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Reviews by mynie:
4.88/5 rDev +6.1%
There are liquor stores, and then there are beer stores, and then there are beer advocate stores. The final group is rare, and mythical. Any store that caters at least a little bit to craft beer drinkers can fit into the second category. In order to get into the third, the store must work, consciously and proactively, towards enriching the greater beer scene, and they have to be run by beer people, guys and gals who care almost as much about serving good beer as they do turning a profit.
Three Cellars is a beeradvocate store. Literally nothing that they sell isn't good. The owner is friendly and will tell you something smart (and unpatronizing) about every single goddamn beer on the shelf. He takes pride in only selling good beer, and he makes damn sure that all the beers on his shelves are fresh (which I really can't say about any other beer store I've ever been to, aside from John's Grocery).
The bottle selection is enormous, organized by state and country. Rares and one-off's abound, and nearly everything can be gotten in a single bottle. Even neater, there's 4 (soon to be expanded to 8) taps of excellent beer at reasonable prices, and during a three-hour happyhour every weekday pints are half priced. I got a *pint* of Southern Tier Mok-ah for 4.50.
The vibe isn't exactly 100% me. Lots of suburban Milwaukee businessmen started flooding in around 5, and things got a little too WASPy for me to stomach. The store is lit and arranged like a kitchenware boutique, too. But, hey, it's not like the leftist ethos of any major brewery/pub is reflective of actual, substantive leftism, so I've learned to stop caring so much about culture war bullshit when it comes to assessing the vibe of a joint. I never felt unwelcome, sad, or in danger, so it couldn't have been that bad.
08-09-2011 01:36:25 | More by mynie
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4.79/5 rDev +4.1%
Dropped in on a Tuesday afternoon after flying all day. 10 beers on tap. Solid variety with 4 of the beers coming from WI. The owner and Tim were very helpful guiding me on the WI brew scene. They even poured me a few free tasters from their personal stash. The best elements of this place were the knowledgeable friendly staff and the WI bottle selection. The bottles were well organized and fairly priced. They had many WI bottles that are rated some of the top in the Great Lakes region , including many New Glarus tarts . They also have a solid out of state bottle offering.
06-03-2014 23:38:50 | More by Tuckersmth
4.57/5 rDev -0.7%
Visited this place based on BA reviews as the first stop on this year's beer trip to Wisconsin. It's not set up like a bar/restaurant, but it has some tables and a small bar in the back.
The owner was personable, knowledgeable, and helpful. He gave us a detailed description of the Wisconsin bottles on the shelf, poured us some beers from a smaller-than-preferred tap list, and gave us tips on which other breweries we needed to visit.
Half the store is dedicated to wine, but we aren't wine drinkers, so I can't help with that.
We will be back for insight and some local bottled goodness on future vacations to the Milwaukee area.
05-30-2014 21:42:49 | More by IMFletcher
4.87/5 rDev +5.9%
Stopped by as we were passing through. Showed up before open hours, and the owner opened the store for us. Very knowledgeable and friendly. Will definitely recommend, and stop in again.
The selection was pretty good. Large selection of Wisconsin and Midwest breweries, as well as other top notch breweries from across the country. Looked like an extensive wine selection as well.
02-20-2014 20:32:37 | More by GrizXTKEX519
Three Cellars in Franklin, WI
100 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.