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Historic Casanova Liquor

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Historic Casanova LiquorHistoric Casanova Liquor
BA SCORE
96
world-class

67 Ratings
Ratings: 67
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
[ Store ]

236 Coulee Rd
Hudson, Wisconsin, 54016-2219
United States
phone: (715) 386-2545

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @casanovaliquor

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JJWIGHT, Jun 17, 2014
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4.13/5  rDev -5.3%

While technically 2 establishments (Casanova Liquor and Nova Wine Bar) the place really feels like one destination so I'll review both.

On one side is a restaurant/wine bar - but also is where the tap handles actually live. Though connected, you have to walk outside to the other end of the building to enter the liquor store. I did a quick walkthrough of the liquor side first and could tell immediately that the drive was worth it. The place is packed to the rafters with great beer and a bunch of brands I can't get in my home state. The growler fill list is predominantly displayed near the counter and did not disappoint.

The wine bar is very charming, with old lush sofas, chairs, and a bar area. I sat at the bar and did several beer tastings and ate a wonderful 50/50 Melt ( a patty of 50% ground beef and 50% ground bacon served in patty melt style on toasted bread). The food was a bit pricey at $17 for the sandwich and $8 for a salad but it was freshly prepared and delicious and worth the cost.

After lunch I filled up my growlers and ended up buying 3 more. They have their own branded growlers in 32oz, 64oz, and a really cool 64oz with a flip top. I had brought my cooler into the store and the staff helped me fill it and even poured the ice in for me and offered to help carry it to my car.

The bottle selection was great but the growler fill was the real draw for me with Toppling Goliath, Three Floyds, Dogfish Head, and more on tap. Fill prices were very reasonable. My only real suggestion would be for more cooler space and fewer beers stored warm on the shelves.

The drive to Hudson is quick and easy from St. Paul and just 2 turns after crossing the river into WI you are in the Casanova parking lot. The whole town of Hudson seems like charming river town and Casanova fits right in as it's an old brick building built along a bluff. This is a great place, if I live in St. Paul I'd be there every weekend restocking my growlers with the best and freshest beers.

ThreeLloyds, May 26, 2014
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greenspointexas, Apr 30, 2014
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SlightlyGrey, Apr 28, 2014
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einman, Apr 03, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +0.9%

After appealing to locals for a trip to Hudson, WI my wife and I made the stop on a dreary Thursday. Parking was tough with all the snow and ice, but managed to get a vacated spot as soon as I turned in. Walked thru the door and immediately knew I was in the right spot. Wandered around a while before asking for help, couldn't understand the layout. Store help was confused at first as well, seems recent restock? Picked up a few lagers to take back tothe hotel and the wife found her favorite Zombie Killer beer. A few were warm, but were quickly cooled in the "chiller".
Coming from the land of "state store" systems, I yearn for a Casanova down the street where "everybody knows your name". Worth the stop if you cross the St. Claire river entering Wisconsin.

OMBeer, Mar 09, 2014
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Norseman, Feb 03, 2014
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SuperFriends, Jan 29, 2014
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Stevedore, Jan 15, 2014
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4.65/5  rDev +6.7%

A little jaunt here on Thanksgiving day as just about all the MN stores are closed.
Loved the selections, tons of stuff CA natives could only dreamed about. I saw tons of stuff from New Glarus, Ale Asylum, Lucid, August Schell, Summit, Tyranena, Flat Earth, etc. They break 6-packs only on selected items, which was a bit inconvenient for me.
The other plus is that they do growler fills for superb beers. I brought my Bootleggers & Beachwood growlers & filled them up with Toppling Goliath Golden Nugget & CW Coffee Stout with insane reasonable prices without getting absurb interrogations. The service is straightforward & helpful. They will help you find the beers & answer questions without tapping into your life history.
Overall, I had a good experience here.

vince4953529, Dec 31, 2013
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1FatJ, Nov 22, 2013
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mmulebarn, Nov 12, 2013
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3.96/5  rDev -9.2%

Visited on a Monday after work.

A – An old crowded liquor store. Can't beat the location – right across the state line from MN and thus an easy opportunity to pick up beers not distributed to MN (e.g. FFF and New Glarus)

Q - No reason to believe otherwise. Almost everything available cold.

S – Nice, friendly, helpful.

S – Very good selection bordering on great. Lots of singles available on imports and bombers. Less so for 12 oz bottles.

Sludgeman, Sep 25, 2013
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

This place is my new favorite liquor store, I will be traveling to this place as much as possible which won't be as much as I will like to. awesome selection, awesome prices, friendly staff, and they even fill growlers!!! what more could you ask for!?!?

Beerlover, Sep 22, 2013
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3.99/5  rDev -8.5%

Finally made it to this nearby beer mecca. Very much enjoyed the trip. They have a great selection for growler fills as well as bombers, single bottles (mix and match 6 pack) and other packs of 12 ouncers. They will fill any growler (not just their own) and their growler prices are extremely fair. The selection of hard to find beers in MN was really astounding considering it's right across the border. The staff in the liquor store side weren't terribly friendly or knowledgeable. Not that anyone was unfriendly, just looked bored. However, the staff on the "wine bar" side were fabulous. I plan on making frequent trips here.

MNBeerGeek, Aug 20, 2013
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4.44/5  rDev +1.8%

Cool place with a great selection of beers, wine, and liquor. By far, the best selection of beer of any store in the area. They have 12 beers on tap for growler fills. There is a wine bar next door. Prices are bit high, but the selection justifies the price.

dsgraham1, Jun 06, 2013
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4.81/5  rDev +10.3%

My buddy and I jumped in the car from South Minneapolis and hit up Casanova's and two other places in the Twin Cities metro. I'm glad we decided to head into Wisconsin, because this was one of the best bottle shops I've ever visited.

The building is very cool, clearly repurposed, and presents itself as a historic monument. The interior is cramped and packed full of beer, liquor, and wine. We were greeted very nicely by a Sam Adams rep, whose offer to sample we politely declined. I asked one of the employees if they had any New Glarus Apple Ale in stock, some months out of season, and he went to check for me. A few minutes later he returned and said that they were out, but he still had some left for growler fills. Great! Along with a bottle of Serendipity, Raspberry Tart, and a four pack of Double Trouble, it was a successful trip.

The selection was phenomenal. 3F, FFF, Hoppin' Frog, The Bruery, New Glarus and Central Waters of course. What was most impressive, however, was there growler station, which featured two brews from Toppling Goliath, Alpha King, and a selection of New Glarus.

Things were a bit pricey though. The Double Trouble was $12, and the Drie Fonteinen was close to $30 for the Oude Gueuze. But it really didn't matter, because all of the employees were eager to talk to us about beers they recently enjoyed, making recommendations and discussing our selections with us.

I'll definitely be returning next time I'm in Hudson, or when it's Sunday and I'm in the cities.

JamesShoemaker, May 25, 2013
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Historic Casanova Liquor in Hudson, WI
96 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.