Colorado Liquor Mart
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Ratings: 26 | Reviews: 23 | Display Reviews Only:
4.15/5 rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | $$
A-Colorado Liquor Mart is a medium to large store located on a busy stretch of Colorado Boulevard on the south side of the City of Denver (not to be confused with the souther suburbs...). The store is usually clean and is well-lit, but the parking lot can be a pain in the ___, so watch out for that. Vibe is friendly and not overly geeky unless you go digging around in the cool.
Q-All of the beer that I care about is stored in the big cooler, which is nice. There is a long series of fridge doors on one side of the store dedicated to craft and a walk-in cooler behind the doors with piles of random craft beer and keg taps and boxes laying around. The beer brands are above-average and I can always find some random import or out-of-state craft that piques my interest, but I never seem to find the rare or special release beers here.
Ser-The service is pretty hands off on the few trips I have made here. Most of the time the employees just let you browse at your own pace, which is fine by me. When I have asked about a certain beer, the guys have been helpful and enthusiastic if not totally up-to-speed on their inventory.
Sel-We are spoiled by good distribution in Colorado, but even by my standards, the range of mid-level craft is pretty impressive. There are a few doors of big bottles that span a range of countries and styles. There is also a good variety of Colorado brewers represented. The walk-in cooler is always sort of a mess, but I manage to find something amongst the big selection in there.
V-The prices are reasonable to slightly high.
O-This is a very solid store with a big selection of craft. Maybe I have never been there at the right time, but they don't seem to follow the special releases very closely, which is perhaps the only thing holding the store back.
06-06-2014 04:09:46 | More by spoony
5/5 rDev +18.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $
This place is the best to buy all kinds of beer. I have not gone in here and walked out empty handed. The cashiers are super awesome and friendly. The walk-in part of the cooler has the prime selection. If you shop somewhere else, you're a pretty big fool.
07-31-2013 02:54:52 | More by Cavity_Crepes
4.38/5 rDev +3.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Being from California, I've taken for granted where we can purchase beer. I had forgetten that Colorado has some restrictions in regard to grocery stores. When Sergio found a Whole Foods (again, not my idea), he thought we could get some bottles to drink at the hotel. Only problem was the bottles here were filled with non-alcoholic beverages. So, back to the car, STOP! Let's go acorss the street to Colorado Liquor Mart.
Good floor space holding a bunch of liquids, small carts available to push by the enterence. Despite all the room, the beer space seemed relatively small. Until you discover that you can walk into the cooler. Nearly all the beer is refrigerated, and the beers I spotted were still within their freshness period. Many of the bottles are priced, a few of the smaller ones unpriced but marked on their bottlecap a sticker (for mix-6ers). Both the American and Brazilian parties involved were impressed with what we could pruchase: Odell, Boulevard, Shipyard, Santa Fe, Upslope, Lindeman's, Port, Russian River, Wynkoop. And at fair prices too.
At checkout, I was informed that with the 5 small format beers I purchased, it would be the same price to get another one. Hooray, another tick!
Perhaps the biggest weakness is the lack of beer glassware. Extremely limited, and to tumbler pints (who want to taste out of those?), so we settled for some plastic wine cups. Hey, it's better that using those cups provided by the hotel.
Although the only store I visited, it should provide many goodies for both natives and visitors alike.
10-16-2012 04:30:17 | More by DoubleJ
4.08/5 rDev -3.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
From the outside, it looks like a Jiffy Lube. Way on, I believe the southside of town, we were a little iffy about going all the way out there (we were by Coors Field). Parking was easy.
Quality was good, I purchased all 750's and bombers here, the six pack selection, while vast, just seemed to be a little less diverse and priced slightly higher than Argonaut. If you like all your beer refrigerated, this is your place, its all there, and don't forget to walk back into the cooler (that's where the Russian River is, if its there).
Service was excellent, dude pulls us out of towners aside and says he just got a case of Tart of Darkness (one of my all time favorite beers). I grabbed two bottles, other employee says one bottle limit, I'm cool with it, that is, until I watch one guy buy the entire stock (over a case) of Consecration, and nobody says anything. . . so I dunno how it makes sense, but not a big deal.
I think this place is worthy of a drive across town, my brother, koufax21 was hesitant at first, but pleasantly surprised to score more tart of darkness. Lighting is good, organization decent.
08-13-2012 22:29:25 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.28/5 rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
I can't tell you how many times I drove past this place before I made it inside. Very accessible right off Colorado Blvd by King Soopers. It can be a bit tough to get into at the light due to the grocery store but easy if you take the next turn south on Colorado. For the size a pretty solid beer selection. Nice collection of bombers and singles. The guys who work there are extremely helpful. A couple are beer dorks just like me so it's easy to get stuck in there for a while. They have gone out of their way to help. If they get something rarer in they typically update the dry erase board up front to save time. Prices are in line with what you would expect elsewhere. Nice little shop.
02-13-2012 21:25:37 | More by hopfacebrew
2.4/5 rDev -43.3%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3 | $$
Re-reviewing this as it's been a few years since my prior review. Unfortunately, CLM has gone down hill a bit. The service is hit-or-miss, with occasional situations where the employees are clearly uninformed about the beers they offer. For example, I was once encouraged by a CLM employee to purchase a "Great Divide La Folie." Selection is decent, though I personally find there to be too much emphasis on mediocre Colorado micros.
Overall, I find CLM to be a bland liquor store that probably would not exist if not for Colorado's protectionist laws designed to restrain competition.
I'd suggest avoiding CLM and steering toward one of my two favorite places - Mondo Vino and Mile High Wine & Spirits - instead. Great atmospheres, great service, and great selection.
10-16-2011 15:32:51 | More by waltonc
4.71/5 rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
First stop on my hunt through Denver for things i cannot get back home. Mom and pop feel which I like. I was almost immediately approached by a very helpful employee. He walked me through case by case with all of his recommendations which I lead him down my hop head ways. Make sure to ask whats behind the coolers and they will literally walk you into their stocked walk-in. Few things there that are not on the shelf. Was about to check out and remembered to ask about the infamous 120 min. This guy cracks the biggest smile and reveals that they received some just the day before. I asked why he did not mention that on my tour of beers and he replied "For those who know only". This place immediately earned my respect with that. Limit was 1 bottle per customer, but I walked out the door with a smile on my face and will make sure to come back every visit to Denver.
09-09-2011 00:19:17 | More by Blizzle
Colorado Liquor Mart in Denver, CO
93 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.