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Little's Fine Wines

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Reviews: 8
Visits: 12
Avg: 4.28
pDev: n/a
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2390 S Downing St
Ste A
Denver, Colorado, 80210-5800
United States
phone: (303) 744-3457

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Place added by: Mebuzzard on 02-08-2007

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Reviews: 8 | Visits: 12
Photo of bsinger45
3.74/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

For such a small store, they have a solid selection of craft beer and spirits. Because of their size, I suspect, they have difficulty getting some things in, but it seems that they are still on a few of the limited allocation lists. They do beer and wine tastings on Fridays and Saturdays, with occasional spirit tastings and other events sprinkled in.

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Photo of Patric_Lawrence
4.58/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Little's has about the best selection of craft beer and bombers that could possibly fit in their small space. Prices are reasonable and usually cheaper than the competition. The staff is extremely knowledgable and personal. Don't miss their free tastings, weekly discounts, and the beer cave. This is a weekly stop for me along with a few other stores, but I usually make it a point to go here first.

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Photo of spoony
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

A-As others have said, Little's is little. The shop tucked into a post-war neighborhood near the University of Denver next to an Indian food restaurant. The place is filled to the brim with shelves of beer, wine, sake, and a bit of booze. The beer cave is also pretty cramped, but filled with beer and a few bottles of wine. The vibe is friendly and neighborhood appropriate.

Q-Although some of their beer is kept out front on the shelves, that is usually overstock and pretty much everything that Little's sells is available in the coolers/beer cave, which is nice. Littles has a good (not great) selection of American craft brew, mostly from Colorado but there are quality choices from other states with good freshness and turnover. The selection of Belgians includes a number of good brews and the selection of Germans is better than most.

Ser-The employees are friendly and, while they will offer assistance if you ask, they are also content to let you browse and find your own beer, which is often how I like to shop. They do tastings on Saturday and are more than willing to chat about the beers they pour. A few of the guys know their stuff, but I have received some questionable advice in the past.

Sel-For the confined space in which they operate, Little's packs a decent selection. Also, as noted above, they consistently stock a number of great German and Belgian imports. That being said, they do not always have the widest array of US craft beers when compared to some of the bigger stores. In the US beer selection, I think they fall short of a place like Joy Liquors, which is relatively close by.

V-The prices at Little's are as good or better than most of the competitors nearby, including Joy. Nothing here is dirt cheap, but I have found bottles here go for a dollar or two less than other, similarly-sized stores in town.

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Photo of intensify
4.58/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This small but friendly shop is located in the heart of a classy and aged neighborhood in Denver. As soon as you walk in you are greeted with shelves of wine and fine beer. The normal wall coolers have a decent selection of both local and foreign choices such as brews from Great Divide and New Belgium. The cave... this is where the fun begins. Great selection of must have brews as well as some classics. Great selections of Trappist's for you curious fellas. The folks at Littles have a typical yet diverse selection regularly. Customer service is next to flawless. The clerks help you find what you are looking for as well as chat about beer and what not. Overall I find this store quite plesent and friendly. I would highly recommend stopping by to pick up a couple tasty brews, or simply to check out the cave.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

A - Awesome "Little" LQ Store right off Downing... When you walk in you're greeted with full shelves and a "New Arrival" display, a big plus for beer hunters.

Q - The shop was clean and organized. The Beer Cave is kept around 45-50 degrees (close to optimal), nice to assist cellering for their older selections.

S - I met DJ, an older gentlemen, who had a very embracing sense of customer service. He knew his brews too and was giving me the "grand tour"of the Cave... Awesome.

S - I walked out with a few good brews, nothing outrageous, but still all quality brews. The Beer Cave is hidden and keeps many hands away, it's quite nice. There's also two cooler doors with bombers and one shelf with 750ml.

The prices were slightly above average, nothing eye popping, but bring your wallet, you're going to find a few bottles.

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Photo of boogles
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This little store is definitely worth hitting. On a Sunday night after two days of business, I found time to go to one store. Some of the highly rated stores with many reviews were closed, but the reviews on this store were consistent so I gave it a chance--not disappointed.

When I first went into the store, I wasn't impressed with the cooler--some decent offerings from what you'd expect, but nothing exotic. I asked about the beer cooler and they guy didn't seem to get it--I thought maybe I had the wrong place and that there was no cooler, because it's inconspicuous. Finally, he gave me the green light and I stepped into beer heaven.

I picked up nine bottles--some 12oz, some bombers--of things I can't get in Kansas (or KC Missouri): Russian River Supplication & Consecration, some Deschutes beers, Victory, Stone, Lagunitas, Dogfish, etc., not to mention a smattering of well-chosen Colorado specialty craft beers. The cooler probably contained 50-100 beers that I can't get, and I spent way more than I wanted while leaving many poor "orphans" behind. Prices were good to fair, nothing overpriced.

A young guy was in the cooler stocking beers and this made it a tight, awkward fit until he asked me what I like, and I told him, and then the customer service came out like you rarely see--incredible enthusiasm matched by knowledge. He talked about plans to expand the cave and to include more singles. The festival (GABF) had ended yesterday, and he'd already noted the medal winners--a nice, honest version of the "rating" thing that other stores do to push sales (none of that here).

Highly impressive store. Will come back when in town, because they have such a large selection of bombers that they're likely to have something I want.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

Well, Little's is...little. Very small shop in the shadow of a larger one (Morgan's) just down the road. Little's is what Morgan's is not...personal. They have nice little wine tastings every week, sometimes a beer or two. Their cooler has about 10 doors, half wine and wine-stuff, the other beer. Not much macro and some oddities in imports. Not a place you would expect to find imports, but here they are.
Friendly staff, more knowledgeable about wine than beer, but they do some homework. I used to come here more often when I lived in the area. I'm too far away now to make a routine out of it, but it's a nice little place.

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Photo of akarklins
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%

Little's is the very definition of a great local liquor store. I give them a 5 for service because the clerks are always friendly and always excited to show me what's new. They are always bringing in new and interesting beers, and try to get the rare ones whenever possible. I can get Pliny the Elder from them on a regular basis, and they recently secured a case of Deschutes' Jubel 2010, which they "saved" for regulars like me.

Although it is a small place, the beer selection is disproportionately large. They also encourage you to have a look in their walk-in "beer cave," which houses an amazing selection of bombers. They also do regular tastings of both wine and beer, which are a lot of fun. The last one I attended was a tasting of Odell's offerings, including their IPA, Mountain Standard, India Barleywine, and Woodcut No.3 (which went home with me). Offering Woodcut (at $25 a bottle) for a public tasting is just awesome. The folks at Little's are really doing their part as beer and wine advocates and I will continue to patronize them as long as I stay in the area.

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Little's Fine Wines in Denver, CO
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