Downer Avenue Wine & Spirits
Ratings: 16 | Reviews: 12 | Display Reviews Only:
4.5/5 rDev +2%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This little shop has lots of character. Limited by space, the beer selection is of excellent quality. Local and US micros are featured and supported by some obscure local Milwaukee adjuncts. Staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. Area is a village-like strip in a great old neighborhood on Milwaukee's upper east side. I was surprised how many great beers they had in the cooler. Lots of excellent warm bombers as well. Best part had to be the price. Everything was $1-$2 cheaper than my local store in Indiana. The guy who helped me kept insisted on letting me know how fresh each beer was that we discussed. So freshness is evidently a big goal of this shop. Highly recommend.
12-04-2010 18:12:33 | More by JohnWaynes44
4.35/5 rDev -1.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Let me start off by saying that as soon as I decided to move to Milwaukee I had friends clamoring about this place. Once I moved over to that part of the city I said what the heck and went for it but not before passing it once or twice. The place is a nice little shop tucked into similar looking shops, again why I missed it a few times. When I walked up I had concerns about some beer being placed right in the window but realized it is their seasonal beer that sells quickly. As you walk in you think this place is a little small but when you take a look, they pack as much as they can into that small space. Like others have said, they have beers that they have cellared and decide to pull out everyone once in a while. Their selection of bombers and singles are pretty good. Beers that have been gone for quite some time. The beer guy is knowledgeable and will chat with you for as long as you want. Best selection in Milwaukee? No, but is it worth while, you bet. You are going to find something that will peak your interest or that you had thought sold out some time ago.
09-25-2010 18:13:38 | More by Wisconsinality
4.5/5 rDev +2%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
Right down the street from my friend's place so I stop in whenever I visit him.
The selection of hard to find beer is sick. You start looking in the cooler and quickly realize that they have bottle after bottle of things everyone else ran out of a while back. If the beer guy is in be sure to chat him up. Once he realizes that you are not one of the unwashed masses he'll likely clue you in to the stuff that is in the back or in their cellar. They also have a pretty solid selection of beers that have been aging for a bit. I've grabbed two and three year old bottles of things like Southern Tier Oat, Bells Expedition, Stone IRS from their for the same price as new. They've done all the work of aging it for me, all I have to do is take it home and enjoy it. Needless to say I usually leave the place with a decent beer haul.
Not worth driving across state lines to get to, but definitely worth checking int to if you're in the area.
09-23-2010 03:22:27 | More by jmp485
4.85/5 rDev +10%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I stopped here because my friend told me he found a Nemesis O9 in July at this establishment. They did not have it when I got ther but what I did find was a wide variety of singles and six-packs of craft in coolers. They also had more choice brews on the shelves adjacent to the coolers. They do not have the widest selection of imports and craft in the Milwaukee Area, but what they do have is quality. I personally get a little overwhelmed by the selection at some other larger stores. The staff including Mike were extremely helpful and friendly. Staff were honest and knowledgeable about their selection. I was impressed that they offer aged beers, I was able to pick up a Bell's Expedition Stout and Third Coast Old Ale that was already aged 3 years, for about $.50 on top of regular retail. Its nice knowing that a beer geek was in charge of the craft selection. Highly recommend this place.
08-31-2010 05:44:24 | More by drpdaddy
4.65/5 rDev +5.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Great little store. Very friendly staff most of whom are extremely knowledgeable about beer. Despite the small size of the store they have a very nice selection, including some tough to find stuff. This is a place that I definitely hit up every time I head through Milwaukee. I always leave with some of the Wisconsin standards (New Glarus and Ale Asylum for me) and some new and interesting beers that I had never heard of. If you are in Milwaukee or heading through, check this place out, you won't be disappointed.
08-03-2010 22:47:52 | More by Yulles
3.84/5 rDev -12.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in here on a quest for NG Cranbic.
Very compact neighborhood store, majority of beer is in coolers to the left. Good selection, not necessarily comprehensive for the area but still good. Down the street from Cafe Hollander.
What troubled me was the open cases of beer right in the windows. Even with an awning, at the right time of day light can strike the beer and skunk it. This included fancy DFH and other 750s. Coolers held mostly sixers and singles. The beer guy was quick to point out the Cranbic in the coolers. Further in there were some good craft beers to be had, like Unearthly, Heavy Handed, Theobroma, and a few others. Handpicked imports like Mikkeller, Haandbryggeriet, St. Bernardus Xmas, Jolly Pumpkin ES Bam, and more Shelton stuff. Noticed Dark Horse in the cooler, and a few FFF beers not available elsewhere (2009 Alpha Klaus!!) Is it on par with Discount and Three Cellars? No, it's not. A nice neighborhood store, but not a destination.
Checkout was quick and friendly. Would return if in the area again...
11-28-2009 07:54:18 | More by emerge077
Downer Avenue Wine & Spirits in Milwaukee, WI
95 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.