Colorado Liquor Mart
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Ratings: 26 | Reviews: 23 | Display Reviews Only:
4.14/5 rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in here on my trip to Denver trying to get some beers to send home.
This place has a small mom and pop feel to it with a good selection on various alcoholic beverages. The cashier was very helpful and we talked for a few minutes about shipping beer back home.
They have a very good selection of a wide variety of styles and breweries and everything was fresh. I was able to pick up a few Sam Adams Barrel Room beers, some Ska, DFH WWS, etc. to send home.
I was also able to get a few loose 12 oz. beers from their mixed 6 section (bonus points) that I didn't want to get an entire 6 pack of.
Prices are reasonable for the beers that I saw.
Overall, this is one of 2 beer stores I actually visited (the other was Argonaut) and this one is the better store in my opinion.
06-15-2011 06:05:12 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.88/5 rDev -8.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This is basically a decent sized liquor store that has a nice beer section in the back right corner of the store. Five or six coolers of bombers, a walk in cooler of other harder to find beers and a decent selection of local four and six packs.
The guys who worked there were very helpful, answering all of my annoying questions.
The selection is decent but nothing is available room temp. Not that big of a deal but would have been nice. Good selection of Boulevard Smokestack Series, Odells, Avery, Uinta 750s(!), as well as some Belgians(Hannssens Oude Kriek), Japanese and German beers. I was able to find a Woodcut #3 for $20.99 which was a very nice find.
Overall a pretty cool place. Small but good selection. Nothing too rare but a nice selection for someone from out of town.
05-28-2011 01:48:03 | More by corby112
3.55/5 rDev -16.1%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
A decent beer store in most cities I have ever visited, though abit disapointing for a city the size of Denver. Still, likely 300 or more beers to choose from. The best selection were the Sam adams new series. Mixed six packs, and the availability of some Russian Rivers and several Port Brewing/Lot abbey were pluses. Decent though not exceptional Belgians and import selection. Not much in service. The best is their good selection of smaller Colorado breweries. Prices were a bit higher than expected for a bottle store.
02-11-2011 01:43:56 | More by Sammy
4.1/5 rDev -3.1%
quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I was turned onto Colorado Liquor Mart by an employee at a rival Denver Liquor store. Particularly I was sent there because they supposedly had Black Albert in their walk-in bomber cooler, and Black Albert is supposedly one of the best stouts in the world. They did, and it is.
Q: The frontage at the Colorado Liquor Mart isn't much to look at. A smallish (by Denver standards) stucco cube island sitting on a massive parking lot off S. Colorado Boulevard. Upon walking in, you run first into their walk-in champers and white-wine cooler, and then ... 5 doors of bombers. While everything about this liquor store is stuck in the 1970s, one thing bumps them up into a 3.5. The day before my first trip here, they got in 3 cases of Pliny the Elder. They had a sign on the bomber door holding russian river's Barrel-aged beers "Pliny at the front counter." Upon inquiring, the beer guys told me there was a limit of 3 (500 mL) bottles per customer, no exceptions. They imposed this rule themselves, in response to customers poaching cases of Pliny the Elder at a time, and putting them up on eBay, and expressed disgust for other liquor stores who did not impose limits, and more disgust for liquor store employees who raid their selections. A good first impression, I'd say.
S: The beer guys here are excited about beer, and knowledgeable. When I asked to see the walk-in cooler, I was given a guided tour of the thing -- which was a true pleasure -- replete with personal anecdotes about particular beers (a particularly rare barrel-aged high-gravity great divide that he had on cask that one time at Falling Rock, etc.). Every recommended beer has been phenomenal (e.g. Oude Kriek spontaniously fermented lambic), and every beer I purchased in the face of a warning has been a disappointment (Sarafijn Donker).
S: The bomber-doors are amazing here, they have a good supply of domestic craft (Russian River, Avery, Boulevard, Port, Stone, North Coast, etc.) including rareities (had Saison du Buff from each of Dogfish, Stone AND Victory ... in stock) and a great selection of imports as well (several BrewDog experiments, Belgians for days). The real gem here is the swalk-in cooler (behind the doors) ... good lord. 5 - 10 amazing spontaneously fermented lambics, black albert, a goodly amount of Shelton Brothers imports, and a hell of a lot more. I mostly care about bombers, but they lose points for having a poor 6-pack selection ... really poor. Only 3 doors of craft 4 and 6-packs, lacking some fairly regularly available locals. All-the-same, their 6-packs are overpriced, so it's no tremendous loss that they lack them.
V: 6-packs here are $1 - $2 more expensive than at Argonaut on Colfax, bombers are similarly priced, however, and the selection is amazing. Not an every-day liquor store, for this reason, but worth a trip every month or 2 to stock up on tasty-tasty belgians, and rare domestics.
09-24-2010 20:52:50 | More by codewarrior
3.3/5 rDev -22%
quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
I was a huge fan of this place because of their great beer selection and helpful Andre until I leaned on them in my time of need and the let me fall flat. I special ordered two different products for a party and the management completely dropped the ball and did not order the first item while they ordered and sold the second yet most important item. When we arrived to pickup our order they had nothing of our $300 order and not only didn't offer to make any calls to help us find what we needed, but they offered no appology. Super disappointed.
I guess it's just another liquor store, if you keep that in mind your experience will be alright, but if you are looking for professionalism or service, you might be better off lowering your expectations altogether if you stop here. I have been using this liquor store weekly to buy beer and booze for reviews on my Denver Bartender Examiner blog and was gladly telling everyone about Colorado Liquor Mart, but now I fear that they will also let others down.
Final Words: great beer selection, severely lacking in persoanized service. If you want something they don't carry, go elsewhere , DON'T special order from Colorado Liquor Mart!
05-03-2010 17:02:06 | More by Conk
5/5 rDev +18.2%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$$
CO Liquor Mart is great. As the review below mentions, Andre is awesome. He knows his stuff and is more than a valuable resource. The only thing to mention about CO Liquor Mart, is the crown jewels aren't always visible to the general customer population. Given the 1,000s of cars/people that go by there daily, this is probably a good thing. They in essence allocate the really limited stuff for their regulars. I appreciate this as it helps my chances of getting some.
The entire staff is friendly and helpful. They also have a great selection of high end bourbons.
03-15-2010 13:48:22 | More by karlbronson
4.65/5 rDev +9.9%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I had some spare time yesterday and I was in the area so I decided to stop by and see what Colorado Liquor Mart is all about.
From the street, you would never guess the treasures that lie within. It's a white cinderblock building amongst many more flashy car dealerships and mega chain stores on this stretch of road.
Once inside, I was greeted, almost immediately, and asked if I needed help. This came as a total surprise as most liquor stores around here don't seem to know what customer service is. So I thanked him but said I was just looking around.
A very nice selection of American craft beers and a large number of imports, especially Belgians. Prices seemed very reasonable with many things on sale including all of their Christmas specialty beers.
I noticed that they had a walk-in cooler with a sign that says something like 'ask for assistance.' I found the guy that offered to help earlier and asked if I could go in. What followed was easily some of the best service I've ever had in a liquor store. Andre walked me through the cooler, pointing out and describing almost every bottle in intimate detail. His knowledge and easy-going personality made him a pleasure to talk with. We left the cooler and he continued to point out the unique and interesting beers as we walked down the row of cooler doors.
Needless to say, despite all of the great offerings this place has, the thing that stands out is the customer service. If I could give it a 10 out of 5, I would!
12-15-2009 16:13:24 | More by GilGarp
4.65/5 rDev +9.9%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I have at least 6 liquor stores within 5 miles of home, but when I say let's go to The Beer Store this is the place. They pack a lot of variety into a relatively small space and being right next to a grocery store is a nice perk. This is where I go for all of my singles, bombers, 750s, etc. I've been able to pick up quite a few of the more rare beers here without a problem (La Folie, O'Dell Woodcut series, Avery Brabant) and they check the back for anything I don't see on the shelf. Lots of staff and they're very helpful. Not all of them know their beer, but there's always at least one person who does. I manage to see the same guy almost every time I'm in and we talk beer although he's more of a wine drinker. That kind of effort to connect with your customer and get feedback on new products goes a long way. They have a pretty big wine and liquor selection too including Redstone meads and Leopold Brothers liquors, but you didn't come here for that!
11-19-2009 20:43:13 | More by 11thFloorBrewing
4.55/5 rDev +7.6%
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I really love this place. I fear that because one particular store on BA did SO well it will be hard for other places to score as highly because it was just that good. I won't mention it here but suffice to say this is a GREAT place to get some beer in Denver.
This place advertises 700+ beers on their front window and it was easy to get to.
Quality: What they have is pretty awesome. I like the fact that the first coolers you come to are craft beer, Belgians, and rares. The BMC stuff is kept at the very back coolers. This is obviously a beer lover's shop. Not a huge place, but again the quality is there.
Service: I was approached quickly, helped efficiently, shown to the back when I admitted I was a beer nerd, and allowed to buy as much rare beer as they had and I wanted. I wouldn't have minded a bit more help or talking about the beer more, but it was very solid service and fast.
Selection: Again, because I've seen how truly exceptional a beer store can be, this one rates very well but not the best I have seen. It by far beats most stuff in Dallas, but for a Denver store I think they could have more. All the stuff I wanted though they had. Lost Abbey, Russian River, Pliny the Elder less than 4 weeks old, Boulevard Saison Brett, Deschutes Mirror Mirror, tons of Belgians. A great selection for sure.
Value: No discount mentioned or given for BA's which immediately for me knocks it up a notch, but it wasn't outrageous. I just think some of the items were priced maybe a bit higher than they should have been. I would shop here again though, but probably would have spent more if the prices were lower.
05-26-2009 18:23:30 | More by thirdeye11
4.2/5 rDev -0.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I was unaware that this place existed until I was told about it by a fellow BA member. I decided to take a short trip to check it out, and was surprised that this place had been previously under my radar.
While the store isn't all that huge, and there weren't that many really good bargains price-wise, the staff is quite helpful and very friendly.
As i said, it's not that large of a store, but the selection of beer is pretty decent. There are definately some gems, and if you are lucky, you may even get taken to the back cooler and shown some of their private stock of rarities that apparently only get shown to those who truly care about good beer.
The best part is the build your own sixers of micro and imports. They constantly rotate the stock of singles, so there is always a good selection of seasonals and limited releases to choose from.
All of the staple micro-brewerys are represented as well as some hard to find ones. THe belgium section is very respectable, as well as the bomber/specialty beer section.
Everything is very well organized by region, and the cooler is rather large, so with a few exceptions, most of the beer on hand can be purchased cold.
All in all a good place to check out if you do not have to drive to far.
04-13-2009 01:16:21 | More by bonsreeb85
Colorado Liquor Mart in Denver, CO
93 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.