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Princeton's Liquors

Not Rated.
Princeton's LiquorsPrinceton's Liquors
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

30 Reviews
Reviews: 30
Visits: 42
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: n/a
[ Store ]

12790 Bass Lake Rd
Maple Grove, Minnesota, 55369-6307
United States
phone: (763) 559-3257

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @princetons

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Place added by: Scoobydank on 02-13-2007

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Reviews: 30 | Visits: 42
Photo of Hawkharvs
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Went with the intention of picking up what I can't get at home in Iowa. The staff was helpful in recommending some of their favorites and even carrying my purchase to my vehicle. Additionally they offered discounts on everything i purchased due to how much i spent. Prices seemed reasonable from other placed I've visited in the area and the selection of singles was decent.

My only complaint would be that there was no order to how beers were shelved through the store. Overall good experience and somewhere in would return in the future. (541 characters)

Photo of bishopdc0
3.94/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I used to work in the twin citiesa few years back and never made it this far north. Then family moved to Maple Grove and on a visit I sought a liqueur store. After visiting a few others in the area this seems to have the best selection. Other places will have your surly bells summits etc. This place stood out by first, having many breweries in stock i had never herd of and second the singles selection was great, the best way to try new breweries. After bringing my selection to the check out the man scanned my furious and asked if i had had Wet. I had not and he suggest a few possible bar stating i wasn't likely to find it in any beer store without some searching.

Overall i would recommend especial for ease and convenience for one who doeskin live in the area. (770 characters)

Photo of MN_Beerticker
4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I drove right by it and had to circle around. Once inside the square footage seems to open up. This place has a very large selection of craft beers both in coolers, in verticals and on shelves.

They have a good at least 25 foot aisle lined both sides with singles, and bombers. I have to admit I was a little overwhelmed at all there was to choose from. They have from what I saw a huge selection of wine and spirits as well.

The staff was there at least, they seemed to hover around the register and the TV. I was in the location for at least 20 minutes and wasn't asked if I needed help or had questions. That won't deter me from coming back because you run into that at several other places.

Princeton's seems to have established their niche in both providing great selections to the NW Metro and supplying the beer nerds in what they desire.

***Addendum: I have returned to Princeton's twice since the initial review and have received top notch service! (963 characters)

Photo of kjyost
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Visited Feb 16, 2012 on a visit to the Twin Cities.

Missed it in the parking lot, as it is tiny from the outside, but opens up once you get in. Two 15+ foot shelving units (3 or 4 shelves high) of single beers, sadly all held at room temperature. Lots of packages of beer chilled on the back wall.

Very helpful staff, with many interesting beers around. Jolly Pumpkin, Mikkeler, Surly, Summit, Bell's, Anchorage... No Abrasive here though as I was told they have to get their Surly through a distributor. This was a great disappointment.

Left with a ton of bombers of neat beers, great beer store but not as large a selection as Surdyk's (although maybe more special stuff) nor Zipp's. Rock solid store, and best store easily accessible from the 494. (754 characters)

Photo of motorhed
4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3

I wish Princeton's was able to move up on distributor lists priority. I often come into the store (this store is the closest micro beer store to my house) and leave with something, but not something i came in for. They do get some very quality micro beers however usually after the rest of the metro area or sometimes not at all due to distributor politics. It's unfortunate because i have recommended this location to others in the area and have built a good relationship with the staff. At the end of the day, i feel that i am better off going to other locations around the metro area that move more volume or are able to obtain a larger variety of beers from distributors. The pricing is reasonable at Princeton's.

If you're in the Maple Grove area, this is as good as it gets for a micro beer store. If you're willing to drive a bit, there are better options within 10 miles. (881 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Stopped by Princeton's Liquors briefly yesterday before heading out of town. The store is located in a strip mall next to a Caribou Coffee, and is quite easy to find. The place doesn't appear all that big from the outside, but when you walk in, it's actually fairly good size.

Most of the focus here appears to be on wine and liquor, but straight back from the door, there is a modest size area featuring a nice selection of craft beer and a few imports. The craft selection is pretty decent, with I think 3 or 4 coolers of cold beer, along with several shelf displays of craft beer. It's a good idea to double check the cold box if the display appears to indicate the store is out of something, as oftentime you'll find that beer in the cold box (Epic DIPA for example). On the day I was here, the store didn't have any Steel Toe bombers (one guy had heard of it and indicated they didn't expect to get any bombers in, while the cashier indicated he had never heard of Steel Toe), but they had a nice selection of Surly and Summit, as well as a nice regional selection (Odells, among other things; I grabbed a couple of Epic bombers off the shelf).

Service was pretty good. I was directed to the beer section when I walked in, and someone came by to ask if I needed any help while browsing.

While I wouldn't call Princeton's extraordinairy in any way, they struck me as a good place to stop by to stock up on craft beer if you happened to be in the neighborhood. Not sure I saw anything there that would make want to go out of my way, but as the store was within 10 minutes of my hotel, it was perfect for me. (1,615 characters)

Photo of suretolose
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

This is one of the best liquor stores in the twin city area. The staff is very knowledgeable and very friendly. They always welcome you when you walk in and ask if they can help you.

Their selection is pretty good and is only limited because of the space of the store. I am sure they would carry more beers if they had the space. They are also very good about sending emails and text messages to inform you of tastings and new arriving beers.
It always seems like the employees really enjoy working there.
The prices are some of the best in the state. (553 characters)

Photo of DoctorRock
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This is my "other" go to spot for beer. Not only because I work minutes away, but also because the crew that run the place really go out of their way to make sure they have what you're looking for, tell why they may not have what you're looking for and also tell you when they may have what you're looking for if it's not there at that moment.

Princeton's also does a really good job of updating their facebook status with new tastings and arrivals which I appreciate greatly as a consumer.

They have a great single bottle selection, large format beers and normal 6 and 4 pack offerings.

Stop in and chat them up because they are knowledgeable, and knowledge is power.

Cheers! (680 characters)

Photo of dougofthefuture
4.44/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

This is my go to store, and my review is long overdue. Bill and the crew at Princeton's has been my main craft beer hookup for a long time now.

I tend to buy a lot of beer, but I've made it a priority to support Princeton's, as they are in my neighborhood and they are a small business. The selection and service do not make this a very difficult undertaking. On the contrary, I've found that this store stacks up to or exceeds every place in Minneapolis. Bill takes a lot of pride in his beer section, and goes out of his way to satisfy his customers. I've had too many awesome experiences to relate - this is a place that I'm very thankful to have in the neighborhood.

As craft takes off, small releases are starting to jump off shelves ridiculously quickly. Because they don't move as much, they don't get as much. This is my only complaint. (847 characters)

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

I stopped here and was immediately asked if I needed help upon entering the store. Saw a good selection of singles and was well stocked in Surly brews. The store also was well laid out and had a clean, modern feel to it. Not the size of some stores as far as volume (overall and as far as stocking of particular beers), but that may only be perceived. The people definitely know their beer and their relative proximity to Surly certainly doesn't hurt. If I was in the northwest suburbs I would stop here again which is more than possible, probably likely. (555 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%

I've shopped at Princeton's Liquors a handful of times now, and have been quite impressed. There selection is very large, but not quite huge. They have all of the usual craft beer brands with a lot of unique harder to find stuff too. The layout of the beer selection is rather jumbled with craft beer shelved on a number of small non-matching shelves and coolers. It really makes which really make it hard to find what you are looking for. The service has always been good on my visits. I have always been greeted when entering, and someone has always approached me to ask if I needed help finding anything. They are also knowledgeable about beer, and have been able to answer my questions. Overall, Princeton's probably isn't the best beer store in the Twin Cities, but it is worth mentioning in the discussion. (812 characters)

Photo of jera1350
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%

Stopped in on my way up to the in-laws. Conveniently located right off of 494 and Bass Lake Rd. Never realized how quick of a stop this place was from the freeway. Walk in and am promptly greeted by Larry and shortly after by Bill the beer guy. Both guys extremely friendly and helpful. Top notch customer service. I wanted to pick up a Great Lakes sampler pack but they were all out. Bill made up a sampler for me with singles they had, even threw in the Commodore Perry and charged the same price they charged for the regular sampler. Oh yeah, he cracked a bottle of the Commodore for me and another gentleman to sample. Great guy! Selection was great. I think I was most impressed with the singles selection which included cans of Surly which is a rare thing to see. Lots of rare and high quality brews, many of which were cheaper than where I normally shop. If you are in the area, Princeton's is a can't miss place. I will be back again when in the area. (959 characters)

Photo of beerwolf77
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%

I spent the weekend in Minneapolis and this place was close to my friends house. I thought I would give it a try.

Upon entering I noticed the singles section right away. Decent size. Not the largest I've seen but very worthwhile. A nice amount of local stuff. Which is what I was looking for. Surly, Lift Bridge, Flat Earth. Most of the stuff was beer I could get back home but I wouldn't hold that against them. It's not like it's across the country.

The guys working there were super helful and fun to talk about beer with. They gave us a couple tips to make our evening a little more interesting as well.

All the beers I bought were within repected dates and tasted fresh. So no complaints there.

Overall a nice beer store from an out of town point of view. (765 characters)

Photo of Mistofminn
5/5  rDev +16%

When thinking about this place, it's hard to beleive that I gave it a perfect score in this review. But thinking about it...I find it really hard to pick a category to skim points off...its just not going to happen.

Bill runs the store great, and you won't get better customer service anywhere. The rest of the staff are equally friendly and helpful, it's just a great experience all around.

The selection is great, I have found several bottles here that I haven't seen anywhere else in the cities (to this day).

The only problem for me is that I live in Minneapolis, and Zipps and Surdyks are just that much closer, and being on a college budget, I can't afford the gas to get up there weekly. If I was a Maple Grove resident, this would be the only place I ever shop at.

Sure, I might be biased. But honestly, I can't think of a genuine reason why Princeton's doesn't deserve a perfect score. If you stop in, make sure to chat it up with Bill. Best Liquor store owner ever. (980 characters)

Photo of MPLS
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%

I grew up in the NW suburbs of Minneapolis and this was the place that I frequented before I was into craft beer. As the demand for craft beer has risen, so has this places selection.

Above and beyond they have great service. A lot of people seem to be on first name bases and though not all of the staff is knowledgeable about craft beer they are still friendly with good intentions. As for the staff that is knowledgable - A+ shopping experience. I really like these guys.

The selection at Princeton's is rather variable. The regular offerings are always in stock, but the limited distribution beers are really hit or miss. I just recently scored some Nemesis thanks to their beer e-mails that they send out. Sweet. (719 characters)

Photo of blackdog1101
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%

Bill and the guys at Princeton Liquors helped me organize a shipment of Surly to a friend in VA. They were very helpful and made everything go smoothly. They have a super selection of beers, and the prices are very fair. They have a great "mixed 6'er" selection, as well as a strong selection of chilled singles. The store is a little out of the way for me, but the service I received putting together this shipment was so good that the extra drive is more than worthwhile. I can't say enough good things about Princeton Liquors. (529 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%

Wow this place rocks! Bill (scoobydank) is such a cool guy and knows a lot about beer. He helped me pick out a lot of great beers. The selection there is stellar and the prices are great. They give 10% discount when you buy 6 or more singles.

Bill even brought a few beers to celebrate my birthday and we shared a few beers at the store which was really cool. The service there is outstanding! I was helped for over an hour.

I will for sure be coming back! If you are in the TC, this place is a must! (504 characters)

Photo of ThePeskyDingo
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Came here on my way back to Fargo from south of the cities. This was my second store i stopped at on the way back up, the first was Blue Max in B'ville.

My first impression when I walked in was that it is a pretty big store. After walking around I realized that the beer is only a small portion of it. The majority seemed to be wines and spirits. The beer section wasn't as big as I was hoping (but when coming from Blue Max its hard to compete) but I was able to find a couple bottles of Avery Brabant, which was nice.

It took someone about 5-10 minutes of me walking around to ask me if i needed help (which I didnt, so it wasnt a big deal) and that was when I came towards the front desk area to see if I had missed anything.

Overall though, there are a lot of beers here that you cant find at a lot of other stores in the area, as well as some hard to find beers. Selection is definitely better here than any Fargo store has to offer, and the prices werent too high either. (980 characters)

Photo of mjryan
5/5  rDev +16%

Princetons is one of my favorite beer stores in the Twin Cities. I usually stop in once or twice a week to load up on beer and shoot the breeze with Bill and co. The selection at Princetons is top notch, if it kicks ass and its available in Mn, they will have it (unless you get there to late and its sold out, which you wont be if you are on their email list). Like I said, I stop in at least once a week and there is almost always something new available. The staff is friendly, the beer is well organized and the selection is amazing. Princetons is easily amongst the best beer stores in Minnesota. Highly recommended! (621 characters)

Photo of kbaker91
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%

Princeton's Liquors is about 10 minutes away from where I live, and is worth my trip west on Bass Lake Rd past the MGM & other liquor stores that are closer to my home. The store is a lot larger than it appears from the parking lot, which has ample parking as part of a strip mall.

The craft beer selection is fairly large, with most American craft brewers that distribute in MN represented. Most beers can be found in a cooler as well as not. A decent selection in the 'build-your-own sixer' rack. A smaller sub-section of the beer area houses the Euro brews, with a decent selection of Belgians. Not a ton of German or English selections, but certainly enough to find the style you desire, if not the brewery.

Prices are fine, consistant with other liquor stores that sell craft beers in the Twin Cities area.

I haven't purchased anything more than beer at this store, so cannot comment on the spirits or wine sections.

The service is decent, generally college-aged kids who are more than willing to help carry your purchase to your car if you bought more than one armful. Princeton's has an email list that informs customers of new selections arriving at the store, which is a bonus.

Overall, a great place to visit for beer when in the NW suburbs. (1,257 characters)

Photo of hardy008
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Nice convenient location for me off 494 and Bass Lake Road in a strip mall. The store doesn't look big from the outside, but is good sized on the inside. There are lots of craft brews advertised on the outside and a beer of the month.

The staff is friendly and very knowledgeable and they introduced me a year ago to Nethergate Old Growler English Porter which I absolutely loved. Lots of individual bottles and Bombers to pick from.

Bells, Dark Horse, Founders, Tyranena, Flat Earth, and many other beers are available. Definitely one of the best stores in the NW Minneapolis suburbs. (588 characters)

Photo of morimech
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%

Conveniently located just off I-494 in Maple Grove. Looks like a small store from the exterior but is actually very large once inside. The service was excellant. Friendly and knowledgable. Quick to answer questions and give opinions of their products. Good selection with prices inline with what other stores in the metro charge. Single beers are available for purchase. Nice for those times when I don't want to drop $16.00 for a 4-pack of a beer I have not had before. Many Mikkeller (increasingly common in the area) and Dieu Du Ciel beers to chose from. I will shop here again whenever I am in the NW metro. (611 characters)

Photo of mdwalsh
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%

Heard about Princeton's through BA and Bill (the beer guy) contacted me quickly. Made a special trip from St. Cloud (about 1 hr) just to stock up. This place opened my eyes, honestly.

Bill wasn't there when I got there, but he had informed someone that I was coming, and they doted on me. Was really knowledgeable and halpful. Really took his time to help me figure out what was best to buy.

Have stopped there once more and plan on going back pretty much every time I go through the cities.

Also great: this is about 30 seconds from I-494 and was a great excuse not to sit in traffic. (588 characters)

Photo of Packforever1976
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%

Princeton's has become my regular beer stop. The service is fantastic, and the selection is amazing, the best in the NW metro that I've seen by far. Every time I stop by, within 5 seconds I am greeted genuinely, and asked if there's anything I need help with. They always have time for a quick chat, and I feel priviledged to give them my business...they do things the right way. Oh, and the selection...from Surly, Flat Earth, Tyranena to Southern Tier, Avery, Great Divide, He'brew, Two Brothers, and on and on. Bill and co. really do a great job. Highly recomended. (568 characters)

Photo of bornondate
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%

Finally I get to do some reviews tonight from my last trip to the Cities. I have wanted to get to Bill's store for a while now. As from reading the boards I know he's been building a craft beer store on the west side of the Cites. Bill has done a great job of collecting all the staple items and obtaining some of the hard to find items, that are always seen at the prime beer locations in MN (Dennis Bros, Blue Max and Zipps). His store is clean which means that things rotate. He has all the usually brew plus some surprise find that have already been sold out in the Cities. If I get back to the west side, this will be my drive to choice other that, US Wines or the The Four Firkins. I hope next time I come in, I can meet you Bill, till then keep up the good work. (769 characters)

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Princeton's Liquors in Maple Grove, MN
94 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.