Historic Casanova Liquor
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Reviews by UMNbeerhunter:
4.5/5 rDev +3.2%
Oh Nova how I love you and your selection that I can not get because of a 20 minute drive and a single state line. This place has a great selection and an old feel like Im walking around a beer cellar. The craft beer has its own section and they have a huge build your own six, larger then any I have ever seen. The staff is awesome and I know of at least one that is a regular BA so props. I really do have to push this place, especially to Minnesotans because they get so many breweries that MN does not(Bruery, Bear Republic, Oskar Blues, FFF, Dogfish Head). Also they now fill growlers of selected craft beers and have a blog that list all the new beers on growler as well as bottle. I love this place and will be visiting at least once a week for as long as I can afford to pay for the gas to do so.
02-07-2011 07:11:47 | More by UMNbeerhunter
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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.
05-26-2014 17:09:28 | More by ThreeLloyds
Historic Casanova Liquor in Hudson, WI
96 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.