nice matching glassware. mainly singles, some 4 and 6-packs.
Microbrews: the strong point of the store. tons of singles that are hard to find elseware. great lines of capital, bells, and great lakes to name a few (all in singles as well as 6-packs).
Macrobrews: decent selection, all in coolers and 12-packs sitting out.
Glassware: small selection, though some i have never come across before.
08-14-2007 17:02:28 | More by botham
4.65/5 rDev +1.3%
Murray's is definately a solid place to look for some of the harder to find varieties in the milwaukee area. They carry a nice selection from breweries like rogue, dogfish head (including bottles of 120 minute IPA if you are looking), great lakes etc. Good selection of 6ers and 4s as well as a nice selection of some of the bigger boys, pints, 750s etc from great divide, rogue, and a decent amount of belgians (duvel, etc). Not the most extensive, but well assembles with a lot of great beer, enjoyed a 90 minute IPA from dogfish head from there this evening and it was great. As has been mentioned, Chris is extremely helpful and can make great recommendations especially if you are looking for unique things.
08-14-2007 04:41:00 | More by feilb
4.65/5 rDev +1.3%
I had business in Chicago this past week, and was able to make the time to road trip up to Murray's.
Quality of the products was fine. No dust, appropriate seasonals. I drank one of the beers I purchased there that night, and no issues.
Service was fantastic. Chris is a hell of a nice guy, and he certainly knows his beer. He did a nice job of touring me around the store and pointing out things I might want to try, all while handling the folks popping in and out.
Selection was maybe not as wide as some stores I have been to, but it was very high quality. 3F, Bells, Dark Horse, New Glarus, Founders, etc. If you want a mid-west fix, this is a great place to go. Plenty of stuff from other regions and countries, but I try to buy local when I travel.
Overall, a nice guy running a great store. If you are in the area, you should make a point to stop in.
08-10-2007 17:33:35 | More by
4/5 rDev -12.9%
We went here on our way up to a cabin we'd rented in WI. Heard they had a good singles selection so we thought we'd check it out. We went in the back enterance, right by the singles shelves. 4-5 shelves, about half-full with singles, arranged by brewery. We saw Bells, Capital, Sam Adams, Tyranena, Oskar Blues, Furthermore, Sprecher, a good number of other ones. Picked up 2 mixed sixers. Across from theses were some coolers with whole six packs in them, and then there were more singles and sixers further up past the register. Found an old Sprecher Impy Stout that i hadn;t tried, and some Fish Tale Impy too. Also picked up a cool Delerium Tremens glass for $4. A nice place overall, not a ton of stuff, but what is there is quality.
06-12-2007 17:53:36 | More by aforbes10
4.85/5 rDev +5.7%
Found myself in milwaukee from out of town and couldn't pass up murray's. i heard a lot of good things about the place from other BAs and even liquor store owners here in chicago.
right when i came in, chris was happy to show me the new arrivals he liked, and gave me quality opinions on everything i was interested in. he was getting slammed by multiple shipments coming in all at once yet he still managed to help out all his customers. the service at murray's is truly exceptional.
living in illinois myself, i was happy to take advantage of the 10% Bell's bootlegger discount he offers (10% off Bell's six packs for IL residents, now that Bell's isn't available there). the selection was not the hugest, but you could tell a lot of care was put into it. a couple different New Glarus Unplugged brews were represented, along with TONS of dogfish head 120 minute, 60th anniversary abt 12, and many regional varieties.
next time i'm back up in milwaukee (and have more money!) i will definitely be stopping by murray's again. chris runs a great establishment and i'm happy to frequent it!
04-14-2007 09:49:24 | More by furbs
4.65/5 rDev +1.3%
This place has the best singles selection i've ever seen. After picking my jaw off the floor, the singles flew off the shelves into a mixed six-pack.
Chris/BA:murrayswine was there, and guided us through the selection, offering endless help and exceptional service. His recommendations were spot on, and very much appreciated.
Selection excels in regional/Midwest micros. Nice well-rounded group of Belgians & imports. Bells (ask about IL bootleggers), Dark Horse, Tyranena, and New Glarus were the main draw for me. Prices were reasonable, even a mixed-six discount, i'll be returning here...
04-08-2007 03:40:05 | More by emerge077
4.85/5 rDev +5.7%
This place is easily my favorite liquor store in the Midwest. After having grown up in Whitefish Bay and having since moved away, I look forward to returning here while visiting to restock my parents' refrigerator.
By far the best service I've had buying beers in any liquor store. Both Chris and Eric are extremely knowledgeable, patient and passionate about the beers they sell. They can take an idea or theme, some subtlety you enjoy, and run with it. Before you know it you're leaving with two cases worth of mix and match microbrew packs. Highly recommended.
03-28-2007 03:58:58 | More by PhntmStrke
4.7/5 rDev +2.4%
This is a great Milwaukee beer store, with excellent service and good selection. The only ways I can think of to make this store better is to make it bigger (or make room for more beer by clearing out some of that dusty wine!) and to make it more convenient geographically to my home and work.
Chris, the owner, is active on this site, and advises members of new stuff via beer-mail. He's also working on a website that will detail new arrivals and in-store inventory.
In the handful of times I've visited this shop, I've never met Chris, but have always been taken care of by his very capable employee Eric. Eric is extremely knowledgeable about what's in stock, available, and going on with beer around town, and extremely willing to shoot the breeze with you about beer or help you find something.
There is a good selection of singles in this store, but the store could have more space devoted to singles. Murray's doesn't have the selection of Discount Liquor (Oklahoma Ave), but its smaller selection means its stock rotates much more frequently. Add on superior service, and Murray's is among the best two bottle shops in the Milwaukee area.
02-23-2007 15:07:03 | More by BeerBelcher
Murray's Wine & Spirits in Milwaukee, WI
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