Spirit Seller, Ltd.

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11 Ratings
Ratings: 11
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: n/a
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203 Second Street
Hudson, Wisconsin, 54016
United States
phone: (715) 386-5995

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(Place added by: ryantupy on 10-01-2006)
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Photo of WYVYRN527
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%

This is another establishment I tend to visit on a Sunday afternoon when I have consumed most of the weekend supply. Located right off of the first exit from the bridge on I-94, it is a sure stop to pick up supplies for the games and races that lie ahead in the day.

The staff is friendly and will help you find what you are looking for, and will help with selections. Most of the times I have stopped in, however, there are about three people working and are concentrating on ringing sales.

The store is well organized, but it concentrates more on wine and spirits rather than beer... The selection is mostly macros, with a small selection of craft beers mingled with wine in a separate cooler in the corner. Singles are sold near the checkout line with mainly large bottles of macro, malternatives, and a few imports.

For those venturing to replenish the weekend supply, this is a great stop, considering the prices are very reasonable. For a person who is looking for something more in a beer, I would suggest traveling a bit further.

More User Reviews:
Photo of jarrgal
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of hardy008
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of jera1350
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Thought I would check this place out as it is in close proximity to Casanova. Located in a strip mall, this place is average sized. About all of their beer was refrigerated, but the selection of craft was very small. They do carry New Glarus, but not much outside of that. For what they did have, prices were reasonable. The cashier was very friendly and offered help. Overall, this place just isn't worth the stop for beer especially since Casanova is a block away. Save yourself the time and go straight to The Nova.

Photo of crossovert
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%

It is a strip mall liquor store in a dead strip mall with the main grocery store gone. This is kind of just a run of the mill beer store for me. Most of the stuff is in 6 packs, not a huge selection. YES! you can get new glarus, but living in WI its nothing special.

The service was helpful in telling why certain beers were sold out.

Maybe for someone for Minnesota it would be appealing, but I find the Hudson stores are overrated simply because the carry New Glarus. They had a little glassware nook with cheap prices which was the main good spot on this store.

Overall it is not a place i would ever go to again knowing the small selection.

Photo of mothman
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%

Stopped in today since I was in the area. The store was in a strip mall just as you get into the city from MN. Decent looking store, nothing special, but nothing unappealing. I was surprisingly impressed with some of the beers they had to offer. They had a ton of New Glarus, DFH, and even some Stone. I even saw some BCS for $16 a 4 pk which was quite reasonable. Other than that, they didn't have anything too out of the ordinary. The service wasn't the best, as I never was asked if I needed help finding anything. This was the first store we saw when we got to Hudson, but I am sure there are a few better stops worth checking out next time.

Photo of happygnome
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Walked in here and noticed that it was mainly liqour and bmc, a few good standard brews, but nothing that really stood out as rare or overly desirable. picked up some NG unplugged smoke on the porter and '08 bigfoot..which were kind of hard to find but the guy at the counter pointed me in their direction. This is not a place that i plan on hitting up next time, the selection at chcones and casanova's is so much better. What i liked about this store is that most of the selections were in the cooler, however some were out of the cooler and none of that kind was in the cooler.

Photo of Chaz
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%

Overall Spirit Seller is a rather average store, which means it's pretty darn good in terms of *Sunday* sales! But if it's a weekday and time and traffic are considerations, this may be a more convenient stop than . . . well, I'll get to them.

Service is capable and even friendly, although as is typical of most retailers I'm generally asked if I've 'found everything okay' only at the checkout. But honestly, imagine what it's like to be an adult beverage retailer. You probably see guys like me coming and going all the time. You know, particular, obsessive types that wander your store with a notebook and/or PDA in their hand, muttering the names of obscure Belgians and making an occasional exasperated noise -- do you really wanna tango with that guy? So whether it's a medium-sized strip mall store like this or a place like Sam's (Chicago), I'd say the retailer knows when to leave well enough alone, so when they see me and my "Beer is my Life" hat I'd say it's a fair bet that they figure I know which end is up in the beer section. Overall the store is both well-merchandised and well-kept, although I had to raise an eyebrow at the dusty wine bottles in the clearance bin (a very large beverage tub) on my most recent visit.

In terms of selection expect plenty of ice-cold beer of every stripe, from retro Pabst brands to imports and super premium-priced brands. In the past, if you weren't careful you might miss the craft beer for all the macros, but if there's one thing I'll credit Spirit Seller with it's learning from their competition. I've been stopping in about every six months for the past seven years and notice that they've placed more emphasis on merchandising their name-plate craft and micros (FFF, DFH) as well as bread and butter regionals (Summit, New Glarus), and given their macro-heavy selection it's encouraging to see this change. I half expect to see a mix-a-six selection on my next visit, as it would help attract boutique beer buyers as well as help 'em blow out past-season brands (they're hardly alone in having past-season brands, but the floor stack of New Glarus had older seasonals buried under newer ones, which is why I mention the mix-a-six idea.) Overall I'd rate the selection as just above average for beer stores in general, and with all of the on-sale/off-sale combos in this town a guy could technically find a worse selection than that at Spirit Seller, but that statement is predicated on the assumption that said guy would be hitting both Casanova and Chicones during his over-the-border foraging. Honestly, folks we're here for the beer, and they're not on par with the retailers that start with "C". And why else would a beergeek end up in Hudson - the Winzer Stube maybe?

In terms of value, nothing was priced either significantly more or significantly less than it might be elsewhere, and I saw at least one instance in which they had Casanova beat (Bourbon County Stout was $2 cheaper / 4pk.) A couple prices were actually better than what I've seen them at in the Twin Cities proper (e.g. Berghoff sixers were a buck less than at Big Top, but how many places in the Cities carry Berghoff anyway?), and they had plenty of Gumballhead waiting for some love.

Nice neighborhood retailer and worth a very-occasional visit from me.

Photo of ryantupy
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Located off of the first Hudson exit past the bridge. The selection was moderatly poor and provided mostly macros. The beer is in the way back with a cooler up front by the register that has a few imports such as Chimay. The prices were nothing out of the normal a few items were a dollar or two cheaper than Chicones. But im not one to care about a buck or two. There was not really any service other than a young girl on the register who was pretty nice. Personally Chicones is still the best store for a beer run. But if your feeling adventerous give this place a shot.

Photo of hanco005
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%

I decided to stop at this store first on my way to Cicone’s based on dfried’s recommendation. I am glad that I did.

The store is located in a strip mall near “historic” downtown Hudson. The craft beer is located in a cooler in the right back corner of the store. There is also a big display of the New Glarus offerings that are in one of the center isles. The selection is on the smaller side, but they have a good selection of DFH, most of the New Glarus line as well as most of the other Wisconsin brews (although I didn’t see Tyranena ). The person that helped me was very nice, but said he hadn’t had any of what I was purchasing (I bought DFH 60 min, 90 min, 120 min, and New Glarus Spotted Cow).

I am very thankful that I stopped here first before Cicone’s as I probably saved about $5 on my total purchase. Thanks for the tip, dfried!

Photo of dfried
4/5  rDev +17.6%

I have been going to this place for years, but had not been there for a while, certainly not since my interest in beers began to mature. In the past I would stop here on Sundays (when liquor stores are closed in Minnesota) but the other day I decided to make the run to Wisconsin to get some beers not available in Minnesota, mainly DFH and New Glarus. I stopped at Chicones first since it was the only reviewed store in Hudson, but decided to swing through here while I was in the neighborhood. Big mistake stopping at Chicones first. The selection was just a little smaller at the Spirit Cellar, but the quality was atleast equal if not better, and it was a dollar or two cheaper there as well. They had more varieties of both New Glarus and DFH, I even managed to score a bottle of 120min IPA. They even had DFH Raison d'etre. This is my first Hudson stop for sure from now on. They guy at the counter asked if 120min was good, so don't expect any beer experts, although there was a little sign under them saying they were rare, and everyone was nice.

To get there from MN, just take the first Hudson exit and go strait, it's up a couple of blocks on the left.

Spirit Seller, Ltd. in Hudson, WI
84 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.