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100
world-class

57 Ratings
Ratings: 57
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 9.68%
$$ - reasonable


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1347 Frost Ave
Maplewood, Minnesota, 55109-4419
United States
phone: (651) 777-7455

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(Place added by: josephhaugen on 06-29-2008)
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Mistofminn

Minnesota

4.65/5  rDev 0%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

I've delayed posting a review for Heritage until I went a few more times. So here it is.

The original reason I stopped at Heritage was because I posted a thread asking if anyone still had Boulevard Imperial Stout which I needed to toss in my Secret Santa box. No bites, until Ed sent me a beermail saying he had some at Heritage in the beer cave. He pulled it out for me and charged me the same price I paid last year for it! Thats a 5 in customer service right there.

The quality of this store is awesome. What it lacks in sice it makes up for in attitude. There is a ton of great beer packed into a small space and they have a ton in back and will get it for you if you ask. For beer geek christmas, they opened up their basement for a tasting and drawing, it was a great time.

Service, as stated above, is the best.

Selection is great, especially when you consider how small an area it actually it. I saw a bunch of rare beers there that I hadn't seen at other well known stores around the cities in a long time.

Overall, Heritage is a great place. Ed and the rest of the staff are about as friendly and beer geeky as it gets. I have a permenant stop when I'm going between school (Minneapolis) and home (Stillwater).

12-14-2009 22:38:18 | More by Mistofminn
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MykeJ

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

03-13-2014 02:39:03 | More by MykeJ
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Hopstout

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +7.5%

03-10-2014 00:51:21 | More by Hopstout
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emerge077

Illinois

4.49/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Drove by wondering if this was the right location. Old and worn building, in a little wood-shingled strip retail building next to an old bakery and a vacant space for lease. Nothing on the outside really clued us in to the amazing selection inside.

Once inside and past all the non-beer stuff, there is a huge wall of assorted bombers/750s/etc. Some things had "NEW" tags which was great to see, and some bottles were vintage dated by the store, which was also great. Noticed some limited stuff from Olvalde Farm (Rhubarb Saison), Odell (Imp. Peach IPA), and Boulevard (RIS). Many imports, some traditional lambics like Lambickx, Lambrucha, Cuvee Rene, and Hanssens (I think). Locals from Olvalde, Surly, Life Bridge, Indeed, Lucid, and more. Even 40's of Evil Eye, if that's your bag.

Counter guy directed us to the Surly cans in a small cooler facing the register side.
Surly cans were a couple bucks more than Blue Max, our only other beerstore stop in MN, which is the only thing I can knock, but he did give a case discount, which was cool. The clerk knew his beer well, and chatted about the local scene, as well as Pipeworks in Chicago.

Highly recommended!

05-20-2013 16:20:31 | More by emerge077
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nmann08

District of Columbia

5/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

My wife is from MN, so any time I am in the twin cities, I make it a point to stop at Heritage. I have visited Heritage 8 times now and my last visit was no different from the first 7. Being from the DC/MD/VA area, I am spoiled by different state distribution channels that in one way or another provide me with a great selection. However, Heritage blows me away with the amount of options they have every time I am in there. They are always stocked full of Surly, which is a plus in my book. More than likely if its available in MN, Heritage has it and everything is always reasonably priced.

The service is incredible. Ed and the other staff members know their stuff, are really nice and happy to make recommendations of local brews. They aren't pushy in any way and only look to help you find what you want. Honestly, some of the best service I have encountered in beer stores.

10-09-2012 01:32:28 | More by nmann08
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JosephThompson

New Jersey

4.31/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

The only real knock on the score is the looks of the place and looks are deceiving in this case. Standard, even dated, exterior liquor store but inside Ed has done a masterful job of putting in place some excellent brews.

Took me some shuffling to decide what to purchase but ended up with an Olvalde Russian Ship, a De Troch Xmas Geueze (which is harder to find in States), and Alaskan's Perseverance (which Jersey doesn't really get). Needless to say, there were four to five other bottles in my hand but decided my wallet had been bruised enough that day.

Ed's a good man to talk with. Enthusiastic about the craft world but always welcoming with help or interest in your knowledge. I'm very jealous of the Cities locals who can enjoy his annual early December gathering where he puts out some of his cellar and has vintage tastings. Believe he said first Saturday of that month.

09-11-2012 15:09:13 | More by JosephThompson
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GRG1313

California

4.88/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

I asked for recommendations for the area on this site before I left Los Angeles for a trip to Minneapolis/St. Paul area. There were many solid recommendations and all are relative. I wanted, of course, a place that has the greatest selection of beers that I can't get in Los Angeles. I also travel a good amount and frequent "the good places" where ever I go.

Well, there are lots of good places in the area but Heritage was, in my opinion, the best for a person from So California. Shelves and shelves of stuff one just can't find in California - so, for me, it was a gold mine!

It also had a wonderful assortment of the local items that I found piecemeal other places but all in one place at Heritage.

To finish things off, Patrick and Frank were very knowledgable and had great recommendations. They were also very friendly and without the attitude a "guy from L.A." sometimes gets.

Great place. Can't wait to go back.

08-01-2012 01:11:59 | More by GRG1313
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jpbebeau

Washington

4.94/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

I live in Seattle, but I'm from northern Wisconsin originally, so when I flew into MSP and hopped in my rental car, I already had plans to stop at Heritage Liquor (thanks to BeerAdvocate).

Doesn't look large or like much from the outside...

My wife and 15-mo old daughter walked in with me and we were greeted kindly. After brief browsing (eyes wide) small talk ensued.

Flew in from Seattle? First time here? Here's a free Surly pint glass. (Score!)

Great suggestions, a discount with 6 individual bottles. I picked up Surly Furious, Central Waters, Bell's, Tyranena, Founders, Brooklyn.

I was asked if I was looking for anything else Surly in particular. Since I saw all the cans in the cooler already, I half-in-jest said, "Darkness." You want Darkness; what year? Um, yes, any, thanks!

Up from the cellar with a 2011 Darkness and something in a small cup...What's that...a sample of Surly Five from a keg you've got down there? Wow.

They also gave my wife a restaurant suggestion and looked up directions for us.

I cannot say enough about the service, the quality of the beer, the selection, and the prices. Walked out with it all for under $50.

Will be back every time I fly into MSP and have time and a rental car.

06-14-2012 14:36:22 | More by jpbebeau
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Wuitz

Minnesota

4.55/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

Amazing selection. Didn't even begin to crack the iceberg. Unfortunately I was on a time constraint. I would've wanted to spend a couple of hours looking at all the selections. I am used to 1/10th of the selection and 1/2 the price. Didn't mind spending a bit more considering what I grabbed. Finally found the New Belgium Frambozen. Picked up a Rogue Santa's Private Reserve. Odell IPA. Bell's Expedition Stout. Samuel Adam's Imperial Stout and finally Weyerbacher Quad. I would definately be in trouble if I had more money and was closer to this store. Staff was very friendly over the phone giving me directions form the mall and even more personable once I got in there. Showing me the new arrivals, where there different selections were between bombers and belgians, and to watch for the red tags left from their christmas sale that were of cellar aged brews. Whenever I make it down near there again I will be sure to swing off. Very impressed.

12-24-2011 00:13:42 | More by Wuitz
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niftyjon

Minnesota

4.88/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

It's a tiny place, so small that you might miss it while driving past. So small, you may wonder how it could possibly be a destination beer store.

Once you step inside, you'll quickly realize you're in the right place. You'll be greeted by people that really know their stuff, and are friendly and helpful. You won't find any pretense or elitist attitudes from anyone working there. Visit regularly and it won't take long for them to get to know you.

Outstanding bomber selection..always the freshest local beers..and a fantastic selection of singles for make-your-own-six-pack.

After my first visit, I knew I would become a regular, and now it's the only place I go for beer, wine, or liquor, as Big Ed and his crew are knowledgeable about everything they offer. They will take the time to help you out with whatever you need.

Weekly tastings...Beer Geek Christmas...and other in-store customer events are fantastic. Their cellar has many rare vintages of some of the best craft beer anywhere, and they give some away in prize drawings, and if they've got a lot of something, they'll put it on sale for the event.

These folks work hard to earn the loyalty of their customers. And they're a lot of fun.

Easily one of the top five, must-visit beer stores in the Twin Cities.

11-07-2011 03:35:25 | More by niftyjon
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