The Coffee Grounds
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Reviews by emerge077:
4.44/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25 | $$
Stopped in while passing through town, Coffee Grounds was our destination. Toppling Goliath PseudoSue on tap. Need I say more?
This is the top destination in Eau Claire to buy beer. Nearly everything they have is available in singles, and organized by style. Only a place dedicated to beer will do that, and you'd be surprised how few stores have that level of organization and dedication.
Lazy Monk growlers (at least 6), a dozen lambics, at least 50-60 varieties of each style (when available). Berliner Weisse, Gratzer, Gruit, Unblended Lambic, plenty of odd/obscure beers that you can't find anywhere else in town. High-end imports like Carnegie Porter, Italian saisons, Handbryggeriet, De Dolle, as well as limited seasonals like Founders IS and CW BB Barleywine. They even have an exclusive coffee stout brewed with their house coffee!
The staff at the counter were very helpful, even though they weren't beer experts. The beer guy here is a BA, which is a huge plus. They also checked the stockroom for more Tilquin 750s, but I guess we lucked out and got the last one. (Edit: Had a pricing issue on a single that was resolved later by their beer guy, Kyle. Exceptional customer service!)
They gave a short briefing on growler care and it's lifespan, which is more than I can say for most stores. (Edit: The PseudoSue growler I bought was faded. Boo. Make sure you sample the tap beer first! Not sure if due to low turnover or not running the line before a fill.)
They also have a coffee lounge that is a great place for a pit stop on a long roadtrip (clean restrooms too). Not much food, but a small cafe menu and a wide assortment of cheese, charcuterie, and chocolate. Recommended for a detour off the highway.
05-20-2013 15:29:09 | More by emerge077
More User Reviews:
4.46/5 rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Updated Review: 9/30/13
The selection has expanded and includes a large selection of individually priced singles. The selection of northern Wisconsin breweries is great. Two tap handles have been added for growler fills. In-House Stout is always on and on my last trip they also had Toppling Goliath's Golden Nugget. The service is top notch.
really dig the atmosphere of Coffee Grounds. It's a beer/wine store and a coffeehouse/cafe. Cozy inside with a small seating area and a small selection of homebrew supplies. The quality of the bottles was a little lacking. I actually purchased two sixers that were past the best by date. I guess that's my fault for not checking but they shouldn't be on the shelf. Everything else was good.
The beer guy was asking me questions and giving me his opinion on recently recieved bottles. He seemed knowledgeable and was very helpful.
The selection was rather small but refined. Almost every brewery they stocked were all around quality. Picked up some Tyranena Brewers Gone Wild, a couple Dark Horse selections, and some others. The Belgian selection was good and the European selection was decent.
Good all around store with a very nice atmosphere. Good selection of coffees and wines as well. Well worth the stop if you're anywhere in the area.
09-30-2013 12:54:37 | More by joe1510
1/5 rDev -77.4%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1 | $$$$
This is the worst beer place I've ever been to. They don't have any special releases on their shelves and in order to get one you need to be considered a "regular" by somebody on their staff. Also, the beer is crazily overpriced here. I'm really surprised that in a college town there would be a place like this that is trying to gouge prices since college kids are, and have always been, broke. Odd place with terrible service by a bunch of girls who know nothing about beer. Avoid this place.
10-16-2012 22:59:41 | More by OriginalMnBeerGuy
The Coffee Grounds in Eau Claire, WI
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