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Dennis Brothers Liquors

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Dennis Brothers LiquorsDennis Brothers Liquors
BA SCORE
100
world-class

77 Ratings
Ratings: 77
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 11.42%
[ Store ]

7155 Jorgensen Ln S
Ste 150
Cottage Grove, Minnesota, 55016-3547
United States
phone: (651) 458-8932

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Reviews by DaPeculierDane:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.65/5  rDev -1.7%

Wow!

If you visit to the Twin Cities, go here period.

Selection: Everything available on the market.

Quality: The best.

Service: Not only did it appear that they knew every beer they sold but they gave us free beer too. We happened to be buying quite a number of different Saisons, and when we went to pay the owner was doing something with some Dupont. He threw a bottle in our bag and said, here, compare those to this. I also appreciate that they make Surly mixed 4 packs.

Prices: Very reasonable.

Like I said, go here.

DaPeculierDane, Jul 15, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

jarrgal, Aug 23, 2014
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1/5  rDev -78.9%

hardy008, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of KFBR392
4.78/5  rDev +1.1%

Visited Dennis Brothers Liquors while in town for the day.

Walking in the beer sections is immediately in front of you. The store was very well kept, clean, organized, and inviting to a first time visitor. Plenty of high quality items on the shelf as well as full stock of year round gems. I can't fully speak for selection as I was not from the area but to me they had tons of great local products and plenty else.

The service was by far the most enjoyable part of visiting. I was greeted as I walked in and was allowed to browse around for myself for a while before I was approached by John and asked if I needed any help. I inquired about their local products maybe not known as well as Surly and I was given a full walk through on many of their different items. John was knowledgeable and very easy to talk to. I was even given access to some high demand products that I would usually expect to be reserved or saved for regulars. Conversation was laid back and relaxed, just like talking with another beer geek.

I really insist on this being the place to go for out of towners looking for the best Minnesota has to offer. I visited a couple other places but Dennis Bros by far was the most enjoyable with highest quality. I hope to return soon to give them more of my money!!

KFBR392, Jan 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Kevin-Wieken, Jan 17, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

MykeJ, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of JamesShoemaker
4.09/5  rDev -13.5%

I'm not sure how this is most highly rated beer store in Minnesota, since I can think of four better ones off the top of my head, but it's certainly not a poor place at all. After stopping at Heritage, Casanova's, and Blue Max though, Dennis Bros pales in comparison.

First, let me say that my friend and I had a hell of a time getting there. It's out of the way of just about everything, and the roads surrounding the store were riddled with construction zones. But that didn't affect the experience of course.

We were greeted by a friendly couple when we walked in, who asked us if we were looking for anything in particular. We weren't, and they went back to watching the Food Network (at high volume). I've been reading reviews about this place and I'm disappointed that I didn't engage with the employees more, since they sound amazing, but oh well.

Things were reasonably priced, but the selection really wasn't very good. The best thing I saw was a wide selection of Epic bombers and Boulevard's Smokestack Series (including Rye-on-Rye). Otherwise, they had only a smattering of upper Midwest breweries, the best probably being four packs of Double Crooked Tree. We ended up looking at the whiskey selection a lot more, which was pretty good.

Not worth he journey, IMO, but that's not to say it's a bad store. There are just better ones in the Twin Cities.

JamesShoemaker, May 25, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

This place is amazing. The brother that own it are unbelievably helpful and nice. One of them is like a beer encyclopedia and does not carry a beer that he does not know EVERYTHING about! The other one knows everything about their great wine selection. They do more than just learn what makes up the beer, they learn about the brewery and people that brew it.

They have a lot of Minnesota craft beers, Midwestern craft beers, and American craft beers. They have a ton of great beer from all around the world as well, from Japanese reserve beers to Belgian limited release beers, if a new and exciting beer comes on the market these guys will get it!

A few times now they did not carry something specific that I was looking for and brought some in on their next order for me. Class acts.

I have turned a group of friends onto this place and now they will not go anywhere else.

NilocRellim, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of TomClem
4.3/5  rDev -9.1%

I live in Nebraska and was visiting family nearby. After reading several reviews and seeing this place listed as World-Class I made sure that I paid them a visit.

They make the most of the room they have. I've been to far bigger bottle shops, but it is clear they utilize shelf space well. Don't expect them 12oz and 22oz bottles of the same beer! The night I visited they have a representative from Summit Brewing giving free tastings. That had been well received as when I got there they had already sold out of a couple summit varieties.

The staff were very kind and let me pile my beer near the register while i shopped. I took my time browsing the selection and they answered questions as I had them, but never made me feel rushed. Because I was flying home I had brought boxes with me that would need to hold all of my purchased beer. They were fine with me making sure everything fit before I bought it.

After checkout one of the guys even carried one of the boxes of beer to my car for me.

Overall, a very good bottle shop, but not what I had in mind for World Class.

TomClem, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of JosephThompson
4.8/5  rDev +1.5%

I live in New Jersey and was visiting family in Minnesota so to come across a place that lived up to all the reviews is very satisfying. Visited on Monday, August the 27th.

The Brothers clearly know their stuff. Was able to pick up some 2007 Orval which is a nice treat. Also picked up good local brew in Olvalde and learned much more about the story behind the brewery. I'm a Fantome nut and was great to see Strange Ghost on the shelf. While not totally rare it isn't exactly that easy to find the Ghost either. Really enjoyed my time in the store and the conversation.

A few comments about the store: a) size enough to hold good quality but not too large to be overwhelming during your shopping; b) nice selection for wine/liquor; and c) a case with roughly 10-15 varieties of cigars adds a touch often overlooked in a craft store.

Overall, one of the best stores I've visited around the country.

JosephThompson, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of wrigh418
5/5  rDev +5.7%

I first read about Dennis Brothers around a year and a half ago while looking for good liquor stores in my area. Since then Dennis Brothers has become my store of choice, and I would highly recommend it to anyone. The owners John and Steve are very knowledgeable, very approachable, and are always happy to chat about good beers and when they will be expecting something new to arrive. All of the employees there are friendly, and more than willing to help you find something. I personally love their selection (which is probably my favorite part next to their incredible customer service); I always find something new that I have never found/been able to try before. I will continue to give them my business, and find myself consistently going out of my way to support them as no other stores I have been to in the area have been so friendly and knowledgeable.

wrigh418, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of portz007
5/5  rDev +5.7%

I lived in Cottage Grove for almost a year before I discovered this place. Before that it was big chain stores with average selections. Dennis Bros. had me hooked from day one. I went in with some friends before a trip to the cabin to pick up some beer. At the front counter the gentlemen running the establishment informed us of free glasses with the purchase of a certain kind of beer. We left with three beautiful Fat Tire goblets.

The store is pretty small but it uses as much of that space as possible to showcase one of the best beer selections I have ever seen. I'm a big fan of Belgian style beers and Dennis Bros. has introduced me to a few new favorites. The guys up front are always willing to help out if you ask and let you look around if you don't.

The best part about Dennis Bros. is the smile you get when you walk in. They make a point to recognize their customers and appreciate their business. Cheers guys! Keep it up!

portz007, Mar 18, 2012
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3.05/5  rDev -35.5%

Went to DB based in the ridiculous scores on BA. Walked in hoping to be blown away by thier selection, but was kind of disappointed. If you like Rogue beer this is the place to go otherwise pretty average selection. The service was alright. Probably could be considered really good if you don't mind being asked a couple times what you want or what your looking for. Prices seemed to be a bit more expensive than other stores.

I did ask for some KBS and the guy at the desk said it was spoken for. Out of curiosity I went home and checked their twitter account to see if it had been posted that they had some. Unfortunately it still said they did when I got home. Glad I didn't see that before i drove there only to be denied!

Not a bad place, nice looking and the nicest in cottage grove but not the best in the TC by a long shot

boomer31, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of MBrausen
5/5  rDev +5.7%

These guys are always great! Small looking store front that opens up inside and is nicely filled with beer. They have a nice selection of beers, with a huge range including nice locals and harder to find stuff. Every once in a while you'll be walking through and see something that hasn't been around for months that was pulled out of the cellar. They also get a good supply of special releases. The price is very fair for the quality of beer they keep around. It's worth the 30min drive each way for me! Cheers!

MBrausen, Mar 02, 2012
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

A= A very clean and well organized store with a warm and up-scale feeling.

Q= Well thought out selection of desirable brands. Products displayed nicely with a touch not seen elsewhere... necker labels on 6 pack bottles all faced forward to provide a very neat look.

S= Was greeted warmly upon entering the store. Upon mentioning it was my first visit, I was given a quick tour and offered the chance to have questions answered.

S= A complete selection of what I call "winners." Not everything from each brewery, but the sought after brands that I look for.

V= Very reasonable prices on everything I looked at/bought. Some blow-outs also mixed in that went light on my wallet.

Final impression - they helped me get the 3 boxes of product I bought to my car. Not many places do that. Overall... a great store and great beer guys!

ZMOS, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of beerwolf77
4.44/5  rDev -6.1%

Stopped in here on my recent trip to Minneapolis. I was not disappointed.

Strip mall front and typical beer/liquor store look and feel. Very nice selection of every craft brew available to Minnesota. I was mostly looking for lambics. Sadly they are just as scarce here as anywhere else. I did pick up a case of Surly and a handful of beers I can't get back home though. All prices seemed reasonable. No dates were out of line.

We spent at least a half an hour chatting with the owner John. Talk about a great guy. Very knowledgeable about everything beer and super nice.

I will make a point to stop here from now on when traveling to the twin cities.

beerwolf77, Apr 16, 2011
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4.71/5  rDev -0.4%

I drove here from Minneapolis because it was the only place that still had any GI BCBS. Not the closest place to me, but well worth the trip.

At first glance, it looks on the small side, after walking around they fill the space nicely with lots of good brews. Shelves are organized by brand and the selection is top notch. They have some liquor up front and wine in another room too. Beerwise, John really knows his stuff and was extremely helpful in finding other bottles that I was looking for.

It is a shame this place isn't closer, but they know how to treat a customer and I will for sure be back.

MooreHopps, Apr 04, 2011
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

Ive got to hand it to John and Steve for operating the best store in the twin cites hands down.Dennis Bros has a great selection of high quality beers that are sometimes hard to find and also have all the local brews that i love.
Its always a pleasure going to dennis brothers because I know that Im going to get a great product, great service and great conversation.

Before going to Dennis brother I was a "light beer drinker" and I thought thats what good beer was until John and Steve who took the time to show me beers like Bell'S HopSlam, Surly's Darkness and Ayinger DoppelBock.

If you live in the Twin cites this Store is a must. thaks guys- Russell

iLovehops23, Feb 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

I was nowhere near Cottage Grove but drove 45 minutes anyway. Stopped by for the Hopslam release and was blown away! John loves beer and it shows. This store and my purchase left a wide smile on my face for days. Fantastic specials, great prices, and 1-4 year old cellar pulls at regular or sale prices. I got some BA beers for less than $5, KBS, 4 yr old saison, $2 Mikkeller, and Hopslam at just above cost. All the great midwest offerings and a retailer not just after a buck, what more could you ask for?

beereapolis, Jan 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

Dennis Brothers Liquor store has become my "go-to" store since moving to the east metro. The selection, service, and warm atmosphere have really made my shopping experiences pleasurable. They always have the latest additions of my favorite brews as well as a wallet-challenging list of specialty releases. Steve (one of the brothers) recently helped me to set up a beer course for a tasting menu that was part of a chef party I hosted in my home. It was phenomenal! Prices here are as good as or better than I've seen elsewhere. Thanks guys... I will continue to support your fine establishment! Cheers.

Krampus666, Jan 03, 2011
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4.15/5  rDev -12.3%

Drove out from the cities to check this place out after hearing that had some beers in stock that I haven't found in the cites. Walked into a nice store with a decent sized craft section on the right followed by what looked like a large section of other spirits in the back left. Employee at the conter greeted me very friendly and asked if I needed any help. After checking out the beers I decided on picking up some Struiselensis and Duvel Triple Hop. Prices seemed pretty good and maybe a little cheaper than the cities.

kbutler1, Nov 29, 2010
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4.45/5  rDev -5.9%

I stopped by this place on the way to Minneapolis. This is a bit out of the way in the middle of no-where but its a must stop if you are anywhere close. Located in the middle of strip mall in a small suburb...The store is on the small side, but bright and clean inside, looks new and inviting. As we walked in both brothers said hello and were very helpful. Asked us twice during our browsing for help and it was cool that they had a cognac, whiskey and Bells tasting all going on the same time. The selection wish this place is awesome. 1. it gets a bunch of mountain and west coast beers you can't get in bigger cities like Chicago (Deschutes, Surly, and Boulevard). 2. Even better though they have an unreal selection of midwest beers, the rarer 4 packs and on offs (double-crooked tree and rare de struise). The quality is good, not great as it has mostly all regional beers but nots of ton super high quality. The prices are super cheap too boot.

This is on the best American beer stores around, a must stop.

jrallen34, Oct 25, 2010
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4.15/5  rDev -12.3%

Visited this place with the girlfriend while in town for Darkness Day.

Dennis Brother's is in the middle of nowhere located among miles and miles of cornfields.

Quality here is very good. The store seemed to be kept at a constant temperature and everything was well lit, kept in good condition, and the selection seemed to be rotated semi-often.

Service was also very good. Since the store was on the small side, the people working there paid a lot of attention to us and were super nice when it came time to ring us up. Also had a nice conversation with one of the guys about coming into Minneapolis for Darkness Day. It's always much appreciated when the clerks are willing to make genuine conversation with you and share your passion and interest for good beer.

Selection was amazing. One whole side of the wall was dedicated to a huge selection of beers including Bells, Deschutes, Odells, New Belgium, etc. Also had a very large selection of imports which was also appreciated although I'd have loved to see some Cantillon or Drie Fonteinen.

Prices here were very reasonable. Picked up a Black Butte XXI for $13 and some Odell's Saboteur and Deconstruction for $16. So... probably a shade above average but nothing to complain about, especially given the hospitable service.

Well worth checking out in my opinion! And quite the scenic drive on the way there also!

SpeedwayJim, Oct 25, 2010
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4.38/5  rDev -7.4%

In the cornfields. As you walk in the beer greets you on the right. They pack a decent amount in a small store.

They have a lot o rarities sitting around and a lot of high-quality brews. They have all of the stuff not available in WI: Boulevard, Brau Brothers, Surly, Deschutes, ect...

The selection was not amazing but solid. I found a much greater selection at Blue Max, but the quality here was a step higher.

The prices were definitely on the high side. The service was nice, the main guy with the moustache was informative and helpful.

Overall its a solid location near the Twin Cities, but Blue Max is a bit closer to the center, though this one is closer to Wisconsin.

crossovert, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of brau
5/5  rDev +5.7%

Yesterday I visited Dennis Brothers Liquors for the first time, and was thoroughly impressed. It is certainly deserving of the high ratings people have been giving. This store combines the two things I consider most important: large selection and extraordinary service.

If a beer is available in the state of Minnesota, you will find it here -- at a very reasonable price. And you won't just find one or two beers from each brewery -- almost the entire product line is available from each place. There are hard-to-find beers, limited releases, 6 liter Methuselahs (ABT 12!), and much more.

I've been to other stores with a large selection, but have been very disappointed in the service. That won't happen at Dennis Brothers. John not only knows his products, he knows how to guide his customers so they'll enjoy them to their fullest. While I shopped, I heard him give food pairing ideas to several customers... and he wasn't just parroting something he read off a script. His pairings showed a true understanding of both the food and the drink and WHY they work together. I know some people are afraid to ask for help, and others think they know it all and don't need any help -- but forget that in this store. Chat with John and you'll be a happier customer.

I only get to Minnesota a few times a year, but this will be must-visit destination from now on.

brau, Jul 06, 2010
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Dennis Brothers Liquors in Cottage Grove, MN
100 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.