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Heritage Liquor

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

67 Ratings
Ratings: 67
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 9.07%
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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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Reviews by WYVYRN527:
Photo of WYVYRN527
4.8/5  rDev +3.7%

Since it is somewhat along the way home, and that I have heard so much about it, I decided to stop in. Looks like the normal BMC shop from the outside, but I was blown away when I walked in. Some dude on his computer, probably on BA, and just a few rows of liquor and wine. The rest of the store was devoted to beer. On the front row was a mass of bombers, .750s, and singles of domestic crafts. The back was filled with imports from all over. The cooler was in two parts. The common stuff on one end, while there was almost a whole wall of cooler rails dedicated to craft brews. The service was awesome! Within a minute of walking in, I was greeted with a friendly staff that knew their beer. Price was reasonable, along the same lines I see from all over the Twin Cities. It's going to be a new stop on the way home from now on. If one happens to travel through the area, stop here. You will be amazed.

WYVYRN527, Mar 12, 2010
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I had to make a trip to Maplewood this weekend, so I figured I might as well make it worthwhile. After navigating numerous road closures due to the storm/flooding, I finally made it into Heritage, albeit very wet. The place didn't look like much on the outside, but I expected that after checking some reviews on here.

Inside, I discovered nearly half of the place was dedicated to beer. There was one row of coolers with macros, but the rest was dominated by craft. The selection was excellent and consisted of hundreds of brands of excellent American and imported beers. They had a "Bomber of the Week" section marked down, although it didn't particularly catch my interest. There was also a large selection of bombers and single smaller bottles/cans, which is great for anyone looking to try several new beers. I'm not even going to bother listing individual brands they carried, but I'm pretty sure if it's American craft distributed in the Metro, they probably have it or at least can get it for you. They also had a large (but not quite as comprehensive) selection of British, German, and Belgian imports, among others.

Service was attentive and friendly, but unobtrusive. I walked in with no particular brewery or style in mind, and after about two minutes of random browsing someone asked if I could be helped, to which I replied that I was just looking. They left me alone until check-out, during which the clerk started up a casual beer-related conversation which I was more than willing to participate in since I was procrastinating on going swimming back to my car through the rain.

Thankfully I had given myself a fairly limited budget, because I could have spent a lot of money at this location. Prices seemed pretty standard for the Metro area when it came to most of the imports and non-local domestic craft, but some of the local stuff seemed a buck or so pricier than a lot of other retailers in the area.

Overall, I was very happy with my experience here. My only concern was with freshness on some of the products, which is a concern I have with most places with a selection this size. I saw Surly Blakkr, for instance; a hoppy February release on the shelves in late June raises eyebrows. With that said, even as much as I despise being in the suburbs, I will definitely be back there again.

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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!

emerge077, May 20, 2013
Photo of nmann08
5/5  rDev +8%

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.

nmann08, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of JosephThompson
4.31/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

JosephThompson, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
4.88/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

GRG1313, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of jpbebeau
4.94/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

jpbebeau, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of Wuitz
4.55/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

Wuitz, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of niftyjon
4.88/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

niftyjon, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of wrycon
4.78/5  rDev +3.2%

Heritage is at least a once-a-week stop for me. It's on my way home from work, which makes stopping in wicked easy (though my wife accused me of modifying my route home, so that I end up driving past it - I won't say she's wrong).

Walking in goes like this, every time.

"Hey"

"Hey"

Then they let you take your time and peruse. At the perfect moment they graciously ask if you're looking for anything in particular or need any help, as they know most everyone is either overwhelmed by their massive craft selection or hunting for something specific.

They immediately drop what they're doing to answer any and all questions (however inane) and direct you toward something they think you might appreciate.

No airs are put on, no judgment is passed... Just a bunch of really cool guys (and some girls) who know their stuff and love beer.

The first time I walked out of there I knew I'd be back. There's customer service and then there's Heritage.

wrycon, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of laymansbeerfan
4.58/5  rDev -1.1%

I've been here a few times, and each time I go I'm impressed with what they have. As of late, they have a BOTW (bomber of the week) and it's usually one brewer or beer in which the bombers are 20% off that week. There is usually a tasting of that brewer/beer on Thursday from 5-7 too. Pretty cool idea!
Service here is phenomenal, ask any employee about a certain style/beer you are thinking about trying and they'll either give you their opinion or get one from another employee if they haven't tried it yet. The prices are in line with the Twin Cities, so it's definitely reasonable to shop here.

laymansbeerfan, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of skipanoka2
4.78/5  rDev +3.2%

Heritage is my go-to beer store and I normally make a walkthrough about once a week. My frst question is always "what's new?" and the staff is great at pointing out the new arrivals and giving me a thumbs up or down on anything I have questions about.
I've found that prices are a little higher than some other places, but that is more than made up for by the knowledgeable staff and the selection. For fresh Surly, there's nowhere nearby that compares.
Lastly, what's more fun than Beer Geek Christmas?

Overall, I give Heritage two thumbs up.

skipanoka2, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of Tballz420
4.01/5  rDev -13.4%

Kind of a small store, but about half of the shelf space is dedicated to beer, so that's good. The cooler is average sized for a small store, and doesn't have anything too wild.

The main draw is the very large single bottle selection. There is a large mix a six shelf with 12 oz bottles, and a couple of large shelves with bombers, 500s and other large bottles.

You can definitely find what you want here, and the prices are good, maybe just a bit higher than some of the cheaper stores.

I wouldn't say this is in my top 5 stores in the metro area, but it is good and I might go back out there some time.

Tballz420, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of Ungertaker
4.94/5  rDev +6.7%

I am probably just echoing what everyone else has said about Heritage, but here I go, anyway.

Ed has built Heritage Liquor into one of the best establishments for beer that I have ever seen. The store has changed considerably since the first time I went in there (four years ago) looking for the commemorative bottles of Fat Tire; in turn, so has my taste in beer.

The selection of single-bottles is unrivaled (at least in anyplace I have seen). They always seem to receive a large volume of hard-to-find product. Also, Ed cellars a lot of what he does receive and tends to pull some goodies out at random, unannounced, thereby rewarding those who frequent the store (or just so happen to be passing through at the right time). Beer Geek Christmas (Every December, check the store for the date) is just plain awesome, plenty of goodies come out of the cellar throughout the night and the samples are flowing like mad in the basement.

They also have tastings pretty much every Thursday. The offerings at the tastings vary greatly from week to week.

The prices are always fair. Mark-up is said to be the same on every beer in the store (which I have seen no reason to question). Even most cellared beer (when brought to the shelf) is the same price as it was upon arrival (or the same as its current counterpart).

It is an understatement to say Heritage is worth the trip to Maplewood, whether you live in Hudson, WI or Eden Prairie, MN.

Ungertaker, Sep 04, 2011
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Heritage Liquor in Maplewood, MN
100 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.