Historic Casanova Liquor
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Reviews by Riccymon:
4.55/5 rDev +4.8%
quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Casanova's was very easy to find when driving into Hudson, and it quickly became the highlight of my beer trek through Kansas, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Inside, the store is a little murky and crowded, but the beer room at the back of the store quickly made me lose track of all else. I grabbed a case box from the cashier and quickly filled it with New Glarus from the shelves (especially happy to find Enigma and Cherry Stout). I moved onto singles next, which is where the store really shines. I'd guess that nearly every beer represented in six-packs is also available in singles, with prices clearly marked-- wonderful. There's a decent amount of six-packs and bombers refrigerated, too, but the readily available New Glarus and Central Waters blinded me from noticing too much about the selection as a whole (did spot Gumballhead, Alpha King, and Robert the Bruce from FFF).
Service wasn't really there-- only one employee was in the store at the time, and he was manning the register-- but in this case, I knew what I was looking for and it was okay.
This store is a must-visit if you want to sample a ton of what the Midwest has to offer-- Dark Horse, New Glarus, Central Waters, Tyranena, Bell's, Founders, and more. Now that I've left, I wish I'd taken the opportunity to buy more!
06-03-2010 18:55:51 | More by Riccymon
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4.13/5 rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
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.
05-26-2014 17:09:28 | More by ThreeLloyds
4.4/5 rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | $$
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.
03-09-2014 17:53:39 | More by OMBeer
Historic Casanova Liquor in Hudson, WI
96 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.