The Coffee Grounds
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Reviews by nflmvp:
4.3/5 rDev -2.7%
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped into the Coffee Grounds on 4/13 AND 4/14/06. I was pleasantly surprised because there really isn't much selection in Eau Claire....but this is the place to stop if you're in the area.
A nice selection of micros and craft beers. Belgian beers are well represented, as are local and regional beers..., Two Brothers, Flying Dog, Founders, Sand Creek/Pioneer, etc. Many imports line their shelves as well. While I was there, I "Stole" the remainder of their Three Floyd's Dreadnaught which (UNBELIEVEABLY) was on their 50% clearance rack.
On top of the beer selection (Not a single BMC product, btw) they've got a walk in humidor and a nice wine selection and as you can imagine by the name, it's also a coffee bar with some snacky type foods. I was there long enough to suck down 2 - 16 ounce vanilla latte's so you can imagine I was content to browse.
I spent some time talking with the owner and another "beer guy" and was very pleased to find that they were both very knowledgeable.
Whether you're just passing through, or if you are from West Central Wisconsin, you need to stop by this place.
Many of the beers I saw can be had for less in other places but most of these beers don't seem to be available anywhere else in Eau Claire. However, I paid $10 for a sixer of Capital Blonde Dopplebock, only to find it at a local grocery store for $8.29.
Other beers were right in line for the prices I've seen at some of the most competitive places around so all in all, I have to rate them as reasonable.
I'd love to be able to give this place an even better review. In terms of Eau Claire, they are a "5". However, in terms of the OVERALL scheme of things, they have a short way to go. If more and more of you craft beer lovers frequent them, they'll be able to achieve a "5" in no time. Considering what they've been able to achieve in the five short years that they've been in business, I think the sky is the limit.
Oh, and did I mention that they have their own
In House" Stout? It's brewed by Sand Creek/Pioneer. I didn't get a chance to try it but I intend to and I'll review it when I can.
"Cerevisia Supra Omnia"
04-15-2006 01:39:04 | More by nflmvp
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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
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
The Coffee Grounds in Eau Claire, WI
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