Enoteca - Fine Wine & Beer
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Reviews by woemad:
4.41/5 rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
NOTE: This is not a BOP, it's a beer and wine store (correction already forwarded), so let's get that out of the way right now.
Coming from Spokane, I took the Spokane Street exit off I-90 and headed north. Taking a right on Seltice Way, I had to take an immediate second right and was there.
The beer section is located to the immediate left upon entering. Do not be fooled. What at first seems to be a very small beer selection consigned to a cooler turns out to be about three times it's size once you orient yourself inside the building, which is a little dark. Three quarters of the beer stock is in fact unrefridgerated. There's also a space devoted to tastings, which are regularly held there, usually on Friday and Saturday evenings. Enoteca advertises on their website that they have both beer and wine clubs, with discounts on both tasting events and on specific bottles for members.
Not sure about the service. When I was there, only one employee was visible, and he stayed behind the counter. He didn't come off as a wine snob, however, which is rare in places like this. I asked whether they allowed 6-pks to be broken up and he candidly told me that it depended on the beer, and that it was up to the owner. I specifically asked about the Oaked Arrogant Bastard, and he told me he did not know, but told me he would ask the owner and suggested I call back. Not so dramatic sounding, but at least he didn't bullshit his way through the conversation or condescend to the beer geek, which is sadly what I'm accustomed to in locations that primarily market themselves as wine shops.
I purchased a 4-pk of Ten Fidy and two 11.2oz bottles of Meantime's Coffee Porter. In addition, there were bombers of Abyss, Alaskan's barleywine, Poseidon, 750mls of Meantime's IPA and London Porter, 6-pks of Oaked Arrogant Bastard and EKU 28, bottles of J.W.Lee's circa 1998, at least half a dozen Belgians I'd never heard of before, and many others I'm forgetting. Make no mistake, the majority of the space is given over to wine, but there's a lot for the beer geek to be happy about here, especially those that are local, with so many beers that are either unavailable or quickly sold out elsewhere.
That's not to say that it's all sweetness and light. Prices are higher than elsewhere for things that can be had (or were once available) elsewhere. The Abyss, for example, was at least a dollar more per bomber than the most expensive other place I've found it in my area.
Still, it's a nice alternative to the usual places for buying beer, due to the number of beers Enoteca has that never made it to those other places. It's nice to have a place with beers that don't get distributed to my usual stomping grounds that's about 15 miles closer to me than Daanen's.
04-04-2008 10:42:42 | More by woemad
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4.82/5 rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
What a treat! I knew this gem of a shop would be right in my path on my way thru Northern Idaho for a little family vacation. I pre ordered some beer and even had Russell go out of his way to open up the store a bit early for me - talk about service.
Selection is great; I love the way the beers are organized by style. The cooler was packed with lots of fresh, local selections, and I was able to sample at least 5 different brews he had on tap while waiting for my growler to be filled.
If you are ever anywhere even remotely close to Enoteca - Fine Wine and Beer....trust me, you will not be disappointed. Seek this place out!
07-14-2013 16:18:50 | More by bumchilly25
4.43/5 rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I had the good fortune to stop in at Enoteca on my way through Northern Idaho last weekend. I did not get to meet the much-admired Russell, sadly, but I did have a great experience browsing the shop.
The singles selection is great, with a big emphasis on big beers, Belgian beers and rare finds. I settled on a few beers unobtainable in Washington, as well as some Mikkeller brews that I haven't seen before. The selection is great for the relatively small size of the store, and everything is laid out by style and well-presented.
Enoteca is by far the best bottle shop I've encountered in the North Idaho/Eastern Washington region, and would be right at home among the great bottle shops here in the Puget Sound region. It is absolutely well-worth stopping here if you are going anywhere near Post Falls or Coeur d'Alene.
07-01-2013 19:06:47 | More by flagmantho
4.78/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
A few of us took the long trip to pick up orders we had placed a few weeks ago. The store is tiny, and shelf-space wise, there aren't all that many beers. But what they have on hand is incredible. IPAs and other hop forward beers are in a cooler, everything else is out in the open 65 degree room. This is not a place to go to get a 6 pack of anything, but if you want good singles at reasonable prices, this is the place.
We went to three different stores in Spokane, Post Falls, and Coeur d'Alene. The other two were bigger, and one of them had lower prices. But this had bottles the other had never heard of, and they don't have Russell being flexible and helpful on the phone. I will come back here every time I need a cellar restock.
03-25-2012 05:30:42 | More by EricCioe
5/5 rDev +4.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
For the record, I have never actually stepped foot in the building. I ordered a crap load of beer thru beership.com and my review is soley off of dealing with Russell personally, and dealing with their website.
A: As I told Russell on the phone the other night, "I wish I could come out for a visit and just put a tent up in your parking lot and stay for a week or so LOL." The place looks magical
Q: The website beership.com is fantastic. User friendly, well organized, simple to use, straight forward, very practical.
Ser: Russell and his staff provide 'old time service'; they make the customer feel welcome...something I truely appreciate!!! I spoke with Russell on the phone several times, and each time he took time to really listen and help me out. They really put the customer first, and I'm over 2500 miles away. Service is absolutely second to none!
Sel: They have everything I will never be able to try/buy, but really want to. Midnight Sun, Alaskan, Deschutes, Ancorage, Big Sky; just to name a few.
V: Comparing prices for their beer with what I pay around here; as inexpensive as beer in New Jersey.
Thanks Russell for being so professional, polite and patient. Sorry for being a typical Northeast Pushy Person, but hey, that's what makes me so lovable lol. Beership.com is wonderful. And maybe, hopefully I'll get to come out and visit the actual store sometime.
01-06-2012 11:09:30 | More by gkatsoris
4.94/5 rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $
Russell and Sarah run a fine store in little old Post Falls, Idaho. The quality and selection of beers that you can find here are unparalleled anywhere in the local area. A fine stock of beers from Belgium and elsewhere in Europe is welcome (Mikkeller, Trappists, etc.). Russell finds amazing beers that are very difficult to find in this part of the country.
Recent tastings have included a Yeti tasting (featuring all currently available Yetis and the nearly unobtainable Whiskey barrel aged Yeti), a Trappist tasting (including beers from all of the Trappist breweries, yes, even that one), and an IPA March Madness where local and regional IPAs were matched up in head-to-head competition.
The tap lineup is excellent. Regulars include The Abyss, aged Bigfoot ale, and one-offs from Laughing Dog. Mephistopholes? Check. World Wide Stout? Check. Om nom nom. 4 taps.
The service is kind, the people are pleasant, and the beers are amazing. Pricing is quite reasonable. You must visit this fine store if you are in the area.
07-02-2011 02:24:43 | More by smulkowski
4.64/5 rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is a beer/wine shop with a good balance of focus on both. I'd love to visit this shop more but it is a bit of a drive over to Post Falls.
Exceptional beers. At first you think "that's it?" but then you notice how much awesome beer they pack into the little beer corner. They also do growler fills.
I signed up for their email list and receive frequent updates on tastings and new beers. I've yet to attend a tasting due to the drive and the fact that they charge for them. There is another place in Spokane that does free tastings and are rewarded with many beers purchased.
The value is as reasonable as it should be for the types of beers they are selling. They also occasionally do significant discounts for bulk purchases.
edit: Attended a tasting finally and they are pretty cool. You get discounts on the beers being poured plus there is seating so no standing in line. Thanks, Russell.
01-24-2011 17:21:20 | More by leedorham
4.65/5 rDev -2.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
A true example of what a craft beer store should be.
Russell is a great guy and I stood there and talked to him for about an hour about various beers.
I live about 2 hours away in Montana and if I didn't have to go over a pass to get here, I would come here at least twice a month to stock up.
The two times I have been here, I went over 100 dollars and was ecstatic to do so. What a selection. I was shell-shocked when I came in here the first time. At first glance the beer area looks small but when you get down to it, you can easily get lost in all the bottles.
An absolute must visit.
08-25-2010 03:23:07 | More by PredsfanJ
4.65/5 rDev -2.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I was referred to this place by BrewsB4Shrews ... Thanks a ton Rob .... pretty freaking amazing.
We stopped in just after opening on I believe it was a Friday. Russell was a trooper who had a great bounce in his step even during the morning hours.
The beer selection was far and away the best that I encountered in Northern Idaho/Washington... Tons of stuff that has been off of shelves everywhere in Boise for a long while, and tons more that haven't seen SW Idaho shelves ever.
I was able to satiate the Boise geeks with multiple phonecalls while browsing the surprising selection.
Some of the plunders... Mikkeller 1000 IBU, MS Treat, MS Berserker, bunches of others... I left with about 2 cases of good/fantastic stuff.
I spent $160 and would have easily doubled that had the wife not been watching with an eagle eye.
Again, Russell is simply a class-act. 1 on 1 service with an attentive eye to exactly what a hyper critical geek is looking for.... I am not going to say what else was available, but I would ask for what "is good that MAAAYYYY be behind the counter." Suffice to say, $300 would have been a minor estimate had funds not been an issue.
My only real "complaints" would be Venn Diagram issues with Boise distributors; but even then, I was very impressed. Enoteca at least in square footage seemed to be more devoted to wine, but Christ, that can't be a complaint really.
Prices were pretty much exactly what I was expecting.
Thanks again to Rob and Russell.... you both are cordially invited to any and all geek roundups here in Boise.... VIP passes and we'll try to give you the same great service :-)
06-27-2010 07:13:00 | More by JohnGalt1
Enoteca - Fine Wine & Beer in Post Falls, ID
99 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.